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Lahore celebrates literature

Publication Date : 12-02-2013


Acclaimed female scholars, poets and writers are set to come together for the Lahore Literature Festival


The Lahore Literary Festival, scheduled between February 23-24, is set to bring together some of the most eminent women scholars, poets and writers in Pakistan and beyond.

Some of these women have strode into the world of literature with works that continue to be translated and sold worldwide.

Take Bapsi Sidhwa, for instance. From the perspective of a Parsi child, she wrote about the partition in Ice Candy Man, and the painful tale of a woman in The Bride. Her passionate writing and painful observations led to these excellent novels in English. At the Lahore Literature Festival, Sidhwa will be re-launching The Crow Eaters, this time in Urdu titled Jungle Wala.

Another example would be the poignant autobiography of a woman who writes about her experience of being married to a feudal lord. My Feudal Lord is the story of the author, Tehmina Durrani, which has been translated into Urdu.

Kenize Mourad, an acclaimed French writer with Turkish and Indian roots, will also be launching her latest book In the City of Gold and Silver - an extraordinary account of her own mother who was an Ottoman and Indian princess and married an Indian raja - on the occasion. Nearly 25 years after her international bestseller Regards From A Dead Princess, of which over a million copies were sold in France and subsequently translated into 30 languages, Mourad now comes up with a new novel about an exceptional woman during an extraordinary moment in history.

An appearance will also be made by the Australian-born author Libby Owen-Edmunds, who was literally given a new life. Her book Surviving the Tsunami in Sri Lanka describes how she has been there and done that. Her first book, Monsoon Rains and Icicle Drops, was an international bestseller and Owen-Edmunds, who has been living in Sri Lanka for over a decade, now contributes books, guides and articles on all things related to history, culture, sustainability and travel. In 2007, she became the founding director of the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka which is now in its 7th year.

 “It will be great to see so many Pakistani and international writers at the same time,” Owen-Edmunds says. “Lahore is the perfect city to host a literary festival - great writers, incredible history, amazing music, art and architecture and arguably some of the best food in South Asia - a cultural hub."


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