For readers, writers, students and followers of all things literary and just everyone looking to engage with fellow enthusiasts of the written word – we looked around and found the most interesting stuff happening on the internet. Here’s a little list:
Event Name: The Poetry Lineup
What’s it about: 10 poets will perform, including spoken word regulars such as Aarsh Mehta, Harsh Shah and Bhupendra Singh
Location: The Habitat, Mumbai
Dates: Monday, December 3, 9:00 PM
Registration and tickets: Rs 100, book them here
Open to: All
Event Name: Goa Arts and Literature Festival
Location: The International Centre, Goa
Dates: December 6 -8
Registration and tickets: Register here.
Speakers to watch out for: Alan Machado, AJ Thomas, Amita Kanekar, Antara Dev Sen (founder of The Little Magazine), Linguist Anvita Abbi, translator Augusto Pinto, Janeita (Jugneeta) Sudan, Shanta Gokhale.
Event Name: Peek A Book Literature and Story-telling Festival for Children
What’s it about: As the name suggests, a storytelling festival for kids, more carnival than literature festival, and a whole lot of fun
Location: The Royal Opera House, Mumbai , Mumbai South
Dates: Satuday, December 8 at 10:00Am
Registration and tickets: Rs 250 onwards, find tickets here.
For: Kids of all ages and accompanying adults
Event Name: Bewakoof Presents #WhoLetThePoetsOut
What’s it about: Emerging poets will tickle your funny bone with their rhymes.
Location: The Cuckoo Club, Mumbai , Mumbai Western Suburbs
Dates: Saturday, 15 December at 6:30PM
Registration and tickets: Rs 299 onwards, find them here.
Open to: Poets and audience. Poets can see how to send entries here.
Event Name: Writing Through Movement
What’s it about: A workshop that will “aid understanding on how to use movement and the body to connect with your inner untapped sources of creativity.”
Location: Essar Podium, Mumbai , Mumbai South
Dates: Saturday, 15 December at 10:00 AM
Registration and tickets: Rs 1000, find them here.
Open to: All
Event Name: Times Litfest, Mumbai
Location: Mehboob Studios, Mumbai
Dates: December 14 – 16
Registration and tickets: At venue
Speakers to watch out for: Besides festival regulars such as Amitav Ghosh, Gulzar and Easterine Kire, there are interesting names like Ahdaf Soueif, Ashok Vajpeyi, Fatima Farheen Mirza, Lincoln Paine, Madelieine Thien, Mitra Phukan,
Event Name: Ethos Literary Festival (Bi-lingual LitFest)
Location: Dum Dum, Kolkata
Dates: December 22 – 24
Registration and Tickets: Free, at venue
Speakers to watch out for: As a bilingual festival with a focus on indie press and authors, this one is promising for its whole schedule. Among the most promising sessions include one on the prospects of Haiku poetry in India, on the role of critics of poetry, on poetry from the north-east, where Indian poetry is headed and a few book readings. It is clearly inclined towards poetry, so hardcore prose lovers could give it a skip. Unless you want to try and break the mysticism around the word ‘poem’ (there’s a session dedicated to this too, btw!)
With several important festivals and events being held in January, you may want to start planning a little – book tickets, re-read your favourite authors and of course, pick the books you want signed.
Kerala Literary Festival – January 10-12, 2019
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival – January 18 – 20, 2019
Jaipur Literature Festival – January 24 -29, 2019, 2019