- Festival Dates: The 17th edition of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival is scheduled to take place from 01 – 05 February 2024 at the Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
- First List of Speakers Announced: Anand Neelakantan, Angela Saini, Anuradha Sarma Pujari, B. Jeyamohan, Ben Macintyre, B.N. Goswamy, Brian Catlos, Catherine Ann Jones, Claire Wright, Colin Thubron, Debra Diamond, Devika Rege, Jeff Goodell, Jerry Brotton, Kalpana Raina, Mary Beard, Mridula Garg, Nancy Silberkleit, Nilanjana Roy, Patrick Radden Keefe, Raj Kamal Jha, R.A. Mashelkar, Siddarth Shrikanth, S. Muralidhar, Tom Holland
- Volunteer Programme: The Jaipur Literature Festival runs a successful Volunteer Programme that forms the backbone of its operations while offering young enthusiasts an unmatched enriching experience, enabling them to see first-hand what goes into making and managing a Festival of this scale. A 250-strong team of dedicated volunteers work across the Festival’s 25 departments. Volunteer registrations are open till October 31, 2023
- Registrations and the ‘Friend of the Festival’ experience: Online registration for the Festival is mandatory and attendees can register via the Festival website. Visitors can also buy the ‘Friend of the Festival’ Package to experience the Festival’s magic with exclusive privileges.
The Jaipur Literature Festival 2024, celebrating its 17th year, will unite a diverse global community of writers, thinkers, and speakers to explore a range of literary themes and thought-provoking ideas. Teamwork Arts, the producer of the iconic Festival, has announced that the 17th edition will take place from 1st to 5th February 2024, at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur.
As in the previous years, the Festival will celebrate linguistic diversity, featuring a broad spectrum of languages. The programme will host sessions that focus on literary works in languages like Assamese, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Odiya, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu, and many more.
The upcoming edition of the Festival celebrates how ‘Stories Unite Us,’ exploring the transformative power of literature, how it reflects society, and brings us together. Jaipur Literature Festival remains committed to its core values: to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform that ensures inclusivity and freedom of speech through diverse conversations across four venues, and with over 300 speakers.
The first list of 25 speakers released today includes Indian author, columnist, screenwriter, television personality, cartoonist and motivational speaker Anand Neelakantan; award-winning British journalist and the author of four books, including Superior: The Return of Race Science, Angela Saini; award-winning Assamese author and journalist Anuradha Sarma Pujari; critically acclaimed Tamil and Malayalam language writer and literary critic B. Jeyamohan; British reviewer, columnist and author of Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle, Ben Macintyre; leading Indian art historian, academic and author B.N. Goswamy; award-winning author and academic Brian A. Catlos; award-winning playwright, author & Broadway actress Catherine Ann Jones; and award-winning Australian historian, author, broadcaster and public commentator Clare Wright; acclaimed travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron.
The list also includes the Elizabeth Moynihan Curator of South Asian and Southeast Asian Art at the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Debra Diamond; debut novelist of Quarterlife, Devika Rege; best-selling American author of The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death, Jeff Goodell; prize-winning and bestselling broadcaster, curator and author Jerry Brotton; Kashmir-born and New York-based writer and translator of For Now, It Is Night, Kalpana Raina; Classicist and writer of the prize-winning books Pompeii, SPQR, and Women & Power, Mary Beard; acclaimed Hindi novelist and writer of the famous books Chittacobra, Kathgulab, and the Sahitya Akademi award-winning Miljul Mann, Mridula Garg; Co-founder and Co-CEO of Archie Comics Publications, Nancy Silberkleit; award-winning author of three novels Nilanjana S. Roy; award-winning journalist and author of the international bestsellers Say Nothing, Empire of Pain, and Rogues, Patrick Radden Keefe; Indian journalist and novelist Raj Kamal Jha; Former DG, CSIR & President, Indian National Science Academy, National Innovation Foundation and recipient of 47 honorary doctorates, R.A. Mashelkar; author of The Case for Nature, Siddarth Shrikanth; former Chief Justice of Orissa High Court and Judge of the Punjab & Haryana High Court and Delhi High Court S. Muralidhar; and award-winning historian, translator and broadcaster Tom Holland.
Namita Gokhale, writer, publisher, and Co-Director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “The 2024 edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival will bring our living library of ideas, books, and writers into the hearts and minds of book lovers from around the world. Fiction and faction, poetry and music, debates and discussions await us, with a brilliant and diverse list of speakers and performers. A vintage year, with classic themes and stimulating contemporary interpretations. “
Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, who produce the Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “The 17th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival will focus on Indian literature and the celebration of diverse voices. Distinguished speakers include Mridula Garg, a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award; Anuradha Sarma Pujari, a prominent Assamese author; B. Jeyamohan, a celebrated writer in Tamil and Malayalam; and acclaimed writers Anand Neelakantan and Kalpana Raina. International writers such as the award-winning historian Mary Beard, the acclaimed travel writer Colin Thubron, and translator Tom Holland will also be at the Festival.”
The Festival will include its B2B arm, Jaipur BookMark (JBM), now in its 10th edition. JBM stands out as the global hub where literary creativity meets industry innovation, fostering unparalleled networking and deal-making opportunities for publishers, authors, and literary enthusiasts alike. The Jaipur Literature Festival will also host its flagship heritage evening, and the Jaipur Music Stage, which runs parallel to the Festival.
Registration and access to the Festival will be available from INR 200 per day. Attendees can also experience the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’ as a Friend of the Festival and avail the best of Jaipur hospitality and festival offerings that will make one feel special at every point.
‘Friend of the Festival’ packages can be booked using this link: https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/friendsofthefestival-registration.
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About Jaipur Literature Festival:
Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas.
The past 16 years have seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon, having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe.
As the years pass and the Festival grows, our core values remain unchanged: to serve as a democratic platform offering access to all. Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.
Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, alongside Festival Producer Teamwork Arts, invite speakers to take part in the five-day programme set in the historic and dynamic state capital Jaipur.
Past speakers have ranged from Nobel Laureates J.M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk and Muhammad Yunus, Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty, Sahitya Akademi winners Girish Karnad, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M.T. Vasudevan Nair as well as the late Mahasweta Devi and U.R. Ananthamurthy along with literary superstars including Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Vikram Seth. An annual event that goes beyond literature, the Festival has also hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty and former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.
About Teamwork Arts:
Teamwork Arts is a highly versatile production company with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. For over 30 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers , change makers and visual artistes in the knowledge and arts space in India and abroad. Every year, we produce over 33 festivals in 72 cities and 26 countries in the fields of performing & visual arts and literature. We produce the world’s largest literary gathering: the annual Jaipur Literature Festival; JLF international now travels to the US, UK, Canada, Australia, the Maldives, and Europe.
Even amidst the upheaval and unsettling times of 2020 and through 2021, Teamwork Arts successfully launched the digital series, JLF Brave New World and Words Are Bridges, which were viewed by over 4.8 million people in their first season. Through its digital avatar, the Jaipur Literature Festival reached over 27 million viewers in January 2021. Art Matters empowers artistes across India to collaborate by commissioning them to create new works. The digital series Be Inspired was launched in 2021 – a series that crystal gazes into the future with conversations on science, technology, innovation, environment and more. The first on-ground edition of ‘Be Inspired – Festival of Ideas’ was held in April 2023.