A Literary Feast (Photofeature)

A Literary Feast (Photofeature)

Vineetha Mokkil

Senior editor, fiction writer, traveller. Author of the short story collection "A Happy Place and Other Stories" (April 2014). Enjoys writing fiction and editing non-fiction. Mostly finds the truth stranger than fiction.
March 26, 2015

Among us literature lovers, there are the faithful who swear by lit fests. I've been to three editions of the Jaipur Literature Festival so far, including the one held in January 2015. Every time I'm there, I find a whole lot of interesting sessions to attend and any number of authors to meet and stalk!

A few personal favourites from this year's Fest:Australian author Christos Tsiolkas in conversation on the construction of masculinity, changing male roles, and cultural stereotypes. Tsiolkas' voice has fascinated me since the day I read The Slap, his cracker of a first novel. British novelist Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, The Paying Guest) sharing details of her fascinating writing life with an eager audience. The session on poetry titled “52 Ways of Looking at a Poem” – on stage were some of the best voices in contemporary poetry including Jeet Thayil, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Vijay Seshadri.

Here are some glimpses of JLF 2015 from my picture library. Enjoy!

Christos Tsiolkas: “Dance Like a Man”
Christos Tsiolkas: “Dance Like a Man”

 

Sarah Water keeps calm and carries on
Sarah Water keeps calm and carries on

 

Catch them young
Catch them young

 

At the venue: is my favourite book here?
At the venue: Book lovers of the world rejoice!

 

Book lovers of the world rejoice!
Is my favourite book here?

 

Talking poetry: Jeet Thayil, Vijay Seshadri
Talking poetry: Jeet Thayil, Vijay Seshadri

 

Poetry is alive and well
Poetry is alive and well

 

If music be the food of life play on
If music be the food of life, play on!
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