The 15th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 is all set to spread its magic in a hybrid avatar this time. The on-ground feast of literature, talk and communion is scheduled to take place between January 28 to February 1, 2022.
After the release of the first list of speakers on November 15, the organisers have released the second list of speakers of the upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival yesterday. The first list of speakers included 15 notable names and the second list entails 25 big names. The starry lineup includes a list of twenty-five poets, authors and intellectuals from the country and abroad.
The second list of speakers:
According to Namita Gokhale, the writer, publisher, and Co-director of JLF, “Our second list of speakers unfolds a peek into the creative variety of voices to be presented at JLF 2022. We take pride in presenting the writers and thinkers, dreamers and doers, from across languages, cultures and continents.”
The list entails noteworthy names like Akhil Katyal, an Indian poet, LGBTQ rights activist and author; Andrew Lownie, a British biographer, literary agent and author; Anindita Ghose, Mumbai-based writer and journalist; David Wengrow, British archaeologist and author; Elif Shafak, award-winning British-Turkish novelist; Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Sabha MP and author; K. Satchidanandan, poet, writer, critic, playwright and editor; Jamaican poet, writer and essayist Kei Miller.
The starry line-up also entails popular Bangladeshi journalist Mahfuz Anam; critically acclaimed historian and writer Manu S. Pillai; American academic and author Maya Jasanoff; British writer Monica Ali; actor, child-rights activist and writer Nandana Dev Sen; Co-Chairman of Forbes Marshall, engineer, businessman and author Naushad D. Forbes; feminist, publisher and writer Robert Macfarlane.
Additionally, Hollywood actor, director and writer Rupert Everett; award-winning British poet, author Ruth Padel; Indian novelist, critic and academic Saikat Majumdar; Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka; award-winning Indian film actress, TV personality and author Sonali Bendre; Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar recipient author Tanuj Solanki; author and Padma Bhushan awardee Vidya Dehejia; senior Indian journalist and filmmaker Vinod Kapri will add multiplicity to the list of speakers this year.
JLF to return in a hybrid avatar
William Dalrymple, writer, historian and Co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said “We are coming back with a truly impressive lineup of bookish dignitaries from across the world. The fiction category comprises this year’s Booker winner, the great Damon Galgut, his predecessors Monica Ali and DBC Pierre, Pulitzer winner Jonathan Franzen and Turkish superstar Elif Shafak. We have Rob Macfarlane on nature writing, Rupert Everett on Hollywood, Vidya Dehejia on Chola bronzes. Not just this, archaeology and ancient history will also have special attention: Cat Jarman on the Vikings, David Wengrove on the Dawn of Everything and many more.”
After a thriving virtual edition last year, the JLF is all set for a comeback in a fusion avatar with both an on-ground event and a terrific virtual presence. JLF was founded in 2007 and ever since then, this carnival has welcomed around 5000 speakers and performers along with millions of bibliophiles from worldwide.