Inaugural South Asian Literary Festival line-up announced

Inaugural South Asian Literary Festival line-up announced

<p>Bestselling Indian author Chetan Bhagat, Fatima Bhutto and Hardeep Singh Kohli are among the authors set to take part in the inaugural DSC South Asian Literature Festival. <br /><br />Announced today (22nd September), more than 30 events are confirmed for the festival which will take place across the capital in venues including King&#39;s Place, the Free Word Centre, the British Library, British Museum and bookshops from 15-25th October and then at cities around the UK from 26th-31st October.</p><p>At the launch, the longlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was also announced, with 16 titles in the running from publishers including Picador India, Faber, Bloomsbury and Constable &amp; Robinson.<br /> </p><p>Co-directors Jon Slack and Bhavit Mehta of Amphora Arts said of the festival: &quot;The thriving literary and publishing scene in South Asia was the impetus for us bringing a literary festival devoted to South Asian writing to the UK.&quot;<br /><br />Also on the line-up are Amit Chaudhuri, Anjali Joseph, Roma Tearne, Geoff Dyer, Michael Wood; broadcasters Mihir Bose and George Alagiah; and jazz musician Cleveland Watkiss. A creative writing competition linked to the British Museum&#39;s A History of the World in 100 Objects, a Bollywood script-writing competition in conjunction with Penguin&#39;s teenage site Spinebreakers and Live East magazine will also be held. <br /><br />The festival has also partnered with the Reading Agency to build a programme of author-led events in libraries across greater London.</p><p><strong>The longlist in full:</strong></p><p>Upamanyu Chatterjee: <em>Way To Go</em> (Penguin), <br />Amit Chaudhuri: <em>The Immortals</em> (Picador India), <br />Chandrahas Choudhury: <em>Arzee the Dwarf</em> (HarperCollins), <br />Musharraf Ali Farooqui: <em>The Story of a Widow</em> (Picador India), <br />Ru Freeman: <em>A Disobedient Girl</em> (Viking), <br />Anjum Hassan: <em>Neti Neti</em> (IndiaInk/ Roli Books), <br />Tania James: <em>Atlas of Unknowns </em>(Pocket Books), <br />Manju Kapur: <em>The Immigrant</em> (Faber), <br />Daniyal Muennuddin: <em>In Other Rooms, Other Wonders</em> (Bloomsbury),<br />Neel Mukherjee: <em>A Life Apart</em> (Constable &amp; Robinson),<br />H M Naqvi: <em>Home Boy</em> (HarperCollins), <br />Salma: <em>The Hour Past Midnight</em> (Zubaan, translated by Lakshmi Holmstrom), <br />Sankar: <em>The Middleman</em> (Penguin, translated by Arunava Sinha), <br />Ali Sethi: <em>The Wish Maker</em> (Penguin), <br />Jaspreet Singh: <em>Chef </em>(Bloomsbury),<br />Aatish Taseer: <em>The Temple Goers</em> (Viking)</p><p>&nbsp;</p>