â€œThe aim of the Karachi Literature Festival is to promote and project Pakistan writers and to get peopleÂ reading. Independent writers are the conscience of a nation. The very fact that there are so manyÂ prominent writers in Pakistan is a wonderful sign of life, growth, and hope for society. The author, theÂ poet, the playwright, the biographer have a great contribution to make to our society and we areÂ organizing this Festival to honour our writers, raise their profile and bring them closer to their readersâ€,Â said Ameena Saiyid OBE, Managing Director, Oxford University Press, and Founder, KarachiÂ Literature Festival.
â€œAfter the success of the first Festival last year, which was attended by more than 3,000 people andÂ received attention from all over the world, we are hoping and aiming for a much bigger show this timeâ€,Â said Syed Mashhood Rizvi, Director British Council Sindh and Balochistan. â€œIt is very important thatÂ such positive news about Pakistan also be there in the international mediaâ€, he further added.
The Festival, the first of its kind in Pakistan, provides an opportunity to put Pakistan on the map as aÂ country rich in culture and creativity. It will feature talks, panel discussions, creative writing workshops,Â book launches, and readings by renowned authors from Pakistan, UK, USA, and India. A tribute to theÂ great Pakistani poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, is also planned during the festival. His daughter, SalimaÂ Hashmi, will reminisce about her years with him.
Writers including Karen Armstrong, author of Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, A History of God,Â and other books on comparative religion; Daniyal Mueenuddin, author of the critically-acclaimed shortÂ story collection In Other Rooms, Other Wonders; Kamila Shamsie, author of Burnt Shadows,Â Kartography and other novels; Ahmed Rashid, author of the best-selling book, Taliban: Militant Islam,Â Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia; and Sara Suleri Goodyear, author of Meatless Days, will beÂ the highlights at the Festival.
In addition to this, many Urdu poets and authors like Amjad Islam Amjad, Intizar Hussain, Zehra Nigah,Â Iftikhar Arif, Hassan Manzar, Zaheda Hina, Asad M. Khan, and Kishwar Naheed will also be anÂ important part of the event.
Both the organisers have already started to build up the momentum for the Festival this year withÂ activities related to and leading towards the main event. The launch of Granta magazine in Pakistan; aÂ creative writing workshop for young writers in Karachi and Lahore conducted by the renowned author,Â Kate Pullinger; an essay-writing competition for school children; and a short story contest are some ofÂ the activities held to mark the Festival.
The Festival will provide a forum for dialogue between Pakistan and the rest of the worldâ€”puttingÂ contemporary writing and thought from Pakistan on an international platform, and bringing modernÂ writings from around the world to Pakistani audiences.
The Festival will be held at the Carlton Hotel, Karachi, from 5 to 6 February 2011.
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