Addressing a press conference
The third edition of the Ncell Nepal Literature Festival 2013 is being organized by The Bookworm Foundation with the support of Ncell. The Festival will run from 25 – 28 Oct. (8th Kartik-11 Kartik 2070) in the premises of the Nepal Academy at Kamaladi, Kathmandu.
The Festival will bring together 8 international writers such as Shobhaa De, Ravinder Singh, Prajwal Parajuly, Prakash Iyer, Anni Zaidi and Abhay K. from India, Ned Beauman from UK and Farah Ghuznavi from Bangladesh (information about these writers is attached) and over 90 Nepali writers and professionals. These include Abhi Subedi, Akhilesh Upadhyay, Sudheer Sharma, Sharada Sharma, Vijay K. Panday, Anil Shah, Anil Chitrakar, Ramesh Kharel, Nayan Raj Pandey, Hari Bansha Acharya, Madan Krishna Shrestha, Rajesh Hamal, Yubaraj Ghimire and Sarshwoti Pratikshya, Shakuntala Joshi to name a few.
The Festival will have panel discussions, poetry recitals and book fair and signings, and much more. Lovers of literature will get a chance to rub their shoulders with the national and international literary stars, engage in racy dialogues, and grab a book and get it signed by their favorite writers.
The sole sponsor of the Festival, Ncell, the leading telecommunication company in Nepal, reaffirms its commitment to the slogan 'Here for Nepal' by continuing its financial support towards the promotion of Nepali literature. Director-Corporate Communications of Ncell Sanju Koirala says, "We believe in the saying that without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change, windows on the world and lighthouses in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians and bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print. Therefore we, at Ncell have continued supporting for the Festival from the start."
The organizer of the Festival, The Bookworm Foundation is a collective of people with passion for books and writing. The collective has been conducting readings, talk programs and writing workshops. The Foundation hopes that by bringing writers and readers together in one forum for literary conversations, the Festival will help broaden the scope and quality of Nepali literature.
The inaugural edition of the Festival in 2011 was well-received by the audience and writers with an attendance of over 5,000 strong audience. International writers like Mark Tully, Indra Bahadur Rai and Ira Trivedi graced the occasion, in addition to over 60 eminent Nepali writers including Sarubhakta, Sharada Sharma, Narayan wagle, Usha Sherchan, Abhi Subedi, Dhruba Chandra Gautam and Jagadish Ghimire had graced the inaugural edition that spread over 25 sessions. The second edition of the festival in 2012 turned out to be bigger and better with over 15000 people and more than 90 writers participating in it for 4 days.
Replete with sessions that include topics as wide-ranging as literature, art, music, sociology and economics, the Festival will help present Nepal as a hub of literary and intellectual exchange, thereby drawing the attention of people around the world to Nepal.
The President of the Foundation Ajit Baral, says, "The Ncell Nepal Literature Festival is helping to expand the already expanding Nepali book market by generating heightened interest in reading and writing. The Festival will be at the vanguard of a renaissance in Nepali literature."