Nepal Literature Festival, the first international literary festival organised in Nepal, was held on Aug 18 to Aug 21 on the premises of Gyan Mandala in Jhamsikhel, Patan.
Organised by the Bookworm Trust, the festival, which “aims to promote Nepali literature and celebrate the written word”, will feature national literary luminaries such as Dhurva Chandra Gautam, Jagadish Ghimire, Abhi Subedi and Sarubhakta, and three international writers including former BBC Correspondent Sir Mark Tully and authors Ira Trivedi and Indra Bahadur Rai. “That was the first time any corporate house has stepped up to sponsor an international literary event,” says Ajit Baral of Bookworm Trust.
Highlights of the festival include sessions on journalism practice by Sir Mark Tully and senior media person Bijay Kumar Pandey; Leela Lekhan by Indra Bahadur Rai as well as a session on films based on novels. Young writers Rajan Mukarung, Yug Pathak, Manu Manjil and Manisha Gauchan appeared in the event.

The festival was organised to coincide with Nepal Tourism Year, with an objective to “put Nepal firmly on the international literary map”.

TimeEvent
11:00 - 11:20 amWelcome Speech—From the organizer
Sponsor's speech
A short speech by Bairagi Kainla,
Chancellor of the Nepal Academy
Key Note Speech by Indra Bahadur Rai, introduced by Devendra Bhattarai
12:30 - 2 pmLunch Break
2:00 - 3:00 pmCraft and content : Govinda Bartaman, Mahesh
Bikram Shah and Kumar Nagarkoti, moderator
Ujjwal Prasai
3:00 - 4:00 pmReadings: Narayan Shrestha, Prakash Sayamai,
Shrawan Mukarung, Momila, Sulochana
Manandhar and Usha Sherchan
4:00 - 5:00 pmIndia: Potholes in the Road Ahead: Mark Tully,
introduced by Kanak Mani Dixit
5:00 - 6:00 pmLaunch of Bhisma Uprety's Beyond the Holy
Border: A Poet's Journey to Manasarovar
TimeEvent
11:00 - 12:00 amReporting South Asia: Vijay Kumar in conversation
with Mark Tully
12:00 - 1 pmFilms based on novels: Nabin Subba, Nayan Raj Pandey
and Yadav Kharel, moderator Brazesh
1:00 - 2:00 pmLaunch of Beli by Neelam Karki Neharika,
commentator: Govinda Raj Bhattarai
2:00 - 3:00 pmLeela lekhan: Indra Bahadur Rai and Krishna Dharabasi,
moderator Sanjeev Uprety
3:00 - 4:00 pmSociety and fiction: Narayan Dhakal, Suresh Dhakal,
Kishore Nepal, moderator Krishna Jwala Devkota
4:00 - 5:00 pmCreative writing and women: Sharada Sharma and
Gyanu Pandey, moderator Rajani Dhakal
5:00 - 6:00 pmBeing Young: a conversation with Rajan Mukarung,
Yug Pathak, Manu Manjil and Manisha Gauchan,
moderator Jhalak Subedi
TimeEvent
11:00 - 12:00 amThe future of Nepali writing in English: Padma
Devkota and Peter J Karthak, moderator Biswas
Baral
12:00 - 1 pmHow to benefit from the booming economies
of China and India —Bishwambhar Pyakurel,
Ramershwor Khanal, moderator Ameet Dhakal
1:00 - 2:00 pmLaunch of Nepali Katha-Part 4, edited by Byakul
Pathak
2:00 - 3:00 pmJugalbandi: Prakat Pageni and Bood Rana,
moderator Prakash Sayami
3:00 - 4:00 pmMedia coverage of literature and its impact: Hari
Adhikari Narayan Wagle and Parashu Pradhan,
moderator Raman Ghimire
4:00 - 5:00 pmThere is no love on Wall Street—Sophia Tamot in
conversation with Ira Trivedi
5:00 - 6:00 pmBook launch
TimeEvent
11:00 - 12:00 amColumn writing: Rabindra Mishra, Khagendra
Sangraula and CK Lal, moderator Ajit Baral
12:00 - 1 pmWriting plays: Anup Baral, Sunil Pokharel,
Sarubhakta and Abhi Subedi, moderated by
Puspha Acharya
1:00 - 2:00 pmLaunch of Aama, a collection of stories by
Krishna Dharabasi
2:00 - 3:00 pmMy writing life
3:00 - 4:00 pmWriting in the mofussil: Krishna Bhusan Bal,
Tirtha Shrestha, moderator Shekhar Kharel
4:00 - 5:00 pmWriting and survival: Jagadish Ghimire
and Dhurba Chandra Gautam, moderator
Buddhisagar
5:00 - 6:00 pmOn Nepali publishing: Ramchandra Timothy,
Krishna Hari Banskota, Kiran Krishna Shrestha,
moderator Bhasker Gautam