Ncell 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 Dhurba 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 will also appear 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”.