IME Nepal Literature Festival
The only international literary festival in the country to run for eight consecutive editions, the IME Nepal Literature Festival is a playground for authors, thinkers and literature connoisseurs.

Message from Festival Director

Although scientists had long predicted a global outbreak of Covid-like viral infection, the world was slow to respond to the threat posed by the coronavirus when it first appeared late last year. No wonder the virus quickly transmitted from one country to another, forcing much of the world into lockdown, killing hundreds and thousands of people. A year on, we are still trying to contain its spread by wearing masks, keeping a physical distance and observing other health protocols. In such a situation, we couldn’t have organized our literature festival the usual way, that is, physically. But we didn’t want to give it a miss. And the only way we could have done that was by going virtual, scaling it down. That’s what we are doing this year. We hope that you won’t be too disappointed! We promise that we will be back with a bang next year to celebrate what will be the tenth anniversary of the IME Nepal Literature Festival.

Pokhara, Nepal


Aayushi KC is the Founder and CEO of Khaalisisi Management Pvt. Ltd., a waste management platform that connects waste workers and waste sellers. She is committed to raising public awareness about recycling in Nepal and ultimately hopes to create a waste management industry in the country. Named a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree in 2018 and Asia 21 Young Leader in 2019, KC aspires to build and digitize the waste ecosystem in Nepal.

Aayushi KC

Alok Siddhi Tuladhar
A documentary filmmaker, Alok Tuladhar is interested in documenting natural and man-made heritage. Engaged in the campaign to preserve tangible and intangible Nepali culture, he has worked in the field of computer software for more than two decades.

Alok Tuladhar

A former president of Ghazal Sandhya Pokhara, Amrit Subedi writes in different genres of literature. He is the Gandaki chief of Onlinekhabar and a senior correspondent at Samadhan Dainik.

Amrit Subedi

Chief executive officer of the Ullens Educational Foundation, Arnico Panday holds a bachelor's degree in environmental science and public policy from Harvard University, a master's degree in land resources from the University of Wisconsin, and a Doctorate in atmospheric science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Regional Program Manager of ICIMOD's Atmosphere Program until January 2020, Panday has served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Climate and Clean Air Coalition and various working groups of the Government of Nepal.

Arniko Panday

Avasna Pandey is the Program Manager at the Centre for Investigative Journalism-Nepal. Prior to joining CIJ-Nepal, she headed the Opinions section of the Kathmandu Post. She graduated with a Master's Degree in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has contributed articles for South-Asian Voice, The Kathmandu Post, and The Record.

Avashna Pandey

One of the most promising and young journalists, Basanta Basnet has an experience of over a decade in mainstream starting out as a reporter for Nagarik daily, he went on to become the editor of the weeklies Annapurna Today and Nepal Magazine. Currently, the editor in chief of Shilapatra, he is the author of 72 Ko Bishmaya

Basanta Basnet

Filmmaker and film entrepreneur Bhaskar Dhungana is the writer and producer of Kagbeni, the producer of Sano Sansar and the director and producer of Suntali Films. He is also a co-founder of QFX Cinemas and Digital Cinema Nepal.

Bhaskar Dhungana

Bhavana Tamang is a doctor by profession and is interested in enhancing the quality of school education. Having grown up amidst extreme poverty, she passionately advocates for a society where no one is deprived of an opportunity to study for lack of resources.

Bhawana Tamang

Bhikku Kasyap – Sunil-Babu-1_1.1
Bhikshhu Kashyap (Sunil Babu Pant) is the founder of the Blue Diamond Society and a former politician. Bhikshhu Kashyap is a name given to him by a Buddhist Guru.

Bhikshhu Kashyap

Committed to developing reading culture in Nepal, Bikesh Kabin is doing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English at Mahendra Multipurpose Campus, Dharan. His writings have appeared in various national newspapers and news portals including Annapurna Post.

Bikesh Kabin

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