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Northern Ireland writers take to the stage at prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival

Friday 18th January 2019 at 10am 0 Comments Literature

Jan Carson and Paul McVeigh pictured with Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Image: Jan Carson and Paul McVeigh pictured with Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Belfast-based writers Jan Carson and Paul McVeigh are representing Northern Ireland at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The writers have accepted invitations to read at the Festival with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council Northern Ireland. Their stay in India will cover the five-day celebration at the end of this month.

Considered one of the most important events of its kind across the globe, the festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to engage in thoughtful dialogue and debate.

Other programme speakers this year will include Sebastian Barry, Germaine Greer, Anuradha Roy, Mary Beard, Alexander McCall Smith and Belfast Book Festival and Lifeboat Readings veteran Kayo Chingonyi.

The invitation to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival is part of new links formed with key cultural institutions in India by the Arts Council as a platform for creating, sharing and promoting the creative arts.
Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama, at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

“The Jaipur Literature Festival is world renowned, a celebration of books and writing which draws together international publishers, writers and cultural figures from across the globe.  It’s a fantastic stage to showcase Northern Ireland’s rich literary talent and we are delighted to be able to support Jan and Paul at this important festival. They follow David Park and Glenn Patterson who have attended the Festival in recent years.”

During the festival, Jan and Paul will take part in a number of panel discussions and debates, including one together entitled, 'What Is Not Said: Celebrating the Short Story'.

Jan Carson is the author of the novel Malcolm Orange Disappears, a short story collection, Children’s Children, and a micro-fiction collection, Postcard Stories. Her novel The Fire Starters is forthcoming from Doubleday in April 2019.

"I'm so grateful for the opportunity to visit a country I've always been fascinated by and to have a chance to showcase my own work alongside a host of Internationally renowned writers. I'm really looking forward to making contacts, encountering new writers and exploring Indian culture."

Paul McVeigh’s debut novel, The Good Son, won The McCrea Literary Award and The Polari First Novel Prize. He is the co-founder of the London Short Story Festival and has written for stage, radio and television.  Speaking about the Festival Paul said:

“I'm looking forward to meeting authors from around the world and sharing Northern Irish stories with them. I’m hoping to learn a lot from the many different cultures and writing styles and seeing how they influence and inspire me.”

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