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OUP Pakistan hosts fourth Karachi Literature Festival

OUP Pakistan hosts fourth Karachi Literature Festival

22 February 2013

OUP Pakistan hosted the fourth annual Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) from 15—17 February, helping to promote literacy in the country.

The event, which has run annually since 2010, aims to encourage a ‘book culture’ in Pakistan and encourages interaction between local and international authors.

Founded by OUP Pakistan Managing Director Ameena Saiyid and author Asif Farrukhi, it celebrates all types of literature as well as artistic forms such as dance, music, theatre, film, and puppetry.

This year’s festival included 129 sessions, with 211 speakers and performers, including renowned authors Nadeem Aslam and Initzar Hussain. Individual sessions included creative writing workshops, a book fair, book launches, a traditional poetry symposium, or ‘mushairah’, readings, debates, and lectures. A prize ceremony also took place, during which Ishtiaque Ahmend received an award for his book Pubjab: Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed.

The festival increased in size in 2013, moving from a two-day to three-day format, and attracting 15,000 attendees—three times the number that visited in 2010. For the first time this year, a children’s literature festival was also included as part of the event.

OUP Pakistan has been operating for years 60 years and event such as the KLF form an important part of its work supporting education and academia alongside its wide range of locally-produced publishing.

For more information about see the Karachi Literature Festival website.