The Litro World Series
Summer Literary & Arts Festival '18

Cross- Cultural Conversations since 2005.
focus India & South Korea
London 24 - 27 May 2018

-971Days -23Hours -51Minutes -49Seconds


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Welcome to the Litro Live, weekender ’18

To celebrate the release of Litro’s latest annual World Series instalment, India (Translating India, guest edited by Shashi Tharoor) & South Korea, the 8th edition of the Litro Live! weekender will shine it’s light on writers and voices across these two cultures.

This year’s instalment will bring together some of today’s celebrated writers and voices from India and South Korea, ranging from the pride of New 
India to the hidden voices of Korean women. We will take a fresh look at these two 
fascinating countries, through the voice, and heart, of its people.
It is a festival that asks questions. How do we translate the Indian 
experience? How do we find the soul of Seoul? And what unites us, not
 divides us? We’ll be exploring these questions alongside established and emerging writers, translators, thinkers and academics, musicians and dancers all brought together for a weekend of cross-cultural conversations.

Litro will be championing international writers and the rise of the female-led narrative as women take back the canon and write themselves into literary history. Confirmed contributors and speakers at the festival include Mary Lynn Bracht (White Chrysantheum), Suki Kim (The Interpreter), Krys Lee (How I Became a North Korean) and Tishani Doshi (Countries of the Body), Bae Suah (Recitation), Sadaf Saaz (Sari Reams), Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay (Abandon), Anjali Joseph (The Living) and many more.

 you write, we also welcome you to join us for our Masterclasses, where you can pick up ‘tricks of 
the trade’ to help you hone the craft of writing.

We would love as many of you as possible to join us for this truly unique event in the heart of London.

Eric AkotoEric Akoto
Editor, Litro Magazine

Line Up

  • Suki Kim

    Suki Kim

    Suki Kim is the only writer to have lived in North Korea undercover for immersive journalism. She is the author of the NY Times Bestselling nonfiction book, Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite, and her novel The Interpreter was a finalist for a PEN Hemingway Prize. She is also a contributing editor at The New Republic.

  • Krys Lee

    Krys Lee

    Lee’s work includes Drifting House, How I Became a North Korean, and has appeared in publications including Granta and The Guardian. Lee is a recipient of the Rome Prize and an Honor Title from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & Literature at Yonsei University.

  • Tishani Doshi

    Tishani Doshi

    Doshi is a writer with six books of poetry and fiction, and essays and short stories published in various anthologies. She received the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry, and won the All-India Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection for her debut, Countries of the Body.

  • ZEE JLF@The British Library

    ZEE JLF@The British Library

    ZEE JLF@The British Library, will take over the Sunday programme 27th May with some special guest artists.

  • Hye-Ryoung Min

    Hye-Ryoung Min

    Min is a South Korean photographer living in New York and received her MPS from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Bronx Documentary Center and published in publications including Harper’s Bazaar.

  • Amrit Kaur Lohia

    Amrit Kaur Lohia

    Amrit Kaur Lohia is a singer-songwriter, Sarangi player and vocalist in genres of Punjabi folk, jazz and soul. Kaur has trained as a theatre director at the Young Vic Theatre and is a graduate of MA History, specialising in South Asia, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Here, she also received her Certificate in Teaching World Music.

  • Sadaf Saaz

    Sadaf Saaz

    Sadaf Saaz is a poet, festival producer and director of Dhaka Literature Festival (of which she co-founded). Growing up in the UK, Saaz studied Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge. Currently residing in Dhaka, Saaz is a cultural activist and author of Sari Reams, a poetry collection.

  • Mary Lynn Bracht

    Mary Lynn Bracht

    An American author of Korean descent living in London, Mary grew up in a large ex-pat community of women who came of age in postwar South Korea. In 2002, she visited her mother’s childhood village, and it was during this trip she first learned of the “comfort women.” Her debut novel, White Chrysanthemum, was published in January 2018 by Chatto & Windus Books and Putnam Books.

  • Gitanjali Patel

    Gitanjali Patel

    Gitaljali Patel is a translator and field researcher. Patel graduated from University of Oxford in Spanish and Portugese, and a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London. From film scripts to fiction, Patel has published the work of Luisa Geisler, Fernanda Torres and Gisele Joras since 2010.

  • Manu Pillai

    Manu Pillai

    Manu S Pillai is the author of The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore (Harper Collins India, 2015), winning Tata Prize 2016 and Sahitya Akademi 2017. A graduate of Fergusson College, Pune and King’s College London, Pillai is a columnist for Mint Lounge and a Serena Chopra’s Bhutan Echoes (Tasveer, 2016). Previously Pillai’s writing has appeared in publications including The Hindu and Open Magazine.

  • Quaisra Shahraz

    Quaisra Shahraz

    'Qaisra Shahraz is a Pakistani British, prize winning novelist and scriptwriter. She won the prestigious National Diversity, ‘Lifetime Achiever’ award for services to ‘Literature, Education, Gender and Interfaith relationships’ in 2016. Recently she was acclaimed as the ‘Most Influential woman in Manchester'. This year she has been listed in the ‘Muslim Power 100’ as a ‘trail blazer’ & ‘100 Influential Pakistani Women.’

  • Mahsuda Snaith

    Mahsuda Snaith

    Mahsuda Snaith is a writer of short stories and novels. The winner of SI Leeds Literary Prize 2014, Bristol Short Story 2014 and a finalist in the Myslexia Novel Writing Competition 2013, Snaith’s debut novel “The Things WE Thought We Knew” is published by Doubleday. Residing in Leicester, Snaith leads writing workshops and teaching part-time in primary schools.

  • Roopa Farooki

    Roopa Farooki

    Roopa Farooki is an award winning novelist. In 2013 Roopa Farooki was awarded the John C. Laurence prize from the Authors' Foundation, in recognition of her multicultural writing. In 2007 her debut novel, “Bitter Sweets” was nominated for the Orange New Writers Award 2007. Roopa’s novels have been published internationally and translated into a dozen languages.

  • Rachel Dwyer

    Rachel Dwyer

    Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London. Dwyer studied Sanskrit at SOAS, MPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford. Her PhD research was on the Gujarati lyrics of Dayaram (1777-1852).

  • Valerie Brandes

    Valerie Brandes

    Valerie Brandes is the Founder & Publisher of Jacaranda Books, and one of the Powerlist's top 100 most influential Black Britons for 2018. She is an ardent promoter of diversity in publishing, and a staunch supporter of social justice. She is a dissertation supervisor for MA Publishing students at Kingston University, and gives talks across the UK on publishing, inclusivity and entrepreneurship.

  • Francesca Orsini

    Francesca Orsini

    Francesca Orsini is Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature at SOAS, University of London. Professor Orsini read Hindi at Venice University, Italy and the Central Institute of Hindi and Jawaharlal University before attending SOAS for her PHD. Orsis ran a research project on “North Indian Literary Culture and History” at SOAS reconsidering the fifteenth century, before the Mughals,. (“After Timur Left” was co-edited with Samira Sheikh in 2014) and performance, songs and story-telling (“Tellongs and Texts, co-edited with katherine Schofield in 2015).

  • Amarjit Chandan

    Amarjit Chandan

    Amarjit Chandan is a noted Punjabi poet and essayist. Born in Nairobi, Chandan has published eight collections of poetry and five books in essays in Punjabi. His poetry has appeared in anthologies and magazines across the world. He has edited and translated into Punjabi approximately 30 anthologies of Indian and world poetry, in addition to fiction by writers including Martin Carter and John Berger.

  • Duncan Bartlett

    Duncan Bartlett

    Duncan Bartlett is the Editor of Asian Affairs magazine and the founder of Japan Story news portal. He was previously a presenter of World Business Report on the BBC World Service for fifteen years. Since becoming independent, he has contributed to the Economist, the Nikkei, Monocle and China Radio International. He is currently writing about Japanese management for Penguin Random House.

  • Anuradha Roy

    Anuradha Roy

    Roy is an Indian novelist, journalist and editor, whose work has been translated into 15 different languages across the world. Her first two books have been highly commended and won prizes and her third book, Sleeping on Jupiter, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016.

  • Jihyun Park

    Jihyun Park

    Park is North Korean refugee and survivor of human trafficking. She is an Outreach and Project Officer at the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea, co-director of Stepping Stone, a Project Official of Connect NK and a language tutor at SOAS University of London.

  • Susmita Bhattacharya

    Susmita Bhattacharya

    Bhattacharya is a novelist, short story writer and poet who has been published in Wasafiri, Blue Tattoo and Planet, the Welsh Internationalist and Roundyhouse Magazine. She has received prizes from From Festival Writing, Plymouth City Council and the Sulekha Short Story Prize.

  • Jarred McGinnis

    Jarred McGinnis

    Jarred McGinnis is the co-founder of The Special Relationship, which has been recently chosen for the British Council’s International Literature Showcase. In 2015, he was the creative director for ‘Moby-Dick Unabridged‘, a four-day immersive multimedia reading of Herman Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’ at the Southbank Centre, involving hundreds of participants.

  • Momtaza Mehri

    Momtaza Mehri

    Momtaza Mehri is a poet and essayist. Born in 1994, her work has been featured in DAZED, Buzzfeed, Vogue, BBC Radio 4, Poetry Society of America, Mask Magazine and Poetry Review. She is a Complete Works Fellow, winner of the 2017 Outspoken Page Poetry Prize and she took third prize in the National Poetry Competition 2018. Her chapbook sugah lump prayer was published by Akashic books/ African Poetry Book Fund in 2017. She also edits Diaspora Drama, a digital platform showcasing international immigrant art. She became the Young People’s Laureate of London in 2018.

  • Edward Howell

    Edward Howell

    Edward is an ESRC scholar in International Relations at Oxford University researching the influence of nuclear weapons on domestic belief in the North Korean regime. He graduated with a double first class degree in Geography from Oxford University, specializing in South Korean migration to the UK. Being half-South Korean, he is fascinated by ideas of identity amongst North and South Korean diaspora, and survival of the North Korean regime-state. Edward has published with The Diplomat, New Statesman, and Huffington Post.

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