Writers David Gilmour, Deborah Baker and Ramachandra Guha will release their books revolving around history at the three-day festival
At this year’s GALF, history buffs are in for a treat, as the festival will have several known names in the world of historical literature as part of the sessions. The ninth edition of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival will be held at the International Centre Goa from December 6 to December 8 and is organised and hosted by the ICG in association with the Goa Writers.
Authors like David Gilmour from the UK, Deborah Baker from the USA and Ramachandra Guha from India will release their latest historical books during the festival. The festival will be inaugurated by two celebrated Indian writers, novelist and writer Shashi Deshpande and the literary son of the soil, Jerry Pinto at a function at Maquinez Palace, Panaji at 5 p.m. on December 6. The inaugural will also see the unveiling of the official GALF 2018 artwork, exclusively created by the well-known Goan artist, Viraj Naik.
Leading Goan diaspora author Suneeta Peres da Costa, author Mustansir Dalvi, emerging literary star from Thailand, Prabda Yoon who will make his India debut here, and Nepali-Canadian author Manjushree Thapa will also attend the festival for the first time, alongside others from Bhutan, Singapore and Portugal.
The festival programme on December 7 and December 8 at ICG includes sessions with emphasis on contemporary history, showcasing writers like Manu Pillai, Rana Safvi, Shanta Gokhale and Ganesh Saili. Another parallel theme is GALF’s consistent emphasis on ‘Finding a Voice’, featuring the newly elected PEN vice president, Perumal Murugan; young voice Gurmehar Kaur of Delhi University; Kannada litterateur Vasudhendra and from the world of Hindi journalism, Anil Kumar Yadav.
A range of exclusive bookstalls will offer a selection of books available in Goa, from local publishers to international, distributed across a wide range of genres.
An entirely dedicated section called Young GALF will present daily programmes for school children of all ages every morning on the ICG lawns and will feature poetry, journalism, art and activities suited for young people.
(Entry to all festival sessions is free and open to the general public. For more information please visit http://www.goaartlitfest.com/)