JLF Day 2 | More of Margaret Atwood with some Stephen Fry thrown in

The Jaipur Literature Festival started on Thursday with a keynote address by novelist and poet Margaret Atwood


Margaret Atwood. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
Margaret Atwood. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

Five sessions to sit in on today. In my opinion, in the second half of the day, disappear and recharge yourself. There is the weekend crowd appearing tomorrow. (Shudder)

10 am (Rajnigandha Silver Pearls Front Lawns): The Jaipur Literature Festival started yesterday with a keynote address by novelist and poet Margaret Atwood. The same venue was packed with people waiting an hour beforehand in order to hear her. There’s no reason not to start the day with her again. She speaks about her new novel, The Heart Goes Last.

10 am (Google Mughal Tent): What does it take to be a war correspondent? Journalists Christina Lamb and Samanth Subramanian, conflict photographer Don McCullin and Israeli novelist David Grossman in conversation.

11.10 am (Rajnigandha Silver Pearls Front Lawns): Actor and comedian Stephen Fry makes an appearance this morning in a conversation about writing the memoir with Helen MacDonald, Blake Morrison, Christina Lamb, Esther Freud and Samanth Subramanian.

11.10 am (Baithak): In the meantime, the legendary photographer Don McCullin moves for a more personal conversation with William Dalrymple.

2.30 pm (Baithak): Marlon James won the Man Booker in 2015. And Kei Miller won the Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection in 2014. They talk of Jamaican literary renaissance with poet Tishani Doshi.

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