ABOUT JLF LONDON at the British Library -2024

JLF London at the British Library will be back this year - from 7th - 9th June, 2024, with an exciting line-up of speakers and sessions.

Hosted at the prestigious British Library, JLF London is a cross-cultural voyage in which we bring a mix of literary narratives and inspirational speakers from around the world.

In February 2024, the 17th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival was held at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur. The five-day Festival, held annually in the Pink City of Jaipur, is a celebration of the power of words and ideas amidst a riot of colour, music, art and cuisine, through discourse and debate.

As always, JLF London will embody the multi-faceted spirit of the Jaipur Festival, with its grand ideal of inclusiveness and community, and be back at the heart of London with a caravan of writers and thinkers, poets, balladeers and raconteurs, who will bring alive South Asia’s unique multilingual literary heritage at the British Library.

Over the last decade, at JLF London, we have offered over 600 sessions, combining oral and performing arts, books and ideas, conversation and debate, cinema, current affairs and politics & geopolitics.

The 2023 edition, that celebrated ten years of the London festival,featured prominent speakers, including author and journalist Deepa Annaparra, journalists Jonathan Freedland and Luke Harding, author and historian Tom Holland, editor and novelist Vauhini Vara, Noble laureate Venki Ramakrishnan, film director and screenwriter Vishal Bhardwaj, singer Usha Uthup, among others.

The upcoming edition of JLF London promises to bring together some of the world's most renowned and relevant voices to speak on essential themes that look at the different dimensions and perspectives of our shared stories.

We discuss democracy, elections and geopolitics, the psychology of war and matters of the ‘Present Tense’. We take an emotional journey across 50 years of modern Indian cinema and speak of the science of ageing and the nourishing and heartwarming nature of food. We celebrate art and the everlasting impact of museums; diaspora writing and readings across time.

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Program 2024

There Are Rivers in the Sky

Elif Shafak in conversation with William Dalrymple

The Seaweed Revolution

Vincent Doumeizel and Ian Graham in conversation with Aarathi Prasad

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The Marriage Portrait

Maggie O'Farrell in conversation with Elaine Canning

Shekhar Kapur: A Life in Films

Shekhar Kapur in conversation with Sanjoy Roy

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