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Book industry figures to attend Australia Fest in India

Australian authors, publishers and literary festival programmers are among the guests at Australia Fest, a six-month festival comprising more than 75 events across 20 Indian cities.

Supported by the federal government, the multi-artform festival runs from September 2018 to March 2019, and includes events across literature, theatre and performance, dance, music, art and design, screen, food and sport.

A delegation of Australian publishers and literary festival programmers will tour India in January 2019 as part of the India Literature Exploratory. The delegation includes NewSouth executive publisher Phillipa McGuinness, Emerging Writers’ Festival general manager Will Dawson, MidnightSun publisher Anna Solding, Writing NSW CEO Jane McCredie, Black Inc. senior publisher Chris Feik, and Melbourne Writers Festival artistic director Marieke Hardy.

During the tour, delegates will attend the Jaipur Literature Festival, present their business at annual trade event Jaipur BookMark, and attend meetings with international colleagues. The tour is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and a yet-to-be-confirmed staff member from the organisation will also be travelling with the group.

Australian authors will also appear at literature festivals across India between November 2018 and February 2019, including the Mumbai LitFest, the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and the Brahmaputra Literary Festival. Authors taking part include Anita Heiss, Peter Carey, Robert Dessaix, Markus Zusak, John Zubrzycki, Christos Tsiolkas and Andrew Garton. Zubrzycki will tour his recent book, Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns: A Magical History of India (Pan Macmillan), which draws on a range of sources to offer a narrative history of magic in India.

Children’s authors Leigh Hobbs and Meredith Costain will attend the Jumpstart children’s content creators’ congress in Mumbai and the Bookaroo Festival of Children’s Literature in New Delhi.

View the full program here.



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