• 20th & 21st May, 2017 at British Library



    The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival returns to
    London this spring!

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The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival returns to London this spring!

On May 20th and 21st the British Library will be transformed like never before as the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival inhabits its spaces for the first time. ZEE JLF@The British Library will present a sumptuous showcase of South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, cinema and illusion, books and ideas, dialogue and debate, Bollywood and politics in the context of this broader view of India and its relationship to the UK.
2017 marks the fourth London edition of the Festival, which is rooted in the Pink City of Jaipur, India. Held every January, this year commemorated the 10th anniversary of the flagship event. Festival co-directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple have programmed JLF@The British Library to provide UK audiences with a taste of what is frequently referred to as ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’ in celebration of 70 years of UK-India relations.


Celebrate the Word


10 Years of Celebrating the Word

Once again, the 2017 edition of the Festival will bring together a dizzying array of voices and cerebral conversations.
  • It's settled. The Jaipur Literature Festival is officially the Woodstock, Live 8 and Ibiza of world literature. The Frankfurt Book Fair and the Booker Prize Awards are like watching the Pope sleep compared to an ambience best described as James Joyce meets Monsoon Wedding."
    Time Out
  • "It was a much younger, livelier and more euphoric crowd than literary festivals usually attract. It wanted to be provoked, was eager to laugh and fought to be heard: as the microphones went around for questions, eager hands snatched at them."
    The Economist
  • "Like Hay dropping acid."
    The New York Times

Seeing school students, in uniform, on a Saturday, peppering esteemed journalists and politicians with erudite and wide-ranging questions was brilliant.

Meredith Curnow, Publisher


The Jaipur Literary Festival is part-circus, part-postgraduate seminar and part-revolutionary assembly.

Lawrence Norfolk, Author


The greatest literary show on Earth.

Tina Brown, Journalist & Author


The most fabulous literary love-fest on the planet.

Simon Schama, Author & Historian