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9 – 11 Nov 2018


Dunstan Playhouse


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Adelaide Premiere

The ‘greatest literature show on Earth’ comes to Adelaide

From the producers of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, based in the heart of India’s famed Pink City, comes a transnational celebration of cultural connections and new perspectives.

JLF is a cultural phenomenon that celebrates the stories and heritage of South Asia as well as reflecting on a global view of contemporary literature and critical thought. Join celebrated writers and thinkers from across the globe for a jam-packed weekend of panels, debates, readings, performances, music and workshops.

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Festival Directors: William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale
Festival Producer: Sanjoy Roy
Produced by: Teamwork Arts

A Selection of Speakers

Shobhaa De has written extensively on India’s socio-cultural-political contours for over four decades. Her twenty books include bestsellers Starry Nights, Superstar India, and now, Seventy… and to hell with it! She is a prolific writer, columnist, blogger, social commentator and opinion shaper, widely respected for her fearless and independent opinions. 

William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of In Xanadu, City of Djinns, From the Holy Mountain, White Mughals, The Last Mughal, Nine Lives, and most recently, Return of a King: An Indian Army in Afghanistan. Dalrymple is one of the founders and a co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival. 

Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher and festival director. She is the author of 16 acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction and a founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival. She is also one of the founding directors of Yatra Books, a publishing house specialising in translation. 

Sharad P. Paul MD is a skin cancer specialist, family physician, academic, evolutionary biologist, storyteller, social entrepreneur and adjunct professor. He has authored several works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and medical textbooks – including the popular The Genetics of Health

Devdutt Pattanaik writes on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He is the author of 30 books and 600 columns, with bestsellers such as My Gita, Jaya, Sita, Business Sutra and the 7 Secret Series. His TV shows include Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18 and Devlok on Epic TV.

Assa Doron is Head of the Anthropology Program at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Robin Jeffrey is a visiting research professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore. Together, they have co-authored two books: The Great Indian Phone Book, and most recently, Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning writer and comedian. He has been profiled in the New York Times and ABC’s Australian Story. His most recent non-fiction work, The Islamic Republic of Australia is a critically acclaimed investigation that combines history, comedy, and geo-politics.

JY Yang is the Hugo and Nebula-nominated author of the Tensorate novellas from Tor.Com Publishing (The Red Threads of Fortune, The Black Tides of Heaven, The Descent of Monsters). They live in Singapore and identify as queer and non-binary.

Balli Kaur Jaswal is the award-winning author of Inheritance, Sugarbread and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the UK Sunday Express, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The New York Times, Harpers Bazaar and Best Australian Short Stories.

Fiona Caulfield was born in Adelaide and now based in Bengaluru, India where she is regarded as one of India’s leading travel writers. The Love Travel Guides, designed for luxury vagabonds, are regarded as the flagship guides for India. Vanity Fair ranked them in the top three guides globally.

Prayaag Akbaar is a writer and journalist based in Mumbai. His first novel Leila was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. He is a consulting editor with the financial newspaper Mint and former deputy editor of Scroll.


  • Jane Camens (AUS)
  • Sanaz Fotouhi (AUS)
  • Anna Funder (AUS)
  • Shivram Gopinath (SIN)
  • Tammy Ho Lai-Ming (HK)
  • Eka Kurniawan (IDN)
  • Galina Lazareva (AUS)
  • Pooja Nansi (SIN)
  • Uday Prakash (IND)
  • Vidya Shah (IND)
  • Greg Sheridan (AUS)
  • Pranamika Subhalaxmi (SIN)
  • Toby Walsh (AUS)
  • Wendy Were (AUS)
  • Isuru Wijesoma (SIN)
  • John Zubrzycki (AUS)