Nepal | November 19, 2018

Literature Festival draws writers, readers to Pokhara

JP Cross inaugurates 5th Nepal Literature Festival

Britain-born Nepali citizen JP Cross (left) inaugurates the fifth Nepal Literature Festival, in Pokhara of Kaski, on Friday, January 29, 2016. Photo: Bharat Koirala

POKHARA: Well-known writers and literature enthusiasts from across the nation have gathered in Pokhara for the fifth Nepal Literature Festival.

Amid a function in Nepal’s tourism capital, a 91-year-old former British Army man JP Cross, who now has the Nepali citizenship, inaugurated the four-day function today.

The Festival, organised by Bookworm Foundation, includes as many as 31 panel discussions, poetry recitations and some book launches.

Nepal Literature Festival panel discussion

(From left) CPN-UML Secretary Yogesh Bhattarai, journalist Sudheer Sharma and former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai take part in a panel discussion moderated by journalist Basant Basnet (right) during the fifth Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhara, on Friday, January 29, 2016. Photo: Bharat Koirala

According to the organiser, panel discussions focus on a variety of topics including language and literature, arts and films, society and culture and politics and governance.

The panelists too are from varied backgrounds including litterateurs, readers, politicians, cine artists and journalists.

The festival would conclude on Monday.

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