Karachi and Jaipur literature festivals arrive in London
The Indian event will take place in the British Library for the first time this weekend, while the Pakistani festival will occupy its former venue, the Royal Festival Hall
Londoners are spoilt for choice this weekend (20-21 May), with both the Jaipur Literature Festival and Karachi Literature Festival descending upon the city.
Now in its fourth year, the London edition of the renowned Jaipur fair takes place in a new venue, the British Library, with speakers such as Meera Syal, Shashi Tharoor and Karan Johar. At its previous venue, the Royal Festival Hall, the Karachi event will this year hold its first ever edition outside Pakistan as part of the Southbank Centre's Alchemy Festival, with speakers such as Kamila Shamsie, Mohammed Hanif and Atiqa Odho.
I'm sure, like us, many of you would love to attend both, but since we're forced to make a choice, here are the events’ programmes: the Jaipur Literature Festival, and the Karachi Literature Festival. Follow us on Twitter for coverage from the South Bank and the British Library.
Our advice for next year is a super-festival that combines speakers and themes from both: Karachi meets Jaipur in London. Who wouldn't want to attend that?