Soneva brings literary festival to Maldives capital

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Soneva Fushi will host a one-day event in Malé next Tuesday (16 May) as part of its iconic Jaipur Literature Festival. 

The event at the Maldives National University will feature conversations with acclaimed authors Christina Lamb and Sharad P. Paul followed by book signings for attendees.

Christina Lamb is a bestselling author and the Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times and one of Britain’s leading foreign journalists. Having reported from many of the world’s hotspots, from Afghanistan to Ukraine, Lamb has authored 10 books, including Our Bodies, Their Battlefields and What War Does to Women, and co-wrote I Am Malala with Malala Yousafzai. 

Sharad P. Paul is an acclaimed author, skin cancer specialist, philanthropist and professor. He is the author of The Genetics of Health and Skin: A Biography. Paul was awarded the prestigious Ko Awatea International Excellence Award for Leading Health Improvement on a Global Scale. 

Welcome speeches will be delivered by Indian High Commissioner Munu Mahawar and  Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, the JLF organiser.

Published local authors will also take the stage to discuss prose and poetry, including Nadha Ibrahim Zuhair, whose first book, Between the Stills and Pauses, was published in August 2022; Aminath Shirneem, the author of A Medium Rare Heart and The One with the Blue Pages; and Ahmed Mahid, who is known for his popular serialised short stories and contributions to Ocean Weekly

Local musicians Dhifoo and Zayaan will showcase their signature style of music that blends genres to present captivating performances of English, Dhivehi and French songs, as well as dynamic instrumentals.

The second international edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival will kick off at Soneva Fushi resort tomorrow (12 May). The 10-day festival will feature a star-studded line-up of bestselling authors, scholars, and playwrights, including Howard Jacobson, Namita Gokhale, Simon Sebag Montefiore, William Dalrymple, Priyamvada Natarajan, and Damon Galgut.