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Bookwallah

In 2012 Asialink's Bookwallah took five writers and an ingenious travelling library across India by train.

Three Indian and two Australian writers journeyed through the cities and towns of modern India in search of stories, conversations and connections.

Melbourne Writers Festival is pleased to be bringing the Bookwallah tour to Australia, bringing India's vibrant contemporary literary and publishing culture to audiences right across the east coast.

The State Library of Victoria will be mounting an exhibition of the Bookwallah roving library, containing the authors' books, and a further 160 Indian titles across fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s books and graphic novels. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to browse the titles.

The travelling authors are Annie Zaidi, Chandrahas Choudhury, Benjamin Law and Kirsty Murray, who will be involved in several Bookwallah events across the Melbourne Writers Festival. Then they will pack their suitcases and jump on a train, heading north to meet audiences at the University of Western Sydney and Brisbane Writers Festival. They will also enjoy a writing residency along the way at the National Trust's Mooramong Homestead.

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Bookwallah events

Friday 30 Aug 2013 at 10.00 am

Bookwallah: Good girls, bad girls and terrible truths

The plight of women in India has drawn international attention in recent times. Bookwallah participant Annie Zaidi and Norwegian author and women's rights advocate Anne Østby join Kirsty Murray to share the powerful stories of women in modern India.

And after the event, why not visit the free Bookwallah exhibition at the State Library of Victoria, charting the Bookwallah's epic literary adventure as the world's first roving writers' festival.

Proudly presented by BHP Billiton. Brought to you by Asialink and supported by NORLA

Find out more about the Bookwallah project...

Kirsty Murray, Annie Zaidi, Anne Østby

Venue: ACMI Studio 1
Code: 4901
Price: $21.50/19.50


Friday 30 Aug 2013 at 06.00 pm

Bookwallah: Meet the Bookwallahs

Welcome roving writers Annie Zaidi and Chandrahas Choudhury from India and Australians Benjamin Law and Kirsty Murray as Bookwallah arrives down under. Join us for a glass of chai, travel stories from the tour of India and some amazing tales from this travelling celebration of India's contemporary literary culture.

And after the event, why not visit the free Bookwallah exhibition at the State Library of Victoria, charting the Bookwallah's epic literary adventure as the world's first roving writers' festival.

Proudly presented by BHP Billiton. Brought to you by Asialink.

Find out more about the Bookwallah project...

Kirsty Murray, Benjamin Law, Annie Zaidi, Chandrahas Choudhury

Venue: Experimedia, State Library of Victoria
Code: 9905
Price: Free


Saturday 31 Aug 2013 at 02.00 pm

Bookwallah: Contemporary India - an insider's perspective

India today is a place of overwhelming contradictions with many of its political, social and cultural challenges being played out on an international stage. Annie Zaidi and Chandrahas Choudhury share with Nic Low an insider's view of this eastern powerhouse, as seen though the eyes of its writers.

And after the event, why not visit the free Bookwallah exhibition at the State Library of Victoria, charting the Bookwallah's epic literary adventure as the world's first roving writers' festival.

Proudly presented by BHP Billiton. Brought to you by Asialink.

Find out more about the Bookwallah project...

Nic Low, Annie Zaidi, Chandrahas Choudhury

Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria
Code: 9104
Price: $21.50/19.50


Saturday 31 Aug 2013 at 04.00 pm

Bookwallah: Encountering India - an outsider's perspective

Australian writers Sushi Das, Benjamin Law and Claire Scobie share their diverse encounters with India - as a place, culture and concept. They reflect on the valuable lessons and memorable experiences of visiting India, arranged marriages, growing up in an Indian family and writing about the country. Chaired by Kabita Dhara.

And after the event, why not visit the free Bookwallah exhibition at the State Library of Victoria, charting the Bookwallah's epic literary adventure as the world's first roving writers' festival.

Proudly presented by BHP Billiton. Brought to you by Asialink.

Find out more about the Bookwallah project...

Claire Scobie, Sushi Das, Benjamin Law, Kabita Dhara

Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria
Code: 9105
Price: $21.50/19.50


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