Literary Events Calendar: December 2018

December Events India 2018
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For readers, writers, students and followers of all things literary and just everyone looking to engage with fellow enthusiasts of the written word – we looked around and found the most interesting event happening in the country in December. Here’s a little list:

Event Name: The Poetry Lineup
What’s it about: 10 poets will perform, including spoken word regulars such as Aarsh Mehta, Harsh Shah and Bhupendra Singh
Location: The Habitat, Mumbai
Dates: Monday, December 3, 9:00 PM
Registration and tickets: Rs 100, book them here
Open to: All

Event Name: Goa Arts and Literature Festival
Location: The International Centre, Goa
Dates: December 6 -8
Registration and tickets: Register here.
Speakers to watch out for: Alan Machado, AJ Thomas, Amita Kanekar, Antara Dev Sen (founder of The Little Magazine), Linguist Anvita Abbi, translator Augusto Pinto, Janeita (Jugneeta) Sudan, Shanta Gokhale.

Event Name: Peek A Book Literature and Story-telling Festival for Children
What’s it about: As the name suggests, a storytelling festival for kids, more carnival than literature festival, and a whole lot of fun
Location: The Royal Opera House, Mumbai , Mumbai South
Dates: Satuday, December 8 at 10:00Am
Registration and tickets: Rs 250 onwards, find tickets here.
For: Kids of all ages and accompanying adults

Event Name:  Bewakoof Presents #WhoLetThePoetsOut
What’s it about: Emerging poets will tickle your funny bone with their rhymes.
Location: The Cuckoo Club, Mumbai , Mumbai Western Suburbs
Dates: Saturday, 15 December at 6:30PM
Registration and tickets: Rs 299 onwards, find them here.
Open to: Poets and audience. Poets can see how to send entries here


Event Name:  Writing Through Movement
What’s it about: A workshop that will “aid understanding on how to use movement and the body to connect with your inner untapped sources of creativity.”
Location: Essar Podium, Mumbai , Mumbai South
Dates: Saturday, 15 December at 10:00 AM
Registration and tickets: Rs 1000, find them here.
Open to: All

Event Name: Times Litfest, Mumbai
Location: Mehboob Studios, Mumbai
Dates: December 14 – 16
Registration and tickets: At venue
Speakers to watch out for: Besides festival regulars such as Amitav Ghosh, Gulzar and Easterine Kire, there are interesting names like Ahdaf Soueif, Ashok Vajpeyi, Fatima Farheen Mirza, Lincoln Paine, Madelieine Thien, Mitra Phukan

Poetry Event Mumbai

Event Name: The UnErase Lineup
What’s it about: Spoken word poetry in English and Hindi. Performers include Gaurav Tripathi, Nadeem Raj, Moira Rajpal, Bikram Bumrah, Anuj Kumbjat and Isha Joshi
Location: The Cuckoo Club, Mumbai
Dates: December 15, 2018
Registration and tickets: Rs 400, book here
Open to: 16+

Event Name: Stories on Toast – An Open Mic for Unpublished Authors
What’s it about: A storytelling open mic for unpublished authors
Location: The Cuckoo Club, Mumbai
Dates: December 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Registration and tickets: Rs 250, book here
Open to: All

Event Name: Ethos LiteraryEthos Literary Festival Festival (Bi-lingual LitFest)
Location: Dum Dum, Kolkata
Dates: December 22 – 24
Registration and Tickets: Free, at venue
Speakers to watch out for: As a bilingual festival with a focus on indie press and authors, this one is promising for its whole schedule. Among the most promising sessions include one on the prospects of Haiku poetry in India, on the role of critics of poetry, on poetry from the north-east, where Indian poetry is headed and a few book readings. It is clearly inclined towards poetry, so hardcore prose lovers could give it a skip. Unless you want to try and break the mysticism around the word ‘poem’ (there’s a session dedicated to this too, btw!)

Planning ahead

With several important festivals and events being held in January, you may want to start planning a little – book tickets, re-read your favourite authors and of course, pick the books you want signed.

Kerala Literary Festival – January 10-12, 2019

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival – January 18 – 20, 2019

Jaipur Literature Festival – January 24 -29, 2019, 2019

Hyderabad Literary Festival – January 25 -27, 2019


Prakruti Maniar

Prakruti Maniar

Prakruti Maniar is editor and partner of Purple Pencil Project, and hustles as a writer, researcher and more. She is deeply invested in cultural heritage, especially stories, and is committed to saving the literary heritage of India. She has a Master of Arts in Digital Humanities from Loyola University Chicago.

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