Booked: Your guide to literary events in February

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January was all about the literature festivals, and looks like at least some of it will be spilling into February. In this post, we bring you a list of literary events in the city, from college festivals with a book-ish focus, to open mics, poetry gatherings, book readings, conferences, seminars and more.

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So if you’re into books, you might want to read this list of upcoming events, from Mumbai to Bengaluru, from Delhi to Darjeeling.

Event Name: Na Guddi… Naa Laadla
What’s it about: A screenwriting workshop on developing and portraying child characters in films, by four writers/directors from indie filmmakers of India
Location: Screenwriter’s Association of India, Andheri West
Dates: 4 February 2019, 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Registration and tickets: RSVP to, after which you will be sent a confirmation email
For: Aspiring storytellers in any format, but especially films

Event Name: Dastaan-Ae-Maaya
What’s it about: A poetry recital on love and longing
Location: The Cuckoo Club, Mumbai
Dates: 9 February 2019, 5 PM to 6:30 PM
Registration and tickets: Rs 200. You can book them here
For: Lovers of verse, ages 15 and above, especially if you have been through heartbreak

Event Name:  Sham-e-shayari
What’s it about: An introduction to the interpretation of Urdu poetry, taught by Hamid Banu, which will be followed by a month-long short course.
Location: Vidhya Bhawan, Udaipur
Dates: 8 February 2019, 5 PM to 8 PM. The course begins from 11 February. Registrations close on 9 February 2019.
Registration and tickets: Entry is free. Visit their Facebook page.
For: Poets and listeners.

Event Name: Kolkata Literature Festival 2019 at the Book Fair
What’s it about: A day of literary discussions on topics like Indian publishing, telling stories of unheard voices, and more. Check out the schedule for the day, here.
Location: Central Park, Kolkata
Dates: 9 February 2019, 12 PM to 9 PM
Registration and tickets: Free entry
For: People of all ages

Event Name: Lexicon ’19
What’s it about: The literary festival of Lady Irwin College. It will host events on creative writing, slam poetry and others. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
Location: Lady Irwin College, Mandi House, Delhi.
Dates: 9 February 2019, 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Registration and tickets: While registration is closed you can go visit it.
For: College students.

Event Name: International Book Fair
What’s it about: It’s a book fair for parents and kids, to help them develop a love of reading.
Location: Beanstalk International Preschool, Kolkata
Dates: 14-15 February, 11 AM to 2 PM
Registration and tickets: Entry is free. If your child does not study at the school, you can pre-register by calling them. Their contact details are here or reach out to them on Facebook.
For: Parents looking to introduce their kids to books and vice-a-versa.

Event Name: People’s Literary Festival
What’s it about: A gathering of writers and artists from Pakistan, Kashmir, Bengal, Assam, Odisha will all be speaking against the mainstream, right-wing narrative of today.
Location: Sukanta Mancha, Kolkata
Dates: 15-16 February 2019, 12 PM to 8 PM
Registration and tickets:
For:  Everyone, but mostly those who are wishing to stand up against the system.

Event Name: Mehfil: A music and poetry show
What’s it about: A talent competition for performance poetry.
Location: Kunzum Travel Cafe, Hauz Khas Village, Delhi.
Dates: 16 February 2019, from 12 PM to 3 PM
Registration and tickets: Register to compete here. Rs 200 for audience, which can be bought on BookMyShow.
For: Performance, spoken word poets.

Event Name: Book Launch of Cat’s Egg
What’s it about: Book reading by the author, Aparna Karthikeyan
Location: Cat Cafe Studio, Aaram Nagar
Dates: 15 February 2019, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Registration and tickets: Free Entry
For: Children


Event Name: Seshat’19
What’s it about: A three-day literary fest by Meraki, a college English lit society,
Location: Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, New Delhi.
Dates: 16-18 February 2019, 11 AM to 3 PM
Registration and tickets: You can register for the various competitions here.
For: College students, writers, punsters, scriptwriters, poets and more.

Event Name: Raising Haleem : Writing Stimulated by Food
What’s it about: An event where cooking (vegetarian) Haleem will inspire poetry and stories, and participants get to be a part of a culture of collective cooking.
Location: A Little Anarky Films, New Delhi
Dates: 17 February 2019, 7 PM to 12 AM
Registration and tickets: Rs 500, find tickets here.
For: A novel experience that includes to creative pursuits – cooking and poetry.

Event Name: The Durbar
What’s it about: One-day poetry festival, including readings and discussions by poets such as Linda Ashok, Raja Chakraborty, Kushal Poddar and Nabina Das.
Location: GN International Boutique Hotel, Hyderabad
Dates: 23 February 2019, 10 AM onwards
Registration and tickets: Entry is free. To register, email to
For: Aspiring poets and poetry enthusiasts.


Event Name: Raise YourVoice
What’s it about: An all-women poetry festival to celebrate International Women’s Day, which will also have music, crafts and more.
Location: Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Dates: 27 February 2019, 10 AM to 7 PM
Registration and tickets: Register here. Entry is free.
For: Everyone, poets especially.

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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