Prepare for a literary carnival

Bringing colour, creativity and learning to the fore, the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) 2014 begins today and will be held over a span of three days till January 26.

Published: 24th January 2014 08:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th January 2014 08:05 AM   |  A+A-


Bringing colour, creativity and learning to the fore, the Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF) 2014 begins today and will be held over a span of three days till January 26. The festival will take place across five different locations in Banjara Hills.

For three days of the festival, the street will be re-christened as ‘Literary Street’ and will come alive with plenty of events, bookstalls, exhibitions and other activities. The festival, which started in 2010, will include 30 literary sessions and 30 cultural experiences and will host 117 delegates from seven different countries. Admission is free and is open for all.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

‘Lit walk’

Literary street will be the central point of all activity at the HLF and is spread across five different venues – Ashiana, Kalpa School, Saptaparni, Kalakriti Art Gallery and Lamakaan.

The event will be inaugurated at Ashiana which will be followed by a ceremonial ‘Lit walk’, wherein delegates, organisers, partners and children will walk from Ashiana to Kalakriti dressed as their favourite literary characters, inaugurating the various components of the festival as they go.

The walk will be held from 10:15 to 10:45 am.

Book signing

Authors will visit Saptaparni at various times during the festival to interact with fans and autograph copies of their books. You can visit Saptaparni to bump into your favourite author and get your book copy signed!

Book Swap

You can bring along an old favourite books and swap it for one you haven’t read. Book swap will be an exciting activity that will take place at Saptaparni on all three days of the festival. Everyone is welcome.

Book Stalls

Book stalls from various publishing houses will be open on throughout the festival at Ashiana and Saptaparni.


Students will create and display graffiti on walls of the literary street. These will be on display only during the inaugural walk.

Collage and Book Covers

Students will take part in the collage activity and book cover competition. The winning book covers will be on display at the Literary Street

Photo Art Mart

Just for today, photography students will display their work at the Literary Street.


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