18 Sep '11, 1pm
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal's first international literary festival drew authors from around the world and hundreds
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal's first international literary festival drew authors from around the world and hundreds of booklovers to the historic city of Patan over the weekend. The three-day Kathmandu Literary Jatra featured best-selling British historian William Dalrymple, Pakistani novelist Mohammed Hanif and Tarun J. Tejpal, editor of the investigative Indian news weekly Tehelka. 'The excitement for Jatra was phenomenal. Many students and those who love literature flocked to the historic venue,' festival director Suvani Singh told AFP. The highlights of the multilingual event, which took place in Patan's medieval Durbar Square, a Unesco World Heritage Site near the capital Kathmandu, included poetry recitals and conversations with big-name authors.