Raman has announced the Kuala Lumpur International Literature Festival which is to take place 28th, 29th and 30th of March 2007. The theme for the event is 'The nation at 50.'
Am happy to see that the whole event has been scaled down compared to the 2004 event which was way too ambitious (though we largely pulled it off) and has dropped the literary conference part which really didn't work last time. The events will be held in and around Bangsar Baru, and are all within walking distance. This also strikes me as a very good idea and there are plenty of places to stop and eat and socialise in between venues.
Events are still being worked out but will include, book launches, discussions, meetings with writers, exhibitions and workshops - for adults and children.
Some names have been announced, local (Dina Zaman, Cecil Rajendra, Salleh ben Joned, Tash Aw, Wong Phui Nam among them) and international (including performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah from the UK).
The whole thing will cost RM100 for the three days (RM50 for writers/ teachers/ students).
The only fault I can find with the whole thing is five events running simulataneously may mean 1) making tough choices (though some events will repeat) 2) some events being under attended.
More news as it comes in! Meanwhile mark the dates in your diaries. (And that's an order!)