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3rd Islamabad Literature Festival begins.

Islamabad -- Oxford University Press (OUP) is gathering avid readers, writers, academics, and literary figures from across Pakistan and the world for the second day of the 3rd Islamabad Literature Festival, which began yesterday at the Hotel Margalla, Islamabad. The event is scheduled to continue for one more day till 26th April. This was stated by Ameena Saiyid OBE, Managing Director, OUP.

The day will commence today at 10am with a plenary session Army Public School, Peshawar, students and teachers in conversation with Ayesha Mian and Ameena Saiyid. Followed by Power Failure: The Political Odyssey of a Pakistani Woman by Syeda Abida Hussain, moderated by Nasim Zehra. Witness Kahani ka Safar; Masood Ashar in conversation with Mustansar Hussain Tarar and Tabeer ki Talash Mein by Rehan Alavi, moderated by Najeeba Arif. Also Midwifing the Masterpieces: Authors, Literary Agents, Publishers, and Booksellers moderated by Ameena Saiyid, followed by Art and the Market by Art Now moderated by Quddus Mirza. The festivities will continue with Baat se Baat in conversation with Ata-ul-Haq Qasmi, followed by Full of Sound and Fury: Elections in Pakistan moderated by Rashed Rehman and Winning the Pulitzer Prize in conversation with Paul Harding, followed by Reading Art by Art Now moderated by Farida Batool. Attendees will then be treated to The Rights and Wrongs of Transgender Issues by Awaz, News, Views, and Sensationalism moderated by Rashed Rehman, Reading in Early Grades: Why its Important and What can be Done to Promote It? moderated by Sidra Iqbal, New Faber Poet in conversation with Zaffar Kunial and Educational Crisis and Reform: Perspectives from South Asia by Abbas Rashid and Irfan Muzaffar.

The celebrations will continue with Yemen: Difficult Choices for Pakistan moderated by Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Author to Author with Mohammed Hanif, A Womens Jirga from Swat by Awaz and The Matter of Moving Image by Art Now; Politics: The Art of the Possible and Sometimes the Impossible moderated by Farhan Bokhari, The Heart Breaks Free: Dramatic Readings of Ismat Chughtais Stories by Feryal Ali Gauhar, moderated by Ali Madeeha Hashmi, Balochistan: Tareekh, Siyasat aur Hassaas Mehl e Waqoo moderated by Mujahid Barelvi and Art,Culture and IT by Art now.

Patrons will be able enjoy the Intoxicated with Love book launch; Bulleh Shah: A Selection rendered in English verse by Taufiq Rafat, moderated by Shahid Nadeem; Teaching More or Better? moderated by Baela Raza Jamil, The poet looks eastward. In conversation Athar Tahir and Masculinity, Sexuality, and Illegal Migration: Human Smuggling from Pakistan to Europe by Ali Nobil Ahmad. Followed by a Mushaira, nizamat by Najeeba Arif.

The Islamabad Literature Festival is free and open to all. The co-founders, Ameena Saiyid and Asif Farrukhi, have invited the people of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad to attend the festival and join in the festivities.

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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
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Date:Apr 26, 2015
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