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Hyderabad Literary Festival

Hyderabad Literary Festival or HLF is a literary festival held in HyderabadTelanganaIndia.[1] It is a 3-day annual event that celebrates creativity in all its forms. Every year has a guest nation, and an Indian language in focus.

The Festival has emerged as an important event in the cultural calendar of the country[2] representing, as it does, the rich and cosmopolitan ethos of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, as well as the vibrant culture of the modern Cyberabad. HLF is a Festival for All. Its programme includes conversations with authors, readings, discussion panels, workshops, book launches, cultural programmes, and events for college students and school children.

Hyderabad Literary Festival 2014 was organized by Hyderabad Literary Trust in association with the Department of TourismState Government, and with the support of several academic, literary, cultural organizations and publishing houses.

Highlights of HLF

     Kaartikeya Bajpai


Kaartikeya Bajpai, a JN Tata Scholar and journalism graduate, was first published in Chandamama when he was 9 and his work has since appeared in many national and international magazines. He lives in New York, completing his masters in Creative Writing. He is the Editor-in- Chief of The Bombay Review, a bi-monthly literary magazine, based out of New York City and Mumbai, which has readers in 120 countries. He won the “25 Under 25 ChangeMakers in India” Award in writing, and has represented India as Youth Global Leader in a 10-day conference in Macedonia. He has given 2 TEDx talks and been a panelist and faculty in numerous institutions.

 Pedro Jun Cruz Reyes


Pedro Jun Cruz Reyes is an award-winning Filipino writer, painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. He is called “Amang” (literally, father) by many writers and artists because of his untiring support to budding artists. He is currently Senior Adviser of the Center for Creative Writing of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and a writing fellow of the Institute of Creative Writing of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Gauri Nori

Gauri Nori is a research scholar at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad and has a Masters in Film and Literature from The University of York, U.K. She has taught various undergraduate and postgraduate courses as part of the Liberal Arts department at the Annapurna International School of Film and Media. Her research interests include adaptation studies, aesthetics of film and experimental art. She enjoys working with wide a range of mediums and dabbles in wire sculpture, cartooning, recycled projects and street art.

Deepa Kiran

Deepa Kiran is the founder of Story Arts India. She is a professional storyteller of international repute, an educationist, writer, and voice-over artist. She is the author of a print-cum-audio book for children, titled The Royal Mistake. She is actively engaged in integrating storytelling and the arts with the learning environment. She holds performances and training programmes across the country at schools, universities, publishing houses, libraries, cultural centres, literary festivals, NGOs, government, corporate and other organizations. Her recent engagements include a TED talk at Amity and a Keynote at Katha Children’s Writers’ Workshop.

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