JLF Doha Program

  • The Program is subject to change. Please check jlflitfest.org/doha for the most updated program.
  • Important Note: The venues have limited capacity. Seating will be for the registered only and on a first-come basis. To register, click here.


12 December 2019 Venue: Special Events Area Venue: Auditorium  
6:00 - 6:30 PM

Opening Recital

Sharat Chandra Srivastav and Ravinder Kumar Soni

6:40 - 7:15 PM

1. Inaugural Address- Each Other's Stories

Her Excellency Lolwah Al-Khater,

Namita Gokhale,

Sanjoy K. Roy

7:15 - 8:00 PM

2. Keynote Session- In Denial

Betrayals of the Earth: Jeffrey Gettleman 

13 December 2019 Venue: Special Events Area Venue: Auditorium  
3:30 - 4:15 PM

3. The Anarchy

William Dalrymple introduced by Sanjoy K. Roy

4:30 - 5:15 PM

4. Of Djinns, Mermen and Stories Within Stories

Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Amira El-Zein in conversation with Mohammed Reza Pirbhai


Shakespeare in Movement: A Theater Workshop

By Kim Pereira

Time: 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Venue: Open Terrace next to the Novels Section

Age limit: 22 years and Above

5:25 - 6:10 Pm

5. Of Thrones and Sultans

Tales from Indian History Manu S. Pillai in conversation with William Dalrymple

6:20 - 7:05 PM

6. Writing Conflict

Paul McVeigh, Ahmad Dallal and Prayaag Akbar in conversation

7:15 - 8:00 PM

7. An Evening with Sharmila

Sharmila Tagore in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy

14 December 2019 Venue: Special Events Area Venue: Auditorium  
10:00 - 10:30 AM

Morning Music

Barnali Chattopadhyay 

10:30 - 10:45 AM

The Universality of the Culture Banquet

H.E. Dr. Hamad Al-Kuwari

10:45 - 11:25 AM

8. Of Empire

James Onley and William Dalrymple in conversation with Uday Chandra


STORYKIT: Interactive Storytelling Workshop

Presented by Musharaff Ali Farooqi

Time: 10:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Venue: The Children's Library

Age limit: 10 years and above

11:35 AM - 12:20 PM

9. Leila

Prayaag Akbar in conversation with Asma Khan

12:30 - 1:15 PM

10. Jaipur Journals: The Writing Life

 Namita Gokhale in conversation with Neha Tara Mehta

1:15 - 2:00 PM  Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
2:00 - 2:45 PM

11. The Ground Beneath Our Feet

Pranay Lal in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy, introduced by Sayeed Mohammed

12. Kumukanda: An Initiation

Kayo Chingonyi in conversation with Sam Meekings

2:55 - 3:40 PM

13. The Women's Courtyard

Rakhshanda Jalil, Buket Uzuner and Amal Al-Malki in conversation with Namita Gokhale

14. What is Not Said: Celebrating the Short Story

Alex Shaw, Kaltam Jabor M. Al-Kuwari and Paul McVeigh in conversation

2:55 - 3:40 PM

15. Indian Kitchen: Of Food and Friendship

Asma Khan in conversation with Shobhaa De

16. Migrant Words: The Colour of a Scream

Kayo Chingonyi and Kim Pereira in conversation with Sam Meekings

4:45 - 5:30 PM

17. Istanbul Calling

Buket Uzuner in conversation with Firat Oruc

18. The Poetic Imagination

Amira El-Zein, Musharaff Ali Farooqi, Kaltam Jabor M. Al-Kuwari and Kim Pereira in conversation

5:40 - 6:25 PM

9. The Journey of Our Ancestors

Tony Joseph in conversation with William Dalrymple

20. Fiction and the Spaces in Between

Alex Shaw, Sam Meekings and Rakshanda Jalil in conversation Neha Tara Mehta

6:35 - 7:20 PM

21. Starry Nights

Shobhaa De in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy