Bookwallah now brings Indian literature to Australia

Annie Zaidi


Annie Zaidi

In 2012 Asialink’s Bookwallah took five writers and an ingenious travelling library across India by train.

Three Indian and two Australian writers journeyed through the cities and towns of modern India in search of stories, conversations and connections.

Melbourne Writers Festival is pleased to be bringing the Bookwallah tour to Australia, bringing India’s vibrant contemporary literary and publishing culture to audiences right across the east coast.

The State Library of Victoria will be mounting an  exhibition of the Bookwallah  roving library, containing the authors’ books, and a further 160 Indian titles across fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s books and graphic novels. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to browse the titles.

The travelling authors are  Annie Zaidi,  Chandrahas Choudhury,  Benjamin Law  and  Kirsty Murray, who will be involved in several Bookwallah events across the Melbourne Writers Festival. Then they will pack their suitcases and jump on a train, heading north to meet audiences at the University of Western Sydney and Brisbane Writers Festival. They will also enjoy a writing residency along the way at the National Trust’s Mooramong Homestead.

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