From inception in 2010, the unique, homegrown, volunteer-driven and non-profit Goa Arts and Literary Festival (GALF) has rapidly emerged as one of the premier cultural showcases of India.
Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. He is the author of more than 25 books, ranging across poetry, art criticism, cultural history and poetry in translation. His collections of poetry include Central Time (Penguin, 2014), Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Die Ankunft der Vögel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006). His translation of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded has been published as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). He is the editor of Dom Moraes: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics, 2012), which is the first annotated critical edition of a major Anglophone Indian poet’s work. Hoskote’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Akzente, Boulevard Magenta, Coldnoon Travel Poetics, Fulcrum, Green Integer Review, Iowa Review, Nthposition, Poetry Review (London), Prairie Schooner, Sangamhouse, Wasafiri, and Wespennest. His poems have also been published in many anthologies, including The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Jeet Thayil ed., Bloodaxe, 2008), Language for a New Century (Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar eds., W. W. Norton, 2008), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (Sudeep Sen ed., HarperCollins, 2012), These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry (Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo eds., Penguin, 2012), and Another Country: An Anthology of Post-Independence Indian Poetry in English (Arundhathi Subramaniam ed., Sahitya Akademi, 2013). Hoskote has written or edited numerous artist monographs, most recently, Atul Dodiya (Prestel Verlag, 2014). With Ilija Trojanow, he has co-authored Kampfabsage (Random House/ Blessing Verlag, 2007; in English as Confluences: Forgotten Histories from East and West, Yoda Press, 2012). With Nancy Adajania, Hoskote has co-authored The Dialogues Series (Popular/ Foundation B&G, 2011), an unfolding programme of artist conversations. With Maria Hlavajova, he is the editor of Future Publics (The Rest Can and Should Be Done by the People): A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art (BAK, 2014). Hoskote has been a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995) and writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003), Theater der Welt, Essen/ Mülheim (2010) and the Polish Institute, Berlin (2010). He has been research scholar-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2010 and 2013). He has been awarded the Sanskriti Award for Literature, the S H Raza Award for Literature, the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award for Literature, and the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award as well as the Muse India Translation Award for his book I, Lalla. Hoskote has curated more than 30 exhibitions of contemporary art, including the 7th Gwangju Biennale (with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim, 2008), a lifetime retrospective of Jehangir Sabavala (National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay & New Delhi, 2005), two survey exhibitions of Atul Dodiya (Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, 2001 & National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2013), an exhibition of Indian photography and video work, ‘Needle on the Gauge’ (CACSA, Adelaide, 2012), a monographic exhibition on Indian abstraction, ‘Nothing is Absolute’ (CSMVS/ The Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, 2013), ‘Unpacking the Studio: Celebrating the Jehangir Sabavala Bequest’ (CSMVS/ The Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay, 2015), and the first-ever Indian national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011).
Mahesh Rao was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. His short fiction has been shortlisted for various awards, including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Baffler, Prairie Schooner and Elle. His debut novel, ‘The Smoke Is Rising’, won the Tata First Book Award for fiction and was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Crossword Prize. 'One Point Two Billion', his collection of short stories, was published in October 2015
Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays, and has edited two anthologies, one of them in English. He published and edited the literary journal Desha Kaala. His critically acclaimed novel, Ghachar Ghochar is forthcoming from HarperCollins India in an English translation in December 2015. An engineer by training, Vivek currently works for a multinational and lives in Bangalore.
Geetanjali Shree has written the novels Mai, Hamara Shahar Us Baras, Tirohit and Khali Jagah, and also has many short story collections. She is acclaimed for her innovative and adventurous style, both in terms of theme and language. While her creative writing is in Hindi, her non-fictional writings are in English and Hindi. She has been translated in other Indian languages and in European languages such as English, French and German. Geetanjali is an avid traveller and spends time in retreats in many parts of the world. When she is not doing that she lives in Delhi where she works on and off with a theatre group called Vivadi and devises scripts for performances.
A.J. Low is a husband-and-wife writing team!
Adan Jimenez was born in the San Joaquin Valley in California to Mexican immigrant parents. He became an immigrant himself when he moved to Singapore after living in New York for almost a decade. He has worked for comic book stores, book stores, gaming stores and even a hoagie sandwich shop once. He loves comics, LEGOs, books, games (analog and video), Doctor Who and sandwiches.
Felicia Low-Jimenez has been a geeky bookseller for most of her adult life. She has bought books, sold books, marketed books, and now she is trying her hand at writing books. She loves to nap and eat chocolate. She spends most of her free time reading, and, when she can afford it, she travels, usually to look for beautiful bookstores around the world.
Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong won the International Schools Libraries Network's Red Dot Award 2013-2014 in the Younger Readers' Category. Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning took third place in the Popular Readers' Choice Awards 2013 in the English Children's Books category.
E Sharp is one of Pakistan’s most well-known indie rock bands playing in the Karachi underground since over 4 years. The band has to its credit more than 30 original songs and is have recently released their first album titled 'Bahadur Yaar Jung' which Pakistan’s first concept and double album. The group is also exceptionally well known for its covers of the 60s/70s classic rock age and tribute gigs to legendary bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Doors. The band is currently focusing on producing newer music and performing live. They recently performed their first international show in Dubai in August, 2015 and look forward to reaching a wider audience that transcends national boundaries. Members: Ahmed Zawar – Vocals/Rhythm Guitars; Anwaar Ahmed – Lead Guitars/Vocals; Zia Zaidi – Bass Guitars/Vocals; Qumber Kazmi – Drums/Vocals Genre: Rock/Progressive Rock/Blues
Bama is a Dalit writer was born in 1957, at Puthupatty, Tamilnadu, India. Fighting impossible odds she went through school and college and trained as a teacher who imparts values aimed at building self- esteem, and social consciousness. Besides KARUKKU(1992), her first novel, she has published SANGATHI(1994), KISUMBUKKARAN (1996), VANMAM (2002), ORU THATHAVUM ERUMAYUM (2004), KONDATTAM (2009), and MANUSHI (2011) in Tamil. Both novels and through her several articles she hopes to focus on themes related to caste domination and social discrimination. Her works have been translated into English, French Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Bama’s significant contribution is that through the act of writing , she not only transgresses caste boundaries, she also demolishes the conventional exclusions of language and genre. Bama who spent some years in a convent as a nun, is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer. She has been at the forefront of Dalit literary activism and has given Dalit aesthetics a visibility it had previously lacked in the literary campus of India. In 2001, the English translation of KARUKKU,( translated by Lakshmi Holmstrong ) won the Cross word prize establishing her as a distinct voice in Dalit literature.
K P Ramanunni is an award winning Novelist and Short Story writer based in Kerala. He has 3 novels, 11 collections of short stories and 4 collections of essays to his credit. His very first Malayalam novel Sufi Paranja Katha, which is translated into English, French, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Konkani, Bangali and Telugu, won the two most prestigious awards for Malayalam Literature - Kerala Sahitya Akademi and Edassery. Sufi Paranja Katha is also made into a feature film directed by the National award winner Sri. Priyanandanan. His short stories and collection of short stories have won him several awards including, Samastha Kerala Sahitya Parishad award, V P Sivakumar Smaraka Keli award, Padmarajan Puraskaram, Katha award, C.V. Sreeraman award, T.V.Kochubava Award and Sakthi award. His third novel Jeevithathinte Pusthakam has also won the prestigious Vayalar Award, Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad award and Malayattoor award. Ramanunni is an activist in the field of communal harmony and Mother tongue movement.
Gen. (Retd.) Sunith Francis Rodrigues PVSM, VSM ex - Chief of Army Staff of Indian Armed Forces released "China's Role in Indian Ocean: Its Implications on India's National Security" authored by Col. (Dr.) Saji Abraham on 28th August 2015.