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JLF ADELAIDE 2019 SPEAKERS Mridula Nath Chakraborty (AUS) Melanie Cheng (AUS) James Crabtree (UK/SGP) William Dalrymple (UK/IND) Robert Dessaix (AUS) Frank Dikötter (NLD) Lok Fung (HKG) Namita Gokhale (IND) Paulo Lemos Horta (UAE) Tony Joseph (IND) Sheng Keyi (CHN) Manisha Koirala (IND) Wu Ming-Yi (TWN) Omar Musa (AUS) Intan Paramaditha (IDN) Ahronglong Sakinu (TWN) Melizarani T. Selva (MYS) Ranjana Srivastava (AUS) Baiyi Sun (TWN) Abhishek Thapar (IND/NLD) Shashi Tharoor (IND) Usha Uthup (IND) Charlotte Wood (AUS) A Yi (CHN) Paul Zacharia (IND) DISPLACED CITIZENS


There are few experiences as unsettling as that of being displaced, be it by the fantastical as in Sheng Keyi’s dystopian novel Death Fugue – a story about a man, and a storm – or by death, when in Wu Ming-Yi’s award-winning novel The Stolen Bicycle, a man searches for his missing father’s bicycle. In Melanie Cheng’s novel Room for a Stranger, a visiting student from Hong Kong moves in with an elderly woman in Melbourne. Or in reaching back into a fabled past, as Paulo Lemos Horta considers in both Aladdin and the Arabian Nights.

Celebrated writer and Festival Co-Director, William Dalrymple returns to Adelaide with a new book, The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company, a timely consideration of trade and power. Also with a new book, How To Be A Dictator, Frank Dikötter considers eight of the despots of the 20th century. Long-time Asia commentator James Crabtree explores India’s recent wealth in his award–winning book The Billionaire Raj. And for the first time, politician-turnedwriter Shashi Tharoor visits with Inglorious Empire, his best-selling exploration of the Indian experience of British colonialism.

THE RHYTHM SECTION Welcome to the performers: the artists who tell their stories on stage. Abhishek Thapar is a master performer whose work explores memories, history and the idea of home. Actress, activist and cancer survivor Manisha Koirala looks back at her long career, and offers a message of hope. As does Usha Uthup, one of India’s most celebrated singers of pop, jazz, film and playback as well as a long-time advocate for love and unity. More controversially, spoken word poet Melizarani T. Selva explores taboos – about women, identity and empowerment.

ON LIVING AND DYING As we age, we begin to wonder how to die. In her hugely anticipated new novel, The Weekend, Charlotte Wood wrestles with death though the story of four old friends. As an oncologist and writer, Ranjana Srivastava explores ways of dying in her most recent book A Better Death, a practical approach to life’s end. Intan Paramaditha explores sex and death in the supernatural stories that make up the collection Apple and Knife. More joyfully, Robert Dessaix offers us a guide to the considered life in The Pleasures of Leisure.

Indigenous Languages and Arts


Profile for Adelaide Festival Centre

OzAsia Festival 2019 Program  

The 2019 edition of OzAsia Festival, Adelaide’s boundary-pushing contemporary international arts festival.

OzAsia Festival 2019 Program  

The 2019 edition of OzAsia Festival, Adelaide’s boundary-pushing contemporary international arts festival.