The largest free literary festival in the world is back with new and interesting authors and personalities, present together in one city. A book lover’s paradise, the lit fest this year will see some great and gifted women speaking about their works and their lives. So here is a list of some women you just can’t afford to miss this year:

 

Eimear McBride

 Eimear McBride Picture By:Daily Mail
Eimear McBride
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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing’ is the debut novel of the author and has already won the won many prestigious awards like the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize, Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, Desmond Elliott Prize, 2013 Goldsmiths Prize and Geoffrey Faber prize. Her book took nine years to get published (even though she wrote it in just six months!) and is centered on the theme of sexual violence. McBride considers herself to be a feminist.

 

Waheeda Rehman

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Waheeda Rehman
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Actress Waheeda Rehman completed 60 years in Indian cinema. The Jaipur Literarture Festival this year is featuring Rehman talking about her early years in the industry and experience while working with maestros like Satyajit Ray and actor, filmmaker Guru Dutt. Considered as one of the most beautiful Indian actresses of all time, she is a recipient of various awards including Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan,

 

Sarah Waters

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Sarah Waters
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Sarah Waters has written six novels, most of which are set in the Victorian society and feature lesbian protagonists. Her courageous portrayal of female homosexual characters and the class-difference observations is refreshingly interesting. A lot of her work has been adapted for movies as well.

 

Arundhathi Subramaniam

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Arundhathi Subramaniam
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A critic, curator and editor, Subramaniam is one of the most amazing female poets in the country today. Her last book on poetry, ‘When God Is a Traveller’, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize. Her poems have been published in various international journals and anthologies, including Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Poets (Penguin India); Sixty Indian Poets (Penguin India) and Both Sides of the Sky (National Book Trust, India).

 

Eleanor Catton

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Eleanor Catton
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Catton is the youngest recipient of the Man Booker Prize, receiving it for her second book ‘The Luminaries’ in 2013, at age of 28. Being shortlisted for the award at the age of 27, she is also the youngest author to be shortlisted for the award.  The book is also the longest work to win the prize in its 45-year history.

 

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