East Meets West

The National

Attempts are being made to strengthen the relationship between arts in India and Scotland in a visit from the British Council. India is host to the Jaipur Literature Festival, Asia’s leading literary festival.

The festival has significant links to the Scottish arts. Scotland-born author William Dalrymple is founder of the festival that this year will host two other Scottish authors: Alexander McCall Smith and Andrew O’Hagan.

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said, “The Jaipur Literature Festival provides a unique platform to promote Scottish writers, and Scotland’s contemporary literature scene, to a global audience”.

The Sunday Herald reported that directors from the Edinburgh Festival, also visiting the Jaipur festival, were hopeful of receiving funding for the Scottish arts that would go towards events such as the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This year the festival is set to host a number of Indian-themed programmes.

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