Ananke Women In Literature Festival Announces More Speakers

AnankeWLF to feature dialogue focusing women’s lived experiences, agency, gender equality, justice and more.
Ananke Women In Literature Festival Announces More Speakers

Eminent names from across South Asia, MENA and beyond will be gracing the third edition of Ananke’s Women in Literature Festival 2023 on April 11th and 12th. Independent publishers, authors, filmmakers, artists, writers and creatives will congregate remotely to engage in dialogue focusing on a wide ranging array of topics including Arab Women in Literature vis-à-vis War, Resilience, Exile & Identity: Footprints in the Sands of Time, On Justice, Gender Equality and Islam, My life, my choice: The long road from legal rights to personal agency, Inclusive feminism: Gender equity begins with boys and men and more.

The event will be live-streamed on Ananke’s Facebook page – @anankemag with the option to participate in all live sessions via Zoom. To attend the session, email: (please write: Zoom registration in the subject line).

Aligned with this objective, the third edition of the Festival is delighted to announce the first set of confirmed speakers who will be sharing their views and perspectives on a variety of topics. Speakers include: Sheema Kermani, Huda Fahkreddine, Mai Al-Nakib, Leila Aboulela, Jehan Bseiso, Shrayana Bhattacharya, Smita Bharti, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Mohua Chinappa, Rubab Mehdi, Urmi Chanda, Kiran Manral, Sheena Chohan and Aekta Kapoor. More names to be announced soon.

Talking about her participation in the Festival, author Mai Al-Nakib said: “I am delighted to be part of the Ananke Women in Literature Festival this year. It promises to be a vibrant and inclusive space for urgent conversations around topics that matter to me and to so many other writers.”

Writer, Convener, Global Campaign for Dalit Women and Co-founder, Dalit History Month, Christina Dhanaraj said: “We have reached a moment in time where Dalit women are building a future that is truly theirs. Their narratives are rooted in lived experience, their stories diverse, and their scholarship profound. What we need now is a world that is willing to receive their body of work in all its rawness and truth. And publishers who treasure authenticity over market trends and inclusivity over popularity can do that.”

Partners of the event include Seagull Books, Zuka Books, Neem Tree Press, Yoda Press and Readomania. More partners and collaborators will be announced soon.

Watch this space for more information!

Festival Topics Ideas (not limited to the below)


  1. Exploring New Pathways to Creativity and Literature
  2. The Language of Grief vis-à-vis the Dialectics of Freedom & Autonomy
  3. The Migratory Experience of Language
  4. Digital Disruption & Content
  5. Decentralizing the human to realize an inclusive world – Ending the era of the Vitruvian man
  6. Reimagining Anthropocene: A post-humanist exploration of climate resilience, urbanism, and nonhuman habitat loss in South Asian fiction
  7. Blurred Lines: On Science, Fiction and Fantasy
  8. The Age of the Graphic Novel
  9. Inclusive Publishing
  10. Publisher’s Corner
  11. Illustrated Resistance
  12. Transnational Feminism in Print and Media

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