The ‘greatest literary show on Earth’ is returning to Soneva Fushi
May 12–21, 2023
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Following the dazzling celebration that took place on the shores of Soneva Fushi in 2022, Soneva has once again joined forces with Teamwork Arts, producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, to launch the second edition of JLF Soneva Fushi.
A truly bespoke experience, JLF Soneva Fushi is a rare opportunity to reconnect with the joys of live performances of art, music and literature on the idyllic island of Kunfunadhoo in the beautiful Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Over the course of ten days and two weekends, the vibrant barefoot festival will once again host an unforgettable international line-up of award-winning authors and a captivating programme of gala celebrations on the sand, insightful sessions, fascinating workshops and live music performances.
The 2023 edition of JLF Soneva Fushi will once again see a star-studded line-up of world-renowned authors, thinkers and cultural leaders exploring the theme of Slow Life while covering a fascinating spectrum of topics.
Writer and Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize
Damon Galgut is a novelist and playwright who published his first novel at the age of eighteen and has published another eight books since then. After being shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2003 for his best-selling novel The Good Doctor, and again in 2010 for In a Strange Room, he was awarded the 2021 Booker Prize for his novel The Promise, making him the third writer from South Africa to win the illustrious title. His novel The Good Doctor also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region) in 2003. In addition to his novels, Damon has written several plays which have been performed in South Africa and overseas, as well as short stories
Writer, Journalist and Winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize
Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester and studied English at Cambridge University. He is the author of sixteen novels and seven works of nonfiction. Howard won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010, Howard was awarded the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and was shortlisted again in 2014 for J. His latest book, a memoir, is Mother’s Boy: A Writer’s Beginnings. He contributes regularly to BBC Radio Four’s A Point of View, and is Honorary Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor at New College of the Humanities, London.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Historian, Writer and TV Presenter
Simon Sebag Montefiore is an internationally best-selling author of books that have been published in forty-eight languages. Some of Simon’s works include Written in History: Letters that Changed the World, and Catherine The Great Potemkin, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Simon has also won the Costa Biography Award, the LA Times Book Prize for Biography, the Kreisky Prize, and the Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique. He is also the author of the Moscow Trilogy of novels: Sashenka, Red Sky at Noon and One Night in Winter, which was awarded the Political Fiction Book of the Year Award.
Author and Academic
Priyamvada Natarajan is a professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, where she also serves as the current director of the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities. Priyamvada’s research is focused on exploring the dark side of the universe – the nature of dark matter and black holes. Her groundbreaking work has resulted in several key calculations pertaining to the life cycle of supermassive black holes and has been profiled in several magazines and television programmes, including the BBC series Stephen. She is also a published poet, regular contributor of scientific articles and was a previous scientific columnist for Asian Age.
Festival Co-Director, Historian and Writer
William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of several worlds, including In Xanadu and White Mughals. He is one of the co-founders, and a co-director, of the Jaipur Literature Festival. William has won many awards, including the Wolfson Prize for History, the Hemingway, the Kapuscinski, the Thomas Cook and the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize. He has also been awarded the Arthur Ross Bronze Medal of the US Council on Foreign Relations and the prestigious President’s Medal by the British Academy. His most recent books are The Company Quartet, The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company and Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company.
Festival Co-Director and Writer
Namita Gokhale is the co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and the author of twenty books. The Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters) Awardee for 2021, Namita’s acclaimed debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, was published in 1984. Gokhale’s latest work of fiction, The Blind Matriarch, examines the Indian joint family against the backdrop of the pandemic. Gokhale was conferred with the prestigious First Centenary National Award for Literature by the Assam Sahitya Sabha in 2017 and has received recognition both for her writing and her commitment to multilingual Indian literature and cross-cultural literary dialogue.
JLF Soneva Fushi Offer
Join JLF Soneva Fushi’s joyful celebration of literature, culture and the arts. Stay at Soneva Fushi from USD 8,100 for four nights in a one-bedroom villa, with full board dining and domestic transfers. Every stay includes unlimited access to JLF Soneva’s Fushi’s vibrant programme. Early Bird savings on all bookings made before November 30, 2022.
JLF Soneva Fushi is food for the mind, body and soul. An exceptional gathering of collective wisdom and expertise from across the world, set in the most idyllic setting of Baa Atoll, with delectable fare, exhilarating conversations and spectacular vistas
Sanjoy K. Roy
The Best of JLF Soneva Fushi 2022
Stand-out sessions from JLF Soneva Fushi 2022 included a free-flowing discussion with Francesca Cartier Brickell, Radhikaraje Gaekwad and Sanjoy K. Roy on the sparkling heritage of Cartier and the people at its centre; Rajasthani folk music performances by the Kutle Khan Project; a delectable Cook-A-Long workshop with Chef Suvir Saran; and a dazzling Soneva Journey and Gala Dinner held under the cover stars.
Watch Our Inspiring Sessions from JLF Soneva Fushi 2022
The Cartiers: Francesca Cartier Brickell and Radhikaraje Gaekwad in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
A truly bespoke experience, JLF Soneva Fushi’s remarkable programme is an opportunity to reconnect with the pure joy of literature and the arts. The exclusive nature of our barefoot island in the Maldives coupled with both contributors and guests being here for a minimum of a weekend makes JLF Soneva Fushi unlike any other literature festival. It’s this greater, intimate access to authors, deeper understanding, new friendships, and stronger bonds which makes this barefoot festival so unique, and I cannot wait to welcome a line-up of outstanding international authors to our shores once again.
Soneva Fushi is a natural treasure nestled in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and one of the largest islands in the Maldives. This precious destination holds magical experiences at every turn, from dining in the treetops of our rainforest, to barefoot luxury on a desert island.
JLF Soneva Fushi’s dynamic programme encompasses book readings, discussions, performances and delectable dining through an exciting and many-hued festival. For more information and to book your stay during JLF Soneva Fushi, please contact us at [email protected] or fill out the below form.