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WIC India Dehradun Literature Festival 2016

For the first time in Dehradun, World Integrity Center, India presents to you your own Dehradun Literature Festival for the year 2016.

About Us

For the first time in Dehradun, World Integrity Center, India presents to you your own Dehradun Literature Festival for the year 2016. This eclectic planned event will feature and host a bunch of twenty five authors representing various genres; who will excite you, provoke you, and share with you their own artistic history, intellectual journey and life that they have instilled in their characters and words over the years. One of a kind in Dehradun, this is the best opportunity to explore Dehradun, that is bordered by the majestic Himalayas in the North and the Sivallik Hills to the South, the holy Ganges river on the East and river Yamuna to the West. Certainly no reason to miss this opportunity of experiencing a city, art, architecture, stories, voices and the culture that World Integrity Center India, provides and practices!

Vision and Mission


To share, connect, learn, create and provide a platform, an opportunity of freely expressing oneself. To bring together diverse bold, progressive, young and new voices of India who are heroes today and will be instrumental in shaping the face of Indian Literature scene in 2016.


WIC’s mission is to bring to the people of Dehradun and state of Uttarakhand an occasion of knowing meaningful literature, of understanding great ideas. We aspire to create a vibrant community between authors and audience fora more close and personal interaction.

WIC India Dehradun Literature Festival 2016


The idea is to bring you friends that will never leave your sight and mind once you give them the precious time of your life. The initiative is to introduce you to stories that are packed in beautiful books from interesting people. World Integrity Center India, Dehradun brings to you the first ever Dehradun Literature Festival 2016 – a platform, a bustling space in the mountain laden land of Dehradun to connect, think and explore that charging energy of literature that has contributed to the lives of generations after generations over the years. Now, the opportunity is yours. Starting from touching young minds to the likes of the young and old ones, the spread of ‘Dehradun Literature Festival 2016’ is infinite.


First of its kind, WIC India Dehradun Literature Festival aspires to charge the minds of the young ones with invigorating line up of authors. After all, these young minds are the future of this country. Dehradun which enjoys a space of being the educational capital of the country aims to host to you 25 authors who will give you a taste of various genres of Literature. The line up is extensive; from children stories, educational, entrepreneurship, history, journalism, mythology, marketing, memoir, music, politics,  poetry, sun sign, sports, thriller, fiction and non-fiction, we aim to bring to you an experience that will last long.


Dehradun Literature Festival is relevant because the scope of Literature is unlimited and the avenues for disseminating opportunities of Literature in Dehradun are immense. All the school, colleges and educational academies fall in the purview of the crowd that Dehradun is known all over the country for. Set at the foothills of Himalayas, this Literature Festival will give you something that you cannot afford to miss.


The impact is to create a dear corner amongst the young and seasoned minds of Doonites who are always looking to explore something new. Literature has been and is the most crucial and creative vehicle to tell something that lasts longer in human memory.

About the Event:

This two day event which will feature 25 authors coming from various corners of the country will be bustling with fun and intellectual activities all day long. The highlights of the event will be Book Fair, Panel Discussions, Stand Alone Sessions, Closing Musical Ceremony and much more that will not let the book lovers leave WIC’s beautiful premises’.

About The Authors

From The Authors

Ashwin Sanghi

1. Name: Ashwin Sanghi, also known as Shawn Haigins by some.

2. Signature Mark/ Style: Blending fact with fiction and presenting it in a page-turner format.

3. First brush with Literature: School. My English teacher told me that I sprinkled commas like salt and pepper in my essays.

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller: To make new things sound familiar and familiar things sound new.

5. Future of Literature in our country: A brilliant future if we do not ignore the brilliance of our past.

6. Impact of Literature in society: The pen is and will always be mightier than the sword. The warriors of Kurukshetra may have died but the epic Mahabharata lives on.

Ashwin Sanghi — The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key

Ranjit Lal

1. Name: Ranjit Lal.

2. Signature Mark/ Style: Light humour especially dealing with heavy subjects.

3. First brush with Literature: Pre-school, as soon as I learned to read.

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller: Unlimited. Can shape and hone the way people think and feel and act.

5. Future of Literature in our country: Really can’t say but hopefully should be bright as more people are educated.

6. Impact of Literature in society: Must be immense that’s why dictators and people in power are so scared of writers and poets; and they like to lock them up for the power of their pen.

Ranjit Lal — Tigers of Taboo Valley, The Crow Chronicles

Swapna Liddle

1. Name: Swapna Liddle.

2. Signature Mark/ Style: I aim to write history in an easy to read style for a non-academic reader.

3. First brush with Literature: I have been reading fiction as well as non-fiction since I was a kid.

Projects: I have written academic and popular articles, and a book – Delhi 14 Historic Walks. Two books that are forthcoming in the near future are on two historic cities of Delhi – the Mughal city of Shahjahanabad, and the British city of New Delhi.

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller: As a writer of non-fiction I feelit is my duty to make my narrative entertaining sans any obvious embellishments of fiction. As a historian, I think there are several new ways of looking at our past which are generally not known or explored beyond academic circles. I would like to servethat kind of stories to the readers but in a light readable way.

5. Future of Literature in our country: The future is bright. The new technologies of dissemination are vibrant digital format and that will pave the way for interesting stories to come.

6. Impact of Literature in society: Good literature in all sorts of genres invariably helps broaden our minds in various manners. The wider the scope of one’s reading, the more opinions one is exposed to and that encourages people to have multiple perspectives beyond one’s own narrow existence.

Swapna Liddle — 14 Historic Walks

Chetan D Narain

1. Name: Chetan D Narain.

2. Signature Mark/ Style: Mainly Humble, besides being suave and charming!!

3. First brush with Literature: Not Literature per-say, but was asked to be a columnist for Real Estate supplement called Times Property as a (so called) Industry expert. The book eventually became a part of my bucket list.

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller: I am not really a story teller, but I can talk about you and your loved ones without knowing them based on their Sun Sign (Birth Date)

5. Future of Literature in our country: I am not only saying, but I know for a fact that Indians are amongst the highest in terms of following and understanding literature. I have met some fabulous peoplein the last ten years that left me proud and happy.

6. Impact of Literature in society:I am not sure if being literate makes one humble and graceful. I think the impact of literature could be determined only by the mindset of people within the society. Being literate does not make one superior,if anything it should make people humble.

Chetan D Narain — What’s your sun sign

 Humra Quraishi

1. Name: Humra Quraishi. I love my name Humra.Its short and offbeat comes from an Arabic word which means redness.

2. Signature Mark/ Style: My writing is more along the ‘conversation’ informal format and less the traditional or conservative style…. I write as though I’m conversing with the reader; offloading all that I see and sense .Nah , I don’t want to hold back a single detail from the reader .Also , I make it very clear that thankfully I am not an ‘expert’ on any given topic. I’m just a writer baring out /writing all that I ‘m seeing and sensing and experiencing and going through …flowing along with destiny and along those destined turns. Also , I don’t dilute my thoughts or views or expressions, so its all rather stark.

3. First brush with Literature:I have been writing since my school days. I wrote myfirst short story when I wasin school. My first story was published in the PioneerLucknow. The poem revolved around the plight and pain of the Palestinians. Now when Ilook backat my life, the onlyconstant has remained writing.

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller: Stories and story tellers have a huge role to play. It’s about time the storytellers spread out from the fashionable circuits and reach out via their story telling sessions to slums and bastis, hospitals and hospices and even to the prisons where hundreds of under-trials wait languishing for something good to happen. Not to be overlooked the basic fact that almost 75% of our jailed population is that of under-trials who, are technically innocent as they are not convicted ,yet they sit imprisoned for years. They are the people who need these stories the most. They are the ones who need to be reached and heard to.In fact, years back a Delhi based social activist , Saroj Vashisht used to read out stories to under-trials lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail and she would tell us how story telling / interactive sessions helped lessen the agony of those inmates.

5. Future of Literature in our country:It is rightly said that turbulent times brings out a whole range of writing material – the so called ‘best possible’ Literature from a writer.Yes, we Indians are going through tough times in our country and with that in the foreground or backdrop, Literature is bound to be stark. Needless to say, Literature will continue to be out there as long as thinking heads are around!The more the provocations in the world around, the harder hitting will be the stories.

6. Impact of Literature in society:I am of the opinion that it is the society that impacts the writer and also Literature. After all, the writer is not sitting and writing in a vacuum. If she or he is seeing and sensing surcharged build- ups and sorrow spreading around, it is bound to get reflected in the writer’s work.Also, there is nothing called as ‘pure fiction.’ Writer’s own personal life along with the reflection of the society gets manifested in their stories.

About Literature leaving an impact on society, I am not too sure of that now. Gone are those golden old days of the likes of Sadat Hasan Manto and Munshi Premchand. Today there are much more writers and even more books but I’m not too sure whether they impact or not. They could be a fine read but not impactful enough! None of the literature today is potent enough to force you to introspect, or propel one to rebel or chase a question in ablatantly forceful way.

Humra Quraishi — Kashmir: The Untold Story

Sanil Sachar

1. Name: Sanil Sachar.

2. Signature Mark/ Style: I believe in versatility with regards to genres and during the portrayal of a character. As no one emotion is constant and as a ripple effect, they lead from one to another, I prefer linking several sentiments and genres together whilst maintaining a very vivid and extensive depth of imagery and setting in my work. This is in order to let my reader lose themselves in the book as much as I do while writing. With regards to my characters, I believe in adopting a method writing approach where I start to talk, think and act as the character I am portraying. Therefore, if my character speaks in an ambiguous manner then the words will be confusing, metaphorical and as derailed as the thoughts being conveyed. I like to paint images through words and that’s the goal I work towards one word at a time.

3. First brush with Literature: There are two sides to this and both a predominant kick start to this eccentric journey!

When I was 8, the junior school I was studying in gave a chance to get a poem published when in the school magazine and I thought I’d take some inspiration from one of my sister’s poems. By inspiration, I meant literally copying the entire poem and submitting it, which then got published! However, not for the first time…the same poem was submitted by my sister when she was my age for the same school magazine but I wasn’t called out for plagiarism. I remember this poem better than I know any other I have actually written!

The other and more honest side is that I started writing when I was completing my schooling in boarding school and was over 7,000 miles away from home in England. All the thoughts accumulated by a boy at 16 rushed out as adrenaline in the form of ink on paper.

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller: Art has the ability to create more than the creation on display and thus each action of ours will lead to a reaction. As an artist it is our responsibility to make this a positive impact. Being a writer, I am spoiled by the amount I travel through my characters, setting and imagery. I feel like a teleporter whilst holding a pen that can end any story at the beginning and begin any from the end.

5. Future of Literature in our country:The moment every individual realizes that the term individualism implies them having a unique story to narrate, the future on literature in our country will be a positive and direct impact of literature in the world. The past, present and future is always good for literature and this is purely because we are all dreamers in our own sense and with books, we have the ability to get closer to these dreams. I urge everyone to write. This could be one word or one word times many more. These magic tricks on paper that come to life can be depicted to the entire world or just for your leisure but write because only then will everyone realize they possess a pen that never runs out of ink.

6. Impact of Literature in society: The impact is linked to the role played by the writers. If we aspire to inspire then the impact driven by literature will be an everlasting flow of positivity in any field as I believe Literature is the root and origination of any action due to the capability of creating thoughts and unique perceptions. The power to create beyond imagination is seen in all the inventions that are around us and literature is the epitome of creation at its finest.

Sanil Sachar — Summer Promises, The Dark Side of Light

Ashwin Sanghi

1. Name: Sumedha Mahajan.

2. Signature Mark/ Style:Sumedha Mahajan.

3. First brush with Literature: Through my father. He was a passionate reader and writer. He always told all of his three children to read and write regularly. He encouraged us to maintain a daily diary, although I loved reading English Classicson a daily basis but maintaining a daily diary was a challenge. It obliged strict discipline and fortunately somehow I managed to pen down some of very important teenage experiences of my lifetime. I was literally introduced to writing when I shifted to a new school in grade VIIth. The new school focusseda lot on sports and other curricular activities. It was in this new school I was exposed to debates and extempore kind of things. Everybody was given a topic. I chose “Working Parents have a problem child.” We all had to prepare on the given subject and a deliver on the same in Debate Competition a week later. The topic I chose was something I could relate to essentially because I came from working parent’s family and was sort of a rebellious child. Preparing for this competition, I discovered the joy of writing. Rather than preparing for the talk, I was immersed in writing and wanted to keep on writing. I showed my first draft to my father. He saw that I had the potential to write and speak, so he trained me intensely. Interestingly I also won the competition and since then there has been no looking back.

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller:Stories may not actually breathe but they are very much alive and live for long. They are static in nature but greatly influence. A title can lead a readers’mind delve into the depths of imagination about a book or author. Understanding that stories have lived longer than humans; it is irrefutable that man’s hunger and passion to communicate, share and experience led him to carve the walls to tell tales. He devised tools to write and then also preserved his stories for centuries to come.Stories and storytellers have evolved over a period of time. From magical ancient tales to mysterious fairy tales, war narrations to historical occurrences, future predictions to science fictions, cooking recipes to weight loss management, the pivotal ingredient of a story never fails to mesmerize the reader. A story well told has the power to influence the mind of the reader for generations to come. The storyteller takes the role of God sometimes and can control a man with the power of his words. A responsible storyteller has an opportunity to bring the desire change in the world by means of his story.

5. Future of Literature in our country: Today everyone wants to write and be heard. While the mediums have become much more accessible and digital i.e. online blogs, journals or articles, there is still an ever growing army of aspiring authors who swear by the conventional form of writing books. The genres are no more limited to fiction; thriller, romance etc. and the opportunities are numerous.With time our expressions have evolved and changed. Today the plots are not as narrative as they used to be in classic literature where even the smallest thing like flower vase in the room was narrated in detailed so as to take the reader into that world of circumstance. Now amorphous plots have filled in popular readership.This has so much to do with how a storyteller tells his story. Today literature is more expression and thought driven thanplotdriven. Literature is no more limited to writing novels, poems, plays and verses. It has taken a form of expression driven journals and blogs.

6. Impact of Literature in society:Human emotions can be altered with the kind of literature he is exposed to. A lover when reads Romeo &Juliet would find the act of suicide as an act of love where as the other person might find it an act of cowardice or stupidity.Literature is an interface between human imagination and expression. It is literature that connects human mind and gives the power of imagination an expression. Also, because literature has the ability to connect with you at a personal level, it can have both the positive and negative impact and also alter your outlook towards a society. Reading Crime Series some people from real life start acting like serial killers, fascinated by the gory crime thriller details of the book. On the positive side Science Fiction writers whose imagination were thought to be ridiculous are also now paving way for inventions like flying cameras and human look like robots. I think it won’t be wrong to say that whatever goes into literature decides the future of the world, so one must write wisely and honestly.

Ashwin Sanghi — Miles to Run Before I Sleep

Sumrit Shahi

1. Name: Sumrit Shahi.

2. Signature Mark/ Style: Conversational. Witty. Dry. Sarcastic.

3. First brush with Literature: The school library.

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller: Is almost scary. The pen holds the power to change mindsets!

5. Future of Literature in our country: Promising. The readers continue to increase.

6. Impact of Literature in society: It holds the power to influence, change and shape perception about everything.

Sumrit Shahi — The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key

Novoneel Chakraborty

1. Name: Novoneel Chakraborty.

2. Signature Mark/ Style: Strong, bold female protagonists, non linear storytelling with ample plot twists. Genres: romance, thrill and philosophy.

3. First brush with Literature: I have been reading from a fairly young age but I understood the power of literature and storytelling for the first time when my father asked me to read Albert Camus’s The Outsider. I was 15 years old then.

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller: I feel the role of a true storyteller, apart from the obvious sharing the joy of a good story is subliminally taking the reader into an internal journey where they are exposed to confrontations of various kinds which the readers otherwise wouldn’t have dealt with.

5. Future of Literature in our country: Literature not only defines the existing emotional horizons within us which we ourselves might find abstract and vague, but also help us discover newer ones within; both at an individual and mass level. As long as that keeps happening via different stories and storytelling styles, literature’s future shall forever be bright.

6. Impact of Literature in society: I personally feel literature is the most honest medium to influence minds since it doesn’t compel anyone to accept anything blindly instead encourages objective questioning and reasoning through subjective storytelling. As a result literature will always be the vista to a more progressive society than the one prevailing.

Novoneel Chakraborty — The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key

Dev Lahiri

1. Name: Dev Lahiri

2. Signature Mark/ Style: Simplicity of language and clarity of thought

3. First brush with Literature: As child when my mother read to me

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller: To entertain and educate

5. Future of Literature in our country: Not very rosy, specially if there are curbs on the freedom of expression and creative people have live in fear

6. Impact of Literature in society: Increasingly diminishing, with other forms of communication such as electronic media becoming dominant

Dev Lahiri — With a Little Help From My Friends

Kota Neelima

1. Name: Kota Neelima.

2. Signature Mark/ Style: Kota.

3. First brush with Literature: My father introduced me to literature through the English classics and Indian stories.

4. Role and opportunity of a Story-teller: A story-teller must communicate the extraordinary struggles and triumphs of ordinary people.

5. Future of Literature in our country: The future our country will be decided by how free and honest our literature is.

6. Impact of Literature in society: Revolutions can begin by a single thought, and so literature is crucial for society.

Kota Neelima — Shoes of the Dead

Day 1

SESSION 1: Why imagination is more powerful than knowledge?

SESSION 2: Literature & History

SESSION 3: From Facts to Fiction – Journey and perspectives of stories.

SESSION 4: Traditional Ancient Music of India

SESSION 5: Art of Storytelling

Live Band Performance by EKA

Day 2

SESSION 1: Socio-Behavioural Patterns & Sun-Signs 

SESSION 2: Timeless Art – Beyond boundaries

SESSION 3:  Storm the Norm

SESSION 4: Religion & Politics

SESSION 5: Humanotions – From 2 Hours A Day to 24 Hours a Day

SESSION 6: Closing Ceremony

Day 1

Day 2

Our Team

Nazia Y Izuddin

Mukta Khandelwal
Vice President, Office of Programs & Events.

Nizamulla Khan
Vice President, Human Resources & Administration

Jyoti Nisha
Assistant Editor, Office of Publications

Manoj Gupta
Senior Manager, Business Strategy

Neha Sharma
Coordinator, Office of Programs & Events

Sachin Upadhaya
Director, Office of Board of Directors

Manisha Dogra
Manager, Office of Board of Directors

Manmeen Kaur
Assistant Coordinator, Office of Programs & Events

Suchita Negi
Coordinator, Office of Board of Directors

Shanky Sharma
Assistant Coordinator, Office of Board of Directors

Punam Gurung
Senior Executive

Shelly Aurora
Manager PR, Office of Community Initiatives

Nimmish Chaudhary
Regional Head, Office of Membership Admissions and Member Relations

Sangeeta Rana
Coordinator, Office of Membership Admissions and Member Relations

Charu Shamra
Hostress, Office of Membership Admissions and Member Relations

Aastha Tandon
Corporate Communication, Office of Corporate Communications & Media

Subhashish Bharuka
Founder Director & CEO, Office of Springhead Communications

S.P. Kochhar
Chief Managing Director, Office of Madhuban

Devashish Bharuka
President, Office of Harvard Club of India

Namita Wahi
Vice President, Office of Harvard Club of India

Anirudh Suri
Vice President, Office of Harvard Club of India


The Harvard Club of India is a proud group of Indian graduates / fellows / researchers who had the occasion of enjoying a rich intellectual space and experience in the best university of the world – Harvard. We intend to keep up the Harvard spirit while we follow our respective vocations. And to this end, we strive to make the Harvard Club of India as a focal point for Harvard-related activities in India.

The World Integrity Center India Dehradun (WIC India Dehradun) is the only socio-cultural center in Dehradun and Uttarakhand. It is the hub of social, intellectual, cultural, entertainment and business activity in Uttarakhand. The Center believes in an integrated approach to community living and upholds and promotes multiculturalism and acceptance of diversity as the foundation of a peaceful society.

Springhead believe in springing up a brand which deserves people’s attention because we have worked very hard to create it. We deserve the best and their services will ensure that we are thought of almost every time someone needs a service or a product.

Madhuban was the first major hotel of Dehradun, started modestly with barely 12 bedrooms and a suite. Today, it boasts of 102 well appointed guest rooms and eight elegantly furnished suites. It has also become known for its fabulous banquets and is the preferred venue for most private parties, celebrating birthdays and wedding anniversaries. Interestingly, Madhuban has been the setting of more weddings than
any other place in Dehra Dun. Over all these years, Madhuban has had the privilege of hosting thousands of discerning guests both from India and overseas.


Day 1: 22 April


Topic : Why imagination is more powerful than knowledge?

11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Authors – Ranjit Lal & Dev Lahiri

Moderator – Meenakshi Datta Ghosh


Topic : Literature & History

12:30 PM – 01:30 PM

Authors – Roshen Dalal, Mona Verma, Swapna Liddle

Moderator – Anirudh Suri


Topic : From Facts to Fiction – Journey and perspectives of stories.

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Authors – Rachna Bisht Rawat, Omair Ahmad, Humra Quraishi

Moderator – Harsh Dobhal


Topic : Traditional Ancient Music of India

03:30 PM – 04:15 PM

Authors – Pt Prem Kumar Mallick, Humra Quraishi

Moderator – Sachin Sahani


Topic : Art of Storytelling

04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

Author – Ashwin Sanghi

Moderator – Nazia Y Izuddin

Musical Ceremony


EKA Music Band

6:30 PM Onwards

Day 2: 23 April


Topic : Socio-Behavioural Patterns & Sun-Signs 

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Author – Chetan D Narain

Moderator – Sanjay Johnson


Topic : Timeless Art – Beyond boundaries

12:15 PM – 01:15 PM

Authors – Sanil Sachar, Sumedha Mahajan

Moderator – Anupama Joshi


Topic : Storm the Norm

01:45 PM – 02:45 PM

Author – Anisha Motwani

Moderator – Ranjan Malik


Topic : Religion & Politics

03:15 PM – 04:15 PM

Authors – Nayantara Sahgal, Kota Neelima

Moderator – Priyanka Bhattacharya


Topic : Humanotions – From 2 Hours A Day to 24 Hours a Day

04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

Authors – Durjoy Dutta, Novoneel Chakraborty, Sumrit Shahi

Moderator – Subhashish Bharuka

Closing Ceremony


Topic : Dehra – A Tribute

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Authors – Jaskiran Chopra, Lokesh Ohri, Bijoya Sawian

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Humra Quraishi

My experience at WIC India Dehradun Literature Festival – I would like to say that what touched was not just the warmth but also an atmosphere of informality and ease. There were no fussy frills and none of those gaudy bandobasts but serious interactive sessions.

Humra Quraishi

Ranjit Lal

I had a wonderful time at the Festival, the warmth and welcome extended was marvelous. Apart from meeting other writers, there were the children that really stole the show for me. You now have committed yourself to doing this every year, or you’ll probably have a lot of indignant authors and readers (and children) asking you difficult questions! So keep going and looking forward to the next Festival!aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Ranjit Lal

Dev Lahiri

The Lit Fest organized by the WIC, was, in my opinion, a leap of faith. Yes, we all know that Dehradun has its share of authors and readers , but whether they would be in sufficient numbers or indeed motivated enough to actually participate in a Lit Fest spread out over two days, was anyone’s guess. I think it took considerable courage and conviction for WIC to go ahead with the venture. And I am glad they did, as indeed would be many others in the city. It was wonderful to sit back and lap up the different sessions along with a sea of animated young faces who participated enthusiastically with questions. As a first time author, I personally felt that it was a great platform and enabled me to reach out to many young folk. I am quite sure that this venture will only get bigger and better each succeeding year.

Dev Lahiri

Dehradun Community Literature Festival 2017

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