Itahari: Popular Nepali poet duo Abhi Subedi and Suman Pokhrel are scheduled to represent South Asia in the upcoming Asian literary forum.
They are only participants from Nepal in the continental literary event of Kazakhstan titled 'The First Forum of Asian Countries' Writers'. According to the organizer Writers' Union of Kazakhstan, the mega literary function will be held in Nur-Shultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan, on September 4-6. Subedi and Pokhrel are among 12 South Asian writers to be participated in the event including Booker Prize-winning Indian writer Arundhati Roy.
A total of 260 writers from 44 Asian countries along with 1500 guests from around the world will be present in the event, says the official website of the organizer Asianlitforum.kz. Nobel Prize Winner of 2006 Orhan Pamuk and famous Japanese writer Haruki Murakami are among high profile literary figures to be participated in the forum.
Supported by Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhtan and the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhtan,this mega literary even is held on the occasion of 85th anniversary of The Writers' Union of Kazakhstan, says its official website.
Nepalese poet duo will depart from Kathmandu on 3rd September and come back on 8th September. 'We will fly for Istanbul of Turkey from our Tribhuwan International Airport and then to Nur- Shultan as Nepal and Kazakhstan doesn't have direct flight', informs two-time SAARC Literary Prize Winner of 2013 and 2015 poet Suman Pokhrel.
The continental event will give firsthand knowledge of Asian writing trends and in-person conservations with prized and noted writers of Asia, says elated poet Pokhrel. 'This will also inspire us here in Nepal to organize similar sub-continental, continental and global literary events in the days ahead', he concludes.