Feb 23

Women Writers Fest, Mumbai, 2018

After a tremendous response in various cities last year, SheThePeople.TV is bringing the Women Writers Fest to Mumbai for its second edition in 2018. Putting the spotlight on fabulous authors, writers, bloggers, and editors like Esha Gupta, Sagarika Ghose, Tara Deshpande, Annie Zaidi, Meghna Pant, Elsa Marie D’silva, Ishmeet Nagpal and many more, it will feature firebrand panelists from across genres. The fest will provide a forum for women writers from varied fields, to come together and discuss issues that are important to modern women. This not only aims to focus the dialogue around women writers who are breaking new ground in content, style, and storytelling but will also cover a range of diverse topics. From how to get children reading, to women writing crime, to gender violence, to Bollywood biographies, to speculative fiction and the rise of the graphic novel, we have a wide cross-section of panel discussions scheduled, as well as workshops and performance poetry. The festival has been bifurcated across the two venues of South Mumbai and Bandra.


Day 1 – Feb 23th, 2018 Title Waves, Bandra West

Panel 1: Bringing up a generation of readers

10 am to 10.45 am

Payal Kapadia, Preeti Vyas, Lubaina Tyeb Bandukwala & Swati Popat Vats

Moderated by Ruchita Dar Shah

Panel 2: Bollywood: Biographies versus Autobiographies

11 am to 11.45 am

Sujata Dev, Seema Sonik Alimchand & Koral Dasgupta

Moderator: Manisha Lakhe

Speaking her mind

12 pm to 12.45 pm

Sagarika Ghose in conversation with Shaili Chopra

Panel 3: The Business of Blogging: How they created breakthrough blogs

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Prerna Sinha, Aanam Chashmawala, Kavya D’Souza & Ila Johari

Moderator: Anjali Kirpalani

Panel 4: Visuals over words: Graphic novels and other visual storytelling

2 pm to 2.45 pm

Abhijeet Kini, Neelam Kumar & Priyanka Paul

Moderated by: Tara Khandelwal

Panel 5: Speculative fiction and why we need more of it in India

3 pm to 3.45 pm

Kiran Manral, Sukanya Venkatraghavan & Shatrujeet Nath

Moderator: Vivek Tejuja

Panel 6: The Power and the Pelf: The challenges of documenting success stories

4 pm to 4.45 pm

Maya Bathija, Sonia Golani, Gunjan Jain

Moderated by Shaili Chopra

Panel 7: Conversation with Miss Malini on #HowSheDidIt

5:00 pm

Day 2 – Feb 24th at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

Panel 1: New Voices in Women’s writing in Marathi

11 am to 11.45 am

Renuka Khot, Meghana Bhuskute & Manaswini Lata Ravindra

Moderated by Mrinmayee Ranade

Panel 2 : The New Revolutions in Urban Living

12 pm to 12.45 pm

Ronitaa Italia-Dhanu, Esha Gupta, Maria Louis & Preeti Singh

Moderated by Shweta Kaushik

Chat – Tara Deshpande Tennebaum on her food journey.

1 pm to 1.45 pm

In conversation with Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal.

Panel 3 : Dark: When women write crime

2 pm to 2.45 pm

Puja Changoiwala, Archana Sarat, Aarti V Raman & Annie Zaidi

Moderated by: Meghna Pant

Panel 4: The Streets are ours: Women on gender and violence

3 pm to 3.45 pm

Elsa Marie D’Silva, Priya Malik & Meghna Pant

Moderated by Sameera Khan

Performance: We, the XX chromosomes

4 pm to 4.45 pm

Ishmeet Nagpal & Ramya Pandyan

By SXonomics

Fireside Chat

5 pm to 6 pm

Kiran Nagarkar on Jasoda: The Quotidian Everywoman as a Heroine In conversation with Kiran Manral


Feb 23, 2018 - Feb 24, 2018