Exploring Plurality

The Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters is an international literature festival conducted by The Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Company Ltd.

Started in 2018, the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters is a celebration of letters and ideas. After four wonderful editions, we are gearing up for our fifth edition.

Formed as the voice of India’s freedom struggle in the year 1923, Mathrubhumi has championed several pioneering reforms in Kerala. From the beginning to this age of disruption, Mathrubhumi has been evolving by embracing change without sacrificing the values bequeathed to us by our founders. A century later, Mathrubhumi still touches the lives of people as a trustworthy and credible integrated media house.

The fifth edition of MBIFL under the theme ‘’Exploring Plurality” is a 360-degree attempt at the promise of plurality and understanding diverse perspectives, cultures, and identities. Our speakers include leading writers and thinkers from around the world, bringing with them different realities, challenges, solutions and perspectives. This can lead to greater understanding and empathy for the other, breaking down barriers and promoting social cohesion. The festival encourages the expressions of plurality and differences.

Last edition’s speakers include Nobel-laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah, Booker winners Shehan Karunatilaka and Jokha Al Harthi, Booker Shortlisted author Colum McCann, Icelandic novelist and lyricist Sjon, Bloomsbury’s editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle, and many leading Indian writers.