In the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo we are all being challenged to reconsider the fine line between respect and freedom of speech. At the Jaipur Literary Festival last week a debate on whether commerce was killing good writing morphed into an enquiry on literary freedom (http://bit.ly/1zIb8pg). Participants lamented Murugan’s recent announcement that he would stop writing. Tamil author CK Lakshmi – better known as Ambai – tidily summarized the future threat: “Whether we are going to write at all is the question, not whether our books will sell."
Make your voice heard at the 2nd annual Wakefield Writers Festival – La Pêche, May 8-10. www.writersfete.com