Shillong, December 11, 2017: Penguin Random House India, the country’s leading English language trade publisher hosted the first edition of Penguin Fever 2017 – Delhi’s favourite literary and cultural festival, in Shillong on 9th December 2017.
The event with its venue at the Heritage Club, Shillong began at 11 am on Saturday with an opening introduction of the Penguin Random House, India. This was followed by an interactive session on crime and the city titled, ‘More Bodies Will Fall’ with Meghalaya’s very own author Ankush Saikia and award winning actor Merlvin Mukhim.
An interactive session followed after this in the form of an Open Mic Poetry Competition whereby poets selected from colleges across the city took part. This was organised by the Shillong Literary Coterie. The winners of the same were announced before the end of the session.
The fourth session of the event called ‘Poetry of the Hills’ comprised of poetry reading by famous poets from Northeast India including Ananya Guha, Amanda Tongper, Don Ryntathiang, Lalnungsanga Ralte, Rimi Nath and Robin Ngangom.
An important revelation of this fest was the session on a book called ‘How To Travel Light’ whereby author Shreevatsa Nevatia shared his memories of madness and melancholia along with counselor and special educator Sony Gill.
A special session for the youth was also held whereby award winning journalist and writer Snigdha Poonam shared a special reading preview and interacted with the audience on her forthcoming book called ‘Dreamers- How Young Indians are Changing the World’.
The event concluded with an interesting and interactive session on Graphic Novels whereby Harsho Mohan Chattoraj presented his graphic novel and had an engrossing discussion with contemporary artist Teibor Mawlong from Meghalaya.
The event ended on a happy note after a live performance by Gravity, a band from Meghalaya.