The Swansea-based, Belfast-born author will present his debut novel at the Indian Festival, known as the world’s largest literary event.
Elaine Canning has lived in Swansea for 20 years and has worked as an arts and culture writer and public engagement expert.
She is currently responsible for special projects at Swansea University, including the Rhys Davies National Short Story Competition, and is on the executive board of the Dylan Thomas Awards.
Writing for Nation.Cymru in November, she said:
“I am a Welsh writer, passionate about Welsh literature and culture that feeds us every day, from great poets like Vernon Watkins and RS Thomas to celebrated award-winning contemporary authors.
“I am grateful to the Welsh literary and publishing world for welcoming me and my writing.”
Now supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Canning will represent Northern Ireland at the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) from 19-23 January.
The festival has fans all over the world and this year’s line-up includes more than 250 debates, readings, concerts and events.
“I have attended the Jaipur Literature Festival twice, in 2019 and 2020. On both occasions I have interviewed many authors and represented Swansea University’s Dylan Thomas Prize.
“That said, this is my first time there as a writer myself and I am very excited to present my debut novel there.
“The Jaipur Literature Festival is truly a magical place to share ideas and have conversations in a very democratic environment.”
Damien Smith, Director of Literature and Theater at Arts Council NI, said:
“In 2019, we were fortunate enough to help host JLF Belfast and bring a local version of the festival to audiences here.
“This is a one-of-a-kind event and it is extremely important to see Northern Irish writers take the stage alongside eminent contemporaries on an occasion like this.
“While there, Elaine is not only talking about her new book, but interacting with writers and thinkers from around the world.”
Sandstone City is set between modern-day Belfast and the Spanish Civil War.
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