THE INITIAL PLANS for the 2020 George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) were for it to be celebratory – to look back on 10 years of work, while also looking forward. But now, on the other side of the looking glass, the festival took place just as the latest CMCO was extended virtually nationwide, and amid political and economic crises whose resolutions are far from over.
GTLF 2019’s co-directors Pauline Fan and Sharaad Kuttan returned for 2020’s challenging version, joined by curator Izzuddin Ramli of Penang Institute. The crowds, the festival bookshops and the atmosphere of live events were gone, but a ...
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