Session 4 The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Session 4 The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie


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Session 4 – The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

British Council is delighted to invite you to The Literary Lounge, a series of discussions focused on the six Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction finalists and their shortlisted novels for 2016.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (BWPF) is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Founded in 1996, the Prize was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world. The year 2016 saw six Bailey’s finalists with compelling works of fiction including, Ruby by Cynthia Bond, The Green Road by Anne Enright, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

Bringing the writings of these authors to connoisseurs of literature in an event hosted by the British Council, Nirmala Govindarajan (journalist/author/poet/theatre artist/documentarian) curates a series of discussions infused with insights on the BWPF 2016 novels by new-age Bangalore authors. Each of the six sessions will include dramatized readings, music befitting the mood of the texts and ensuing interactions. Partnered by Christina Daniels (author/ photographer/ poet/ communications specialist), with support from Yogita Dakshina (student of journalism and international politics, Bournemouth University), these sessions are all about celebrating the writings of the BWPF finalists for 2016.          

The fourth of this series is on July 24th. Anamika Mukherjee (author/communications professional/ instructional designer/technical writer) will present her insights on The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie in interaction with Nirmala and Christina. Jatin Prabhu (freelance journalist/writer), Pasca Radjou (journalist) and Romal Laisram (editor with the Human Rights Law Network/journalist/dancer/theatre artist/musician) will present dramatized readings from the text. Yogita will present a musical piece to highlight the mood of the novel.

 Event Details

Date: Sunday 24 July, 2016

Time: 5.30 pm to 7 pm

Venue: British Council, 23, Prestige Takt, Kasturba Road Cross, Bengaluru – 560001

RSVP Vani Shivakumar:  or call us at 0120-4569000/6684353 


About the Presenters:

Anamika Mukherjee has been working in the field of writing since 1996, when she got her first job as a lifestyle journalist straight out of college. She worked with a magazine, a business newspaper, and a website before moving on to curriculum development and instructional design and then to technical writing and user assistance at companies including IBM, Intel and Oracle. Apart from writing at office, Anamika was an avid blogger for several years, created a travel website to catalogue her travel experiences, and also occasionally contributed articles to newspapers on a freelance basis. She published her first book, Worth Every Gasp, in 2011 and her second book, Adopted Miracles, in 2014. Her first work of fiction is expected to be in the market sometime this year.

Nirmala Govindarajan is the author of The Community Catalyst. This novel, inspired by the life experiences of a bureaucrat and published by Sapna Books, will hit the stands shorty this year. She has co-authored two books – Mind Blogs 1.0 and Trailblazers of Bangalore. She has written two socio-political fiction novels, which are up for publication. Nirmala has been involved in literary and cultural activities as curator and co-festival director for the debut Times of India Literary Carnival, Bangalore in January 2014.                                                                                                                                                 

Christina Daniels is the author of I'll Do It My Way: The Incredible Journey of Aamir Khan and Ginger Soda Lemon Pop. She is also a photographer, poet and communications specialist. Christina curates the ‘Urban Solace Book Club’ and is the Founder of ‘History In Your Backyard’, a community initiative to help Bangaloreans rediscover the history of their city in everyday spaces.