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Belfast writers India-bound for prestigious literary event

Damian Smyth (left), head of literature and drama at the Arts Council, and writers Paul McVeigh and Jan Carson
Damian Smyth (left), head of literature and drama at the Arts Council, and writers Paul McVeigh and Jan Carson

By David Reed

Two Belfast-based writers are representing Northern Ireland at an international event.

Jan Carson and Paul McVeigh have accepted invitations to read at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival.

Their stay in India will cover the five-day celebration later this month.

Considered one of the most important events of its kind across the globe, the festival brings together a mix of the world's greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to engage in thoughtful dialogue and debate.

They are appearing at the festival with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council.

Damian Smyth, head of literature and drama at the Arts Council, said the festival is a "fantastic stage to showcase Northern Ireland's rich literary talent".

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