"This is the first public forum that I am speaking at...I've just come out for the first time publicly in my own country" Tehmina Durrani, 2013 
(Her participation at the 4th KLF marked the first time since the publication of "My Feudal Lord" 22 years ago, that she spoke in public in Pakistan)

"My first contact, really, with the readers of Pakistan. My first big contact." Nadeem Aslam

"It's the first time I'm in Pakistan. I'm very grateful for the invitation. I'm thoroughly enjoying myself. It's a fantastic environment. Very thought-provoking and very stimulating." Yassin Musharbash

"I first visited Pakistan last year at the Karachi Literary Festival and it was, in fact, during my first trip I fell in love with Pakistan." Christoph Peters


For a more comprehensive listing of coverage, go to the coverage section

The British Council co-sponsored and co-organized the first three Karachi Literature Festivals with OUP
--The British Council's review of the latest Karachi Literature Festival
--Martin Fryer, the British Council's Director of Programmes for Pakistan wrote about attending the 2011 Karachi Literature Festival on the British Council Blog, February 25, 2011
--Martin Daltry, British Council Programmes Development Manager in Islamabad, wrote about attending the first Karachi Literature Festival on the British Council blog on March 25, 2010

"In 1947, Pakistan, a multilingual state, inherited a rich literary tradition. We had authors of high stature who excelled in their own genre and were revered in the entire subcontinent. We had poets such as Faiz and Shaikh Ayaz, and fiction writers such as Saadat Hasan Manto, Khadija Mastoor and Hajra Masroor. Our establishment hardly let them subsist in the margins. I felt that the Karachi Literature Festival will raise the profile of our many wonderful authors and help give them a place in the sun." Ameena Saiyid in Newsline, April 2010

"Their venture means Karachi will become the latest in a number of Asian cities that host increasingly high-profile festivals......at locations ranging from Shanghai to the Sri Lankan port of Galle." Andrew Buncombe in the Independent, 18 February 2010 reprinted in the New Zealand Herald, 20 February 2010

"Luminaries to attend literature festival in Karachi," Peerzada Salman in Dawn, 1 February 2011

"The vibe and interest created by the presence of iconic poets and novelists, coupled with that of rising young stars, and the interchange of ideas and opinions between them, was inspiring to say the least." Zahra Chughtai, Newsline, 22 April 2010

"A major headway has been made and Ameena Saiyid has dared to begin. Putting together the first of such festivals is no ordinary achievement. It is heartening to see how events such as this can take place, and the hope they can instill," Raza Rumi, Jahan-e-Rumi 10 April 2010

"The unanimous opinion was that this was a grand initiative and for the first time Karachi got to hear voices of sanity in such large numbers. We have to thank Ameena Saiyid, OUP`s dynamic managing director, for laying out this delectable feast for us." Zubeida Mustafa, 24 March 2010

"Comprising of tributes, readings, book launches and discussions, the festival was well attended by literary buffs, students, writers and the general public." Ameer H. Ahmed, The Daily Times, 22 March 2010

BBC Urdu praised the Karachi Literature Festival, 21 March, 2010

Benazir Mehdi's video report that aired on Aaj TV on the Mushairah at the 2010 Festival