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Scottish literature to be promoted at Indian festival

20th January 2010

Asia's leading community-based arts festival will showcase Scottish literature this year.

The Jaipur Literature Festival, which is held in India from January 21st to the 25th, will promote the achievements of Scottish authors to book lovers in the region.

Three of the country's prominent writers - Alexander McCall Smith, Andrew O'Hagan and William Dalrymple - will be attending the event to raise the international profile of Scottish literature.

At the festival, the authors will present the Under The Kilt session, which will highlight Scotland's longstanding literary heritage and its acclaimed contemporary writing.

Culture minister Fiona Hyslop approved GBP 10,000 in funding to promote the country's literary scene at the event, which attracts thousands of book fans from Asia and the rest of the world.

Ms Hyslop commented: 'The Jaipur Literature Festival provides a unique platform to promote Scottish writers and Scotland's contemporary literature scene to a global audience.'

Last month, first minister Alex Salmond said that poet Robert Burns is Scotland's greatest cultural icon and claimed his legacy continues to influence the modern world.

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