The second annual Chennai Queer LitFest 2019 (QLF 2019) was held on 14th September 2019 at Kavikko Convention Centre, Chennai.
Queer Chennai Chronicles organised India’s first Queer LitFest on 7th July 2018 in Chennai and the second edition of the festival took forward the conversation this year.
The 2019 Chennai Queer LitFest’s topics of discussion were on Inclusive Children’s Literature by writer Shals Mahajan and educator Salai Selvam. A panel on Art in Queer Literature (Queerness in Art) was moderated by artist Senthil between Community Historian Maari and Illustrator Vai.
A conversation on translation was facilitated by writer Nadika with translator V Geetha.
London based writer and artist Hari Rajaledchumy spoke about her personal finding of queer literature and Tamil queer literature in general. Queerala board member and author of “Rendu Purushanmar Chumbikkumbol” Kishor gave a brief snapshot on queer literature in Malayalam.
South Chennai Constituency Member of Parliament and poet Dr Thamizhachi Thangapandian delivered the Keynote. The event concluded with an Open Mic session.