Shimla International Literature Festival is a Literary Festival like no other! It’s a celebration of literature, art, music, poetry, freedom of expression and dream of “One India”.  The festival will take place against the stunning backdrop of Himalayan foothill, in the historical Gaiety Theater on the Mall, right in heart of Shimla.

SILF will draw over 60 writers, artists, academics, scholars, publishers from India and abroad each year.

Over the span of 2-days, we will have 24 events and activities. We will feature workshops, book readings, talks, panel discussions, debates, book launches and performances from top Indian and international writers.

This year the theme of the festival will be “One India”. We will bring together best of the best from Hindi, English, Urdu and Regional literature. The festival will initiate the conversation between authors, readers, literary agents, publishers, self-pub stars, humanitarians, politicians, sports personalities, and entrepreneurs on varied topics ranging from literature to the changing dynamics of the publishing industry.

Over and above the extravaganza, Shimla International Literature Festival will provide the life-changing opportunity to the readers, audience and aspiring authors to turn their dream into reality by providing them the publishing opportunity through its special initiative, “I Am Author”.

Festival Director & Producer

Swati sharma

Swati Sharma is a writer, publisher, and festival director. She has authored various coffee-table books published by DNA (Daily News and Analysis). Swati is also an author of the humorous women-fiction novel, Fashionably Yours, which was published by Harlequin India. She has written for various magazines and newspapers in the past. Swati is also Social Media Strategist.


Nidhi Sharma is the CEO of Across The Road Advertising and Events. She is also the founder of the non-governmental organisation, Nidhi Foundation, which works on the education and nutrition of the children of the migratory workforce. Recently, Nidhi has been appointed as the chairman of Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE), Uttar Pradesh Chapter.