Project Description

Maya Jaggi 

Maya Jaggi is Artistic Director of Georgias Fantastic Tavern: Where Europe Meets Asia and an award-winning critic and cultural journalist in London. She is Critic at Large for Words Without Borders in New York. A former staff journalist on The Guardian’s international news desk, she was a profile writer and fiction critic for Guardian Review in 1999–2015. She has reported on culture from five continents, and her writing on literature and art has appeared widely, including in Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. Educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she has been a judge of many literary awards, and given masterclasses in cultural journalism as an EU Senior Expert in post-Soviet capitals including Tbilisi and Kyiv. Among her awards is an honorary doctorate from the UK’s Open University for ‘extending the map of international writing.’ Georgias Fantastic Tavern is a pandemic-era sequel to Where Europe Meets Asia: Georgia 25, the UK’s first festival of Georgian writers which she originated and directed in 2016, in association with the Georgian National Book Centre. Georgia25 was described by leading novelist Aka Morchiladze as ‘memorably filled with curiosity and benevolence … the first close contact of Georgian literature with Britain, where it is almost unknown.’ Twitter: @MayaJaggi

Thursday 25 February 18.00 – 19.10

Saturday 27 February-  14.00 – 14.45

Saturday 27 February – 15.15 – 16.35