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Meet your favourite author, battle your wits at St Xavier’s

Panaji: Use of language and literature tends to be constrained and disciplined in a classroom setting, making learning boring at times. The department of English at St Xavier’s College, Mapusa, has decided to depart from the norm in college festivals, to create ‘WordsUp’, a language-based festival that organizers say will “impress even the stoniest of lexophiles”.The inaugural edition of WordsUp will be held at the campus on Friday and Saturday, with around 16 Goan colleges battling it out in 30 intriguing events, such as, ‘Too funny for words’ (Stand-up comedy), ‘Rap it up’ (Rap battle) and to ‘To bee or not to bee’ (Spelling bee).
An interesting feature of the festival, that is free and open to the public, is the ‘Writer’s Corner’, that will be held at the theatre space in the college campus. Writer’s Corner is aimed at facilitating frank, opionated discussions between bookworms, budding writers and published authors of Goan literature and beyond. This is an opportunity to interact with authors such as Yvonne Vaz Ezdani, Anita Pinto, Brian Mendonca, Isabel Santa Rita Vaz and others on everything writing-related, from the wildest story ideas and writing quirks to writing and publishing woes in Goa. [TOI]

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