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Hay Festival Kerala-II to feature stellar line-up of poets

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on October 12, 2011

This year's event in partnership with Teamwork Productions will be the second festival in Kerala following an outstanding launch last year.

Poets working in languages from around the world — Spanish, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindu, Welsh, Icelandic and English — will descend on the State Capital for the second Hay Festival Kerala.

The event will take place from November 17 to 19 here with a stellar line-up of poets, novelists, journalists, film-makers and performers from India and across the world, a spokesperson for the organisers said here.

SECOND TIME

Hay Festival began 24 years ago in Wales and has since built in scale to become the largest festival of ideas in the UK.

It has been running 10 festivals around the world from Mexico and Colombia to Kenya and Beirut.

This year's event in partnership with Teamwork Productions will be the second festival in Kerala following an outstanding launch last year, the spokesperson said.

The celebration of world languages will culminate in a poetry gala on the Friday evening in the Kanakakunnu Palace in the city with K. Satchidanandan, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Arundhati Subramaniam in attendance.

It is a stimulating and varied programme with literature, science, film and cosmology lectures, interviews and debates at a festival to which all are invited to take part and ask questions.

STELLAR LINE-UP

The line-up includes Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans and biographer of Chairman Mao; BBC World Anchor Nik Gowing chairing a debate about energy production; Oscar-winning film maker Andrew Ruhemann; author Anita Nair; award-winning French novelist Agnes Desarthe; Simon Singh lecturing on cosmology and codes; and writer and academic Germaine Greer speaking about Shakespeare's lovers.

The spokesperson quoted Ms Lyndy Cooke, Executive Director of Hay Festivals, as saying that this year's programme is a stunning line-up that celebrates the languages of the world and the issues of the day.

Apart from Teamwork Productions and Qatar, Hay is working with the British Council, global partners, for the event.

According to Mr Sanjoy Roy, Festival Producer and Managing Director of Teamwork Productions, Hay Festival Kerala will present a great avenue for dialogue, discussion, debate and an exchange of ideas.

Published on October 12, 2011

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