Ker­ala’s Date With Greats

Ger­maine Greer is top draw at lit­er­ary fest

India Today - - SOCIETY - by M.G. Rad­hakr­ish­nan

Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram is set to play host to the sec­ond edi­tion of the Hay Fes­ti­val Ker­ala over three days from Novem­ber 17. Or­gan­ised by the Uk-based Hay Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture and the Arts, the event, which will be held at the Kanakakkunnu Palace, will fea­ture a galaxy of in­ter­na­tional writ­ers in Span­ish, Welsh, Ice­landic and English and many In­dian lan­guages.

Among top draws ex­pected at the fes­ti­val this year are Aus­tralian writer and fem­i­nist icon Ger­maine Greer, Chi­nese-born Bri­tish writer Jung Chang, Os­car-win­ning film­maker An­drew Ruhe­mann and French nov­el­ist Agnes De­sarthe. “This year has a stun­ning line-up that cel­e­brates the lan­guages of the world and is­sues of the day,” says Lyndy Cooke, the fes­ti­val’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

The sec­ond edi­tion comes on the back of a “spec­tac­u­lar”edi­tion in 2010. “Our fes­ti­val in Ker­ala last year was like fall­ing in love,” says Peter Florence, founder-di­rec­tor of the fes­ti­val. He says it was Shashi Tha­roor who had in­vited him to the city. “He was right. It is the per­fect home for the fes­ti­val,” says Florence.

GER­MAINE GREER

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