Kerala’s Date With Greats
Germaine Greer is top draw at literary fest
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.