as the internationally renowned Hay Festival makes its first Indian appearance in 'God's own country'. The Week Hay Festival opens in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, on 12-14 November 2010 and boasts a stellar line-up of over 50 authors, thinkers and performers from India and across the world.
Confirmed guests include Mani Shankar Aiyar, Rosie Boycott, Gillian Clarke, William Dalrymple, Tishani Doshi, Sonia Faleiro, Sebastian Faulks, Bama Faustina, Bob Geldof, Namita Gokhale, Nik Gowing, Sister Jesme, Manu Joseph, NS Madhavan, Jaishree Mishra, Anita Nair, Vivek Narayanan, Michelle Paver, Basharat Peer, Hannah Rothschild, K Satchidanandan, Marcus du Sautoy, Simon Schama, Vikram Seth, CP Surendran, Miguel Syjuco, Tarun Tejpal, Shashi Tharoor, Amrita Tripathi, Pavan Varma, Jorge Volpi and Paul Zacharia.
Lyndy Cooke, Executive Director, said "It's a thrilling opportunity to celebrate great writing from Kerala, India, and around the world in the most sumptuous surroundings."
The Week Hay Festival, in collaboration with Teamwork Productions, is planned as an annual event for the public to revel in the best of the world of literature, with access to regional as well as international literary figures: an eclectic mix of intellectual and cultural events. The festival will also host soul-stirring musical concerts and present a delectable range of Kerala cuisine, all at Kanakakunnu Palace, the former summer retreat of the Travancore royal family. It will witness more than forty events over three action-packed days and evenings, in Malayalam and English.
The musical highlight of The Week Hay Festival will be a performance by Irish singer and songwriter of The Boomtown Rats, author and political activist Bob Geldof, KBE. Other performances on the programme include Swaratma and Avial.