World’s most prestigious literature festival in Kerala

Updated: Jun 01, 2010, 16:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Internationally renowned Hay Festival will soon touch Indian shores for the very first time. Described by Bill Clinton as “the Woodstock of the Mind”, the Hay Festival will play host to authors, publishers and book lovers, to explore literature and ideas, serious debates and discussions in the southern state of Kerala. The Festival will bring together the best International and Indian, Nobel Prize Winners, authors, musicians, film-makers and thinkers.

Hay Festival in collaboration with Teamwork Productions is upbeat about Thiruvananthapuram. This celebration among Kerala’s serene waters and tropical weather will be on from 12-14th November, 2010. It will consist of about 30 events over these three packed days and evenings including conversations and performances.
The first edition of Hay Festival Kerala will host an estimated 40 leading authors: a remarkable cross-section of talents consisting of around 10 – 15 international authors, 10 leading Indian writers, and 15 authors of local language who will lead discussions, readings and debates in the tranquil settings of Thiruvananthapuram.

Announcing the Hay Festival Kerala 2010, Lyndy Cooke, Executive Director, Hay Festival said, “We are very excited to celebrate the Hay Festival in India and Kerala became the obvious choice for its high literacy rate and popular tourist destination. The Festival will create a platform to present Indian writing to an international audience.”
Languages and cultures will be the essence of Hay Festival in Kerala, with dialogues in varied languages including Malayalam. The schedule will also include workshops and collaborations with local, national and international educational institutions.

Sanjoy K Roy, MD, Teamwork Productions said, “The Hay on Wye festival is an absolute delight for any book lover and we look forward to its first India edition. Besides the razzmatazz of literature, the festival will also generate and explore new ideas on arts, poetry and storytelling.”

About Hay Festival

Hay Festival of Literature has organized The Guardian Hay Festival since 1987. The festival in UK consists considered to be the largest of its kind featuring over 500 events across 10 days with interviews, talks and debates celebrating important figures of the literary, politic and artistic worlds, surrounded by music and exhibitions. Previous guests include Bill Clinton, Sting, Salman Rushdie, Desmond Tutu, Margaret Atwood, Gordon Brown, Zadie Smith, Vikram Seth.

Hay Festival has, over the past decade, become a global not-for-profit institution that runs festivals and projects in the UK, (Hay-on-Wye, London, Brecon Jazz), Spain (Segovia) and Colombia (Cartagena de Indias and Bogota); in 2009, Hay launched Kenya and Beirut 39. Hay’s first annual festival in Mexico (Zacatecas) will be launched in July 2010, with a new Maldives Festival in Autumn 2010. Hay Festival was awarded the Queens award for international trade in 2009.