Hay Festival Dhaka took place 14–16 November 2013 in the historic grounds of the Bangla Academy in Dhaka.
Some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers spoke at this fresh, energetic festival: they included Tariq Ali, Ahdaf Soueif and Pankaj Mishra as well as a host of local and international authors, writers, graphic artists and activists including Hasan Azizul Huq, Syed Shamsul Haq, Eliot Weinberger, Nadeem Aslam, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Rosie Boycott, Romesh Gunesekera, Mario Bellatin, Aamer Hussein, Tahmima Anam, Peter Pannke, K Anis Ahmed, Florence Noiville, SJ Harris, Sarnath Banerjee, Rahul Bose, Karrie Fransman, Tishani Doshi, Arundhathi Subramanium, William Sieghart, Prajwal Parajuly, Shaheen Akhtar, Rimi Chatterjee, David Shook and Ned Beauman.
A new wave of Bangladeshi writers and poets writing in English launched their debut books, including Sharbari Ahmed, Farah Ghuznavi, Munize Manzur, Saad Z Hossain, Srabonti Narmeen Ali, Ahsan Akbar and Sadaf Saaz.
Preview in The Daily Star Review in The Daily Star Review of final day of the festival in The Daily Star
World Literature Today
The Telegraph day one The Telegraph day two The Telegraph day three
For the full programme please see Hayfestival.org/Dhaka
Dates for the festival next year are 13–15 November 2014.