Kerala 2010

Event 21

Michelle Paver

The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Venue: Palace Hall
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The children’s novelist discusses the research and myths of her global best-selling series exploring the pre-history world of Torak and his wolf brother. She talks to Peter Florence.
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Event 22

Rosie Boycott, KS Sachidananda Murthy and Tarun Tejpal

Editor’s Cut

Venue: The Reading Room
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Rosie Boycott, Tarun Tejpal and KS Sachidananda Murthy talk books, politics and journalism.
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Event 23

William Dalrymple

From Xanadu to Nine Lives

Venue: Palace Hall
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The great travel writer explores his masterpieces of the last twenty years, In Search of The Sacred In Modern India.
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Event 24

Menna Elfyn, Paul Henry and K Satchidanandan

Venue: The Reading Room
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A selection of poetry from two Welsh poets and one Malayalam poet. Readings will be in English, Welsh and Malayalam. Chaired by Anita Sethi.
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Event 25

Tishani Doshi in conversation with Peter Florence

Venue: The Bandstand
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The novel The Pleasure Seekers tells of the life and love of Babo Patel from Madras and Sian Jones from Wales and their hybrid family. She speaks to Hay Festival Director Peter Florence.
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Event 26

Bob Geldof in conversation

Venue: Palace Hall
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The Live Aid founder talks about his rock career and his work on famine relief, economic and environmental sustainability and the development process in Africa. He talks to Shashi Tharoor.
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Event 27

Gillian Clarke in conversation with CP Surendran

Voice of the Tribe

Venue: The Reading Room
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The National Poet of Wales explores the issues of poetry and bilinguality, and discusses her ideas with the poet and novelist CP Surendran.
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Event 28

Indian Climate Change Champions

Venue: The Bandstand
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The British Council’s international climate champions (ICC) project aims to give young people between 18 and 23 years a voice on environmental issues, to improve understanding and inspire positive actions to mitigate the effects of climate change. This event will showcase the local champions and shape their role over the coming year. Come and discover how you can help with their local projects.
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Event 29

Vikram Seth, Tishani Doshi, Gillian Clarke, Menna Elfyn, Paul Henry, K Satchidanandan, Vivek Narayanan and CP Surendran

Poetry Gala

Venue: Palace Hall
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The Festival poets present six-minute readings in English and Malayalam. Hosted by Lisa Dwan.
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Event 30

Rosie Boycott talks to Nilanjana Roy

Eat to Live

Venue: The Reading Room
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The journalist explores the global food crises of climate change, GM and infrastructure that result in famine across the world and threaten the survival of cities. Rosie is Food Advisor to the Mayor of London.
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Event 31

Pavan Varma in conversation with R Prasannan

Becoming Indian

Venue: The Bandstand
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A discussion on the ironies of India’s post colonial crises of identity.
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Event 32

Bama Faustina and Sister Jesme chaired by Paul Zacharia

The Vow of Truth

Venue: The Reading Room
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The problematic relationship of two devout women with the politics of the church.
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Event 33

Manu Joseph introduced by CP Surendran

Readings from ‘Serious Men’

Venue: The Bandstand
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Manu Joseph’s satirical novel on science, power and the social divide received rave reviews all over the world.
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Event 34

Tharoor on Culture in conversation with Peter Florence

Venue: Palace Hall
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The prolific writer and diplomat Shashi Tharoor reflects on India in the twenty-first century and the diversity of culture. Among his many acclaimed works are The Great Indian Novel, The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cell Phone: Reflections on India in the 21st Century and Bookless in Baghdad.
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Event 35

Menna Elfyn, Paul Henry, Gillian Clarke, Vivek Narayanan, K Satchidanandan

The Language of Poetry

Venue: The Reading Room
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The five poets discuss how poetry across languages works, and the challenges of writing poetry in their native tongues. Chaired by Anita Sethi.
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Event 36

Upinder Singh talks to R Prasannan

Unwritten Histories

Venue: The Bandstand
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Upinder Singh discusses the unwritten histories of the past that need to be written.
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Event 37

Nik Gowing

Skyful of Lies

Venue: Palace Hall
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The BBC World News anchor discusses his analysis of the crisis faced by all institutions of power and the global media. Chaired by Tarun Tejpal.
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Event 38

Meghnad Desai

LSE Lecture: Nehru’s Hero – Dilip Kumar in the Life of India

Venue: The Bandstand
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The great economist, biographer and novelist talks about India and film. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.
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Event 51

Veerappa Moily in conversation with Namita Gokhale

Epics and the Indian Imagination

Venue: The Reading Room
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A discussion on the enduring impact of mythology on Indian life, culture and politics.
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Event 40

Intelligence Squared Debate

Is economic growth at the expense of social development?

Venue: Palace Hall
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Is economic growth at the expense of social development? Meghnad Desai, Shoma Chaudhury, Tarun Tejpal, Rakesh Gupta and The Week's Nikita Doval explore the intricacies and impact of economic growth in India and the social consequences.
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