Kerala 2010

Event 41

Sebastian Faulks talks to Rosie Boycott

Venue: Palace Hall
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The novelist discusses his work, which includes the Great War book Birdsong, the resistance classic Charlotte Gray and the contemporary terrorist story A Week in December.
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Event 42

Namita Gokhale

In Search of Sita

Venue: The Reading Room
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Film screening and discussion on interpretations of the Goddess Sita, a troubling archetype for contemporary Indian women. In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology, an anthology of essays co-edited by Namita Gokhale and Dr Malashri Lal has struck a chord with Indian women everywhere.
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Event 43

Kishwar Desai

Witness The Night

Venue: The Bandstand
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The novelist and broadcaster discusses her novel about a sensational family murder case set between the Punjab and England.
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Event 44

NS Madhavan

The Blue Pencil: Style and the Function of the Short Story

Venue: Palace Hall
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The acclaimed writer and bureaucrat reads from his works and discusses the craft of narrative with Nilanjana Roy.
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Event 45

Hannah Rothschild talks to N Bhanutej

Life scripts and the art of screenplay

Venue: The Reading Room
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In this movie masterclass the celebrated British director discusses the art of documentary film-making. Her latest films include The Jazz Baroness and her political masterpiece Peter Mandelson: The Real PM, fresh from the London Film Festival.
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Event 46

Jaishree Misra

Reading: Secrets and Lies

Venue: The Bandstand
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The author of Ancient Promises, Rani, and Accidents Like Love and Marriage reads excerpts from her recent works of crossover fiction set in India and the UK.
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Event 47

Simon Schama

The Crash Landing of Barack Obama

Venue: Palace Hall
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A week after the US mid-terms, the historian and Obama-phile examines the state of the union and its superhero leader’s status.
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Simon Schama

Event 48

Vivek Narayanan

Poetry, Presence and Performance

Venue: The Reading Room
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Readings and insights from Vivek Narayanan – writer, poet and co-editor of the online journal Almost Island.
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Event 49

Ravi D C, Vijay Tankha and Peter Florence

The value of second-hand books and the e-reader

Venue: The Bandstand
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The panelists explore the value of second-hand books as treasured possessions; the search for that special out-of-print copy and the trade in used books worldwide. And the e-book, an innovation of our everyday computer-led lives: will the two ends of the spectrum live in harmony?

Visitors are invited to donate a second-hand book to the event, which will be donated to a charity at the end of the weekend.
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Event 50

Bob Geldof in concert

Venue: Nishagandhi Amphitheatre
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The great Irish folk-rock legend brings his spellbinding band to the festival to kick off the last night party.
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