This was the second year KumKum and I were attending the Hay Festival in Thiruvananthapuram, and we were joined by Talitha from the Kochi Reading Group. Indeed, we stayed at her lovely secluded bungalow, a short walk from the Kanakakunnu Palace where the event was held in three concurrent sessions daily from Nov 17-19, 2011.
Peter Florence being interviewed for TV
The chielf Hay festival organisers, Peter Florence and Lyndy Cooke were there; Peter had handed on his interviewing responsibilities for the most part to other capable people, but what a pleasure to hear him quietly walk the authors through their stories, their novels and their life adventures. We met poets from several countries: Simon Armitage from Yorkshire, Twm Morys from Wales, Carlos Aganzo from Spain, Arundhati Subramaniam from Mumbai, Anita Thampi from Kerala and many others.
Bright young faces from local colleges mixed with participants from the world over.
A lass from Kerala
A fashionable lady of the world
Simon Armitage, the poet, gave us this line: "You are beautiful because your politeness is instinctive, not a marketing campaign." To be among book lovers is to be among those who make the world safe.
KumKum with Sanjoy Roy of Teamwork Productions
In the next dozen posts I will give an account of what went on, selecting four sessions on each day.