Commonwealth writers conversation

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Hay Festival in Dhaka

Writer Farah Ghuzhnavi speaking at the Commonwealth Writers Forum with activist Shireen Huq looking on. Others on the panel were entrepreneur Kamal Quadir and photographer. The session was moderated by Belize writer Godfrey Smith. © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Our autumn festival odyssey across four continents begins in Kenya, continues in Spain, races on to Mexico, then ventures to Turkey, and on to Bangladesh.

As we travel four continents we hope you will join us by downloading podcasts from each festival, signing up for our regular newsletters for monthly updates and following our international Hay Festival blog where writers from around the world offer their thoughts and reflections on the festivals they visit and the debates they take part in. We look forward to sharing our conversations, re-imagining the world with you.

About the festival

The three-day programme of events in 2012 will include authors and speakers from Bangladesh and across the world. The festival will take place over the 15th, 16th and 17th November at the Bangla Academy Ground.

The Hay Festival presents a wonderful opportunity to create dialogue between leading British and Bangladeshi authors; I hope this event will herald a new wave of Bangladeshi writing as we bring some of the magic of Hay to Dhaka.”Tahmima Anam

Dhaka is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. It is located in the geographic centre of the country, in the great deltaic region of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. The city is within the monsoon climate zone, in one of the world’s leading rice and jute growing regions. Dhaka is divided into an old city and a new city.

Saturday 17 November


A panel chaired by Godfrey Smith, the award-winning writer from Belize, explores how artists can participate in the mechanisms which affect our lives and what participatory governance really means. With writer Farah Ghuznavi, entrepreneur Kamal Quadir, activist Shireen Huq and photographer Shahidul Alam.

Full programme Please Retweet #hayfestdhaka

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One Response to Commonwealth writers conversation

  1. Syed Tanveer Hussain says:

    Would like to stay in touch and connect/reply as and when I am aroused enough to reply
    which is not too often.But I will read every message.

    The music is not in the notes,but in the pauses in between !!

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