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This year the British Council is supporting Kamila Shamsie, Philip Hensher and Gillian Clarke to attend Hay Dhaka

Related project: Hay Festivals

The Hay Festival, Dhaka takes place from 15-17 November 2012 at the Bangla Academy


Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s Hay Dhaka Festival will be a three-day literary feast of bilingual panel discussions, recitations, book launches and more, featuring Vikram Seth, Syed Shamsul Haq, Nandita Das, Philip Hensher, Kamila Shamsie, Basharat Peer, Zafar Iqbal, Mohammed Hanif, Gillian Clarke, Kaiser Haq, William Dalrymple, Shehan Karunatilaka, Mahmud Rahman, Anisul Hoque, Audity Falguni, Tahmima Anam and others.

Hay Festivals and the British Council launched a global partnership at the Hay-on-Wye Festival in May 2010 and work together to bring UK authors and thinkers to a global audience.

For twenty-five years Hay has brought together writers, historians, philosophers, politicians, musicians and scientists from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in a small town on the Welsh Borders. Hay now runs fifteen festivals across five continents at which great ideas and current political thought cross cultural and genre barriers and foster the exchange of understanding, mutual respect and ideas. Hay believe in the moment-in-time meeting of minds that their festivals create and the revelations these meetings inspire: personal, political and educational. Festivals now take place in Mexico, Kenya, Colombia, Spain, Lebanon India and Bangladesh as well as at home in Wales. The British Council literature team promotes UK writers, poets and publishers to communities and audiences around the world, developing innovative, high-quality events and collaborations that link writers, publishers and cultural institutions.