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Drik at Hay Festival

Drik Partners with Hay Festival Dhaka 2013

A three-daylong Hay Festival was held at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka from 14-16 November 2013; the festival was held for the third time in Bangladesh. Drik was a partner of the festival, it documented the three-daylong event and organised a photographic exhibition titled “A Campaign for Social Change.” A book stall with Drik’s publications, including My Journey as a Witness by Shahidul Alam, Positive Lights, The Birth Pangs of a Nation, edited by Shahidul Alam, attracted the interest of many participants and visitors.

Tortured Truths, the latest publication of DrikBooks, was launched at the festival in the session ‘To the Edge.’ The book is a collection of columns and a public lecture published in the English daily New Age by celebrated columnist and writer Rahnuma Ahmed. Scholar, dance pioneer and freedom fighter Lubna Marium congratulated New Age for its courage in publishing her columns, while Indian graphic novelist Sarnath Bannerjee, the other panelist at the book launch, described Rahnuma’s writing as being “brutal,” adding that he wished he could write like her. The launch was moderated by Shireen Huq, founding member, Naripokkho. The discussion ended with Rahnuma reading out from one of her columns, titled “Forced Marriage, Insourced Torture. The Loving Face of British Imperialism.” Barrister Sara Hossain managed to squeeze in two questions at the end of her reading but most participants agreed that the session should have begun where it ended.

Internationally-renowned photographer Shahidul Alam was a discussant in the panel, ‘The Future of Publishing’ along with Rosie Boycott, founder, Spare Rib, and William Sieghart, publisher and founder of the Forward Prizes for Poetry. It was moderated by Bloomsbury India publisher, Diya Kar Hazra. The session touched on the changing roles of publishers, editors, authors, and readers, and celebrated the new freedoms available and the empowerment of the end-user. Shahidul Alam also presented a slideshow on Positive Light.

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