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What poetry is to Tilda Swinton

Swinton is a frequent attendee of Dhaka Lit Fest, and this marks her third visit

Update : 07 Jan 2023, 11:21 PM

Oscar-winning British actor Tilda Swinton said that poetry's magic lies in the poet.

“Whenever I read poetry, I try to understand it. Poetry is a matter of thinking, poetry speaks of life,” she said while participating in a session titled “Readings by DLF's Reader-in-Residence” on the third day of the 10th edition of Dhaka Lit Fest. 

The session was moderated by Dhaka Lit Fest Director Ahsan Akbar, at Bangla Academy's Nazrul Stage on Saturday. 

Ahsan Akbar told the audience the reason behind the name of the session. He said: “Tilda Swinton is a reader at home. We will get to listen to the poetries she reads at her home.”

Later, the actor talked about how she got to know about Dhaka Lit Fest. She said she first heard about the event from Ahsan Akbar and became interested to visit Dhaka.

She added she was fond of literature since childhood and used to write poetry religiously at one point in her life. However, Swinton noted that she does not write anymore but she still is fond of reading poetry.  

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“The reason why I keep coming back to Dhaka is that I want to learn. To be honest, I want to experience this event only as an audience,” she said. Swinton also said that she liked Ahsan Akbar's poetry. 

Next, the actor read some of her favorite poems to the audience.

At first, she read the poem by British poet George Barker. She then read a poem written by Scottish poet Norman MacCaig about his memories of going from London to Edinburgh by train. 

Swinton is a frequent attendee of the literary festival, and this marks her third visit. 

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Dhaka Lit Fest is featuring winners of the Pulitzer, International Booker, Neustadt International, and PEN/Pinter prizes, as well as the Prix Médicis, Academy Award, Windham-Campbell Prize, Albert Medal, Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and Aga Khan Award.

Bangladesh's biggest event on world literature and culture began on Thursday with around 500 writers, poets, performers, intellectuals, journalists, and internationally acclaimed prize-winning speakers taking part in over 170 sessions over four days.

Children up to 12 years of age will not need any ticket to enter. People can complete their registration by visiting the event website and entering their names, ages, gender, occupations, mobile numbers, and email. After entering all the information correctly, they can select their ticket categories.

The event is set to end on Sunday.

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