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‘Repression is such a disruptive way to live’

  • Published at 04:20 pm November 8th, 2018
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UK author Richard Beard speaks at the Dhaka Lit Fest on November 8, 2018 Mahmud Hossain opu/ Dhaka Tribune

Richard Beard discusses his latest novel at DLF

UK author Richard Beard is back at Bangla Academy for his second DLF. The novelist and teacher previously attended the 2016 Dhaka Lit Fest, and conducted an editing workshop for local writers. 

This time around, he is talking about his latest novel, The Day that went Missing, a memoir about the death of his brother, and his attempts to reconstruct the events of the day the tragedy occurred. Pru Rowlandson, publicity director for Granta publications moderated the panel by the same name. 

Beard read a few extracts from the novel to set the context for the panel. The moderator quizzed him about Nicky Beard, the brother resurrected and immortalized in Beard’s novel, and the author shared his candid experiences about the tragedy, as well as about the process of writing the book. One of the themes he elaborated on was that of repression and its psychological effects.

The panel ended with an interactive Q/A session with the audience. It was also announced during the panel, that Granta is accepting is currently accepting free subscriptions on their website. Richard Beard will be conducting another editing workshop this year, on the final day of the Dhaka Lit Fest.