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EXPLORING SOUND, MUSIC AND LOSS Incredible loss and the slow journey back to equilibrium connects these authors. Bella Bathurst began to go deaf 20 years ago, but in 2009 a revelation occurred leading her to explore our relationship with sound and Sound is the result. Musical prodigy Min Kym had the world at her feet when her rare Stradivarius was stolen. Gone is her tale of how she managed to play music again without her beloved instrument. Chaired by Jane Fowler.
Every day across the globe, sexual orientation and gender identity leads to discrimination, violence, imprisonment, torture or even execution and Amnesty International campaigns so that everyone can enjoy full human rights protections. Today, Festival authors including Siri Hustvedt, Denise Mina and Raja Shehadeh read work from LGBTI writers who have been persecuted for their sexuality.
Brave, intelligent and deeply personal, Where the Line is Drawn shows how the Israeli occupation affects every aspect of Palestinian daily life. Raja Shehadeh, Palestine's premier writer and essayist, winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize and founder of the human rights organisation Al-Haq, asks whether bitter enemies can put aside their differences and find a common cause in the name of peace. Chaired by William Sutcliffe.

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