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The ninth edition of Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias took place 30 January–2 February 2014.

We welcomed Ricardo Piglia, Rosa Montero, Joe Sacco, Laura Restrepo, Gael García Bernal, Melania G. Mazzucco, John Boyne, Virginie Despentes, Irvine Welsh, David Foenkinos, Beatriz Preciado, Emmanuel Carrère, Enrique Krauze, Yoani Sanchez, Juan Campanella, Cees Nooteboom and many others. Browse the programmes below.

Hannah Furness rubs shoulders with Scottish bongo players, Hollywood stars and bestselling novelists in Colombia's most beautiful city, as the Hay Festival Cartagena begins... Day one of the festival in The Telegraph.

Irvine Welsh tells Colombians what he really thinks about the legalisation of heroin — and the Scottish referendum. Day two of the festival in The Telegraph.

Next year's festival will take place in Cartagena from 29 January to 1 February 2015.

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Gabriel García Márquez

We are enormously saddened by the death of Gabriel García Márquez. We took the Hay Festival to Cartagena to meet him, and it flourished under his gracious patronage. He was our guest of honour in the first edition and joined us on many more occasions. Gabo was and is our great inspiration. His memory will be with us always and his books and stories will be treasured forever.

Cristina Fuentes la Roche, International Director of Hay Festivals

Photograph by Daniel Mordzinski

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2014 highlights

  • Ricardo Piglia
  • Rosa Montero
  • Joe Sacco
  • Laura Restrepo
  • Gael García Bernal
  • Melania G. Mazzucco
  • John Boyne
  • Virginie Despentes
  • Irvine Welsh
  • David Foenkinos
  • Beatriz Preciado
  • Emmanuel Carrère
  • Enrique Krauze
  • Yoani Sanchez
  • Juan Campanella
  • Cees Nooteboom
  • and many others...