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Hay Festivalito for kidsThe British author Melvin Burgess, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction award and the Carnegie Medal, will talk about the role of youngsters and adolescents in his novels and stories.Coorganizado con el British Council
Antonio Muñoz Molina, a writer and member of the 'Real Academia Española’ (Royal Spanish Academy) will talk to Justo Serna, a professor of Contemporary History at the University of Valencia and a specialist in Cultural History. They will both expound on the latest novel by Muñoz Molina, La noche de los tiempos, a personal look at the causes which led to the Spanish Civil War.Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.Patrocinado por la Fundación Lara
Geoffrey Parker in conversation with Rolf Strom OlsenGeoffrey Parker, a distinguished historian, Hispanist and Andreas Dorpalen Professor at the Ohio State University, will talk to Rolf Strom Olsen, professor at the IE School of Arts & Humanities. Geoffrey Parker has received the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic and the Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise.Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.
Michael Jacobs and Chris Stewart, two well-known British writers who have settled in Spain, frequently participate in the famous radio programme No es un día cualquiera (‘Today isn’t any old day’), presented by Pepa Fernández. Every Sunday they produce the radio slot ‘El guiriguay’, a cheerful look at Spanish life from the different points of view of two bar-loving foreigners who are urban intellectuals but who, at the same time, have the innocent and expert wisdom of the rural context.
Hay Festivalito for kidsThe South African young people’s literature author, winner of the Carnegie Medal, will talk about reality through fiction in connection with her stories and her novel Journey to Jo'burg.This event is in EnglishCoorganizado con el British Council
José María Faerna, director of the magazine Diseño Interior (Interior Design), chairs a round table in which creators of different forms of artistic expression will take part. Rafael Beneytez (architect), Jorge Palacios (sculptor) and Alberto Liévore (furniture designer) will talk about their works in wood exhibited at the Casa de los Picos and, together with Mike Snow (wood industrialist), they will analyse the contribution of this raw material to current and future design.Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.Coorganizado con el American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)
Giles Tremlett and Charlie Beckett in conversation with Adam AusterfieldGiles Tremlett, Spanish correspondent for The Guardian, will talk to Charlie Beckett, founder of ‘Polis’ (the forum for research and debate into international journalism and society in the Media and Communications Department at LSE), about how journalism has undergone a radical change in recent years. Special attention will be paid to the journalistic style in Spain during the crisis; is Spain really different? Chaired by Adam Austerfield, president of the LSE Alumni in Spain.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.Coorganizado con LSE Enterprise
Social networks have become privileged channels of communication for publishing houses and writers. Cedro, the Spanish Centre for Reprographic Rights, organises this round table with the aim of introducing the audience to these virtual communities, in which the reader takes on a great importance. Antonio Gómez Rufo, writer, Javier Celaya, specialist in communication and new technologies, and Ana Prieto, from Ediciones SM, will take part. The event will be chaired by Juan Mollá, president of Cedro.Coorganizado con el Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (Cedro)
Mikael Strandberg in conversation with Samuel Martín-BarberoMikael Strandberg, a celebrated Swedish explorer who has travelled around over 115 countries in the last 23 years, will talk about ‘authentic’ experiences with Samuel Martín‑Barbero, associate dean of the IE Business School. Strandberg has produced internationally awarded documentaries such as Patagonia: 3.000 Kilometres by Horse, The Masaai People: 1.000 Kilometres by Foot or 58 Degrees: Exploring Siberia on Skies. He is a member of The Royal Geographical Society, The Explorers' Club, The Travellers' Club and The Long Riders’ Guild. In 2002 he was voted Explorer Hero by National Geographic.Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.Con la colaboración de la Embajada de Suecia
Taking Contra el viento, the novel for which she won the Planeta award in 2009, as a starting point, Ángeles Caso will discuss the struggle for survival endured by immigrants in the First World and the role of women with the poet and journalist Fernando Delgado.Sign language interpretation will be provided.Patrocinado por la Fundación Lara y la Fundación ONCE
Nieves Concostrina, a Spanish writer and radio presenter known for her daily anecdotes about death, will speak to the Hispanist and travel writer Michael Jacobs about the recent and controversial publication of his book The Factory of Light: Tales from my Andalucian Village. They will discuss subjects such as the confusion between fiction and reality and the emergence of the magical and the supernatural into everyday rural life.
Shigeru Ban in conversation with Martha Thorne
Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect known worldwide for works such as the ‘Paper House’ and the ‘Paper Church’ (as a response to the earthquakes in Kobe, Japan), or the Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), speaks to Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Prize and Associate Dean for External Relations at the IE School of Architecture–IE University. Shigeru Ban has been named by Time magazine as one of the main innovators of the 21st century. The event is presented by David Venables from AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council).Patrocinado por IE University y AHEC con la colaboración de Japan Foundation y la Embajada de Japón
Democracy: A System in CrisisThe work of Baroness Helena Kennedy, a lawyer and member of the House of Lords, has centred on matters related to human and civil rights, social justice and culture. Aware of the importance of the education system, she created the Helena Kennedy Foundation, an organisation that helps students of modest means. She is the author of Just Law: The Changing Face of Justice.Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.
Rosa María Calaf, Olga Rodríguez and Mayte Carrasco in conversation with Aurelio Martín
Rosa María Calaf, former correspondent for Spanish broadcaster TVE and president of the Barcelona International Press Centre, Olga Rodríguez, a journalist and writer who specialises in the Middle East and Mayte Carrasco, a reporter in conflict zones (Telecinco television network and the newspaper Público) and researcher at the IECAH (Instituto de Estudios sobre Conflicto y Acción Humanitaria – Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action), will talk about journalism, women and wars with the journalist Aurelio Martín.Coorganizado con la Asociación de la Prensa de Segovia
María Dueñas has been the literary phenomenon of the year. With her novel El tiempo entre costuras she has become known as a new and subtle writer who evokes the world of the Spanish protectorate in Morocco and all the real and imagined lives at the beginning of the 20th century. Dueñas, who is also a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Murcia, will talk to Blanca Berasategui, editor in chief of El Cultural (the cultural supplement of the newspaper El Mundo).Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.Patrocinado por la Fundación Lara
Iñaki Ábalos in conversation with Llàtzer MoixPresentation by Francisco Serrano. How to move from the phenomenon of spectacular architecture to a model of the city which, rooted in its past, can be reconsidered as a meaningful space for the contemporary citizen. The professor of architecture Iñaki Ábalos and the critic Llàtzer Moix embody two voices demanding, from their respective disciplines, a return to order.Coorganizado con La Fundación Telefónica
Reappraising the figure of AzañaPaul Preston, one of the most praised British Hispanists, biographer of Franco and King Juan Carlos, will speak to Santos Juliá, columnist for the newspaper El País and biographer of Manuel Azaña, as well as the author of numerous essential books on Contemporary Spanish History. In this event the figure of Azaña as a writer, prime minister and president of the Second Spanish Republic will be discussed.Coorganizado con Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies, The London School of Economics and Political Science
Remembering Albert CamusForever linked to the world of culture, José María Guelbenzu, a former publisher, sharp critic and a writer with an enormous narrative capacity, has prefaced a new edition of the complete works of Albert Camus. Guelbenzu will speak with José María Ridao, a writer, former diplomat and contributor to the newspaper El País, about the great French author, admired by both for his politically committed and deeply human work, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death.
Antonio Lobo Antunes, one of the most outstanding authors in Portuguese literature and winner of the awards Camões in 2007 and Juan Rulfo in 2008, will talk to his publisher, Claudio López Lamadrid, about his most recent book published in Spanish, Archipiélago del insomnio.Simultaneous translation from Portuguese to Spanish will be provided.Patrocinado por el Instituto Camões y la Embajada de Portugal
The Hungarian novelist and essayist Gyorgy Konrad was awarded the National Jewish Book Award in 2007 with his memoirs, A Guest in My Own Country: A Hungarian Life, in which he recounts his experience as a Holocaust survivor and as a dissident in his own country. He will talk about this work, which is published in Spain in 2010 under the title Viaje de ida y vuelta, with Adan Kovacsics, his translator into Spanish.Simultaneous translation from Hungarian to Spanish will be provided.Con la colaboración de la Embajada de Hungría
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