Follett’s third novel in the Kingsbridge series went straight to the no.1 position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In A Column of Fire, voices of tolerance struggle to make themselves heard under authoritarian rule as England faces challenges from Europe. The social and political concerns of the first Elizabethan era resonate loudly in the second. Following the screening of a short film, Follett discusses with the audience how the themes of his Tudor-time novel echo in today’s political theatre.
El escritor y guionista Ignacio Martínez de Pisón ha presentado recientemente La buena reputación, una novela en la que recorre treinta años de la historia de una familia española del protectorado de Marruecos durante su descolonización. Por su parte, Jorge Franco ganó el Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2014 con El mundo de afuera, una historia con toques fantásticos que transcurre en Medellín, donde el padre de Isolda, una niña que vive en un castillo, es secuestrado.
Co-organizado por Acción Cultural Española
Aclamada por público y crítica, Sofi Oksanen se ha convertido en una de las escritoras contemporáneas más exitosas de Finlandia. Entre sus libros destacan Purga, del que vendió más de un millón de ejemplares en 41 países y, más recientemente, Cuando las palomas cayeron del cielo, novela ambientada en Estonia durante el período anterior y posterior a la Segunda Guerra Mundial. En 2013 Sofi Oksanen fue galardonada con el Premio Nórdico de la Academia Sueca al conjunto de su obra.
Evento patrocinado por ARCADIA
La poeta, traductora y periodista libanesa Joumana Haddad ha sido clasificada como una de las figuras femeninas más influyentes y provocadoras del mundo árabe. Es también editora de la revista en lengua árabe Jasad y editora jefe de la sección de cultura del periódico An Nahar, además de autora de Yo maté a Scherezade: confesiones de una mujer árabe furiosa, entre otros libros. Su última obra traducida al español es Superman es árabe (Vaso Roto, 2014), de la que hablará con el periodista Dante Trujillo, actual editor del suplemento El Dominical del diario El Comercio.
Iris's father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn't even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world. Everything she thought she knew is up in flames. Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest's priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas... The new novel from the award-winning children’s author.
Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect, founder and principal of AL_A, an international design and architecture studio. She describes her approach to two exceptional urban projects – The Exhibition Road project at the V&A in London, creating a new exhibition space and re-connecting the museum to open public space on Exhibition Road; MAAT, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon is a new outward-looking museum located on the banks of the Tagus in Belém, the district from where the Portuguese great explorers set off.
Chaired by Amol Rajan.
A conversation with one of the world’s great novelists and men of letters, author of Not Art, Celestial Harmonies and Revised Edition. Introduced by Csilla Csorba, Director of thePetofi Museum of Literature.
In collaboration with Magveto Publishing House
The wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society, but where did these ‘green’ ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which are now so embedded in public life and attract millions of members? Cocker asks searching questions such as who owns the land and why? And who benefits from green policies? Why do the British seem to love their countryside more than almost any other nation, yet have come to live amid one of the most denatured landscapes on Earth? He tries to map out how this overcrowded island of ours could be a place fit not just for human occupants but also for its billions of wild citizens. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
The last year has seen an explosion of public outrage over plastics pollution, triggered by images of straws in turtles’ noses, whales dying after eating shopping bags, and the ugliness of a blue planet disfigured by a throwaway society. It’s sparked tougher regulation on single-use plastics and has shamed supermarkets into action. What would an end to plastic pollution mean in practice? And how do we get there?
Natalie Fee (author and campaigner, founder of City to Sea), Lucy Siegle (journalist and author) and Paula Owen (founder of Green Gumption) talk to award-winning environment journalist Martin Wright.
According to the New York Times, Nicole Krauss is ‘one of the most important novelists in the United States’. She presents her most recent novel Great House. Her previous works, The History of Love and Man Walks into a Room, bestsellers in both English and Hungarian, have been specially reprinted for her visit to Budapest.
In collaboration with the US Embassy in Hungary and Magveto Publishing House
A life of Matilda – empress, skilled military leader and one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages. Matilda was a daughter, wife and mother. But she was also empress, heir to the English crown and the first woman ever to hold the position; and she was an extremely able military general. Hanley’s new biography explores Matilda’s achievements as military and political leader, and sets her 12th-century life and career in full context. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect.