Words, old or new, are gifts for changing the world. Last year, Andrea Marcolongo published a book about the subject that engrosses her the most. La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco deals with the importance of the language of ancient Greece for the present day. She will talk to the writer Juan Esteban Constaín.
Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available
Dos autores reflexionan sobre situaciones de conflicto en contextos sociopolíticos muy diferentes pero compartiendo el ángulo del análisis que parte de lo personal y subjetivo. Con Maruan Soto Antaki (México), autor de Pensar Medio Oriente, libro en el que reflexiona sobre la realidad de la zona de Oriente Medio, a la que está vinculado por lazos familiares; y Gabriela Ybarra (España), autora de la novela autobiográfica El comensal, en la que ficcionaliza el asesinato de su abuelo a manos del grupo terrorista ETA y la posterior muerte por enfermedad de su madre. En conversación con la editora y escritora Yael Weiss.
The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. So we have asked a number of thinkers to give us a “reform” that would be applicable now. Gabrielle Walker, a Doctor in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and presenter of the BBC programme Planet Earth Under Threat, proposes a change in the way we look at “climate war”, considering a positive perspective to tackle the problem.
Johannes Vermeer’s luminous paintings are loved and admired around the world. We see sunlit spaces, the glimmer of satin, silver and linen; we see the softness of a hand on a lute string or letter. We recognise the distilled impression of a moment of time and we feel it to be real, yet we do not understand how the paintings were made. The few traces Vermeer has left behind tell us little: there are no letters or diaries, and no reports of him at work. Jelley has taken a new path in this detective story. A painter herself, she has worked with the materials of his time: the cochineal insect and lapis lazuli; the sheep bones, soot, earth and rust. She investigates old secrets and hears travellers’ tales. Her research allows us to unlock the studio door, and catch a glimpse of Vermeer inside, painting light.
The award-winning historian introduces his masterwork Churchill: Walking With Destiny, a landmark reconsideration of the iconic war leader based on Roberts’ exclusive access to extensive new material, from private diaries and letters to detail from war cabinet meetings.
Although the post-war period brought peace and prosperity, Europe was now a divided continent, living under the nuclear threat. Europeans experienced a roller-coaster ride, both in the sense that they were flung through a series of events which threatened disaster, but also that they were no longer in charge of their own destinies: for much of the period the USA and USSR effectively reduced Europeans to helpless figures whose fates were dictated to them depending on the vagaries of the Cold War. There were striking successes: the Soviet bloc melted away, dictatorships vanished and Germany was successfully reunited. But accelerating globalisation brought new fragilities. The impact of interlocking crises after 2008 was the clearest warning to Europeans that there is no guarantee of peace and stability.
Misha Glenny interviews the musician and activist, Nadya Tolokno (Russia), a member of the punk group Pussy Riot and arrested together with her partner in 2012 because of a performance in Moscow Cathedral. She was sentenced for crimes of religious hatred, and spent two years in jail, a sentence that became a symbol around the world for the Vladimir Putin government’s attitude to freedom of expression. She currently lives in Canada, where she continues to work as a human rights activist.
Our poor Earth is drowning in plastic. But it’s not too late to save it. Join conservationist, author and vet Jessica French to learn all about waste and how we can revolutionise our relationship with it to help make our planet a nicer place for everyone. Find out what is being done to fix the problem and how the smallest, simplest change can make a world of difference.
This exploration of the evolution of policy and practice related to upland farming, the role science has played and related impacts on treasured landscapes will be accompanied by poetry and prose inspired by these places and activities. Fraser is Reader at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University. Elizabeth Jardine-Godwin is a writer and teacher who was Pwllpeiran Writer in Residence in 2013.
Rubén Gallo, catedrático en la Universidad de Princeton y escritor, presenta su nuevo libro, Máquinas de vanguardia: tecnología, arte y literatura en el siglo XX. Hablará con la escritora Valeria Luiselli sobre la fascinación de los vanguardistas por las máquinas. Rubén Gallo también destaca por su investigación sobre el impacto de Freud en México.
Renowned as one of the most important World War II historians, Beevor desmonstrates his narrative skills as he relives the truth of what happened in the Battle of Arnhem. Based on original documentation, used here for the first time, Beevor reconstructs the devastating airborne battle of Arnhem, the last German victory. Beevor talks with Jesús García Calero, Chief editor of Culture in ABC daily, about the first-hand accounts from the soldiers and the diaries detailing the suffering of the inhabitants that have reshaped the vision of this battle.