‘The patron saint of poetry’ is author of over a hundred books of poetry for adults and children and one of the world’s great live entertainers. His exuberant new collection joinedupwriting ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics. These poems explore the human experience in all its shades of light and dark but always with McGough’s signature wit, irreverence and vivacity.
The Bogotá39 2017 selection, promoted by the Hay Festival, seeks to focus attention on and celebrate Latin American fiction writers. At this event, the writers Carlos Manuel Álvarez (Cuba), author of La tribu; Brenda Lozano (Mexico), author of Cómo piensan las piedras and Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Colombia), author of Formas de evasion. In conversation with Mariana H.
Óscar Guardiola Rivera es escritor, filósofo y profesor de leyes y derechos humanos en la Universidad de Birkbeck en Londres; es también columnista de The Guardian y El Espectador. Hablará sobre uno de los episodios más importantes en la historia de América Latina, el asesinato del presidente chileno Salvador Allende, del que trata en su último libro publicado: Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973 [Historia de una muerte anunciada: el golpe contra Salvador Allende, 11 de septiembre de 1973].
Paolo Vasile, CEO of Mediaset, is one of the most important and controversial communication entrepreneurs in Europe. His sincere, raw and untamed vision of the world of television as leader of Cuatro and Telecinco will serve as the axis to the conversation he will have with the writer and journalist of El País, Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.
Award-winning wordsmith, hip hop artist and poet Karl Nova will perform pieces from his new book Rhythm and Poetry. Karl stitches and weaves his performance to tell stories that are humorous, personal and inspirational. He will perform freestyle, inviting the audience to challenge him to create a verse on the spot.
Three authors who combine writing with other occupations, in this case publishing, journalism and language teaching, talk about what it means to move between the different worlds in which they live and work. They will also talk about their latest books with the literary critic and columnist Camilo Hoyos: Mariana Torres, Diego Erlan (Argentina) and Eduardo Plaza (Chile).
Salvador Novo is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in contemporary Mexican literature, and has attracted the attention of figures as outstanding as Octavio Paz and Carlos Monsiváis. In Escribir con caca, the Mexican poet Luis Felipe Fabre looks at the figure of the author and his complex writing through an exhaustive yet playful review of Novo’s life and work. In conversation with Irma Gallo.
Two outstanding Mexican poets and writers will talk to Alejandro del Castillo about their latest work. With David Huerta, author of the essay on poetry El vaso de tiempo, and Alberto Ruy Sánchez, author of the poetic diary Luz del colibrí.
The historian will focus on the development of the castle, the discovery of the 15th-century houses of the lordship’s tenants and new ways of dating medieval timberwork, including the extraordinary castle gates. Suggett is Senior Investigator for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments for Wales. Introduced by Justin Albert.
John Boyne, award-winning author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, discusses his new novel which explores the bravery of transgender youth through the eyes of family. John Boyne will speak to Daniel Hahn, discussing the book and celebrating LGBTQ+ representation in children’s and YA fiction.