In a unique fusion of art, science and history Katrina van Grouw celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s monumental work The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, and offers a tribute to what Darwin might have achieved had he possessed that elusive missing piece to the evolutionary puzzle – the knowledge of how individual traits are passed from one generation to the next. With the benefit of a century and a half of hindsight van Grouw explains evolution by building on the analogy that Darwin himself used, comparing the selective breeding process with natural selection in the wild. Chaired by Oliver Balch.
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.
When Alice Morrison first headed out to Morocco, it was to take on one of the most daunting challenges: to run in the famous Marathon des Sables. But as soon as she settled in a flat in Marrakesh she was won over by the people, the spectacular scenery and the ancient alleyways of the souk. Soon she was hiking over the Atlas Mountains, joining nomads to sample their timeless way of life as they crossed the Sahara desert, and finding peace in a tranquil oasis. Alice came to fame with her BBC Two series Morocco to Timbuktu. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.
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.
Think you know all about fairytales ? Think again! Join bestselling author Jessie Burton as she discusses The Restless Girls: the "wild, wise, generous" and "ferocious" retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses with Claire Armitstead from the Guardian. Imagine a fairytale that doesn't need a dashing prince to save the day. A dazzling, feminist reinterpretation of a classic fairytale for the modern world, The Restless Girls is a timeless story of family, sisterhood, imagination and bravery.
Andrea Marcolongo (Italy), a specialist on classical Greece, was also put in charge of writing speeches for the then Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi. She is the author of La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco, a beautiful book about classical Greek in which she shares with the reader the importance of this foundational language for Western culture. She will talk to Carlo Trivelli about this book.
What is the media’s responsibility in this era of false news and disinformation? Alejandro Santos, editor of the magazine Semana; Luke Harding, journalist in The Guardian; and Yolanda Ruiz, producer of RCN Radio’s morning news programme, will talk about this and other matters with the British editor and journalist Alec Russell.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
The explosion of settler emigration during the 19th century to colonies in Canada, Australia and New Zealand was supported and underpinned by a vast outpouring of text including printed emigrants’ letters, manuscript shipboard newspapers and settler fiction. These textual cultures pervaded the cultural imagination of 19th century authors such as Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Catherine Helen Spence and Ford Madox Brown, and provided new means of interrogating representations of space and place, home-making and colonial encounters. Fariha Shaikh is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham.
Lecturas de prosa y poesía pensadas como pequeños homenajes a los héroes literarios de algunos de los invitados del festival. Con Martha Favila (México), Gabriela Jauregui (México), Carolina Sanín (Colombia), Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), Mariana Enríquez (Argentina), Martín Kohan (Argentina), Rodrigo Blanco Calderón (Venezuela) y Gabriela Ybarra (España). Evento moderado por Ricardo García Mainou.
The pianist James Rhodes (United Kingdom) has found in music not only a profession but also a kind of safe space in which to develop his creativity and deal with the terrible events which, from age six, marked his life, when a school teacher began to sexually abuse him. In his extraordinary autobiography, Instrumental (2015), Rhodes tells how a relationship with music allowed him to keep on living and become a well-known pianist.
Gerald Martin ha publicado una edición crítica de Hombres de maíz, del escritor guatemalteco Miguel Ángel Asturias, y una biografía del escritor colombiano Gabriel García Márquez. Actualmente está trabajando en una biografía sobre Mario Vargas Llosa. Alonso Cueto, autor homenajeado en la Feria Internacional del Libro de Lima 2010, ha publicado novelas de muy diferentes estilos. Su obra Juan Carlos Onetti: El soñador en la penumbra, indaga en la vida del novelista. Modera el director editorial de Planeta, Sergio Vilela.
Joumana Haddad es escritora, poeta, traductora, periodista y activista por los derechos de las mujeres. Seleccionada dentro del proyecto Beirut39 (2010) como una de las 39 escritoras más destacadas
de la literatura árabe actual. En el 2014, ha sido seleccionada por la revista CEO Middle East como una de las 100 mujeres árabes más influyentes. Presenta Superman es árabe, obra en la que denuncia el sistema patriarcal del mundo árabe, arraigado en las tres religiones monoteístas.
A celebration of the brand-new, plant-based cookbook from the vegan superhero chefs. Do you want a quick weeknight supper that gets more veg into your diet? A show-stopping vegan Christmas dinner? A fun, fresh meal plan to set you up with plant-based packed lunches? Whatever you’re after, BISH BASH BOSH! has the perfect recipe. Henry and Ian have created a food revolution through the world’s biggest plant-based platform. BOSH! are on a mission to show the world just how versatile cooking with veg can be. Chaired by John Mitchinson.