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Alejandro Santos, Luke Harding and Yolanda Ruiz in conversation with Alec Russell

The media in the post-truth era

Cartagena 2018, 

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

Alejandro Santos, Luke Harding and Yolanda Ruiz in conversation with Alec Russell

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Michael Bhaskar and Peter Florence in conversation with Marianne Ponsford

The future of reading

Cartagena 2018, 

Two views of the world of reading with two interesting thinkers. Michael Bhaskar is a publisher and writer who has drawn a map of the future of publishing, the media and the creative industries in his book The Content Machine. Peter Florence is the founder and director of the Hay Festival and has been working over 30 years in the book sector. This promises a fascinating discussion regarding the future of publishing, reading, and the book with Marianne Ponsford, director of CERLALC.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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 Four writers who have been awarded with the prestigious Hispano-American Gabriel García Márquez Short Story Prize will talk about the art of writing tales. Guillermo Martínez (Argentina), Magela Baudoin (Bolivia), Luis Noriega (Colombia) and Alejandro Morellón (Spain) are part of the current Spanish literary scenario. All of them will share their ideas and some tecniques about short stories´production with the audience.

 

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Gloria Susana Esquivel, Sara Mesa and Valter Hugo Mãe in conversation with Guido Tamayo

Surviving childhood

Cartagena 2018, 

Gloria Esquivel’s first novel, Animales del fin del mundo, talks about the discoveries that change our lives in childhood. Hiding the difficult things, says the writer, only makes life more difficult in the long run. For Sara Mesa, an award-winning author of short stories and novels, life is immensely difficult and as soon as we enter the world we carry guilt and blame others. Her works include Cuatro por cuatro (shortlisted for the Herralde Novel Prize) and Cicatriz. Valter Hugo Mãe is the author of books for children and adults, as well as a publisher, fine artist and singer. His book O paraíso são os outros questions different formulas of love among people. This intriguing group will talk to Guido Tamayo about how to enrich the experience of childhood.

With the support of the Embassy of Portugal

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Christophe Galfard

The universe in your hand, a visual guide to the Big Bang

Cartagena 2018, 

Starting from Earth, you will go through the immensity of the universe and discover its history. You will see how the stars and planets are born, how it is possible to calculate the distance to a far-off galaxy and how the Big Bang happened 13.8 billion years ago. Christophe Galfard (France) is a Doctor of Physics from Cambridge University, where he studied under Stephen Hawking. With the goal of bringing science to those without specialist knowledge, he has featured on television programmes and offers answers on his website. His book The Universe in Your Hand, named best scientific book of 2015 in France, is a synthesis of his efforts to explain the universe to the general public.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

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Azriel Bibliowicz, Alonso Cueto, Geoff Dyer, Yaa Gyasi, Edurne Portela, Eloy Tizón and Juan Gabriel Vásquez

In conversation with Carolina Robino. Favourite books: classic and contemporary authors

Cartagena 2018, 

Eight writers from different parts of the world will talk about the books, whether classic or contemporary from female authors, that have most left their mark. This event promises to be a kind of group tour through the best and newest in world literature.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

 

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Gilmer Mesa in conversation with Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

Telling the story of those awful 1980s

Cartagena 2018, 

The events of the first novel by Gilmer Mesa, La Cuadra, is settled on the most intense period of Pablo Escobar. In it, a group of friends from a neighbourhood infiltrated by drug trafficking take refuge in love, despite the brutality that mars their relationships. At this event, the journalist Jorge Eduardo Espinosa will ask about forms of narrating those times, including the role of memory and popular music.

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Jordi Montero in conversation with Hassan Nassar

Cartagena 2018, 

For the Spanish neurologist, Jordi Montero, who in 2017 published the book Permiso para quejarse, what is behind chronic pain is emotion. We do not take into consideration our own culture when we have physical pain treated, nor do we listen to our own bodies. From a rigorous and optimistic point of view, this doctor has helped us to understand ourselves as humans and our reality, based on neurology and the relationship between the brain and pain. He will talk about these matters with the intellectual and Minister of Health and Social Protection. He will talk with journalist Hassan Nassar.

Jordi Montero in conversation with Hassan Nassar

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Two masters of creative non-fiction will talk about the attractions of their genre. Héctor Abad has published books such as Oblivion: A Memoir, which tells the story of his father, the doctor Héctor Abad Gómez, and the circumstances of his murder, as well as works of fiction such as The Farm. A regular columnist, Guerriero has also published outstanding works such as Los suicidas del fin del mundo and A Simple Story. In 2013 she received the González-Ruano Journalism Prize, granted by the Mapfre Foundation.

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Ana Belén in conversation with Luis Alegre

On film

Cartagena 2018, 

The singer and actor Ana Belén is one of Spain’s outstanding cultural figures, with an artistic career that includes over forty films, around thirty plays and over thirty-five albums. Winner in 2015 of a Latin Grammy for Musical Excellence, the Spanish Film Academy awarded her the 2017 Honorary Goya for being “a paramount figure for generations, whose face and voice play a central role within our filmography”. She will talk about her acting career with Luis Alegre.

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Carlos Manuel Álvarez, Valeria Luiselli, Eduardo Plaza and Valentín Trujillo in conversation with Max Seitz

Bogotá39-2017. The era of disasters

Cartagena 2018, 

Four authors reflect on writing during this turbulent period, in which the media constantly talk about natural disasters, political changes, polarization and disillusionment. Valeria Luiselli (Mexico), Valentín Trujillo (Uruguay), Eduardo Plaza (Chile) and Carlos Manuel Álvarez (Cuba) will talk about writing fiction in this context.

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Alonso Salazar in conversation with Mario Jursich

There was no party

Cartagena 2018, 

Alonso Salazar, former Mayor of Medellin, has published a number of books on the reality of Colombia, especially in terms of understanding the phenomenon of drug trafficking and its sickly hold on society. No nacimos pa´semilla (1990), La parábola de Pablo (2001) and Profeta en el desierto: Vida y muerte de Luis Carlos Galán (2003) are his most important books. He will talk to the writer Mario Jursich about his most recent book, No hubo fiesta, in which the author draws intimate portraits of the main figures in the war, including Bateman, Pizarro, Marulanda, Iván Ríos and Carlos Castaño.

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Lee Maracle and Miguel Rocha Vivas in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Indigenous rights and traditions

Cartagena 2018, 

 

Lee Maracle is a member of the Stó:lō nation whose territory is located in Canada. She is a poet and the author of a number of novels, short stories and non-fiction books in which her culture and traditions are represented. In 2016 she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among young aboriginals. In a conversation chaired by the journalist and researcher Ingrid Bejerman, Maracle will talk to Miguel Rocha Vivas about indigenous rights and traditions.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

 

 

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Ignacio Castillo, Miguel Salazar and Clare Weiskopf in conversation with Sergio Dahbar

The challenges of moviemaking in Latin America

Cartagena 2018, 

The directors of El Inca (Venezuela) Ciro y Yo (Colombia) and Amazona (Colombia) share a stage to talk about the difficulties of making films in the region. From funding to distribution, the independent film industry is changing. But, how far is there still to go?

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When taking the decision to write full time, particularly for young writers, the matter of earning a living must first be resolved. Four outstanding Latin American writers aged under 40, Martín Felipe Castagnet (Argentina), Daniel Ferreira (Colombia), Daniel Saldaña París (Mexico) and Claudia Ulloa (Peru) will talk about their respective careers as journalists or publishers, and what this work has contributed to their literature, or vice versa.

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Kevin McCloud, Solitaire Townsend, and Juliet Davenport

Small is Beautiful…Or is it Anymore?

Hay Festival 2018, 

‘Small is beautiful’ was the rallying cry of the early environmental movement, whilst cynics dismissed it as a lot of hippy dreaming. Now small, it seems, is back and going Big. Small scale renewable energy technologies like solar and wind, along with the huge progress in battery storage, are now fast becoming some of the cheapest sources of electricity on the planet. How long before every home becomes its own power plant, every home owner their own power company? And how long before local green energy sources combine with digital technologies and 3-D printing to revive local manufacturing? Can small really stay beautiful, or will big prove to be best? Chaired by Writer and Green Futurist, Martin Wright.

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Helen Pankhurst

Deeds Not Words

Hay Festival 2018, 

To mark the centenary of women in Britain first getting the vote, the women’s rights campaigner and great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst charts how women’s lives have changed over the past century and offers a powerful and positive argument for the way forward.

Helen Pankhurst

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Helen Thomson

Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains

Hay Festival 2018, 

The neuroscientist and writer explains how the mind works – from memory to emotion, navigation to creativity, through nine extraordinary case studies.

Helen Thomson

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Horatio Clare

Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North

Hay Festival 2018, 

A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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Danny Dorling

Can the UK Afford to Leave the EU?

Hay Festival 2018, 

The UK voted to leave at the peak of its economic inequality. In hindsight this appears to have influenced the decision. Many British citizens are likely to be impoverished as a result. Those without citizenship already live in great fear. So, can we actually afford to walk out on this relationship? Dorling is Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. His books include Why Demography Matters, Inequality and the 1% and Population 10 Billion. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.

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Robert Webb talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

How Not to Be a Boy

Hay Festival 2018, 

Webb has been a male for his whole life. As such, he has been a boy in a world of fighting, pointless posturing, and the insistence that he stop crying. As an adult man, he has enjoyed better luck, both in his work as the Webb half of Mitchell & Webb as an acclaimed actor and comedian, and as author of this part memoir, part call to arms.

Robert Webb talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Michael Gove talks to Rosie Boycott

The Future of Farming and Food

Hay Festival 2018, 

An opportunity to discuss the immediate and longer-term challenges that range across his brief with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Boycott is chair of the London Food Board.

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Hugo Drochon

Cambridge Series 2: Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Was Diana killed by the Secret Services? Is climate change a hoax? Did man not walk on the moon? Who shot JFK? Drawing on a nationwide survey about belief in conspiracy theories, Drochon will explore what factors –religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories and what impact that has had on contemporary political events. Drochon is a political theorist and historian of modern political thought.

Hugo Drochon

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Johann Hari

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Hay Festival 2018, 

A persuasive and inspiring argument exploring the subject matter of his radical and brilliant book Lost Connections. Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, as we are often told. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work.

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Rodric Braithwaite – The Rotblat Lecture 2018

Managing Confrontation: Lessons from the Cold War

Hay Festival 2018, 

The diplomat and historian examines the nuclear confrontation between the Soviet Union and the West during the Cold War, and the lessons  for managing our difficulties with Russia today. Braithwaite was ambassador in Moscow at the time of the Soviet collapse, and then the Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser and chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee. His books include Across the Moscow River (2002), Moscow 1941 (2006), Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan (2011) and Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation (2017). Chaired by Nik Gowing, author of Thinking the Unthinkable: A New Imperative for Leadership in the Digital Age.

Rodric Braithwaite – The Rotblat Lecture 2018