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Alberto Barrera Tyzska, Claudia Piñeiro and Yolanda Reyes in conversation with Juan Cruz

Narratives

Arequipa 2017, 

Three writers will talk with Juan Cruz about narrative´s versatility, how it can be presented in different formats and its possibilities. Alberto Barrera Tyska is a Venezuelan writer, poet and screenwriter. Claudia Piñeiro is an Argentinian writer and playwright. Yolanda Reyes is a Colombian writer who is well known for her work surrounding both children´s and “grown-ups” literature, a distinction she tries to avoid. Juan Cruz is a Spanish journalist, author of more than twenty books.

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Jesús Ruiz Mantilla in conversation with Paolo Vasile

TELEVISION: A DEBATE

Segovia 2018, 

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. 

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The inconceivable universe: Dreams of unity. José Gordon and Patricio Betteo in conversation with Inés Martín Rodrígo

Querétaro 2017, 

In this fascinating work of non-fiction, the writer José Gordon takes us into an exercise of the imagination, in which science and literature, with their respective instruments, probe into a universe which challenges all our notions. With first-hand information from major scientists like Roger Penrose, Leonard Susskind and the Physics Nobel Laureate, George Smoot, we find the most audacious maps of our time, which aim to open new windows onto nature. These investigations, some of which are controversial, have the mystery and attraction of a good literary story skilfully mixed with the explorations of fiction writers like Isaac Bashevis Singer, Amos Oz and Fernando del Paso, who also follow the dream of a level of existence beyond the borders of space and time: Borges’s Aleph looms into view! The inconceivable universe, marvellously illustrated by Patricio Betteo, invites us to look through the keyhole at a memorable poetic and scientific journey of many strings and dimensions that will resonate in the reader’s imagination. In conversation with Inés Martín Rodrígo.

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César Bona in conversation with Carlos Sánchez

The new education

Cartagena 2018, 

César Bona, author of La nueva educación, is one of the fifty best educators in the world according to the Global Teacher Prize, the so-called Nobel for teachers. He will talk about the questions that he has considered in his career as an education reformer: Why are textbooks no longer so important? Why does the importance of homework need to be relativized? Why should education be done with empathy? Why should education be more important than any government?

César Bona in conversation with Carlos Sánchez

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Mirko Lauer and Alberto Vergara in conversation with Jorge Bedregal de la Vera

Political writing

Arequipa 2017, 

Reflecting on political phenomena, from the local to the global, from political theory to specific facts linked to a country’s reality. Political scientist Alberto Vergara and journalist and writer Mirko Lauer talk to historian Jorge Bedregal de la Vera about a genre of non-fiction whose importance goes beyond casual reading because of its close link to changes in ideologies and thought in general.

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Agustín Fuentes in conversation with Hassan Nassar

Creativity

Cartagena 2018, 

Our imaginations make us human, argues the zoologist and anthropologist who has been exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, primates, for decades. Fuentes, a National Geographic explorer, will talk about his latest book, The Creative Spark, which traces the origins of creativity and collaboration in order to explain human nature. He will talk to the journalist Hassan Nassar.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Liliet Heredero

Jerusalem

Arequipa 2017, 

In Jerusalem: The Biography, Simon Sebag Montefiore (United Kingdom) tells the story of the city that is holy for three religions. This book was a Sunday Times number one bestseller and also won a Book of the Year Prize from the Jewish Book Council (US). Sebag Montefiore is a Doctor in Philosophy and an expert in Russia and the Middle East, as well as the relations between both regions and the West. In this conversation with the BBC journalist Liliet Heredero, he will talk about aspects of his book and his particular relationship with Jerusalem.

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Hanoch Piven and Ana Penyas in conversation with Juan Merino

Illustration

Cartagena 2018, 

Illustrators have the difficult task of creating an imaginary world based on a text, without limiting its meaning. The ingenious illustrations of Hanoch Piven have appeared in the most important US magazines and newspapers since 1992, as well as in European publications. He has also worked for children’s books, digital applications, advertising campaigns and television programmes. Ana Penyas, who studied Industrial Design and Fine Art, received the 2017 Fnac-Salamandra Graphic International Graphic Novel Prize. They will talk about the work of the illustrator with Juan Merino.

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Pedro Baños in conversation with José María Beneyto

ALLIANCES, MANIPULATION, RIVALITY…

Segovia 2018, 

Psychological war. Better than Game of Thrones. The keys of the global geostrategy.

For some years now, due to the complex current situation, the science of geopolitics is acquiring an importance that it had lost after the Second World War. How are the countries related? What power strategies do they use? Through numerous examples, we will see that there are a series of classic strategies, all with a background of hypocrisy and taking advantage of the weaknesses of others, which have prevailed over time.

The colonel and expert strategist Pedro Baños takes us into the unknowns of these games of domination between countries and reveals the keys and tricks of world power. He talks with José María Beneyto, writer of El spy who deceived Hitler, with a background in Nazi Germany.

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A.C. Grayling

COEXISTENCE IN OUR MODERN WORLD

Segovia 2018, 

The renowned philosopher A.C. Grayling returns to Segovia with a provocative lecture on our society today and the threats to coexistence. He addresses the major challenges that the new digital era and the social and political changes make on the structure of our societies. Will social media or populism break democracy? Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Marta Williams and Stephen Adamson

LEADERSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Segovia 2018, 
 

The Leadership experts present the results of a two year study on the leadership behaviours of 600 Spanish executives. Looking at today’s leaders and executives, can we identify styles and needs for the future?  Are there notable differences between the leadership strengths of male and female executives?  What behavioral weaknesses are most likely to derail their careers?  How can we help them to reach their maximum potential?    

Marta Williams and Stephen Adamson, have created a unique Personal Development Program for more than 600 executives studying at Madrid’s IE University.  For the past two years these executives/students have received a creative combination of specialized psychometric testing, in-depth analysis of their leadership styles, and feedback from their co-workers back at their jobs.  Measurements were conducted on a continuous basis to track growth and perceptions of change from multiple points of view.

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Screening of the documentary La cláusula Balcells. Pau Subirós in conversation with Ángeles González-Sinde

Querétaro 2017, 

La cláusula Balcells, by Pau Subirós, tells of the life and career of the legendary literary agent Carmen Balcells, through the testimonies of the writers Mario Vargas Llosa, Juan Marsé, Eduardo Mendoza, Carme Riera, Javier Cercas, Isabel Allende, Wendy Guerra, Daniel Vázquez (Vázquez Montalbán’s son); the publishers Ricardo Rodrigo (RBA), Malcolm Otero (Carlos Barral’s grandson) and Juan Cruz; the literary agent Antonia Kerrigan; Rodrigo García (Gabriel García Márquez’s son); Carmen Miracle (Álvaro Mutis’ widow); Ángeles González-Sinde (former Minister of Culture); and people who were close to her, such as her brother Joan Balcells, her son Lluís Miquel Palomares, her driver Dionisio Avilés, and the Agencia Literaria Carmen Balcells astrologer, Guiomar Eguillor. Scripted by Xavi Ayén and Pau Subirós and produced by Neus Ballús. Pau Subirós, co-writer, will be present.

Duration: 59 minutes / Language: Spanish

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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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Magela Baudoin, Luis Noriega, Alejandro Morellón and Guillermo Martinez in conversation with Consuelo Gaitán

Memorable tales

Cartagena 2018, 

 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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Dylan Moore talks to Peter Florence

DRIVING HOME BOTH WAYS

Segovia 2018, 

Moore has been awarded the 2018 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship/Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival, and is visiting all our festivals worldwide over the next 12 months. He talks with Peter Florence, founder of the Hay Festivals, about his collection of travel writing, which takes him from bull runs in the Basque Country to the mangrove swamps of the Gulf of Guinea. Driving Home Both Ways is part essay collection, part travelogue through life. It offers fresh reflections on the changing nature of the local and the global, epiphanies of tribe and faith, and is underscored always by the enduring allure of elsewhere and the constant pull of home.

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Fernando Montaño in conversation with Gustavo Tatis

Cartagena 2018, 

The Colombian dancer Fernando Montaño, a star of the London Royal Ballet, will talk about his life and about the fascinating word of dance, which has taken him all over the world. 

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Renato Cisneros and José Ovejero in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

Arequipa 2017, 

Two writers present their latest works. With the novelist and journalist, Renato Cisneros (Peru), author of the acclaimed La distancia que nos separa, a book that broke sales records in Peru and which has been translated into a number of languages. Cisneros will present his most recent novel, Dejarás la tierra, which also explores his family history. The writer José Ovejero (Spain) will talk about his latest book, La seducción, in which the author employs the idea of vengeance, with the protagonist leaving a monotonous life and being carried away by malice, something that the character considers throughout the book. Ovejero has written a range of novels, non-fiction works, short stories and poetry, including La invención del amor, 2013 Alfaguara Prize. They will talk to Clara Elvira Ospina.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Xavi Ayén

Tsars & dictators: from Romanovs to Stalin, Putin  & Kim Jong-un

Arequipa 2017, 

Few family histories have captured the collective imagination as much as the history of the Romanovs. The family that governed Russia with an iron hand for four centuries disappeared abruptly with the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. The British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of, among others, Jerusalem and Titans of History, talks about The Romanovs: 1613-1918, which tells the story of this unique dynasty in the Russian Revolution’s centenary year. In conversation with Xavi Ayén.

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Cees Nooteboom and Carmen Ollé in conversation with Martín Zúñiga

Let’s talk about poetry

Arequipa 2017, 

When it comes to the art of writing poetry there are as many truths as there are true poets. This event features the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom, who says that poetry lies at the centre of all that he does. His body of work, which contains more than fifty books and includes novels and travel writing, has won him several international prizes. He is accompanied by the Peruvian poet Carmen Ollé, who was acclaimed by critics after the publication of her poetry book Noches de adrenalina in 1981. Both writers will talk to Martín Zúñiga (Peru), the author of a number of poetry books and who in 2011 published an anthology of young Arequipa poets entitled Rastros/Rostros.

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Rubén Gallo in conversation with Guadalupe Nettel

Eternal Proust

Arequipa 2017, 

The writer and academic Rubén Gallo (Mexico) has a passion for the work of Marcel Proust, one of the greatest writers in the history of literature. In Search of Lost Time (1913-1927) is Proust’s best known work and in it, through great introspection, the writer offers a reflection on his life. Gallo, Professor of the Language, Literature and Civilization of Spain at Princeton University, is the author of Proust’s Latin Americans. He will talk to Guadalupe Nettel about this renowned author’s relationships with Latin Americans.

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Teju Cole in conversation with Rubén Gallo

Arequipa 2017, 

Teju Cole is an acclaimed Nigerian-American writer, author of novels such as Open City (2011), winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award, and Every Day Is for the Thief, both published by Random House. He is also a photographer and an art historian. He will talk to Rubén Gallo.

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Juan Cárdenas, María José Caro, Carlos Fonseca, Pilar Quintana and Felipe Restrepo Pombo in conversation with Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

The art of telling stories

Cartagena 2018, 

Five fiction writers, judges of the 11th RCN – National Ministry of Education National Short Story Competition, will talk to Nicolás Samper about the complex and subjective universe of the writer. How should a story be told? Where does its inspiration come from? With Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), María José Caro (Peru), Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica), Pilar Quintana (Colombia) and Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Colombia).

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Jonathan Burnham, Claudio López Lamadrid and Caroline Michel in conversation with Miguel Aguilar

Publishing in the digital era

Cartagena 2018, 

This discussion with two directors of major publishing groups will cover topics such as new trends in the market, and the goals of these publishing houses. Jonathan Burnham is Senior Vice President and Publisher at the HarperCollins group, which has 65 imprints. Claudio López Lamadrid is Publishing Director of Literature at Random House, where he implements global content strategies, standardizes editorial criteria and coordinates publishing plans for Spain and Latin America. Caroline Michel is the CEO of the British literary agency Peters Fraser and Dunlop and has more than 25 years of experience in the publishing industry.

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Salman Rushdie in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2018, 

The author of the acclaimed novel Midnight’s Children, chosen by the public as the best Booker prizewinner in its 40-year history, will talk to the Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez. At this event they will talk about Rushdie’s work, particularly about his latest published book, The Golden House, a brilliant and lucid portrait of North American society in the period from Obama’s presidency to Donald Trump’s.

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Salman Rushdie in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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Luisgé Martín in conversation with Dante Trujillo

Arequipa 2017, 

Luisgé Martín is a Spanish writer and journalist. A member of the founding team of two Spanish cultural magazines (Esperpento and Perchero) and a contributor to several publications, he advised the Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, in 2010 and 2011. He currently combines writing with work for Thinking Heads. This author of novels and short stories will talk to Dante Trujillo about his latest work, El amor del revés, an autobiographical work that talks honestly and clearly about how he gradually accepted his feelings and sexual preferences.