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Sergio Ramírez in conversation with Juanita León and Jaime Abello

Cartagena 2018, 

En noviembre de 2017  el escritor nicaraguense Sergio Ramirez fue elegido ganador del Premio Cervantes. Su amplia obra literaria incluye, entre otros libros, , Margarita, está linda la mar (1998) , El cielo llora por mí (2008) y Sara (2015),  Ya nadie llora por mí (2017)Es miembro del Consejo Rector del Premio Gabriel García Márquez de Periodismo. El escritor nicaraguense Sergio Ramirez participó en la lucha para derrocar la dictadura de la familia Somoza y tras el triunfo de la revolución fue electo vicepresidente en 1985. Juanita León es directora de La Silla Vacía y ganadora del Premio Gabo 2016 en la categoría innovación. Jaime Abello es director de La Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano.

Con apoyo de SURA y del Premio Gabo

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Gabrielle Walker in conversation with Rosie Boycott

SURA talk: Climate Change

Cartagena 2018, 

Dr Gabrielle Walker is an expert on sustainability, clean energies and climate change and has written extensively for The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, offering different perspectives on the climate issue will talk about climate change with Rosie Boycott who, as well as having a distinguished career as a journalist, editor, author and consultant to the Mayor of London on sustainable food matters, often writes about the role of food in health and the fight against climate change.

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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Collution. Luke Harding in conversation with Rodrigo Pardo

Cartagena 2018, 

 Luke Harding, the award-winning British journalist, will talk about his newest book Conspiration, where he recounts the convulsed story that reveals the close coonections between Trump´s government and Moscow and the political game set by Russia decades ago in order to unsettle the American democracy. The Specuial Prosecutor Robert Mueller has already submmited an accusation against some of the protagonists in this alleged conspiracy, including Trump´s campaigns manager Paul Manafort. It is higly probable that many more will follow as the crisis within the president´s Executive Office aggravates.

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Luisa Valenzuela in conversation with Alonso Rabí

Hay Festival Reforms: Reforming money

Arequipa 2017, 

The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. In the same spirit, we have asked a number of thinkers to present new reforms on matters that are relevant today. The great Argentinean writer, Luisa Valenzuela, proposes a change in the value of money, that hollow promise that rules the world. She will talk about its origin, its sacred value and profound emptiness.

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Lecture by Jordi Montero

Neuroscience

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.

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Rutger Bregman and Marina Garcés in conversation with Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2018, 

Two thinkers who are off the beaten track when it comes to proposing solutions to the problems that face societies will talk to the writer Juan David Correa.  Rutger Bregman is the author of Utopia for Realists and journalist with the Dutch newspaper De Correspondent. The Spanish philosopher Marina Garcés is the author of the books En las prisiones de lo posible (Bellaterra, 2002), Un mundo común (Bellaterra, 2012) and Fuera de clase (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2016). Thinking radically makes us relate to what we are and do by means of unexpected questions with unforeseen consequences. In this way, philosophy creates its own battlefield. This event is for those who think it is not possible to change the world.

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Carmen Pardo and Valter Hugo Mãe in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Music as a political expression

Cartagena 2018, 

Music can be understood as an ephemeral art and politics as a transitory mood. If this is so, what is the relationship between the two? Carmen Pardo lectures on Barcelona University’s Master’s in Sound Art. She has extensively researched the soundscape of contemporary music and has published some of her findings in two important works: En el silencio de la cultura and La escucha oblicua: una invitación a John Cage. Valter Hugo Mãe is the author of books for children and adults, as well as a publisher, fine artist and singer. They will talk to the literary critic and columnist Camilo Hoyos about music as a political expression.

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Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with Emma Tucker

Cartagena 2018, 

Rosemary Sullivan is the author of 15 books, including five biographies, three poetry books, travel diaries, short fiction and essays. Her most recent work, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, won the 2016 Plutarch Biography Award and other Canadian prizes for non-fiction, and was named Book of the Year by the UK’s Daily Mail. She will talk about this fascinating biography with the journalist Emma Tucker.

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Gender equality is men´s business too

Cartagena 2018, 
Boys, teenagers and young men play an important role in overcoming gender violence and discrimination. Men still have power at many levels and so have the opportunity to promote changes in places and structures where women have not yet been able to access and participate. Working with women of all ages to challenge and reduce inequality is essential, but insufficient. Policies and programmes will transform gender relationships if they also help boys and men face up to unequal power relations and if we work with them as allies in achieving social equality and gender justice. A number of young people talk about their experiences.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Sergio del Molino

Cartagena 2018, 

The author of The Sound of Things Falling and Reputations will talk to the Spanish writer Sergio del Molino, whose recent works include the historical essay and travel book La España vacía and the novel La mirada de los peces. Both writers, born within six years of each other, often combine grand national subjects with the private lives of their characters, to the point at which public affairs merge with the innermost regions of the soul. Even so, or perhaps for this reason, their stories are some of the most revealing offered by contemporary literature.

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Yaa Gyasi in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2018, 

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and was brought up in the United States, where she studied English and became a resident on the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first novel, Homegoing, about two half-sisters whose destinies part ways in 18th-century Ghana, has been a popular and critical success, winning the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award. She will talk to the founder of the Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Michael Bhaskar

The Future of Publishing

Cartagena 2018, 

Technology means that the world of publishing is undergoing constant changes; Michael Bhaskar has drawn a map of the future of publishing, the media and the creative industries. In his book The Content Machine he explains the financial rules that technology has imposed on newspapers, magazines and blogs. He also produced one of the first e-books for iPhone and is currently visiting lecturer at the Oxford Brookes International Centre for Publishing as well as writer in residence at DeepMind. He will talk to the audience about the future of publishing.

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Carmen Boullosa and Edurne Portela in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

Armed violence as an historical scar

Cartagena 2018, 

Carmen Boullosa is a Mexican novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, author of the novel Texas: The Great Theft and, together with Mike Wallace, of the non-fiction work A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the “Mexican Drug War”. The writer Edurne Portela’s most recent works are El eco de los disparos: Cultura y memoria de la violencia, a non-fiction book about the armed group ETA’s disarmament, and the novel Mejor la ausencia. The two will talk about the scars of armed violence with the Colombian writer Giuseppe Caputo.