The implications of violence in a country’s social context are complex, even affecting those who are far from it. Cases such as gender violence in Peru, which was the trigger for the #NiUnaMenos movement, which organized the largest march for women’s rights in Peru’s history, in August 2016, are exemplary when it comes to understanding the awareness of a society beset by violence. Talking to Francesca Denegri about violence and different kinds of violence, are the Peruvian guests Sheila Alvarado, Verónica Ferrari and Teresina Muñoz-Nájar.
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
Four authors who combine writing with other occupations, in this case publishing, journalism and academia, 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 publisher José Hamad. Liliana Colanzi (Bolivia), Eduardo Rabasa (Mexico), Mariana Torres (Brazil) and Diego Zúñiga (Chile).
With the support of the Mexican Embassy
With the support of Womarts
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.
Pablo Boullosa, communicator, writer and presenter of the television programme La dichosa palabra, offers a lecture based on his book El corazón es un resorte: Metáforas y otras herramientas para mejorar nuestra educación, reflecting on the elements of daily life (emotions, experiences, imagination) which help to improve our knowledge.
The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. To celebrate this important milestone in Western critical thinking, we have asked a number of thinkers to present a reform that is relevant today. In the 21st century, most of the planet’s population lives in urban areas and there are ever more megalopolises and cities with millions of inhabitants. In this context, how does living in a city affect humans? If our surroundings determine our quality of life, why not make cities more human? Deyan Sudjic, Director of London’s Design Museum, will propose a new concept of city.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria) is a fiction and non-fiction writer whose work is pivotal to an understanding of contemporary literature. She is the author of novels Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, as well as one of the most read essays in recent years: We Should All be Feminists. In this lecture, Adichie will reflect on the closeness between journalistic and literary work, using Gabriel García Márquez’s reflections as a starting point. Following the lecture, she will take part in a conversation with journalist and writer Alma Guillermoprieto.
Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available
With the support of SURA
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.
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
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.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Could novels be a source of information for those who write history? Should the novelist who tackles historical themes ensure that the story is in line with the facts of the past? The historian Eduardo Posada-Carbó, lecturer at the University of Oxford, and the writer Juan Esteban Constaín, author of various historical novels, will talk about the work of García Márquez and the way in which historians and literary critics have given his novels an historical interpretation.
With the support of Banco de la República
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.
The Peruvian María José Caro León, author of Perro de ojos negros, and the Chilean Eduardo Plaza, author of Hienas, are among the 39 Latin American writers aged under 40 chosen by the Hay Festival for the Bogotá39-2017 project. These authors will talk to Clara Elvira Ospina about their works, their literary process and the implications of being chosen for Bogotá39-2017.
Creation, understood as the ability to innovate and produce something new, is one of the characteristics of advanced societies. Therefore, it is necessary that in the educational community there are channels that allow students to know the creative ecosystem in its different aspects and how to promote their own skills. In this session, organized by CEDRO, the relationship between creation and education in Spain will be analyzed. Moderated by the vice president of CEDRO Pedro de Andrés. Participants: Pilar Lozano, writer. Íñigo Picabea, cultural journalist at RNE. Jorge Corrales, CEO of CEDRO.
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.
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.
The British youth fiction writer Jenny Valentine is touring the world to talk to teenagers in various countries to find out what matters most to them. Fernando “Nando” López is a novelist, playwright and author of several works of children’s and young adult fiction, including Los nombres del fuego and La edad de la ira. His play #malditos16 examines suicide, anorexia and self-harm, and is inspired by his work as a volunteer at a hospital, where he runs literary workshops with teenagers who have tried to take their own lives. Both will talk to the publisher and writer Carlos Sánchez Lozano about worrying, the imagination and what it means to be a teenager in the 21st century.
When taking the decision to write full time, particularly for young writers, the matter of earning a living must first be resolved. Juan Manuel Robles (Peru) and the Colombians Giuseppe Caputo, Christian Romero and Felipe Restrepo Pombo will talk about their respective careers as bloggers, translators and secondary school teachers, and what this work has contributed to their literature, or vice versa.
La segunda amante del rey, the latest novel by Herralde Novel prizewinner, Alonso Cueto, is both a love story and a detective novel that takes the reader into the depths of the genre. After the enormous success of her first novels (1997 Lumen Prize for best Spanish woman writer), Alicia Giménez began writing full time. In 2015 she published, with success, the novel Crímenes que no olvidaré, which consolidated her position as one of the most popular voices in detective writing. Carlos Zanón, author of No llames a casa (2012 Valencia Negra Prize for the Best Detective Novel of the Year) and Yo fui Johnny Thunders (2014 Salamanca Negra, 2015 Novelpol and 2015 Dashiell Hammett prizes), has just published Taxi, a moving novel set in Barcelona. The three writers will talk about their novels and the beauty of the genre with the publisher Ana Gavín.
Four of Latin America’s best writers aged under 40 choose one or two writers from any Latin American country, plus an international author, whose work they admire. At this event Gabriela Jauregui (Mexico), Laia Jufresa (Mexico), Alan Mills (Guatemala) and Jesús Miguel Soto (México) talk to the journalist Winston Manrique about their recommendations.