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Fernanda Melchor and Antonio Ortuño in conversation with Emiliano Monge

Querétaro 2017, 

Mexicans writers Fernanda Melchor and Antonio Ortuño speak with Emiliano Monge about their work. Fernanda Melchor, writer and journalist, has published recently Temporada de huracanes and Antonio Ortuño is the author, between others, of the celebrated El buscador de cabezas, published ten years ago.

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Erling Kagge in conversation with Gabrielle Walker

On Silence

Cartagena 2018, 

Traffic noise, mobile phone alerts and even the hum of our own thoughts... silence seems unachievable. Yet what is it really? Where can it be found? Why is it more important now than ever before? In his book Silence: In the Age of Noise, the Norwegian adventurer and publisher Erling Kagge explores the importance of isolating oneself from the world based on his personal experience and the ideas of classical and modern philosophers, writers and artists. Because silence does not necessarily mean “absence of noise”. It is within reach of everyone, anywhere: we can experience perfect calm in the middle of a desert, but also in the shower or on the dancefloor. 

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Julia Donaldson

Hay Festival 2004, 
A fantastic all singing, all dancing event from the creator of Room on the Broom and Monkey Puzzle. Come dressed as your favourite character, to be ready to join in, and prepared to face a real, live Gruffalo.

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James Campbell

Hay Festival 2005, 
The one and only stand-up comedian for children whose tales of flying MPVs, wasps and widgets will have anyone over the age of five in stiches.

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Zadie Smith in conversation with Carolina Sanín

Cartagena 2019, 

The writer Zadie Smith (UK) made her debut in the year 2000 with White Teeth, captivating readers around the world. With another three published novels and two books of essays, her work insistently tackles race, social inequality, and the transcendence of friendship ties. In her recently published book, Feel Free, she combines autobiographical elements with commentary on the culture we are absorbed in. In conversation with the journalist and writer Carolina Sanín, Zadie Smith allows us to see the world through reality and fiction.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of the British Council and Arcadia

Zadie Smith in conversation with Carolina Sanín

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Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

Hay Festival 2004, 
In their first ever joint event the author and illustrator of the Horrid Henry series talk about the creation and team work involved in bringing the country's naughtiest nuisance to life.

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Jung Chang talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
Ten yeras after the first publication of Wild Swans the writer revisits her family history, her life in East and West, and the future of Communist China. 

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Jaime Bedoya en conversación con Jerónimo Pimentel

Arequipa 2016, 
El periodista Jaime Bedoya (Perú) ha presentado recientemente su libro En aparente estado de ebriedad, una compilación de más de 30 años de sus crónicas periodísticas. Autor de la popular columna Disculpen la pequeñez, en el suplemento El Dominical del periódico El Comercio, Bedoya ha trabajado en medios como la revista Caretas, de la que fue editor, y actualmente es el Editor de Estilo de El Comercio. Conversa con el escritor y editor Jerónimo Pimentel.

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Nujoom Alghanem, Paul Farley and Bill Swainson

A New Divan: A Lyrical Dialogue between East & West

Hay Festival 2019, 

In honour of Goethe and the 200th anniversary of the first publication of his outstanding poem sequence, West–Eastern Divan (1819), A New Divan contains outstanding original poems by twenty-four leading poets – twelve from the East and twelve from the West. It presents a truly international poetic dialogue inspired by the culture of ‘the Other’ and Goethe’s late, great work. Swainson, the editor of the project, is joined by Iraqi and British poets to celebrate publication.

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Gala de poesía

Arequipa 2016, 
Participan en esta gala los autores siguientes: Luis Felipe Fabre (México), Steven Fowler (Reino Unido), Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Canadá), Giovanna Pollarolo (Perú), José Carlos Yrigoyen (Perú), Denisse Vega (Perú), Gabriela Wiener (Perú) y Julia Wong (Perú), presentado por Teresa Arrieta.

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El show de Gary, monólogo de Nell Leyshon

Arequipa 2016, 
La dramaturga y novelista Nell Leyshon (Reino Unido) es autora de la celebrada novela Del color de la leche, Premio Libro del Año por el Gremio de Libreros de Madrid (2014). Creadora de numerosas obras de teatro, una de las cuales fue la primera comisión a una dramaturga para el famoso teatro Shakespeare Globe de Londres, presenta a través de un monólogo su nueva novela, El show de Gary, narración en primera persona de la vida accidentada y trepidante de un personaje entrañable que habita en los límites de lo convencional y lo legal. Un monólogo muy especial que les hará pensar sobre la condición humana. Andrés delgado Cáceres apoyará a Leyshon durante el turno de preguntas.

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Philip Reeve

Hay Festival 2004, 
A rare chance to meet the best-selling author of the award-winning Mortal Engines and Predators Gold

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Recitations In English (2)

Dhaka 2014, 
English poetry recitations featuring Ahsan Akbar, Kathryn Hummel, Ikhtisad Ahmed and Sadaf Saaz. Presented by Kaiser Haq.

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Cosmic Adventures

Dhaka 2014, 
Discover the universe with Lucy Hawking, who has co-written books for children with her world-famous cosmologist father, Stephen Hawking. Introduced by Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi.

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Mariana de Althaus y Nell Leyshon en conversación con Doris Guillén

De teatro

Arequipa 2016, 
Dos dramaturgas con propuestas de gran calidad conversan con la actriz, narradora y directora del Centro Cultural Artescénica, Doris Guillén. Con Mariana de Althaus (Perú), directora de teatro y dramaturga reconocida a nivel internacional; sus obras se han montado en festivales como el Festival Mirada (Brasil), Santiago a Mil (Chile) o el Festival de Cádiz (España). Algunas de sus obras incluyen El sistema solar (2012) y Padre nuestro (2013). En 2013 publicó el libro Dramas de familia (2013), que reúne tres de sus obras. Y Nell Leyshon (Reino Unido), dramaturga y novelista cuya obra Bedlam ha sido la primera escrita por una mujer para el Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Leyshon ha recibido numerosos galardones, entre ellos, el premio Evening Standard Theatre por su obra teatral Comfort Me with Apples, el Richard Imison por su primera obra teatral para la bbc Radio, y el Premio Libro del Año 2014 otorgado por el Gremio de Libreros de Madrid por su novela Del color de la leche. Su última novela lleva por título El show de Gary (2016).

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Return of the King

Dhaka 2014, 
William Dalrymple tells us about his explosive new book, about the first Anglo-Afghan War and its many repercussions. Followed by Q&A with Somnath Batabyal.

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Owen Sheers and Andrea Levy

A Common Wealth of Stories

Hay Festival 2004, 
Owen Sheers' The Dust Daries is a daring cutting of biography and fiction about the poet's search for his ancestor Aurther Shearly Cripps, a legendary missionary in nineteenth-century Rhodesia. Andrea Levy's Small Island explores the Windrush-generation's experience of Caribbean immigration into post-war Britain.

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Chris Ryan talks to Oliver Balch

Fictions: Red Strike

Hay Festival 2019, 

A former SAS corporal and the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation during the 1991 Gulf War, Ryan turned to writing thrillers to tell the stories the Official Secrets Act stops him putting in his non-fiction. His novels have gone on to inspire the Sky One series Strike BackRed Strike sees Ryan’s two heroes go undercover into the circle of a British populist demagogue with links to the Kremlin.

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Daniel Espartaco y Benito Taibo en conversación con Mariana H

Xalapa 2014, 

Daniel Espartaco Sánchez, galardonado en diver- sas ocasiones por sus relatos, publicó en 2012 su primera novela Autos usados. Este libro, ganador del Premio Bellas Artes Narrativa Colima, cuenta la historia de la generación que vivió su adolescencia en el norte de México de los años noventa a través de la mirada y experiencias de Elías, su protagonista. La última obra de Benito Taibo, Desde mi muro, es una selección de escritos y anécdotas que ha posteado en su muro de Facebook, presentando esta plataforma como un instrumento de comunicación que, a través de la mirada del otro, nos habla de nuestra propia humanidad.

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Chris Thomas and Faith Osier

Malaria Eradication in Africa: Fact or Fiction

Hay Festival 2019, 

Huge efforts have been made to combat malaria for over a century, yet each year hundreds of thousands of people still die from the disease, particularly in sub Saharan Africa. The last decade has seen major reductions in this toll: are we at last on the road to eradication? The latest research charts a path towards a vaccine and new weapons against malaria mosquitoes. Faith Osier is Professor of Malaria Immunology at Oxford University and Chris Thomas is Professor of Zoology and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Aberystwyth University.

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Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell Boyce

Hay Festival 2004, 
Best-selling Malorie Blackman has adapted many of her books for the screen including the award winning Pig Heart Boy. Frank Cottrell Boyce, the screenwriter of Welcome to Sarajevo and Hilary and Jackie has just written his first, fantastic children's novel Millions.

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Sergio Rossi

Un viaje a la Antártida. Un científico en el continente olvidado.

Xalapa 2014, 
El biólogo Sergio Rossi ha participado en tres campañas de investigación polar, y en este evento hablará sobre cuestiones fundamentales relacionadas con el continente blanco: la supervivencia en un clima tan extremo, la formación del agujero de ozono, los efectos del cambio climático, el deterioro ecológico que generan las bases permanentes allí instaladas, la posibilidad (y los peligros) de explotar económicamente las inmensas riquezas de todo tipo que se esconden en la Antártida, y por qué un recóndito acúmulo de hielo en el confín más alejado del planeta es esencial para nuestro futuro como especie. Pablo Meyer presenta el evento.

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Bilingual Session

Dhaka 2014, 
With K Anis Ahmed, Khademul Islam, Syed Manzoorul Islam, moderated by Sandip Roy. Seamlessy passing back and forth between Bangla and English, the panel discuss the beauty of both languages. Marks launching of two translated works by Bengal Lights Books.

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Literature and film. Guillermo Arriaga, Hanif Kureishi and Lionel Shriver in conversation with Ángeles González-Sinde

Querétaro 2017, 

The seventh art is often based on quality screenplay writing, sometimes written by novelists or adapted by them from literary originals. What happens when a literary text is made into a screenplay? What are the differences compared with traditional writing? With Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico), Hanif Kureishi (United Kingdom) and Lionel Shriver (United States) in conversation with Ángeles González-Sinde.

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Us too: on the #MeToo campaign. Vivian Gornick, Jeanette Winterson, Rosemary Sullivan and Eliezer Budasoff in conversation with Antía Castedo

Querétaro 2018, 

The US campaign, #MeToo, has shaken the world, helping to build support for gender equality. The writers, journalists and activists Vivian Gornick (USA), Jeanette Winterson (UK), Rosemary Sullivan (Canada) and Eliezer Budasoff (Argentina) have been working for gender equality through fiction and non-fiction, through the written and spoken word, through literature and through images. At this event with the BBC journalist Antía Castedo, they will talk about the #MeToo social media campaign, ways of being heard and promoting the path towards a more equitable world.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

With the support of the Blue Metropolis Festival and Wom@rts.