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William Sieghart in conversation with Kirsty Lang

The Poetry Pharmacy.

Arequipa 2018, 

Since 2014, William Sieghart has dedicated thousands of hours to offering consultancy to people up and down the United Kingdom, prescribing short and powerful poems for all kinds of spiritual maladies. He tells the extraordinary story in his book The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul. This is not a conventional collection, but rather one created by the personal experience of the author, reciting real poems for people who need them. Each poem is paired with a specific condition: fear of the unknown, unrequited love, stagnation, feeling purposeless, convalescence or oppression. He will talk to the British BBC journalist Kirsty Lang.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of Británico and Wom@rts

William Sieghart in conversation with Kirsty Lang

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Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Ricardo Cayuela

Western cosmovisions: how four geniuses revolutionized philosophy.

Cartagena 2019, 

Wolfram Eilenberger (Germany) is a philosopher, journalist and writer. His passion is the application philosophical ideas to our life today, whether in politics, culture or sports. He is, in addition, the founding editor of Philosophie Magazin. In March 2018 he published Zeit der Zauberer - Das große Jahrzehnt der Philosophie 1919-1929, the history of how four geniuses revolutionized philosophy and changed our way of understanding the world. The book explores the work of philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger. The book become a best seller, and is currently being translated into 20 languages. With a splendid narrative style, Eilenberger draws connections not only between the ways of life and revolutionary thinking of these four philosophers, but also between philosophy and science, art, literature and architecture. In conversation with el editor Ricardo Cayuela.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Supported by Goethe Institute

Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Ricardo Cayuela

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Call me by your Name. André Aciman in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Querétaro 2018, 

In Call me by your Name, André Aciman (Egypt/United States) tells the story of a summer romance in 1980s Italy, between an intellectually precocious 17-year-old and a doctorate student aged 24. The author covers the processes of building trust, intimacy and achieving sexual maturity. Ten years after being published, Call me by your Name has become a popular success thanks to a successful film adaptation in 2017. André Aciman will talk to the Colombian writer and journalist Felipe Restrepo Pombo about the novel’s relevance and its movie version, given the present social context.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

With the support of the US Embassy.

Call me by your Name. André Aciman in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

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Cristina Morales and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

Cartagena 2019, 

Two writers talk with Giuseppe Caputo about their most recent work. Cristina Morales (Spain), the winner of the Premio Herralde de Novela 2018 with Lectura fácil; and with Carolina Sanín (Colombia), writer and critic that in her latest work, Somos luces abismales, immerses herself on an exploration about life, memories and her surrounding world, with a series of texts that mix poetry, narrative and non fiction. 

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

Cristina Morales and Carolina Sanín in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

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Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

Cartagena 2019, 

A workshop with Luna Miguel: writer, poet and literary editor of the online magazine PlayGround. Internet is a word that is difficult to rhyme, but that does not mean that literature does not fit in it. On the contrary: through memes, viral articles from PlayGround and verses from the best instapoets, we will see how easy and necessary it is to read and create through social media.

Supported by Wom@rts

Workshop on memes and more with Luna Miguel

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Mario Vargas Llosa and Salman Rushdie in conversation with Leila Guerriero

On universal literature.

Arequipa 2018, 

For centuries, literature has helped readers face society with critical thinking, and reflection. Salman Rushdie is the author of acclaimed books such as Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses and Shame. Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, has written books such as Conversation in the Cathedral and The Feast of the Goat. They talk to Leila Guerriero.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the Catholic University of Santa María

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Mircea Cărtărescu in conversation with Xavi Ayén

Cartagena 2019, 

Considered as the prodigy of Romanian letters of his generation and winner of the Formentor award in 2018, Mircea Cărtărescu develops his work in verse, prose, fiction, memoirs and essay, between the epic, fantastic and lyric narrative. He is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, novels and essay collections, among them his renowned volume Solenoide, and the trilogy Cegador, a masterpiece that earned him international repute. In 2018 he published a Spanish translation of the first part of the trilogy, which divides into three the body of a huge butterfly. The left wing situates the reader in Bucarest which receives communism at the same time as it hosts gypsies, wandering circuses, sects, dead and even stories of maternal love. In conversation with Xavi Ayén, we will discover the narrative universe of one of the cult authors of contemporary Eastern European literature.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Mircea Cărtărescu in conversation with Xavi Ayén

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Amanda Levete in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2019, 

Amanda Levete CBE is a British architect and the founder and principal of AL_A. Her recent projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter in London, the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon; Central Embassy in Bangkok; and a media campus and headquarters building for the broadcaster Sky in London. She was previously a partner at Future Systems, where she realised buildings including the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and Selfridges department store in Birmingham. Amanda will be in conversation with Peter Florence in a discussion on architecture today, with topics ranging from materials to the importance of public space. 

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of Wom@rts and British Council

Amanda Levete in conversation with Peter Florence

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The creative spark. Agustín Fuentes in conversation with Liliet Heredero

Querétaro 2018, 

Imagination is what makes us human, argues the zoologist and anthropologist who has dedicated a long career to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors: the primates. Agustín Fuentes (USA), a National Geographic Explorer, will talk about his latest work, The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional, in which he traces the origins of creativity and collaboration in order to explain human nature. He will talk to Liliet Heredero.

The creative spark. Agustín Fuentes in conversation with Liliet Heredero

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Viviana Rivero and Jorge Zepeda Patterson in conversation with Laura García

Querétaro 2018, 

The Argentinean writer Viviana Rivero is the author of novels such as Secreto bien guardado and Mujer y maestra en un mundo de hombres. Her latest work, La música del destino, is a romantic novel that takes place against the engaging backdrop of Paris in the 1920s. The Mexican writer Jorge Zepeda Patterson also offers a French setting in Muerte contrarreloj, a thriller about the ambitions, intrigues and conspiracies of Tour de France competitors. In conversation with Laura García.

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Charla El País. Leonardo Padura in conversation with Javier Moreno

Cartagena 2019, 

The prize-winning Cuban author, journalist, screenplay writer and literary critic Leonardo Padura again gives life to the detective Mario Conde in his novel La transparencia del tiempo. The statuette of a virgin stolen in the Catalan Pyrenees, a Spaniard fleeing from the Civil War, foreign gallerists and collectors, and other characters of dubious reputation combine historic and crime fiction, set between contemporary Havana and the Europe of last century. Leonardo Padura will be in conversation with the journalist Javier Moreno.

Co-organised with El País

Charla El País. Leonardo Padura in conversation with Javier Moreno

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Pilar Lozano, Celso Román and Irene Vasco in conversation with Fernando Rojas

Three great classics

Cartagena 2019, 

Three great Colombian children’s literature authors talk about the importance and challenges of writing for children. Pilar Lozano is author of a long list of kids’ books that cover subjects such as the history of Colombia. Her latest book is La historia, los viajes y la abuela, whilst her most well-known work is, without a doubt, Colombia, mi abuelo y yo. Celso Román’s background is as a veterinary doctor and visual artist before he began writing for younger readers. His oeuvre includes 60 titles of children’s books, several of them touching upon the subject of nature and looking after the environment in books such as El árbol de los tucanes (2011), Rogelio y la bolsa (2013) and Hijos de Madre Tierra (2017). He won the Enka Award with Los amigos del hombre. Irene Vasco has written some thirty books, among them titles such as A veces (2005), Medalla de honor (2006), Lugares fantásticos de Colombia (2007), La independencia de Colombia: Así fue (2009), Mambrú perdió la guerra (2012) and Letras al carbón (2015). Fernando Rojas will chair the panel.

Pilar Lozano, Celso Román and Irene Vasco in conversation with Fernando Rojas

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Vivian Gornick in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Querétaro 2018, 

Vivian Gornick is a greatly admired writer and journalist. In her day, she was one of the pioneers in writing about the metaphorical meaning of what it means to be foreign: that which is somewhere between “being a part of something and alienated from it at the same time.” In her memoir Fierce Attachments, recently published in Spanish, Gornick powerfully evokes the Jewish-American generation of her childhood and also reflects on the sexist and anti-Semitic humiliations constant in US society of that time. In conversation with the writer and editor Eduardo Rabasa.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Vivian Gornick in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

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Gene Machine. Venki Ramakrishnan in conversation with Antonio Lazcano

Querétaro 2018, 

Venki Ramakrishnan is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work in molecular biology, which includes studies of the advanced compression of the atomic structure of ribosome, which he calls “the mother of all molecules”. In his new book, Gene Machine, he explains how, if DNA is information, the ribosome is a powerful machine that can process information. The book is also a very human history about the race to ascertain the structure of ribosome, an enormous molecule that has more than a million atoms. It is a frank look at how science is done, with all its accidental circumstances, ambitions and rivalries. In conversation with Antonio Lazcano, Doctor of Science of UNAM, a specialist in evolutionary biology. Both scientists will talk about the microscopic force that can tell us much about how to develop better antibiotics in the fight against deadly diseases.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Alejandra Ballón and Pierre Ducrozet in conversation with Ramiro Pareja

Urban art

Arequipa 2018, 

The Arequipan Alejandra Ballón is a writer, researcher and academic, with a doctorate in Social Anthropology and Ethnology from the EHESS, Paris, and is Director of National Art and Criticism Research (INCA) in Peru. Her work includes a strong emphasis on art y women's rights research. Pierre Ducrozet (France) is the author de Eroica (2015), a fictional biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the New York artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican background who left such an important artistic legacy in the 80s. They will talk to Ramiro Pareja.

With the support of the Embassy of France

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Leila Guerriero in conversation with Diego Zúñiga

Arequipa 2018, 

The prolific Leila Guerriero is an Argentinean journalist, publisher and writer. She is Latin America Editor for the Mexican magazine Gatopardo and has worked with a range of Spanish and Latin American media organizations including, La Nación, Rolling Stone, SoHo, El Malpensante and El Mercurio. In 2010 she received the CEMEX-FNPI Prize for her book El rastro en los huesos, about the work of the Argentinean Forensic Anthropology Team, the NGO in charge of identifying the remains of victims of the military dictatorship. Her work includes Los suicidas del fin del mundo. Crónica de un pueblo patagónico (Tusquets, 2005); the collection of essays, Frutos extraños (Alfaguara, 2009), a collection of profiles of figures from the world of art and literature Plano americano (Ediciones UDP, 2013) and Zona de obras (Anagrama, 2015). We explore the career of Leila Guerriero with the Chilean writer, Diego Zúñiga.

With the support of the Embassy of Argentina

Leila Guerriero in conversation with Diego Zúñiga

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Alejandra Ballón, Paula Bonet, Karina Pacheco and Gustavo Rodríguez in conversation with Paola Donaire

About the #MeToo campaign

Arequipa 2018, 

The US feminist campaign, #MeToo, has shaken the world and struck a blow in favour of gender equality. Spanish-speaking artists as the Peruvian investigator Alejandra Ballón, the Spanish illustrator and writer Paula Bonet, the Peruvian author Karina Pachego and the Limeño writer and communicator Gustavo Rodríguez will talk with Paola Donaire about how this feminist wave has broken over Latin America and Spain.

Supported by Wom@rts

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Sabrina Duque and Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Daniel Samper Pizano

Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Fellowship.

Cartagena 2019, 

The Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Prize, created in homage to the great writer Michael Jacobs (UK), great connoisseur and lover of Latin America, has been awarded this year to Sabrina Duque. She will be speaking with the travel writer Santiago Gamboa (Colombia), and the writer and journalist Daniel Samper Pizano, jury of the prize. The Michael Jacobs Fellowship is an initiative run jointly by the FNPI- Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Iberoamerican Journalism and Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias, with the support of The Michael Jacobs Foundation for Travel Writing.

Sabrina Duque and Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Daniel Samper Pizano

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Conference by Shirin Ebadi

Freedom and human rights.

Cartagena 2019, 

The first Muslim woman and first Iranian citizen to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (2003) is a lawyer who, at age 23, also became one of the first women judges of the country, and at age 30, one of the first magistrates in Teheran. Currently exiled in London (UK), she continues to work for human rights and democracy, carrying the message she expresses in her autobiography, Until We Are Free, to every place she visits. From her own experience, far away from her country, but with Iran always in her words, Shirin Ebadi will speak about the value of freedom and the importance of fighting for rights.

Consecutive Persian to Spanish translation available

Conference by Shirin Ebadi

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Denise Dresser in conversation about her book Manifiesto Mexicano with Javier Lafuente

Querétaro 2018, 

The Mexican journalist and writer Denise Dresser contributes to, among other publications, the magazines Proceso and the newspaper Reforma, where she is also an editor. A Doctor of Politics from the University of Princeton, she is the co-author of México: lo que todo ciudadano quisiera (no) saber de su patria. Her book El país de uno: Reflexiones para entender y cambiar a México became a bestseller upon publication in 2012. At this event she will talk to the Spanish journalist Javier Lafuente.

Denise Dresser in conversation about her book Manifiesto Mexicano with Javier Lafuente

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Antonio Caballero, Jorge Orlando Melo and Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Marta Orrantia

History returns.

Cartagena 2019, 

After years of being brushed aside and left out of the official school syllabus, History is returning to the range of interests of Colombians. But it is no longer History as told by academic historians in an academic fashion, but by writers and journalists with an educational spirit. With Antonio Caballero, writer, journalist and author of the recently published Historia de Colombia y sus oligarquías; Jorge Orlando Melo, historian, professor and journalist, author of Historia mínima de Colombia; and Daniel Samper Pizano, writer, historian and journalist, author of the classic Lecciones de histeria de Colombia, Camas y famas: Las más raras y genuinas historias de amor and Viagra, chats y otras pendejadas del siglo XXI. In conversation with Marta Orrantia.

Antonio Caballero, Jorge Orlando Melo and Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Marta Orrantia

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#MeToo: Brigitte Baptiste, Giuseppe Caputo, Diamela Eltit and Cristina Morales in conversation with Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2019, 

The #MeToo campaign resonated in social media to give voice to thousands of stories that give a face and name to the feminist movement. Writers and journalists Brigitte Baptiste (Colombia), Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia), Diamela Eltit (Chile) and Cristina Morales (Spain) talk with Margarita Valencia about initiatives like this one in favour of gender equality.

Supported by Acción Cultural Española

#MeToo: Brigitte Baptiste, Giuseppe Caputo, Diamela Eltit and Cristina Morales in conversation with Margarita Valencia

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Alma Delia Murillo in conversation with Sandra Hernández

Querétaro 2018, 

The writer, journalist and prolific twitter user Alma Delia Murillo (Mexico) talks to Sandra Hernández about her novel El niño que fuimos, recently published. Author of the short story collection Damas de caza, of the novel Damas de caza and included as part of the anthology about the 19th of September 2017 earthquake in Mexico, Murillo is also a regular contributor to the online newspaper sinembargo.mx.

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Building paths with no labels

Cartagena 2019, 

In connection with the campaign of Fundación PLAN, #XQSomosIguales (Porque Somos Iguales) which promotes gender equality for girls, two girls who participated in PLAN projects (aged 14-18 years) will be talking with the science communicator Ángela Posada Swafford and writer Marta Orrantia about the challenges and opportunities for women in occupations where sexism and stereotypes are still the norm.

Co-organised with Fundación PLAN

Building paths with no labels

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Frank Báez and Claudia Ulloa in conversation with Andrea Palet

Bogotá39-2017.

Arequipa 2018, 

Two of the 39 best Latin American writers are reunited on the stage to talk about their work in the writing trade. This year, Frank Báez (Dominican Republic) publishes the extended version of Págales tú a los psicoanalistas, a collection of short stories that won him a short story award at the 2006 International Book Fair in Santo Domingo. Claudia Ulloa (Peru) currently lives in Norway, where she did a Master’s in Spanish Language, and this year re-releases her short story collection Pajarito. These two voices in new Latin American literature can be heard in conversation with Andrea Palet.

Frank Báez and Claudia Ulloa in conversation with Andrea Palet