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Helen Fielding and Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Kirsty Lang

Literature and humour.

Arequipa 2018, 

Helen Fielding (United Kingdom) is the author of Bridget Jones’s Diary and the sequels Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy and Bridget Jones’s Baby. The adventures of Bridget Jones have been enjoyed around the world, in books and films, and the character has become a classic of comedy. In 2006, the Peruvian writer Santiago Roncagliolo became the youngest ever winner of the Alfaguara Novel Prize with Red April. This author often uses black humour, a resource that marks the tone of his work. They will talk to the journalist Kirsty Lang.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of Wom@rts

Helen Fielding and Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Kirsty Lang

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Gatopardo event. Tenoch Huerta in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Querétaro 2018, 

Featuring in over thirty Mexican and international films, with an Ariel award and an ovation at Cannes for his role in Days of Grace, Tenoch Huerta, currently one of Mexico’s most successful actors, comes to Hay Festival Querétaro to talk about his experience in the film and television industry. He will talk to Felipe Restrepo Pombo, a Colombian journalist based in Mexico.

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Kankyo Tannier in conversation with Mario Mendoza

Cartagena 2019, 

We live in the era of noise. We are part of the busy pace of society. We are constantly faced with excessive amounts of information and, at times, we explode and feel lost. What’s the solution to this problem? Kankyo Tannier (France) is a Buddhist nun, author of the book The Gift of Silence, where she presents us the essence of silence within the incessant noise we are destined to live in. Kankyo Tannier reveals the gift of silence through practical exercises that allow us to evade noise. In this talk she will be in conversation with Mario Mendoza.

Simultaneous French to Spanish translation available

With support from Wom@rts

Kankyo Tannier in conversation with Mario Mendoza

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Poetry gala

Arequipa 2018, 

Once again we celebrate poetry with readings by festival guests. Some will recite poems by César Vallejo, whose first poetry book is one hundred years old this year. With Frank Báez (Dominican Republic), Paula Bonet (Spain), Álvaro Lasso (Peru), Miren Agur Meabe (Spain) Alejandro Palomas (Spain), Jerónimo Pimentel (Peru), Mariano Rolando Andrade (Argentina) Alonso Ruiz Rosas (Peru) and José Carlos Yrigoyen (Peru). Presented by the Alberto de Belaunde.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española, Wom@rts and Basque Institute Etxepare

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Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with Kirsty Lang

Stalin’s Daughter

Arequipa 2018, 

Rosemary Sullivan is the author of fifteen books, including biographies, poetry, travel writing, short fiction and essays. Her most recent work,Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, won the 2016 Plutarch Biography Prize and other Canadian prizes for non-fiction. She will talk about this fascinating biography with the journalist Kirsty Lang.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

Supported by the Blue Metropolis Festival and Wom@rts

Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with Kirsty Lang

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Meditation workshop with Kankyo Tannier

Cartagena 2019, 

A workshop for people of all ages which will explain, in a simple and fun way, how to find inner silence every day. Kankyo Tannier is a Buddhist nun in the Zen tradition. She lived for 15 years in a monastery in France. She divides her time between a life with trees and wildlife, and modern social activities: videos, books, blogs, conferences… She is an author of the book The Gift of Silence, which has been translated into 13 languages. Her goal is to promote Zen meditation and show the example of a contemporary spirituality that is accessible to all.

Consecutive French to English translation

With the support of Wom@rts

Meditation workshop with Kankyo Tannier

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Mark Thompson in conversation with Moisés Naím

Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics?

Cartagena 2019, 

The CEO of one of the most important newspapers in the world, The New York Times, is also the author of Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics, an essay in which he analyzes how political, social, technological and economic changes in the last decades have forever modified our way of approaching reality. In conversation with Moisés Naím.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Mark Thompson in conversation with Moisés Naím

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Sarah Corbett in conversation with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio

Craftivism.

Cartagena 2019, 

Activism does not have to be big, loud and combative to be effective. This is the premise at the heart of Sarah Corbett’s discourse, who uses the process of handicraft and the completed objects with well-thought out messages to successfully change laws, business policies, hearts and minds. She is an award-winning campaigner, Ashoka Fellow, Creative Director of the global Craftivist Collective and consultant in her unique 'gentle protest' methodology. She is the author of the books A Little Book of Craftivism and How to be a Craftivist: the art of gentle protest. She will be talking about her way of campaigning for change in a sustainable and kind way with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of Arcadia, British Council and Wom@rts


Sarah Corbett in conversation with Camilo Jiménez Santofimio

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César Hildebrandt in conversation with Jerónimo Pimentel

Arequipa 2018, 

Originally published in 1981, Cambio de palabras is a compilation of the 25 best interviews by César Hildebrandt. From Mario Vargas Llosa to Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre, the profile of those interviewed, together with the rigorous style of Hildebrandt, one of his country’s most respected journalists, made this book a classic of Peruvian journalism, re-published in 2018. He will talk to the journalist Jerónimo Pimentel.

César Hildebrandt in conversation with Jerónimo Pimentel

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Mariana de Althaus and Lukas Bärfuss in conversation with Doris Guillén

Talking about the theatre.

Arequipa 2018, 

Mariana Althaus is a prolific Peruvian playwright who has written and directed over ten plays and published a number of books with collections of her work. Outstanding works include Tres historias del mar (2003), Ruido (2006), Criadero (2011) and El Sistema Solar (2012). The Swiss Lukas Bärfuss has written over 15 plays and the novel One Hundred Days (2012), about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. His works Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (2003), Der Bus (2005) and Málaga (2010) have also been shown in Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Peru. In conversation with Doris Guillén, they will explore the wide world of theatre.

Translation from German to Spanish available

With the support of Pro Helvetia

Mariana de Althaus and Lukas Bärfuss in conversation with Doris Guillén

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Emiliano Monge and Rafael Gumucio in conversation with Eduardo de la Garma

Querétaro 2018, 

Two writers with much in common, two countries (Mexico and Chile) and a conversation. The novelists Emiliano Monge (Mexico), author of Las tierras arrasadas and the short story collection La superficie más honda; and Rafael Gumucio (Chile), author of Mi abuela, Marta Rivas González, Milagro en Haití and El galán imperfecto, speak about their work with Eduardo de la Garma.

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Barcelona. Sergio Vila-Sanjuán in conversation with Enric Botella

Querétaro 2018, 

This event features a writer who loves Barcelona, talking to Enric Botella. Sergio Vila-Sanjuán is a high profile Spanish cultural journalist and editor of the Cultura|s literary supplement of La Vanguardia. As well as his fictional work, he has written non-fiction and two plays. At this event, he will talk about his trilogy set in Barcelona: A Barcelona Heiress, Estaba en el aire and El informe Casabona.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española.

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Janne Teller in conversation with Dylan Moore

Arequipa 2018, 

Janne Teller (Denmark) is a well-established writer. She went from being a mediator involved in conflict resolution in Mozambique, Bangladesh and Tanzania, to working as a full-time writer. Her philosophical works caused a stir in Denmark, and later her books began to reflect on the meaning of life and the unanswerable questions about human existence. Works such as Nothing consider ways of seeing the world. Other novels include Odin’s Island (1999), The Trampling Cat (2004) and Come (2008). She will talk to the writer Dylan Moore.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation

Janne Teller in conversation with Dylan Moore

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Michela Murgia in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

Arequipa 2018, 

Michela Murgia’s (Italy) debut novel, Accabadora (2011) made a great success with critics as well as readers, heading bestseller lists around her country for weeks and winning awards such as the Dessì Prize, the Super Mondello, the Viadana Awards, the Alassio, the Città di Cuneo and especially the Campiello, the most prestigious literary award in Italy. In Ave Mary (2012), Murgia focuses on the figure of Mary of Nazareth and analyses how the image of womanhood that prevails nowadays has been formed around catholic paradigm. In conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina, Murgia observes the place of women in her work, in literature and in society.

Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available

With the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Michela Murgia in conversation with Clara Elvira Ospina

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Óscar Catacora and Philippe Claudel in conversation with Miguel Barreda

Let’s talk about film.

Arequipa 2018, 

Film is a language beyond languages. Óscar Catacora, from Puno, is the director of Wiñaypacha (2017), a film that stands out for, at least, two things: it was made at five thousands metres above sea level, and takes place entirely in the Aymara language. The movie won two awards at the 33rd Guadalajara International Film Festival and opened in Peru last April. The Frenchman Philippe Claudel is the author of over a dozen novels, has written screenplays for three films and has directed four feature films, including I’ve Loved You So Long (2008), a film that won a BAFTA award for Best Foreign Film and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category. They will talk to the Peruvian filmmaker Miguel Barreda.

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

With the support of the Embassy of France

Óscar Catacora and Philippe Claudel in conversation with Miguel Barreda

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Madeleine Thien in conversation with Philippe Sands

Cartagena 2019, 

The Canadian writer Madeleine Thien, of Chinese and Malay descent, captivated readers and international critics with her stunning book Do Not Say We Have Nothing. The story unfolds from Canada in the early 90s, when a 10 year old girl and her mother receive in their home a young Chinese girl who fled her country. With her we traverse the contemporary history of China, from the times of the Maoist revolution in 1949, to the protests of Tiananmén, four decades later. In conversation with Philippe Sands, lawyer, professor and writer of the historical novel East West Street, Madeleine Thien will lead us to within her narrative, which goes beyond cultural and generational barriers.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

With the support of the British Council

Madeleine Thien in conversation with Philippe Sands

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Dylan Moore and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Reflections on Exile: Finding Home Elsewhere

Arequipa 2018, 
The author Dylan Moore has been awarded the 2018 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship/Cymrawd Rhungwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival, and will be visiting all our festivals worldwide over the next 12 months. Against a backdrop of record numbers of displaced people across the world, Dylan Moore reflects on the tension between ideas of 'the outsider' and 'belonging' in the way we construct our identities. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, winner of the Jesse H Jones Award 2015, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015, for Barefoot Dogs, writing in English about the members of a Mexican family forced to flee their country, brings the terror, sadness, tenderness and intimacy as well as the class absurdities of contemporary Mexican life into that most traditional of American forms, the realist short story. In Conversation with Ingrid Bejerman.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the Arts Council of Wales and the US Embassy in Perú

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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Javier Moreno

Querétaro 2018, 

The struggle for gender equality is one of the most important of our times. The journalist, social activist and writer Lydia Cacho has dedicated her career to researching gender violence, health, children’s rights and organized crime. This year sees the publication of the life stories of men who have suffered from sexism and violence in her book #EllosHablan. Testimonios de hombres, la relación con sus padres, el machismo y la violencia. She will talk to Javier Moreno, director El País América

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Alejandro Zambra in conversation with Enrique Planas

Arequipa 2018, 

The Chilean author Alejandro Zambra has written novels such as Bonsái or Ways of Going Home or books of "fluid genre" such as Facsímil, as well as the essay collections No leer and Tema Libre and the short stories in Mis documentos, which have been published in prestigious magazines such as The New Yorker or The Paris Review. He will talk to Enrique Planas about his literary work.

Alejandro Zambra in conversation with Enrique Planas

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Misha Glenny in conversation with Jacqueline Fowks

McMafia.

Arequipa 2018, 

Misha Glenny is an award-winning journalist, historian and presenter, who has published various books. His bestseller McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, in which he describes the globalization of organized crime, has been dramatized and is now a successful BBC series. He has also written books such as Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, the biography of Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, alias Nem, who ran Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela for over five years. He will talk to Jacqueline Fowks about what in the BBC series McMafia caused such a stir, and about his career as a writer.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Misha Glenny in conversation with Jacqueline Fowks

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Julianne Pachico, Karolina Ramqvist, William Sieghart and Janne Teller in conversation with Maya Jaggi

About the #MeToo campaign

Arequipa 2018, 

The US feminist campaign, #metoo, has shaken the world and struck a blow in favour of gender equality. International artists such as British author Julianne Pachico; the Swedish writer Karolina Ramqvist; the British businessman, philanthropist and publisher William Sieghart; and the renowned Danish author Janne Teller, accompany us, together with the journalist Maya Jaggi, to talk about this most important subject.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of Swedish Arts Council, Danish Arts Foundation, British Council and Británico

Julianne Pachico, Karolina Ramqvist, William Sieghart and Janne Teller in conversation with Maya Jaggi

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Óscar Catacora, Cherie Dimaline and Miren Agur Meabe in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Minority Languages

Arequipa 2018, 

Óscar Catacora is the director of the feature film Wiñaypacha (2017), a film recorded more than five thousand metres above sea level, in the Aymara language, and which won the Mayahuel Prize for Best First Film and for Best Photography at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Cherie Dimaline, a writer from Canada’s Métis community, is also the founder of a digital magazine on indigenous culture and the first indigenous writer-in-residence at Toronto Public Library. Miren Agur Meabe is a Basque writer and linguist who has worked in education, and in creating schoolbooks in Basque, for many years. They will talk to the Canadian journalist, activist, lecturer and writer, of Brazilian origin, Ingrid Bejerman.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

Supported by Blue Metropolis Festival and the Etxepare Basque Institute

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Yoani Sánchez in conversation with Marco Sifuentes

Arequipa 2018, 

Yoani Sánchez is a Cuban philologist and journalist. She is the director of the digital newspaper 14ymedio.com and the author of the blog Generación Y, whose critical take on Cuban life has brought her a large number of followers, with more than ten million visits per month. Sánchez won the 2008 Ortega y Gasset Journalism Award and was selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world this year. Her blog was also chosen as one of the 25 best blogs of 2009 in a selection for Time magazine and CNN. Media organizations such as Spain’s El País, the US Foreign Policy and Mexico’s Gatopardo have written about her work. At this event, she will talk to the Peruvian journalist and writer Marco Sifuentes.

Yoani Sánchez in conversation with Marco Sifuentes

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Que nadie duerma. Juan José Millás in conversation with Mónica Maristain

Querétaro 2018, 

With its quirky, personal tone, the Spanish writer Juan José Millás adds a touch of humour to an original narrative thread. His novel, Que nadie duerma, tells the story of the life that Lucía makes for herself after losing her job. She becomes a taxi driver, accompanied by a tune from a Puccini opera, with which she strongly identifies. She hopes one day to pick up her former neighbour, a man who has disappeared and who was the love of her life. The real world and the main character’s inner world are separated by a very fine line indeed. Millás will talk about the creative process involved in inventing Lucía’s world. In conversation with the Argentinean journalist Mónica Maristain.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española.

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Memorial Device. David Keenan in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2018, 

This is Memorial Device, the first novel by David Keenan, the British writer and musician, tells the story of a band from Airdrie, Scotland, through a series of interviews. This work of fictitious journalism is a homage to the recent musical history of the UK and a look at the everyday lives of people from this period. Keenan will talk to the journalist Mariana H about the novel, chosen by the Telegraph newspaper and the Rough Trade record label as one of the best books of 2017.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish.

With the support of the British Council.