Welcome to the Hay Festival Arequipa 2022 programme. After two digital editions, this year we're back in person, with multiple events in different venues around the city.
Hay Forum Moquegua will also take place in person. You can fin the Forum programme here.
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Alex von Tunzelmann is a British writer, filmmaker and historian. She wrote the screenplay for the feature film Churchill (2017) and several episodes of the series Medici. She is the author of four books, the most recent of which is the acclaimed Fallen Idols (2021), in which she analyses our forms of conserving and confronting the past as a society, particularly through the creation and destruction of monuments, examining the history of twelve statues, some famous, some infamous. In 2022, she presents the book Historia filmada which is the Spanish-language version of a compilation of columns, Reel History, which she wrote for The Guardian; the book combines her viewpoints as historian and filmmaker, offering a rich and diverse panorama of the history of film and the historical characters whose lives have been taken to the big screen. In conversation with the Arequipa poet and film fan Heiner Valdivia and the filmmaker Miguel Barreda Delgado.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Rosemary Sullivan is one of Canada’s most outstanding writers and a truly talented biographer. She is the award-winning author of 15 books, in which she has told the life stories of eminent figures such as the Canadian authors Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Elizabeth Smart, and the artist Leonora Carrington. She will talk to the Canadian Ambassador in Peru, Louis Marcotte, about her ideas regarding authoritarianism and democracy that have come from the experience of writing her most recent books. The first of these is Stalin’s Daughter. The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, which tells the life story of the daughter of Joseph Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva. The second book is entitled The Betrayal of Anne Frank and is the result of a rigorous investigation that reveals the answer to one of the great mysteries, one that has attracted millions of readers around the world: how was Anne Frank’s family discovered? This was probably one of the most famous unsolved cases in history. Joining forces with an impressive team of researchers, former FBI agents, and using the advantages of the new technologies, Rosemary Sullivan has brought to light the key pieces that complete an extraordinary puzzle regarding the tragic story of the Frank family.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish
Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos aims to promote knowledge and exchange between writers of different generations and nationalities, united by the same language and a literary tradition enriched by authors from many different origins. The project consists of an established author talking to a younger one from the other side of the Atlantic, connecting countries and continents. In this case, the well-known Spanish writer, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, will talk to the fiction writer, journalist and Literature lecturer, Jeremías Gamboa, author of the wonderful book Animales luminosos (2021). This dialogue is intended to build bridges across generations and countries, with the Spanish-language literary tradition acting as the shared discourse. Moderated by the RPP journalist, Jorge Turpo.
Translation is a discipline that makes it possible for literature and thought to pass into other languages, but can also be an art in itself, a process of interpretation that can enable the success, or otherwise, of a novel in other latitudes. Nuria Barrios (Spain) is the author of titles including La impostora (2022), a work of essay in which the writer and translator reflects on her two professions, examining the work of translation in all its aspects. Teresa Ruiz Rosas (Arequipa) has studied Philology and Translation in Arequipa, Budapest, Freiburg and Barcelona. She speaks German, French, English and Hungarian. She is a prolific author and translator, and has published award-winning stories, essays and novels; she has translated classic German authors such as Rose Ausländer, Stefan Zweig and W. G. Sebald. They will be in conversation with the writer and journalist Enrique Planas.
With the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), the Goethe Institute and el Instituto Cultural Peruano Alemán
A workshop for exploring the concepts and tools involved in travel writing, and its link with other ways of expressing the world, with the Argentinian journalists Federico Bianchini and Ernesto Picco, both winners of the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant. The workshop seeks to strengthen an interest in travel writing, creating a new space for reflecting and working on this genre for interested journalists, and boosting the legacy of Michael Jacobs and his literary bequest. Requirements: journalists or writers from Ibero-America interested in travel writing, with or without experience, who are working on a journalistic or travel writing project.
Call for applications now closed
At this event, we present one of the most talented and entertaining of illustrators, the author of books such as Soñar no cuesta nada, No apagues la luz, Dino y Laura, Solo necesito un gato and Ansiedad as well as the blog En Dosis Diarias. We will meet Alberto Montt (Chile) to talk about illustration, reading, childhood and growing up.
Who was Blanca Verale, what was she like? If we had asked Varela about her professional and/or vital "journey" (curriculum vitae), the answer could be in those verses of hers, where the intimate, the private and the public spheres of life are intertwined: “Let us say that you won the race / and that the prize / was another race / that you did not drink the wine of victory / but your own salt / that you never heard cheers / but only the barking of dogs / and that your shadow / your own shadow / was your only / unfair competitor”, Poem from the collection of poems Canto villano (1972-1978). This conference by Nelson Vallejo Gomez proposes a journey through her life and her work to assess what is gained by reading and rereading Varela's poetry.
Patricia Nieto (Colombia) has become one of the authorities on the armed conflict in Colombia because of her work as a reporter, which has won her the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize, one of the country’s most prestigious and respected awards, and the José Martí Latin American Journalism Prize, given by the Prensa Latina agency. She received a doctorate in Communication from the University of La Plata (Argentina) with a thesis offering a compilation of autobiographical accounts of the armed conflict, focussing particularly on Medellin city. She lectures at the University of Antioquia and has written for or edited a range of publications. Her most recent book, Crónicas del paraíso (2022), covers over thirty years of reporting on the war in Colombia, giving a face and a voice to those who suffered it in their own lives: displaced persons and those who lost loved ones. In conversation with BBC journalist Andrea Díaz Cardona.
Event for students
The distinguished writer, journalist, dramatist and screenplay writer Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina) is a major figure in Latin American literature. She has won the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize, the 2010 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize and the 2019 Metrópolis Azul Prize, among others. Together with Marcelo Piñeyro she created the Netflix serie El Reino. Her work has been translated into over 20 languages, and she has written contemporary classics including Thursday Night Widows (2010), All Yours (2011), A Crack in the Wall (2013) and Elena Knows (2021) as well as an extensive body of other titles, a number of which have been made into films. Her most recent novels in Spanish are Catedrales (2020), which has achieved excellent reviews and has won the 2021 VLC Negra Best Novel award and the Hammett Prize for Crime Writing in 2020; and El tiempo de las moscas (2022). She will talk to the journalist Clara Elvira Ospina.
With the support of Blue Metropolis
This event is an opportunity to consider the truly astonishing first thousand days of a human life, both in health and educational terms. Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz (France) is a distinguished paediatrician and researcher, currently head of the development neuroimaging team at the INSERM Institute at the University of París-Saclay, where she studies the development of cognitive functions in childhood. Based on brain images, in order to observe the acquisition of language or the neural signals of consciousness, Dehaene-Lambertz seeks to understand how early brain conditions are moulded by culture and context. She will talk to Nelson Vallejo-Gómez, a philosopher and General Secretary of the French Council for National Scientific Education.
Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available
Event co-organized with the French Embassy in Peru
With the support of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry School in Arequipa, the Edgar Morin Institute for Complex Thought at the Ricardo Palma University and the Derrama Magisterial
Olga Montero Rose (Peru) is a psychoanalyst and member of the Peruvian Psychoanalytical Society and of the International Psychoanalytical Association. Her literary debut, Cortejo (2022), tells the story of Simona, a woman in her mid-forties who has just lost her mother, a pillar of strength for her; at this time, she meets a woman who makes her question many of the certainties in her life. The story is told through the sessions that Simona has each week with a psychoanalyst, at which she examines her experiences of childhood, mourning, desire, and the birth of a new love. Kathy Serrano, born in Venezuela, educated in performing arts in Russia and now based in Peru, presents her first novel, El dolor de la sangre, which features a Venezuelan woman who returns to her country after having made a new life for herself in Lima, and who must face her family, her past and part of herself that she thought she had left behind. In conversation with the writer and journalist Enrique Planas.
Two male writers talk about works that bring to life female characters. With the writer and communicator Gustavo Rodríguez (Peru), author of over 15 books of short stories, novels and non-fiction. In 2021 he launched the podcast Machista con hijas, in which he talks about his relationship with his three daughters and all the transformations in his thinking, and all the things he has unlearned, because of being a father. His most recent novel, Treinta kilómetros a la medianoche (2022), begins when a man, with his girlfriend at a party in the outskirts of Lima, receives a phone call; it is a friend of his daughter, who says she has suffered an “accident” at a nightclub and is in hospital. Nando López (Spain) is a writer, dramatist and doctor in Hispanic Philology. He is the author of books for adults and adolescents, holds an outstanding place in youth literature in Spanish, with a body of work that includes over 30 titles, including the acclaimed La edad de la ira. His latest book, El río de las primeras veces, is a love story involving two young women, set after a year when it seems as if nothing will ever be the same again. In conversation with Jimena Díaz.
Nikita Lalwani (India/United Kingdom), born in Kota and brought up in Cardiff, is the author of the novels Gifted (2008), The Village (2012) and You People (2020). Her work, which has been well received by reviewers, explores stories of migrants and families with different cultural identities. This award-winning novelist, screenwriter and contributor to media such as The Guardian and The Observer, is a member of the Royal Society of Literature and her work has been translated into 16 languages.
Event in English for students
The Metrópolis Azul Prize is given each year to an author from any country who writes in Spanish, English or French, and whose work explores some aspect of the culture or history of the Spanish-speaking world; the award is given in the context of the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, the first multilingual festival in the world, held in Montreal, Canada. Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua) is a hugely successful writer, a poet and activist whose work has been translated into over 20 languages; she won this prize in 2020, and has also received the Casa de las Américas and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz prizes, among others. Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina), the author of around 20 works, including novels, short story collections, children’s literature and plays, has been distinguished with the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize, the 2010 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize and the 2019 Metrópolis Azul. In conversation with Ingrid Bejerman (Brazil/Argentina/Canada), who is in charge of the Spanish and Portuguese programmes of the Blue Metropolis festival and the management of the Premio Azul, about the current production of feminist literature in Spanish, its resonance in other languages and cultures, and the important role that women have as militant writers.
Sponsored by Caja Arequipa
With the support of Blue Metropolis
Two outstanding Peruvian fiction writers will talk about their latest novels, which deal with the private and complex matter of the family. Katya Adaui, the author of three books of short stories, presents her second novel, Quiénes somos ahora, a work that revisits an episode from the family past that has left wounds that have yet to heal. Enrique Planas, recognized as “one of the 25 best kept secrets of Latin American literature” by the Guadalajara Book Fair, presents his sixth novel, Chicas Bond. This novel, set in Japan, tells the story of a father and son who meet by coincidence at a cinema after both have come to see James Bond films. When the father suffers a medical emergency, the son becomes involved in a series of unexpected adventures around the south of Japan. In conversation with the journalist Clara Elvira Ospina.
On the centenary of her birth, we present a look at the startling true and imagined biography of Zoila Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo, known universally as Yma Súmac. This singer’s unique songs will be expressed through the voice of the soprano Sylvia Falcón. There will also be a discussion involving the historian Carmen McEvoy, the journalist Miguel Molinari and Sylvia Falcón together with the Special Projects Editor of El Comercio newspaper, Jaime Bedoya. Pianist Pepe Céspedes will play some of the sontgs Yma Súmac, and those will be sung by Sylvia Falcón.
There may be that nothing that feeds and transforms societies and cultures like migration, one of the constants throughout human history. However, this movement of peoples and mixing of cultures can often result in oppression, abuse and even violence. This matter is also one that has been dealt with extensively in literature. Nikita Lalwani (India/United Kingdom), born in Kota and brought up in Cardiff, is the author of three much-lauded novels which explore stories of migrants and families with different cultural identities. Rocío Quillahuaman (Peru/Spain) was born in Lima and lives in Barcelona. She is currently one of Spain’s most viral illustrators and to date she has created over 300 animations and has more than 177 thousand followers on Instagram. They will talk with Javier García del Moral, owner of the independent bookshop The Wild Detectives in Dallas, USA.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Carmen Pachas Piélago, writer and scholar on ancient Peru, will tell her story El sombrero de plumas inspired by a feather headset that is located a the Museo de Sitio Arturo Jiménez Borja – Puruchuco, Lima, Perú. This piece belongs to the ichma culture that developed from 1,100 to 1,450 AD in Lima between the valleys of Chillón and Lurín.
Sponsored by the BBVA Foundation