Welcome to the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2023 programme, to be held from 26 to 29 January. In this page you can find the events in the general programme as well as Hay Joven activities tor university audiences, Hay Comunitario sessions which will take place in different areas of Cartagena, Reading Clubs and Talento Editorial.
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In 2019, Bernardine Evaristo (United Kingdom) made history for being the first black woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize, with her novel Girl, Woman, Other. Her most recent work of fiction, Blonde Roots, a satirical novel that reimagines history as we know it: the great powers of Africa are in charge of the transatlantic slave trade, and those enslaved are white. With prowerful prose and a sharp sense of humour, Evaristo leads us to question the bases of society as we know it with this bold alternative tale of our past. At this event, she will talk to Aurora Vergara about her work and her life.
Simultaneous interpreting from English to Spanish available
Based on her experience of racism and inequality, Indhira Serrano will talk about the mindsets that hinder the realization of racialized individuals, launching a message of self-acceptance, respect for differences and pride in the Afro-Colombian heritage. Serrano began her career as a model, which gave her a very clear view of the media’s influence on people’s perceptions of themselves. Since 2015 she has been running a series of talks and workshops called Reconstruyendo Imaginarios (“Rebuilding Mindsets”), which reflects on the relationships we have with money, education, our partners and power. She has just published her first book, Rosa la crespa.