Hay Cartagena line-up revealed

News - Festivals Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Madeleine Thien booked for Columbian festival in January; meanwhile in the UK Hay's winter festival runs next weekend

Speakers and performers on the bill for Hay Festival Cartagena (31 January - 3 February) include: novelists and writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Madeleine Thien, Yoko Tawada, Luna Miguel, Kim Thúy, Manuel Vilas, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Laura Restrepo, Álvaro Enrigue and Mircea Cartarescu; Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi; campaigners Bianca Jagger, Michael Pollan and Lydia Cacho; academic Sarah Churchwell; lawyer Philippe Sands and director general of the New York Times, Mark Thompson.

In total there are 130 speakers in 150 events over four days at this, the festival’s 14th year in Cartagena, with around 50,000 visitors expected.

Cristina Fuentes La Roche, international director of Hay Festival, said: "Hay Festival Cartagena sets the tone for our most ambitious year yet with a programme led by some of the world’s greatest living storytellers. We’re taking on some of the biggest questions of our time and exploring new ways to meet the challenges ahead. It will be a party, too, with music and laughter. Since before Marquez and to the present, Cartagena is a city to dream in; join us."

Hay-on-Wye itself is preparing for the Hay Festival Winter Weekend this coming weekend, the smaller and cosier version of the main festival in May. Writers Rose Tremain, Horatio Clare and Jeanette Winterson are joined by broadcaster Kate Humble; 'Queen of Shops' Mary Portas; and bestselling historians Helen Parr, Andrew Roberts, Tracy Borman, Andrew Green and Simon Jenkins are all appearing.

Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, said: "Hay offers a festive welcome like nowhere else. We’ll be throwing our arms open to writers and readers from around the world to experience Hay as never before. The town is decked in Christmas lights and glistening with winter cheer. We’ve great writers, inspiring thinkers, moving musicians, and a thrilling bazaar of local crafts, foods and curiosities. Join us.”

This year’s festival incorporates a new 500-seater marquee in the Cattle Market and a pop-up bookshop space, while using The School Hall and St Mary’s Church for additional events.

Pictured: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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