Macho mags

Machismo matters fuelled the session about men’s magazines featuring Daniel Samper Ospina, editor of ‘Soho’ and Dylan Jones, who has edited i-D, the Face and now helms GQ, now a worldwide brand, with a very successful GQ launched in China…

What the Dickens

“Dickens could have been a comedy writer, his work is full of catch phrases that could work as mobile ring tones.”  That’s what Andrew Davies thinks.  Doyen of TV screen adaptation, he was in Cartagena as part of the British…

WRITING MAGIC

“Writers reveal our truest dreams to us, ones that shape our lives.” That’s what Ben Okri believes, and he should know.  A writer who’s shaped  dozen dream like novels, including the Booker prize winning ‘The Famished Road’ Ben’s innate skills…

ACTING THE PART

This, the seventh Hay Festival in Cartagena de los Indios kicked off with a packed house for homecoming for Hollywood actor John Leguizamo. Born in Colombia but raised from the age of three in the United States, he shared with…

Typically Welsh

There must have been other weird places to watch Wales’s hyper confident dismantling of Ireland in the rugby world cup finals but this, being a Hay festival had to come up with a contender for the weirdest.  Not for the…

Xalapan Haylights

I heard one audience member compare Harvard economist Niall Ferguson to watching a magician, and indeed he did do a lot of conjuring as he took us on a whistle stop tour of the world of finance, The Market, bonds,…

Who is the greatest?

Who is the grand master of American literature, the real champion?  That was the subject being thrashed out at the whitewashed former textile mill at Caso de Lago this morning by three writers who are no slouches themselves when it…

Xalapa fest kick starts

Ever found yourself at a loss for what to say at a party on the subject of graphic novels?  Well, here’s what you can pronounce, and do so with authority.  “Read ‘Habibi’ by Craig Thompson, it’s the Moby Dick of…