Ideas for the future

I am sitting in the former monastery, turned hotel Santa Clara where the classically Hay festival like convergence of friends, writers, general public are all happily bumping into each other as if this diversity of  conversations and people were a…

Beyond the walls of old Cartagena

Beyond the walls of old Cartagena

Yesterday the best event at Hay Cartagena took place, but it wasn’t in the program and it was far beyond the colonial theaters and little plazas of the beautiful old city. Cartagena has two very distinct faces. The charming center,…

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…

Hollywood Hay

We came from the mountains of Bogota, thin on oxygen. It didn’t take long for this coast and the soft, thick air of Cartagena to revive us. This year Hay began with a Hollywood blast. Colombia’s son (via Jackson Heights),…

First day – Near death experience and Cartagena (abridged)

This is the story for Thursday: 3 days of planes and buses from the Peruvian Andes – bus almost fell off cliff Arrived Cartagena, muggy, Caribbean, one part Havana one part New Orleans with a dash of getting you lost…

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…