Tamar Cohen writes for younger readers, and in 2015 published El año terrible, a young adult novel that deals with the topic of depression among teenagers and which won her the Gran Angular Prize. Since then she has written books for children and young people, including Me quiero independizar, inspired by her son Benja and his desire to leave home aged 12. She talks to the Queretano dramatist and fiction writer Imanol Martínez.
Ages 12 and over
Alfredo Núñez Lanz takes children to a world where they are not the smallest people. Witch ants, friendly dragonflies and spell-casting bees populate this story and are the characters who will guide the protagonist on his great journey. The author uses literature for children as a metaphor to fight prejudice, aiming to teach children values and to motivate them to love books. He will share a stage with Paulina del Collado, an author who also writes for children.
Ages 7 and over
Eoin Colfer, the famous illustrator and author of the Artemis Fowl series, will tell us about the magical underground world discovered by the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl: a world full of gold and technology and fairies with attitude. In the science fiction adventures, Artemis enters this world in order to take the treasure for himself.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish
Ages 9 and over. With the support of Irish Literature.
Leo con ONCE for children is an excellent opportunity for book-loving parents and children to meet their favourite authors in person. A Fine Art graduate and author of illustrated album books, Rocio Bonilla has illustrated around 40 titles, and written the text for six of them, including ¿De qué color es un beso?, ¡Hermanos! and Max y los superhéroes. Her work has won her several awards and has been translated in over 15 countries. In conversation with Miguel de la Cruz.
For children aged 4 and over
With the support of Acción Cultural Española
The Mexican writer Benito Taibo, the favourite teen writer in México, presents Mundo sin dioses 1: camino a Sognum, his most recent book, in conversation with Juan Carlos Franco. In a world withour gods, only a few are prepared to leave everything behind to reach a place where they do not know what could be find. Three teenagers in a search to regain the destiny that was taken away form them.
The Spanish author and illustrator communicates with children through books that deal with different ways of loving, gender equality and responsible consumption. The work of Olga de Dios has been used in childrens education in various places around the world in order to disseminate a message of creativity and tolerance. Now she brings workshops to this Hay Festivalito that promote the ideals transmitted in her works, with drawing sessions for children and reading out loud from her book Monstruo Rosa. With the support of Wom@rts.
Bernardo Fernández, Bef, is the author of El instante amarillo, which presents María. This 13-year-old is great at drawing, but not so good at maths. Also, she doesnt fit in with the popular girls and the party crowd. She doesnt enjoy school and has problems at home, too, because of all the rows between her parents. Her role in the world doesnt seem clear to her. But then she meets another María, the mother of the monster. This is a María who comes from the 19th century and who changed forever the way we understand the horror stories we read. The protagonist identifies with her namesake and will even become reconciled with her own monster, opening up new paths for her. At this event Bef will talk about María and her role in El instante amarillo.
A writer and an illustrator look at the history of comics, through the fascinating characters from Marvels publications; an event that is a must for all superhero fans. With Andrew Donkin (UK), author of over 60 books and graphic novels for children and adults, translated into over 30 languages; and Giovanni Rigano (Italy), the illustrator of several graphic novels, including The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean and the graphic novel versions of the Artemis Fowl series.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available. With the support of the British Council.
The goal of this workshop is to make young people aware of their countrys linguistic diversity. It will involve sharing stories, tales and texts. It exposes children, in a playful way, to words and stories in the Otomí and Zapoteca languages, changing words to create oral or pictorial stories based on superheroes who speak indigenous languages. The aim of this linguistic exchange is to raise awareness and interest among the children to learn more about Mexican languages.
Ages 7 to 12
Free entry, up to capacity
Somos valientes is a multimedia, educational project started in 2006 by Lydia Cacho, around a model of educatiuon for peace. During two years, Lydia Cacho travelled through Mexico with a team of documentalist and human right experts, interviewing children about what it means to be brave, what are peace, love, work and hope. Ages 10 and over
The great Mexican journalist and author Alma Guillermoprieto, winner of the 2018 Princess of Asturias Communication Award, reflects on reading, books and the importance of this practice for the development of critical thinking. This is a youth and adult audience event.
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