Thursday, January 28, 2016


THERE he is. Alan Yentob is in the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Hotel for the Colombian version of the Hay Festival, in Cartagena Des Indias.

The ex-BBC Creative Director features on a number of panels.  Today, he's 'Remembering William Shakespeare', alongside Simon Schama, Hisham Matar, Deborah Levy, Daniel Hahn and Nell Leyshon. Tomorrow he'll be 'Remembering David Bowie' with Jaime Byng, James Celnik and Hanif Kureishi, with the conversation guided by W11 neighbour Rosie Boycott (available en directo via streaming). On Saturday, he turns interlocutor for a session entitled 'What is what matters in society?' (this maybe a poor example of Google Translate's work), with Yuval Noah and Ha Joon Chang. And in the afternoon, he's back on 'a panel of journalists' discussing 'The media and its challenges'.

There may even be time for a South American recreation of his Friday morning coffee sessions with Stephen Frears and Hanif Kureishi.

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