Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivers inaugural Gabriel Garcia Marquez lecture at Hay festival

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was at the Hay Festival in Cartagena, Colombia last weekend where she delivered the inaugural Gabriel Garcia Márquez lecture, on the relationship between journalism and literature.

Chimamanda started her speech with the story of the first time she read the classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude, lent to her by the brother of a childhood friend, “a thick paperback – whose pages wore the dirty marks of too many fingers.”

“Journalism is the work of the diligent carpenter, and fiction the mad artist. But writing a novel, you must be both. I have taken the facts and I have made them my own, I have coloured and shaped them. It is reportage but it is one which must necessarily be infused with poetry.”

On her Instagram page she shared a brief video of the speech captioned “When I first read ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE in Nsukka, at the age of ten, I could not have imagined this: thirty years later, delivering the inaugural Gabriel Garcia Marquez lecture at the Hay festival in Cartagena. Thank you, @hayfestival_esp”

For more details of her speech visit the festival blog HERE

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