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Don Paterson

The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre

Hay Festival 2018, 

What is a poem? In what way is its use of language distinct? What conditions allow it to arise, and what is its cultural purpose? And how, exactly, do poems work? Part polemic, part technical treatise and part meditation, The Poem is an ambitious contemporary ars poetica. Paterson looks at the writing, transmission and reading of poetry with wit and scholarly flair in a thorough exploration of how and why poems are composed. Paterson was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and is garlanded with awards for his many collections, which include Nil Nil, God’s Gift to Women, Rain and 40 Sonnets.

Don Paterson

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Jilly Cooper talks to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Unrivalled

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation with the great storyteller and comic novelist, author of Rivals, Riders, and most recently, Mount!

Jilly Cooper talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Cook’n Good with Moya & Andy

Kells 2014, 

An interactive and fun kids’ cookery session with the help of our friends at Causey Farm. Andy Bogie and Moya Ferry are Cook'n Good facilitators who have had real life food adventures that span many continents and countries!
6+ years

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Mo Mowlam in conversation with Jim Naughtie

Hay Festival 2002, 
Labour's most popular ex-politician, the ex-Northern Ireland Secretary publishes her characteristically off-message autobiography Momentum. She talks to the Today anchor, author of The Rivals, a study of the Brown-Blair oxymoron at the heart of the New Labour project.

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Christopher Logue and Craig Raine

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of the greatest contemporary version of the Iliad in War Music, Kings and The Husbands Logue reads from his new volume of Selected Poems - "Modern Poetry at its best" - Dennis Potter, "I am crazy about it" - Henry Miller
Raine reads from Clay. Whereabouts Unknown, poems written whilst he was working on History: The Home Movie. :I cannot think of anyone else writing today whose every line is so unfailingly exciting" - John Carey

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Rachel Clarke, Anita Donley, Adam Kay

Your Life is in My Hands, and This is Going to Hurt

Hay Festival 2018, 

Times of unprecedented pressure and challenge in the NHS have given rise to two heart-breaking memoirs of life in the front line of medicine today. Hear Rachel Clarke, journalist and doctor, and Adam Kay, doctor, writer and comedian in conversation with Anita Donley on healthcare, safety and medicine today.

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Pat Barker talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: The Silence of the Girls

Hay Festival 2019, 

There was a woman at the heart of the Trojan war whose voice has been silent – until now. Briseis was a queen until her city was destroyed. Now she is slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her husband and brothers. Trapped in a world defined by men, can she survive to become the author of her own story? The Booker-winning novelist reimagines the greatest Greek myth of all – retold by the witness history forgot.

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Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Fictions: True Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation about fiction and language with two of the greatest Spanish language writers. The Impostor is Cercas’ new novel about the notorious fake Holocaust survivor, Enric Marco. With profound compassion and lacerating honesty, Cercas takes the reader on a journey not only into one man’s gigantic lie, but also into the deepest, most flawed parts of our humanity. Cercas also publishes his book of essays on the novel The Blind Spot.  Gabriel Vasquez introduces his novel The Shape of the Ruins. It takes the form of personal and formal investigations into two political assassinations. Separated by more than 30 years, the two murders at first appear unconnected, but as the novel progresses Vásquez reveals how between them they contain the seeds of the violence that has bedevilled Colombia ever since. They talk, in English, to Daniel Hahn.

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Hugh Purcell

Up Top

Hay Festival 2018, 

Up Top was the name given locally to the Mid Wales Mental Hospital above Talgarth; a double meaning like 'round the bend', which often located asylums elsewhere – out of sight and out of mind. Purcell’s hitherto untold history, based on archives and oral testimony from staff and patients, shows how mentally ill people were treated through the 20th century. At first the ‘lunatic asylums’ relied on a strict regime of fresh air and bromide. Then they became ‘mental hospitals’, trying desperate measures like leucotomy, deep sleep narcosis and electro convulsive therapy. Then the word ‘mental’ was dropped and ‘psychiatric hospitals’ moved into the era of heavy drugs and psychotherapy. Finally, community care took over.  The history of the Mid Wales’ was typical of many institutions that lie as ruined monuments to our attempts to help the mentally ill.

Hugh Purcell

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Tom Moorhouse

The River Singers

Hay Festival 2015, 
Research ecologist Tom Moorhouse demonstrates how he translated his ecological expertise into two children’s stories about water voles. He describes the lives of water voles and the dangers they face. He shows you why stories involving animals are special, and what you need to think about if you ever want to write your own.
7+ years
Tom Moorhouse

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Mike Hoffmann, Monika Bohm and Emily Beech talk to Andy Fryers

Species Under Threat

Hay Festival 2018, 

Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. It is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity and a powerful tool to inform and catalyse policy change. The list provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, threats, and conservation actions. Hoffman currently heads up the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) global conservation programmes and was previously chair of the 25-member IUCN Red List Committee. Bohm is a researcher in the Species Indicators and Assessments Unit at ZSL. Emily Beech is a Conservation Officer at Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

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Peter Frankopan

The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World

Hay Festival 2019, 

Following the Silk Roads eastwards from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In this prescient contemporary history, Peter Frankopan assesses the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power – all too often absent from headlines in the West. Chaired by Elif Shafak.

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Ann Carroll

Kells 2015, 

The author of the In a Nutshell series of books about Irish folklore and historical events conducts a workshop for young readers.

Photo by Priory Studios

6–10 years
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Katherine McMahon, Maureen Waller

1700 and All That

Hay Festival 2000, 
McMahon's After Mary is a historical novel about the great seventeenth century Catholic educationist Mary Ward, who fought a series of Popes to set up a female Jesuit Order, and who was eventually imprisioned by the Inquisition on suspicion of heresy. Waller's 1700: Scenes from London Life is a non-fiction account of the same period. A booming London appears modern in its overt materialism. It was the most magnificent city in Europe yet the streets were open sewers and life there was so precarious that it might be described as 'a mere prelude to death'

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Melvyn Bragg

On Giant's Shoulders

Hay Festival 1998, 
Melvyn Bragg chairs a discussion of Darwin's influence, and explores the ways in which the theory of evolution of the species has developed with the geneticist Richard Dawkins and the author of the forthcoming What Remains to be Discovered John Maddox.

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Telegraph Editors

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Hay Festival 2014, 
A daily series hosted by senior Telegraph journalists discussing the day’s stories from exactly 100 years ago taken from the paper’s unique archive (republished each morning at telegraph.co.uk/ww1archive). In early summer 1914, the concerns of British readers were Home Rule for Ireland, the campaign of the Suffragettes, the exciting new worlds of motoring and aviation, the season’s new fashions and Jack Hobbs’s batting. The Great War was only weeks away – here, in fascinating detail, is the world the troops left behind.

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Sally Brampton, Colin McDowell, Jasper Conran

British Fashion

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist and former Vogue Fashion Editior Sally Brampton discusses the history of modern British fashion with the award-winning couturier Jasper Conran and Colin McDowell, Fashion Editor of The Sunday Times and author of Forties Fashion and the New Look.

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Stanley Wells

The First Folio: Where Would We Be Without It?

Hay Festival 2000, 
The First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623, is one of the most valuable, in all senses of the word, and important documents of Western civilsation. The pre-eminent Shakespeare scholar will discuss the impact it has had on our perception of its author

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Bob Wilcher, Jeremy Hooker and Elizabeth Siberry

Henry Vaughan and the Usk Valley

Hay Festival 2016, 

The metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan is much anthologized – “I saw Eternity the other night”, “They are all gone into the world of light’; but it is not so well known that he was a native of the Usk valley, and that it is the light on the river and hills of Brecknockshire that shines through his poetry. Inspired by George Herbert, his work interweaves the natural and the spiritual world. Three Vaughan scholars celebrate his work and sense of place.

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James O’Brien

How To Be Right

Winter Weekend 2018, 

The LBC radio talkshow host provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue in current affairs, James tells the stories of the conversations he’s had, explains why people have been fooled into thinking the way they do, and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards. He talks to Rosie Boycott.

O’Brien’s 2018 Christopher Hitchens Lecture is now available on Hay Player.


JAMES WILL ALSO BE TAKING PART IN THE SUNDAY MORNING POLITICS SHOW - EVENT 31, FOR WHICH THERE ARE STILL A FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE.

James O’Brien

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Martin Gayford

Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters

Hay Festival 2018, 

The development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is the story of interlinking friendships, shared experiences and artistic concerns among a number of acclaimed artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Frank Bowling and Howard Hodgkin. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, many previously unpublished, with important witnesses and participants, the art critic Martin Gayford teases out the thread connecting these individual lives and demonstrates how painting thrived in London against the backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and ‘Swinging London’ in the 1960s.

Martin Gayford

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks to Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2010, 

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Michelle Oyen

Cambridge Series: Re-thinking Engineering with Inspiration from Nature

Hay Festival 2017, 

The bio-engineer assesses the carbon footprint of popular building materials like steel and concrete and discusses approaches for substituting new bio-inspired materials instead.

Michelle Oyen

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HAY JOVEN: Earl Lovelace sobre Is just a movie

Cartagena 2013, 
El escritor, periodista y dramaturgo Earl Lovelace (Trinidad y Tobago) es una de las grandes figuras de la literatura caribeña en inglés. Exponente de una tradición literaria que va de V.S Naipul a Derek Walcott, su trabajo explora el legado del colonialismo y la esclavitud en Trinidad. Hablará sobre su última novela, Is just a movie.

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Deirdre Sullivan

Nightmare Club Workshop

Kells 2015, 

Deirdre Sullivan is a ghost-writer for the Nightmare Club series. Deirdre will conduct a workshop for readers, involving spooky collaborative storytelling and getting the children to help finish a Nightmare Club story that she’s working on.

8+ years
Deirdre Sullivan

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Johann Hari

Cartagena 2016, 
Niños 8 - 12 años

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Cosmovisiones indígenas en América. Jon Landaburu y Natasha Kanapé Fontaine con Camilo Hoyos

Cartagena 2017, 
La visión del mundo de las culturas indígenas del continente americano es quizá poca conocida para el gran público, pero de una riqueza notable. Dos importantes conocedores de esta tradición conversan con Camilo Hoyos. Con Jon Landaburu, quien fue desde 1972 hasta 2007 director de Investigaciones Científicas del Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique de Francia y director durante más de 10 años del Centro de Estudios de las Lenguas Indígenas de América de la misma institución (CELIA/CNRS). Y con Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Canadá), poeta innu, actriz, artista visual y activista por los derechos de los indígenas y por la conservación del medio ambiente. El trabajo de Natasha está publicado en francés por Mémoire d´Encrier y en inglés por Mawenzi House.
Cosmovisiones indígenas en América. Jon Landaburu y Natasha Kanapé Fontaine con Camilo Hoyos

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Ferdia Gallagher

Cambridge Series 5: The Future of MRI

Hay Festival 2018, 

Dr Gallagher from the Department of Radiology at the University of Cambridge discusses the basis of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), how it is currently used to image cancer and what the future of oncological imaging may entail.

Ferdia Gallagher

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La historia de los judíos. Simon Schama

Cartagena 2016, 
La historia de los judíos. En busca de las palabras (1000 A. E. C. – 1492) es un apasionante recorrido a lo largo de tres milenios por la historia del pueblo judío en el que Simon Schama desvela como el devenir de esta cultura es parte de la historia de todos. Simon Schama es profesor de Historia del Arte e Historia en la Universidad de Columbia de Nueva York, además de crítico de arte y cultura para el The New Yorker y columnista de The Guardian. Entre sus libros destacan Confesiones y encargos: ensayos de arte, Auge y caída del imperio británico o El poder del arte.

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Phoenix Comics Workshop

Hay Festival 2015, 

Come and draw with CORPSE TALK’S Adam Murphy. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first time comic reader, Adam will help you dig up the best tips and tricks to help you put pencil to paper and create some AWESOME characters! Bring your imagination and prepare to be amazed!

PLUS join other Phoenix creators (some of the UK’s best comic artists) as they show how to construct a brilliant comic from even the craziest ideas – they’ll take you through some top character creation tips and send you away with your very own brilliant comic!

www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk

7+ years
Phoenix Comics Workshop

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Louis De Bernieres talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1997, 
A reading and interview with the award-winning novelist whose books include Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The War of Don Emmanuel's Neither Parts, Senor Vivo and Coca Lord, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. reads, and talks to Terence Blacker.

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Suzanne Vega

Hay Festival 2000, 
The songwriter in conversation. She talks about her lyrics, her music and her poetry, Her collected writings, interviews, and essays are published as The Passionate Eye.

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Barbara Erskine talks to Phil Rickman

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The historical novelist revisits her global bestseller Lady of Hay twenty five years after first publication and discusses time travel and medieval mores. She talks to the broadcaster and novelist Phil Rickman whose historical fiction The Bones of Avalon is out now in paperback.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to Hannah MacInnes

Written in History: Letters That Changed the World

Hay Festival 2019, 

The historian selects letters that have changed the course of global events or expressed a timeless idea – whether passion, rage or humour – from ancient times to the 21st century. Some are noble and inspiring, some despicable and unsettling, some are exquisite works of literature, others brutal, coarse and frankly outrageous; many are erotic, others heartbreaking. His correspondents range from Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great to Mandela, Stalin and Picasso, from Fanny Burney and Emily Pankhurst to Ada Lovelace and Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Leonard Cohen, Lincoln, Trump and Suleiman the Magnificent. 

Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to Hannah MacInnes

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Jessica Harrison-Hall

China: A History in Objects

Hay Festival 2018, 

From the earliest archaeological relics and rituals, through the development of writing and state, to the advent of empire, Harrison-Hall, head of the China section at The British Museum, charts the country's transformation from ancient civilisation to the world’s most populous nation and influential economy, showing us a myriad historical insights and cultural treasures along the way.

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Horatio Clare

Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North

Hay Festival 2018, 

A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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Peter Hain

Mandela: His Essential Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

The South African-born, anti-apartheid campaigner and politician chronicles the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, from lawyer to ANC freedom fighter, from political prisoner to President of the Rainbow Nation. He charts Madiba’s post-office humanitarian campaigns and gives an intimate and revealing portrait of the beloved global icon. The legacy is more complex, and Hain examines the state of the RSA today after Zuma’s corruption, and as Ramaphosa accedes to power. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Bangladesh: Seen from within.

Dhaka 2014, 
Marking 25 years of Drik, this anniversary book is the first of a series of books presenting Bangladesh today. They portray the promise of Bangladesh, and tell our stories with integrity and compassion.

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Owen Sheers and Pip Broughton

Poetry on Film: To Provide All People

Hay Festival 2018, 

The poet and the film-maker collaborated on the BAFTA Cymru award-winning Aberfan: The Green Hollow, an hour-long film poem about the 1966 tragedy, and are now working on To Provide for All People – a new film celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. They discuss the stories and people who feature in the new film, and the freedoms and forms of working with poetry. They preview clips of the NHS film that will be broadcast later in the summer.

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Simon Mayo talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Mad Blood Stirring

Hay Festival 2018, 

Mayo’s first adult novel weaves Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet through a tense prison drama that sets itself against the epic backdrop of mighty Dartmoor in 1815. The passions unleashed in this riveting account place black against white and Americans against Britons with the stirring soul of a forbidden love caught in between.

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Catriona Crowe

Kells 2014, 

Genealogist Catriona Crowe demonstrates how to use the 1901 and 1911 censuses to trace your ancestry.

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Colin Barrett

Young Skins

Kells 2015, 

Colin Barrett is one of the most compelling and distinctive new Irish voices. His sensational debut collection of short stories is set in Glanbaigh, a small town in rural Ireland. A town in which the youth have the run of the place. Young Skins won the 2014 Rooney Prize, Frank O’Connor Prize and Guardian First Fiction Award. Colin talks to Christine Monk.

Colin Barrett

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Gala del Libro Favorito

Xalapa 2012, 
Invitados del festival nos cuentan sobre el libro con el que más han disfrutado como lectores, escrito en el siglo XXI. Con Jõao Paulo Cuenca (Brasil), Guillermo Fadanelli (México), Laura Martínez-Belli (México), José Ovejero (España), Elsa Osorio (Argentina) y Reina María Rodríguez (Cuba). Presentado por Rodolfo Mendoza.

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Steve Brusatte

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2018, 

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. One of the leading scientists of a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting edge-technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs ruled the earth for 150 million years. At a time when Homo sapiens has existed for less than 200,000 years and we are already talking about planetary extinction, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a timely reminder of what humans can learn from the magnificent creatures that ruled the earth before us. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

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Liz Rideal, Kathleen Soriano, Joan Bakewell

Madam and Eve: Women Portraying Women

Hay Festival 2018, 

How do women paint or photograph each other? How do they represent each other in performance or sculpture? As mothers or heroines? With tenderness, aggression or respect? Madam and Eve explores the female gaze as it focuses on other women. Rideal is an artist and photographer; Soriano is one of the world’s most respected curators; Bakewell is Bakewell – broadcaster, writer, pioneer.

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Irish Fashion: At Home and Abroad

Kells 2015, 

Eddie Shanahan, Chair of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, will talk with Sharon Wauchob, Paris-based Irish fashion designer, about the fashion industry here at home and in the international arena.

Irish Fashion: At Home and Abroad

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Steven Pinker en conversación con Juan Diego Vélez

Cartagena 2015, 

Psicólogo experimental y profesor de la Universidad de Harvard, Steven Pinker se ha convertido en uno de los escritores más destacados sobre el lenguaje, la mente y la naturaleza humana a nivel internacional. Ha recibido numerosos premios por sus libros, entre los que destacan, Cómo funciona la mente, El instinto del lenguaje, La tabla rasa y Los ángeles que llevamos dentro. Su último libro, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, está dedicado al arte de escribir bien en nuestros días.

Con el apoyo de The Canada Council for the Arts y Blue Metropolis Festival

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Phoenix Comics Workshops

Hay Festival 2015, 
Come and learn HOW TO MAKE AWESOME COMICS with Neill Cameron. Neill is a master storyteller and artist who has illustrated some of The Phoenix’s best loved comics. In this workshop Neill will take you through the comic creation process from start to finish. WARNING: This workshop contains PIRATES AND DINOSAURS and is rated AWESOME on the comic scale. 
PLUS join other Phoenix creators (some of the UK’s best comic artists) as they show how to construct a brilliant comic from even the craziest ideas – they’ll take you through some top character creation tips and send you away with your very own brilliant comic!

www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk
7+ years
Phoenix Comics Workshops

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Eric Ngalle Charles and Owen Sheers

The Last Ritual

Hay Festival 2018, 

A performance of the new one-man play by the Cameroon-born playwright and actor, now a Creative Wales Fellow, is followed by a conversation with Owen Sheers about the work and Charles’ extraordinary life. The Last Ritual is based on the author’s last days in the village of Small Soppo in Buea, Cameroon. It looks at love and ultimate betrayal, exploring the theme of witchcraft and the practice of it.

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Cubriendo Oriente Medio

Ahmed Maher y Catalina Gómez con Hernando Álvarez

Cartagena 2017, 
Dos experimentados periodistas, Ahmed Maher (Egipto), corresponsal de BBC Arabic en Bagdad, y Catalina Gómez (Colombia), periodista afincada en Teherán, conversan sobre sus experiencias e impresiones de esta región, tristemente convulsa en estos momentos. Moderado por Hernando Álvarez, director de BBC Mundo.
Cubriendo Oriente Medio

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Colin Tudge talks to Andy Fryers

Six Steps Back to the Land

Hay Festival 2016, 

Tudge coined the expression ‘enlightened agriculture’ to describe agriculture that is expressly designed to provide everyone everywhere with food of the highest standard, nutritionally and gastronomically, without wrecking the rest of the world. He explains how we can achieve that, with truly sustainable, resilient and productive farms.

Colin Tudge talks to Andy Fryers

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Andrew Motion

Wainewright the Poisoner

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Poet Laureate has won acclaim for his excellent biographies of Keats and Larkin. This time though, 'the overlay of legends' associated with Wainewright and the fact that he 'falls out of the historical record so often and for so long' made a traditional biography impossible. So instead he has turned Wainewright's remarkable life into a hybrid biography-cum-novel. Motion discusses his contrversial and highly entertaining life of the dandified friend of Blake, Charles Lamb, de Quincey and Keats.

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Barry Cunliffe

On the Ocean: The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from Prehistory to AD1500

Hay Festival 2018, 

While the land is familiar, even reassuring, the sea is unknown and threatening. Why, then, did humans become seafarers? Part of the answer is that we are conditioned by our genetics to be acquisitive animals: we like to acquire rare materials and we are eager for esoteric knowledge, and society rewards us well for both. And our innate inquisitiveness drives us to explore. The pre-eminent archaeologist looks at the development of seafaring on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, two contrasting seas, the Mediterranean without a significant tide, enclosed and soon to become familiar, the Atlantic with its frightening tidal ranges, an ocean without end. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Barry Cunliffe

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Sverre Lodgaard

The 2017 Rotblat Lecture: North Korea – in search of a peaceful solution

Hay Festival 2017, 

Lodgaard is one of the world’s most highly regarded authorities on weapons control. He was the Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research from 1992-1996. He examines the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with specific regard to North Korea and the USA. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

Sverre Lodgaard

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Deirdre Sullivan

Workshop for Teen Readers

Kells 2015, 

The creator of the ‘Prim’ trilogy (Prim Improper, Improper Order and Primperfect). The first and third of the novels were shortlisted for the Children’s Books Ireland Awards. Deirdre was also the only young adult author shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature in 2015.

Deirdre Sullivan

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Kate Humble talks to Dylan Moore

Thinking on my Feet

Hay Festival 2019, 

“I’ve discovered that going for a daily walk has become as essential to me feeling good for the rest of the day as that first cup of tea. But I would argue that all I am doing is responding to a natural need we all have. Humans have always been migrants, the physiological urge to be nomadic is deep-rooted in all of us and, perhaps because of that, our brains are stimulated by walking. I solve all sorts of problems, formulate ideas, work things out to that gentle rhythm of self-propelled movement.” As she explores the reasons why we walk, whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate’s reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action.

Kate Humble talks to Dylan Moore

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Linda Ervine

Kells 2015, 

Linda Ervine of the East Belfast Mission discusses how she brings the Irish language to the unionist population of East Belfast and how she sees the language as a potentially unifying influence and a positive force in Northern Irish society.

Linda Ervine

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Susannah Gibson

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? How Eighteenth-Century Science Disrupted the Natural Order

Hay Festival 2016, 

Gibson explains how a study of pond slime could cause people to question the existence of the soul; observation of eggs could make a man doubt that God had created the world; how the discovery of the Venus fly-trap was linked to the French Revolution; and how interpretations of fossils could change our understanding of the Earth’s history. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.

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Howard Jacobson, Caroline Gascoigne

The Mighty Walzer

Hay Festival 2000, 
Jacobson's self-laceriating humour finds it's perfect vehicle in this brilliant novel about ping-pong and the swag trade in the 1950s. It does for Manchester whatr Alfie did for London. He talks to The Sunday Times literary editor.

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Gareth & Jeremy Bowen

The Family Business

Hay Festival 1999, 
Two newsmen discuss how the role of the reporter has changed in the information age. Jeremy is the BBC's multiaward-winning Middle Eastern correspondent, speaking at Hay between covering the refugee situation in Albania and the crucial Israeli elections. His father, Gareth was the journalist who reported live from Aberfan in 1966.