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Pilar del Río talks to Ezequiel Martínez

Writers’ Legacy: José Saramago and Tomás Eloy Martínez

Segovia 2011, 
Before their deaths in 2010, both José Saramago and Tomás Eloy Martínez laid down the ideological bases for the creation of foundations that now carry their names. Pilar del Río, wife of the Portuguese Nobel laureate, and Margarita Garcia Robayo, have the task of preserving the message and the legacy each of these authors, who maintained an endearing friendship throughout their lives. 

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Martín Caparrós, Wojciech Jagielski and Vaiju Naravane talk to Guillermo Altares

50th Anniversary of Amnesty International: On freedom of expression

Segovia 2011, 
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression” and this right includes the “freedom to hold opinions without interference.” The journalists Martín Caparrós (Argentina), Wojciech Jagielski (Poland) and Vaiju Naravane (India) will put forward their professional experiences and their points of view regarding the exercise of this right, which has many times been ignored or not respected. The event will be moderated by Guillermo Altares, editor of Elpais.com.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Carmen Posadas talks to Marta Robles

Segovia 2011, 
Carmen Posadas will talk to the journalist Marta Robles about her latest novel, Invitación a un asesinato. Social satire, ever present in Posadas work, becomes a hilarious tribute to the great writers of mystery novels when the victim herself invites her murderers.
 
An interpreter for sign language will be available.

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Freedom of Expression in the Digital Era

Segovia 2011, 
William Echikson, currently senior manager of communication at the headquarters of Google in Brussels, will talk about the opportunities and challenges in the freedom of expression in the digital society. Echikson has worked for over two decades as a correspondent for European and U.S. media such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week and Libération.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Paul Preston talks to Elena Moya

Segovia 2011, 
Paul Preston, one of the most important British Hispanists and a specialist in contemporary Spanish history, will talk about his new book The Spanish Holocaust, Inquisition and Extermination in 20th Century Spain with Spanish author and journalist Elena Moya, writer of Los olivos de Belchite. In his new work, Preston travels to the turmoil of the 1930’s and scrupulously details the darkest chapters of the Spanish civil war and Franco’s repression thereafter with great command of the sources used.

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Rituparno Ghosh, Indian film director and author, winner of eight National Film Awards in India and various international awards in film festivals, and Boris Izaguirre, presenter, scriptwriter and writer, will talk about the genre themes in Indian film and society and present the film Nouka Dubi (based on a novel by Tagore), that will be screened immediately thereafter.
 
Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea al español.
 
‘Nouka Dubi’ (2010, 144 min, Bengali), by Rituparno Ghosh
First film made on Tagore on the 150th anniversary of his birth. The story begins with a boating accident during a stormy night that changes the life of the four protagonists whose relationships change into something altogether different from their initial expectations in the social framework of the period.

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Johnny Ball

Puzzles, Problems and Perplexing Posers

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Ball of Confusion, from Johnny Ball’s slot of the same name on Zoe Ball’s radio 2 show, will bend your mind in places it’s never been bent before. Can you keep up?

Johnny Ball

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Carol Birch talks to Peter Florence

Jamrach’s Menagerie

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011, this epic novel brings alive the smells, sights and flavours of the nineteenth century, from the docks of London to the storms of the Indian Ocean.

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Young Jaffy Brown never expects to escape the slums of Victorian London. Then, aged eight, a chance encounter with Mr Jamrach changes Jaffy's stars. And before he knows it, he finds himself at the docks waving goodbye to his beloved Ishbel and boarding a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. With his friend Tim at his side, Jaffy's journey will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits. 

Carol Birch talks to Peter Florence

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Adam Hart-Davis

The Book Of Time

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Philosophers, scientists and religions have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. From the Ancient Indian ghati to the latest atomic clock, Adam explores measuring time and time travel. Make time to join him.

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In The Book of Time we see how philosophers, scientists and religions have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. We see how time works in the natural world and in our own bodies and minds, and how we've tried to measure it – first with calendars, then with increasingly sophisticated devices, from the Ancient Indian ghati to the latest atomic clock. And from Aristotle to Einstein, we explore how time has been essential for scientists in their quest to understand the universe and everything in it. Not forgetting the deliciously weird world of time travel, explaining what is fact and what is fiction. This is the kind of book that you can dip into or read in depth – but either way we promise time will just fly by...
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Francine Stock talks to Owen Sheers

A Century Of Film And How It Shaped Us

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Join Francine on her personal journey through a glorious century of cinema, showing in vivid detail how film both reflects and makes our world.
 
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At the end of the nineteenth century, audiences were enthralled by the flickering image of an oncoming train in a Lumiere Brothers' short film; more than a hundred years later the immersive fantasy of Avatar enveloped audiences around the globe. Film is a communal dream, in which our fears and fantasies are revealed, often to startling effect. It has influenced our behaviour in small but significant ways, from the widespread abandonment of vests after Clark Gable's example in It Happened One Night to gangsters holding their weapons at movie-cool angles, improving their image but not their aim. It has intertwined with politics, helping to forge national identity, galvanise against a wartime enemy or warn of social upheaval via horror or science fiction. It has burrowed deep into our psyche, changing perceptions of history and memory – one study showed soldiers' recall may sometimes owe more to war films than actual experience. It has even raised romantic expectations that for us, too, 'the one' will arrive for that big clinch in the final reel. Despite decades of rapid change, we are still hypnotised and seduced by the power of cinema; it remains our most persuasive mass entertainment. In this fascinating, entertaining and illuminating book Francine Stock takes us on a personal journey through a glorious century of cinema, showing in vivid detail how film both reflects and makes our world. 
 
'Stock's prose vaults gracefully between reference points... her analyses here are impressively fluent and insightful.' The Scotsman
 
'As a guide to 100 years of cinema, Francine Stock certainly has the credentials... an informative, easy read.' The Sunday Times
Francine Stock talks to Owen Sheers

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Gordon Corera talks to Guto Harri

The Art Of Betrayal

Winter Weekend 2011, 
The British Secret Service has been cloaked in secrecy and shrouded in myth since it was created a hundred years ago. A unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality behind the fiction.

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From the defining period of the early Cold War through to the modern day, MI6 has undergone a dramatic transformation from a gung-ho, amateurish organisation to its modern, no less controversial, incarnation. Gordon Corera reveals the triumphs and disasters along the way. For the first time, it is possible to draw a picture of what spies really get up to. Corera draws on the first-hand accounts of those who have spied, lied and in some cases nearly died in service of the state. They range from spymasters to the agents they ran, from the families of Britain's spies to their sworn enemies. Most of these accounts are drawn from interviews conducted by the author; many have chosen to speak on the record for the first time. From the Congo to Moscow, from Tehran to Hanoi, from post-war Vienna to the back streets of London, these are the voices of the people who have worked on the front line of Britain's secret wars. And the truth is often more remarkable than the fiction.

Gordon Corera talks to Guto Harri

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Gypsy Hill – Festival Party

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Shake your tail-feather to the electrifying energy generated as this 5-piece band blend authentic Balkan/Gypsy/Swing music with a touch of electronic beats, scratching and uplifting bass lines featuring DJ Kobayashi.
 
Doors open at 8.30pm
Gypsy Hill – Festival Party

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John Bradshaw

In Defence Of Dogs

Winter Weekend 2011, 
One of the world’s leading dog experts brings us a compelling insight into what dogs would ask us for, if only they knew how.

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The dog has been mankind's faithful companion for tens of thousands of years, yet today finds itself in crisis throughout the western world. Until just over a hundred years ago, most dogs worked for their living, and each of the many breeds had become well suited, over countless generations, to the task for which they were bred. Now, in their purely domestic roles, we fail to understand their needs. And it is time that someone stood up for dogdom: not the caricature of the wolf in a dog suit, ready to dominate its unsuspecting owner at the first sign of weakness, not the trophy animal that collects rosettes and kudos for its breeder, but the real dog, the pet that just wants to be one of the family and enjoy life. 

Biologists now know far more about what really makes dogs tick than they did twenty years ago – and John Bradshaw has been at the centre of this research. However, this new scientific understanding has been slow to percolate through to owners, and has not yet made enough of a difference to the lives of the dogs themselves. This book is here to set the record straight. It is time we understood one of the most successful species on the planet, our closest friends, the dog.
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Aggie MacKenzie and Judith Wills

Cooking For Christmas

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Join Aggie (Aggie’s Family Cookbook and How Clean Is Your House) and Judith (The Food Bible) as they chat with Country Living’s Kitty Corrigan about those little Christmas challenges. From achieving the perfect roast to inspiring ideas for your leftovers.

More about Aggie's Family Cookbook
Aggie helps you to learn how to plan a week's worth of dishes, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. She gives advice on recipes to choose for days when you're busy and days when you have more time; when the whole family will eat together, when they won't and when friends are likely to drop by. There are lots of tips for saving money too, such as cooking with leftovers, clever ways to bulk out a dinner for four so that it serves six and ideas for cooking delicious dishes with cheaper ingredients. All the recipes are foolproof; for classic dishes such as Baked Chicken with Lemon, Beef Wellington, Beef and Mushroom Pie, Chocolate Fridge Cake and Apple Pie there are simple steps to show how it's done.

More about Judith Wills
Judith Wills is a British author, food and health journalist, magazine editor and columnist and has written numerous books on food and diets. Her publications include The Food Bible, The Diet Bible, The Green Food Bible, Feeding Kids and Everyday Eating for Babies and Children as well as six cookbooks.
Aggie MacKenzie and Judith Wills

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Norman Davies

The History Of Half-Forgotten Europe

Winter Weekend 2011, 
How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? Europe’s history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now vanished. Norman Davies peers through the cracks in mainstream history writing and listens to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries.
Norman Davies

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David Crystal

The Story Of English In 100 Words

Winter Weekend 2011, 
A unique history of the English language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.
David Crystal

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Horatio Clare talks to Jane Wheatley

The Prince’s Pen

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Award-winning author and contributor to Oxfam’s Ox-Travels anthology Horatio Clare introduces his striking contribution to Seren Books’ New Stories Of  The Mabinogion series, as the tale of ‘Lludd and Lefellys’ is brought sharply into a world of suicide bombers and surveillance.
Horatio Clare talks to Jane Wheatley

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The John Finnemore Sketch Show

Winter Weekend 2011, 
John Finnemore, writer and star of Radio 4’s Cabin Pressure, regular guest on The Now Show, and popper-up on Miranda and That Mitchell And Webb Look, presents an hour of sketches from his new Radio 4 sketch show, with Simon Kane, Carrie Quinlan and Lawry Lewin. Come and laugh your Christmas stockings off.

The John Finnemore Sketch Show

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John Leguízamo with Roberto Pombo

Hollywood: art or frivolity

Cartagena 2012, 
The Colombian actor John Leguízamo will talk to Roberto Pombo, director of El Tiempo, about his life as an immigrant in the USA and his experiences in Hollywood. Actor, comedian and producer, John Leguízamo has received an Emmy Award, which he won in 1999 for the television programme Freak. He has worked in a number of films, such as Carlito’s Way by Brian de Palma, playing the nemesis of Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino), and he dramatised Toulouse Lautrec in the musical film Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. In 2010 he began an international tour with his play Ghetto Klown.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English available

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Marcus du Sautoy

A world of possibilities: The adventures of a mathematician with symmetry

Cartagena 2012, 
Symmetry is all around us. Of great importance for our interpretation of the world, this unique phenomenon indicates a dynamic relationship between objects. In chemistry and physics, the concept of symmetry explains the structures of crystals and the theory of fundamental particles; in evolutionary biology, the natural world uses symmetry in the struggle for survival; symmetry (and the rupture of it) is central in art, architecture and music. This talk offers a very special view of the concept, seen from the point of view of a mathematician. Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and has been a visiting lecturer at institutions such as the Collège de France, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute in Bonn and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A regular contributor to both written and audiovisual media, he has published The Music of the Primes (2003) and Symmetry (2008).

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the British Council

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Daniel Samper Pizano, Jordi Puntí and Juan Esteban Constaín with Carlos Castillo

Football and literature

Cartagena 2012, 
Football has always been linked to the spoken word, to radio commentary, to the sports newspapers. The game forms part of our culture and has played an important role in stories and novels. But can we consider sport to be culture? We propose a “match” of words with the following players: two Colombian writers (Daniel Samper Pizano and Juan Esteban Constaín) and a Spanish writer (Jordi Puntí). The referee will be Carlos Castillo.

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Joumana Haddad, Khaled al-Berry and Alejandro Padrón in conversation with Sergio Dahbar

Revolutions in the Arab world

Cartagena 2012, 
Alejandro Padrón has written Yo fui embajador de Chávez en Libia about his experience as a diplomat in the Arab World. The Lebanese writer Joumana Haddad is the author of I Killed Scheherazade, which examines what it means to be a woman, Arab and a writer, as well as to edit a magazine about body art. The Egyptian Khaled al-Berry works as a BBC journalist; he has published a number of works, including Life is More Beautiful than Paradise. They will talk to journalist and writer Sergio Dahbar about the current situation in the Arab world.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of Doble - Vía

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Mario Bellatin, Santiago Gamboa and Gustavo Rodríguez with Rodolfo Mendoza

Literary careers

Cartagena 2012, 
Three very different writers from contemporary Spanish-language literature attend this event to talk about their literary lives. Mario Bellatin founded the Mexican Dynamic Writers’ School and is author of Disecado. Santiago Gamboa has received the La Otra Orilla Award for his latest novel, Necrópolis. The Peruvian Gustavo Rodríguez was shortlisted for the Herralde Prize with La risa de tu madre, is a regular contributor to the magazine Etiqueta Negra and is co-founder of Proyecto Recreo, an initiative to promote reading in the schools of Peru. They will talk to the editor Rodolfo Mendoza.

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Claudio Naranjo with Jorge Alberto Llano García

Cartagena 2012, 
Claudio Naranjo is a world expert in Gestalt therapy and one of the pioneers of Transpersonal Psychology. In his discussion with Jorge Alberto Llano García, he will talk about the path taken in recent years as regards education. His goal is to train educators in self-knowledge and spiritual transformation as has been described in the great epics of both the East, such as the Bhagavad Gita, and the West, like The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey. Claudio Naranjo is working to make education an engine for a wider transformation: that of society as a whole.

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Leonor Esguerra in conversation with Marta Ruiz

Cartagena 2012, 
Leonor Esguerra went from being a monk and head teacher at one of Bogota’s most exclusive schools in the seventies, to being an ELN guerrilla. Written by Inés Clauz Carriguiry, La búsqueda, testimonio de Leonor Esguerra, took twenty-five years to be published. In the book, Leonor Esguerra examines the changes undergone by Colombian society and the world, as well as the revolutionary experiences that marked her life. She will talk to the journalist Marta Ruiz. 

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English available

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