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Simon Horobin

Chaucer’s Language

Hay Festival 2013, 

Assuming no previous linguistic knowledge or familiarity with Middle English, Horobin introduces us to the wonders of Chaucer’s language and the importance of reading him in the original, rather than modern translation.

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Rebecca Miller talks to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Past And Present

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee and Personal Velocity introduces the twin tales of C18th Paris and C21st New York in her new novel Jacob’s Folly, to consider the hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, and the collision of fate and free will.

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Wendy Cope

Hay Festival 2008, 
The poet reads from her magical collection Two Cures For Love.

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Ricardo Ravelo talks with Miguel Aguilar

Segovia 2012, 
Mexican journalist Ricardo Ravelo, author of El Narco en México, presents Narcomex: Historia e Historias de una Guerra, in which he investigates organized drug trafficking cartels in Mexico. He talks to publisher Miguel Aguilar.

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HAY JOVEN: Eugenia Rico sobre El fin de la raza blanca

Cartagena 2013, 
La escritora española Eugenia Rico, ganadora del Premio Azorín 2002 (con La muerte blanca) y finalista del Premio Primavera 2004 (con La edad secreta), hablará sobre su último trabajo, el libro de relatos El fin de la raza blanca.

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Tony Juniper and Jim Robbins

Does Money Really Grow On Trees?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Nature’s uses and abuses, physical, social and psychological, and one man’s quest to help save the world’s oldest and greatest tree specimens. One of Britiain’s best-known environmental campaigners joins New York Times journalist and author Jim Robbins.

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Mario Vargas Llosa en conversación con Carlos Granés

Cartagena 2013, 
El premio Nobel conversará con el ensayista Carlos Granés sobre los cincuenta años de un libro fundamental en su obra y en la literatura contemporánea, La ciudad y los perros, y sobre su último trabajo, La civilización del espectáculo.
Mario Vargas Llosa en conversación con Carlos Granés

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Harry Belafonte

Sing Your Song – Screening

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor, singer and Civil Rights activist introduces a screening of Susanne Rostock’s documentary about his life. Followed by Q&A with Francine Stock. US 2011 (107')
 

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Andrew Weale

Nora: The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate

Hay Festival 2012, 
Nora Fatima Buffet is a little greedy-guts. Join her creator for a revoltingly rumbustious event of rhymes and rockets.
 
5-7 years

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Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2010, 
Michael Ondaatje, the acclaimed author of The English Patient, talks to Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Informers and The Secret History of Costaguana, about his latest work, Divisadero, and his experiences as a writer. 

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Alex Monroe

Two Turtle Doves: A History of Making Things

Hay Festival 2014, 

Growing up in 1970s Suffolk in a crumbling giant of a house with wild, tangled gardens, the celebrated jeweller was left to wreak havoc by invention. Without visible parental influence but with sisters to love him and brothers to fight for him, he made nature into his world. Creation became a compulsion, whether it was go-karts and guns, cross-bows and booby-traps, boats, bikes or scooters. And then it was jewellery. He talks to Georgina Godwin.

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Jamal Naji with Joumana Haddad

Cartagena 2011, 
Arabic literature continues to be a great unknown in the West. Initiatives such as the IPAF (the Arabic Booker Prize) and Beirut39, have raised awareness of an extremely rich literary tradition. The author Jamal Naji, a Jordanian writer of Palestinian origin, has been a finalist for the prize. He talks to poet and journalist Joumana Haddad about the future of Arabic literature, its challenges, censorship, distribution and profile abroad. 

Simultaneous translation from Arabic to Spanish available

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Jane Shilling talks to Sarah Crompton

The Stranger in the Mirror

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘I looked in the mirror one morning, and saw the face of a stranger. Who was she, this haggard, bun-faced woman with the softening jawline, the downturned mouth, the world-weary air of a woman who hasn’t had what she wanted from life, and knows she isn’t going to get it now? Why, it was no one else but me, myself and I.’

Duration 45 minutes.
 

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David Wilson

Wales: A Photographer’s Journey

Hay Festival 2013, 

Taking the audience on a spectacular, enchanting journey across Wales and its glorious landscape, Wilson uses photos from the book to talk about his work, his inspirations and how to set about capturing the perfect image. Chaired by Carolyn Hitt.

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Jessie Childs

God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Catholics of Elizabethan England did not witness a golden age. Their Mass was banned, their priests were outlawed, their faith was criminalised. In an age of assassination and Armada, those Catholics who clung to their faith were increasingly seen as the enemy within. It is a tale of dawn raids and daring escapes, stately homes and torture chambers, ciphers, secrets and lies. Chaired by SJ Parris.

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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Helen Mountfield and Simon Schama talk to Katya Adler

The Scramble for Europe

Hay Festival 2018, 

Europe, the richest economic area in the world, faces unprecedented challenges: a protectionist US administration, Russian interventions, a Chinese leader who has defied succession planning, and the parliamentary success of the far-right in Germany, Italy and Austria. And then there’s Brexit. Something must be done. But what? And how? And by whom? The distinguished diplomat Gourdault-Montagne is now Secretary General of the French Foreign Ministry, Mountfield is a British QC, Schama is an historian. Chaired by the BBC’s Europe Editor.

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Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

Memory and Mental Time Travel

Hay Festival 2015, 

Memories are not only about the past; they also affect the future. Nicola and Clive, a scientist and a fine artist respectively, explore the complex relationships between memory and human experience. Join them for a fascinating discussion incorporating science, literature, magic and dance.

Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

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Owen Sheers in conversation with Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2011, 
Prize-winning poet and writer Owen Sheers is one of Britain’s most promising young writers. The Poetry Book Society has included him as one of 20 poets making up the New Generation. His first novel, Resistance, has already been translated into eight languages and a film version is to be released soon. In conversation with The Telegraph’s literary editor, Gaby Wood, he will talk about this fascinating and addictive story which plays with an alternative reality in which Great Britain has been defeated and invaded by the Nazi Army; clips from the film will be shown. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Vince Gaffney

Doggerland

Hay Festival 2013, 

The incredible history of Doggerland, a country now sunk beneath the North Sea, which once, 6,000 years ago, linked the Yorkshire coast with a stretch of Continental Europe from Denmark to Normandy. The submersion of Doggerland was the last time inhabited areas of land were lost because of changes in climate.

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Helen Peters

The Farm Beneath the Water

Hay Festival 2015, 
Helen Peters is author of The Secret Hen House Theatre and its sequel, The Farm Beneath the Water. As well as sharing the story of how Hannah has to save the family farm with her theatrical talents, she explains how her real-life experiences growing up on a family farm inspire her stories and how she turns the farm itself into a ‘character’ in her novels – with lots of authentic mud-squelching, pig-oinking, and chicken-clucking happening in the background.
7+ years
Helen Peters

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Theresa Marteau

Cambridge Series: The Force is Not With You

Hay Festival 2017, 

Many of us would like to lead healthier lives, so what stops us? The Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit explains why risk information doesn’t change our unhealthy behaviour. Chaired by Hugh Muir.

Theresa Marteau

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Sarah Arrowsmith

Mappa Mundi: Hereford’s Curious Map

Hay Festival 2015, 

Who made the Mappa Mundi? How and why? Arrowsmith looks at the map through the eyes of a medieval visitor to the cathedral. She explains how a map that is very unfamiliar to us, with East rather than North at the top, populated with semi-human figures who may have four eyes or one foot and beasts like the defecating Bonnacon, would have made complete sense. You could tell your children the story of your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, point out the winding trail taken by Moses and the Israelites and tell the Bible stories illustrated there and elsewhere. Or you could impress other bystanders with your knowledge of Alexander’s campaigns and the three races of Ethiopians illustrated near the map’s edges.

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Sarah Arrowsmith

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John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

Politics and the Arts

Hay Festival 2014, 

How should culture be valued by politicians? What does it contribute to the GDP and Britain’s sense of identity? Tusa, the former Barbican chief, is the author of Pain in the Arts. Norman, a director of Hay Festival and the Roundhouse, is writing Soul Food – The Conservative Case for the Arts. Lammy was Minister for the Arts in the last Labour government and is a prospective candidate for London Mayor. Kampfner is Director of the Creative Industries Federation. Chaired by Liz Hunt.

John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

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Sigrid Rausing talks to Oliver Bullough

Everything is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 1993–4 abandoned watchtowers dotted the coast line. The huge fields of the Lenin collective farm were lying fallow, waiting for claims from former owners, fleeing war and Soviet and Nazi occupation. The anthropologist reflects on history, political repression, and the story of the minority Swedes in the area.

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Terence Blacker and Derek Hewitson

Let’s Misbehave! The Songwriters’ History of Love, Lust and Loathing

Hay Festival 2012, 
If you want to know what’s really been going on in the hearts and beds of men and women over the past century or so, it’s songs that will tell the true story…