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Do book fairs have a future?

Segovia 2012, 
Book fairs promote reading and offer an opportunity for people to meet and discuss writing. Julia Navarro, writer, Teodoro Sacristán, director of the Madrid Book Fair, Ángel María Herrera, president of Bubok and Pedro de Andrés and president of CEDRO analyse the present and future of book fairs.
 
Co-organized with the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO)

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Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

The Head of Gonzo Davies

Hay Festival 2015, 

Gonzo Davies, back-row forward and builder, knows the highs and lows of life; but as political and industrial corruption conspire to give parochial violence a national and international dimension, is he prepared to become the target of dark forces? The bestselling author of The Greatest Welsh XV Ever, best known now as the BBC’s voice of international rugby, brings us his first novel and looks forward to this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

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Sol Campbell talks to Jasper Rees

Not a Normal Memoir

Hay Festival 2014, 

The authorised biography of the Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender is a frank and often blistering account of a life lived between the soaring heights of celebrity football and the despairing depths of personal trauma. He talks to the author of Wenger.

Sol Campbell talks to Jasper Rees

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Virginia Nicholson

Millions Like Us

Hay Festival 2011, 
The social historian examines the decade that revolutionised gender relations in C20th Britain in her Women’s Lives in War and Peace, 1939–1945.

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Kathy Lette and John Mortimer

Murder - A Beginner's Guide

Hay Festival 2007, 
Lette (married to Geoffrey Robertson) wrote How To Murder Your Husband. Mortimer created Rumpole. Chaired by meettheauthor.com’s David Freeman.

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Melvyn Bragg

Twelve Books that Changed the World

Hay Festival 2006, 
Shakespeare, Newton, Wollstonecraft, Wilberforce, Darwin... so (far so?) good. The Rule Book of Association Football? The culture and science champion marks out Britain’s turning points in books.

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Jan Blake with Kouame Sereba

The Leopard Woman - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
A hunter goes in search of a leopard cub, a sacrifice in honour of his newborn son - but on finding two cubs, greed overcomes reason and he takes both. Their mother however, a shape-shifting leopard is determined to see her children returned home safely and the hunter pay a high price for his selfishness.

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Professionals – Delivery and Innovation: Workshop 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

How do professionals across all sectors develop the survival skills for a resilient future? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

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Sergio Ramírez, Martin Caparrós and Cristian Alarcón with Jaime Abello Banfi

Tribute to Tomás Eloy Martínez: Journalism as narrative

Cartagena 2011, 
The last day of the 2010 Cartagena Hay Festival was saddened by the death of the Argentinean writer Tomás Eloy Martínez in Buenos Aires. The Hay Festival pays homage to him with the participation of his colleagues and followers from the FNPI, Gabriel García Márquez’s Foundation for New Latin American Journalism, who will assess his work and his example as a master of literary reporting and the author of great novels inspired by journalism.

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Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the acclaimed actress and anthologist for a sizzling reading of some of the joyous, magical and humorous poems from her anthology. In a dazzling display of poetry, the show journeys through a calendar year, with poems celebrating events such as Martin Luther King Day and the first day of Spring before ending with Michael Rosen’s The Car Trip.
Sir Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney of Poldark will be performing alongside Allie Esiri.

Chris Riddell will be live drawing the event. 
Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney will be performing poems. 

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Allie Esiri

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Senel Paz and Hugo Chaparro

My Favourite Films

Cartagena 2011, 
Senel Paz is a scriptwriter and author of plays, stories and novels; the adaptation of his story El lobo, el bosque y el hombre nuevo into the film Strawberry and Chocolate, brought international recognition, with both the script and the film winning a number of awards. At this event, he will talk to the Colombian writer and cinema enthusiast, Hugo Chaparro, about the films he has most enjoyed, and he will show some scenes from these.

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Robert Irwin and Azar Nafisi

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange

Hay Festival 2015, 

On the shrouded corpse hung a tablet of green topaz with the inscription: ‘I am Shaddad the Great. I conquered a thousand cities; a thousand white elephants were collected for me; I lived for a thousand years and my kingdom covered both east and west, but when death came to me nothing of all that I had gathered was of any avail. You who see me take heed: for Time is not to be trusted.’

Dating from at least a millennium ago, these are the earliest known Arabic short stories, surviving in a single, ragged manuscript in a library in Istanbul. Some found their way into The Arabian Nights but most have never been read in English before. Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange has monsters, lost princes, jewels beyond price, a princess turned into a gazelle, sword-wielding statues and shocking reversals of fortune.

Robert Irwin’s books include For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies, The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion and (as editor) The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabian Literature. Azar Nafisi taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She is the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About.

Robert Irwin and Azar Nafisi

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Julie Summers

Fashion on the Ration: Style in the Second World War

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the young woman who avoided the dreaded ‘forces bloomers’ by making knickers from military-issue silk maps, to Vogue’s indomitable editor Audrey Withers, who balanced lobbying government on behalf of her readers with driving lorries for the war effort, Julie Summers weaves together stories from ordinary lives and high society to provide a unique picture of life during the Second World War. As a nation went into uniform and women took on traditional male roles, clothing and beauty began to reflect changing social attitudes. For the first time, fashion was influenced not only by Hollywood and high society but by the demands of industrial production and the pressing need to ‘make-do-and-mend’.

Julie Summers

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Timothy Garton Ash

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World

Hay Festival 2016, 

Never in human history was there such an opportunity for freedom of expression. If we have internet access, any one of us can publish almost anything we like and potentially reach an audience of millions. And never was there a time when the evils of unlimited speech flowed so easily across frontiers: violent intimidation, gross violations of privacy, tidal waves of abuse. With vivid examples – from his personal experience of China’s Orwellian censorship apparatus to the controversy around Charlie Hebdo as well as a very English court case involving food writer Nigella Lawson – Garton Ash proposes a framework for civilized conflict in a world in which we are all becoming neighbours.

Timothy Garton Ash

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Yasmeen Ismail

Specs for Rex

Hay Festival 2015, 
Time for Bed, Fred! is Yasmeen Ismail’s award-wining debut picture book. Join her for storytelling and find out how to draw Rex, a young lion character from her newest book Specs for Rex.

Photo: Olivia Hemmingway

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Yasmeen Ismail

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John Bulmer

Wind of Change

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1962 the pioneering Sunday Times photographer embarked on a project to photograph the profound social and political changes sweeping across the world, from the slow disintegration of the Middle East, the early collapse of the Communist bloc and the rise of African nationalism, to the totalitarianism of China and North Korea, and the disparities of wealth and poverty in the Americas. Fifty years on, he shows his photogaphs and discusses them with filmmaker Corisande Albert.

John Bulmer

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Alfred Brendel

A Pianist’s A–Z: A Piano Lover’s Reader

Hay Festival 2014, 

The legendary musician shares the insights and experience of his sixty-year career with Clemency Burton-Hill. ‘This book distils what, at my advanced age, I feel able to say about music, musicians, and matters of my pianistic profession.’

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Nicholas Orme

The Beginnings Of Children’s Literature In England

Hay Festival 2013, 

One of the world authorities on medieval children and schools examines the poetry and stories of the middle ages, the myths and the legends. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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Kamila Shamsie and Louisa Young

Fictions – After The War

Hay Festival 2014, 

Shamsie’s epic story A God In Every Stone starts in 1914 and carries us across the globe, into the heart of empires fallen and conquered, from Ypres to Peshawar. Young’s The Heroes’ Welcome is a sequel to My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You. For those who fought, those who healed and those left behind, 1919 is a year freighted with perilous beginnings, unavoidable realities and gleams of indestructible hope. The authors talk to Ted Hodgkinson.

Kamila Shamsie and Louisa Young

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Christopher Stocks talks to John Mitchinson

Forgotten Fruits

Hay Festival 2008, 
Christopher Stocks talks to John Mitchinson about his Guide to Britain’s traditional fruit and vegetables, from Kelvedon King Leeks to White Princess Tomatoes.

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Rose Tremain

Fictions – The American Lover

Hay Festival 2015, 

The award-winning novelist, author of Restoration, The Road Home, Music and Silence, and The Colour, awakens the senses in this diverse collection of short stories. In her precise yet sensuous style she lays bare the soul of her characters– the admirable, the embarrassing, the unfulfilled, the sexy and the adorable – to uncover a dazzling range of human emotions and desires. She reads, and talks to Peter Florence.

Rose Tremain

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Emma Barrett and Sian Williams talk to Rajan Datar

Risk and Resilience

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about risk and resurgence. Barrett is the co-author of Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits, which examines what we can learn from people who embrace high-risk work and life and are attuned to survival. Sian Williams, one the nation’s most trusted broadcasters, is also a trauma assessor. She is the author of Rise: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma (embargoed until 30 May).

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Brian Viner

The Good, The Dad And The Ugly

Hay Festival 2013, 

Nothing can quite prepare you for the hells and joys of fatherhood, but Brian’s fabulous stories will be a consolation, a guide and a friendly treasure.

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Ahdaf Soueif talks to George Alagiah

BBC Talking Books 1: This is Not a Border

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Egyptian novelist discusses her writing and her heroic Palfest festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with an anthology This Is Not a Border: Reportage and Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature. Soueif’s fiction includes In The Eye of the Sun and The Map of Love. Her non-fiction work includes Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

Ahdaf Soueif talks to George Alagiah

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Ian Gibson talks to Jesús Fonseca

Segovia 2012, 
La Berlina de Prim by Ian Gibson is one of the historical novels of the year and the first foray into Spanish narrative for the writer. He talks to journalist Jesús Fonseca.
 
Co-organized with Fundación Lara and with the collaboration of the Embassy of Ireland in Spain.