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Jon McNaught and Conz in conversation with Michèle Standjofski

Graphic Tales

Beirut 2013, 

British Jon McNaught is the creator of a very special graphic style, using screen-printing and lithography to create miniature images and silent narratives, capturing quiet moments in small, inky panels. Belgian Conz made his debut in 2004 with the semi-autobiographical album Toen ik nog Baas van de Wereld was (‘When I Still Ruled The World’, pub. Oogachtend), which won the prize for the best début at the Turnhout comics festival. He is currently working on his dream project, the science-fiction graphic novel De Wraak van de Walvis (‘The Whale’s Revenge’). In conversation with Michèle Standjofski.

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The writers share examples of their work in the original language with the audience. Samah Al Shaik (Palestine), Rewa Zeinati (Lebanon), Abdullah Abu Shumais (Palestine), Isra’a Kalash (Palestine), Karl Ove Knausgård (Norway), Jonathan Levi (USA), Owen Sheers (UK), Christoph Peters (Germany) and Hind Shoufani (Palestine). Presented by John Kampfner.

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Three finalists of the International Prize for Arab Fiction 2013 will talk to Fadi Tofeili about their recent books. With Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Kuwait’s Saud Alsanousi and Jana Elhassan from Lebanon.

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Fawaz Traboulsi, Helena Kennedy and Hanif Kureishi in conversation with John Kampfner

Google Debates 1; Freedom Of Expression: A Universal Right?

Beirut 2013, 

Many people consider freedom of expression as a universal right that must not be compromised. In an age of cultural relativism and complex relations between religion, culture and the state, what is the right way to move forward on this debate? Three international heavyweights, Baroness Helena Kennedy (UK), Fawaz Traboulsi (Lebanon) and Hanif Kureishi (UK) discuss with John Kampfner.

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Patrick Deville a reçu le Prix Femina 2012 pour son dernier ouvrage Peste et choléra. Fondateur de la Maison des Écrivains Étrangers et Traducteurs de Saint-Nazaire (France) et grand voyageur (il a visité le Moyen-Orient, l’Afrique et l’Amérique centrale), il est l’auteur de plus de dix romans traduits dans une douzaine de langues.

Événement en français 

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Frédéric Martel

La Culture Mainstream

Beirut 2013, 

Le sociologue et journaliste français présente son livre Mainstream: Enquête sur la guerre globale de la culture et des médias, qui analyse l’état dans le monde de la culture de divertissement et son importance en termes de compréhension de la situation géopolitique actuelle. Une analyse du présent qui met l’accent sur des types plus subtils du pouvoir.

Événement en français

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Helena Kennedy in conversation with Hani Shukrallah

Beirut 2013, 

Baroness Helena Kennedy is a British barrister, broadcaster and Labour Member of the House of Lords. She was an avant-garde voice in the seventies and eighties, writing and broadcasting on the discrimination experienced by women in Law. She was also a founding member of Charter 88, a constitutional reform group set up in 1988 in response to growing concerns about outdated British institutions. Her skills as a lawyer and social reformer have taken her into many different fields of activity, making her especially committed to the arts. She will speak with Hani Shukrallah, journalist and author of Egypt, The Arabs And The World: Reflections At The Turn Of The 21st Century.

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International bestselling Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård has written autobiographical books that have sparked controversy and fascination in equal measure. His novel A Time For Everything was described by the New York Review of Books as ‘marvellous’. He talks to Jonathan Levi about his six autobiographical novels in the My Struggle series.

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Hani Shukrallah, Tom Fletcher and Elham Saudi in conversation with Samir Elbahaie

Google Debates 2; From Dictatorship To Democracy: A Not-so-easy Journey

Beirut 2013, 

The end of a dictatorship is always something to be celebrated, but how do you move from an authoritarian regime to a democratic society? Hani Shukrallah (Egypt), Tom Fletcher (UK) and Elham Saudi (Libya) discuss the ‘road to democracy’ with Samir Elbahaie (Egypt).

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Xanadu* Poetry Slam

Beirut 2013, 

Xanadu* and The Poeticiansare proud to be hosting the closing party for the Hay Festival.  The closing event will include a dynamic and moving  spoken word/poetry performance by Poeticians founder Hind Shoufani, as well as Poeticians Rewa Zeinati, The Amazin' Sardine, Tina Fish and surprise performances by more poets and musicians...... The evening will also be hosting the launch of yet another xanadu* publication-- Rewa Zeinati's first book (of creative non-fiction) entitled, Nietzsche's Camel Must Die.

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Karla Wursterová, Péter Balázs and Michal Cerny

What Role Does Central European Co-operation Play In Shaping European Foreign Policy?

Budapest 2013, 

Karla Wursterová, Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund in Bratislava, Slovakia, discusses with Péter Balázs, Director of the CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary and Michal Cerny, Director of the Czech Centre in Budapest, how co-operation among Central European states (the Visegrad Group and the Central European Initiative) influences the formation of European foreign policy.

Co-organized with CEU in collaboration with Napvilag Kiado
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Michael Cox in conversation with Adam Austerfield

The LSE Lecture: From West To East?

Budapest 2013, 

The dimensions of global power shifts in the modern era. The Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations talks about what global political and economic changes we can expect from the rise of China, India, Latin America and other developing markets around the world, and what this means for central and Eastern Europe.

Co-organized with LSE (London School of Economics) in collaboration with Egmond Kiado

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Marcus du Sautoy talks to Lászlo Lovász

Symmetry

Budapest 2013, 

In a short lecture the British mathematician reveals how symmetry is a fundamental concept both in the arts and the sciences: from the walls of the Alhambra to the Higgs Boson, from the music of Bach to deadly viruses. He tells the story, based on his book Finding Moonshine, of how mathematicians have produced a language to be able to explore, tame and classify this slippery concept. Followed by a converstaion with Wolf Prize-winning mathematician Professor Lászlo Lovász.

Supported by the British Embassy in Hungary in collaboration with Park Publishing and Typotex Kiado 

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Nicole Krauss in conversation with Zsófia Bán

Budapest 2013, 

According to the New York Times, Nicole Krauss is ‘one of the most important novelists in the United States’. She presents her most recent novel Great House. Her previous works, The History of Love and Man Walks into a Room, bestsellers in both English and Hungarian, have been specially reprinted for her visit to Budapest.

In collaboration with the US Embassy in Hungary and Magveto Publishing House

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Petra Finy with Réka Farkasházy and her band

A Handful Of Bubbles

Budapest 2013, 

Petra Finy is one of Hungary’s best-loved children’s authors, whose poems for children are not only presented here by the author herself, and also sung by Réka Farkasházy. The programme features storytelling, puppetry, and lots of interaction with the audience.

In collaboration with Libri Publishing House and Kolibri Books

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Odile Decq talks to Martha Thorne

Budapest 2013, 

The award-winning French academic and architect (Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome – MACRO; Phantom Restaurant Opera Garnier), awarded Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur (2003) and International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, discusses where contemporary architecture is headed, with the Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize and Associate Dean of the IE School of Architecture.

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María Dueñas, Georg von Habsburg and Marta del Riego

Budapest 2013, 

The bestselling Spanish author of The Time In Between, translated into Hungarian in 2013, discusses her work with HH Georg von Habsburg, Hnngarian ambassador-at-large and former President of the Red Cross, and Marta del Riego, writer and features editor of Vanity Fair

In collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Fundación Lara, IE University and Gabo Publishing House

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Owen Sheers talks to Gabriella Gulyás

Budapest 2013, 

The Welsh poet (Skirrid Hill, Pink Mist) and author discusses his work in theatre (The Two Worlds of Charlie F.), fiction and film (Resistance) that develops his concern for the impacts of war and our relationships with place and landscape.

Supported by Arts Council of Wales

Simultaneous translation from English into Hungarian 

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George Szirtes talks to Júlia Várady

Budapest 2013, 

The celebrated poet and translator reads and discusses his work. Born in Hungary, Szirtes writes poetry in English. His award-winning collections include The Slant Door, The Budapest File, An English Apocalypse and The Burning of the Books. He translates Sándor Márai and László Krasznahorkai.

In collaboration with Corvina Books

Event in Hungarian with readings in English

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Fernando Savater, Rolf Strom-Olsen, Csaba Mányai

Budapest 2013, 

One of Spain’s most popular philosophers, the winner of the 2008 Planeta Prize and humanities and history professor Rolf Strom-Olsen talk to Csaba Mányai, curator of TEDxDanubia.

In collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Muszaki Konyv Kyado, Fundación Lara and IE Universit

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Erzsébet Dobos and Arcadi Espada

Nazi Budapest Viewed From The Embassy Of Spain

Budapest 2013, 

Professor Erzsébet Dobos, author of Megmenekültek, talks to celebrated journalist Arcadi Espada, author of En nombre de Franco, about the protection given to Hungarian Jews by the Spanish Embassy in Budapest during WWII.

In collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Instituto Cervantes and Fundación Lara

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Eurig Salisbury talks to Gaston Vadasz

Budapest 2013, 

The Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate has published a collection of children’s poetry and a book of poems, Llyfr Glas Eurig (‘Eurig’s Blue Book’). He reads and discusses writing for children and introduces the riches of the Welsh language.

Supported by Arts Council of Wales

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Jaap Scholten talks to Nóra Winkler

Budapest 2013, 

Jaap Scholten is a Dutch writer living in Budapest. According to The Austrian magazine, Falter compared his writing to that of Thomas Mann and JD Salinger. Scholten will speak with Nóra Winkler about his latest book Comrade Baron, his first non-fiction work, about the Hungarian aristocracy in Transylvania and how they survived communism.

In collaboration with Corvina Books

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Péter Esterházy talks to Revel Guest

Budapest 2013, 

A conversation with one of the world’s great novelists and men of letters, author of Not Art, Celestial Harmonies and Revised Edition. Introduced by Csilla Csorba, Director of thePetofi Museum of Literature.

In collaboration with Magveto Publishing House

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Lovers

Budapest 2013, 

The Professor of poetry lays bare Shakepeare’s depiction of romantic lovers and the explorations of sex, love and marriage in the plays, with special reference to Romeo & Juliet

In collaboration with Corvina Books

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