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Wangari Maathai talks to Rosie Boycott

The Hamlin Lecture: Unbowed

Hay Festival 2007, 
The heroic and inspiring Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of the African development Green Belt Movement talks about her life and work. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Mob Mentality or People Power?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Zittrain, author of The Future of the Internet - and How To Stop It, Lee Siegel, author of Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob, and Emily Bell, the Director of Digital Content, Guardian News and Media, ask: is the web a force for good?

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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.

Event in English, Arabic and French

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Saci Lloyd

Quantum Drop

Hay Festival 2013, 

Writer and activist Saci Lloyd’s acclaimed Carbon Diaries is in development with the BBC. Quantum Drop lurches between a shadowy urban sprawl and a dangerous cyberworld. Which is real?

13+ years

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Juan Gabriel Vasquez and Álvaro Enrigue talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Bogota 39, Ten Years On

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation with two of Latin America’s biggest award-winning fiction stars, who were part of the landmark Bogota 39 Generation in 2006. In Gabriel Vasquez’ Reputations, Colombia’s great cartoonist star is at a big public celebration of his career when he is faced with a character from his past who calls into question everything about his life and work. Enrigue’s Sudden Death is a funny and mind-bending novel about the clash of empires and ideas in C16th, told over the course of one, dazzling tennis match in Rome. In England, Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII execute Anne Boleyn, and her executioner transforms her legendary locks into the most sought-after tennis balls of the time. Across the ocean in Mexico, the last Aztec emperors play their own games, as Hernán Cortés and his Mayan translator and lover scheme and conquer, fight and fornicate, not knowing that their domestic comedy will change the course of history.

Juan Gabriel Vasquez and Álvaro Enrigue talk to Rosie Goldsmith

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Concurso de Cuentos RCN – Ministerio de Educación

Cartagena 2014, 
Los jurados del Concurso de Cuentos RCN – Ministerio de Educación, Pilar Lozano, Élmer Mendoza, Gonzalo Moure, Fernando Quiroz y Andrés Felipe Solano, todos grandes escritores y conocedores de la tradición literaria y en especial de los cuentos, conversarán con Juan Gossaín. A continuación se hará entrega de un diploma a los jóvenes narradores.

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David Fraser

Frederick the Great

Hay Festival 2000, 
The military biographer and former general presents his adulatory study of the Prussian dictator, 'one of the most extraordinary men ever to sit on the throne or command an army.'

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StoryBoard and Young Film Academy

Eureka Movie Project

Hay Festival 2012, 
Following last year’s fabulous launch at Hay Fever, the ground-breaking collaboration: a major motion picture, made for kids by kids is back. Let loose your wildest ideas for the big screen, and the Eureka moment could be yours.
 
Duration 75 mins.   9+ years

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Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Cartes Postales from Greece

Hay Festival 2017, 

The beloved, bestselling author’s new novel is illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind. Hislop’s other Greek novels include The Island and The Thread.

Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Gabrielle Walker

Reformations 20: Climate Change

Hay Festival 2017, 

If we’re going to win the climate war, the battle cry has to be positive. “Pain now or apocalypse later” just doesn’t cut it, and nor does “save the planet”. The climate scientist and strategist argues that it’s time to stop focusing on disaster and start pouring our energy into imagining – and creating – the promised land. Because fundamentally the planet doesn’t care what we do. This is about saving ourselves. Chaired by Jim Al-Khalili.

Gabrielle Walker

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Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

Sober: Football. My Story. My Life

Hay Festival 2017, 

The great Arsenal and England defender explains the struggles he’s faced to stay sober for 20 years and why he set up Sporting Chance, the charity which provides treatment and support for sports stars suffering from addictions. He gives his incisive thoughts on England’s continued failings in major tournaments and assesses why Arsenal has struggled to repeat the title-winning formula of his own time there.

Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

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Nicholas Edwards talks to Vincent Kane

Opera House Lottery

Hay Festival 1998, 
Lord Crickhowell discusses his experience of chairing the Cardiff Bay Opera House project to build Zaha Hadid's new theatre with the BBC Wales television presenter.

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Gael García Bernal en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2014, 
Gael García Bernal es probablemente el actor mexicano más internacional del momento. Desde Amores Perros a No, pasando por Y tu mamá también, Diarios de motocicleta o La ciencia del sueño, Gael ha protagonizado películas que han cautivado la imaginación de millones de espectadores. Hablará con Roberto Pombo, director de El Tiempo, sobre su carrera artística en español y en inglés y sus facetas menos conocidas como productor y promotor de cine documental.

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Fflur Dafydd and Samanta Schweblin

Wales/Argentina

Hay Festival 2014, 

In a prelude celebration to next year’s 150th anniversary of the Welsh colony in Patagonia, two of the most brilliant writers from the two countries exchange stories across languages and cultures. They talk with Daniel Hahn.

Fflur Dafydd and Samanta Schweblin

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Jerry Brotton

Talking About Shakespeare: This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World

Hay Festival 2016, 

In 1570, when it became clear she would never be gathered into the Catholic fold, Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the Pope. On the principle that my enemy’s enemy is my friend, this marked the beginning of an extraordinary English alignment with the Muslim powers fighting Catholic Spain in the Mediterranean, and of cultural, economic and political exchanges with the Islamic world of a depth not again experienced until the modern age. England signed treaties with the Ottoman Porte, received ambassadors from the kings of Morocco and shipped munitions to Marrakesh. By the late 1580s hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Elizabethan merchants, diplomats, sailors, artisans and privateers were plying their trade from Morocco to Persia.

These included the resourceful mercer Anthony Jenkinson who met both Süleyman the Magnificent and the Persian Shah Tahmasp in the 1560s, William Harborne, the Norfolk merchant who became the first English ambassador to the Ottoman court in 1582 and the adventurer Sir Anthony Sherley, who spent much of 1600 at the court of Shah Abbas the Great. The previous year, remarkably, Elizabeth sent the Lancastrian blacksmith Thomas Dallam to the Ottoman capital to play his clockwork organ in front of Sultan Mehmed. The awareness of Islam which these Englishmen brought home found its way into many of the great cultural productions of the day, including most famously Marlowe’s Tamburlaine, and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Merchant of Venice. The year after Dallam’s expedition, the Moroccan ambassador, Abd al-Wahid bin Mohammed al-Annuri, spent six months in London with his entourage. Shakespeare wrote Othello six months later. Brotton shows that England’s relations with the Muslim world were far more extensive, and often more amicable, than we have appreciated, and that their influence was felt across the political, commercial and domestic landscape of Elizabethan England.

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Jerry Brotton

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Yuval Noah Harari

The Sapiens Secret of Success: How Humans Conquered the World

Hay Festival 2015, 

How did humans turn themselves from insignificant African apes into the rulers of planet earth? Our secret of success is that we are the only animals that can talk about things that exist purely in our own imagination, such as gods, nations, money, and human rights.

Yuval Noah Harari

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Marc Morris

Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta

Hay Festival 2015, 

The historian introduces his biography of King John – a ruler managing the aftermath of another ruinous Crusade, conflicts with France, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, excommunication, taxation and some very demanding Nobles. King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood — greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel. But who was the man behind the legend? Was he truly a monster, or a capable ruler cursed by ill luck? In this talk, the historian draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to bring the real John vividly to life.

Marc Morris

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Dan Smith and Paul Dowswell

Big Game and Bomber

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nail-biting tension and compelling storytelling feature in both these books, delivering an edge-of-the-seat reading experience. Dan Smith’s Big Game, recently brought to the big screen, stars a young hero hunting in a Finnish wilderness, who stumbles upon an escape pod from a burning airplane. Soon he and the President of the United States are on the run from terrorists. Paul Dowswell’s Bomber is the meticulously-researched story of a young gunner in WW2 whose dreams of flying turn into nightmares as the Nazis sweep over Europe and war rages. Share the thrills and the tension, and get some top writing tips from these two masters of their craft.
10+ years
Dan Smith and Paul Dowswell

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Francisco Montaña, Beatriz Helena Robledo, Jairo Buitrago y José María Plaza en conversación con Ricardo Silva

Literatura para niños y jóvenes, ¿un género menor?

Cartagena 2013, 
En una entrevista en la BBC, el escritor británico Martin Amis afirmó que "solo una lesión cerebral haría que escribiera literatura infantil". A lo que añadió: "La ficción es libertad y nunca escribiría sobre algo que me obligara a hacerlo en un registro más bajo del que puedo". Estos escritores reflexionarán sobre este comentario y hablarán de los retos de escribir en este género.

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Shireen Jilla and Mark Watson talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – Couples

Hay Festival 2015, 

Jilla explores friendships unravelling and ravelling as old university friends set out on a Kalahari journey in The Art of Unpacking your Life. Graham, the concierge of Watson’s novel Hotel Alpha, has been behind the front desk since the day the hotel opened and has witnessed every stage of its history. Chaz, the founder’s blind adopted son, has almost never ventured outside its walls. Both of them view the Alpha as their sanctuary, the place that gives them everything they need. But both of them must now accept that the Alpha no longer offers them the life they most want…

Shireen Jilla and Mark Watson talk to Georgina Godwin

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Emma Rothschild

Family Histories and Social Networks

Hay Festival 2015, 

An exploration of C18th social networks looking at the Johnstone family, the Scottish siblings at the heart of her book The Inner Life Of Empires, and an interconnected group of French families in the first ‘age of information’. Rothschild is Professor of History and Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Emma Rothschild

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Jo Smith

The Shape We’re In: Building Good Mental and Emotional Health

Hay Festival 2016, 

University of Worcester Series

The hyper-accelerated culture of the C21st presents many challenges for our mental and physical wellbeing. The consultant clinical psychologist explores positive strategies for handling life’s challenges, from taking care of your physical health to building strong relationships with those around you and developing coping strategies for negative moments.

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Finbarr Livesey talks to Andy Fryers

From Global to Local

Hay Festival 2017, 

For the past 30 years or more, the global economy has been run on three big assumptions: globalisation will continue to increase, trade is the route to growth and development, and economic power is moving from West to East. But what if all these are wrong? Livesey is an engineer and a lecturer in public policy at the University of Cambridge.

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Guto Harri and Dylan Jones

The News Academy

Hay Festival 2015, 

Join Dylan Jones, author and award-winning editor of GQ magazine, and Guto Harri, former BBC Chief Political Correspondent, Communications Director for Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and now Communications Director for News UK, in a special Q&A on their career insights, experiences and advice for entering the world of journalism.

For students aged 16–18 years

Guto Harri and Dylan Jones

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Margaret Atwood

The Waterstone's Lecture

Hay Festival 1995, 
To celebrate the publication of her first collection of new poetry for over a decade, the Canadian writer talks about her writing and the Genesis of her poems in Morning in the Burned House, which draw on classical and popular myth and the more personal concerns of love and the death of her father. "Atwiid brings all the violence of mythology into the present world...she is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent... who pits herself against the ordered, too clean world like an arsonist" - Michael Ondaatje."