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Philip Ardagh

When Bunnies Turn Bad

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beardy Ardagh (it’s ok, we’re allowed to call him that!) shows just what it is that would make any sane-minded person avoid visiting Grubtown for business or pleasure at all costs, and exactly why we love it so.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers

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Catherine Bailey

Black Diamonds

Hay Festival 2007, 
The decline and fall of Wentworth, the finest Georgian house in England, and the dynastic seat of the Fitzwilliam family. A cautionary tale of industrial wealth and social change.

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Dolly Alderton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Everything I Know About Love

Hay Festival 2018, 

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart-themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. Alderton’s captivating memoir is about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

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Juan Campanella en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2014, 
Juan Campanella es el director y guionista de cine argentino con mayor proyección internacional del momento. Director de El secreto de sus ojos (Óscar a la mejor película extranjera en 2009), ha dirigido películas tan exitosas como El hijo de la novia o El mismo amor, la misma lluvia. Campanella ha trabajado para series de televisión como Dr. House o Ley y Orden. Su último trabajo es la película de animación Metegol, estrenada en 2013. En conversación con Roberto Pombo.

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Lydia Monks and Alex T Smith

Hay Festival 2014, 

Mungo, a cheeky monkey, and Claude, a rather stylish dog, are brought to life alongside a host of colourful characters in this live drawing session with two of our favourite illustrators. Paper and pencils provided so everyone can join in.
5+ years

Lydia Monks and Alex T Smith

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Evelio Rosero talks to Winston Manrique Sabogal

Segovia 2012, 
Evelio Rosero received Premio Tusquets de Novela and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Los Ejércitos, a story that delves deep into the conflicts in Colombia without descending into ethical rhetoric. In 2012 he published the novel La Carroza de Bolívar, his most ambitious project to date and one that shows his astounding talent as a narrator. Rosero will discuss this with Winston Manrique Sabogal.
 
Co-organized with the Embassy of Colombia in Spain.

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Philip Hook

Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A–Z of the Art World

Hay Festival 2014, 

When you stand in front of a work of art in a museum or exhibition, the first two questions you normally ask yourself are 1) do I like it? and 2) who’s it by? When you stand in front of a work of art in an auction room or dealer’s gallery, you ask these two questions followed by others: how much is it worth? how much will it be worth in five or ten years’ time? and what will people think of me if they see it hanging on my wall? A wry, intimate, and revealing exploration of how art acquires its financial value, from a senior director at Sotheby’s. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Journalists Read Bolaño: Antonio Lucas, Peio H. Riaño, Fernando R. Lafuente and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Segovia 2013, 

Antonio Lucas is a consummate poet, as well as a columnist of El Mundo; Peio H. Riaño has displayed his professional insight in the most prominent cultural publications in the country; Fernando R. Lafuente, former director of the Instituto Cervantes; and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, with five novels in the bookshops, all declare their passion for Roberto Bolaño —already a legend—, justifying and even criticizing it.

 

Co-organised and produced by AC/E (Acción Cultural Española)

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Open Mic compèred by Lisa Dwan

Hay Festival 2011, 
Roll up! All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you’d like to read, please email siobhan@hayfestival.com with ‘Open Mic’ in the title line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry. 
Please note slots are open to unpublished writers only.

All proceeds to support the education initiatives of the Festivals of Literature Charitable Trust

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Edna O’Brien talks to Matt Frei

The Little Red Chairs

Hay Festival 2016, 

When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community is in thrall and one woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell. In this astonishing novel, O’Brien charts the consequences of that fatal attraction.

Edna O’Brien talks to Matt Frei

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Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Word Play Workshop – The Roots of Poetry

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

A Ghanaian poet, novelist, editor, social commentator and broadcaster, Nii is an inspirational writer. Join him for this poetry workshop as he takes you through structure, metaphor and imagery to discover the similarities and differences between poetry and rap/hip hop.


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Gary Shteyngart with David Aaronovitch

Between Communism and Capitalism: Illusions of a happy world

Cartagena 2011, 
The European wars of the 20th century were fought between two irreconcilable ways of understanding the common good; now, at the dawn of a new century, this common good continues to be an unfulfilled promise. Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and selected in 2009 by the New Yorker as one of the most outstanding writers under 40, discusses the issue with the British journalist and writer David Aaronovitch. 
 
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Gary Shteyngart with David Aaronovitch

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Iain Banks talks to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2007, 
Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair, and a multi-million pound gaming business lie at the heart of Banks’ fabulous new novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale.

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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.

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Publishing Trends In South Asia

Dhaka 2012, 
Editors, agents and publishers from India and Bangladesh talk about the fiction and non-fiction making waves in South Asia. With Khademul Islam, editor of Bengal Lights, VK Karthika, Publisher and Chief Editor of HarperCollins India, Sivapriya Ramasary, Managing Editor, Penguin Books India, Diya Kar Hazra, Publisher (Trade), Bloomsbury India, and UPL's Mahrukh Mohiuddin. Chaired by Rubana Huq.

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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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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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A sea of hope? Climate change and its effects on the oceans

Alanna Mitchell

Cartagena 2011, 
The Canadian journalist Alanna Mitchell is a specialist in science and the environment. Her talk will be about the effects of climate change on biodiversity in the oceans, particularly focusing on its consequences for coral reefs in the Caribbean. Alanna analyses this problem in her book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, a popular success that has also won the 2009 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Environmental Reporting.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Jaroslav Kalfar and Dorthe Nors

Fictions: Visionaries

Hay Festival 2017, 

Kalfar’s The Spaceman of Bohemia is an extraordinary vision of the endless human capacity to persist and risk everything in the name of love and home. Nors’ Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a witty, gut wrenching, lyrical tale of one woman’s journey in search of herself when there’s no-one to ask for directions. The Danish novelist is longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. They talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

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Danny Dorling

The Human Atlas of Europe

Hay Festival 2017, 

The geographer explores Europe’s society, culture, economy, politics and environment using state-of-the-art mapping techniques. With maps ranging from life expectancy, greenhouse gas emissions, GDP to Eurovision voting, Dorling addresses fundamental questions around social cohesion and sustainable growth as Europe negotiates the UK’s exit while continuing through the economic crisis. His other books that have been featured at Hay include Inequality and the 1%, Population 10 Billion, All That Is Solid and Injustice.

Danny Dorling

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Jonny Duddle

Pirate Cruncher

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ahoy there me hearties! Join this salty sea dog of an illustrator as he tells monsterish tales inspired by his role as an artist for Pirates of the Caribbean. Don’t forget to dress the part, or you may have to walk the plank!
 
5–7 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Frank Pope

Dragon Sea

Hay Festival 2007, 
The project’s archeological manager tells the intriguing and thrilling story of the excavation of the An Hoi wreck, embedded deep beneath a typhoon-prone stretch of the Vietnamese coast, known as the Dragon Sea.

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Peter James talks to Peter Guttridge

Dead Like You

Hay Festival 2010, 
His new serial rapist tale marks James as one of the most compelling and successful crime novelists in the world.

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Neil Pearson and Rick Gekoski

Bibliophile

Hay Festival 2007, 
The actor and author of Obelisk shares his passion for book collecting with the legendary first edition and manuscript dealer, Gekoski, author of Tolkien’s Gown and Other Stories of Famous Authors and Rare Books.

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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.