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Salman Rushdie talks to Peter Florence

The British Council Series - 3

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist discusses his fictions from Midnight’s Children to The Enchantress of Florence. The event will be webcast live to British Council offices around the world.
 

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Commonwealth Lecture - To Instruct and Delight - a Case For Realist Literature

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus and The Thing Around Your Neck examines fiction as a catalyst for social and political change. Chaired by Emily Perkins.
 

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Alastair Campbell talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2010, 
We launch the journalist and political strategist's unexpurgated diaries – Prelude to Power – covering 1994 to 1997, from the death of John Smith to Tony Blair's arrival in Downing Street. This is the no-holds-barred version...
Alastair Campbell talks to Francine Stock

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Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope

War Horse: A Musical Reading

Hay Festival 2011, 
A live storytelling of this modern classic, with music and songs from the National Theatre production.
 
7+ years & families
 
Michael regrets that due to an injury he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring along your camera and get a photo with him.
War Horse - Michael Morpurgo

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Carlos Fuentes in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Santiago Gamboa

Cartagena 2012, 
Cervantes Prize winner and honorary member of the Mexican Academy of the Language, Carlos Fuentes is a major figure in Latin American fiction. The Colombian writers Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Santiago Gamboa will interview the author. 

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Richard Holloway talks to AC Grayling

Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The former Bishop of Edinburgh examines how anyone can claim a complete understanding of the mystery of existence; Why is the Church, which claims to be the instrument of God’s love, so prone to cruelty and condemnation? And how can a man live with the tension between public faith and private doubt

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Gillian Clarke introduces Mererid Hopwood, T James Jones, Emyr Lewis

Cynghanedd

Hay Festival 2010, 
The National Poet of Wales hosts this introduction to the beauty and classical discipline of Welsh poetry with three winners of the Bardic Chair for the greatest work of the year. In English.
Gillian Clarke introduces Mererid Hopwood, T James Jones, Emyr Lewis

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Shappi Khorsandi talks to Francine Stock

A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English

Hay Festival 2010, 
The comedian’s Iranian childhood in pre-revolutionary Tehran and post-emigration London.
Shappi Khorsandi talks to Francine Stock

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Christopher Hitchens talks to Colin MacCabe

Hay Festival 2000, 
The iconoclastic journalist talks about the end of political correctness and ranges around sexual politics. Hitchens is the author of the savage and brilliant portrait of Bill Clinton, No-one Left to Lie to and the radical The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice. He is a feature writer for Vanity Fair and Washington correspondent of the London Evening Standard. Having recently appeared on the fly leaf of The Mating Season, as introducer, alongside the name of the author, PG Wodehouse, he may die happy. He talks to Colin MacCabe.

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Paul Kingsnorth and Mark Rylance

The Wake

Hay Festival 2014, 

The actor takes an evening off from filming Wolf Hall to read from Kingsnorth’s extraordinary ‘shadow tongue’ novel. Set in the three years after the Norman invasion of 1066, The Wake tells the story of a fractured band of guerilla fighters who take up arms against the invaders.

Paul Kingsnorth and Mark Rylance

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Ravi Gurumurthy, Mark Lynas and Catherine Mitchell

The Future of Energy Series - Technological Breakthrough or Lifestyle Change?

Hay Festival 2012, 
There has been much talk about the potential for new technologies to revolutionise our energy use and production. Is there a panacea or are we facing major lifestyle changes to cope with our energy consumption? DECC’s Strategy Director Ravi Gurumurthy will be joined by author and climate change advisor Mark Lynas and Exeter Universities Professor of Energy Policy Catherine Mitchell. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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PJ O’Rourke talks to David Aaronovitch

The Annual Hamlin Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again)

The American satirist rips up the generation that said with a straight face, ‘We are the world’. What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? Ask the generation responsible for the fall of the Berlin Wall and their knickers. Those who put their faith in the Kyoto Accord and disco. Who dropped out of the capitalist system and popped back again in time to cause a global financial crisis.

PJ O’Rourke talks to David Aaronovitch

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Rabih Alameddine y Rawi Hage en conversación con Mathias Enard

Alhambra 2009, 
Rabih Alameddine y Rawi Hage comparten origen (Líbano) y una proyección internacional como autores que combinan con otras actividades. Conversarán con el escritor Mathias Enard, autor de Zona, acerca de su obra, de la experiencia de escribir en varios idiomas y vivir en países diversos. Rabih Alameddine es artista plástico además de escritor, ha recibido una beca Guggenheim, ha sido profesor en MIT y la Universidad Americana de Beirut y tiene publicadas dos obras en España, Yo, La divina y El contador de historias. Rawi Hage trabaja como artista visual y fotográfo, ha colaborado con varias publicaciones internacionales y, con su primera novela, De Niro’s Game, ganó el prestigioso premio IMPAC en 2008; su segunda novela es Cockroach.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Rubén Blades in conversation with Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2011, 
This great star of Latin music is also an activist, a composer, actor and a lawyer; to all of this, we can add his experience as Panama’s Minister of Tourism for five years. Rubén Blades, the inventor of “intellectual salsa”, so-called because of its socially involved lyrics, never rests; he has just finished his Todos Vuelven tour, he has been filming a movie in Mexico and has recently won his ninth Latin Grammy. He talks to Roberto Pombo about musical innovation, social commitment and about how he combines music with his other projects.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English available

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Secret Mathematicians

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author of The Number Mysteries examines how the mathematicians' palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has inspired composers, painters, choreographers and writers.
The Number Mysteries - Marcus du Sautoy

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Seamus Heaney

Hay Festival 2006, 
The poet reads and discusses his new collection District and Circle. In conversation with Peter Florence.

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Alyxandra Harvey & Marcus Sedgwick

Afterlives

Hay Festival 2011, 
The pages of Haunting Violet and White Crow seep with atmosphere; their writers reveal how they weave secrets and mystery into their gothic dramas. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas.  
 
12+ years

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Toni Morrison talks to Peter Florence

Fictions – Beloved

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist discusses her classic 1987 novel of slavery and racism in America. Also see events 235 and 260

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Adama Bah, Angus Davison and Richard Harvey hosted by Marcus Brigstocke

Time to reconsider: Is there a better way of doing business in Africa?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ledbury organic fruit producer Haygrove and the Hereford-based international development charity Concern Universal have created a superb model for African Trade with their pioneering ‘Gambia is Good’ project, supporting 1,000 subsistence farmers across the country, supplying nearly half of the tourist market.

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Fern Elsdon-Baker in conversation with Jaime Bernal

Reviewing Darwin

Cartagena 2010, 
Elsdon-Baker, who manages the project 'Darwin Now', which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, explores historical, philosophical and scientific theories that question the arguments of the visionary biologist. His book, The Selfish Genius, defends a more plural approach to understanding the theory of the evolution of species. In conversation with Dr Jaime Bernal, director of the Institute of Genetics of the Universidad Javeriana. 

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

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Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Hay Festival 2014, 
The illustrator brings in an action-packed show full of jokes, stories and live drawing. Find out fabulous facts from history and see drawings leap from his pen, with suggestions from the audience adding to the fun. The first Horrible History book, written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Brown, was published in 1993. The series went on to become a BAFTA award-winning CBBC show and stage show and there are now almost 100 books ranging from histories of the Romans and Greeks to the Stuarts and the First World War.
8+ years
Martin Brown

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Melvyn Bragg

The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible, 1611–2011

Hay Festival 2011, 
This became the Bible of wars, of politics, of struggles for democracy and freedoms. It defined attitudes to modern science, education and sex.The Book of Books - Melvyn Bragg

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Daniel Samper Pizano, Jordi Puntí and Juan Esteban Constaín with Carlos Castillo

Football and literature

Cartagena 2012, 
Football has always been linked to the spoken word, to radio commentary, to the sports newspapers. The game forms part of our culture and has played an important role in stories and novels. But can we consider sport to be culture? We propose a “match” of words with the following players: two Colombian writers (Daniel Samper Pizano and Juan Esteban Constaín) and a Spanish writer (Jordi Puntí). The referee will be Carlos Castillo.

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Jonathan Coe and Catherine O’Flynn

The Penguin Readers VIP Breakfast Club – PREVIEW

Hay Festival 2013, 

Come and meet two star novelists reading from their new novels Expo 58 and Mr Lynch’s Holiday months before they are published. Hear about them before the reviewers do!

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James Fearnley talks to John Walsh

Here Comes Everybody - The Story of the Pogues

Hay Festival 2012, 
The founding member and accordion player recounts the highs, lows and shenanigans of the internationally treasured band and Christmas legends whose beautiful, punked-up versions of traditional Irish music stormed the charts around the world.