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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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Kat Arney talks to Daniel Davis

Herding Hemingway’s Cats

Hay Festival 2016, 

The language of genes has become common parlance. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. The media tells us that our genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer’s. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise. So we’ve all heard of genes, but how do they actually work? Arney is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster who specialises in genetics and biomedical science. 

PS The story goes that an old sea captain once gave Ernest Hemingway a six-toed cat whose distinctive descendants still roam the writer’s Florida estate…

Kat Arney talks to Daniel Davis

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George Zarkadakis

Artificial Intelligence

Hay Festival 2015, 

We explore AI’s history, technology and potential; its manifestations in intelligent machines; its connections to neurology and consciousness, as well as – perhaps most tellingly – what AI reveals about us as human beings. Zarkadakis is the author of In Our Own Image: Will Artificial Intelligence Save or Destroy Us?

George Zarkadakis

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Hugh Johnson

Wine Writer

Hay Festival 2014, 

The peerless connoisseur and wine writer, author of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and co-author of The World Atlas of Wine,savours his craft and tastes and introduces Royal Tokaji.

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Jo Cotterill

A Storm of Strawberries

Hay Festival 2017, 

In our divided world, children need empathetic skills more than ever. The author explores empathy themes in an inspiring, interactive Empathy Lab workshop based on her new book. She will lead children through activities designed to help them discover and understand other people’s feelings and perspectives.

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Rob Biddulph, Leigh Hobbs, Emma Lewis and Britta Teckentrup

Kate Greenaway Medal Winners: The Illustrators Who Made Us

Hay Festival 2017, 

The children’s radio show, Down the Rabbit Hole comes to Hay live. Four top illustrators will be talking about their favourite books from the prize’s history, the illustrators who have inspired them, and the power of pictures in children’s books. The event will include live-drawing and the chance to share your own favourite illustrated books.

Rob Biddulph, Leigh Hobbs, Emma Lewis and Britta Teckentrup

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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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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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Gabrielle Walker

Antarctica

Hay Festival 2012, 
100 years after Scott and Amundsen’s race to the pole, the writer weaves science, natural history, poetry and epic history to give An Intimate Portrait of the World’s Most Mysterious Continent.

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Gary Northfield

The Big Draw

Hay Festival 2015, 
Gary Northfield, cartoonist for The Phoenix, Beano, Dandy and Horrible Histories, is joined by special guests to stage a Big Draw with plenty of noisy audience interaction.
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Alan Moore and Jen Goss

Beauty in Utility

Hay Festival 2016, 

Discovering a new craft or skill, and doing it well, can give untold satisfaction. Two speakers on two very different topics are connected by a desire to drive positive change in everyday life. Join designer Alan Moore, author of Do Design: Why beauty is key to everything and local caterer/smallholder Jen Goss, co-author of Do Preserve: Make your own jams, chutneys, pickles and cordials, as they urge you to consider beauty and function in everything you produce. Introduced by Andy Fryers.

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Story of a Death Foretold

Hay Festival 2014, 

On 11 September 1973, President Salvador Allende of Chile, Latin America’s first democratically elected Marxist president, was deposed in a violent coup d’état. The Colombian historian explains why and how business leaders in Chile, extreme right-wing groups, high-ranking officers in the Chilean military and the US administration, and the CIA worked together to secure a prompt and dramatic end to his progressive social programme.

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Matthew Hollis

Now All Roads Lead To France

Hay Festival 2012, 
This fascinating exploration of Edward Thomas, one of Britain’s most influential First World War poets and his extraordinary friendship with Robert Frost won the 2012 Costa Biography Prize.

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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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Chetan Bhatt, Óscar Guardiola-Rivera and Nizar Saghieh in conversation with John Kampfner

Let’s talk about Human Rights

Beirut 2012, 
Three experts from different corners of the world discuss a universal issue: how to ensure that human rights are respected and protected. Professor Chetan Bhatt is Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of economics. Óscar Guardiola-Rivera teaches International Law and International Affairs at Birkbeck College, university of London; he also served as an aid to the Colombian Congress and as a consultant for a united nations unit in the region. Nizar Saghieh is a leading lawyer, legal researcher and human rights activist. He is currently a legal consultant for the International Labour Organization and one of the founders of the Legal Agenda. John Kampfner is Adviser to Google on freedom of expression and culture. He is an author, broadcaster and commentator specialising in uK politics, international affairs, media and human rights issues.
 
Event in English
With the support of Google, the Embassy of Colombia in the Republic of Lebanon and the London School of Economics

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Chris Stephens

The Tate Lecture: Ben Nicholson

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ben Nicholson was the leader of the modernist movement in art in the 1930s. Much of his work, however, was of the English landscape. Drawing on his lively correspondence, this richly illustrated talk by the curator of his current Tate Liverpool show will explore both the familiar and lesser- known aspects of his art.

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Jude England

The British Library Lecture; Propaganda: Power And Persuasion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Curator of the new BL show examines C20th and C21st propaganda. What have the Olympics, Chairman Mao and matchboxes got in common? Who portrayed Margaret Thatcher as Napoleon, and why? Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Martin Rowson

Gulliver’s Travels

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award-winning cartoonist’s homage to the original masterpiece is a contemporary indictment of the same enduring human idiocies that enraged Swift so magnificently and memorably in the first place.

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Juan Bonilla in conversation with Carlos Granés

Segovia 2014, 

Juan Bonilla is the winner of the first Biennial Mario Vargas Llosa Novel Prize in 2014. He presents Prohibido entrar sin pantalones, a novel based on the figure of the Russian futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovski.

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Patrick Barkham

Badgerlands

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Barkham delves into the fascinating natural and rich cultural history of the animal – from their prehistoric arrival in Britain to their savage persecution over the centuries, the cuddliness of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows character and the cull of 2013.

Patrick Barkham

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Jill Paton-Welsh and John Rowe Townsend

The Double Audience

Hay Festival 1995, 
Children's books are written and bought by adults. The writer must somehow smuggle the goods to the true audience of children past an intervening reception committee of grown ups. The trick is to get them involved on the way. John Rowe Townsend is the author of the definitive history of Children's Literature Written For Children. Jill Paton-Walsh has won the Whitbread Prize, Smarties Award and Universe Prizes for her children's books. Her latest is Grace.

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Leila Guerriero en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Evento Gatopardo. Crónicas de América Latina.

Cartagena 2015, 
Leila Guerriero es periodista, editora de la revista Gatopardo para el Cono Sur, directora de la colección Mirada Crónica de Tusquets Argentina y autora de aclamados libros de crónica periodística como Frutos extraños o Una historia sencilla. El periodista Felipe Restrepo Pombo es director de Gatopardo y autor de libros como 16 retratos excéntricos, en el que recopila entrevistas a destacadas personalidades de la cultura contemporánea. Juntos charlarán sobre el nuevo periodismo latinoamericano y sus experiencias en la revista Gatopardo.

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Melvyn Bragg

Fiction: Now is the Time

Hay Festival 2016, 

A fictional recreation of the biggest rebellion in English history, the Peasants’ Revolt of May 1381. The plague had returned, the king’s coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax had been introduced but was widely evaded. A large force of common people entered London demanding freedom, equality and the uprooting of Church and State.

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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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John Browne talks to Nik Gowing

Beyond Business

Hay Festival 2010, 
The former CEO of BP presided over phenomenal and sustained global growth and was hailed as one of the world’s great business leaders until his private life crashed into the public sphere and prompted his resignation.