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Mark Haddon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Pier Falls

Hay Festival 2016, 

An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A 30-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. The author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Red House plays out his dark and wild imagination in his first collection of short stories.

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William Nicholson

Fictions – The Lovers of Amherst

Hay Festival 2015, 

William Nicholson’s new novel, The Lovers of Amherst, interweaves the stories of a young, contemporary researcher into the life and work of the reclusive American poet, Emily Dickinson, with that of the poet’s milieu during a turbulent period in the 1880s. The story from the past revolves around an illicit love affair conducted by Emily Dickinson’s married brother, in which the poet colluded. The theme stems from William Nicholson’s long-standing fascination with Emily Dickinson’s work as well as his interest in the wellsprings and consequences of erotic passion. Nicholson’s plays include Shadowlands and Life Story. He co-wrote the script for the film Gladiator and he has scripted Les Misérables and Mandela. Emily Dickinson’s poetry will be read by actress Lisa Dwan.

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Daniel Kehlmann and Dorthe Nors

Fictions – Laughter

Hay Festival 2015, 

Two international superstars read and discuss their stories with Daniel Hahn. Kehlman presents his new novel F: the Friedland brothers have nothing in common. Martin is a priest with no faith. Ivan is an artist with no integrity. Eric is a financier – now, with no money. Each, in their own way, a fake. Each about to step into the abyss. Nors introduces her glitteringly funny and acute stories of Danish life collected in Karate Chop / Minna Needs Rehearsal Space. Blending compassion with dark delight, Nors conjures up a flawed, unsettlingly familiar world with each cautionary glance as fresh moments of wonder, romance and frail beauty are unexpectedly infiltrated by depravity, isolation and despair.

Daniel Kehlmann and Dorthe Nors

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Lila Azam Zanganeh y Marcos Giralt Torrente en conversación con Valerie Miles

Xalapa 2012, 
Lila Azam Zanganeh (Irán/Francia) es autora de El encantador: Nabokov y la felicidad, un estudio muy personal de la obra del gran novelista desde el punto de vista de una lectora enamorada del autor. Marcos Giralt Torrente (España), autor de Tiempo de vida y El fi nal del amor, nos habla de amores en otras variantes. En conversación con la editora Valerie Miles.

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Iván Benavides, Andrés Cepeda, Fonseca y William Ospina en conversación con Fernando Gaitán

La poética popular: escribir música

Cartagena 2013, 
Tres grandes intérpretes, pero sobre todo compositores, hablarán sobre el acto de componer y escribir música para interpretar. Iván Benavides es músico, compositor y productor del proyectoSidestepper, pionero en la internacionalización de la cumbia colombiana; Andrés Cepeda es actualmenteuno de los más reconocidos cantantes y compositores del bolero a nivel nacional; y Fonseca, merecedor de dos premios Grammy Latinos y quien ha alcanzado el éxito internacional con su música, una mezcla de pop y ritmos folclóricos colombianos, con una trayectoria definida por la versatilidad. Conversarán sobre poesía y música con el libretista y escritor FernandoGaitán, actual vicepresidente de producto de RCN.

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Ian Rankin talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rebus series.

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Ingo Schulze, David Safier, Andrés Neuman, Martín Solares, Sergio Ramírez, Guadalupe Nettel and many others

Favourite Book Gala

Cartagena 2011, 
Ingo Schulze, David Safier, Andrés Neuman, Martín Solares, Sergio Ramírez, Guadalupe Nettel, Jorge Franco, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Julio César Londoño, Tomás González, Michelle Paver, David Trueba, Fernando Quiroz and Tommy Wieringa

Some of our guests tell us about the book that has had greatest impact on them as readers. Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Hay 25: The Way We Live Now

Dhaka 2012, 
Our panelists answer 3 of the Hay Anniversary questions:

25 years from now climate change will have created over 100 million refugees; where should they go?
What can the country and the city learn from each other?
Please teach us something important that you know.

Featuring Rizwana Hasan, award-winning environmental lawyer, Sara Hossain, barrister and human rights activist, Eurig Salisbury, Welsh Children's Laureate, novelist Kamila Shamsie, and Korvi Rakshand, youth motivator and founder of JAAGO. Chaired by Peter Florence, Director, Hay Festivals.

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Peter Florence

The Pity of War

Hay Festival 2015, 

A performed reading of the play about Wilfred Owen, who died in action on 4 November 1918 having written some of the greatest war poetry in the English language. The play is edited from Owen’s poems and letters and tells his story from the outbreak of war when he was teaching in provincial France. Owen joins up and is drafted straight into the realities of trench warfare on the frontline; he is invalided back to hospital in Edinburgh where he meets Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon before returning to his men in France, where he wins the Military Cross. Owen’s writing was savagely critical of church and state, and hugely compassionate towards the soldiers sacrificing their lives: ‘All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the poet must be truthful.’

Peter Florence

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Elif Shafak talks to William Sieghart

Fictions: Three Daughters of Eve

Hay Festival 2017, 

Shafak’s new book confirms her status as one of the world’s greatest novelists. Set in Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal.

Elif Shafak talks to William Sieghart

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Taboos

Dhaka 2012, 
Writer Audity Falguni, actress and director Nandita Das, poet Arundhati Subramanium, and playwright Sharbari Zohra Ahmed discuss taboos, erotica and writing the unspeakable. Chaired by Firdous Azim.

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Jacqueline Wilson

Green Glass Beads

Hay Festival 2012, 
The treasured author selects and reads some of her favourite poetry.
 
Please keep your ticket if you wish to get your book signed by Jacqueline after the event.
 
9+ years

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Dui Banglar Shahitter Halchal

Dhaka 2012, 
Syed Shamsul Haq, Hassan Azizul Haq and Debesh Ray discuss Bangla fiction from both sides of the border. Chaired by Prothom Alo's Sajjad Sharif.

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Debut Directors

Dhaka 2012, 
Celebrated actress and director Nandita Das and producer Catherine Masud discuss their first feature films, Firaaq and Matir Moina. Chaired by Sharbari Zohra Ahmed.

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Ben Shephard

The Long Road Home

Hay Festival 2010, 
Surprisingly early in the Second World War – long before an Allied victory was assured – people began to plan for its aftermath, haunted by memories of what had happened a generation earlier when millions more civilians were killed by disease and starvation after the conflict was over.

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Manchan Magan

Kells 2013, 

The writer, traveller and television programme-maker runs through the pleasures and pitfalls of travel writing.

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Tabitha Goldstaub and Philip Howard

The TCS Spark Salon: Algorithms, fake news and the filter bubble

Hay Festival 2017, 
The past year has been dominated by stories of how fake news has influenced major political decisions on both sides of the Atlantic and how technology has enabled a filter bubble through hidden algorithms and our own biases. There is an inherent tension between whether technology is helping to liberalise or distort and restrict how and what we read. Can artificial intelligence (AI) help us identify the truth or will it divide us? What role should we play as active digital citizens and what responsibility do technology and news organisations have? And what impact will all this have on our society, our institutions and our future? Join us at The Spark Salon, an initiative by Tata Consultancy Services, to explore these questions and more.

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Dominic Sandbrook

A BBC Two Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

The cultural historian talks about and shows clips from his latest BBC Two series on post-war culture, Let Us Entertain You. In it he argues that Britain’s cultural contribution has been second to none, from music and fashion to art, film, literature and theatre, James Bond to Agatha Christie, Andrew Lloyd Webber to John Lennon, and it is through our culture that the world now sees us.

Not for broadcast.

BBC2
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Dominic Sandbrook

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Jancis Robinson

The Oxford Companion To Wine

Hay Festival 2016, 

Now revised for its fourth edition, Jancis Robinson’s wine book has achieved legendary status, winning every major wine writing award, because it’s properly authoritative and utterly captivating. She talks about and tastes a selection of wines provided by Tanners of Hereford.

Jancis Robinson

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The Selected Later Poems of Peter Finch

Hay Festival 2008, 
The innovative and humorous poet, Peter Finch author of Real Cardiff, is treasured for experiment, mesmerising performance, and his subtle variations on other Welsh poets’ work. He talks to Jon Gower and performs.

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Jan Blake with Kouame and Raymond Sereba

The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and the Lion of Manding – Part 2

Hay Festival 2012, 
See Part 1 – event 339 for details. It is not necessary to see part 1 in order to enjoy part 2.

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Ed Vulliamy

The War is Dead, Long Live the War - Bosnia: the Reckoning

Hay Festival 2012, 
The journalist bears witness to the Serbian death camps he uncovered in 1992 and examines the aftermath of the catastrophic Bosnian war and its terrible human consequences.

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Green Dragons Den Final 3 – Sustainable Work and Travel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books and a chance to win £10,000 for their project.
 

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Newport Red Cross Writers

Welcome to Wales

Hay Festival 2016, 

Amidst the numbers and summits of the refugee crisis, the voices of those who have fled conflict and persecution can be lost. Join us for readings from women across the world who have sought protection in the UK and learnt English with the British Red Cross in South Wales, where they have been writing about their experiences. Sharing their stories from the point of departure to their arrival in Britain, they write eloquently about the asylum system and life in the UK.

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Jonathan Dimbleby

The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Battle of the Atlantic was crucial to victory in the Second World War. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed. Mass hunger would have consumed Britain, and the Allied armies would have been prevented from joining in the invasion of Europe. There would have been no D-Day. Using fascinating contemporary diaries and letters, from the leaders and the sailors on all sides, Dimbleby maps the human stories, the intelligence breakthroughs and the strategic daring of this turning point in European history.

Jonathan Dimbleby