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Tim Parks talks to Rosie Goldsmith

A Conversation

Hay Festival 2017, 

Parks is a profoundly European writer, steeped in Italian culture as a travel writer and a translator. He is publishing an introduction to a selection of Montaigne’s essays: Drawn From Life, and his new novel In Extremis is one of the most implacable, but also one of the funniest novels about death and family you will ever read.

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Sarah Harper

How Population Change Will Transform Our World

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing looks at population trends to highlight the key issues facing us in the coming decades, including the demographic inertia in Europe, demographic dividend in Asia, high fertility and mortality in Africa, the youth bulge in the Middle East, and the balancing act of migration in the Americas. Harper analyses the global challenges we must plan for, such as the impact of climate change and urbanisation, and the difficulty of feeding 10 billion people. She considers ways in which we can prepare for and mitigate against these challenges.

Sarah Harper

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Extreme Greens

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Sally McKenna’s new book Extreme Greens reveals the culinary, health and cosmetic wonders of seaweeds, one of our greatest natural resources. Sally will also give an insight into being one of Ireland’s most noted food writers and critics. She talks to Olivia Duff.

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Adam Phillips, Lisa Jardine

Darwin's Worms

Hay Festival 2000, 
Darwin and Freud, it seems, took God out of the big picture and left us in a world determined by nature and overshadowed by mortality. In his new book Darwin's Worms the psychoanalyst and author of Monogamy, The Beast in the Nursery and On Flirtation considers how these giants of science felt about death, and develops a new understanding of ageing, loss and the art of transience.

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The National Museum of Wales presents Sounds Of The Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2013, 

Children get to handle dinosaur bones and other fossils, and then play with the noises dinosaurs might have made before joining in the soundtrack for an interactive reading of the museum’s Albie The Dinosaur story.

6–8 years

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Gustavo Guerrero, Santiago Gamboa, Raúl Arias Lovillo and Mario Bellatin in conversation with Rodolfo Mendoza

Cartagena 2012, 
Sergio Pitol, a Mexican writers with a very high international profile, and the 2005 Cervantes Prize winner, will receive a celebration from his writer friends. 

With the support of the University of Veracruz

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Readers from Riohacha present Sergio Ramírez

Cartagena 2012, 
Four readers from La Guajira will introduce and talk to the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez about his latest book La Fugitiva. Sergio has just been awarded the 2011 José Donoso Ibero-American Letters Prize for his literary career. 

With the support of Cerrejón

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Beatriz Preciado en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2014, 
Filosofía y género son las especialidades de Beatriz Preciado (España), que estudió con Jacques Derrida y Ágnes Heller. Beatriz colabora en la emergencia de la teoría queer en Francia, a la que dedica su primer libro, Manifiesto contra-sexual, aclamado por la crítica francesa como el nuevo libro rojo de la teoría queer. Actualmente enseña Historia Política del Cuerpo y Teoría del Género en la Universidad de París VIII. Ha escrito numerosos ensayos, entre los que destacan Sex Design (Centre Pompidou, 2007), Multitudes queer (Multitudes, 2004) y Savoirs-Vampires@War (Multitudes, 2005). Conversará con Marianne Ponsford sobre su filosofía y trabajo.

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James Holland

Ladybird Experts: The Battle of Britain

Hay Festival 2017, 

The war historian explains the different challenges faced by the RAF and the Luftwaffe in 1940, the technologies of the planes and, above all, the skill, bravery and endurance of the airmen engaged in a contest that was of critical importance to the outcome of the Second World War.

Suitable for young readers 8+ and historians
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Teju Cole in conversation with John Sibi-Okumu

Open City

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

 

This story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11 was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Internationaler Literaturpreis. ‘A powerful and un-nerving inquiry into the human soul. Open City is ‘a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.’ – Time Magazine. John Sibi-Okumu is a Kenyan playwright (Role Play and Minister Karibu) journalist and actor best known internationally for his role in The Constant Gardener.

 

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Meghnad Desai in conversation with Adam Austerfield

Segovia 2014, 

The world economy has changed completely in the last five years and Spain is one of the most affected countries. What future is there for young Spaniards and Europeans in the 21st century? How will they survive and prosper given the prospects for employment, technological changes and the development of emerging markets as engines of the world economy? Lord Desai is an economist, Emeritus Professor of LSE and member of the British Labour Party.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Hermione Lee

Edith Wharton

Hay Festival 2007, 
A scintillating biography of the author of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth: a fiercely modern woman of passionate conviction and conflicting ambitions and desires.

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Anne Michaels, John Berger

Hay Festival 2000, 
Berger, the Booker Prize-winning novelist, poet, story-teller, essayist and playwright talks about stories and language with the Canadian novelist and poet, who won the Orange Prize for Fugitive Pieces. Berger's latest books are Once in Europa and King. Michaels' poetry collection is called Skin Divers. 

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Henny Beaumont talks to Georgina Godwin

Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth

Hay Festival 2016, 

On Mother’s Day 2004 the artist Henny Beaumont gave birth to her third child. For the first few hours, her baby seemed no different from her two other little girls. With stunning art and refreshing honesty, Henny describes how family life changed the moment the registrar told her and her husband that their daughter might have Down’s syndrome. Henny’s wit and irony transform a deeply traumatic personal experience into a story that will resonate with every parent. She shares her family’s journey - in beautiful black and white drawings – from hospital to home, and from early years to school, in this moving, wise and unsparing graphic memoir.

Henny Beaumont talks to Georgina Godwin

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Ursula Martin, Hannah Engelkamp, Gwen Davies

Three People Walk: One young woman for a cause, the second for the diversion, the toddler to pick up twigs from the path

Hay Festival 2018, 

Ursula Martin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 31 and walked around Wales to raise money for a cancer charity: she recorded the experience in One Woman Walks Wales. Hannah Engelkamp’s book and film Seaside Donkey were based on her experience travelling with this companion around Wales. Hannah’s meanders are now accompanied by her toddler, Osian, who inspired her current writing on ‘wilding’ childhood and what the ‘dériving’ and colonialist habits of infants can teach us about travel. They talk to Gwen Davies.

Ursula Martin, Hannah Engelkamp, Gwen Davies

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Jay Griffiths

The Wild

Hay Festival 2007, 
The adventurer encounters cannibals, polar bears, Amazonian healers and sea gypsies in her extraordinary odyssey around geographical and mental wildernesses.

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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The hysterical tale of a snow-line gardener from Hay Bluff and his struggle From Derelict Smallholding to Mountain Paradise.

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Marina Warner

Phantasmagoria

Hay Festival 2007, 
The novelist, mythographer and cultural historian explores ideas of spirit and the soul.

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Marcus du Sautoy, Janne Teller, Wojciech Jagielski, Ben Okri y Rosie Boycott with Jon Gower

Cartagena 2012, 
The second session of “Ideas for the future,” in which major figures from the world of culture and politics, present a proposal for the future. We give them carte blanche, and so they can talk about any field, whether it be philosophy, physics, religion, the environment, literature, or anything else 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Don DeLillo talks to James Naughtie

Cosmopolis

Hay Festival 2003, 
A unique opportunity to meet the American novelist, author of Underworld, Libra, White Noise and Mao II and hear him discuss his new novel Cosmopolis in conversation with the Today programme anchor.

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Sounding It Out

A BBC Radio Drama Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Alison Hindell, the BBC’s Head of Audio Drama, in conversation with two leading writers of radio drama. Come for some tips on creating memorable stories and characters out of words and sound.

Not for broadcast.

Photo: Alison Hindell by Mark Bassett

BBC Radio Drama
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Sounding It Out

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Aarna Lakhani, Joseph Bokea and their parents

Young Talent

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Seven-year-old Aarna launches her first book Fluffy the Cat at the Storymoja Hay Festival. Eleven-year-old Joseph Bokea is working on his fantasy fiction novel. Their parents share their experiences of finding and nurturing talent in their child.


Families

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Benjamin Black

Kells 2014, 

The creator of Quirke talks to Myles Dungan about his renewal of the Raymond Chandler franchise in his novel The Black Eyed Blonde.

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Nicola Davies

Wildlife Adventures

Hay Festival 2014, 

The zoologist, Really Wild Show presenter and award-winning writer combines heart-stopping adventure stories with real-life conservation projects in an entertaining and informative session for all the family.
8+ years

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The Delightful World of Jeremy Strong

Hay Festival 2016, 

The best-selling author has jokes a-plenty as he talks about Vikings, Romans, My Brother’s Famous Bottom, a karate princess and Streaker, the world-famous, hundred-mile-an-hour dog.

6+
The Delightful World of Jeremy Strong