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Ben Okri in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2012, 
Ben Okri is a member of the UK’s Royal Society of Literature and in 1991 won the Booker Prize for The Famished Road. This Nigerian writer, who covers the history and present-day realities of his country in his novels, is one of Africa’s most respected voices. He will talk to the journalist Rosie Boycott. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the British Council

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John Guy

Would the Real Thomas More Please Stand Up?!

Hay Festival 2017, 

Who was Thomas More, the author of Utopia? The distinguished historian of Tudor England parses the propaganda and More’s writings to read behind the myth. He examines the ways in which More’s legacy has been contested or resisted. And he suggests which aspects of his thought are likely to continue to influence the world in the future.

John Guy

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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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Steve Antony

Betty Goes Bananas

Hay Festival 2015, 
Have you ever thrown a tantrum? Betty has! Join Steve Antony for an interactive storytelling of his funny picture book, about a toddler gorilla named Betty, who, though she looks cheerful, throws lots of tantrums. What happens when Betty finds a banana that just won’t open? Steve teaches everyone how to draw Betty and gives sneak peeks into his next book, Betty Goes Bananas in her Pyjamas.
4+ years
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Topun Austin

Cambridge Series 17: Becoming Human

Hay Festival 2016, 

What makes us human? We all start off as a single fertilised egg, but within nine months the newborn brain has more than 100 billion cells and has made over 100 trillion connections. How is our perception of the world already pre-programmed in the womb? This illustrated talk looks at key moments in brain development in order to understand what it is that makes us human. Dr Topun Austin is a Consultant Neonatologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Dead Not Buried

Hay Festival 1995, 
Herbert Rowse Armstrong was accused of poisoning his wife with arsenic, and after a sensational trial was found guilty and executed in 1922, the only solicitor to be hanged, In the light of Armstrongs unceasing protestations of innocence and the highly circumstantial evidence that suggest a questionable judgement, Hay solicitor Martin Beales, reopens the files and makes the case for Armstrong's innocence. He is joined by robin Odell, author of Landmarks in 20th Century Murder, whose book about Armstrong inspired the recent television film Dandelion Dead. The event is chaired by Mavis Nicholson. Beales book, Dead Not Buried is launched at the Festival, but will be available only through Pembertons Bookshop in Hay, from 12th May.

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Richard Harries

The Image of Christ in Modern Art

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former bishop of Oxford looks at the work of David Jones, Jacob Epstein, George Rouault, Stanley Spencer, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland and suggests that the modern movement in art has turned out to be a friend, not a foe, of Christian art.

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Ruth Scurr talks to Peter Stothard

John Aubrey: My Own Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

John Aubrey loved England. From an early age, he saw his England slipping away and, against extraordinary odds, committed himself to preserving for posterity what remained of it – in books, monuments and life stories. His Brief Lives would redefine the art of biography yet he published only one rushed, botched book in his lifetime and died fearing his name and achievements would be forgotten.

Scurr’s biography is an act of scholarly imagination: a diary drawn from John Aubrey’s own words, displaying his unique voice, dry wit, the irreverence and drama of a literary pioneer. Aubrey saw himself modestly as a collector of a vanishing past, a ‘scurvy antiquary’. But he was also one of the pioneers of modern writing, a journalist before the age of journalism, who witnessed the Civil War and the Great Fire of London in the company of some of the influential men and women, high and low, whose lives he would make his legacy.

Ruth Scurr talks to Peter Stothard

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Bernardo Ortiz en conversación con Hans Ulrich Obrist; José Roca y Tupac Cruz en conversación con Boris Ondreicka

DISCUSIONES II

Cartagena 2013, 
DISCUSIONES está coorganizado por Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), que apoya principalmente manifestaciones artísticas que cuestionan los discursos hegemónicos en relación a prácticas artísticas y que operan a nivel internacional.


DISCUSIONES II se adentra en en las facetas específicas de la dicotomía cultura / naturaleza y en la subhistoria de la espiritualidad en el arte contemporáneo colombiano. Con Bernardo Ortiz, (escritor y artista, Bogotá) y Hans Ulrich Obrist, (comisario y co-director de la Serpentine Gallery, Londres). Seguido de José Roca, (comisario y director de la galería Flora ars + natura, Bogotá), Tupac Cruz (filósofo, musico y artista, Bogotá y Chicago) y Boris Ondreicka (comisario invitado de TBA21, Viena).

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Tristram Hunt

The English Civil War at First Hand

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian uses contemporary witness accounts to analyse the divisions and massacres and seismic changes wrought on the C17th British Isles.
 
Read recent articles by Tristram Hunt 

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Gaia Vince talks to Adam Rutherford

Royal Society Platform: Adventures in the Anthropocene

Hay Festival 2016, 

The first female winner of The Royal Society’s book prize, Gaia Vince’s ambitious journey charts humanity’s changes on our living planet. By transforming our relationship with the natural world, humans have beckoned a new a geological age: the Anthropocene. Join Gaia as she talks to broadcaster Adam Rutherford about the stories and people that make up these earth-shifting times.

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Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz

Hay Festival 2007, 
The sensational author of the Alex Rider and Power of Five series writes unparalleled thrills, chills and adventure. 8 yrs +

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Andy Hamilton talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Star Witness

Hay Festival 2017, 

The comedy-writer’s first novel is the hilarious story of one self-regarding man’s descent into disgrace and his journey back to join the human race. It’s a pin-sharp satire on the shallows of modern media culture and the dysfunctional relationship we all have with the idea of ‘celebrity’.

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Dominic Johnson

God is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human

Hay Festival 2016, 

The flood that God used to destroy the sinful race of man on Earth in Genesis 6:17 crystallises in its terrifying, dramatic simplicity the universally recognised concept of payback. For millennia human civilisation has relied on such beliefs to create a moral order that threatens divine punishment on people who commit crimes, while promising rewards – abstract or material – for those who do good. Today, while secularism and unbelief are at an all-time high, this almost superstitious willingness to believe in karma persists. Why?

Dominic Johnson

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Literatura para los más jóvenes: retos y desafíos.

Menena Cottin, Jean Paul Mongin, Boris Pfeiffer e Irene Vasco en conversación con Ruth Kaufman

Cartagena 2015, 
¿Cuáles son los retos a los que se enfrenta un escritor a la hora de escribir para un público infantil y juvenil? La diseñadora gráfica, ilustradora y escritora venezolana Menena Cottin, la escritora colombiana Irene Vasco, el escritor alemán Boris Pfeiffer y Jean Paul Mongin, escritor francés y editor de Les petits Platons, nos hablarán de cómo afrontan la creación de sus obras para las nuevas generaciones de lectores.

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Timur Vermes in conversation with Patricio Pron

Segovia 2013, 

With He’s Back, Timur Vermeshas revolutionized the German publishing scene. He has sold close to a million copies of this satire in which he presents an idea of what might happen if Hitler woke up in 2011 and returned to politics. He speaks with Patricio Pron, journalist and author of La vida interior de las plantas de interior.

 

Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish.


With the collaboration of Fundación del Banco Sabadell and Fundación Lara.

 

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Raymond Tallis

Of Time and Lamentation

Hay Festival 2017, 

The culmination of some 20 years of thinking, writing and wondering about time, the doctor and philosopher offers a bold, original and thought-provoking meditation on the nature and meaning of life – and time.

Raymond Tallis

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John Lewis-Stempel

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

Hay Festival 2016, 

Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the past 20 years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life. The author of The Wild Life and Meadowland tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland: from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. He talks to Kitty Corrigan.

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Edgardo Cozarinsky y Jesús Ferrero en conversación con Félix Romeo

Un cine de Palabras

Segovia 2008, 
Jesús Ferrero, autor entre otras de la novela Las trece rosas (2003), la narración juvenil Zirze piernas largas (2002) y el poemario Las noches rojas (2004), ha trabajado para la radio, el cine y la television, y con Pedro Almodóvar el guión de Matador. Conversará sobre literatura y cine con Edgardo Cozarinsky, escritor y cineasta nacido en Buenos Aires. Entre sus libros destacan La novia de Odessa y Tres fronteras (relatos), El rufián moldavo y Maniobras nocturnas (novelas) y las películas La Guerre d’un seul homme, Le Violon de Rothschild, Fantômes de Tanger y Ronda nocturna. Evento moderado por el escritor y critico cultural Félix Romeo.

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Gordon McMullan and Katy Mair

By Me, William Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

McMullan and Mair have carefully selected the nine most fascinating documents held by The National Archives relating to Shakespeare’s life. Presented together for the first time, these are some of the most significant documents in the world that track Shakespeare’s life as a citizen of London, a businessman, a family man, a servant to the King, and even possibly a thief and a subversive. They explore both his domestic and professional lives, what it meant to live in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and the social impact of his plays. McMullan is also the editor of the new digital Norton edition of the complete plays.

Gordon McMullan and Katy Mair

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Alastair Sawday talks to Kitty Corrigan

Travelling Light: Journeys Among Special People and Places

Hay Festival 2017, 

The campaigner, publisher and wanderer has spent his life travelling: “The richer our imaginations, the richer our travel experience. We British do things one way and the Spaniards another; there are unlimited ways of doing everything. Kindness is found in unexpected places, as is eccentricity. Eccentrics are an endangered species and need as much protection as does the house sparrow.”

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Colin Jones talks to Hannah Rothschild

Smile Revolution

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jones mixes cultural investigation, art appreciation and dental history in an ingenious and wonderfully entertaining account of how we only learned to really smile in Revolutionary France. Colin Jones is Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London. He talks to Rothschild, winner of the Wodehouse Prize and chair of the National Gallery.

Colin Jones talks to Hannah Rothschild

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Alan Garner

Strandloper: Man of Leaf and Golden Hood

Hay Festival 1996, 
Recognised as the key figure in the Golden Age of British Literature for his books Elidor, The Owl Service, Red Shift and The Stone Book Quartet, Garner talks about his writing and introduces his first adult novel Strandloper which explores and melds the Dreaming of the Aborigines and the ancient green magic of England

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Deborah Bull, Rupert Chistiansen

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Royal Ballet's principal dancer kepy a fascinating and wittily entertaining diary of the company's work during the year of the Covent Garden closure. A Member of The Arts Council, a nutritionist and programme director of the new Clore Studio, she discusses her book Dancing Away and her insiders view of The Royal Opera House with writer Rupert Christiansen. Christiansen is the author of Visitors: Culture Shock in 19th Century Britain. The last chapter deals with the status of ballet and the foreign ballerina in the late nineteenth century London.

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Ian Goldin

The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas

Hay Festival 2016, 

The process by which nations escape poverty and achieve economic and social progress has been the subject of extensive examination for hundreds of years. Goldin considers the contributions that education, health, gender, equity and other dimensions of human wellbeing make to development, and discusses why it is also necessary to take into account the role of institutions and the rule of law as well as sustainability and environmental concerns. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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