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Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle

Getting Creative with Rap, Rhyme and Reality

Hay Festival 2015, 
Steven Camden, aka Polarbear, one of the top Spoken Word artists on the circuit today, loves rap, rhyme and stories that feel real. He talks about getting creative with words in different ways and shows you how he does it with some Spoken Word performance. Alex Wheatle’s first YA novel, Liccle Bit, about dreaming big when the odds are stacked against you, draws on his experience of council estate life in Brixton. A journalist, broadcaster, novelist and playwright, Alex also teaches creative writing. Join them for a session that will inspire you to be creative, be brave and dream big.
12+ years/YA
Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle

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Chris Bonington

Ascent

Hay Festival 2018, 

The great climber charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world – from the Alps to the Eiger, and the Himalaya but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains. An evening with a legend.

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Beau Lotto

Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently

Hay Festival 2017, 

Perception is the foundation of human experience but few of us understand how our own perception works. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and perception, the world-renowned neuroscientist shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing.

Beau Lotto

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Steve Jones

Here Comes the Sun

Hay Festival 2017, 
It was fifty years ago on Thursday Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play and the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' Abbey Road is just two years away. Steve Jones plans to jump on the bandwagon and is hard at work on a book named after its most famous track, George Harrison's Here Comes the Sun. It will say something about his own research on the ecology of sunlight and its effects on evolution in many creatures (ourselves included) but most of all will concentrate on how modern men and women (particularly the younger ones) have, since Abbey Road abandoned life under blue skies in favour of staying indoors, with potentially alarming effects on their health and happiness. Even though it will certainly be raining when he gives his talk, Steve Jones hopes that he can illuminate a field that does not get the attention it deserves".
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Ed Vere

Max the Brave

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet Max the Brave, a funny and loveable new character from acclaimed author and illustrator Ed Vere. Join Ed as he tells you about Max’s adventures and teaches you how to draw Max as well as some of his other characters.
4+ years
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Caryl Lewis, Davide Longo, Ingo Niermann

Scritture Giovani 2017

Hay Festival 2017, 

Three stylistically diverse graduates of the partnership exchange between Hay, Literaturfestival Berlin and Festivaletteratura Mantova, now in its fifteenth year, meet again to discuss translation and Europe with Daniel Hahn. Niermann’s Solution 257 – Complete Love is an erotic treasure in which political activists argue for justice through intimacy. Lewis’s short story collection Y Gwreiddyn explores nature and loss. Longo’s Bramard’s Case is a revenge thriller.

Ticket to include Italian coffee, German biscuits and Welsh cakes.

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Mukesh Kapila

Careerpedia – Human Rights

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Alex Kandie interviews former Head of United Nations to Sudan and the author of Against a Tide of Evil about his activism, his writing and how his career unfolded. Kapila has received many awards in recognition of his work, including the Global Citizenship Award of the Institute for Global Leadership. Kapila challenges teenagers to engage in the fight for human rights around the world.

14–18 years

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Daniela Krien in conversation with Marta del Riego

Segovia 2013, 

The writer Daniela Krien, presents her first novel Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything (Algún día nos lo contaremos todo, Salmandra), a special love store, awarded with one of the most prestigious prizes in Germany, the ‘Junger Literaturpreis’. The novel was also a finalist in ‘Leserpreis’, awarded by German readers. She speaks with Marta del Riego, author of Sendero de frío y amor, and features editor of VANITY FAIR.


Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish.

 

Co-organized with the Goethe-Institute Madrid, in collaboration with Vanity Fair

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Paula Leyden

Kells 2014, 

The author of The Butterfly Heart and The Sleeping Baobab Tree tells stories to fascinate and entertain.

Paula Leyden

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HAY JOVEN: Leonardo Padura sobre El hombre que amaba a los perros

Cartagena 2013, 
Uno de los escritores cubanos más respetados a nivel internacional, Leonardo Padura, es considerado también uno de los principales creadores de la nueva novela detectivesca. Su último libro, El hombre que amaba a los perros, es una fascinante reconstrucción novelada del asesinato de León Trotsky.

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Julia Leigh talks to Bryony Gordon

Avalanche: A Love Story

Hay Festival 2017, 

Writing in the immediate aftermath of her decision to stop IVF treatment, Leigh lays bare the truths of her experience: the highs of hope and the depths of disappointment, the grip of yearning and desire, the toll on her relationships and the unexpected graces and moments of black humour. She navigates the science of IVF, copes with the impact of treatment and reconciles the seductive promises of the worldwide multi-billion dollar IVF industry with the reality.

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James Hawes

We Need to Talk About Germany

Hay Festival 2017, 

Hawes takes a long view to ask: did the Germans destroy the culture of Rome or inherit it? Did Bismarck unify Germany or conquer it? Where are the roots of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich? Why did it lose? By what miracle did a better Germany arise from the rubble? Is Germany now the last Western bastion of industrial prosperity and rational politics? Or are the EU and the Euro merely window-dressing for a new German hegemony?

James Hawes

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Mourad Mazouz

Momo

Hay Festival 2000, 
The internationally celebrated restauranteur introduces the Tunisian, Moroccan and Algerian gastronomic culture that informs his stunning North African food.

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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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Bangalore Sathyaprakash and Patrick Sutton

Chasing Einstein: the Story of the Discovery of Gravitational Waves – Cardiff University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

One hundred years ago Einstein predicted the esoteric phenomena of gravitational waves. Last September they were directly detected for the first time, from the violent collision of two black holes. That event marked the beginning of a new chapter in our study of the cosmos. Cardiff University scientists heavily involved in the LIGO project (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) will discuss the experience of making this landmark observation, the incredible science and fascinating personal stories behind it, and what it means for the future of our understanding of the universe. The speakers are both based at the School of Physics and Astronomy. The event is chaired by their colleague Professor Haley Gomez.

Bangalore Sathyaprakash and Patrick Sutton

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Thomas Pakenham

The Company of Trees

Hay Festival 2016, 

The acclaimed historian shares his profound love of trees and reverence for nature, rooted in the family estate of Tullynally in Ireland. He travels to the Tibetan border in search of a particular magnolia, to Eastern Patagonia to see the last remaining giants of the Monkey Puzzle tree, while the first of the Chinese-inspired gardens at Tullynally was planted entirely with seeds from south-west China. An expedition to Tibet’s Tsangpo Gorge goes awry only to lead to a fruitful exploration of the Rongchu Valley, which yields more than 100 bags of seeds, including the Tibetan golden oak, the Tsangpo cypress and blue-stemmed maples.

Thomas Pakenham

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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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Freedom of Expression in the Digital Era

Segovia 2011, 
William Echikson, currently senior manager of communication at the headquarters of Google in Brussels, will talk about the opportunities and challenges in the freedom of expression in the digital society. Echikson has worked for over two decades as a correspondent for European and U.S. media such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week and Libération.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Karen Armstrong

Islam

Hay Festival 2003, 
One of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs introduces her history of the world's most misunderstood religion. Armstrong explores the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the rise of Persian influence, the clashes with Western cusaders and Mongolian conquerors, the contemporary rise of fundamentalism, and the spiritual explorations that traced the route to God.

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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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Where’s Spot?

Hay Festival 2015, 
Where’s Spot? Have you seen him? Come along and join in the fun with this storytelling session featuring games, dancing and singing, plus a chance to meet the world’s most lovable puppy!
3+ years
Where’s Spot?

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Gabriel Rolón and Boris Izaguirre with Sergio Vilela

Cartagena 2012, 
Gabriel Rolón, writer of the successful Historias de diván, is also author of Los padecientes, the bestselling fiction book by an Argentinean author in 2010-2011. Boris Izaguirre was shortlisted for the Planeta Prize in 2007 for his novel Villa Diamante. His latest published work is entitled Dos monstruos juntos. The two writers have worked for radio and participated in the making of major television programmes, Gabriel Rolón in Argentina and Boris Izaguirre in Spain. They will discuss frivolity and humour, important elements in the media, with Sergio Vilela.

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Antony Beevor

Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges 1944

Hay Festival 2018, 

Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But the cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were cruel and lasted until the end of the war. The pre-eminent war historian looks into the very heart of the conflict.

Antony Beevor

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Juno Dawson

The Gender Games

Hay Festival 2017, 

Gender isn’t just screwing over trans people, it’s messing with everyone. From exclusionist feminists to ‘alt-right’ young men; from men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t. Juno tells not only her own story but the story of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender –and what we can do about it. A frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world where what’s in your head is more important than what’s between your legs. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Jules Pretty

The Edge of Extinction

Hay Festival 2015, 
The natural world is rapidly diminishing. Traditions and cultures are dying out.
Extinction has denied many human groups and languages a future and it now
even threatens the ways of life of the affluent.
Pretty takes us on a personal journey to show why we should look again at those marginal communities who still live close to nature, the land and sea. The lessons these disappearing societies have to teach us may well be ones that we later come to rely on. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
Jules Pretty