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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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Jenny Valentine, Annabel Pitcher and Hayley Long

Family Secrets

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join the three award-winning authors of Fire Colour One, Silence is Goldfish and Sophie Someone to discuss different ways of telling stories about families and the complications of the secrets they keep.

12+

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Emma Dodd

The Entertainer

Hay Festival 2015, 
A hilarious session about an entertainer whose bear impression is just a little too convincing... The award-winning author-illustrator starts by reading her unbearably funny tale before bringing the story to life with a live drawing session.
4+ years
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Nadine Gordimer talks to Sheena McDonald

The P.E.N. Lecture

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Nobel Prizewinner gives a rare interview about her novels and her work in the new South Africa. Gordimer's latest novel None to Accompany Me is published by Bloomsbury.

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Using Technology in Art & Design

Hay Festival 2014, 
Tom Percival is an author, designer and illustrator who also creates the artwork for the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series. He will share his experience and offer some top tips to young designers on how technology can be used in making art.
Duration 45 minutes
12+ years (YA)
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Simon Schama

The Founders Lecture: Humanity

Hay Festival 2018, 
The historian celebrates the formative role art and creativity have played in the forging of humanity itself across empires, cultures and time. In an age of profound hostility and manipulation, he proposes that artistic imagination is our best hope for empathy and understanding, as it has always been. Chaired by Stig Abell, edtor of the TLS.

The landmark BBC series 'Civilisations' is available on iPlayer. The Lecture is given in the names of Norman Florence and Rhoda Lewis, who wrangled the Hay Festival into being.
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Michael Baigent

The Inquisition

Hay Festival 2000, 
In the Millennium year, as the Pope starts to apologise for Catholic excesses and failings, Baigent presents his history of teh In quisition, beginning with St. Dominic crossing the Pyrenees into Spain through to the holy index of forbidden books in the twentieth century. He gives a full account of how the church has tried to ring-fence its beliefs over the centuries-from full-scale violent persecution to the more subtle censorship of recent years.

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Espectáculo dirigido por Fernando Gaitán

Poética popular: de Amor y Desamor

Cartagena 2015, 
Iván Beltrán y Fernando Gaitán han seleccionado textos literarios, teatrales, cinematográficos y poéticos de todos los tiempos sobre amor y desamor que serán escenificados con música en directo por los actores Jorge Enrique Abello, Alejandra Borrero, Natalia Helo y Nicolás Montero. La puesta en escena correrá a cargo de Maia Landaburu.

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Bedwyr Williams and Karen MacKinnon

Artes Mundi 7

Hay Festival 2016, 

The hugely entertaining Welsh performance artist Bedwyr Williams in conversation with one of Wales most distinguished art curators, Director of the game-changing international contemporary art prize Artes Mundi 7. Williams uses multimedia, performance and text to explore the friction between the deadly serious and the banal aspects of modern life. He’s known for satirizing the relationship between the artist and curator by creating absurd scenarios for them to appear in.

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ZEN Project

How do we make events sustainable?

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The ZEN project is looking into ways of reducing the impact that festivals and events have on the natural and built environment. Drop in, find out more, and share your knowledge and experiences.

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The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Alex Wheatle, Clare Furniss, Patrice Lawrence and Sara Barnard, all of whom have been shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Book Prize 2017, as they discuss writing about big themes for YA readers. Chaired by Carrie Quinlan.

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12+

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Madeleine Thien talks to Jemimah Steinfeld

The Index Platform: Fictions

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation with the Canadian novelist whose Do Not Say We Have Nothing was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker, and who is now publishing her early novel Certainty. Her humane and exacting writing often explores the Asian diaspora. She has won many awards including the Governor General’s Award and The Giller Prize. She talks to the deputy editor of Index on Censorship who has reported from and written extensively on China.

Madeleine Thien talks to Jemimah Steinfeld

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Questions from Hay 25

Beirut 2012, 
The Hay Festival is 25 this year, and as part of the celebrations we have put 25 questions to everyone taking part in all our 15 festivals around the world. Please join the panel to discuss three of the questions: Which freedoms are you prepared to trade for greater security? Are religion and democracy incompatible? Teach us something important that you know. With Dalia Taha (Palestine), Óscar Guardiola-Rivera (Colombia), Åsne Seierstad (Norway), Chetan Bhatt (UK) and Najwan Darwish (Palestine). Chaired by Peter Florence, the Hay Festival Director.
 
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Anna Pavord

Hay Festival 2000, 
Pavord is gardening correspondent of The Independent and the associate editor of Gardens Illustrated. She is the author of the phenomenally successful The Tulip. She discusses style and the exotic influences of 'English gardens'.

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Alexander Broich, Phil Rance, Nicholoas Clee

Brave New E-World

Hay Festival 2000, 
How is the internet changing our reading habits, our writing, and our browsing for new books? Will the palm-top novel be read on the beach? The CEO's of the internet bookseller bol.com, and the online publisher, Online Originals are joined by other publishing industry guests to debate  the future of books on the web. All welcome. Chaired by the editor of The Bookseller.

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Xi Chuan

My Words, Others’ Words: Reading

Segovia 2013, 

One of the most influential poets in contemporary China reads his poems and talks to Jose Felix Valdivieso, who also reads Xi Chuan ‘s poems in Spanish.

 

Consecutive translation from Chinese into Spanish.

Co-organised with Cosmopoetica, Centro Cultural Chino in Madrid and Bibloteca Nacional de España.

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Scritture Giovani 2015 – Home

Llyr Gwyn Lewis, Marco Parlato and Elske Rahill

Kells 2015, 

Four writers under the age of 30 are commissioned to write a story on the same theme of ‘home’, each of which is then translated into Italian, German and English. The writers visit four festivals (Mantova and Berlin in September, Hay Festival Wales in May, Hay Festival Kells in June) to discuss their work.

This time we asked the writers to write about 'home', which is perhaps more difficult to find in a world where people are often on the move, where relationships are less consolidated than in the past, and where people no longer feel the same sense of belonging to a mother country. The stories collected in the 2015 anthology include homes that offer comfort, arouse memories and suggest a future. At least as long as the story lasts.

The Scritture Giovani 2015 writers talk to Tiarnán de Hál.

Scritture Giovani 2015 – Home

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Muriel Spark

Hay Festival 1998, 
The novelist whose books include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, The Ballard of Peckham Rye and Curriculum Vitae reads her autobiographal short story The Gentile Jewesses and takes questions from the audience. Chaired by Geordie Greig.

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Lisa Jardine

Ingenious Pursuits

Hay Festival 2000, 
In her elegant history Worldly Goods Jardine showed how iternational trade and an increasing demand for consumer 'worldly goods' on the part of the wealthy triggered the European Renaissance in art and learning in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Her new book Ingenious Pursuits analyses the largly commercial motivations driving the scientific revolutions of the same period. She explores the circumstances of these intellectual and cultural shifts and their part in the foundation of modern thought.

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Adam Stower

Troll and the Oliver

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Adam Stower as he shows us one story and tells us another in an hilarious case of mistaken identity which will delight young readers.
5+ years

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El sentido de un final. Julián Barnes en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Cartagena 2013, 
Julian Barnes es uno de los autores más respetados de la literatura inglesa actual. Galardonado con premios como el Somerset Maugham o el David Cohen Prize for Literature, que reconoce el éxito de toda una carrera literaria, es además el único escritor británico ganador de dos de los premios literarios más importantes de Francia: el Prix Femina y el Prix Médicis. Su novela El sentido de un final, ganadora del Man Booker Prize 2011, narra con gran originalidad y misterio la historia de un hombre jubilado que tras recibir una inesperada carta comienza a indagar en sucesos acontecidos hace muchos años. En conversación con Valeria Luiselli.

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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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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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HAY JOVEN: Elsa Osorio sobre La Capitana

Cartagena 2013, 
La prolífica escritora argentina, autora de más de diez libros y finalista del prestigioso Premio Fémina con A Veinte Años, Luz, hablará sobre su última novela, La Capitana, en la que describe la historia de un personaje real.

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Susan Hill

Susan Hill

Hay Festival 2000, 
An interview with the prolific novelist, autobiographer and children's writer, whose latest books include Air and Angels, Mrs de Winter, The Mist in the Mirror and King of Kings. The play of her book Woman in Black has run for over ten years in the West End.