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Janet Street Porter

Hay Festival 1998, 
The broadcaster and walker talks about her journey on foot from Coast to Coast across Britain

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Owen Sheers

Reformations: The Men You’ll Meet

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Sheers’ contribution to the Festival’s 30th anniversary project is a powerful poem addressed to his two daughters. It conjures a reformation of masculinity that is enlightened and inspiring. Sheers’ recent work includes the poem Pink Mist, the National Theatre Wales play Mametz and the Aberfan television film poem The Green Hollow.

Owen Sheers

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Keeper of the Realms: The Dark Army

Hay Festival 2013, 

The second instalment of Marcus Alexander’s action-packed contemporary fantasy adventure starring Charlie Keeper.

Duration 45 mins.

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Richard Harries talks to Mary Loudon

The Beauty and the Horror: Searching for God in a Suffering World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Life is at once wonderful and appalling, beautiful and horrific. How can we live with this contradiction? And how can we believe in a just and loving God in the face of all the evils of the world?  Lord Harries was Bishop of Oxford for 19 years.

Richard Harries talks to Mary Loudon

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The Gene Genie

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Evolution

Hay Festival 1998, 
Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward present the arguments about evolution and genetics explored in Dawin's groundbreaking books, which include The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and Climbing Mount Improbable.

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Xavi Ayén en conversación con Santiago Gamboa

Espejismos y realidades del boom

Cartagena 2015, 
El periodista Xavi Ayén investigó durante diez años el movimiento más importante de la literatura en español del siglo XX, el boom latinoamericano y su relación con Barcelona. Un trabajo que lo llevó por más de trescientas fuentes y a entrevistar a sus grandes protagonistas.
El resultado final fue Aquellos años del boom, libro galardonado con el Premio Gaziel de Biografías y Memorias 2013.

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Petros Márkaris en conversación con Juan Esteban Constaín - Versión española

Cartagena 2015, 
Petros Márkaris es autor de la serie de novelas policíacas protagonizadas por el irónico y políticamente incorrecto comisario Kostas Jaritos y ambientadas en Grecia en plena crisis económica, como Liquidación final, Con el agua al cuello y Pan, educación, libertad. Sus obras han sido merecedoras de premios como el Pepe Carvalho 2012, el Premio Negra y Criminal 2011 y el Point du Polar Européen 2013. Charlará con el escritor y columnista Juan Esteban Constaín.

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Paula Hawkins talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Into The Water

Hay Festival 2017, 

The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon.

Paula Hawkins talks to Georgina Godwin

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Blake Morrison talks to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The poet and memoirist discusses his big state-of-the-nation first novel South of the River with the Literary Editor of The Guardian.

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John Lewis-Stempel

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The historian examines the patriotism, self-sacrifice and tragedy of Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War. Chaired by Paul Blezard. 'The single most moving book on the Great War that I have ever read' – Nigel Jones, Literary Review.

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads - A New History of the World

Winter Weekend 2015, 

From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the twentieth century, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Peter Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Artemis Cooper

Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

Hay Festival 2017, 

Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923-2014) wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. The biographer examines the life of the author of The Cazalet Chronicle, her marriages to the naturalist Peter Scott and the novelist Kingsley Amis, as well as her turbulent relationships with Cecil Day-Lewis, Arthur Koestler and Laurie Lee. Cooper’s biography depicts a woman trying to make sense of her life through her writing, as well as illuminating the literary world in which she lived.

Artemis Cooper

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Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

In our small corner of the universe we know how some matter behaves most of the time and what even less of it looks like, and we have some good guesses about where it all came from. But we really have no clue what's going on. In fact, we don’t know what approximately 95% of the universe is made of. So what happens when a cartoonist and a physicist walk into the tent?

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Jeannette Littlemore

The Way You Tell It: the benefits and drawbacks of non-literal expression in everyday life

Hay Festival 2017, 

Metaphors, metonymy, irony, hyperbole – non-literal expression is one of the primary tools for achieving economy of expression, clarity, persuasiveness, politeness and the communication of emotions. However, the potential for misunderstanding increases dramatically in situations where participants lack shared background knowledge or have significantly different views of the world. Littlemore is Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics at University of Birmingham.

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S J Parris talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Conspiracy

Hay Festival 2016, 

S J Parris is the bestselling author of Prophecy and Heresy. Her historical thrillers follow the renegade monk, philosopher and heretic Giordano Bruno, as he uncovers dark mysteries and plots in Elizabethan England. The fifth book in the series finds Bruno in peril at the French court of King Henri III, under the terrifying eye of the Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici.

S J Parris talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Martin Stevens

Cheats and Deceits: How Animals and Plants Exploit and Mislead

Hay Festival 2016, 

In nature, trickery and deception are widespread. Animals and plants mimic other objects or species in the environment for protection, trick other species into rearing their young, lure prey to their death, and deceive potential mates for reproduction. Cuckoos lay eggs carefully matched to their host’s own clutch. Harmless butterflies mimic the wing patterning of a poisonous butterfly to avoid being eaten. Some orchids develop the smell of female insects in order to attract pollinators, while carnivorous plants lure insects to their death with colourful displays. The Exeter Professor of Evolutionary Ecology considers what deception tells us about the process of evolution and adaptation.

Martin Stevens

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Helen Fielding

Hay Festival 1998, 
The begetter of Bridget Jones' Diary previews her sequel to the mega-selling tale of pride and prejudice, and reveals what Bridget did next.

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Jim Crace, Francine Stock

Being Dead

Hay Festival 2000, 
Crace invents new worlds in his brilliantly imaginative novels Quarantine, Arcadia and The Gift of Stones. Being Dead is a sustained meditation on death and the process of dying, full of haunting imagery. It 'is shocking because it is filled with truth. It feels like a classic already.' (Time Out) Crace talks to novelist and broadcaster Francine Stock.

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Matt Griffin

A Cage of Roots

Kells 2015, 

Kells-born author and illustrator Matt Griffin has garnered a global reputation for striking graphic work and poster design for various industries including publishing, advertising, music, film, animation and design. He discusses his first novel A Cage of Roots.

10+ years
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Gary Gerstle talks to Bronwen Maddox

Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government

Hay Festival 2016, 

On the one hand, Americans don’t want ‘big government’ meddling in their lives; on the other, they have repeatedly enlisted governmental help to impose their views regarding marriage, abortion, religion and schooling on their neighbours. These contradictory stances on the role of public power have paralysed policymaking and generated rancorous disputes about government’s legitimate scope. How did America reach this political impasse? And what happens now? Gerstle is Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge.

Gary Gerstle talks to Bronwen Maddox

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Ian McIntyre

Garrick

Hay Festival 2000, 
The biographer introduces his portrait of the great eighteenth century Shakespearean actor-manager, friend of Samuel JOhnson, Sheridan, Handel, Goldsmith and Gainsborough. Garrick, like Burbage, Kean, Irving and Olivier, revolutionsed his art amd changed theatre forever.

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Peter Porter

The Houseman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2000, 
The title of this lecture echoes that of one given by A.E. Houseman in Cambridge in 1933 when he had been Kennedy Professer of Latin at the University for some 25 years. For the third in the annual series of lectures sponsored by The Housman Society the distinguished Australian-born poet, reviewer, critic and journalist who has published over thirty books during his long sojourn in LOndon, will be giving his personal testament as to what poetry is.

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Muchas Áfricas. Jon Lee Anderson en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Cartagena 2013, 
Jon Lee Anderson es reportero para la revista The New Yorker y autor de, entre otros libros, La caída de Bagdad y de la biografía de Che Guevara. Maestro de la FNPI, Jon Lee acaba de publicar un libro en el que recopila varias de sus crónicas sobre países africanos: La herencia colonial y otras maldiciones. Crónicas de África. Conversará con el editor Diego Rabasa.

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György Dragomán talks with Tiffany Murray

Segovia 2012, 
The award winning translator and novelist will talk about his latest works “The book of destruction” and The White King, which has been translated into 28 languages, with the writer of Diamond star halo. At the end, Dragomán will read a fragment of his book The White King in Hungarian.
 
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be available. With the collaboration of the Embassy of Hungary in Spain, the Hungarian Tourism Office and the British Council

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Charles Burford

The Mysterious William Shakespeare

Hay Festival 1996, 
Lord Burford tells the true tale of William Shakespeare, the pen name used by Queen Elizabeths courtsatirist, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, whose devastating exposes of Court Life incurred the wrath of the government and resulted in his own posthumous oblivion.