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Jo Marchant

Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body

Hay Festival 2016, 

The field of mind-body medicine is plagued by wild claims that mislead patients and instil false hope. But scientists in a range of fields are uncovering solid evidence that our minds influence our bodies far more profoundly than previously thought. The award-winning science journalist delves deep into the latest research and asks: are those who turn to alternative medicine deluded, or are they on to something? Can our thoughts, beliefs and emotions influence our physical health? Can we train our brains to heal our bodies?

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Michael Nyman in conversation with Graham Sheffield

Beyond music: music and other arts

Cartagena 2012, 
Michael Nyman, famous for his career as a pianist and his work as a composer, for example for the film The Piano, is also a photographer and video artist. He has contributed music to a documentary on the Spanish Civil War, La maleta mexicana, composed the opera Facing Goya and he participates in cultural projects that mingle different disciplines. He will talk to Graham Sheffield, the British Council’s Director of Arts. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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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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Concurso de Cuento RCN - Ministerio de Educación

Mis inicios como escritor

Cartagena 2015, 
Los escritores Alonso Cueto, Patricia Engel, Santiago Gamboa, Margarita García Robayo e Ignacio Martínez de Pisón son el jurado de este concurso de cuento en el que se premia a jóvenes narradores de talento. Hablarán sobre sus comienzos como escritores en este evento, moderado por Juan Gossaín, que finalizará con la entrega de diplomas a los ganadores.

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Chris McGrath

Mr Darley’s Arabian

Hay Festival 2016, 

Ninety-five per cent of all thoroughbreds in the world are descended from one horse, the so-called Darley Arabian, shipped from Aleppo to Yorkshire in 1704 by a second son who failed to make his fortune and died before he could follow his horse home. The former racing correspondent on the Independent tells the story of the men and women who owned and traded and bred the horses descended from that first stallion. He also follows the men they hired to train them, and the jockeys who rode them and sometimes rescued them from the knacker’s yard, unwittingly preserving the genetic line of winners that currently resides with the champion Frankel. Chaired by the producer of the Horse Tales documentaries Corisande Albert.

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Giles Yeo

Cambridge Series 19: Are Your Genes to Blame When Your Jeans Don’t Fit?

Hay Festival 2016, 

We become fat because we eat too much. Why some eat more than others, however, is powerfully genetically controlled. The Director of Genomics/Transcriptomics at Cambridge explores some of these genes and observes: “Many genes have been identified that increase our risk of becoming obese and most of these function in the brain to influence food intake. Obese people find it hard to lose weight not because they are bad and lazy, but because they are fighting their biology.”

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Marcus Brigstocke and David Pitt-Watson

What They Do With Your Money

Hay Festival 2018, 

An interactive exploration of how the finance industry delivers slim pickings and creates fat cats with financial expert Pitt-Watson and his willing stooge, comedian Brigstocke. The finance industry is often viewed with suspicion: complicated, greedy, and institutionally corrupt. But its origins were often inspired by social reformers because its purposes are so fundamental to individual and communal prosperity. They will discuss the expensive (but useless) things the finance industry does, and some of the (useful and) practical things it should do, but doesn’t. Reform is difficult, because the flaws in the industry are hard-wired into the way we think about economics, but they'll have it licked within the hour.

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Hanif Kureishi talks to Rosie Boycott

Fictions: The Nothing

Hay Festival 2017, 

A new tale of ageing, lust, helplessness and deception told with the trademark black humour of one of the great British novelists whose films and books include The Buddha of Suburbia, Venus, The Mother and My Beautiful Launderette. Kureishi is one of the wisest and most humane writers with an acute eye for vulnerabilities and quiet desperation.

Hanif Kureishi talks to Rosie Boycott

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Phil Forder, Graham Hartill, William Muir and Janet Wallsgrove

Hay in the Parc

Hay Festival 2017, 

The inspirational teacher, Phil Forder, brings the two writers in residence and the Director of HM Parc Prison, Bridgend to discuss the literary programme he’s pioneered and our sister Festival there that’s now in its ninth year. They discuss the impact of education and empathy, literacy and literature, and offer a vision of a successful reformation of prison experience. They talk to Peter Florence.

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Pablo García Baena in conversation with Clara Janés

My Words, Others’ Words

Segovia 2014, 

The great poet Pablo García Baena, winner of the Príncipe de Asturias Award for Literature, and member of the jury of the Loewe Foundation International Poetry Awards, and versatile poet and translator Clara Janes discuss their work.

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Lisa Williamson In conversation with Jenny Valentine

All About Mia

Hay Festival 2017, 

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for her debut novel The Art of Being Normal, Williamson’s All About Mia is a story about sisters, accepting your strengths and weaknesses, and learning to forgive the people you love. Join her as she discusses creating her insightful family stories.

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Lisa Williamson In conversation with Jenny Valentine

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Jim Broadbent and Dix

Dull Margaret

Hay Festival 2018, 

Inspired by Dulle Griet (aka Mad Meg), Pieter Bruegel's 16th century painting of a "strong, intense woman striding determinedly across a violent landscape", Dull Margaret is the first graphic novel by Academy award-winning-actor Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and artist Dix (best known for his comics in the Guardian). The Dulle Griet painting shows a breastplated woman with a sword in one hand in front of the mouth of hell. Broadbent uses that single, vivid image as a launching point to explore what the rest of Dull Margaret’s bleak existence may have been like. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Peter Bunzl and Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Moonlocket and The Island at the End of Everything

Hay Festival 2017, 

Promising myth, adventure and mechanimals, Bunzl and Hargrave will begin an illustrated conversation in which they discuss the inspiration behind their best-selling debuts Cogheart and The Girl of Ink and Stars and introduce their new books, Moonlocket and The Island at the End of Everything.

9+

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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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Allegra Huston talks to Rosie Boycott

Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found

Hay Festival 2010, 
When Allegra Huston was four years old, her mother was killed in a car crash. Soon afterwards, she was introduced to an intimidating man wreathed in cigar smoke – the legendary film director John Huston – with the words ‘This is your father’. At the age of twelve she was introduced to her real father, the British historian John Julius Norwich.

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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.
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Adam Stower

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Martin Amis

Preview - Night Train

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist previews his novella Night Train. Amis' novels include The Information, London Fields, The Rachel Papers, Other People, Times Arrow and Money, possibly the best book of the 1980's

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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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Lucy Worsley

Eliza Rose

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historian and broadcaster brings the court of Henry VIII to life in her first children’s novel. Go behind the scenes and discover the friendships and intrigues at the Royal court when she tells the story of Eliza’s life as a Maid of Honour to the glamorous new Queen.

10+

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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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Miguel Syjuco and Paolo Giordano in conversation with Joumana Haddad

Books and other stories

Beirut 2012, 
Journalists face the challenge of witnessing conflict and violence Good fiction writing could be defined by its universal appeal and its capacity to engage readers from all over the world. Two successful young authors tell us the secrets of their writing. Miguel Syjuco (Canada/Philippines) is the author of Ilustrado, his debut novel which won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize as well as the Palanca Award, the Philippines’ highest literary honour. Miguel’s writing pushes the boundaries of narrative fiction and explores the hopeful progress of a decaying third world society. Young novelist Paolo Giordano (Italy) has impressed critics and readers alike with The Solitude of Prime numbers, 2008 Premio Strega. He will talk about his novel, his journalistic work and upcoming projects. Chaired by Lebanese author and poet Joumana Haddad.
 
Event in English
With the support of Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec

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Gillian Cross, Gill Lewis and Francesca Sanna

After Tomorrow, A Story Like the Wind, The Journey

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join three authors as they introduce their books, take children’s questions, and discuss with their young audience ways to make the world a better place. All create vivid, unforgettable stories that concern major issues and current events, in particular what it might mean to be a refugee. The event will be chaired by Nicky Parker of Amnesty International UK and the audience will be invited to draw or write a message of welcome on postcards that will be distributed to refugees or asylum seekers in the UK.

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Gillian Cross, Gill Lewis and Francesca Sanna

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Victor Dixen, Jenny Valentine, Ene Sepp and Janis Jonevs

International Writing for YA readers

Hay Festival 2018, 

Are themes of childhood and adolescence universal? How are they represented in fiction? Join a panel of YA writers from France, Zimbabwe, Estonia, Latvia and the UK as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of writing children’s and YA novels in their countries. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

14+

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Helen Pankhurst

Deeds Not Words

Hay Festival 2018, 

To mark the centenary of women in Britain first getting the vote, the women’s rights campaigner and great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst charts how women’s lives have changed over the past century and offers a powerful and positive argument for the way forward.

Helen Pankhurst

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Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson

The Scummy Mummies Live Show

Hay Festival 2017, 

The outrageously funny comedians cover a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories! Parental guidance: GO!

Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson