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Aferrados a la vida : ¿podríamos vivir eternamente? Con Jonathan Weiner

Cartagena 2013, 
Últimamente, el mito de la eterna juventud ha empezado a parecer algo más que un sueño. Sólo en el siglo XX la esperanza de vida se ha incrementado en más de 30 años. Hoy, científicos, investigadores y empresarios diversos creen que la inmortalidad humana no es sólo posible sino alcanzable en nuestro tiempo. En Aferrados a la vida, Jonathan Weiner se reúne con los científicos e intelectuales más importantes de la especialidad –de Berkely al Bronx; de la Universidad de Cambridge a la tumba de Dante en Rávena, de Gilgamesh a Doctor Fausto y al Curioso caso de Benjamin Button– e indaga sobre la apasionante historia de la búsqueda de la longevidad en la ciencia, el arte y la literatura.Jonathan Weiner es uno de los escritores de divulgación científica más destacados: sus libros han sido galardonados con el premio Pulitzer, el premio Nacional del Círculo de Críticos Literarios, y el premio Literario de Los Angeles Times.

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Nick Sharratt

The Cat and the King

Hay Festival 2017, 

Nick Sharratt introduces his new illustrated story in which a cat and the King must find a new home after an unfortunate incident in which their castle is burnt down by a dragon. Nick will live-draw his new characters, talk about his picture books and discuss his life as an author and illustrator.

6+

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Lydia Monks

Drawing with Lydia Monks

Hay Festival 2015, 
Watch as the brilliant illustrator brings the characters in some of your favourite books to life. Help her with some suggestions of your own. There will definitely be live drawing of mermaids, ladybirds, wizards – and of course Mungo Monkey.
5+ years
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Marlon James talks to Martha Kearney

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Hay Festival 2016, 

An interview with the novelist, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize.

“It’s like a Tarantino remake of The Harder They Come but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting – a testament to Mr. James’ vaulting ambition and prodigious talent.” New York Times

Marlon James talks to Martha Kearney

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Salvatore Rubbino

Draw me a City

Hay Festival 2016, 

Watch and join the illustrator on an adventure through some of the world’s iconic cities – London, Paris and New York. Learn how to draw wonderful cityscapes and characters and create your own pictures.

3+
Salvatore Rubbino

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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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Rachel Dowse talks to Jane Davidson

Starling Song: Murmurations of Meaning

Hay Festival 2017, 

The 2017 INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Lecture

Often overlooked, taken for granted and sometimes even shooed away from our bird tables, the common starling is, as Rachel Dowse shows in this illustrated talk, a beautiful and inspiring bird with a long cultural and linguistic heritage. From Aristotle and Pliny, to Mozart and the Mabinogion and Peter Coates and Robert Macfarlane, the starling has inspired writers, musicians, and scientists.

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Sarah Dunant

Transgressions

Hay Festival 1997, 
Sarah Dunant's erotic thriller shifts the ground of her award-winning detective fiction onto a far more complex and contentious plane.

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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.

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Russell Jackson

Words, Words, Words: Speaking Shakespeare in the English-Speaking Cinema

Hay Festival 2016, 

Birmingham University Series

Film-makers are often attracted to Shakespeare’s plays with their vivid characters, exciting stories and scope for new takes on familiar subjects. But ever since the pictures started talking, the language has been a challenge both in quality and quantity; there isn’t the need for so much dialogue in a medium where showing trumps telling. Jackson has been text consultant for several feature films – including all of Kenneth Branagh’s versions of Shakespeare’s plays – and many stage productions. His books include Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema, Shakespeare Films in the Making, and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film.

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Ali Sparkes

Monster Mother/Genius Child

Hay Festival 2015, 
You’re probably clever, but are you a genius? Or a genius’s mum? Find out how Jack – a 12-year-old with an IQ of 170 – ends up on the run with a bank robber in Car-Jacked. Ali explores whether being a child genius is good for you. And – as a mum of brilliantly talented kids – whether Jack’s monster mother is actually inspired…by herself…
10+ years
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Marcus du Sautoy

The Great Unknown

Hay Festival 2018, 

Every week seems to throw up a new discovery, shaking the foundations of what we know. But are there questions we will never be able to answer - mysteries that lie beyond the predictive powers of science? Marcus du Sautoy invites us to consider the problems in cosmology, quantum physics, mathematics, and neuroscience that continue to bedevil scientists and creative thinkers who are at the forefront of their fields. He challenges us to consider big questions - about the nature of consciousness, what came before the big bang, and what lies beyond our horizons - while taking us on a virtuoso tour of the great breakthroughs of the past. He celebrates the men and women who dared to tackle the seemingly impossible and had the imagination to come up with new ways of seeing the world. The mathematician holds the University of Oxford's prestigious Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science.

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Thomas Morris

The Matter of the Heart: A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations

Hay Festival 2017, 

For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on. Then, in the late 19th century, medics began going where no one had dared go before. Morris gives us a view over the surgeon’s shoulder, showing us the heart’s inner workings and failings. He describes both a human story and a history of risk-taking that has ultimately saved countless lives. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Thomas Morris

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Sophy Ridge and Yvette Cooper

The Women Who Shaped Politics

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Sky News presenter introduces her book filled with empowering stories of women who have shifted the political landscape, from the Suffragettes to the present day.  She discusses sexism, resilience and opportunity with the Labour politician and former Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper.  This book went to press on the day the Daily Mail splashed the meeting between the First Minister of Scotland and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom with the headline: ‘Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it?’

Sophy Ridge and Yvette Cooper

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David M. Pyle

Volcanoes: Encounters Through the Ages

Hay Festival 2017, 

Whether as signposts to an underworld, beacons to ancient mariners or as extraordinary manifestations of the natural world, volcanoes have intrigued many people, who have left records of their encounters in letters, diaries, sketches and illustrations. The Oxford volcanologist shares contemporary accounts of eruptions – from Pliny’s 79 CE report of Vesuvius to 21st century imaging of Santorini.

David M. Pyle

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Rosie Harding

Why We All Have a Duty of Care About Dementia

Hay Festival 2017, 

We need a fundamental re-appraisal of how we resource and regulate care for people with dementia. Harding, Professor of Law and Society, exposes the everyday problems generated by the uneven implementation of the legal frameworks and the chronic underfunding of social care. She examines the everyday relationships between family, carers and those for whom they care.

Rosie Harding

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Laurent Binet en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cartagena 2015, 

El escritor y docente francés Laurent Binet ha sido internacionalmente aclamado por HHhH, libro merecedor del Premio Goncourt de primera novela, entre otros galardones. Este trabajo, posteriormente adaptado al teatro, cuenta la historia de dos miembros de la Resistencia que tienen la misión de asesinar al líder nazi Reinhard Heydrich durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, intercalando además comentarios del propio autor sobre su proceso de investigación y búsqueda de fuentes.

Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Francia

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Favourite book gala

Cartagena 2012, 
The following writers talk about the books they have enjoyed most: Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Guatemala), David Safier (Germany), Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina), Jordi Puntí (Spain), Evelio Rosero (Colombia), Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain), Juan Carlos Botero (Colombia), Khaled al-Berry (Egypt), Bruno Arpaia (Italy) and Gustavo Rodríguez (Peru). Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina, director of RCN. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Ella McPherson

Cambridge Series 4: Digital Fakery and its Consequences

Hay Festival 2018, 

Drawing on her research about human rights reporting in the digital age, the Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge argues that digital fakery’s consequences for democracy arise not because we are duped, but because of what we do to not be duped. Chaired by Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship.

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Ahdaf Soueif and The Winner

The 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

The prize aims to reward the best work of literature published in the UK in any given year, regardless of form. Chair of the judges, Ahdaf Soueif, will discuss the challenge of judging fiction against non-fiction and how the jury arrived at its decision. She’ll be in conversation with the newly inaugurated winner, who will have been announced just three days previously.

Ahdaf Soueif and The Winner

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Lemn Sissay

Gold From the Stone

Hay Festival 2017, 

A spellbinding hour with one of the all-time great live readers of poetry: ‘Lemn Sissay is a passionate and powerful voice whose performances are humbling and exhilarating’ – Kate Tempest.

Lemn Sissay

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Tessa Dunlop talks to Claire Armitstead

The Century Girls

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author of The Bletchley Girls interviewed six centenarians for this wonderful collection of tales: The Final Word From the Women Who’ve Lived the Past Hundred Years of British History. Through the prism of their own experiences and memories, she tells the human story of how women gradually began to build independent lives for themselves in the modern world of post-Great War Britain, by re-telling what their actual day-to-day reality was like, through the decades.

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Alan Hollinghurst, Nicola Barker, Rupert Thomson

Hay Festival 1998, 
A reading and conversation with three outstanding contemporary novelists. Hollinghurst, author of The Swimming Pool Library ("superbly written, wildly funny" - Daily Telegraph) and The Folding Star launches his new novel The Spell; Barker's Wide Open confirms her as a "singular, soaring, stratospheric talent" - Scotland on Sunday: Thompson's Soft is a brilliant fable about advertising, urban angst and synchronized swimming.

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Master It: How To Cook Today

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Master Chef Rory O’Connell is co-founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School and has twice won Ireland’s Chef of the Year award. Rory’s book Master It  was named one of The Guardian’s top 20 cookbooks and is winner of the André Simon Food Book Award.

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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)
Using Technology in Art & Design