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Stephen L. Carter talks to Gary Young

The Emperor of Ocean Park

Hay Festival 2002, 
We launch the literary thriller that is gripping America and won a $4,000,000 advance from Random House. Talcott Garland, a black Ivy League law professor and son of the famous right-wing Judge Oliver Garland, is coming to terms with his father's murder. He begins a long and thrilling quest for the truth through a fascinating maze of high political ambition, family secrets and US justice horribly perverted. The Emperor of Ocean Park is, among many other things, an investigation into the soul of America during the darker years of the Nixon and Reagan presidencies. The author talks to The Guardian journalist Gary Younge.

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Kathelijne Koops

Cambridge Series 15: Chimps, Bonobos, Humans

Hay Festival 2016, 

What can chimpanzees and bonobos tell us about the extraordinarily complex human cultures? Koops, an Affiliated Lecturer in the Division of Biological Anthropology at Cambridge, investigates this question by studying our closest living relatives, the great apes.

Kathelijne Koops

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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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Edward Bulmer

Watching Paint Dry: A Masterclass in Colour

Hay Festival 2017, 

As one of the country’s leading architectural historians and interior designers, Edward Bulmer has been involved in the restoration and redecoration of numerous historic buildings including Goodwood and Althorp. With this experience he has created a range of Natural Paints that are also historically authentic and accurate.  As an artist, he has developed this range using just 12 natural pigments used by artists for centuries. This delivers incredible depth of colour and a high-quality finish. It also allows buildings to breathe and our own air to be toxin-free. He talks to Giles Kime, Interiors editor of Country Life.

Edward Bulmer

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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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Maggie Andrews, Sarah Greer, Anna Muggeridge, Krista Cowman, Dana Denis-Smith

Is 2018 the Year of Women?

Hay Festival 2018, 

It is 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK – albeit partial. Yet women are still embroiled in daily battles to get parity with their male colleagues and partners. Will it take another 100 years for women’s suffrage finally to mean women’s liberation? Or will 2018 be the year that marks a true step change in gender equality?

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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.

Chris Bonington

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Fleur Alexander

Above and Below

Hay Festival 2016, 

Take part in an interactive session with the storyteller exploring eight amazing habitats above and below the Earth’s surface, recreated in Patricia Hegarty and Hanako Clulow’s book. Delve into the rainforest, dive into the ocean and learn about the sustaining connections between the two.

3+

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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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La genealogía del café.

Nicolás Artusi en conversación con Sergio Vilela

Cartagena 2015, 
Café. De Etiopía a Starbucks, la historia secreta de la bebida más amada y más odiada del mundo es un libro en el que el periodista y sommelier de café argentino Nicolás Artusi presenta la genealogía de esta controvertida bebida durante los últimos diez siglos de historia. Elixir para unos, tóxico para otros, el autor considera el café como la droga más popular del mundo y a partir de ese hecho, nos presenta cómo ha estado ligada a los cambios culturales más importantes de la modernidad.

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Ian McEwan talks to Christopher Hitchens

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Booker-winner and author of Atonement discusses his new novel Saturday. 

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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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Chris Haughton

Shh! We Have a Plan

Hay Festival 2015, 
Chris Haughton is the creator of highly-acclaimed, award-winning picture books A Bit LostOh No, George! and most recently Shh! We Have a Plan. He is also the co-founder of NODE, a fair trade social business. In this interactive family event, Chris will read from his books, show trailers and images, use some very clever props, and play drawing games.
4+ years
Chris Haughton

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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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Maths for Mums & Dads

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this entertaining and interactive talk, bestselling maths author Rob Eastaway demonstrates the fun side of maths for mums, dads and kids, with mind-reading tricks, curiosities and games that you can explore at home.

7+ years

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Lisa Dwan and Colm Tóibín

Pale Sister: A Rehearsed Reading

Hay Festival 2018, 

Pale Sister, written by Colm Tóibín for the great Beckett actress Lisa Dwan, is a dramatisation of the voice of Ismene, the sister of Antigone, who recounts her sister's defiance of the king as pressures mount on Ismene herself to act to vindicate her sister, or even follow her example. It arises from The Antigone Project, a course taught at Columbia University by Dwan and Tóibín, which examined the ways in which this story – a woman’s powerlessness emerging as power, conscience versus law, defiance versus might, protest versus order, individual versus authority. It runs for one hour and 15 minutes and will be followed by a discussion.

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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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Akala

Hip and Hop

Hay Festival 2017, 

Follow the adventures of Hip, a wise and cool hippo, and Hop, his excitable best friend. Hip and Hop are looking forward to the Blueberry Hill bike race. But will Hop have the courage to get back on his bike? He will need your help! Join the hip-hop artist and author for a storytelling session packed with awesome rhythms and rhymes.

3+
Akala

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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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Horatio Clare

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

Hay Festival 2017, 

More adventures for Aubrey, a small boy who can talk to animals, in this author’s new title. Now shrunk to the size of an earwig, Aubrey is helping the insects to save the world from starvation and supporting a newly arrived Ladybird family to overcome hostility from the local inhabitants. Join Horatio Clare as he discusses his fantastic new story about the world of Aubrey and his epic adventure of love, travel and insects with Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.

9+
Horatio Clare

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Ben Stewart and Frank Hewetson talk to Matthew Stadlen

Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg – The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic Thirty

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Melting ice, a military arms race, the rush to exploit resources at any cost—the Arctic is now the stage on which our future will be decided. But one early September morning in 2013, 30 men and women from 18 countries - the crew of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise - decided to draw a line in the ice and protest the drilling in the Arctic. Ben Stewart is Greenpeace's Head of Media and Frank Hewetson is one of the arrested Arctic 30.

Ben Stewart and Frank Hewetson talk to Matthew Stadlen

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Patrick French

Liberty or Death

Hay Festival 1998, 
The writer and historian presents his view of the roles Mahatma Ghandi and Mohammad Ali Jinnah played in the Indian Independence Movement.

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Erri De Luca en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Cartagena 2013, 
Escritor, poeta y traductor, Erri De Luca inició la carrera diplomática pero nunca terminó sus estudios. Participante activo en el movimiento del 68, también fue dirigente del movimiento de extrema izquierda Lotta Continua. Trabajó en diversos oficios en Italia, Francia y África. Publica su primer libro con casi cuarenta años y empieza a colaborar en periódicos, escribiendo tanto sobre política como alpinismo, disciplina que practica. Ha publicado más de cincuenta libros y su último trabajo en español es Los peces no cierran los ojos (2012). En conversación con la escritora Valeria Luiselli.

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Evelio Rosero in conversation with Gustavo Tatis

Cartagena 2012, 
Evelio Rosero has won the Tusquets Novel Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The Armies, a story that deals with the conflicts in Colombia without ever becoming political activism or ethical rhetoric. He was awarded the 2006 National Literature Prize and has just published La carroza de Bolívar, a novel that, with its ironic tone and plot complications, is his most ambitious project, a startling demonstration of his talent as a storyteller. He will talk to the journalist Gustavo Tatis.

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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