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Jules Howard

Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution and Mortality

Hay Festival 2016, 

Some animals live for just a few hours as adults, others prefer to kill themselves rather than live for longer than they are needed, and there are a number of animals that live for centuries. There are parasites that drive their hosts to die awful deaths, and parasites that manipulate their hosts to live longer, healthier lives. There is death in life. Among all of this is us: perhaps the first animal in the history of the universe fully conscious that death really is going to happen in the end. The zoologist explores the never-ending cycle of death and the impact it has on the living.

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Brian Patten

Armada

Hay Festival 1997, 
The poet reads from his new collection Armada. Patten's best-selling collections include Love Poems, The Mersey Sound, and Gargling With Jelly.

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Philip Marsden and David Pryce-Jones

Hay Festival 1998, 
Marsden's The Spirit Werstlers is a journey through post-Soviet Russia. In villages unseen since before the Revolution, he explores the lives of Russians who seem to have stepped straight from the pages of Turgenev, Gogol and Babel. He discusses his adventure with the historian David Pryce-Jones, author of The War That Never Was.

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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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Rowan Hooper

Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability

Hay Festival 2018, 

Why can some people achieve greatness when others can't, no matter how hard they try? What are the secrets of long life and happiness? The New Scientist Managing Editor takes us on a tour of the peaks of human achievement. Drawing on interviews with a wide range of superhumans as well as those who study them, Hooper assesses the science of peak potential, reviewing the role of genetics alongside the famed 10,000 hours of practice.

Rowan Hooper

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Los años de la utopía: América Latina en los 70.

Óscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jon Lee Anderson y Alberto Salcedo Ramos en conversación con Yolanda Ruíz

Cartagena 2015, 
Alberto Salcedo Ramos es un cronista y docente colombiano galardonado en varias ocasiones con el Premio Nacional de Periodismo Simón Bolívar. Hablará de los cambios sociales y políticos que han tenido lugar en Colombia junto con el periodista estadounidense Jon Lee Anderson, autor del libro Che Guevara: Una vida revolucionaria, y el escritor, docente y filósofo Óscar Guardiola-Rivera, cuya última publicación es Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973.

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Gerals Kaufman talks to Keith Raffan

How To Be A Minister

Hay Festival 1997, 
As the new administration settles in at Westminster, Gerald Kaufman talks to Keith Raffan about his authoritative guide to the process of government, an uproariously funny and scurrilous view of power.

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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

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Frédéric Vitoux

Descubriendo a Manet

Cartagena 2015, 
El escritor y periodista Frédéric Vitoux es miembro de la Academia Francesa desde 2001 y autor de numerosas novelas, entre ellas, El libro de las diversionesLa vie
de Céline y Grand Hôtel Nelson. Recientemente ha publicado Voir Manet, un ensayo apasionado sobre la vida y secretos del pintor impresionista.

Co-organizado con la Escala Literaria de Sofitel

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Bangladesh: Seen from within.

Dhaka 2014, 
Marking 25 years of Drik, this anniversary book is the first of a series of books presenting Bangladesh today. They portray the promise of Bangladesh, and tell our stories with integrity and compassion.

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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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Shashi Tharoor, William Shawcross, Michael Rose, Jemery Bowen, Nik Gowing

All The Trouble In The World

Hay Festival 2000, 
BBC World anchor Gowing chairs this debate about international intervention, peacekeeping and the role of the UN. Tharoor is Director of Special Projects at the UN and has been Kofi Annan's special adviser with specific responsibility for the former Yugoslavia. William Shawcross is the author of Deliver Us From Evil. Retiring from the leading the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, General Sir Michael Rose wrote Fighting For Peace. Bowen is the BBC's Middle Eastern correspondent and frontline war reporter.

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James Cary, Rebecca Welsh, Juliet Davenport and Catherine Davies

Greening the Box

Hay Festival 2017, 

An all-star group of entertainment and sustainability industry pioneers come together to debate the role content plays in focusing world attention on global warming. Writer James Cary’s comedy hits include Bluestone 42 and Miranda; Rebecca Welsh is a producer of Strictly Come Dancing and Come Dine With Me. Juliet Davenport is CEO of Good Energy and Catherine Davies is the Development Director at Shire Oak Films.

James Cary, Rebecca Welsh, Juliet Davenport and Catherine Davies

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Peter Hennessy talks to Alun Evans

The British Academy Platform at Hay: The UK’s Place in the World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Responding to today’s international challenges in a rapidly evolving geopolitical environment is placing new strain on the UK’s place in the world. The historian and constitutional expert assesses the challenges the UK faces in the coming years, discussing the impact of withdrawal from the EU and turning into a ‘Global Britain’ may have on the our foreign policy, security and territorial integrity.

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Emily Wilson

The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer

Hay Festival 2018, 

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey, is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. The vivid new translation, the first by a woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’. She recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature. This inaugural translation lecture is given in the name of the pre-eminent translator, whose peerless work rendering French, Danish and German literature into English ranges from Asterix to Austerlitz.  Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

Emily Wilson

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Roger McGough

Everyday Eclipses

Hay Festival 2002, 
New poems with McGough's unique spin on innocence and experience: poems about his docker father and his new young daughter, dreams about how he gave the idea of Hey Jude to McCartney and told Dylan to go electric; about jugglers and human cannonballs, about sad music and 'everyday eclipses.'

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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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Margo Glantz en conversación con Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2015, 
Autora de más de veinticinco libros de ensayo y narrativa, Margo Glantz ha escrito, entre otros, Las genealogías, Síndrome de naufragios, Saña, Coronada de moscas y, más recientemente, Yo también me acuerdo. Entre sus galardones destacan el Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes 2004 y el Premio FIL de Literatura 2010. Además, ha traducido a autores como Georges Bataille, Tennessee Williams y Michel de Ghelderode. Conversará con la editora Margarita Valencia.

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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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Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – Up, Up and Away!

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ex-robbers now bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam star in a new collection of stories about their comical adventures. The two dogs are best friends but they look like being in danger of falling out when a tempting looking package arrives at the café. Corderoy and Lenton entertain with comic rhymes and illustrations about their well-loved characters.

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Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

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Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

A Foot in the River: Why Our Lives Change – and the Limits of Evolution

Hay Festival 2016, 

Like other species, we have a culture. But compared with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply at bewildering speed. They vary, radically and rapidly, from time to time and place to place. And the way we live – our manners, morals, habits, experiences, relationships, technology, values – seems to be changing at an ever-accelerating pace. Ultimately, no environmental conditions, no genetic legacy, no predictable patterns, no scientific laws determine our behaviour. We can imagine and re-imagine our world at will. The historian’s award-winning books include Civilizations; Millennium; 1492: The Year Our World Began, and Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

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Edith Grossman, Arturo Fontaine, Sergio Ramírez y Luisa Valenzuela y en conversación con Malcolm Otero Barral

Cátedra Interamericana Carlos Fuentes

Cartagena 2013, 
Cartagena recuerda al escritor mexicano más universal con una charla en la que estarán presentes varios de sus amigos y colegas, colaboradores de un libro co-editado por la Universidad Veracruzana y el Hay Festival como homenaje al autor.

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Jennifer Wallace and Adrian Poole

Cambridge Series 11: Literary Celebrities in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Hay Festival 2016, 

Why are readers so interested in the lives and opinions of writers? When did writers become celebrities in the way we understand them today? And what did those lucky few who acquired some souvenir or relic of their favourite writer hope to gain from it? Two critics look at the rise of literary celebrity in the C18th and C19th, the cult of the poet and the trade in literary relics.

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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.

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Salvatore Rubbino

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James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

The Art of Dining

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the exquisite craftsmanship and elegance of silverware and porcelain in a tour of social history with National Trust experts James Rothwell, author of Silver for Entertaining and Patricia Ferguson author of Ceramics: 400 Years of British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces Chaired by Simon Murray.

James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson