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Graham Swift talks to Peter Florence

England and Other Stories

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Through the 25 stories in Graham Swift's most recent anthology, we are steered effortlessly from the Civil War to the present day, from world-shaking events to the secret dramas lived out in rooms, workplaces, homes. With his remarkable sense of place, he charts an intimate human geography and, in doing so, he moves us profoundly, but with a constant eye for comedy. Graham will read from the collection and discuss his work with Peter Florence.

Graham Swift talks to Peter Florence

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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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Chris Jarvis

Dinosaurs and Fossils

Hay Festival 2015, 
Step into the late Cretaceous period with intrepid dinosaur expert Chris Jarvis from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Find out lots of fascinating dinosaur facts, examine fossils and learn how palaeontologists interpret their finds.
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John Boyne

Fictions: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Hay Festival 2017, 

Boyne’s new novel spans 80 years of Irish history. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, Cyril Avery will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home and a country. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist. He talks to Peter Florence.

John Boyne

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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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Shruti Kapila

Cambridge Series 15: India, Empire and the Invention of Terror in the Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2018, 

The lecturer in modern Indian history and global political thought explores the origins of modern anti-terror legislation in India’s struggle for independence and the reverberations today.

Shruti Kapila

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Tom Percival

Herman’s Letter

Hay Festival 2014, 

Herman the bear embarks on an epic journey to deliver a very special letter and ensure that his friendship with Henry the raccoon really is forever. Tom talks about Herman’s adventure in a creative event: prepare to get crafty and remember to bring your imagination!
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Tom Percival

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Daniel Samper Pizano en conversación con Adolfo Pacheco. Con actuación musical del conjunto de Rodrigo Rodríguez

La hamaca grande

Cartagena 2014, 
Para despedir al festival presentaremos esta charla del compositor Adolfo Pacheco con Daniel Samper Pizano. Música de acordeón de las sabanas y los montes de Bolívar, donde el vallenato y la cumbia se hicieron pareja. Acordeón y conjunto: Rodrigo Rodríguez (Premio Grammy).

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Parag Khanna talks to Nik Gowing

Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution

Hay Festival 2016, 

The global strategist and author travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, London to Dubai and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea – all to show how C21st conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and internet cables, advanced technologies and market access. Yet Connectography offers a hopeful vision of the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and innovations have eliminated the need for resource wars; that global financial assets are being deployed to build productive infrastructure that can reduce inequality; and that frail regions such as Africa and the Middle East are unscrambling their fraught colonial borders through ambitious new transportation corridors and power grids.

Parag Khanna talks to Nik Gowing

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Alan Llwyd, Aled Eirug, Mererid Hopwood

Marwolaeth Heddwch (The Death of Peace)

Hay Festival 2018, 

As Wales marks the centenary of the end of the Great War, author of the Oscar-nominated film Hedd Wyn, and a number of volumes on the Welsh literature of the Great War, Professor Alan Llwyd of Academi Hywel Teifi and Dr Aled Eirug, Morgan Academy, author of two forthcoming publications on the opposition to the War in Wales, will discuss the Welsh response to the call to arms and the effect of the War on the calls for peace. The discussion will be chaired by one of Wales’ leading poets, broadcaster and leading member of Cymdeithas y Cymod (Welsh Fellowship of Reconciliation) Professor Mererid Hopwood, who is also a member of the campaign for the establishment of a Wales Peace Academy.

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Floella Benjamin

Coming to England

Hay Festival 2017, 

An actress, author, producer and working peer, Benjamin is best known for her work presenting children’s TV programmes such as Play School. Join her for a truly inspiring event as she talks about her childhood memoir and the journey she made as a youngster from Trinidad to embark on a very different life with her family in England in 1960. She shows how having the courage to believe in yourself can help you tackle new challenges and overcome adversity.

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Ifor ap Glyn

The Empty Chair: The National Poet of Wales on Hedd Wyn

Hay Festival 2017, 

2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele. One of those who fell in battle was Ellis Humphrey Evans, the poet from Meirionnydd whose Bardic name was Hedd Wyn. He died before being announced winner of the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead. The empty chair was draped in black, and Hedd Wyn is still remembered throughout Wales, as he is in Flanders, as a potent symbol of bloodshed and loss. Ifor ap Glyn will talk about the life, work and remarkable legacy of Hedd Wyn.

Ifor ap Glyn

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Kate Evans

Harmony for Elephants

Hay Festival 2017, 

Elephants are ecosystem shapers. By knocking down trees and opening up bushy areas, they can increase the amount of grass available to other herbivores in the system. They move across vast distances, using distinct pathways that also offer easy travel routes to other species. Elephants can  act as seed dispersers, facilitating the growth of many woody species by depositing seeds in their faeces. In this illustrated introduction, the zoologist and founder of the Botswana conservation project Elephants for Africa explores the conservation and study of elephants in their natural eco-systems.

Kate Evans

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Howard Jacobson talks to Amol Rajan

Fictions: Pussy

Hay Festival 2017, 

Pussy is the story of Prince Fracassus, heir presumptive to the Duchy of Origen, famed for its golden-gated skyscrapers and casinos, who passes his boyhood watching reality shows on TV, imagining himself to be the Roman Emperor Nero, and fantasising about hookers. He is idle, boastful, thin-skinned and egotistic; has no manners, no curiosity, no knowledge, no idea and no words in which to express them. Could he, in that case, be the very leader to make the country great again? Jacobson has won the Wodehouse Prize twice and the Man Booker once.

Howard Jacobson talks to Amol Rajan

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Victoria Bateman

Cambridge Series 5: The Sex Factor – How Women Made the West Rich

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Industrial Revolution brings to mind famous male inventors and industrialists. Spanning the globe and drawing on thousands of years of history, Bateman weaves rigorous analysis with autobiographical insights to tell a bold, ambitious story about how the status and freedom of women – particularly freedom over their bodies – is central to our prosperity and economic wellbeing. Genuine female empowerment requires us not only to recognise the liberating potential of the market and the importance of smart government policies, but also to challenge the double standard of many modern feminists when they celebrate the brain while denigrating the body. Chaired by Jane Garvey of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

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Jennifer Potter

Strange Blooms

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants, the C17th father-and-son gardeners and global plant collectors, who pushed the frontiers of horticulture.

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Tamasin Day Lewis

Hay Festival 2007, 
The food writer introduces her Kitchen Classics. She talks to John Mitchinson.

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David Lodge

The Practice of Writing

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelest analyses the writing game, examining the mysterious process of creativity with a sharp eye for the subtleties of the different techniques needed for novels, plays, screenplays and adaptations.

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Daniela Krien in conversation with Marta del Riego

Segovia 2013, 

The writer Daniela Krien, presents her first novel Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything (Algún día nos lo contaremos todo, Salmandra), a special love store, awarded with one of the most prestigious prizes in Germany, the ‘Junger Literaturpreis’. The novel was also a finalist in ‘Leserpreis’, awarded by German readers. She speaks with Marta del Riego, author of Sendero de frío y amor, and features editor of VANITY FAIR.


Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish.

 

Co-organized with the Goethe-Institute Madrid, in collaboration with Vanity Fair

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Timur Vermes in conversation with Patricio Pron

Segovia 2013, 

With He’s Back, Timur Vermeshas revolutionized the German publishing scene. He has sold close to a million copies of this satire in which he presents an idea of what might happen if Hitler woke up in 2011 and returned to politics. He speaks with Patricio Pron, journalist and author of La vida interior de las plantas de interior.

 

Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish.


With the collaboration of Fundación del Banco Sabadell and Fundación Lara.

 

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Julia Samuel and Cathy Rentzenbrink

Talking About Death, a Dialogue

Hay Festival 2017, 

Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. Two writers, whose outstanding books offer compassion and solace, discuss ways to live on. Samuel is a grief psychotherapist and author of Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving. Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and now A Manual for Heartache.

Julia Samuel and Cathy Rentzenbrink

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Freedom of Expression in the Digital Era

Segovia 2011, 
William Echikson, currently senior manager of communication at the headquarters of Google in Brussels, will talk about the opportunities and challenges in the freedom of expression in the digital society. Echikson has worked for over two decades as a correspondent for European and U.S. media such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week and Libération.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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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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Clive Aslet

War Memorial: The Story of One Village’s Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003

Hay Festival 2014, 

In an intimate portrait of a single countryside community, the historian traces in vivid detail the lives of the twenty-two men and one woman from the Dartmoor village of Lydford who made the supreme sacrifice fighting for Britain in the two World Wars, the Falklands and Iraq.

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Philip Reeve

Black Light Express

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join a thrilling journey through time and imagination as Reeve talks about the inspiration for Black Light Express, a sequel to Railhead which continues the adventures of interplanetary thief Zen and the android Nova, in a future where intelligent trains can carry you between far-flung planets in the blink of an eye.

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Philip Reeve