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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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Emma Sky talks to Oliver Bullough

The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

Hay Festival 2016, 

When an intrepid young British woman volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, she had little idea what she was letting herself in for. It was only supposed to last three months but instead spanned a decade. Sky provides unique insights into the US military, and the complexities, diversity and evolution of Iraqi society. With sharp detail, tremendous empathy and respect for those who served, The Unravelling is an intimate portrait of how and why the Iraq adventure failed despite the best and often heroic efforts of its young men and women on the ground.

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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.

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Heroes: Pilots and Paramedics

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet real-life heroes from the Wales Air Ambulance team and hear their amazing true life stories in this illustrated talk about some of the life-saving rescue operations they have carried out in extraordinary and difficult situations. All the people featured in this session are heroes in their own way. There’s a chance to ask them questions too.
8+ years
Heroes: Pilots and Paramedics

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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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Jonny Lambert

Tiger Tiger

Hay Festival 2017, 

In celebration of Little Tiger Press’ 30th birthday, illustrator and paper engineer Jonny Lambert demonstrates how he creates his amazing animals. Join his workshop as he talks about Tiger Tiger and the art of illustration and storytelling. Discover the art of creating a character with the Tiger Tiger mural and create a mini 3D tiger cut-out to take home.

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Charlotte and Adam Guillain

Muffins for Mummies

Hay Festival 2017, 

Brave explorer George has packed 25 muffins for his night-time adventure in the museum to catch the fabled thief. Can he and his faithful puppy Trixie track down the criminal without getting squashed by the great big mammoth? With storytelling and funny songs, the authors bring the entertaining adventure to life.

3+
Charlotte and Adam Guillain

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Christopher Lloyd

The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

How many plays did Shakespeare write? Which feature ghosts? Which are non-fiction and which are made up? The WhatOnEarth Wallbook author explores the world of human emotion using a giant timeline, a coat of many pockets and a series of everyday objects as props.  Audience participation required, suitable for ages 6-106.

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Dinaw Mengestu y Kamila Shamsie en conversación con Nikil Saval

Cartagena 2013, 
Dinaw Mengestu es un escritor norteamericano de origen etíope, seleccionado en 2010 por la revista The New Yorker como uno de los mejores autores menores de 40 años. Su novela El lugar del aire es una reflexión sobre la inmigración, el amor y la familia. Kamila Shamsie (Pakistán) es autora de cinco novelas, entre ellas Sombras Quemadas, finalista del Premio Orange y traducida a más de veinte idiomas. También ha escrito un libro de ensayo, Offence: The Muslim Case.Es miembro del consejo de administración de English PEN y escribe para los periódicos International Herald Tribune y The Guardian. En conversación con Nikil Saval, de la revista n+1.

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Mario Jursich, Joshua Mandelbaum, Nikil Saval y Valerie Miles en conversación con Andrea Aguilar

El futuro de las revistas literarias

Cartagena 2013, 
Cuatro periodistas culturales hablan con Andrea Aguilar, colaboradora habitual del periódico El País, sobre el futuro de las revistas literarias, su formato y contenido en el contexto de la era de internet. Con Mario Jursich (El Malpensante, Colombia), Joshua Mandelbaum (revista Words without Borders, Estados Unidos), Nikil Saval (co-director de la revista n+1, Estados Unidos) y Valerie Miles (Granta en español).

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Ian McEwan

Preview Enduring Love

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist previews his novel Enduring Love. McEwan's books include Black Dogs, First Love Last Rites, The Innocent, A Child in Time, The Comfort of Strangers and The Cement Garden.

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Michele Roberts

Impossible Saints

Hay Festival 1997, 
WH Smith Literary Award Winner Michele Roberts tells of the forbidden pleasures and pains of the love between father and daughter in the life and death of Saint Josephine: Holy woman or whore? Upholder of pious or pagan delights? Lowly nun or powerful miracle worker? Or both? "Some of the most voluptuous language since Joyce.. so rich, so crammed with stories, imagination and visions" - The Daily Mail

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Clare Bridge

Wearable Vintage Fashion

Winter Weekend 2014, 

They are desirable, affordable and accessible: vintage clothing and accessories present great opportunities to develop a unique style. Covering the looks of the twentieth century from the ’20s to the ’80s, Clare takes us on a journey of discovery.

Clare Bridge

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Piedad Bonnett, David Rieff y Rosa Montero en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

El duelo en papel

Cartagena 2014, 
Los escritores Piedad Bonnett (Colombia), David Rieff (Estados Unidos) y Rosa Montero (España) conversan con el también escritor Héctor Abad Faciolince sobre la reflexión y el acercamiento al duelo por la pérdida de un ser querido a través de la literatura, en los libros Lo que no tiene nombre (Piedad Bonnett), Un mar de muerte. Recuerdos de un hijo (David Rieff ), La ridícula idea de no volver a verte (Rosa Montero) y El olvido que seremos (Héctor Abad Faciolince).

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La tiranía del culto al cuerpo

Susie Orbach en conversación con Arnoldo Kraus

Xalapa 2012, 
Susie Orbach es una psicoanalista, psicoterapeutay crítica social británica interesada en la vision contemporánea del cuerpo y su problemática relación con nuestra sociedad y entorno. Autora de La tiranía del culto al cuerpo y del fundamental Fat is a Feminist Issue (libros 1 y 2), Susie Orbach ha sido profesora en la London School of Economics (Londres) y en la New School for Social Research de Nueva York. En conversación con el experto en ética médica Arnoldo Kraus.Traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Taller de escritura dramática. Fabio Rubiano

¡A escena!

Cartagena 2015, 
Fabio Rubiano es dramaturgo, actor, director teatral y fundador del Teatro Petra en 1985. Galardonado con el Premio Nacional de Dirección Teatral en 2013, ofrecerá un taller sobre escritura dramática en el que los participantes podrán escribir sus propios textos a partir de un ejercicio propuesto por el autor.

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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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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.

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Richard Fortey

Life - An Authorised Biography

Hay Festival 1998, 
Richard Fortey has written a vivid biography of life - a history spanning more than 3000 million years. Weaving his own lifetime as a palaeontologist into the story, he shows how life's past was one of reversals, chances gained and lost, occasional drama; more dramatic and engaging than a human lifetime, but governed by the same mix of genes and opportunity.

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Conor Woodman

Sharks: Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City

Hay Festival 2017, 

The investigative reporter takes us on a journey through the lawless backstreets of cities as diverse as Mumbai, Bogotá, New Orleans, Barcelona and London. He uncovers the people and the scams that keep the global black economy moving. From dice games in steamy southern states to torture in British suburbs; from the sharp end of currency counterfeiting in Buenos Aires to the terrible truth behind antique forgery in the Middle East.

Conor Woodman

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Janusz Kozinski

The Humanist Engineer

Hay Festival 2017, 

Britain needs over one million more engineers. Only 11 per cent of Britain’s engineers are women. Engineering degrees have become a maths-science death march where students are submerged in a theoretical deluge. Many of our most creative and talented minds, particularly women, are choosing fields where imaginative and human-centric thinking is cherished not chided. The Engineering Renaissance emerging across the world is re-imagining what it means to be an engineer and what it means to educate engineers in a world that’s more complex, more challenging yet more captivating than ever before. Kozinski is senior adviser to the university project in Hereford.

Janusz Kozinski

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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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Afua Hirsch talks to Amy Ansell

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Hay Festival 2018, 

Where are you really from? You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking you where you are from? Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.

Ansell is Dean of Liberal Arts at Emerson College, and author of New Right, New Racism: Race and Reaction in the United States and Britain.

Afua Hirsch talks to Amy Ansell

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Matthew Carr

Blood and Faith–The Purging of Muslim Spain 1492-1614

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 1609, the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory or be killed. In a brutal and traumatic exodus, entire families were forced to abandon the homes and villages where they had lived for generations. An estimated 300,000 Muslims had been removed from Spanish territory, making it – then – the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history. Chaired by Abdul-Rehman Malik.

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Marcus Sedgwick

Segovia 2014, 

Marcus Sedgwick has established himself as a widely-admired writer of young adult fiction, and won several awards including the Printz Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. Sedgwick reflects on his popular, eclectic work with British Council Director Rod Pryde.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish