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Too True

Hay Festival 1998, 
The poet Blake Morrison explores the boundries between fact and fiction with Linda Grant, author of Remind Me Who I Am, Again and the award- winning writer Romesh Gunesekera whose novel The Sandglas is published this month by Granta. Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father? launched a publishing fashion for confessional autobiography. His second book As If addressed the killing of two-year old James Bulger. Too True is published this month.

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Richard Hoggart

The Way We Live Now

Hay Festival 1997, 
The pre-eminent cultural critic, author of The Uses of Literacy, Only Connect, Speaking to Each Other and The Way We Live Now examines the way our society's relationship with reading and literature has developed in the late teentieth century. He explores the politics of culture and education, and analyses the impact or our language on our daily lives.

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Gala del Libro Favorito

Xalapa 2012, 
Invitados del festival nos cuentan sobre el libro con el que más han disfrutado como lectores, escrito en el siglo XXI. Con Jõao Paulo Cuenca (Brasil), Guillermo Fadanelli (México), Laura Martínez-Belli (México), José Ovejero (España), Elsa Osorio (Argentina) y Reina María Rodríguez (Cuba). Presentado por Rodolfo Mendoza.

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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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Simone Cuff

The Ecosystem Inside: Your Body and its Tiny Citizens - Cardiff University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Most people think they are human; this is only partly correct. You have within you more cells that are not human than those that are: from bacteria that help you digest your food, to fungi that help keep your skin healthy and mites that live in your eyebrows. You are in fact a whole world. What are the latest ideas on how interactions between you and your tiny citizens affect your health? How do bacteria affect allergies? Is there any point in eating live yogurt? Cuff is based at the Institute of Molecular and Experimental Medicine.

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Tracy Chevalier, Phil Grabsky and David Bickerstaff

Girl with a Pearl Earring: The Doc and Other Treasures of the Mauritshuis

Hay Festival 2016, 

Chevalier’s best-selling novel inspired many readers to look at Vermeer’s famous painting more closely. Now she has participated in a documentary film directed by Phil Grabsky – part of the pioneering series Exhibition on Screen. How did the writer help the award-winning film-makers to bring the work to life? How has the film affected her own understanding of a painting she thought she knew well?  

Tracy Chevalier, Phil Grabsky and David Bickerstaff

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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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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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Eleonora Galasso and Simon Schama

As the Romans Do: Authentic and reinvented recipes from the Eternal City

Hay Festival 2016, 

The captivating Instagram gastro star and Roman native conjures up La Dolce Vita with her recipes for earthy breakfasts, alfresco lunches and sumptuous suppers. She is joined by historian and food fanatic Simon Schama. This is table talk in flagrante!

 

Eleonora Galasso and Simon Schama

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Fred Taylor

Exploring the Planets

Hay Festival 2016, 

For 50 years, and from research labs to Cape Canaveral, from Space agencies to Downing Street, Fred Taylor has been at the forefront of the technological adventure of the Space Age. Instruments and experiments he helped imagine and build have travelled into Deep Space and surveyed the Solar System. He is now Halley Professor of Physics Emeritus at Oxford.

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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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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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El reto de la traducción. Erri de Luca y Philip Boehm en conversación con Jonathan Levi

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos expertos en el difícil oficio de la traducción literaria conversan con Jonathan Levi. Escritor, poeta y traductor Erri de Luca (Italia); Philip Boehm traduce del alemán y el polaco al inglés, contando entre sus trabajos con traducciones de textos de Franz Kafka o la premio Nobel Herta Müller.

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HAY JOVEN: Eurig Salisbury sobre poesía

Cartagena 2013, 
El galés Eurig Salisbury escribe poesía y prosa para niños y adultos; nos contará sobre la complejidad de escribir en una lengua minoritaria, el galés, y las interacciones que se crean entre poesía, lenguaje y traducción.

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Álvaro Enrigue, Arturo Fontaine y Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Óscar Collazos

Historias políticas.

Cartagena 2013, 
La novela política nunca ha dejado de estar de actualidad en América Latina. Tres autores que han trabajado en el género conversarán con Óscar Collazos de esos libros de ficción que reflejan, analizan y hasta proponen las políticas del continente. Álvaro Enrigue (México), Arturo Fontaine (Chile) y Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia) en conversación con el escritor Óscar Collazos.

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Lucie Green

15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun

Hay Festival 2016, 

Light takes eight minutes to reach Earth from the surface of the Sun. But its journey within the Sun takes hundreds of thousands of years. What is going on in there? What are light and heat? How does the Sun produce them and how on earth did scientists discover this? Professor Lucie Green is a solar physicist at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory and regularly appears on the BBC’s Star Gazing Live with Brian Cox. She works with the world’s major Space agencies, including NASA. In 2009 she won the Royal Society’s Kohn Award for her work promoting public engagement with science.

Lucie Green

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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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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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Sean Hughes, Tony Hawks

Hay Festival 2000, 
Both comedians have enjoyed considerable success with their books. Hughes follows The Detainees with another brutally funny and harrowing novel about a man called Shea who finds his father hanging from a light-fitting on Boxing Day and sets out to find what could possibly have cast so dark a cloud over his family's happy Blairite lives. Hawks' new travel story Playing the Maldovans at Tennis is the result of another dodgy wager with Arthur Smith. It's a comic masterpiee, now shortlisted for the first Everyman Wodehouse Award.

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Archbishop Rowan Williams

Has Secularism Failed?

Hay Festival 2002, 
There is much anxiety and confusion at present over the cultural role of religious belief. Are we condemed to a bitter stand-off between revived fundamentalism and an increasingly shaky 'liberal' consensus in public life? Or are there other models for faith and culture? Chaired by The Guardian's Alan Rusbridger.

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Jane Davidson and Sophie Howe

The Single Most Important Piece of Legislation in the Past 20 Years?

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 came into full force in April 2016. It puts a legal responsibility on the Welsh public sector, including Welsh Government, to consider sustainability in all of its actions. The potential for this to change the private sector, too, is huge. Jane Davidson was the original architect of this Act and Sophie Howe is the new Commissioner responsible for delivery. Will it change the world, or is it a well-meaning Act with no Teeth?

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Barry Cunliffe

By Steppe, Desert and Ocean: The Birth of Eurasia

Hay Festival 2016, 

The story of how humans first started building the globalised world we know today. Set on a huge continental stage, from Europe to China, it is a tale covering more than ten thousand years from the origins of farming around 9,000 BC to the expansion of the Mongols in the C13th AD. Cunliffe brings into clearer focus those basic underlying factors that have driven change throughout the ages: the acquisitive nature of humanity, the differing environments in which people live and the dislocating effect of even slight climatic variation. The Emeritus Professor of Archaeology is the author of The Ancient Celts, Facing the Ocean, and Britain Begins.

Barry Cunliffe

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Marcus Sedgwick

Saint Death

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author takes listeners on a virtual trip into his writing space, revealing the research behind Saint Death. Think folk saints, migrants, gang warfare and human rights as he tells tales of the iconic Santa Muerte and reveals the shocking reality facing many communities living on the Mexican/US border. A fascinating and powerful talk from this prize-winning novelist. 

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Marcus Sedgwick

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Ben Cort

Aliens Love Underpants

Hay Festival 2017, 

Aliens, dinosaurs, monsters, pirates – everyone loves underpants. Join the illustrator who helped to create Aliens Love Underpants and celebrate its tenth anniversary. Watch as Ben brings the aliens to life in this interactive event suitable for all the family. And catch a special guest appearance from somewhere far away. Alien fans can come dressed in their favourite alien outfit or in funny pants.

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Stanley Wells

The First Folio: Where Would We Be Without It?

Hay Festival 2000, 
The First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623, is one of the most valuable, in all senses of the word, and important documents of Western civilsation. The pre-eminent Shakespeare scholar will discuss the impact it has had on our perception of its author