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Terry Waite and Beryl Bainbridge talk to John Walsh

A Good Read

Hay Festival 1995, 
Which books do you treasure?
Bainbridge's novels include The Dressmaker, The Birthday Boys and the recently filmed An Awfully Big Adventure. She recommends Sherwin V Nuland's non-fiction book How We Die. The former hostage chooses Sir Stephen Spender's autobiography World Within World.

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Helen Fielding talks to Joanna Coles

Bridget Jones

Hay Festival 1997, 
London's most famous single thirty-something talks about scratchcards, cigarette consumption, Mr Darcy and the emotional fuckwittage of men. Joanna Coles is the New York correspondent of the Guardian.

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Jane Bradley, Misha Glenny, Luke Harding talk to Oliver Bullough

Kleptoscope 1: The Real McMafia

Hay Festival 2018, 

A walk on the dark side of globalisation and the all-pervasive organised crime that reaches from Russia to the banks and parliaments of the world, and to every personal computer networked to the web. Bradley is Buzzfeed’s Investigations Correspondent, Glenny is the author of McMafia, Harding is the author of Collusion and a foreign correspondent at the Guardian, Bullough’s forthcoming book is Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks now Rule the World and How to Take it Back.

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Min Kym talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung

Hay Festival 2017, 

At 21 the prodigious violinist found her instrument: a rare 1696 Stradivarius, perfectly suited to her build and temperament. Her career soared. Then, in a train station café, her violin was stolen from her side. In an instant her world collapsed. This is Min's extraordinary story - of a young woman staring into the void, wondering who she was, who she had been. It is a story of isolation and dependence, of love, loss and betrayal, and of the intense, almost human bond that a musician has with their instrument. Above all, it's a story of hope through a journey back to music.

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Kader Abdolah talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Talking About Islam

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Iranian-Dutch writer’s previous novels include the European best-sellers The House of the Mosque and The King. He discusses his new novel The Messenger: A Tale Retold that retells the life of the prophet Mohammad and his new translation of The Qur’an.

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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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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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Jeremy Seal, Edward Marriott

Here Be Monsters?

Hay Festival 2000, 
A double bill of travel to tickle your psyche. Seal's The Snake Bite Survivours Club: Travels Amongst Serpents is a mix of travel, history and modern fable, with the author travelling to the USA, Africa, Australia and India to meet people living amongst the worlds deadliest snakes-and attempting to overcome his personal fear in the process. Marriott's Wild Shore: Life and Death with Nicaragua's Last Shark Hunters pits men against monster in a struggle for supremacy.

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Max Hastings, Anthony Clare

Going to the Wars

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Evening Standard editor, and author of Bomber Command and Scattered Shots talks about his experience as a front-line War reporter in Cambodia, Vietnam and The Falklands.

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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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Dave Goulson

Bee Quest

Hay Festival 2017, 

A hunt for the world’s most elusive bees leads Goulson from Salisbury plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, the biologist’s wit, humour and deep love of nature make him the ideal travelling companion.

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Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

The Dunce’s Grammar: Truth and Fiction in the Age of Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

The multi award-winning journalist and novelist conducts an exacting examination of identity, secrecy and the relationship between the individual, the state and technology in his new book The Secret Life: Three True Stories.

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

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Lukás Bärfuss with Paul Ingendaay

Segovia 2013, 

Lukás Bärfuss has been working since 1997 as a freelance playwright and fiction writer in Zurich. Together with Samuel Schwarz, he founded the theatre company 400asa in this city. He talks to writer and journalist Paul Ingendaay, author of La noche de Madrid and contributor to German journal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Simultaneous translation from German into English.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in Spain and Fundación suiza para la cultura Pro Helvetia

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Emile Simpson talks to Richard Norton-Taylor

War From The Ground Up

Hay Festival 2014, 

As a former Gurkha officer, Simpson completed three tours in southern Afghanistan, which informed his first book War From the Ground Up – Twenty-First Century Combat as Politics. He talks about people, perception and persuasion in contemporary armed conflict.

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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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Timothy Findley, C K Stead, Gunnar Kopperud

Fiction International

Hay Festival 2000, 
A reading and discussion. Canadian Findley's new novel is called Pilgrim about a man who cannot die. Stead, a New Zealander, publishes The Death of the Body and Talking about O'Dwyer. The Norwegian journalist Kopperud's The Time of Light explores a German soldier's experience of the Battle of Stalingrad and it's aftermath in the country his Nazi war machine had devastated.

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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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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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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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Laurence Rees

The Holocaust: A New History

Hay Festival 2017, 

Mixing extensive research and testimony from survivors with a searing analysis of the decision-making of the Nazi state, the distinguished film-maker and historian’s landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history – how, and why, did the holocaust happen?

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Novela gráfica con Peter Kuper

Cartagena 2013, 
Peter Kuper, cuyo estilo recuerda al expresionismo alemán, es autor de Diario de Oaxaca (2009), un recorrido gráfico por las calles y la historia de Oaxaca, ciudad donde residió en 2006, año marcado por las protestas sociales. Una de sus obras más brillantes ha sido la adaptación de La metamorfosis de Kafka, un cómic que sumerge al lector en una atmósfera alienada y oscura. Colabora asiduamente con las revistas Newsweek y MAD, así como con periódicos como The New York Times. Su último trabajo publicado en español es Diario de Nueva York.

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Germaine Greer

The Shakespeare Lecture

Hay Festival 1998, 
The new historricism is no longer new but does that meanit shouldbe thrown out? Does thinking about Shakespeare in his historic context help us or hinder us in understanding his plays as texts for today? So Juliet is fourteen, so what? So Cesario is a boy played by a girl played by a boy. So what?

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Llew Smith – Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife

Winter Weekend 2012, 
Protest Christmas Cards, highlighting political and social turmoil, have been produced from the early days of the industrial revolution right up to the current coalition government and the Occupy movement. Former MP Llew Smith explores their history.

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Mark Price talks to Nik Gowing

Fairness for All

Hay Festival 2017, 

Drawing heavily on the much vaunted John Lewis Partnership of which he was Managing Director, Price champions ‘inclusive capitalism’, by which he means getting people in and on in work. Acting responsibly to all stakeholders is central to his theme; with employees, the most important stakeholder - drivers of it all. He became Minister of State for International Trade in February 2016.

Mark Price talks to Nik Gowing

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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.

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