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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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Adam Phillips and Paul Keegan

Freud

Hay Festival 2002, 
Sigmund Freud revolutionized the way we see our inner world. His writing inspires not only psychoanalysts but also artists, film-makers, writers and anyone looking for an imaginative way to think about their inner lives. But Freud can also be baffling: Phillips and Keegan introduce the Id, the Ego, The Superego, the Oedipus Complex. He was a daring thinker, and a stylish writer. His ideas are thrilling and his writing is often delightful. It's time to put the pleasure principle back into Freud.

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Lucy Worsley

Eliza Rose

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historian and broadcaster brings the court of Henry VIII to life in her first children’s novel. Go behind the scenes and discover the friendships and intrigues at the Royal court when she tells the story of Eliza’s life as a Maid of Honour to the glamorous new Queen.

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Dave Rudden

Knights of the Borrowed Dark

Hay Festival 2016, 

This debut author’s thrilling series kicks off in style as orphan Denizen Hardwick is snatched from his orphanage to fulfil his amazing destiny. Hear about the ancient order of knights who control the terrifying creatures that can grow in the dark in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.

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Bill Kissane

Nations Torn Asunder

Hay Festival 2016, 

Civil war has been a recurring feature of human societies throughout history, and an essential catalyst for major international conflict. Focusing on the numerous civil conflicts that have occurred throughout the world since the Second World War, Kissane asks what the recent social science literature adds to what we already know about civil war. The LSE professor uses insights from historical sources from the ancient Greeks onwards, to explain the extreme violent experience of so many parts of the world today. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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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.

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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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Scarlett Thomas

Dragon’s Green

Hay Festival 2017, 

Dive into The Worldquake Sequence and enjoy travelling with Effie on her journey from a School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange to the dangerous Otherworld to retrieve a magical book. The author will discuss the creation of her richly imagined fantasy world and the fabulous characters who live in it.

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Hay 25: Lila Azam Zanganeh, Philipp Blom, Paul Dolan, Dinaw Mengestu y John Ralston Saul en conversación con Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2013, 
En 2012 nuestro festival en Gales cumplió 25 años y, para celebrarlo, hemos compilado una selección de veinticinco preguntas sugeridas por autores y amigos que nos parecen relevantes para el momento en que vivimos. En esta ocasión, los invitados deben responder las tres siguientes: Si te convirtieras en el líder de tu país, ¿qué es lo primero que solucionarías? La mitad de las lenguas del mundo corren peligro de desaparecer para finales de este siglo. ¿Cree que importa? Estamos creando una biblioteca de literatura, música y cine. ¿Qué libro, película y disco incluiría en ella?

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Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz

Hay Festival 2007, 
The sensational author of the Alex Rider and Power of Five series writes unparalleled thrills, chills and adventure. 8 yrs +

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Tom Bullough talks to Chris Stewart

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author grew up on a hill farm in the Welsh borders, the setting for his second novel, The Claude Glass. He is interviewed by the author of Driving Over Lemons.

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Petros Márkaris en conversación con Juan Esteban Constaín - Versión española

Cartagena 2015, 
Petros Márkaris es autor de la serie de novelas policíacas protagonizadas por el irónico y políticamente incorrecto comisario Kostas Jaritos y ambientadas en Grecia en plena crisis económica, como Liquidación final, Con el agua al cuello y Pan, educación, libertad. Sus obras han sido merecedoras de premios como el Pepe Carvalho 2012, el Premio Negra y Criminal 2011 y el Point du Polar Européen 2013. Charlará con el escritor y columnista Juan Esteban Constaín.

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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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Gillian Clarke with Peter Florence

Talking About Shakespeare: Of Lear and Language and Poetry

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great poet discusses her experience of Shakespeare and her long relationship with Lyr, the subject of her masterpiece full-length poem The King of Britain’s Daughter. That poem itself was commissioned by the festival as an exploration of the words and ideas she began to play with in the 1989 Poetry Squantum, held upstairs in the back bar of the British Legion club in Hay.

Gillian Clarke with Peter Florence

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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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Eurig Salisbury talks to Jon Gower

Sgrwtsh

Winter Weekend 2012, 
What does ‘Sgrwtsh’ mean and what is the ancient art of Cynghanedd? Eurig, the Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Children’s Poet Laureate) 2011–13, and also one of our new International Fellows, explains all.

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Mariusz Szczygiel talks to Fernando de Valenzuela

Segovia 2012, 
Mariusz Szczygiel is a Polish writer and journalist, distinguished collaborator of the prestigious daily Gazeta Wyborcza and author of Gottland, winner of the European Book Prize in 2009, which has been published in Spanish. It is a collection of short stories set in the Czech Republic, an erudite and masterly book full of unusual characters and stories.
 
Simultaneous translation from Polish into Spanish. Co-organized with the Embassy of Poland in Spain and the Polish Cultural Institute

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Rob Penn

It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

Winter Weekend 2010, 
This is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike. It’s a tale of perfect components – parts that set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty. It tells how the bicycle has changed the course of human history, from the invention of the ‘people’s nag’ to its role in the emancipation of women, and from the engineering marvel of the tangent-spoked wheel to the enduring allure of the Tour de France.
 
To blow away the winter blues, Rob will also lead a group road bike ride, departing from the town clock in Hay at 9am and returning at 10.30am. Distance 20–25 miles, taking in some hills. Lots of chat, but no dawdling. If you'd like to sign up or want more information, contact Rob: 07979 265 436 or by email to post@robpenn.net. All welcome.
WE'RE SORRY THAT THE GROUP BIKE RIDE HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER. 
ROB'S SPEAKING EVENT WILL GO AHEAD AS PLANNED.
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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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Lisa Jardine

Ingenious Pursuits

Hay Festival 2000, 
In her elegant history Worldly Goods Jardine showed how iternational trade and an increasing demand for consumer 'worldly goods' on the part of the wealthy triggered the European Renaissance in art and learning in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Her new book Ingenious Pursuits analyses the largly commercial motivations driving the scientific revolutions of the same period. She explores the circumstances of these intellectual and cultural shifts and their part in the foundation of modern thought.

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Questions from Hay 25

Beirut 2012, 
The Hay Festival is 25 this year, and as part of the celebrations we have put 25 questions to everyone taking part in all our 15 festivals around the world. Please join the panel to discuss three of the questions: Which freedoms are you prepared to trade for greater security? Are religion and democracy incompatible? Teach us something important that you know. With Dalia Taha (Palestine), Óscar Guardiola-Rivera (Colombia), Åsne Seierstad (Norway), Chetan Bhatt (UK) and Najwan Darwish (Palestine). Chaired by Peter Florence, the Hay Festival Director.
 
Event in English

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Martin Amis

Preview - Night Train

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist previews his novella Night Train. Amis' novels include The Information, London Fields, The Rachel Papers, Other People, Times Arrow and Money, possibly the best book of the 1980's

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Michael Nyman in conversation with Graham Sheffield

Beyond music: music and other arts

Cartagena 2012, 
Michael Nyman, famous for his career as a pianist and his work as a composer, for example for the film The Piano, is also a photographer and video artist. He has contributed music to a documentary on the Spanish Civil War, La maleta mexicana, composed the opera Facing Goya and he participates in cultural projects that mingle different disciplines. He will talk to Graham Sheffield, the British Council’s Director of Arts. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Alan Hollinghurst, Nicola Barker, Rupert Thomson

Hay Festival 1998, 
A reading and conversation with three outstanding contemporary novelists. Hollinghurst, author of The Swimming Pool Library ("superbly written, wildly funny" - Daily Telegraph) and The Folding Star launches his new novel The Spell; Barker's Wide Open confirms her as a "singular, soaring, stratospheric talent" - Scotland on Sunday: Thompson's Soft is a brilliant fable about advertising, urban angst and synchronized swimming.

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Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

Monstrous Child, The Graces and The Call

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join three authors in contention for The Bookseller Young Adult Prize as they discuss the different ways in which their strong-minded and independent characters survive and thrive in their sometimes dark, always complex stories about adolescence. Chaired by Caroline Carpenter.

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Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin