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Meera Syal

Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

Hay Festival 2000, 
The hugely versatile star of Goodness Gracious Me and author of Anita and Me introduces her hilarious new novel about Chila, a Punjabi bride, and her two best friends.

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Edwina Curry talks to Keith Raffan

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of A Parlimentary Affair tells the former Tory MP and HTV political broadcaster about the sizziling tale of sex, power and intrigue in her new best-seller A Womans Place.

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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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William Ospina en conversación con Sergio Dahbar

Cartagena 2013, 
William Ospina es poeta, ensayista, novelista y traductor. Autor de varios poemarios y libros de ensayocomo Aurelio Arturo(1991) oLos nuevos centros de la esfera(2001), en 2005 comenzó a publicar la que con el tiempo se convertirá en una trilogía literaria que inició conUrsúa, novela en la que aborda la historia de Pedro de Ursúa, conquistador español fundador de la ciudad colombiana de Pamplona. La segunda novela,El país de la canela, continúa con esta serie sobre los viajes al Amazonas durante el siglo XVI y fue galardonada con elPremio Rómulo Gallegos2009. La tercera ha sido publicada recientemente y lleva por título Laserpiente sin ojos. En conversación con Sergio Dahbar.

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HAY JOVEN: Elsa Osorio sobre La Capitana

Cartagena 2013, 
La prolífica escritora argentina, autora de más de diez libros y finalista del prestigioso Premio Fémina con A Veinte Años, Luz, hablará sobre su última novela, La Capitana, en la que describe la historia de un personaje real.

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Evelio Rosero in conversation with Gustavo Tatis

Cartagena 2012, 
Evelio Rosero has won the Tusquets Novel Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The Armies, a story that deals with the conflicts in Colombia without ever becoming political activism or ethical rhetoric. He was awarded the 2006 National Literature Prize and has just published La carroza de Bolívar, a novel that, with its ironic tone and plot complications, is his most ambitious project, a startling demonstration of his talent as a storyteller. He will talk to the journalist Gustavo Tatis.

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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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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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John Emsley

The Shocking History of Phosphorus

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Rhone-Poulenc Prizewinner introduces his stunning history of this most bizarre and savage element. Newton discovered that boiling down vast quantities of urine produced small quantities of pure white phosphorus. In liquid or solid form, this then gave off an intense light that lasted for days and caused amazement. Newton, Boyle and Leibniz believed that in phosphorus they had found one of the secret substances along the road to producing the 'philosopher's stone', the goal of all alchemy, which could prolong life and turn base metal to gold.

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Gael Garcia Bernal, Caco Barcellos y Hollman Morris en conversación con Ricardo Corredor Cure

Memoria y conflictos sociales en televisión y en documentales.

Cartagena 2014, 
A pesar de un vertiginoso crecimiento y de haber pasado la crisis económica de finales de la década pasada sin grandes traumatismos, América Latina se encuentra en ebullición. Las masivas protestas ocurridas en Colombia, México, Chile y Brasil, entre otros países, no sólo evidenciaron una multiplicidad de conflictos sino una nueva forma de narrarlos y aprehenderlos al hacer del vídeo, los celulares y las redes sociales protagonistas de las historias. Dos periodistas de televisión (Caco Barcellos y Hollman Morris) en conversarán sobre cómo hoy en día el oficio de contar historias usando el lenguaje audiovisual está cambiando y sobre el papel de la imagen en movimiento para guardar la memoria de estos procesos. Organizada por la Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano -FNPI- con el apoyo de la Fundación Tenaris-Tubocaribe y PROA

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Owen Sheers en conversacion con Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2013, 
Owen Sheers en conversacion con Gaby Wood

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M.A. Bennett, Will Hill and Sally Nicholls talk to Chelsey Pippin

'The Bookseller' YA Book Prize Panel

Hay Festival 2018, 

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction every year. Join the shortlisted authors of S.T.A.G.S, a twisting thriller set in an exclusive boarding school, After the Fire, a scary but uplifting story about surviving life in a cult, and Things A Bright Girl Can Do, a coming of age story of two girls who are caught up in the new movements to empower at the beginning of the twentieth century. The writers discuss the unwritten rules of adolescence and the courage and power it takes to survive it.

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Peter Atkins

Conjuring the Universe: The Origins of the Laws of Nature

Hay Festival 2018, 

The marvellous complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. There is a deep structure to the world which at the same time is simple, elegant, and beautiful. The University of Oxford professor asks: Where did these laws and these constants come from? And why are the laws so fruitful when written in the language of mathematics? 

Peter Atkins

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Paddy Ashdown

Swords and Ploughshares

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Liberal peer discusses peacekeeping in the Balkans and Iraq.

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Michael Sandel

Lo que el dinero no puede comprar. Los límites morales del mercado.

Cartagena 2014, 
Profesor de filosofía política en la Universidad de Harvard desde 1980, ha publicado numerosos ensayos, los cuales han sido traducidos a 23 lenguas. Destacan en español Contra la perfección. La ética en la era de la ingeniería genética (Marbot, 2007), Filosofía pública. Ensayos sobre moral en política (Marbot, 2008) y Justicia ¿Hacemos lo que debemos? (Debate, 2011). En Harvard, Sandel impartió durante dos décadas el curso “Justicia”, cursado por más de 15000 estudiantes y el primero en estar enteramente disponible online (www.justiceharvard.org ) y en la televisión. Entre 2002 y 2005 se desempeñó en la administración pública durante la presidencia de George W. Bush en la consejería presidencial sobre bioética. Michael Sandel es además miembro de la American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Su último libro se titula Lo que el dinero no puede comprar. Los límites morales del mercado.

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Novelists Read Bolaño: Manuel Vilas, Belén Gopegui and Luisgé Martín

Segovia 2013, 

Closing the tribute series dedicated to Roberto Bolaño – celebrating half a century of outstanding writing – three hugely popular novelists read from his works. Manuel Vilas, equally skilled at poetry and novel-writing; Belén Gopegui, an elegant stylist with brilliant used of metaphor; and Luisgé Martín, who is divided between the short story and the novel, receiving awards for both, including the Llanes de Literatura de Viajes Prize this year.

Co-organised and produced by AC/E (Acción Cultural Española)

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La genealogía del café.

Nicolás Artusi en conversación con Sergio Vilela

Cartagena 2015, 
Café. De Etiopía a Starbucks, la historia secreta de la bebida más amada y más odiada del mundo es un libro en el que el periodista y sommelier de café argentino Nicolás Artusi presenta la genealogía de esta controvertida bebida durante los últimos diez siglos de historia. Elixir para unos, tóxico para otros, el autor considera el café como la droga más popular del mundo y a partir de ese hecho, nos presenta cómo ha estado ligada a los cambios culturales más importantes de la modernidad.

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John Heilbron

Physics: From Quintessence to Quarks

Hay Festival 2016, 

How does the physics we know today, a highly professionalised enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry, link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? What is the path that leads from the old philosophy of nature and its concern with humankind’s place in the universe to modern massive international projects that hunt down fundamental particles and industrial laboratories that manufacture marvels? Heilbron is one of the most revered physicists in the world, and has written books about Galileo and Niels Bohr. Chaired by Dan Davis.

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Roger McGough

Segovia 2014, 

A chance to listen to one of the most outstanding British poets reading a selection of his work, confirming him as a poet of many voices, hilarious and surreal. Presented by Rod Pryde, Director of the British Council in Spain.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Susan Hill

Susan Hill

Hay Festival 2000, 
An interview with the prolific novelist, autobiographer and children's writer, whose latest books include Air and Angels, Mrs de Winter, The Mist in the Mirror and King of Kings. The play of her book Woman in Black has run for over ten years in the West End.

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Miguel Syjuco and Paolo Giordano in conversation with Joumana Haddad

Books and other stories

Beirut 2012, 
Journalists face the challenge of witnessing conflict and violence Good fiction writing could be defined by its universal appeal and its capacity to engage readers from all over the world. Two successful young authors tell us the secrets of their writing. Miguel Syjuco (Canada/Philippines) is the author of Ilustrado, his debut novel which won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize as well as the Palanca Award, the Philippines’ highest literary honour. Miguel’s writing pushes the boundaries of narrative fiction and explores the hopeful progress of a decaying third world society. Young novelist Paolo Giordano (Italy) has impressed critics and readers alike with The Solitude of Prime numbers, 2008 Premio Strega. He will talk about his novel, his journalistic work and upcoming projects. Chaired by Lebanese author and poet Joumana Haddad.
 
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With the support of Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec

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The Bookseller YA Book Prize and the Costa Book Award

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Lisa Heathfield and Martin Stewart, both shortlisted for the third Bookseller YA Book Prize, and Brian Conaghan, winner of the Costa Book Award 2017, as they discuss writing about big themes for YA readers. Chaired by Chelsey Pippin of Buzzfeed.

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The Bookseller YA Book Prize and the Costa Book Award

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Juliet Davenport, Craig Bennett and Leo Johnson talk to Andy Fryers

The Human Side of Climate Change - Good Energy Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Climate change often seems remote and theoretical: satellite images of polar ice caps, carbon emission statistics, and global leaders conducting high-flying diplomacy. But for millions around the world the changing climate is a daily and ever-increasing challenge to their security, health, homes, and livelihoods. Can telling the human stories tackle ambivalence and scepticism? Davenport is CEO of Good Energy, Bennett is CEO of Friends of the Earth and Johnson is co-founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd and co-presenter of BBC Radio 4's Futureproofing.

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Bee Wilson and Louise O Fresco talk to Rosie Boycott

Talking About Food: How and What We Eat

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about our relationship with food: what we choose to eat, and how the world can feed itself today. Wilson’s book First Bite: How We Learn to Eat looks at how we form our tastes and diets. Fresco’s Hamburgers in Paradise explores macro questions of surplus and obesity, the productivity of agriculture and how best we can aim to feed 8 billion people around the world. Boycott is the Mayor of London’s Food Commissioner.

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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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