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Emma Carroll, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Jacob Sager Weinstein

Imaginary worlds

Hay Festival 2018, 

How do you create a world where everything is different to our own? Join three authors as they discuss the imaginative journey it takes to create alternative worlds in their books including Skychasers, The Girl of Ink and Stars and The City of Secret Rivers. Chaired by Emily Drabble, BookTrust

9+

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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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Chris Haughton

Shh! We Have a Plan

Hay Festival 2015, 
Chris Haughton is the creator of highly-acclaimed, award-winning picture books A Bit LostOh No, George! and most recently Shh! We Have a Plan. He is also the co-founder of NODE, a fair trade social business. In this interactive family event, Chris will read from his books, show trailers and images, use some very clever props, and play drawing games.
4+ years
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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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Xavi Ayén en conversación con Santiago Gamboa

Espejismos y realidades del boom

Cartagena 2015, 
El periodista Xavi Ayén investigó durante diez años el movimiento más importante de la literatura en español del siglo XX, el boom latinoamericano y su relación con Barcelona. Un trabajo que lo llevó por más de trescientas fuentes y a entrevistar a sus grandes protagonistas.
El resultado final fue Aquellos años del boom, libro galardonado con el Premio Gaziel de Biografías y Memorias 2013.

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Lawrence Bee

Britain’s Spiders: A Field Guide

Hay Festival 2017, 

Did you know that Britain has approximately 660 species of spider? Join one of the authors of this new family guide to look at where, when, and how to find the spiders that live around us, and how to identify them. Zebra, Buzzing, Wolf or False Widow spider: which one lives in your house or garden?  Live spiders will be part of this talk.

9+

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Matt Lucas talks to Stephanie Merritt

Little Me – My Life from A-Z

Winter Weekend 2017, 

“I talk about my life and work, including Little Britain, Come Fly With Me, Bridesmaids, Les Miserables, Alice In Wonderland and, of course, Shooting Stars. This is a bit different to most memoirs you may have read, because it comes in the form of an A-Z.  For instance, B is for Baldy! - which is what people used to shout at me in the playground (not much fun), G is for Gay (because I’m an actual real life gay) and T is for the TARDIS (because I’m a companion in Doctor Who now).” Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

Matt Lucas talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Simon Callow

Orson Welles: One Man Band

Hay Festival 2016, 
In the third volume in his epic survey of Orson Welles’ life and work, Callow again probes in comprehensive and penetrating detail into one of the most complex artists of the twentieth century, looking closely at the triumphs and failures of an ambitious one-man assault on one medium after another – theatre, radio, film, television, even, at one point, ballet – in each of which his radical and original approach opened up new directions and hitherto unglimpsed possibilities.
He begins with Welles’ self-exile from America, and his realisation that he could only function happily as an independent film-maker, a one-man band; by 1964, he had filmed Othello, which took three years to complete, Mr Arkadin, the biggest conundrum in his output, and his masterpiece Chimes at Midnight, as well as Touch of Evil, his sole return to Hollywood and, like all too many of his films, wrested from his grasp and re-edited. Along the way he made inroads into the fledgling medium of television and a number of stage plays, including Moby-Dick, considered by theatre historians to be one of the seminal productions of the century. Meanwhile, his private life was as dramatic as his professional life.
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Álvaro Enrigue, Antonio García Ángel, João Paulo Cuenca y Ricardo Silva en conversación con Catalina Holguín

Cartagena 2013, 
Cuatro escritores latinoamericanos nos hablan sobre sus últimos proyectos. Álvaro Enrigue (México), Antonio García Ángel (Colombia), João Paulo Cuenca (Brasil) y Ricardo Silva (Colombia) comparten además el haber formado parte de Bogotá 39. Conversarán con la periodista Catalina Holguín.

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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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Sarah McIntyre

Prince of Pants

Hay Festival 2017, 

Come and enjoy a dramatic reading with the author/illustrator of the hilarious story about the Prince, his Pants and how they all go missing. Join in an interactive drawing session where you can share your ideas about the Prince and what might have happened to his pants.

6+
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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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Matt Griffin

A Cage of Roots

Kells 2015, 

Kells-born author and illustrator Matt Griffin has garnered a global reputation for striking graphic work and poster design for various industries including publishing, advertising, music, film, animation and design. He discusses his first novel A Cage of Roots.

10+ years
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The Seductress of the Nile (and elsewhere)

Hay Festival 1995, 
Roger Barnard celebrates Agatha Christie as the supreme crime writer of the century, who forged a new sort of relationship with readers and took crime writing, particularly thw hodunnit, in directions in which current writers, often grudgingly and ungratefully, still follow her.

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Alastair Campbell talks to Dylan Jones

Breakfast Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2018, 
A conversation with the iconic journalist, whose diaries of his time in Downing Street during the Blair years established him as a best-seller. He has also written extensively about mental health and has just published a new thriller about football and terrorism set in the 1970s, co-written with Paul Fletcher - Saturday Bloody Saturday.
Alastair Campbell talks to Dylan Jones

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David Crystal talks to Peter Florence

An Alphabet (and maybe some punctuation marks too)

Hay Festival 2018, 

An hour of glorious grammar as the fabulously entertaining language and linguistics guru plays with two-minute lectures. A is for Alphabet – why this order? O may well be Oxford Comma, but it might be Original Pronunciation... (ellipsis). What would you like to hear him explain?

David Crystal talks to Peter Florence

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Sujit Sivasundaram

Cambridge Series 14: The History of Islands and Their Contribution to the Modern World

Hay Festival 2018, 

The islands of the Pacific and Indian oceans and the people who inhabited these seas are some of the most marginalised places and people in Western historical memory. Yet they played a crucial role in modern political, intellectual and cultural thought, and may be sites to watch for the future of humanity even as environmental change takes its course. Dr Sivasundaram is Reader in World History.

Sujit Sivasundaram

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Timandra Harkness

Comedy: Big Data

Hay Festival 2017, 

Big Data knows where you’ve been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you’ll buy, where you’ll be the victim of crime and when you’ll have a heart attack. Big Data knows you better than you know yourself, or so it claims. But how well do you know Big Data? Now, thanks to comedian and broadcaster Timandra Harkness, you can grasp the whole subject in an hour, complete with bad puns, audience participation and an electric shock machine.

Timandra Harkness

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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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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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Philip Ball

The Water Kingdom: A Secret History of China

Hay Festival 2017, 

From the Yangtze to the Yellow River, China is traversed by great waterways, which have defined its politics and ways of life for centuries. Water and irrigation have been so integral to China’s culture, economy, growth and development that it provides a window on the whole sweep of Chinese history. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Kati Marton talks to Corisande Albert

True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy

Hay Festival 2017, 

The harrowing story of an American traitor who sold out his country to the Russian president. Noel Field, once a well-meaning and privileged American working in the State Department, spied for the Soviets during the 1930s and -40s. Later, a pawn in Stalin’s sinister master strategy, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB, and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades. Marton is an award-winning journalist, a human rights campaigner, and the author of Enemies of the People and The Great Escape.

Kati Marton talks to Corisande Albert

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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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Kelly Bérubé

Urban Air Pollution: Unpleasant, Unhealthy and Unsustainable - Cardiff University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Our lungs are exposed to airborne particles in all aspects of everyday life, and global research suggests that they can cause serious health problems, especially in people with pre-existing lung and heart disease. Kelly Bérubé, Reader in Biosciences at The Lung and Particle Research Group, shares the latest findings.

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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.

12+
The Bookseller YA Book Prize and the Costa Book Award