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Shirley Collins talks to Stewart Lee

All in the Downs: Reflections on Life, Landscape and Song

Hay Festival 2018, 

A legendary singer, folklorist and music historian, Shirley Collins has been an integral figure in the English folk music scene for more than 60 years. In her autobiography, All in the Downs, Collins tells the story of that lifelong relationship with English folksong – a dedication to artistic integrity that has guided her through the triumphs and tragedies of her life. 

Shirley Collins talks to Stewart Lee

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Maggie Aderin-Pocock

StarFinder for Beginners

Hay Festival 2018, 

Fascinated by the wonders of the night sky? Join the Space scientist and BBC 4’s The Sky at Night presenter as she speaks about her passion for the stars. Take a journey through the constellations and find out how to begin stargazing with her new bookA must for budding astronomers.

9+

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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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Alex Milway

Pigsticks and Harold

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Step aside, Holmes and Watson – there’s a new crime-busting duo in town! There is a thief in Tuptown and Pigsticks is determined to solve the crime and catch the baddie. Armed with his magnifying glass and a monocle, and with his sharp-eyed sidekick Harold, Pigsticks dons his waterproofs and sets to work. But can he find the thief in time to stop the Butterfly Ball from being cancelled?

Alex will show you how to draw your very own Pigsticks and Harold cartoons in this interactive drawing workshop.

7–10 years

Alex Milway

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Sarah Corbett talks to Jonathon Porritt

How to Be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest

Hay Festival 2018, 

If we want a world that is beautiful, kind and fair, shouldn’t our activism be beautiful, kind and fair? The campaigner and founder of the global Craftivist Collective shows how to respond to injustice not with apathy or aggression, but with gentle, effective protest. With thoughtful principles, practical examples and honest stories from her own experience as a once burnt-out activist, Corbett shows how activism through craft can produce long-lasting positive change.

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Alexis Jenni talks to Francine Stock

The French Art of War

Hay Festival 2017, 

The French novelist introduces his masterpiece The French Art of War, which won the Goncourt Prize in 2011 and is published now in English. It’s a journey through France’s military history in Indochina, Algeria and at home. The novel is told through the eyes of a war veteran who becomes a painter, Victorien Salagnon, and the young man he teaches to paint in exchange for writing his story.

This event is part of a European Writers’ Tour, an initiative proudly delivered by EUNIC London in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature and the British Library. The programme is supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK and EUNIC Global.

In French with translation available.

Alexis Jenni talks to Francine Stock

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Fleur Alexander

Above and Below

Hay Festival 2016, 

Take part in an interactive session with the storyteller exploring eight amazing habitats above and below the Earth’s surface, recreated in Patricia Hegarty and Hanako Clulow’s book. Delve into the rainforest, dive into the ocean and learn about the sustaining connections between the two.

3+

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Jon Gower and Tiffany Murray in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2012, 
Two interesting Welsh writers will talk to the Festival Director about their work. Jon Gower studied English Studies at Cambridge University and is one of Wales’ greatest literary talents. A writer, presenter and radio and television producer, he has worked for media such as the BBC and Boomerang. He has published a range of books in English, including the An Island Called Smith, which won him the John Morgan Travel Award. Tiffany Murray is a Welsh writer and creative writing teacher. Her novels Diamond Star Halo (2010) and Happy Accidents (2005) have been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; she has contributed to The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the Arts Council of Wales

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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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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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Muchas Áfricas. Jon Lee Anderson en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Cartagena 2013, 
Jon Lee Anderson es reportero para la revista The New Yorker y autor de, entre otros libros, La caída de Bagdad y de la biografía de Che Guevara. Maestro de la FNPI, Jon Lee acaba de publicar un libro en el que recopila varias de sus crónicas sobre países africanos: La herencia colonial y otras maldiciones. Crónicas de África. Conversará con el editor Diego Rabasa.

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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+
Sarah McIntyre

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Xi Chuan

My Words, Others’ Words: Reading

Segovia 2013, 

One of the most influential poets in contemporary China reads his poems and talks to Jose Felix Valdivieso, who also reads Xi Chuan ‘s poems in Spanish.

 

Consecutive translation from Chinese into Spanish.

Co-organised with Cosmopoetica, Centro Cultural Chino in Madrid and Bibloteca Nacional de España.

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Erica Wagner

Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

Hay Festival 2017, 

Wagner presents her riveting biography of one of the most important figures in American civil engineering history, Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge. Introduced by Philip Davies, Director of the Eccles Centre.

Erica Wagner

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Adam Rutherford

The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us

Hay Festival 2019, 

Humans are the slightest of twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years, a lot of twists and turns and a billion species. All of those organisms are rooted in a single origin with a common code that underwrites our existence. Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire or has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves. Evolution has, however, allowed us to develop our culture to a level of complexity that outstrips any other observed in nature. Rutherford presents Inside Science on BBC Radio 4. His previous books are Creation and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived.

Adam Rutherford

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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.

Philip Ball

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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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Heroes: Pilots and Paramedics

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet real-life heroes from the Wales Air Ambulance team and hear their amazing true life stories in this illustrated talk about some of the life-saving rescue operations they have carried out in extraordinary and difficult situations. All the people featured in this session are heroes in their own way. There’s a chance to ask them questions too.
8+ years
Heroes: Pilots and Paramedics

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Felipe Fernández-Armesto in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

America, or the invention of the world

Cartagena 2011, 
More than 500 years after the so-called discovery of America, Europeans and Americans continue to reflect on its true significance. Felipe Fernández-Armesto is one of the most brilliant British historians working today and author of works such as Civilizations and 1492: The Year the World Began; and Juan Esteban Constaín, who teaches International Relations at Rosario University, is author of a number of books including the historical novel El naufragio del Imperio and Calcio.

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Gerals Kaufman talks to Keith Raffan

How To Be A Minister

Hay Festival 1997, 
As the new administration settles in at Westminster, Gerald Kaufman talks to Keith Raffan about his authoritative guide to the process of government, an uproariously funny and scurrilous view of power.

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Michelle Paver

Hay Festival 2014, 
Following the conclusion of her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, Michelle Paver is here to introduce you to The Burning Shadow, the second book in her thrilling new Gods and Warriors series. Set during the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean, it promises exciting adventures against the backdrop of a vividly-imagined prehistoric setting. Come and hear all about Michelle’s inspiration for the books and her extensive research, including diving with dolphins.
9+ years
Michelle Paver

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Libby Purves

Love Songs and Lies

Hay Festival 2007, 
The broadcaster discusses her novel of C20th friendship, music and romance.

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Pete Brown talks to Andy Fryers

The Apple Orchard: The Story of Our Most English Fruit

Hay Festival 2017, 

Taking us through the seasons in England’s apple-growing heartlands, Brown uncovers the stories and folklore of our most familiar fruit. An orchard is not a field. It’s not a forest or a copse. It couldn’t occur naturally but it demonstrates that man and nature together can create something beautiful.

Pete Brown talks to Andy Fryers

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Gina Rippon

The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience that Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain

Hay Festival 2019, 

Reading maps or reading emotions? Barbie or Lego? We live in a gendered world where we are bombarded with messages about sex and gender. On a daily basis we face deeply ingrained beliefs that your sex determines your skills and preferences, from toys and colours to career choice and salaries. The neuroscientist interrogates what this constant gendering means for our thoughts, decisions and behaviour. And what does it mean for our brains? Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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HAY JOVEN: Kamila Shamsie sobre Sombras Quemadas

Cartagena 2013, 
Kamila Shamsie (Pakistán) es autora de cinco novelas, entre ellas Sombras Quemadas, finalista del Premio Orange y traducida a más de veinte idiomas. Conversará sobre esta novela y su trabajo como escritora.