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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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Bernardo Ortiz en conversación con Hans Ulrich Obrist; José Roca y Tupac Cruz en conversación con Boris Ondreicka

DISCUSIONES II

Cartagena 2013, 
DISCUSIONES está coorganizado por Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), que apoya principalmente manifestaciones artísticas que cuestionan los discursos hegemónicos en relación a prácticas artísticas y que operan a nivel internacional.


DISCUSIONES II se adentra en en las facetas específicas de la dicotomía cultura / naturaleza y en la subhistoria de la espiritualidad en el arte contemporáneo colombiano. Con Bernardo Ortiz, (escritor y artista, Bogotá) y Hans Ulrich Obrist, (comisario y co-director de la Serpentine Gallery, Londres). Seguido de José Roca, (comisario y director de la galería Flora ars + natura, Bogotá), Tupac Cruz (filósofo, musico y artista, Bogotá y Chicago) y Boris Ondreicka (comisario invitado de TBA21, Viena).

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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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Rob Biddulph

Dinosaur Juniors: Happy Hatchday

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the author and illustrator for a dinosaur event with a difference. Hear Rob talk about how he became a children’s author and illustrator, listen to him read from his latest book and take part in creating some dinosaurs of your own.

3+

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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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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
Chris Haughton

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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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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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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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How To Write a Book

Kells 2014, 

Have you ever wanted to write a novel? How do you get it out of your head and onto the page? How do you handle structure, dialogue and plot? And once it’s written, what is the best way to get it published? These and more questions will be tackled in a new series in The Irish Times called ‘How To Write a Book’. Joining Sinead Gleeson of The Irish Times will be novelists from the festival programme.

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Horatio Clare talks to Jon Gower

Orison for a Curlew

Hay Festival 2016, 

The slender-billed curlew is one of the world’s rarest birds. A beautiful, fragile creature, it bred in Siberia and wintered in the Mediterranean basin, passing through the wetlands and estuaries of Italy, Greece, the Balkans and central Asia twice a year. Then, no-one knows why, the population crashed. The slender-billed curlew now exists as rumour, hope, unconfirmed sightings and speculation. The only certainty of its story is that it now stands at the brink of extinction. The author of A Single Swallow tells a story of beauty, triumph, mystery and struggle, in a homage to a creature that may never be seen again.

Horatio Clare talks to Jon Gower

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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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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.
Simon Callow

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Laura James

Cowboy Pug

Hay Festival 2017, 

Pug and his faithful companion, Lady Miranda, are back for another adventure. They’ve saddled up and are going to be cowboys for the day. But Pug’s not so sure…there might be bandits. Then again, there could be candyfloss. Can Pug take the reins when Lady Miranda lands on the wrong side of the law?

6+

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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

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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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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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Nick Crumpton

The Amazing Animal Atlas

Hay Festival 2018, 

From the mangroves of Florida to the peaks of the Himalayas, animals are found just about everywhere, so come and join the zoologist and writer as he takes us on a voyage around Planet Earth in search of some of our world’s weirdest, and most recently discovered, animals.

6+

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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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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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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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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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Helen Rappaport

The Race to Save the Romanovs

Hay Festival 2018, 

On 17 July 1918, the whole of the Russian Imperial Family was murdered. There were no miraculous escapes. The former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children – Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey – were all gunned down in a blaze of bullets. On the centenary of these brutal murders, historian Helen Rappaport set out to uncover why the Romanovs’ European royal relatives and the Allied governments failed to save them.

Helen Rappaport

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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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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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