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Chad Harbach en conversación con Peter Florence

Cartagena 2014, 
Chad Harbach (Estados Unidos) es autor de la novela El arte de la defensa, novela elegida en 2011 como mejor libro del año por The New York Times. La novela narra las vivencias de un joven con grandes aptitudes para el béisbol que recibe una beca para estudiar en una universidad privada. El crecimiento de los personajes de la historia, acogidos en un contexto universitario, refleja en sus dilemas y logros los cambios de la sociedad estadounidense en los últimos años. En conversación con Peter Florence. Con el apoyo de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América

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Petros Márkaris en conversación con Juan Esteban Constaín

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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Rhidian Brook

Fictions: The Killing of Butterfly Joe

Hay Festival 2018, 

Llew Jones wanted to see the States and write about the experience. Then he met Joe Bosco, a butterfly salesman as charismatic as he was infuriating, and they were soon hurtling across 1980s America together, caught up in an adventure that got way, way out of control. Now Llew is in jail, his friend is gone, and he has to give his side of the story if he’s ever going to get free . . . Part existential road trip, part neo-Gothic thriller, part morality tale, The Killing of Butterfly Joe is a dazzling and propulsive novel full of characters you’ll never forget. The film of Brook’s novel The Aftermath starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård comes out later this year. He talks to Peter Florence.

Rhidian Brook

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Edith Hall, Shazia Mirza, Allison Pearson, Elif Shafak, Sharlene Teo, Gabrielle Walker

#Vote100Books

Hay Festival 2018, 

An all-star book group of Hay writers gather to recommend books for our #Vote100Books campaign: We want a new library of 100 great books by women that have inspired readers over the past century. Which books would you want to add to this library? Books have liberated and empowered people, books have enabled readers to imagine the world to be braver, more equal and more dynamic. Democracy is vulnerable to cynicism. Books offer empathy and hope. Chaired by Lynn Enright, head of news and content at The Pool.

Find out more about the #vote100books campaign and submit your nominations here

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Christine L Corton

London Fog: The Biography

Hay Festival 2016, 

The classic London fogs, thick yellow pea-soupers, were born in the Industrial Age and remained a feature of cold, windless winter days until clean air legislation in the 1960s. Corton tells the story of the fogs, their dangers and beauty, and the lasting effects on our culture and imagination of these urban spectacles. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Ehud Barak talks to Bronwen Maddox

My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace

Hay Festival 2018, 

A rare interview with the former Prime Minister of Israel, the most decorated soldier in his country’s history and author of a new memoir. Barak is a fierce proponent of a two-state solution for a lasting peace with Palestinians, with a shared capital in Jerusalem. He reflects on the current state of the peace process, on Israeli, Arab and American politicians and on the opportunities that are still available.

Bronwen Maddox is the director of The Institute for Government. She was previously editor of Prospect and Foreign Editor of The Times.

Ehud Barak talks to Bronwen Maddox

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Jamie Bartlett and Damian Tambini talk to Matt Stadlen

The Internet: This is for Everyone? Really?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Tambini’s book Digital Dominance: The Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple shows how these corporations have accumulated power in ways that existing regulatory and intellectual frameworks struggle to comprehend. A consensus is emerging that the power of these new digital monopolies is unprecedented, and that it has important implications for journalism, politics and society. Bartlett’s The People vs. Tech: How the Internet Is Killing Democracy (And How We Save It) asks what does that mean for democracy, our delicately balanced system of government that was created long before big data, total information and artificial intelligence? The author of The Dark Net and Radicals argues that through our unquestioning embrace of big tech, the building blocks of democracy are slowly being removed. The middle class is being eroded, sovereign authority and civil society are weakened, and we citizens are losing our critical faculties, maybe even our free will. Chaired by Matt Stadlen of LBC.

Jamie Bartlett and Damian Tambini talk to Matt Stadlen

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Christopher de Hamel

Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts

Hay Festival 2017, 

Intimate conversations with 12 of the most famous medieval manuscripts in existence. De Hamel traces the elaborate journeys these exceptionally precious artifacts have made through time and space. He shows us how they have been copied, who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell); how they have been embroiled in politics and scholarly disputes; and how they have been regarded as objects of supreme luxury and as symbols of national identity. De Hamel was Head of Medieval Manuscripts at Sotheby’s and is now Librarian at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Christopher de Hamel

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Trevor Cox talks to Adam Rutherford

Now You’re Talking: Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

If you’ve ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your voice is to your personal identity. We judge others not just by their words but by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent. The Professor of Acoustic Engineering explores the full range of our voice – how we speak and how we sing; how our vocal anatomy works; what happens when things go wrong and how technology enables us to imitate and manipulate the human voice.

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Sean Hughes, Tony Hawks

Hay Festival 2000, 
Both comedians have enjoyed considerable success with their books. Hughes follows The Detainees with another brutally funny and harrowing novel about a man called Shea who finds his father hanging from a light-fitting on Boxing Day and sets out to find what could possibly have cast so dark a cloud over his family's happy Blairite lives. Hawks' new travel story Playing the Maldovans at Tennis is the result of another dodgy wager with Arthur Smith. It's a comic masterpiee, now shortlisted for the first Everyman Wodehouse Award.

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Catriona Crowe

Kells 2014, 

Genealogist Catriona Crowe demonstrates how to use the 1901 and 1911 censuses to trace your ancestry.

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Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Enrique Bueres

Segovia 2014, 

The Colombian writer who won the La Otra Orilla award in 2009 for Necrópolis presents his book Océanos de arena, a diary of travels in the Middle East. He talks to Enrique Bueres, editor-in-chief of Canal+ and contributor to GQ magazine.

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James Ward

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Who said stationery is boring? Half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, like who is Mr Pritt? And what are the thousands of uses claimed for Blu-Tack?

 

James Ward

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Stanley Wells

The First Folio: Where Would We Be Without It?

Hay Festival 2000, 
The First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623, is one of the most valuable, in all senses of the word, and important documents of Western civilsation. The pre-eminent Shakespeare scholar will discuss the impact it has had on our perception of its author

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Happiness, The Delight-Tree

An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry

Kells 2015, 

Menna Elfyn (Wales), Alan Spence (Scotland), Peter Fallon and Breda Wall Ryan (Ireland) share their contribution to this unique collection of poetry honouring the United Nations International Day of Happiness.

Happiness, The Delight-Tree

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Rainbow Magic

Hay Festival 2013, 

Get out your wings and come dressed as a fairy for storytelling and lots of activities with the fairy queen.

6+ years

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks to Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2010, 

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Suzanne Vega

Hay Festival 2000, 
The songwriter in conversation. She talks about her lyrics, her music and her poetry, Her collected writings, interviews, and essays are published as The Passionate Eye.

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Helen Castor

Cambridge Series 11: Elizabeth I

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the popular imagination, as in her portraits, Elizabeth is the image of monarchical power. The Virgin Queen ruled over a Golden Age: the Spanish Armada was defeated and England's enemies scattered; English explorers reached almost to the ends of the earth; a new Church of England rose from the ashes of past conflict, and the English Renaissance bloomed in the genius of Shakespeare, Spenser and Sidney. But the image is also armour. In her illuminating new account of Elizabeth’s reign, Castor shows how England’s iconic queen was shaped by profound and enduring insecurity – an insecurity which was both a matter of practical political reality and personal psychology. But, facing down her enemies with a compellingly inscrutable public persona, the last and greatest of the Tudor monarchs would become a timeless, fearless queen.

Helen Castor

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Thomas Weber talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi

Hay Festival 2018, 

The story of the making of Adolf Hitler that we are all familiar with is the one Hitler himself wove in his 1924 trial, and then expanded upon in Mein Kampf. Weber strips away the layers of myth and fabrication in Hitler's own tale to tell the real story of his politicisation and radicalisation in post-First World War Munich. It is the gripping account of how an awkward and unemployed loner with virtually no recognisable leadership qualities and fluctuating political ideas turned into the charismatic, self-assured, virulently anti-Semitic leader with an all-or-nothing approach to politics with whom the world was soon to become tragically familiar.

Thomas Weber talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Richard Hayman

The River Wye as a psychological and physical barrier

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Wye’s natural beauty has long been part of the river’s heritage, but many aspects of its history have been forgotten. Having both a Welsh and an English heritage, the Wye has a special unifying role in British culture, as well as exhibiting some of the classic features of a border. The river has been a psychological barrier separating cultures by language, religion and politics, and a physical barrier separating hostile rivals. By tradition the Wye was the last refuge of Vortigern and of Owain Glyndwr. In the 18th century, timber that was floated down the river from the Golden Valley built the British fleet that took on the French at Trafalgar. 

Richard Hayman

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Jorge Edwards in conversation with Fernando Iwasaki

Segovia 2013, 

Jorge Edwards, writer, literary critic, journalist and Chilean diplomat, and well-deserved recipient of the Premio Cervantes, discusses his latest novel, El descubrimiento de la pintura (Lumen), with the Peruvian writer, Fernando Iwasaki.


With the collaboration of AC/E (Acción Cultural Española).

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Pirate’s Curse

Hay Festival 2016, 

Shiver me timbers! Once upon a time, a mysterious message in a bottle said someone needed help; help from a certain bold, brave knight. So the brilliant Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his cat Envelope and his good grey mare find a ship to rescue the messenger. Join the author for a musical, storytelling journey complete with pirates, a sea monster, and a delicious surprise.

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Robert Penn

Woods: A Celebration

Winter Weekend 2017, 

From Dean to Epping, Hatfield to Sherwood, the author covers the natural history of our forests and how they have changed the face of our landscape. Covering the different species of trees that give our woods their unique character, the plants and animals that inhabit them and the way their appearance changes throughout the seasons, Woods is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated celebration of Britain’s trees and the ancient stories that surround them.

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Jenni Desmond

The Zebra Who Ran Too Fast

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Zebra, Elephant and Bird are three best friends together: then one day they all fall out because Zebra runs TOO fast and doesn’t listen to his friends.

Join Jenni for a storytelling session and hands-on art workshop. She’ll also show you how she made the book, and you will be making your very own zebra mask to take home.

3+ years

Jenni Desmond