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Scritture Giovani 2015 – Home

Llyr Gwyn Lewis, Marco Parlato and Elske Rahill

Kells 2015, 

Four writers under the age of 30 are commissioned to write a story on the same theme of ‘home’, each of which is then translated into Italian, German and English. The writers visit four festivals (Mantova and Berlin in September, Hay Festival Wales in May, Hay Festival Kells in June) to discuss their work.

This time we asked the writers to write about 'home', which is perhaps more difficult to find in a world where people are often on the move, where relationships are less consolidated than in the past, and where people no longer feel the same sense of belonging to a mother country. The stories collected in the 2015 anthology include homes that offer comfort, arouse memories and suggest a future. At least as long as the story lasts.

The Scritture Giovani 2015 writers talk to Tiarnán de Hál.

Scritture Giovani 2015 – Home

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Favourite book gala

Cartagena 2012, 
The following writers talk about the books they have enjoyed most: Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Guatemala), David Safier (Germany), Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina), Jordi Puntí (Spain), Evelio Rosero (Colombia), Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain), Juan Carlos Botero (Colombia), Khaled al-Berry (Egypt), Bruno Arpaia (Italy) and Gustavo Rodríguez (Peru). Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina, director of RCN. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Rob Penn

It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

Winter Weekend 2010, 
This is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike. It’s a tale of perfect components – parts that set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty. It tells how the bicycle has changed the course of human history, from the invention of the ‘people’s nag’ to its role in the emancipation of women, and from the engineering marvel of the tangent-spoked wheel to the enduring allure of the Tour de France.
 
To blow away the winter blues, Rob will also lead a group road bike ride, departing from the town clock in Hay at 9am and returning at 10.30am. Distance 20–25 miles, taking in some hills. Lots of chat, but no dawdling. If you'd like to sign up or want more information, contact Rob: 07979 265 436 or by email to post@robpenn.net. All welcome.
WE'RE SORRY THAT THE GROUP BIKE RIDE HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER. 
ROB'S SPEAKING EVENT WILL GO AHEAD AS PLANNED.
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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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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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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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Eric Wolff

Cambridge Series 12: Climate - Lessons from the Past, Options for the Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

How will Earth’s climate respond to rising concentrations of carbon dioxide? Wolff uses records of the past, including those from Antarctic ice cores, to see how climate has responded to natural disturbances in the past. He is the Royal Society Research Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and one of the world’s leading experts on polar ice-cores and Palaeoclimate.

Eric Wolff

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Alan Hollinghurst, Nicola Barker, Rupert Thomson

Hay Festival 1998, 
A reading and conversation with three outstanding contemporary novelists. Hollinghurst, author of The Swimming Pool Library ("superbly written, wildly funny" - Daily Telegraph) and The Folding Star launches his new novel The Spell; Barker's Wide Open confirms her as a "singular, soaring, stratospheric talent" - Scotland on Sunday: Thompson's Soft is a brilliant fable about advertising, urban angst and synchronized swimming.

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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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Steven Butler

Odd Bods

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author and actor’s  hilarious picture-book takes a kindly look at all sorts of interesting and entertaining bods, and shows that being different can be fun. Come and find out more about the Odd Bods and join Steven as he acts out their very special characteristics.

3+
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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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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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Sophy Henn

Pom Pom Gets the Grumps

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet Pom Pom the panda, he’s a bit of a grump! Enjoy a fun, interactive storytelling and arts and crafts session with author and illustrator Sophy Henn as she teaches you how to create your own Pom Pom and some of her other bear characters.
4+ years
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Mariusz Szczygiel talks to Fernando de Valenzuela

Segovia 2012, 
Mariusz Szczygiel is a Polish writer and journalist, distinguished collaborator of the prestigious daily Gazeta Wyborcza and author of Gottland, winner of the European Book Prize in 2009, which has been published in Spanish. It is a collection of short stories set in the Czech Republic, an erudite and masterly book full of unusual characters and stories.
 
Simultaneous translation from Polish into Spanish. Co-organized with the Embassy of Poland in Spain and the Polish Cultural Institute

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Questions from Hay 25

Beirut 2012, 
The Hay Festival is 25 this year, and as part of the celebrations we have put 25 questions to everyone taking part in all our 15 festivals around the world. Please join the panel to discuss three of the questions: Which freedoms are you prepared to trade for greater security? Are religion and democracy incompatible? Teach us something important that you know. With Dalia Taha (Palestine), Óscar Guardiola-Rivera (Colombia), Åsne Seierstad (Norway), Chetan Bhatt (UK) and Najwan Darwish (Palestine). Chaired by Peter Florence, the Hay Festival Director.
 
Event in English

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Eurig Salisbury talks to Jon Gower

Sgrwtsh

Winter Weekend 2012, 
What does ‘Sgrwtsh’ mean and what is the ancient art of Cynghanedd? Eurig, the Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Children’s Poet Laureate) 2011–13, and also one of our new International Fellows, explains all.

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Dinaw Mengestu y Kamila Shamsie en conversación con Nikil Saval

Cartagena 2013, 
Dinaw Mengestu es un escritor norteamericano de origen etíope, seleccionado en 2010 por la revista The New Yorker como uno de los mejores autores menores de 40 años. Su novela El lugar del aire es una reflexión sobre la inmigración, el amor y la familia. Kamila Shamsie (Pakistán) es autora de cinco novelas, entre ellas Sombras Quemadas, finalista del Premio Orange y traducida a más de veinte idiomas. También ha escrito un libro de ensayo, Offence: The Muslim Case.Es miembro del consejo de administración de English PEN y escribe para los periódicos International Herald Tribune y The Guardian. En conversación con Nikil Saval, de la revista n+1.

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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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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

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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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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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Bill Sewell talks to Jake Kemp

Food, Pleasure and Community

Hay Festival 2017, 

On the final day of his crowd-funding campaign for his new book Bill’s Kitchen, food writer and restaurateur Bill Sewell discusses his journey from concerned London vegetarian to enthusiastic rural omnivore. His trademarks are strong flavours, simple techniques and a passion for the pleasure of cooking as well as eating. They talk about eating well but not cleanly; and the ways in which social media can either kill or build a sense of community around food, cooking and eating.

Bill Sewell talks to Jake Kemp

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Tom Bullough talks to Chris Stewart

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author grew up on a hill farm in the Welsh borders, the setting for his second novel, The Claude Glass. He is interviewed by the author of Driving Over Lemons.

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Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz

Hay Festival 2007, 
The sensational author of the Alex Rider and Power of Five series writes unparalleled thrills, chills and adventure. 8 yrs +

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Clare Bridge

Wearable Vintage Fashion

Winter Weekend 2014, 

They are desirable, affordable and accessible: vintage clothing and accessories present great opportunities to develop a unique style. Covering the looks of the twentieth century from the ’20s to the ’80s, Clare takes us on a journey of discovery.

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