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Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men

Hay Festival 2010, 
We’ve been with him all the way and we’re as excited as ever about the final installment of the Chaos Walking trilogy. Hear about it here first.
 
10+ years

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Zoé Valdés, Manuel Vicent and Almudena Grandes with Juan David Correa

Memory talks

Cartagena 2010, 
Literature can be described as a means of creating memory – that is, we remember and reinvent the past, and by doing so, we make literature. To regain the past, to wonder about its impact in our present, or to question its apparent irrefutability, are matters that belong to literary memory. With Zoé Valdés, writer, poet and Member of the Order of Arts and Letters in France; Manuel Vicent, Spanish writer and winner of the Alfaguara Prize in 1999 with Sound of the Sea and the Nadal Prize in 1986 with Balada de Caín, and Almudena Grandes, author of The Frozen Heart, in conversation with the journalist Juan David Correa.

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James Shapiro talks to Jerry Brotton

Talking About Shakespeare: 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Samuel Johnson Prize-winning author of 1599 offers an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare’s most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. 1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, is a fraught one for England. Plague returns. There is surprising resistance to the new king’s desire to turn England and Scotland into a united Britain. And fear and uncertainty sweep the land and expose deep divisions in the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot.

James Shapiro talks to Jerry Brotton

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Deborah Kay Davies and Tahmina Anam talk to Ariane Koek

Fictions: Survival

Hay Festival 2011, 
True Things About Me is a novel about a woman, about risk and sex and survival. The Good Muslim is a family love story set in Bangladesh and explores the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war.

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Jon Ronson

Lost At Sea

Hay Festival 2013, 

In his latest curious adventures into human eccentricity the humorist investigator goes on patrol with America’s real-life superheroes, nerds a UFO convention in the Nevada Desert with Robbie Williams, and asks a robot whether it has a soul. 

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Tony Curtis in conversation with Joan Bakewell

London Events 2008, 

At the height of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tony Curtis starred in Houdini and Spartacus, made comedy history with Jack Lemmon in the unforgettable Some Like It Hot, was friends with Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and James Dean, and romanced screen sirens such as Marilyn Monroe, Janet Leigh and Natalie Wood.

Sparing no ego, Tony Curtis talks to Joan Bakewell about the characters he's played and known during his illustrious career, co-stars, wives, lovers and friends. The event launches the Hollywood legend's autobiography American Prince.

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John Irving talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Great American Novelist talks to Peter Florence.

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John Bulmer talks to Revel Guest

The North

Hay Festival 2013, 

The photo-journalist shows and discusses his seminal 1960s reportage in b/w and colour from the industrial heartlands untouched by the Swinging Sixties.

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Andrea Levy talks to Claire Armitstead

The Long Song

Hay Festival 2010, 
The new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of Small Island. ‘As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed.’
Andrea Levy talks to Claire Armitstead

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Blanca Berasategui in conversation with María Dueñas

Segovia 2010, 
María Dueñas has been the literary phenomenon of the year. With her novel El tiempo entre costuras she has become known as a new and subtle writer who evokes the world of the Spanish protectorate in Morocco and all the real and imagined lives at the beginning of the 20th century. Dueñas, who is also a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Murcia, will talk to Blanca Berasategui, editor in chief of El Cultural (the cultural supplement of the newspaper El Mundo). 
 
Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.
Blanca Berasategui in conversation with María Dueñas

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Paul Preston

The LSE Lecture: The Spanish Holocaust - Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

Hay Festival 2012, 
The world’s foremost historian of C20th Spain charts how and why Franco and his supporters set out to eliminate all ‘those who do not think as we do’ – some 200,000 innocent men, women and children across Spain.
 

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Andrew Simms, John Sauven, Peter Myers and Lemn Sissay

nef series 3: Tick Tock, Climate Clock

Hay Festival 2012, 
How much can society and the economy change in 50 months? On current trends, that’s the time frame we are working to before the balance of risk of dangerous climate change potentially shifts against us. The Chief Executive of Greenpeace UK discusses the deadline with the co-founders of onehundredmonths.org and poet Lemn Sissay.

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Mark Tully

India - The Road Ahead

Hay Festival 2012, 
The peerless commentator on India examines the economic boom, corruption, poverty, diversity and cricket in the world’s largest democracy. Chaired by Oliver Balch, author of India Rising - Tales From a Changing Nation.

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare 3 - The Lovers

Hay Festival 2012, 
The professor of poetry lays bare Shakepeare’s depiction of boy lovers and the explorations of sex, love and marriage in the plays. With special reference to Romeo & Juliet. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Jonathan Haslam

Cambridge University Series 1: Near and Distant Neighbours 1917–1989

Hay Festival 2013, 

The history of Russia’s Secret Services from the Revolution to the Fall of the Wall: the Military Intelligence, the codes and ciphers and the KGB.

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Martín Solares, Tomás González and William Ospina with Óscar Collazos

Narrating Violence

Cartagena 2011, 
El escritor y editor Martín Solares es autor de Los minutos negros, una novela policíaca que aborda el problema del narcotráfico en el golfo de México. El escritor colombiano Tomás González retrata en su última novela, Abraham entre bandidos, los sentimientos humanos en medio de la guerra. William Ospina, escritor y poeta colombiano, galardonado con el Premio Internacional Rómulo Gallegos 2009 por El país de la canela, nos narra habitualmente en El Espectador sus crónicas sobre la realidad en su país. Los tres tratarán con el escritor y periodista Óscar Collazos el tema de la violencia en la novela.

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Baroness Helena Kennedy

Democracy: A System in Crisis

Segovia 2010, 
The work of Baroness Helena Kennedy, a lawyer and member of the House of Lords, has centred on matters related to human and civil rights, social justice and culture. Aware of the importance of the education system, she created the Helena Kennedy Foundation, an organisation that helps students of modest means. She is the author of Just Law: The Changing Face of Justice

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Niall Ferguson

Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968

Hay Festival 2016, 

No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed by some as the ‘indispensable man’, whose advice has been sought by every president from John F Kennedy to George W Bush, he has also attracted immense hostility from critics who have cast him as an amoral Machiavellian – the ultimate, cold-blooded ‘realist’. In his first volume of biography, the historian examines Kissinger’s early life (as a Jew in Hitler’s Germany, a poor immigrant in New York, a GI at the Battle of the Bulge, an interrogator of Nazis, and a student of history at Harvard) to understand his debt to the philosophy of idealism. By tracing his rise, fall and revival as an adviser to Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon, Ferguson assesses Kissinger’s contribution to the theory of diplomacy, grand strategy and nuclear deterrence.

Niall Ferguson

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Fernando Gaitán, Senel Paz and David Trueba with Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón

The Script: A Universal Form

Cartagena 2011, 
Television and film are based on a kind of writing called the script, which is perhaps one of the most universal forms. What is it like? What goes into making it? Why does everyone consume it? Talking about these matters will be: the Colombian Fernando Gaitán, well known scriptwriter and soap opera and television series producer; the Cuban Senel Paz, cinema scriptwriter and author; and the multi-talented David Trueba, who has experience in all facets of film making, particularly scriptwriting and direction. Chaired by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, one of the most recognised directors of his generation, with many awards to his name.

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Tina Brown talks to William Boot

Hay Festival 2010, 
The A-list editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk) discusses the future of magazines and communications, and her pioneering news reporting and opinion website The Daily Beast.
Tina Brown talks to William Boot

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Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

Most Talked About YA Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet the authors of three of the most talked-about Young Adult novels of 2015, Read Me Like a BookThe Art of Being Normal and This is Not a Love Story. For anyone who struggles with what they feel is expected of them by family, school and society, these books will be a breath of fresh air. Relationships, identity and gender are explored in a discussion about the challenges and rewards of writing for a YA audience.
12+ years/YA
Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

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Claudia Roden and Jose Pizarro talk to Michael Jacobs

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Spanish Food

Hay Festival 2012, 
The peerless food-writer, author of The Food of Spain, is joined by the top Spanish chef, author of Pizarro: Seasonal Spanish Food to celebrate one of the great gastronomic cultures of the world.

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Francine Stock talks to Owen Sheers

A Century Of Film And How It Shaped Us

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Join Francine on her personal journey through a glorious century of cinema, showing in vivid detail how film both reflects and makes our world.
 
More about A Century Of Film And How It Shaped Us
At the end of the nineteenth century, audiences were enthralled by the flickering image of an oncoming train in a Lumiere Brothers' short film; more than a hundred years later the immersive fantasy of Avatar enveloped audiences around the globe. Film is a communal dream, in which our fears and fantasies are revealed, often to startling effect. It has influenced our behaviour in small but significant ways, from the widespread abandonment of vests after Clark Gable's example in It Happened One Night to gangsters holding their weapons at movie-cool angles, improving their image but not their aim. It has intertwined with politics, helping to forge national identity, galvanise against a wartime enemy or warn of social upheaval via horror or science fiction. It has burrowed deep into our psyche, changing perceptions of history and memory – one study showed soldiers' recall may sometimes owe more to war films than actual experience. It has even raised romantic expectations that for us, too, 'the one' will arrive for that big clinch in the final reel. Despite decades of rapid change, we are still hypnotised and seduced by the power of cinema; it remains our most persuasive mass entertainment. In this fascinating, entertaining and illuminating book Francine Stock takes us on a personal journey through a glorious century of cinema, showing in vivid detail how film both reflects and makes our world. 
 
'Stock's prose vaults gracefully between reference points... her analyses here are impressively fluent and insightful.' The Scotsman
 
'As a guide to 100 years of cinema, Francine Stock certainly has the credentials... an informative, easy read.' The Sunday Times
Francine Stock talks to Owen Sheers

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Jennifer Potter

The Seven Flowers

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The horticultural historian and novelist considers how the lotus, lily, sunflower, rose and tulip have enflamed hearts and minds around the world. She shows how the opium poppy returned to haunt its originators in the West and how Confucius saw virtue and modesty in the orchid while the Greeks saw only sex. Above all, Potter demonstrates how these seven flowers have come to be metaphors for life, death, purity, passion, greed, envy, virtue, hope and consolation.

Jennifer Potter

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Jordi Soler talks to Juan Cruz

Segovia 2011, 
“There is very little that can be done against oblivion, but it is imperative to do it”, says Mexican author Jordi soler in the pages of La fiesta del oso (2009), a novel set in the Spanish Civil War narrating the fate of certain republican troops who had to abandon all and flee to France. On this occasion, Soler will present his most recent novel, Diles que son cadáveres, a surprising story in which curious characters try to find the staff of Saint Patrick that belonged to the poet Antonin Artaud. He will talk with Spanish writer and journalist Juan Cruz.