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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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Brian Gambles, Patrick Arends and Ian Ward

Rewriting The Book: The Library Of Birmingham

Hay Festival 2013, 

The £189m Library of Birmingham opens in September this year, and will be the largest public library in Europe. It will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books, a gallery space, a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and two garden terraces. The Project Director, architect and the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council will discuss bringing this ambitious project to fruition.

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Jo Fairley, Harriet Lamb and Wolfgang Weinmann chaired by George Alagiah

The Country Living Debate: What’s Behind the Logo?

Hay Festival 2010, 
With a plethora of labelling but a woeful lack of consistent information, how are we to understand how and where our food is produced and the ethics of the companies involved? Featuring the Fairtrade Foundation, Green & Blacks and Cafédirect.
Jo Fairley, Harriet Lamb and Wolfgang Weinmann chaired by George Alagiah

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Liz Tunbridge, Alexandra Brand, Lucie Green and Ana Cavalcanti

The Royal Society Platform

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Next Big Things

From solar science to fungi sensing, four Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their research in cutting edge science. Chaired by Lucy Carpenter.

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Nemat Shafik

Reformations 3: Policy

Hay Festival 2017, 

 The Economist Platform

The British-American economist examines the formation of policy in the post-truth world, and reconfigures how expertise is mediated and how we manage the boundaries between advisors and politicians. Shafik was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and is the incoming Director of the London School of Economics. Chaired by Zanny Minton Beddoes.

Nemat Shafik

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Chris Patten

What Next? Surviving the Twenty-First Century

Hay Festival 2009, 
Migration, climate, conflict, and the myriad challenges for the global communities. The former EU Commissioner, Governor of Hong Kong is now co-Chair of the International Crisis Group. Chaired by BBC World anchor Nik Gowing.

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Mark Welland

Cambridge University Series 2: The Future Is Nano

Hay Festival 2013, 

An introduction to the development and progress of nanotechnology, and a reasonable expectation of what it can do – from miniaturisation of mobile phone tech to the understanding and treatment of human diseases. Professor Welland is the director of Cambridge University’s Nanoscience Centre, and was Chief Scientific Advisor to the MoD.

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Jeanette Winterson

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

Hay Festival 2010, 
The writer celebrates the 25th anniversary of her autobiographical novel.
Jeanette Winterson

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Miriam Gómez Cabrera Infante en conversación con Valentí Puig

Segovia 2009, 
Miriam Gómez Cabrera Infante, viuda del Premio Cervantes Guillermo Cabrera Infante, y el periodista, crítico y escritor Valentí Puig dialogan sobre el fascinante proceso de publicación de la obra del autor cubano que Galaxia Gutenberg / Círculo de Lectores está editando. Presenta y modera Antoni Munné.

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Elmer Mendoza talks to Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Segovia 2011, 
In Mexico, everything related to drug trafficking is reflected in various ways in culture, among them the Mexican “corridos”, musical numbers that narrate the story of anonymous heroes or smugglers often paid by the drug traffickers themselves. The patriarch of north Mexican literature and author of La prueba del ácido, Élmer Mendoza, will talk on the matter with Arturo Pérez-Reverte, a prolific writer of international renown whose novel La reina del sur has been translated into 27 languages and has had an unparalleled success in México and has recently been adapted for television and made a huge impact through Spanish speaking Latin America.

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Rick Wakeman talks to Phil Rickman

Grumpy Old Rock Star

Hay Festival 2009, 
The legendary Yes keyboard player is one of the great rock storytellers.

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Oliver Balch, Les Lumsdon, Chris Moss and Michael Kerr

The Future of Travel Writing

Hay Festival 2012, 
What can the travel writer offer in an age of Trip Advisor and Wikipedia? Are we tired of foreigners writing about other people’s places? Journalists and authors Oliver Balch and Chris Moss join Slow Travel writer Les Lumsdon. Chaired by The Telegraph’s Deputy Head of Travel.

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Alistair Darling talks to Jesse Norman

Back from the Brink

Hay Festival 2012, 
The former Chancellor discusses the state of the world economy and his one thousand days at No 11 that were dominated by RBS, Iceland, and his relationship with the bloke next door.

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William Dalrymple

The Return Of A King

Hay Festival 2013, 

The historian tells the story of the British forces as they invade Afghanistan in 1839 and re-establish Shah Shuia ul-Mulk on the throne. The British faced little opposition to the invasion but, two years later, the Afghans rose in answer to the call for jihad and ultimately consigned the British to their most humiliating military defeat of the C19th.

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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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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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Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

What If Money Grew On Trees

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Consider a world where gold is worthless, everybody earns the same amount, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted? The New Economics Foundation fellow and the co-author of What If Money Grew On Trees talk to Hay Festival’s Sustainability Director.

Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

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Janet Todd

Cambridge Series: The Uncensored Jane Austen

Hay Festival 2010, 
The general editor of the nine-volume Cambridge Jane Austen talks about the novelist’s juvenilia and unpublished works.
Janet Todd

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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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Gary Younge

Who Are We – And Should it Matter in the 21st Century?

Hay Festival 2010, 
We are more alike than we are unalike. But the way we are unalike matters. To be male in Saudi Arabia, Jewish in Israel or white in Europe confers certain powers and privileges that those with other identities do not have. Identity can represent a material fact in itself. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Gary Younge

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Ranulph Fiennes talks to Rupert Lancaster

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Hay Festival 2010, 
Sir Ranulph Twistleton-Wykham-Fiennes’ personal expedition to trace his extraordinary family through history. From Charlemagne to the present day.
Ranulph Fiennes talks to Rupert Lancaster

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Ángel Antonio Herrera, Raúl del Pozo y Javier Villán Zapatero

Café Gijón

Segovia 2008, 
El Gran Café de Gijón en Madrid es el café literario por excelencia. Ha reunido en tertulia, durante décadas, a los más sobresalientes escritores y artistas españoles e incluso extranjeros. Umbral escribió La noche que llegué al Café Gijón, y lo eternizó en libro. Umbral homenajeó al Gijón y el Gijón le homenajea a él. Conversación de sus amigos de El Mundo; el escritor y periodista Angel Antonio Herrera, el poeta y periodista Javier Villán Zapatero y el escritor y columinista Raul del Pozo.

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Irrational, The Chaotic And The Incomplete

Hay Festival 2013, 

The brilliantly entertaining and inspiring Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science explores The Mathematical Limits Of Science.

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Ted Hughes

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading by the Poet Laureate.

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Gillian Beer

Darwin and the arts

Cartagena 2010, 
Gillian Beer, fellow of Girton College, Cambridge University, who has studied Darwin’s works and their relationship with literature, reveals an unknown side of the British genius. During his youth, Darwin showed a special interest in arts that disappeared in his mature years. She investigates this matter: what happened to his aesthetic sensitivity? Did it disappear or just re-emerge under a different form in his later works? 
 
This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.
Gillian Beer