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Michelle Robinson

Goodnight Spaceman

Hay Festival 2016, 

Bedtime goodnights to their toy rockets and the planet turn into a magical adventure for two Space-mad boys once they’re asleep. Join the author/illustrator as she takes them on their journey, and make your own planets to take home. 

3+

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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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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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Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm

Hay Festival 2017, 

Writer and comedian Jonathan Meres provides a laugh-out-loud treat as he talks about the twelfth and final instalment in his multi-award-winning series. Although life is undoubtedly still unfair for Norm, Jonathan guarantees that he will cheer up the audience and get everyone singing along to his World of Norm song.

6+

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Francesca Rhydderch and Tyler Keevil talk to Penny Thomas

Fictions: New Welsh Short Stories

Winter Weekend 2015, 

The best of contemporary Welsh short-story writing, New Welsh Short Stories offers a wide-ranging view of a country from new and established writers. Stories range from the personal to the universal; from the streets of urban south Wales to the wilder reaches of small town and countryside; from film sets to the limits of time and space.

Francesca Rhydderch and Tyler Keevil talk to Penny Thomas

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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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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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Helena Kennedy talks to Laura Bates

Eve Was Shamed

Winter Weekend 2018, 

The QC forensically examines the pressing new evidence that women are still being discriminated against throughout the legal system, from the High Court (where only 21% of judges are women) to female prisons (where 84% of inmates are held for non-violent offences). In-between are the so-called ‘lifestyle’ choices of the Rotherham girls; the failings of the current rules on excluding victims’ sexual history from rape trials; battered wives being asked why they don’t ‘just leave’ their partners; the way statistics hide the double discrimination experienced by BAME and disabled women; the failure to prosecute cases of female genital mutilation… the list goes on. The law holds up a mirror to society and it is failing women.

Helena Kennedy talks to Laura Bates

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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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Allegra Huston talks to Rosie Boycott

Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found

Hay Festival 2010, 
When Allegra Huston was four years old, her mother was killed in a car crash. Soon afterwards, she was introduced to an intimidating man wreathed in cigar smoke – the legendary film director John Huston – with the words ‘This is your father’. At the age of twelve she was introduced to her real father, the British historian John Julius Norwich.

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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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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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Simone Cuff

The Ecosystem Inside: Your Body and its Tiny Citizens - Cardiff University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Most people think they are human; this is only partly correct. You have within you more cells that are not human than those that are: from bacteria that help you digest your food, to fungi that help keep your skin healthy and mites that live in your eyebrows. You are in fact a whole world. What are the latest ideas on how interactions between you and your tiny citizens affect your health? How do bacteria affect allergies? Is there any point in eating live yogurt? Cuff is based at the Institute of Molecular and Experimental Medicine.

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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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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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Bee Wilson and Louise O Fresco talk to Rosie Boycott

Talking About Food: How and What We Eat

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about our relationship with food: what we choose to eat, and how the world can feed itself today. Wilson’s book First Bite: How We Learn to Eat looks at how we form our tastes and diets. Fresco’s Hamburgers in Paradise explores macro questions of surplus and obesity, the productivity of agriculture and how best we can aim to feed 8 billion people around the world. Boycott is the Mayor of London’s Food Commissioner.

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David Pryce-Jones

The War That Never Was

Hay Festival 1996, 
As the Russian Presidency is increasingly pressurized by a Communist resurgence, David Pryce-JOnes tells the inside story of shifting allegiances and alliances within Gorbachev and Yeltsin's Kremlin. The collapse of the Soviet Union caught everyone by surprise. Why did the Communist Party not seek to defend its hold on power through the use of force? Pryce-Jones asked those responsible in the Soviet Union and its satellites to explain how they had come to take a course leading to their own surrender of power.

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Chris Edge

Hay Festival 2017, 
How amazing would it be to have a dad whose an astronaut? Rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake’s dad is orbiting the earth in the International Space Station… until his mission goes wrong, and it’s up to Jamie, and the alien civilisation in his phone, to rescue him! Join author Christopher Edge to explore the real-life science behind his hilarious and heart-warming books The Jamie Drake Equation and the Many Worlds of Albie Bright.
7+

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Edwina Curry talks to Keith Raffan

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of A Parlimentary Affair tells the former Tory MP and HTV political broadcaster about the sizziling tale of sex, power and intrigue in her new best-seller A Womans Place.

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Yaba Badoe, Steve Tasane, Ele Fountain, Mitch Johnson

Fiction and Fact – the creating of stories from world news

Hay Festival 2018, 

Four books inspired by desperate stories from around the world: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars is Ghanaian-British filmmaker Yaba Badoe’s story of the horrors of people-trafficking and the magic of African folklore. In Child 1 Steve Tasane captures the survival spirit of a group of undocumented children in a refugee camp. Inspired by the plight of child refugees in Ethiopia, Ele Fountain’s Boy 87 is one 14-year-old’s search for a better life. In Mitch Johnson’s Kick, a boy called Budi is working in a sweatshop in Jakarta making football boots but dreams of being a football star. Chaired by Sian Cain.

9+

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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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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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HAY JOVEN: Kamila Shamsie sobre Sombras Quemadas

Cartagena 2013, 
Kamila Shamsie (Pakistán) es autora de cinco novelas, entre ellas Sombras Quemadas, finalista del Premio Orange y traducida a más de veinte idiomas. Conversará sobre esta novela y su trabajo como escritora.

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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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Michelle Paver

Hay Festival 2014, 
Following the conclusion of her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, Michelle Paver is here to introduce you to The Burning Shadow, the second book in her thrilling new Gods and Warriors series. Set during the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean, it promises exciting adventures against the backdrop of a vividly-imagined prehistoric setting. Come and hear all about Michelle’s inspiration for the books and her extensive research, including diving with dolphins.
9+ years
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