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David Christian talks to Rosie Boycott

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

Hay Festival 2018, 

A majestic distillation of our current understanding of the birth of the universe, of the solar system, of the oceans, of mountains and minerals, of all life on earth and of the driving dynamics of human culture and achievement. Christian is a Distinguished Professor in History at Macquarie University in Australia and the co-founder, with Bill Gates, of The Big History Project.

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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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Gala de poesía

Cartagena 2013, 
Un evento ya clásico para el público del festival regresa este año con las lecturas de los autores Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua), Antonio Colinas (España), Arturo Fontaine (Chile), Edward Hirsch (Estados Unidos), Earl Lovelace (Trinidad y Tobago), Herta Müller (Rumania), Leonardo Padrón (Venezuela), Eurig Salisbury (Gales), Owen Sheers (Gales) y Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda (Colombia). Moderado por el escritor Guido Tamayo.

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Jules Howard

Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution and Mortality

Hay Festival 2016, 

Some animals live for just a few hours as adults, others prefer to kill themselves rather than live for longer than they are needed, and there are a number of animals that live for centuries. There are parasites that drive their hosts to die awful deaths, and parasites that manipulate their hosts to live longer, healthier lives. There is death in life. Among all of this is us: perhaps the first animal in the history of the universe fully conscious that death really is going to happen in the end. The zoologist explores the never-ending cycle of death and the impact it has on the living.

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En un mundo global. Enrique Peñalosa con Saskia Sassen

Cartagena 2015, 
La socióloga y escritora Saskia Sassen fue reconocida en 2013 con el Premio Príncipe de Asturias de Ciencias Sociales por sus estudios y trabajos de investigación sobre la globalización y su dimensión social, económica y política, temas que trata en su célebre libro La ciudad global. Enrique Peñalosa es un político y economista colombiano, considerado como una autoridad mundial en el tema del urbanismo, por lo que ha recibido galardones como el Premio Nacional de Arquitectura. Es autor de libros como Democracia y capitalismo: desafíos del próximo siglo y ¿Capitalismo, la mejor opción?

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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. 

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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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Kati Marton talks to Corisande Albert

True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy

Hay Festival 2017, 

The harrowing story of an American traitor who sold out his country to the Russian president. Noel Field, once a well-meaning and privileged American working in the State Department, spied for the Soviets during the 1930s and -40s. Later, a pawn in Stalin’s sinister master strategy, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB, and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades. Marton is an award-winning journalist, a human rights campaigner, and the author of Enemies of the People and The Great Escape.

Kati Marton talks to Corisande Albert

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David Crystal talks to Peter Florence

An Alphabet (and maybe some punctuation marks too)

Hay Festival 2018, 

An hour of glorious grammar as the fabulously entertaining language and linguistics guru plays with two-minute lectures. A is for Alphabet – why this order? O may well be Oxford Comma, but it might be Original Pronunciation... (ellipsis). What would you like to hear him explain?

David Crystal talks to Peter Florence

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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.

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Charles Nicholl

Screaming in the Castle: The Case of Beatrice Cenci

Hay Festival 2000, 
Beatrice Cenci was a 'goddess of beauty', a 'most pure damsel'- and a convicted murderer. The charismatic combination has assured her a place in the pantheon of Romantic heroines, most notably in Shelley's play The Cenci. But who was she, and what really happened? NIcholl, the award-winning biographer and travel writer, author of the The Reckoning, The Fruit Palace, The Creature in the Map andSomebody Else, excavates a four hundred year old mystery or murder and incest in Renaissance Rome. Screaming in the Castle is the title-piece of his new collection of essays and articles, shortly to be published in the US.

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Master It: How To Cook Today

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Master Chef Rory O’Connell is co-founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School and has twice won Ireland’s Chef of the Year award. Rory’s book Master It  was named one of The Guardian’s top 20 cookbooks and is winner of the André Simon Food Book Award.

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James Williams

Stand out of our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy

Hay Festival 2018, 
The former Google advertising executive, now Oxford-trained philosopher James Williams, launches a plea to society and to the tech industry to help ensure that the technology we all carry with us every day does not distract us from pursuing our true goals in life. (At the time of going to press the Cambridge Analytica data mining scandal has been a top story for 72 hours.) As information becomes ever more plentiful, the resource that is becoming scarcer is our attention. Williams is the inaugural winner of the Nine Dots Prize, a new award for creative thinking that tackles contemporary social issues.

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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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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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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.

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La genealogía del café.

Nicolás Artusi en conversación con Sergio Vilela

Cartagena 2015, 
Café. De Etiopía a Starbucks, la historia secreta de la bebida más amada y más odiada del mundo es un libro en el que el periodista y sommelier de café argentino Nicolás Artusi presenta la genealogía de esta controvertida bebida durante los últimos diez siglos de historia. Elixir para unos, tóxico para otros, el autor considera el café como la droga más popular del mundo y a partir de ese hecho, nos presenta cómo ha estado ligada a los cambios culturales más importantes de la modernidad.

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Owen Sheers en conversacion con Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2013, 
Owen Sheers en conversacion con Gaby Wood

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Evelio Rosero in conversation with Gustavo Tatis

Cartagena 2012, 
Evelio Rosero has won the Tusquets Novel Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The Armies, a story that deals with the conflicts in Colombia without ever becoming political activism or ethical rhetoric. He was awarded the 2006 National Literature Prize and has just published La carroza de Bolívar, a novel that, with its ironic tone and plot complications, is his most ambitious project, a startling demonstration of his talent as a storyteller. He will talk to the journalist Gustavo Tatis.

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Christopher Hitchens

Hay Festival 2005, 
Love Poverty War collects the majestic ire and love of this great contrarian. The objects of his attention include Michael Moore, David Irving and the Kennedys on the one side and Joyce, Proust and Borges on t'other.

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Michael Sandel

Lo que el dinero no puede comprar. Los límites morales del mercado.

Cartagena 2014, 
Profesor de filosofía política en la Universidad de Harvard desde 1980, ha publicado numerosos ensayos, los cuales han sido traducidos a 23 lenguas. Destacan en español Contra la perfección. La ética en la era de la ingeniería genética (Marbot, 2007), Filosofía pública. Ensayos sobre moral en política (Marbot, 2008) y Justicia ¿Hacemos lo que debemos? (Debate, 2011). En Harvard, Sandel impartió durante dos décadas el curso “Justicia”, cursado por más de 15000 estudiantes y el primero en estar enteramente disponible online (www.justiceharvard.org ) y en la televisión. Entre 2002 y 2005 se desempeñó en la administración pública durante la presidencia de George W. Bush en la consejería presidencial sobre bioética. Michael Sandel es además miembro de la American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Su último libro se titula Lo que el dinero no puede comprar. Los límites morales del mercado.

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Katie Scott

Animalium

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join illustrator Katie Scott as she unravels the wonders of the natural world with the bestselling book Animalium, winner of the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Year. Discover the incredible Tree of Life and marvel at creatures big and small – from the tiniest insect to the giant blue whale – as Katie takes us on a whistle-stop tour of this incredible collection of animals. Finally, watch an artistic talent at work as Katie reveals how she brings these amazing animals to life in a live drawing session.
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El sentido de un final. Julián Barnes en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Cartagena 2013, 
Julian Barnes es uno de los autores más respetados de la literatura inglesa actual. Galardonado con premios como el Somerset Maugham o el David Cohen Prize for Literature, que reconoce el éxito de toda una carrera literaria, es además el único escritor británico ganador de dos de los premios literarios más importantes de Francia: el Prix Femina y el Prix Médicis. Su novela El sentido de un final, ganadora del Man Booker Prize 2011, narra con gran originalidad y misterio la historia de un hombre jubilado que tras recibir una inesperada carta comienza a indagar en sucesos acontecidos hace muchos años. En conversación con Valeria Luiselli.

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Katya Adler, John Crace, Simon Jenkins

Inside Brexit - the story, the news, the spin, the truth?

Hay Festival 2019, 
Three journalists give us the skinny on how to cover every single day the most complicated and continuing story of our times. Who said what, what they meant, what they didn’t say, and why it might not matter for another 50 years. Or how it might bring down reputations, governments and economies. Adler is the BBC’s Europe Editor, based in Brussels. Crace writes the Westminster parliamentary sketch for the Guardian. Jenkins, is a former editor of The Times, and now a columnist, whose new book is Europe, A Short History.
Katya Adler, John Crace, Simon Jenkins

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Sophie Anderson, Juliette Forrest, James Nicol

Mysterious magic

Hay Festival 2018, 

Three authors discuss the very different ways in which the power of magic and mystery enhance their stories with reference to their books The House with Chicken Legs, Twister and A Witch Alone. Chaired by Sian Cain.

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