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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.
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3000 Chairs

Hay Festival 2017, 

Come and experience this uplifting and immersive show about a refugee child and the extraordinary power of kindness. The show is produced especially for Hay Festival by Hereford College of Arts and Open Sky Theatre Company, working with writer Nicola Davies to adapt for stage her poem, The Day War Came.

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3000 Chairs

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Rosie Thomas, Sally Brampton and Tim Waterstone talks to Kathy Lette

Love and Marriage

Hay Festival 1995, 

Three writers of extremely popular fiction talk about the big themes with the best-selling author of Foetal Attraction. Rosie Thomas' writing is "as fascinating as an overhead" - Cosmopolitan. She talks about A Simple Life. Tim Waterstone's new novel An Imperfect Marriage continues the success of  Lilley and Chase - "grappling with emotion, morality and wrinkles in the male" - Mail on Sunday. 

Sally Brampton's Lovesick is a bittersweet novel and friendship in the late 80's under the shadow of AIDS, and confirms the storytelling flair she exhibited in Good Grief.

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Leonardo Padrón, Alonso Salazar y Daniel Titinger en conversación con Martha Orrantía

Crónicas

Cartagena 2013, 
El venezolano Leonardo Padrón, autor de la celebrada crónica El furor, sobre la campaña del político venezolano Henrique Capriles Radonski; Alonso Salazar, investigador y cronista, autor de La parábola de Pablo, sobre el el narcotraficante Pablo Escobar; y Daniel Titinger, escritor y cronista que ha publicado dos libros de perfiles y crónicas (Dios es peruano y Cholos contra el mundo), hablan con la escritora Martha Orrantía sobre este género.

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Seamus Murphy

The Republic

Hay Festival 2016, 

One hundred years after Ireland’s 1916 Rising, who are the Irish and what has become of the republic they made? The award-winning photographer, exile and escapee, digs deep to discover the forces and mysteries that drive, and have often beguiled, the country since its birth. From the streets of Dublin and the suburbs of towns and cities adapting to new multicultural life, to the older habitats of Ireland’s wilder western shores, Murphy endeavours to capture the spirit of contemporary Ireland in this witty, closely observed and beautiful photographic story. Chaired by David Dwan.

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Heather Widdows

A Duty To Be Beautiful?

Hay Festival 2018, 

It’s not surprising that how we look matters in an increasingly visual and virtual world. Whether you get 'likes' or make a good first impression matters and the pressure to be perfect is something which young men and women increasingly feel. Indeed body dissatisfaction and anxiety are so prevalent that we regard them as normal. The extent of such anxiety is in part explained by recognising the ethical nature of the beauty ideal. Individuals increasingly judge themselves and others according to whether they measure up in the beauty stakes, and feel like failures if they do not. The University of Birmingham’s John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics explores the ethical nature of the beauty ideal to make sense of why such feelings run so deep.

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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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Henry Blofeld talks to Simon Hughes

Over and Out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special

Hay Festival 2018, 

The first part of an evening of delicious cricket talk celebrates the career of the legendary broadcaster and commentator. Now that 'Blowers' has decided to declare his TMS innings closed, his book reveals the secrets of life in the commentary box and of the rich cast of characters with whom he shared it, from the early days of John Arlott and Brian Johnson to Aggers and new boys Boycott, Swann, Vaughan and Tuffers.

Henry Blofeld talks to Simon Hughes

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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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Edgardo Cozarinsky y Jesús Ferrero en conversación con Félix Romeo

Un cine de Palabras

Segovia 2008, 
Jesús Ferrero, autor entre otras de la novela Las trece rosas (2003), la narración juvenil Zirze piernas largas (2002) y el poemario Las noches rojas (2004), ha trabajado para la radio, el cine y la television, y con Pedro Almodóvar el guión de Matador. Conversará sobre literatura y cine con Edgardo Cozarinsky, escritor y cineasta nacido en Buenos Aires. Entre sus libros destacan La novia de Odessa y Tres fronteras (relatos), El rufián moldavo y Maniobras nocturnas (novelas) y las películas La Guerre d’un seul homme, Le Violon de Rothschild, Fantômes de Tanger y Ronda nocturna. Evento moderado por el escritor y critico cultural Félix Romeo.

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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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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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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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10 x 10 GLOBALIZACIÓN

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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Owen Sheers en conversacion con Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2013, 
Owen Sheers en conversacion con Gaby Wood

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Ottoline Leyser

Cambridge Series 13: Thinking Without A Brain – How Plants Decide What To Do

Hay Festival 2018, 

It is easy to assume that plants don’t do much; and many expressions for inactivity involve plant metaphors – such as the ‘couch potato’. However, plants, including potatoes, are as busy as the rest of us assessing their surroundings and changing their activity accordingly. ​ Dame Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory.

Ottoline Leyser

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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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Phil Rickman talks to Adrian Rainbow

Night After Night

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Knap Hall – a house isolated by its rural situation and its dark reputation. Seven people, nationally known, but strangers to one another, locked inside. But this time, Big Brother may not be in control. Phil Rickman reveals his latest novel to Adrian Rainbow.

Phil Rickman talks to Adrian Rainbow

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Jeff Brazier

The Grief Survival Guide: How to navigate loss and all that comes with it

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jeff Brazier has experienced bereavement in many forms: in his childhood, helping his two boys through the devastating death of their mother, Jade Goody, witnessing the anguish of his own mum when she lost both of her parents and hearing the stories of his life coaching clients who are coming to terms with loss. Chaired by Carolyn Hitt.

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Dominic Dromgoole

Hamlet: Globe to Globe

Hay Festival 2017, 

Over two full years, Dromgoole and the players of Shakespeare’s Globe toured all seven continents performing Hamlet in sweltering deserts, grand Baltic palaces and heaving marketplaces. We see what the Danish prince means to the students of Cambodia, the effect of Polonius on the citizens of the tiny African nation of Djibouti and how a 16th century play can touch the lives of Syrian refugees. Shakespeare’s timeless power to transcend borders, to touch the human heart and to bring the world closer together has rarely been demonstrated in such a bold and brilliant way.

Dominic Dromgoole

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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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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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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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David Rowan

Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds

Hay Festival 2019, 

The founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition travels the globe in search of the most exciting and pioneering start-ups building the future, meeting ambitious entrepreneurs disrupting businesses in almost every sector. And yet too often the companies think they can innovate through jargon; with talk of change agents and co-creation gurus, ideas portals and webinars, paradigm shifts and pilgrimages to Silicon Valley. It’s mostly pointless innovation theatre – corporate nonsense that has little to do with delivering real change. But during this quest he’s also discovered some genuinely exciting and transformative approaches to innovation, often in places you might least expect…

David Rowan

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Steven Pinker

The Raymond Williams Lecture: Enlightenment Now

Hay Festival 2019, 

Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible? If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred and irrationality. Yet Pinker argues that this is an illusion – a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. If you follow the trendlines rather than the headlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, happier, more peaceful, more stimulating and more prosperous – not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it’s the gift of a coherent and inspiring value system that many of us embrace without even realising it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress. The leading thinker shows how we can use our faculties of reason and sympathy to solve the problems that inevitably come with being products of evolution in an indifferent universe. We will never have a perfect world, but – defying the chorus of fatalism and reaction ­– we can continue to make it a better one.

Steven Pinker