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Caroline Grigson

Menagerie: The History of Exotic Animals in England

Hay Festival 2016, 

From Henry III’s elephant at the Tower to George IV’s love affair with Britain’s first giraffe and Lady Castlereagh’s recalcitrant ostriches, Grigson’s tour through the centuries amounts to an impressively detailed history of exotic animals in Britain. On the way we encounter a host of fascinating and outlandish creatures, including the first peacocks and popinjays, Thomas More’s monkey and Lord Clive’s zebra, which refused to mate with a donkey until it was painted with stripes. It is also the story of all those who came into contact with them: the people who owned them, the merchants who bought and sold them, the seamen who carried them to our shores, the naturalists who wrote about them, the artists who painted them, the itinerant showmen who worked with them, and the collectors who collected them. Grigson is now an honorary professor at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

Caroline Grigson

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Marcus Sedgwick

Segovia 2014, 

Marcus Sedgwick has established himself as a widely-admired writer of young adult fiction, and won several awards including the Printz Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. Sedgwick reflects on his popular, eclectic work with British Council Director Rod Pryde.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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HAY JOVEN: Elsa Osorio sobre La Capitana

Cartagena 2013, 
La prolífica escritora argentina, autora de más de diez libros y finalista del prestigioso Premio Fémina con A Veinte Años, Luz, hablará sobre su última novela, La Capitana, en la que describe la historia de un personaje real.

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Piedad Bonnett, David Rieff y Rosa Montero en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

El duelo en papel

Cartagena 2014, 
Los escritores Piedad Bonnett (Colombia), David Rieff (Estados Unidos) y Rosa Montero (España) conversan con el también escritor Héctor Abad Faciolince sobre la reflexión y el acercamiento al duelo por la pérdida de un ser querido a través de la literatura, en los libros Lo que no tiene nombre (Piedad Bonnett), Un mar de muerte. Recuerdos de un hijo (David Rieff ), La ridícula idea de no volver a verte (Rosa Montero) y El olvido que seremos (Héctor Abad Faciolince).

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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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Liam Ó Maonlaí

Kells 2014, 

Liam Ó Maonlaí is one of Ireland’s best-loved musicians and singers, both in rock and traditional music. Bono once described Liam as ‘The best white boy soul singer in the world’, and he has been also been described as one of Ireland’s best Sean Nos (traditional Irish) singers. Spanning over twenty years, Liam’s career has seen him achieve number one hits in over twenty countries, from playing with Aboriginal musicians in the Australian outback to recording with some of the world’s best-known musicians including Carlos Nunes, Donal Lunny, U2 and Van Morrison, to name but a few. A master pianist, Liam also performs on guitar, harp, tin whistle and bodhrán.

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Nandana Sen

Kangaroo Kisses

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join the award-winning actor, writer and child-rights activist for a fantastical interactive storytelling session, with fun games and animal masks. Nandana has starred in more than 20 feature films, is the author of Mambi and the Forest Fire  (Puffin, 2016), and works with children (and grown-ups) at UNICEF, Operation Smile, and RAHI to fight against child abuse. After studying literature at Harvard, she worked as a book editor, screenwriter, poetry translator, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland. Kangaroo Kisses, her debut children’s book in the UK, is a mix of fantasy and real life as one mischievous child delays getting ready for bed, and has some amazing wildlife encounters along the way.

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The Winner of The IFFP talks to Boyd Tonkin

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015

Hay Festival 2015, 

The day after the award is announced in London, the winner travels to Hay to talk to the chair of judges about her or his work. The shortlisted writers are Juan Tomás Ávila, Jenny Erpenbeck, Tomás González, Daniel Kehlmann, Erwin Mortier and Haruki Murakami.

The Winner of The IFFP talks to Boyd Tonkin

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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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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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Michael Baigent

The Inquisition

Hay Festival 2000, 
In the Millennium year, as the Pope starts to apologise for Catholic excesses and failings, Baigent presents his history of teh In quisition, beginning with St. Dominic crossing the Pyrenees into Spain through to the holy index of forbidden books in the twentieth century. He gives a full account of how the church has tried to ring-fence its beliefs over the centuries-from full-scale violent persecution to the more subtle censorship of recent years.

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Mario Jursich, Joshua Mandelbaum, Nikil Saval y Valerie Miles en conversación con Andrea Aguilar

El futuro de las revistas literarias

Cartagena 2013, 
Cuatro periodistas culturales hablan con Andrea Aguilar, colaboradora habitual del periódico El País, sobre el futuro de las revistas literarias, su formato y contenido en el contexto de la era de internet. Con Mario Jursich (El Malpensante, Colombia), Joshua Mandelbaum (revista Words without Borders, Estados Unidos), Nikil Saval (co-director de la revista n+1, Estados Unidos) y Valerie Miles (Granta en español).

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Paddy Ashdown

Swords and Ploughshares

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Liberal peer discusses peacekeeping in the Balkans and Iraq.

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Bridget Kendall

The Cold War

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Cold War is one of the furthest-reaching and longest-lasting conflicts in modern history. It spanned the globe - from Greece to China, Hungary to Cuba - and lasted for almost half a century. It has shaped political relations to this day, drawing new physical and ideological boundaries between East and West, that have suddenly and dramatically resurfaced with Russian resurgence and interventions. Kendall was foreign correspondent for the BBC in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. Formerly the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, she is now Master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

Bridget Kendall

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Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Enrique Bueres

Segovia 2014, 

The Colombian writer who won the La Otra Orilla award in 2009 for Necrópolis presents his book Océanos de arena, a diary of travels in the Middle East. He talks to Enrique Bueres, editor-in-chief of Canal+ and contributor to GQ magazine.

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Susan Hill

Susan Hill

Hay Festival 2000, 
An interview with the prolific novelist, autobiographer and children's writer, whose latest books include Air and Angels, Mrs de Winter, The Mist in the Mirror and King of Kings. The play of her book Woman in Black has run for over ten years in the West End.

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Gael Garcia Bernal, Caco Barcellos y Hollman Morris en conversación con Ricardo Corredor Cure

Memoria y conflictos sociales en televisión y en documentales.

Cartagena 2014, 
A pesar de un vertiginoso crecimiento y de haber pasado la crisis económica de finales de la década pasada sin grandes traumatismos, América Latina se encuentra en ebullición. Las masivas protestas ocurridas en Colombia, México, Chile y Brasil, entre otros países, no sólo evidenciaron una multiplicidad de conflictos sino una nueva forma de narrarlos y aprehenderlos al hacer del vídeo, los celulares y las redes sociales protagonistas de las historias. Dos periodistas de televisión (Caco Barcellos y Hollman Morris) en conversarán sobre cómo hoy en día el oficio de contar historias usando el lenguaje audiovisual está cambiando y sobre el papel de la imagen en movimiento para guardar la memoria de estos procesos. Organizada por la Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano -FNPI- con el apoyo de la Fundación Tenaris-Tubocaribe y PROA

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John Emsley

The Shocking History of Phosphorus

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Rhone-Poulenc Prizewinner introduces his stunning history of this most bizarre and savage element. Newton discovered that boiling down vast quantities of urine produced small quantities of pure white phosphorus. In liquid or solid form, this then gave off an intense light that lasted for days and caused amazement. Newton, Boyle and Leibniz believed that in phosphorus they had found one of the secret substances along the road to producing the 'philosopher's stone', the goal of all alchemy, which could prolong life and turn base metal to gold.

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Roger McGough

Segovia 2014, 

A chance to listen to one of the most outstanding British poets reading a selection of his work, confirming him as a poet of many voices, hilarious and surreal. Presented by Rod Pryde, Director of the British Council in Spain.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Britta Teckentrup

Bee

Hay Festival 2017, 

Listen to this story about bees, the miraculous insects that travel from flower to flower and spread life on the planet. After explaining the importance of bees, this workshop will also encourage young readers to get involved in saving bees, while creating a garden using Britta Teckentrup’s collage technique.

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Britta Teckentrup

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Lawrence Block, Ian Rankin, Phillip Kerr

Crimeread

Hay Festival 2000, 
Three giants of the crime and thriller worlds examine motive, opportunity and morality in the genres. Block's 70 Collected Mystery Stories are published now by Orion, alongside Kerr's JFK-Castro thriller The Shot and Rankin's new Edinburgh-based Inspector Rebus novel Set in Darkness.

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Pirate’s Curse

Hay Festival 2016, 

Shiver me timbers! Once upon a time, a mysterious message in a bottle said someone needed help; help from a certain bold, brave knight. So the brilliant Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his cat Envelope and his good grey mare find a ship to rescue the messenger. Join the author for a musical, storytelling journey complete with pirates, a sea monster, and a delicious surprise.

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William Ospina en conversación con Sergio Dahbar

Cartagena 2013, 
William Ospina es poeta, ensayista, novelista y traductor. Autor de varios poemarios y libros de ensayocomo Aurelio Arturo(1991) oLos nuevos centros de la esfera(2001), en 2005 comenzó a publicar la que con el tiempo se convertirá en una trilogía literaria que inició conUrsúa, novela en la que aborda la historia de Pedro de Ursúa, conquistador español fundador de la ciudad colombiana de Pamplona. La segunda novela,El país de la canela, continúa con esta serie sobre los viajes al Amazonas durante el siglo XVI y fue galardonada con elPremio Rómulo Gallegos2009. La tercera ha sido publicada recientemente y lleva por título Laserpiente sin ojos. En conversación con Sergio Dahbar.

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Fred Taylor

Exploring the Planets

Hay Festival 2016, 

For 50 years, and from research labs to Cape Canaveral, from Space agencies to Downing Street, Fred Taylor has been at the forefront of the technological adventure of the Space Age. Instruments and experiments he helped imagine and build have travelled into Deep Space and surveyed the Solar System. He is now Halley Professor of Physics Emeritus at Oxford.

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Miguel Syjuco and Paolo Giordano in conversation with Joumana Haddad

Books and other stories

Beirut 2012, 
Journalists face the challenge of witnessing conflict and violence Good fiction writing could be defined by its universal appeal and its capacity to engage readers from all over the world. Two successful young authors tell us the secrets of their writing. Miguel Syjuco (Canada/Philippines) is the author of Ilustrado, his debut novel which won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize as well as the Palanca Award, the Philippines’ highest literary honour. Miguel’s writing pushes the boundaries of narrative fiction and explores the hopeful progress of a decaying third world society. Young novelist Paolo Giordano (Italy) has impressed critics and readers alike with The Solitude of Prime numbers, 2008 Premio Strega. He will talk about his novel, his journalistic work and upcoming projects. Chaired by Lebanese author and poet Joumana Haddad.
 
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With the support of Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec