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Nigel Shadbolt

The Digital Ape: How to Live (in Peace) With Smart Machines

Hay Festival 2018, 

The smart-machines revolution is re-shaping our lives and our societies. Shadbolt dispels terror, confusion and misconception. We are not about to be elbowed aside by a rebel army of super-intelligent robots of our own creation. We were using tools before we became homo sapiens, and will continue to control them. How we exercise that control – in our private lives, in employment, in politics – and make the best of the wonderful opportunities, will determine our collective future well-being. Shadbolt is one of the UK’s foremost computer scientists. He is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and chairman of the Open Data Institute, which he co-founded with Tim Berners-Lee.

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Babette Cole

Laugh Out Loud

Kells 2014, 

A side-splitting session with the swashbuckling children’s author and illustrator, creator of Princess Smartypants, Dr Dog, Mummy Laid an Egg and her latest book James Rabbit and the Giggleberries. Learn how to write and illustrate a children’s picture book and join the fun!

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Erika Rackley

Who Our Judges Are and Why it Matters

Hay Festival 2017, 

Who were these Supreme Court judges who might thwart ‘the will of the people’?  What were their backgrounds, their politics?  In response, there came a reassuring message: the job of judges is simply to apply the law made by our elected Parliament.  But this reassurance is based on an understanding of judging that is at best only half true; it does sometimes matter who our judges are. Rackley is Professor of Law at University of Birmingham.

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Stories of WWI

Hay Festival 2014, 
Three writers discuss war in literature, fact and fiction. Photojournalist Jenny Matthews captures the impact war has on children and their families in her new book, Children Growing Up With War; Sarah Ridley is the author of Dear Jelly, a book inspired by real wartime letters home; much of award-winning author Bernard Ashley’s fiction is set in times of conflict. They join editor and writer Tony Bradman for a stimulating conversation based on a new anthology, Stories of World War 1.
11+ years
Stories of WWI

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Katherine McMahon, Maureen Waller

1700 and All That

Hay Festival 2000, 
McMahon's After Mary is a historical novel about the great seventeenth century Catholic educationist Mary Ward, who fought a series of Popes to set up a female Jesuit Order, and who was eventually imprisioned by the Inquisition on suspicion of heresy. Waller's 1700: Scenes from London Life is a non-fiction account of the same period. A booming London appears modern in its overt materialism. It was the most magnificent city in Europe yet the streets were open sewers and life there was so precarious that it might be described as 'a mere prelude to death'

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Cátedra Interamericana Carlos Fuentes

Xalapa 2012, 
Homenaje a Carlos Fuentes y a la novela latinoamericana. Adolfo Castañón, Alberto Manguel, Sergio Pitol y Santiago Gamboa, presentado por Rodolfo Mendoza

Xalapa recuerda al escritor mexicano más universal con una charla en la que estarán presentes varios de sus amigos y de sus colegas.

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Sophie Thompson

Zoo Boy

Hay Festival 2016, 

The actress and winner of Celebrity MasterChef in 2014 discusses her first book for children.  A wonderfully inventive story of a boy who finds he can talk to animals, Zoo Boy takes a fresh and funny look at animals and how we treat them.

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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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Michael Cox in conversation with Adam Austerfield

The LSE Lecture: From West To East?

Budapest 2013, 

The dimensions of global power shifts in the modern era. The Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations talks about what global political and economic changes we can expect from the rise of China, India, Latin America and other developing markets around the world, and what this means for central and Eastern Europe.

Co-organized with LSE (London School of Economics) in collaboration with Egmond Kiado

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Patrick Barkham

The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of our Emperors and Admirals

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly. He witnesses a swarming invasion of Painted Ladies, experiences the curse of the Purple Emperor, makes a euphoric sighting of an exceedingly rare migrant and as summer draws to a close, suffers from butterfly burnout.

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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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HAY JOVEN: Peter Kuper sobre novela gráfica

Cartagena 2013, 
Peter Kuper, cuyo estilo recuerda al expresionismo alemán, es el autor de varios libros ilustrados y novelas gráficas como el Diario de Oaxaca (2009), una adaptación de La metamorfosis de Kafka, o el reciente Diario de Nueva York. Nos contará sob

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Matt Lucas talks to Stephanie Merritt

Little Me – My Life from A-Z

Winter Weekend 2017, 

“I talk about my life and work, including Little Britain, Come Fly With Me, Bridesmaids, Les Miserables, Alice In Wonderland and, of course, Shooting Stars. This is a bit different to most memoirs you may have read, because it comes in the form of an A-Z.  For instance, B is for Baldy! - which is what people used to shout at me in the playground (not much fun), G is for Gay (because I’m an actual real life gay) and T is for the TARDIS (because I’m a companion in Doctor Who now).” Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

Matt Lucas talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Novela histórica: entre realidad y ficción.

Juan Esteban Constaín, Pablo Montoya y Santiago Posteguillo en conversación con Gustavo Tatis

Cartagena 2015, 
Tres autores nos hablarán de la relación que se establece entre la historia y su obra literaria: en La sangre de los libros, Santiago Posteguillo presenta un recorrido por los acontecimientos más enigmáticos de la literatura universal; Juan Esteban Constaín dedica su libro, El hombre que no fue Jueves, al escritor inglés G.K. Chesterton; y Pablo Montoya es autor de novelas, poemas y ensayos, entre ellos, Novela histórica en Colombia 1988-2008. Entre la pompa y el fracaso.

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Jenny Pitman

Hay Festival 2002, 
An audience with the legendary trainer of such champions as Burrough Hill Lad, Corbière, and Garrison Savannah, the first lady of horse-racing, and now first time novelist, author of the thriller On The Edge.

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James Naughtie, Nigella Lawson

The Samuel Johnson Prize

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Prize is awarded on Tuesday 23 May. Full details of this event will be available from the Festival Office and posted at www.hayfestival.co.uk on Wednesday 24 May.

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Johann Hari

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Hay Festival 2018, 

A persuasive and inspiring argument exploring the subject matter of his radical and brilliant book Lost Connections. Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, as we are often told. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work.

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Rob Penhallurick

Why Dialect Fascinates Us: a Guide to What we Know About Varieties of English

Hay Festival 2018, 

What is an ennog? A jitty? A twitten? In fact, they are all the same thing. These are all regional names for ‘a narrow walkway running between or alongside buildings’. The English language has scores of different regional names for such an alleyway including drangway, ginnel, snicket and vennel. The English language throughout its history has been full of regional diversity – it is a language made up of dialects. The author of Studying Dialect will take us on an absorbing journey down the everyday drangways of the English language.

Rob Penhallurick

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Claire Gorrara, Christopher Lewis, Anna Vivian Jones, Teresa Tinsley

Why Bother Studying Modern Languages – Everyone Speaks English

Hay Festival 2018, 

We have been repeatedly told that the UK will be looking to create new free-trade partnerships following Brexit, above all with the 'Anglosphere'. Why then do we need to study or learn other languages? Everyone speaks English. This session will unpack some of the monolingual attitudes that sit behind such views and ask participants to think about the role of languages and language learning for Britain's relationships with a brave new world post-Brexit.  #unpack

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Mahmood Sariolghalam talks to Nik Gowing

Navigating Tensions of Life in Iran

Hay Festival 2016, 

Sariolghalam is Professor of International Relations at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University and is one of Iran’s best-selling authors. For 26 years he has taught and conducted research on contemporary history and Iran’s relations with the outside world. His acknowledged skill has been to find ways to navigate Iran’s red lines in public discourse, and to avoid being targeted for being outspoken in print. The political establishment not only tolerated his writings, it has also been influenced by them. And Iran’s next generation views them as having helped to frame the 2015 nuclear agreement and expectations for the future.

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Trevor McDonald talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1997, 
The News at Ten anchor, and President of the Campaign for Clear English talks to Nik Gowing, his BBC World counterpart, about journalism, language, reading and cricket.

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Documental y lectura de poemas por Peter Florence y Jose Luis Rivas

"Poetry is an island".

Xalapa 2013, 
Hay Festival Xalapa presenta el segundo lanzamiento internacional de Poetry is an island, un documental sobre el poeta Derek Walcott, Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1992, dirigido por Ida Does. Poetry is an Island presenta a Derek Walcott como el tema central: misterioso pero cálido, distante y apasionado, y, sobre todo, enamorado de su país y de las personas de su vida. Estas mismas personas parecen amarlo de igual manera y haber sido cambiadas por el alma artística del escritor. "Uno se descubre a sí mismo cuando conoce a Derek'",dice el artista Arthur Jacob, entrevistado en el documental. "Es verdaderamente un honor trabajar con él".
Peter Florence, Director del Hay Festival, y José Luis Rivas, traductor al español de Walcott, introducirán el documental con una lectura de poemas del autor.
El idioma del documental es el inglés

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George Alagiah

A Passage to Africa

Hay Festival 2002, 
The Sri-Lankan born journalist was brought up in Ghana and was the BBC's Africa correspondent, covering genocides, famines, epidemics, disasters, dictatorships, democracies and ethnic divisions from Rawanda, Libera, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Mozambique to Zimbabwe and Zaire. His book examines the future relationships of African States with their former Colonial powers, and with American and international finance.

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Melvin Burgess

Junk at 20

Hay Festival 2016, 

Junk won the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Book Prize in 1996. It was criticised for depicting young drug-users. Twenty years on, author Melvin Burgess discusses the book and the controversy that has surrounded it with Julia Eccleshare.

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Jane Mayer talks to Philippe Sands

Dark Money

Hay Festival 2016, 

The award-winning New Yorker journalist forensically exposes the billionaire Koch brothers’ funding of interest groups, think-tanks and candidate campaigns to manipulate American politics towards their own extreme libertarian interests. She examines the impact on the 2016 US elections and reveals what influence the network has on politics in the UK and Europe.

Jane Mayer talks to Philippe Sands