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Ian McEwan

Turning Pages

Hay Festival 2002, 
An intense affair between a famous literary critic and one of the most famous American poets of the 1920's prompts this meditation on love, sex, death and writing from the author of Atonement and the Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam

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Sarah Nouwen

Cambridge Series 6: Peacemaking: What's Law Got To Do With It?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Peace and justice: who could be against them? But as soon as we begin to unpack these much-invoked notions, tensions emerge. How does international law resolve these tensions? We'll discuss emerging international norms in light of the challenges facing mediators trying to end civil wars. Nouwen is Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.

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Charles Burford

The Mysterious William Shakespeare

Hay Festival 1996, 
Lord Burford tells the true tale of William Shakespeare, the pen name used by Queen Elizabeths courtsatirist, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, whose devastating exposes of Court Life incurred the wrath of the government and resulted in his own posthumous oblivion.

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Sergio González Rodríguez en conversación con Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2015, 
El autor de la aclamada crónica Huesos en el desierto, Sergio González Rodríguez, ha sido galardonado con el Premio Anagrama de Ensayo 2014 por Campo de guerra, un libro en el que explora los diferentes fenómenos económicos, sociales e históricos que han llevado a México a convertirse en un estado en el que lo bélico, su posición geopolítica y su particular relación con Estados Unidos tienen una gran importancia.

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Ardal O'Hanlon talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Irish comedian and actor, star of Channel 4's Father Ted discusses his first novel The Talk of the Town.

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Emile Simpson talks to Richard Norton-Taylor

War From The Ground Up

Hay Festival 2014, 

As a former Gurkha officer, Simpson completed three tours in southern Afghanistan, which informed his first book War From the Ground Up – Twenty-First Century Combat as Politics. He talks about people, perception and persuasion in contemporary armed conflict.

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Los años de la utopía: América Latina en los 70.

Óscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jon Lee Anderson y Alberto Salcedo Ramos en conversación con Yolanda Ruíz

Cartagena 2015, 
Alberto Salcedo Ramos es un cronista y docente colombiano galardonado en varias ocasiones con el Premio Nacional de Periodismo Simón Bolívar. Hablará de los cambios sociales y políticos que han tenido lugar en Colombia junto con el periodista estadounidense Jon Lee Anderson, autor del libro Che Guevara: Una vida revolucionaria, y el escritor, docente y filósofo Óscar Guardiola-Rivera, cuya última publicación es Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973.

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Kerry Hardie, Paddy Bushe, Chris Agee, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Moya Cannon and Seán Lysaght

Readings and Reflections: On Seamus Heaney

Kells 2015, 

Six leading Irish poets read from the Irish Pages memorial issue, ‘Heaney’, and reflect on the man and his work.

Kerry Hardie, Paddy Bushe, Chris Agee, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Moya Cannon and Seán Lysaght

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Ian McIntyre

Garrick

Hay Festival 2000, 
The biographer introduces his portrait of the great eighteenth century Shakespearean actor-manager, friend of Samuel JOhnson, Sheridan, Handel, Goldsmith and Gainsborough. Garrick, like Burbage, Kean, Irving and Olivier, revolutionsed his art amd changed theatre forever.

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Kit Wright and Blake Morrison

Penguin Modern Poets 1

Hay Festival 1995, 
Kit Wright's books for children and adults include The Bear Looked Over The Mountain, Bump-starting the Hearse, and Selected Poems. Blake Morrison has produced two collections of poetry, Dark Glasses and The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper, and the award-winning memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father?

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Lucy Hughes-Hallet talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Peculiar Ground

Hay Festival 2017, 

From the multi-award-winning biographer, author of the The Pike, comes a breathtakingly ambitious, beautiful and timely debut novel. The story is about gamekeepers and witches, agitators and aristocrats; about young love and the pathos of ageing. And about how those who wall out others risk finding themselves becoming walled in.

Lucy Hughes-Hallet talks to Claire Armitstead

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Janet Street Porter

Hay Festival 1998, 
The broadcaster and walker talks about her journey on foot from Coast to Coast across Britain

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Cathy Rentzenbrink talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Last Act of Love: The Story of My Brother and His Sister

Hay Festival 2016, 

In the summer of 1990, Cathy’s brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out. It was two weeks before his GCSE results, which turned out to be the best in his school. Sitting by his unconscious body in hospital, holding his hand and watching his heartbeat on the monitors, Cathy and her parents willed him to survive. They did not know then that there are many and various fates worse than death. The Last Act of Love is shortlisted for The Wellcome Book Prize.

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John Mullan

What Matters in Jane Austen

Winter Weekend 2017, 

In this last bicentenary session, the academic and author plays with the engaging and entertaining puzzles of the novels and Austen’s life.  What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? What do the characters call each other, and why? And which important Austen characters never speak? Join us for a delightful celebration of the genius of English literature’s greatest comedian. There will be prizes for best frock coat and bonnet.

John Mullan

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J. C. H. King talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Blood and Land: The Story of Native North America

Hay Festival 2017, 

The distinguished anthropologist presents a dazzling, panoramic account of the history and achievements of Native North Americans and why they matter today. He suggests that no understanding of the wider world is possible without comprehending the original inhabitants of the United States and Canada: Native Americans, First Nations and Arctic peoples.

J. C. H. King talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Leigh Hobbs

Creating Characters: a Drawing Workshop

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the Australian Children’s Laureate to learn how to draw three of his crazy but lovable characters: Mr Chicken, Old Tom and Horrible Harriet. He will also teach budding young artists how to create their very own characters.

6+
Leigh Hobbs

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David Almond

The Tale of Angelino Brown

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Carnegie Medal-winning author of Skellig discusses his new novel for younger readers. Illustrated by Claude creator Alex T Smith, Angelino Brown is the warm and witty tale of a little angel who appears in bus driver Bert’s top pocket and brings joy to everyone’s lives. But some people aren’t so sure, including big bully Basher Malone, who’s out to get him. Delightful storytelling, perfect for fans of the author’s international bestseller, The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas.

9+
David Almond

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Richard Fortey

Life - An Authorised Biography

Hay Festival 1998, 
Richard Fortey has written a vivid biography of life - a history spanning more than 3000 million years. Weaving his own lifetime as a palaeontologist into the story, he shows how life's past was one of reversals, chances gained and lost, occasional drama; more dramatic and engaging than a human lifetime, but governed by the same mix of genes and opportunity.

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Lukás Bärfuss with Paul Ingendaay

Segovia 2013, 

Lukás Bärfuss has been working since 1997 as a freelance playwright and fiction writer in Zurich. Together with Samuel Schwarz, he founded the theatre company 400asa in this city. He talks to writer and journalist Paul Ingendaay, author of La noche de Madrid and contributor to German journal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Simultaneous translation from German into English.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in Spain and Fundación suiza para la cultura Pro Helvetia

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Jim Crace, Francine Stock

Being Dead

Hay Festival 2000, 
Crace invents new worlds in his brilliantly imaginative novels Quarantine, Arcadia and The Gift of Stones. Being Dead is a sustained meditation on death and the process of dying, full of haunting imagery. It 'is shocking because it is filled with truth. It feels like a classic already.' (Time Out) Crace talks to novelist and broadcaster Francine Stock.

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Jenni Desmond

The Zebra Who Ran Too Fast

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Zebra, Elephant and Bird are three best friends together: then one day they all fall out because Zebra runs TOO fast and doesn’t listen to his friends.

Join Jenni for a storytelling session and hands-on art workshop. She’ll also show you how she made the book, and you will be making your very own zebra mask to take home.

3+ years

Jenni Desmond

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Erri De Luca en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Cartagena 2013, 
Escritor, poeta y traductor, Erri De Luca inició la carrera diplomática pero nunca terminó sus estudios. Participante activo en el movimiento del 68, también fue dirigente del movimiento de extrema izquierda Lotta Continua. Trabajó en diversos oficios en Italia, Francia y África. Publica su primer libro con casi cuarenta años y empieza a colaborar en periódicos, escribiendo tanto sobre política como alpinismo, disciplina que practica. Ha publicado más de cincuenta libros y su último trabajo en español es Los peces no cierran los ojos (2012). En conversación con la escritora Valeria Luiselli.

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Lucy Delap

Cambridge Series 9: Men and Feminism

Hay Festival 2018, 

Can men respond to feminism? In the era of Trump, Weinstein, #metoo and #timesup, feminist anger has reached a crescendo, and it is not for the first time. Delap looks at past efforts by women to get men to listen, and attempts by men to reshape masculinity in 20th century Britain. Dr Delap is a lecturer in Modern British History.

Lucy Delap

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André Aciman and Colm Tóibín

Homo Sapiens

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation with two masters of fiction: Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and House of Names and the American novelist André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name, the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. The film of the book has made the love story a modern classic.

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Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

BOSH!

Hay Festival 2018, 

Want to cook ridiculously good vegan food from scratch but have no idea where to start? Firth and Theasby, creators of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing, plant-based platform, BOSH!, are the new faces of the food revolution. They share their favourite go-to breakfasts, crowd-pleasing party pieces, hearty dinners, sumptuous desserts and incredible sharing cocktails. Hosted by John Mitchinson.

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby