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The Bookseller YA Book Prize and the Costa Book Award

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Lisa Heathfield and Martin Stewart, both shortlisted for the third Bookseller YA Book Prize, and Brian Conaghan, winner of the Costa Book Award 2017, as they discuss writing about big themes for YA readers. Chaired by Chelsey Pippin of Buzzfeed.

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The Bookseller YA Book Prize and the Costa Book Award

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Kate Raworth

Seeds of the 21st Century Economy

Hay Festival 2018, 

A successful economy in the 21st century will be one that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet - but how can it be done? Raworth explores stories from cities and enterprises worldwide that are pioneering new economic designs. What does it take to make a city regenerative? Can business be designed to distribute, rather than concentrate, the value created? Where is it happening and what are the challenges facing the front-runners? Raworth is the author of Doughnut Economics.

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Cesar Mallorquí, Gonzalo Moure y Antonio Orlando Rodríguez en conversación con María Fernanda Paz Castillo

El auge de los betsellers para jóvenes.

Cartagena 2014, 
Vivimos el auge de los bestsellers para jóvenes: nunca antes en español se había publicado semejante cantidad de obras, en su mayoría traducciones de obras anglosajonas, que marcan los gustos y mucho del tiempo libre de nuestros lectores. Algunas de estas obras, además, cuentan con su versión cinematográfica. ¿Qué diferencia un bestseller para jóvenes de una obra literaria? ¿Lo uno y lo otro busca formar algún tipo de lector? La editora María Fernanda Paz Castillo conversará sobre este tema con los escritores españoles Cesar Mallorquí y Gonzalo Moure y el cubano Antonio Orlando Rodríguez. Con el apoyo de Acción Cultural Española

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Rose Tremain talks to Claire Armistead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The novelist (The Colour, Restoration) discusses her glittering story collection The Darkness of Wallis Simpson.

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Nir Baram en conversación con Luc de Rooy

Cartagena 2014, 
Nir Baram es un escritor, editor y activista político israelí proveniente de una familia de ministros del partido laborista de Israel. Su primera novela destacada fue The Remaker of Dreams (2006), candidata al Sapir Prize. Ese mismo año, Nir fue uno de los novelistas que lideraron una campaña de alto el fuego durante la segunda guerra del Líbano. Su novela Las buenas personas (Alfaguara, 2013) fue best seller durante cuatro meses, ganó el Prime Minister’s Award en la categoría de literatura en hebreo y fue candidata al Sapir Prize. Su última novela, World Shadow, ha sido libro del año 2013 según Time Out y SofShavua. Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Israel

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Rose Tremain, Javier Cercas

Hay Festival 2003, 
Rose Tremain introduces her new novel The Colour, a fabulous historical novel set against the background of the gold rush in New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. 'The colour' is miners' slang for gold. Cercas is the author of the hugeEuropean success The Soldiers of Salamis. At the heart of this 'true tale' are the last moments of the Spanish Civil War, during which Sanchez Mazas narrowly escapes death twice on the same day: first by firing squad and later when his hiding place is discovered by the unknown soldier, who looks him in the eye, and then, miraculously, turns and walks away. They talk to the critic Amanda Hopkinson.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Sandra Lorenzano

Xalapa 2013, 
Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2011 por El ruido de las cosas al caer, presenta su último trabajo, Las reputaciones, donde narra la historia de Samanta Leal, de 35 años, que con mentiras se introduce en la casa de Javier Mallarino, el mejor caricaturista político de Colombia, para rogarle que le ayude a recordar lo sucedido en esa misma casa 28 años atrás. En conversación con Sandra Lorenzano.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Sandra Lorenzano

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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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Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea

Hay Festival 2018, 

Meet the winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal whose dramatic story, set in 1945, tells of thousands of East Prussian refugees desperate to be saved by the ship the Wilhelm Gustloff. Among them are three children who, forced by circumstances to come together, find their strength, courage and trust in each other tested with each step nearer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. American-Lithuanian Ruta Sepetys discusses her heritage, her experience of writing the novel and her delight at winning the Carnegie Medal with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

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Philip Reeve

Black Light Express

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join a thrilling journey through time and imagination as Reeve talks about the inspiration for Black Light Express, a sequel to Railhead which continues the adventures of interplanetary thief Zen and the android Nova, in a future where intelligent trains can carry you between far-flung planets in the blink of an eye.

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Philip Reeve

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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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Roy Strong

Garden Party

Hay Festival 2000, 
The prolific master of all arts trades reflects on his lifelong passion for gardens and garden writing in a scintillating and delightful hour of good talk. Strong moves on to look at the art of gardening in relation to other arts such as embroidery, cookery, history and politics.

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Tim Birkhead

Promiscuity

Hay Festival 2000, 
The recent discovery that females of most species are promiscuous rather than monogamous raises two main questions: what is the evolutionary effect of female promiscuity on males? and what are the evolutionary benefits of female promiscuity?

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Poetry Squantum 2

Hay Festival 1996, 
Second thoughts on the theme

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Antonio Colinas en conversación con Guido Tamayo

Cartagena 2013, 
Antonio Colinas (España) es uno de los poetas españoles contemporáneos más celebrados. Poeta, novelista, ensayista, traductor y periodista, entre sus obras últimas se cuentan Obra poética completa (Fondo de Cultura Económica) y el libro de aforismos Tres tratados de armonía. En conversación con el escritor Guido Tamayo.

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Andrew Motion

Wainewright the Poisoner

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Poet Laureate has won acclaim for his excellent biographies of Keats and Larkin. This time though, 'the overlay of legends' associated with Wainewright and the fact that he 'falls out of the historical record so often and for so long' made a traditional biography impossible. So instead he has turned Wainewright's remarkable life into a hybrid biography-cum-novel. Motion discusses his contrversial and highly entertaining life of the dandified friend of Blake, Charles Lamb, de Quincey and Keats.

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David Hare

'I have a go, lady, I have a go'

Hay Festival 2002, 
Since Osbourne's death eight years ago, a theatrical old guard has sought to downplay the significance of his first performed play Look Back in Anger and it's impact on the post-war world. In this inaugural lecture, Hare celebrates the originality and passion of one of the twentieth century's greatest playwrights, and takes the arguments of his critics head on.

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Anne Applebaum, Bill Browder and Helena Kennedy talk to Oliver Bullough

Kleptoscope: Moscow and London

Hay Festival 2018, 

The journalist and writer Bullough (The Last Man in Russia, Moneyland) follows the money from Russia that flows into the UK and the darkmoney laundromat London housing market. Applebaum is a journalist and Russian expert, author of Gulag, Iron Curtain and Red Famine. Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. He is the author of Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No.1 Enemy. And that’s a tough field.

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Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Never Evers

Hay Festival 2016, 

Tom Ellen, journalist, and Lucy Ivison, school librarian, discuss how they created Never Evers, the sequel to Lobsters. Are two writers better than one when it comes to having great ideas? Does their experience of having been at sixth form together help when they are writing about Mouse and Jack and the great disaster of the school ski-ing trip?

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Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

River Cottage Meat

Hay Festival 2004, 
The chef and writer conjures shepherds pie, glazed baked ham, Irish stew, roast grouse with all the trimmings, toad in the hole and oxtail stew, pot au feu, cassoulet, bolito misto, pasticcio, jerked pork, feijoida, cozido, curried goat...

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David Lodge and Jill Paton Walsh

Hay Festival 1995, 
David Lodge is the author of Nice Work, Small World, Changing Places and Paradise News and a new novel, Therapy. "He is one of those writers you could read all day, finding something amusing or stylish or ingenious on every page" - Washington Post.
Jill Paton-Walsh's novel Knowledge of Angels was shortlisted for the Booker Prize - "an irresistible blend of intellect and passion . . . novels of ideas come no better than this sensual example" - Mail on Sunday

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Andrew Greig

Hay Festival 1999, 
Greig's protagonist in When They Lay Bare is an unknown woman who overturns the closed society and family to which she returns.

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Familias

Marcos Giralt Torrente, Julián Herbert y Guadalupe Nettel en conversación con Malcolm Otero Barral

Xalapa 2012, 
La vida familiar se confi gura como un microcosmos de relaciones complejas, apegos e influencias que inevitablemente determinan en gran medida la trayectoria de sus miembros. Estos tres autores conversan sobre qué tienen de familiar sus novelas: Marcos Giralt Torrente ganó el Premio Nacional de Narrativa (España) en 2011 con Tiempo de vida, una conmovedora descripción de la relación con su padre; Julián Herbert es autor de Canción de tumba, galardonada con el XXVIII Premio Jaén de Novela, en la que se narra la vida de Guadalupe Chávez, prostituta enferma de leucemia y madre del narrador; Guadalupe Nettel es autora de El cuerpo en que nací, novela que cuenta la historia de una niña de una familia poco convencional y con un físico diferente. Moderado por Malcolm Otero Barral, editor.

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Martin Rees, Paul Davies, Lee Smolin, Arthur Peacocke

Many Worlds

Hay Festival 2000, 
An exploration of the relationship between the sciences and religious thought with the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees; the physicist and winner of the Templeton Prize, Paul Davies, author of The Mind of God, Lee Smolin, whose books include The Life of the Cosmos, and Arthur Peacocke, who is a specialist in biological macromolecules.

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Colin Barrett

Young Skins

Kells 2015, 

Colin Barrett is one of the most compelling and distinctive new Irish voices. His sensational debut collection of short stories is set in Glanbaigh, a small town in rural Ireland. A town in which the youth have the run of the place. Young Skins won the 2014 Rooney Prize, Frank O’Connor Prize and Guardian First Fiction Award. Colin talks to Christine Monk.

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