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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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Helen Fielding talks to Joanna Coles

Bridget Jones

Hay Festival 1997, 
London's most famous single thirty-something talks about scratchcards, cigarette consumption, Mr Darcy and the emotional fuckwittage of men. Joanna Coles is the New York correspondent of the Guardian.

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Novelists Read Bolaño: Manuel Vilas, Belén Gopegui and Luisgé Martín

Segovia 2013, 

Closing the tribute series dedicated to Roberto Bolaño – celebrating half a century of outstanding writing – three hugely popular novelists read from his works. Manuel Vilas, equally skilled at poetry and novel-writing; Belén Gopegui, an elegant stylist with brilliant used of metaphor; and Luisgé Martín, who is divided between the short story and the novel, receiving awards for both, including the Llanes de Literatura de Viajes Prize this year.

Co-organised and produced by AC/E (Acción Cultural Española)

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ZEN Project

How do we make events sustainable?

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The ZEN project is looking into ways of reducing the impact that festivals and events have on the natural and built environment. Drop in, find out more, and share your knowledge and experiences.

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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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Happiness, The Delight-Tree

An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry

Kells 2015, 

Menna Elfyn (Wales), Alan Spence (Scotland), Peter Fallon and Breda Wall Ryan (Ireland) share their contribution to this unique collection of poetry honouring the United Nations International Day of Happiness.

Happiness, The Delight-Tree

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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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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

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El sentido de un final. Julián Barnes en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Cartagena 2013, 
Julian Barnes es uno de los autores más respetados de la literatura inglesa actual. Galardonado con premios como el Somerset Maugham o el David Cohen Prize for Literature, que reconoce el éxito de toda una carrera literaria, es además el único escritor británico ganador de dos de los premios literarios más importantes de Francia: el Prix Femina y el Prix Médicis. Su novela El sentido de un final, ganadora del Man Booker Prize 2011, narra con gran originalidad y misterio la historia de un hombre jubilado que tras recibir una inesperada carta comienza a indagar en sucesos acontecidos hace muchos años. En conversación con Valeria Luiselli.

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Paul Mason and Ben Stewart talk to Serena Kutchinsky

Money Grows on Trees

Winter Weekend 2015, 

In the context of the Governor of the Bank of England's recent warnings about the financial risks from climate change and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, the economics journalist Paul Mason and head of media for Greenpeace, Ben Stewart talk to Prospect Magazine's Serena Kutchinsky and previews the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris.

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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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Meera Syal

Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

Hay Festival 2000, 
The hugely versatile star of Goodness Gracious Me and author of Anita and Me introduces her hilarious new novel about Chila, a Punjabi bride, and her two best friends.

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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.

Liam Ó Maonlaí

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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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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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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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Steve Jones talks to Adam Rutherford

Here Comes the Sun

Hay Festival 2019, 

Jones explores the dependency of all life and systems on Earth – ecological, biological and physical – on our nearest star. He explores the connections between those systems, and the connections between the various disciplines that study them, from astronomy to cancer prevention, from microbiology to the study of sleep. He also charts his own work and interests over fifty years against developments in a wide range of fields, showing how what was once seen as a narrow specialism has become a subject of vast scientific, social and political significance. Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College London and President of the Galton Institute.

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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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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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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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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.

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Rita Carter

The Brain in Minutes

Hay Festival 2018, 

The distinguished science writer explains why the human brain became so clever; how it controls everything from breathing, sleeping and seeing to identity, imagination, pleasure and pain; and what will happen when the brain integrates with computers or the latest genetic discoveries.

Rita Carter

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Linda Geddes

Chasing the Sun: The New Science of Sunlight and How it Shapes Our Bodies and Minds

Hay Festival 2019, 

Our biology is set up to work in partnership with the sun. From our sleep cycles to our immune systems and our mental health, access to sunlight is crucial for living a happy and fulfilling life. New research suggests that our sun exposure over a lifetime – even before we were born – may shape our risk of developing a range of different illnesses, from depression to diabetes. Geddes explores the extraordinary significance of sunlight, from ancient solstice celebrations to modern sleep labs, and from the unexpected health benefits of sun exposure to what the Amish know about sleep that the rest of us don’t.

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Max Arthur

Churchill - The Life:  An Authorised Pictorial Biography

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Winston Spencer Churchill was never far from the world's attention. Acclaimed historian Max Arthur shares revealing photographs and stories from Churchill’s front-line experiences as a soldier and journalist in India, Sudan and Cuba, to the Boer War and World War I; through to his unparalleled political career and his ‘finest hour’, leading Britain during World War II. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Max Arthur