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Adam Nicholson

Power and Glory

Hay Festival 2003, 
Nicholson examines Jacobean England and The Making of the King James Bible, the most influential and admired version ever produced. A century after the Reformation, out of the clash between Catholic, Anglican and Puritan came a Bible that combined scholarly skill, exalted language and an exquisite homeliness.

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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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Harper and the Circus of Dreams

Hay Festival 2016, 

Cerrie Burnell, CBeebies presenter, brings to life her magical tale of Harper, a resourceful little girl who lives in the City of Clouds with her beloved cat Midnight and her Aunt Sassy.

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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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James Ward

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Who said stationery is boring? Half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, like who is Mr Pritt? And what are the thousands of uses claimed for Blu-Tack?

 

James Ward

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Yuri Herrera, Valeria Luiselli y Tryno Maldonado en conversación con Feli Dávalos

Xalapa 2012, 
Tres destacados escritores mexicanos hablan sobre sus últimos trabajos. Valeria Luiselli es la autora de Los ingrávidos, recién traducida al inglés y al italiano. Tryno Maldonado fue fi nalista del Premio Herralde de Novela 2008 con Temporada de caza para el león negro y acaba de publicar Teoría de las catástrofes. Yuri Herrera presentó en 2009 Señales que precederán al fin del mundo, obra que está siendo traducida al inglés. En conversación con Feli Dávalos.

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Angie Sage

Araminta Spook

Hay Festival 2014, 

Araminta Spook lives in a huge haunted house with her Uncle Drac and Aunt Tabitha, and her greatest ambition is to meet a ghost. Join author Angie Sage for a spooky adventure.
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Matt Wilkinson

Cambridge Series 22: Restless Creatures

Hay Festival 2016, 

The evolutionary biologist shows why our ancestors became two-legged, why we have opposable thumbs, why the backbone appeared, how fish fins became limbs, how even trees are locomotion-obsessed, and how movement has shaped our minds as well as our bodies. He explains why there are no flying monkeys or biological wheels, how dinosaurs took to the air, how Mexican waves began in the animal kingdom, and why moving can make us feel good. Wilkinson opens up an astonishing new perspective – that nothing in life makes sense except in the light of movement.

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The Pavee

Hay Festival 2017, 

Illustrator Emma Shoard and singer and storyteller Geraldine Bradley bring to life Siobhan Dowd’s The Pavee and the Buffer Girl in picture, story and song. The story of the friendship between a traveller boy and a settled girl, this is a hymn to the power of love and friendship to bridge differences. Irish traveller songs, both traditional and modern, are woven into this reading of the story, as the characters and settings are illustrated  on screen.

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Ben Arogundade talks to Dylan Jones

Obama: The Story of the Election and Legacy of America's 44th President, in Photos and Comment

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Here’s the politician, leader of the free world and global icon as portrayed on the covers of the world’s magazines and newspapers during his presidency.

The author is joined by the editor of GQ for a revelatory conversation about portraiture, power and propaganda. Arogundade will present a selection of amazing covers from Barack Obama’s 8-year presidency, along with ‘Obama vs Trump’, comparing his front pages with those of America’s current president.

Arogundade is the author of ten books, including ‘Black Beauty’, his debut novel, 'The Sexual Language of Strangers' and ‘Obama: 101 Best Covers’. ‘Black Beauty’ was honoured by the New York Public Library and was the subject of a three-part BBC documentary.

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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

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La tiranía del culto al cuerpo

Susie Orbach en conversación con Arnoldo Kraus

Xalapa 2012, 
Susie Orbach es una psicoanalista, psicoterapeutay crítica social británica interesada en la vision contemporánea del cuerpo y su problemática relación con nuestra sociedad y entorno. Autora de La tiranía del culto al cuerpo y del fundamental Fat is a Feminist Issue (libros 1 y 2), Susie Orbach ha sido profesora en la London School of Economics (Londres) y en la New School for Social Research de Nueva York. En conversación con el experto en ética médica Arnoldo Kraus.Traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Gillian Clarke

Zoology

Winter Weekend 2017, 

A well of memories draws us into the Welsh landscape of the poet’s childhood: her parents, the threat of war, the richness of nature as experienced by a child. In the second of the collection’s six parts we find ourselves in the Zoology Museum, whose specimens stare back from their cases: the Snowdon rainbow beetle, the marsh fritillary, the golden lion tamarin. In later sections the poet invites us to Hafod Y Llan, the Snowdonian nature reserve rich in Alpine flowers and abandoned mineshafts, ‘where darkness laps at the brink of a void deep as cathedrals’. Clarke captures a complete cycle of seasons on the land, its bounty and hardship, from the spring lamb ‘birthed like a fish/steaming in moonlight’ to the ewe bearing her baby ‘in the funeral boat of her body’. The poems tap into a powerful, feminist empathy that sees beyond differentiations of species to an understanding deeper than knowledge, something subterranean, running through the land. Chaired by Imtiaz Dharker.

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Vanessa Altin

The Pomegranate Tree

Hay Festival 2016, 

Dilvan, a young Kurdish girl, has fled her home in Syria to escape the terror that has overrun her country. In a brief moment of safety she begins to record in her diary the desperate search for her family. Dilvan’s fighting spirit and her compelling story is eloquently told by a journalist who has reported widely on the atrocities in Syria for many newspapers. Real stories such as Dilvan’s inspired her book.

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Andrés Neuman y Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Silvia Lemus

Xalapa 2013, 
Andrés Neuman (Argentina/España) y Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), dos de los escritores en español con más difusión internacional del momento, hablarán con Silvia Lemus sobre su trayectoria y sus últimas novelas: Andrés ha publicado recientemente Hablar solos y Juan Gabriel Las reputaciones.

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John O'Halloran

Biomass to Megawatts

Kells 2015, 

John O’Halloran, Biomass Manager of Bord na Móna, takes a look at the existing and potential opportunities involved in planting willow for the renewable energy sector in Ireland. 

John O'Halloran

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Chad Harbach en conversación con Peter Florence

Cartagena 2014, 
Chad Harbach (Estados Unidos) es autor de la novela El arte de la defensa, novela elegida en 2011 como mejor libro del año por The New York Times. La novela narra las vivencias de un joven con grandes aptitudes para el béisbol que recibe una beca para estudiar en una universidad privada. El crecimiento de los personajes de la historia, acogidos en un contexto universitario, refleja en sus dilemas y logros los cambios de la sociedad estadounidense en los últimos años. En conversación con Peter Florence. Con el apoyo de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América

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Craig Thomas, Sam Llewellyn, Robert Goddard

It's a tough one chaps, but we can handle it..

Hay Festival 1997, 
With an estimated 75% of popular novels now bought by women, male writers of traditional thrillers are in a tight corner, but Craig Thomas, father of the techno-thriller and cold-war master, and seafaring Sam Llewellyn don't scare easily, while Robert Goddard has gone on the offensive, with more than a touch of old-fashioned romance between murders.

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Wendell Steavenson talks to Katrin Bennhold

Circling the Square: Stories from the Egyptian Revolution

Hay Festival 2016, 

On 25 January 2011, the world was watching Cairo. Egyptians of every stripe came together in Tahrir Square to protest Hosni Mubarak’s three decades of brutal rule. After many hopeful, turbulent years, however, Egypt seems to be back where it began, with another strongman, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in power. How did this happen?

The distinguished foreign correspondent uses literary reportage to describe the intimate ironies and ad hoc movements of the Egyptian revolution from Mubarak’s fall to that of Mohammed Morsi. Vignettes, incidents, anecdotes, conversations, musings, observations and character sketches cast a fresh light on this vital Middle Eastern story. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold of the New York Times.

Wendell Steavenson talks to Katrin Bennhold

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Archbishop Rowan Williams

Has Secularism Failed?

Hay Festival 2002, 
There is much anxiety and confusion at present over the cultural role of religious belief. Are we condemed to a bitter stand-off between revived fundamentalism and an increasingly shaky 'liberal' consensus in public life? Or are there other models for faith and culture? Chaired by The Guardian's Alan Rusbridger.

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David Rieff en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

Contra la memoria

Cartagena 2014, 
David Rieff es un prestigioso periodista y politólogo que ha publicado durante muchos años trabajos destacados en revistas como The New Republic y World Policy Journal; es autor de Un mar de muerte. Recuerdos de un hijo, en el que narra la enfermedad y muerte de su madre, Susan Sontag. Fundador y director del proyecto “Crímenes de Guerra” en la Universidad Americana de Washington DC, Rieff ha conocido de primera mano los efectos de los crímenes de guerra en países como Ruanda, Kosovo, Israel, Palestina, Irak y Bosnia. Su último libro, Contra la memoria, narra precisamente su experiencia en Bosnia. Estará en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince.

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Simon James

Dear Greenpeace

Hay Festival 2016, 

Celebrate 25 years of this picture-book with its award-winning creator Simon James (Baby Brains, Nurse Clementine). Little Emily has a whale living in her garden pond and decides to write to Greenpeace for tips on how to look after him.  With storytelling and live drawing, Simon takes you on a journey through this much-loved classic and introduces you to his latest book, REX.

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HAY JOVEN: Eurig Salisbury sobre poesía

Cartagena 2013, 
El galés Eurig Salisbury escribe poesía y prosa para niños y adultos; nos contará sobre la complejidad de escribir en una lengua minoritaria, el galés, y las interacciones que se crean entre poesía, lenguaje y traducción.

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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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Conn Iggulden

Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors

Hay Festival 2016, 

The sensationally successful historical novelist tells the tale of the game of thrones that were the Wars of the Roses. Ravenspur is the latest in the series that includes Stormbird, Trinity and Bloodline.

Conn Iggulden