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Tiffany Murray, Marifé Santiago and Marta del Riego

Segovia 2014, 
British novelist Tiffany Murray returns to Segovia to talk to author Marifé Santiago and journalist and writer Marta del Riego about outstanding women, including the heroine of her latest novel Sugar Hall, which is set in 1950 after the Second World War.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Viviane Schwarz

How to Find Gold

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join the picture-book creator on a journey through the imagination searching for hidden treasure. There’s gold to find and secrets to keep but, above all there is a wonderful story to celebrate. With live drawing, treasure maps and story time, this is perfect for little adventurers.

3+
Viviane Schwarz

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Martin Rowson and Phill Jupitus

The Communist Manifesto: The Graphic Novel

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson employs his trademark draughtsmanship and wit to this lively graphic novel adaptation of Marx and Engels’ revolutionary pamphlet. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, at a time of deep mistrust in The Establishment, The Communist Manifesto is both a timely reminder of the politics of hope and a thought-provoking guide to the most influential work of political theory ever published. He introduces his pictures and talks with the comedian Phill Jupitus.

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Alice Rawsthorn

Design as an Attitude

Hay Festival 2018, 

At a time when so many aspects of our lives are changing at a relentless speed and on an unprecedented scale, design is increasingly seen as a way to help us benefit from the opportunities created by those changes (and to avoid their dangers). One of the world's leading design and culture commentators maps with resourcefulness and creativity how design is responding to an age of intense economic, political and ecological instability. Public interest is soaring as a new generation of designers is using advanced technologies to pursue their political and environmental objectives in increasingly ambitious projects, as well as to reinvent the objects and spaces we use every day.

Alice Rawsthorn

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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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William Ospina en conversación con Sergio Dahbar

Cartagena 2013, 
William Ospina es poeta, ensayista, novelista y traductor. Autor de varios poemarios y libros de ensayocomo Aurelio Arturo(1991) oLos nuevos centros de la esfera(2001), en 2005 comenzó a publicar la que con el tiempo se convertirá en una trilogía literaria que inició conUrsúa, novela en la que aborda la historia de Pedro de Ursúa, conquistador español fundador de la ciudad colombiana de Pamplona. La segunda novela,El país de la canela, continúa con esta serie sobre los viajes al Amazonas durante el siglo XVI y fue galardonada con elPremio Rómulo Gallegos2009. La tercera ha sido publicada recientemente y lleva por título Laserpiente sin ojos. En conversación con Sergio Dahbar.

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Marina Lewycka talks to Georgina Godwin

The Lubetkin Legacy

Hay Festival 2016, 

North London in the C21st century: a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and take her home from hospital to impersonate his dear departed mother, rather than lose the council flat. A time of golden job opportunities, though you might have to dress up as a coffee bean or work as an intern at an undertaker’s or put up with Champagne and posh French dinners while your boss hits on you. A place rich in language – whether it’s Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Swahili or buxom housing officers talking managementese... The award-winning author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian discusses her new comedy of modern manners.

Marina Lewycka talks to Georgina Godwin

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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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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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Philip Marsden and David Pryce-Jones

Hay Festival 1998, 
Marsden's The Spirit Werstlers is a journey through post-Soviet Russia. In villages unseen since before the Revolution, he explores the lives of Russians who seem to have stepped straight from the pages of Turgenev, Gogol and Babel. He discusses his adventure with the historian David Pryce-Jones, author of The War That Never Was.

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Terry Waite and Beryl Bainbridge talk to John Walsh

A Good Read

Hay Festival 1995, 
Which books do you treasure?
Bainbridge's novels include The Dressmaker, The Birthday Boys and the recently filmed An Awfully Big Adventure. She recommends Sherwin V Nuland's non-fiction book How We Die. The former hostage chooses Sir Stephen Spender's autobiography World Within World.

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Wendy Ayres-Bennett

Cambridge Series 17: The Menace of Monolingualism

Hay Festival 2018, 

Is monolingualism harming us, both as individuals and as a society? We look at the value of languages for health and well-being, social cohesion, diplomacy and conflict resolution, defence and national security. Wendy Ayres-Bennett is Professor of French Philology and Linguistics.

Wendy Ayres-Bennett

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Bryan Sykes talks to Rosie Boycott

The Nature of the Beast

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Oxford DNA expert tested three hair samples from the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The hair samples were from the miogi – the Bhutanese yeti – that legendary creature of the high snows that has haunted the imagination of travellers for centuries. The miogi hairs did not surrender their secrets easily, but eventually two were identified as known species of bear. The third remained a mystery, and the mystery got weirder. Only the increasingly specific evidence of the DNA matters.

Bryan Sykes talks to Rosie Boycott

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

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Anthony Warner talks to Kitty Corrigan

The Truth About Fat

Hay Festival 2019, 

Who or what is to blame for us getting fat and ill in increasing numbers? Sugar or fat? Gut microbes or genes? Laziness or poverty? Whatever it is, it’s placing a devastating burden on our healthcare system, and scientists in every field are desperate to explain this epidemic and stave off a modern health disaster. Anthony Warner, author of The Angry Chef, lays out the best evidence available, rails against quack theories preying on the desperate, and considers whether we’re blaming our bodies for other people’s ignorance and cruelty. Kitty Corrigan is a journalist and travel writer.

Anthony Warner talks to Kitty Corrigan

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Jo Dunkley

Our Universe: An Astronomer’s Guide

Hay Festival 2019, 

The night sky is an endless source of wonder and mystery. For thousands of years it has been at the heart of scientific and philosophical inquiry, from the first star catalogues etched into ancient Mesopotamian clay tablets to the metres-wide telescopes constructed in Chile’s Atacama Desert today. On a clear night it is hard not to look up and pick out familiar constellations, and to think of the visionary minds who pioneered our understanding of what lies beyond. The Princeton Professor of Astrophysics reveals how it only becomes more beautiful and exciting the more we discover. She takes us from the very basics – why Earth orbits the sun, and how our moon works – right up to massive, strange phenomena like superclusters, quasars and the geometry of spacetime.

Jo Dunkley

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Tiffany Murray

Kells 2013, 

The Hay International Fellow 2011–2012 will talk about growing up with rock stars, and her novel Diamond Star Halo (shortlisted for the Bollinger Prize and the London Award) to political journalist Ken Murray.

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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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Paul Murdin

Cambridge Series 16: Planetary Vistas, the Landscapes of Other Worlds

Hay Festival 2016, 

Recent advances in space exploration imaging have allowed us now to see landscapes never before possible. Murdin shows some of the greatest views and vistas of Mars, Venus’s Titan, Io and more in their full glory. Towering cliffs, icy canyons: the scenery is out of this world; all captured with the latest technology by landing and roving vehicles or by very low-flying spacecraft. Murdin is Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge.

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

Hay Festival 2019, 

The mathematician examines the nature of creativity and provides an essential guide into how algorithms work, and the mathematical rules underpinning them. He asks how much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure, and exactly what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music. Du Sautoy finds out how long it might be before machines come up with something creative, and whether they might jolt us into being more imaginative in turn. The result is a fascinating and very different exploration into both AI and the essence of what it means to be human.

Marcus du Sautoy

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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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Sarah Corbett, Mya-Rose Craig, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Jonathon Porritt, Martin Wright

Do you Have to Be White and Well-Off to Be Green?

Hay Festival 2018, 

By and large, environmentalism, at least in Britain, is still seen as the concern of the relatively well off, and the decidedly white, despite the fact that poorer communities often suffer disproportionately from the impact of pollution. In the developing world it can be a different story: where some of environmentalism’s greatest triumphs – such as the replacement of polluting kerosene with clean solar power – have brought huge benefits to such communities. If the fight against climate change and other existential environmental crises is to get the political prominence it needs, then it has to win support from way beyond the ‘usual suspects’. Craftivist Corbett, campaigner Porritt, farmer Emmanuel-Jones and young wildlife hero Mya-Rose Craig reach out with Martin Wright.

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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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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