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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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Will Mabbitt

Embassy of the Dead

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer introduces the first title in his spookily thrilling new series. Everything about Embassy of the Dead is terrifying as Jake discovers when he opens a strange box and finds a severed finger inside. How will he escape being dragged into the Eternal Void? Join the discussion on creating a world where the living meet the dead.

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Claudia Ulloa, Emiliano Monge, Laia Jufresa

Fictions: Bogota 39

Hay Festival 2018, 

The second of two sessions introducing the most exciting voices of Latin American fiction, award-winning stars of the 2018 selection for Bogota 39, and launching the English-language edition of a globally published anthology. Ulloa is a short story writer from Peru, whose collection Little Birds beautifully combines cruelty and tenderness. Monge’s The Arid Sky has seen him hailed as a Mexican Cormac McCarthy. Jufresa’s masterpiece Umami is a darkly comic portrayal of contemporary life in Mexico City. They talk to Daniel Hahn.

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Roddy Doyle talks to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Smile

Hay Festival 2018, 

The new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clark Ha! Ha! Ha! has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.

Roddy Doyle talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Eric Hobsbawm

Memory, Myth, Fiction and History

Hay Festival 1997, 
The American Historical Review has just begun to review not only books, but films - beginning with Michael Collins. Eric Hobsbawm, author of the new On History reflects on the relations of historians, film producers, patriots and the public.

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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 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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Melvin Burgess

Junk at 20

Hay Festival 2016, 

Junk won the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Book Prize in 1996. It was criticised for depicting young drug-users. Twenty years on, author Melvin Burgess discusses the book and the controversy that has surrounded it with Julia Eccleshare.

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Flora Fraser

The Washingtons: George and Martha

Winter Weekend 2015, 

A full-scale portrait of the marriage of the father and mother of the USA - and of the struggle for independence that they led. The historian provides us with a brilliant account of the public President and of the war he waged, and introduces us to the couple’s domestic lives. In conversation with Corisande Albert.

Flora Fraser

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Lila Azam Zanganeh y Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Valerie Miles

Cartagena 2013, 
Lila Azam Zanganeh (Irán/Francia) es autora de El encantador. Nabokov y la felicidad, un estudio muy personal de la obra del gran novelista desde el punto de vista de una lectora enamorada del escritor. Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), ganador del Premio Alfaguara de Novela con El ruido de las cosas al caer, es el autor de varios libros y ensayos. Ambos conversarán con Valerie Miles sobre el proceso creativo, la tradición del siglo XX y los cambios del siglo XXI y dónde se encuentran ellos y su generación; ambos escritores han vivido fuera de sus países de orígen mucho tiempo, lo cual ha influído en sus estilos y su conversación en la tradición.

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Emma Yhnell

Huntington’s Disease

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the Cardiff scientist to understand and explore the genetic disorder, a condition that prevents the brain working properly. It gets gradually worse over time and causes motor, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms. Yhnell will discuss the ethical dilemmas of genetic testing and their implications before focusing on current research into novel therapies and her research on computerised cognitive training (brain training) for people with the disease.

Emma Yhnell

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Sarah Crossan

Moonrise

Hay Festival 2018, 

Sarah is the author of five YA books including The Weight of Water, One, and her latest, Moonrise. She has a passion for words: written and spoken, poetry and prose. Join the star of the YA fiction scene for an entertaining and sometimes emotional conversation about her literary heroes, inspiration, research and more. Sarah Crossan will be in conversation with Claire Armitstead, Associate Editor, Culture for the Guardian News & Media. Little Black Fish celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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El reto de la traducción. Erri de Luca y Philip Boehm en conversación con Jonathan Levi

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos expertos en el difícil oficio de la traducción literaria conversan con Jonathan Levi. Escritor, poeta y traductor Erri de Luca (Italia); Philip Boehm traduce del alemán y el polaco al inglés, contando entre sus trabajos con traducciones de textos de Franz Kafka o la premio Nobel Herta Müller.

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Roger McGough

Everyday Eclipses

Hay Festival 2002, 
New poems with McGough's unique spin on innocence and experience: poems about his docker father and his new young daughter, dreams about how he gave the idea of Hey Jude to McCartney and told Dylan to go electric; about jugglers and human cannonballs, about sad music and 'everyday eclipses.'

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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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Michele Roberts

Impossible Saints

Hay Festival 1997, 
WH Smith Literary Award Winner Michele Roberts tells of the forbidden pleasures and pains of the love between father and daughter in the life and death of Saint Josephine: Holy woman or whore? Upholder of pious or pagan delights? Lowly nun or powerful miracle worker? Or both? "Some of the most voluptuous language since Joyce.. so rich, so crammed with stories, imagination and visions" - The Daily Mail

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Llew Smith – Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife

Winter Weekend 2012, 
Protest Christmas Cards, highlighting political and social turmoil, have been produced from the early days of the industrial revolution right up to the current coalition government and the Occupy movement. Former MP Llew Smith explores their history.

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Sean Hughes, Tony Hawks

Hay Festival 2000, 
Both comedians have enjoyed considerable success with their books. Hughes follows The Detainees with another brutally funny and harrowing novel about a man called Shea who finds his father hanging from a light-fitting on Boxing Day and sets out to find what could possibly have cast so dark a cloud over his family's happy Blairite lives. Hawks' new travel story Playing the Maldovans at Tennis is the result of another dodgy wager with Arthur Smith. It's a comic masterpiee, now shortlisted for the first Everyman Wodehouse Award.

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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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Germaine Greer

The Shakespeare Lecture

Hay Festival 1998, 
The new historricism is no longer new but does that meanit shouldbe thrown out? Does thinking about Shakespeare in his historic context help us or hinder us in understanding his plays as texts for today? So Juliet is fourteen, so what? So Cesario is a boy played by a girl played by a boy. So what?

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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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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.
7+ years                     

Angie Sage

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Terry Pratchett

Hay Festival 1998, 
An interview with one of the most brilliantly imaginative novelists of contemporary literature.

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The Gene Genie

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Evolution

Hay Festival 1998, 
Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward present the arguments about evolution and genetics explored in Dawin's groundbreaking books, which include The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and Climbing Mount Improbable.

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Ian McEwan

Preview Enduring Love

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist previews his novel Enduring Love. McEwan's books include Black Dogs, First Love Last Rites, The Innocent, A Child in Time, The Comfort of Strangers and The Cement Garden.