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Norris Church Mailer, Joanne Harris, Peter Ho Davies

Hay Festival 2000, 
Start-the-Week-type conversation with three ficyion writers. Mailers brilliantly evocotive debut Windchill Summer. Joanne Harris follows her international sensation Chocolat. Ho Davies' collection Equal Love is my book of the year so far.

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Rhidian Brook

Fictions: The Killing of Butterfly Joe

Hay Festival 2018, 

Llew Jones wanted to see the States and write about the experience. Then he met Joe Bosco, a butterfly salesman as charismatic as he was infuriating, and they were soon hurtling across 1980s America together, caught up in an adventure that got way, way out of control. Now Llew is in jail, his friend is gone, and he has to give his side of the story if he’s ever going to get free . . . Part existential road trip, part neo-Gothic thriller, part morality tale, The Killing of Butterfly Joe is a dazzling and propulsive novel full of characters you’ll never forget. The film of Brook’s novel The Aftermath starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård comes out later this year. He talks to Peter Florence.

Rhidian Brook

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Ann Carroll

Kells 2015, 

The author of the In a Nutshell series of books about Irish folklore and historical events conducts a workshop for young readers.

Photo by Priory Studios

6–10 years
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Timothy J Jorgensen

Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation

Hay Festival 2016, 

We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety of nuclear power plants. Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation, from Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays, and pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, and Thomas Edison to the victims of the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Tracing the most important events in the evolution of radiation, Jorgensen explains exactly what it is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm.

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Humberto de la Calle y Jody Williams en conversación con Claudia Gurisatti

Cartagena 2015, 

Jody Williams fue la ganadora del Premio Nobel de la Paz 1997 por su trabajo por la prohibición internacional del uso de minas antipersonales y municiones de racimo; recientemente ha publicado sus memorias My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize. Humberto de la Calle es político y abogado, actual jefe negociador del Gobierno colombiano en los diálogos de paz con las FARC. Ambos hablarán sobre los procesos de paz con la periodista Claudia Gurisatti.

Con el apoyo del Alto Comisionado para la Paz

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Anne Applebaum, John Micklethwait, Christopher Hitchens, Roy Hattersley, Mark Leonard.

The Economist Debate: History will be kinder to Bush and Blair than to Chirac and Shroeder

Hay Festival 2005, 
John Snow chairs the debate on security, democracy, diplomacy and piety in early in early twenty-first century.

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Emma Suárez en conversación con Luis Alegre

Cartagena 2016, 
La actriz española Emma Suárez ha representado papeles tan emblemáticos como el de la Condesa de Belflor en El perro del hortelano, de Pilar Miró, que le valió un Goya a la mejor actriz en 1997, o la misteriosa Lisa de La ardilla roja, dirigida por Julio Medem en 1993. Ha trabajado con directores como José Luis Borau, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Isabel Coixet y, más recientemente, Pedro Almodóvar, con quien ha trabajado en la que será su nueva película, Julieta. Con una de las carreras más sólidas del cine español, y trabajos en teatro y televisión, Emma conversará sobre su carrera actoral y sus últimos proyectos con Luis Alegre.

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Goldie talks to Gemma Cairney

All Things Remembered

Hay Festival 2018, 

This is the story of the man born Clifford J. Price – jungle’s most streetwise ambassador who went on to collect an MBE from Buckingham Palace. As one of Britain’s most influential DJs, producers and record-label owners, Goldie’s contribution to the UK rave scene in the 1990s with Metalheadz provided the blueprint for dubstep and grime. Here is the memoir of an extraordinary life, an explosive story of abuse, revenge, graffiti, breakdancing, gold teeth, sawn-off shotguns, car crashes, hot yoga, absent fatherhood and redemption through reality TV.

Goldie talks to Gemma Cairney

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Matt Lucas talks to Stephanie Merritt

Little Me – My Life from A-Z

Winter Weekend 2017, 

“I talk about my life and work, including Little Britain, Come Fly With Me, Bridesmaids, Les Miserables, Alice In Wonderland and, of course, Shooting Stars. This is a bit different to most memoirs you may have read, because it comes in the form of an A-Z.  For instance, B is for Baldy! - which is what people used to shout at me in the playground (not much fun), G is for Gay (because I’m an actual real life gay) and T is for the TARDIS (because I’m a companion in Doctor Who now).” Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

Matt Lucas talks to Stephanie Merritt

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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.

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Tanya Seghatchian talks to Peter Florence

Filming Harry

Hay Festival 2002, 
The co-producer of the Harry Potter movies talks about the way she and her team bought J.K.Rowlings book to the screen. We want to know: How did the make Robbie Coltrane Hagrid sized? Who plays Gilderoy Lockhart in HP2? And how did they film the Quidditch? Come along and join in.

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Gerard Stembridge

Kells 2014, 

The writer, director and co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his comic writing.

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David Almond

The Tale of Angelino Brown

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Carnegie Medal-winning author of Skellig discusses his new novel for younger readers. Illustrated by Claude creator Alex T Smith, Angelino Brown is the warm and witty tale of a little angel who appears in bus driver Bert’s top pocket and brings joy to everyone’s lives. But some people aren’t so sure, including big bully Basher Malone, who’s out to get him. Delightful storytelling, perfect for fans of the author’s international bestseller, The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas.

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Alberto Manguel

The 1997 TLS Lecture : St Augustine's Computer

Hay Festival 1997, 
How different are our reading habits from those of the ancient scholars? What transformations in space, time and perception have our technological advances caused? And will the future have us curled up with a laptop in an armchair, the cosy library replaced by the memorius computer, our books constantly changing according to the whim of interactive fingers? And if so, will we be better readers than we once were?

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Alain de Botton

The Consolations of Philosophy

Hay Festival 2000, 
The naked philosopher introduces his mischievous and witty guide to the human mind and heart. He sees that we have six gurus and six concerns: Socrates on Unpopularity, Epicurus on lack of money, Seneca on frustrations, Montaigne on inadequacy, Schopenhauer on a broken heart and Nietzsche on the necessity of difficulties.

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Modernism and Internationalism in Bangla Literature

Dhaka 2013, 

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Steve Edwards

The Man who Drowned the Meadows: Rowland Vaughan, 1558-1627

Hay Festival 2016, 

The story of Rowland Vaughan and his waterworks provides an insight both into an eager and imaginative but rather litigious family man and into his understanding of the benefits of irrigating farmland and managing floodwater. Such thinking was very new at the end of the Elizabethan era. The extensive field work carried out by the Golden Valley Study Group shows in great detail the traces of Vaughan’s meticulous design for his water management system in the Golden Valley in Herefordshire, still clearly discernible in the landscape today – the very gradual gradients, the gentle curves of the spreader channels, the capacity to set water flowing either up or down the main channel (the Trench Royal) as required, and the groundworks in the meadows themselves.

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Alexis Jenni talks to Francine Stock

The French Art of War

Hay Festival 2017, 

The French novelist introduces his masterpiece The French Art of War, which won the Goncourt Prize in 2011 and is published now in English. It’s a journey through France’s military history in Indochina, Algeria and at home. The novel is told through the eyes of a war veteran who becomes a painter, Victorien Salagnon, and the young man he teaches to paint in exchange for writing his story.

This event is part of a European Writers’ Tour, an initiative proudly delivered by EUNIC London in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature and the British Library. The programme is supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK and EUNIC Global.

In French with translation available.

Alexis Jenni talks to Francine Stock

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Pat Barker and Miranda Seymour talk to Peter Kemp

The First World War in Fact and Fiction

Hay Festival 1996, 
Barker won the 1995 Booker prize for The Ghost Road, the final novel in her WW1 trilogy of Regeneration and The Eye in the Door. Seymour is the highly acclaimed biographer of Robert Graves. They talk to The Sunday Times critic Peter Kemp.

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Geoffrey Robertson

The Prospect Lecture: Crimes Against Humanity

Hay Festival 2000, 
The crusading QC analyses what International Human Rights are now, and what they should be. Informed by Pinochet, Kosovo, Suharto and Mahartir, Robertson addresses both the philosophy and the law.

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Para qué sirven los poetas

Alberto Manguel

Xalapa 2012, 
Si toda sociedad (si casi toda sociedad) intenta expulsar a los verdaderos poetas, por la razón o por la fuerza, es porque toda sociedad se define a sí misma a través de prescripciones y fronteras. La tarea de los poetas es transgredir esas fronteras e ignorer esas prescripciones, incitar a revisar las versions oficiales, cuestionar los dogmas, exigir que las autoridades muestren sus credenciales. El celebrado autor, editor y traductor Alberto Manguel, Caballero de la Orden de las Letras de Francia, reflexiona sobre el papel de los poetas en la sociedad actual.

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Iain M. Banks

Iain M. Banks

Hay Festival 2000, 
'Banks is a phenomenon: the wildly successful, fearlessly creative author of brilliant and disturbing novels, he's equally at home writing pure science fiction of a peculiarly gnarly nature and elegance.' (William Gibson) Banks discusses his new sci-fi novel Look to Windward. It was one of the less glorious incidents of the Idiran wars that led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, 800 years later, the light from the first of those deaths has reached the Culture's Masaq' Orbital. A Chelgrian emissary is dispatched to the Culture. 'Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary depth.' (New York Review of Science Fiction)

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Steven Pinker en conversación con Juan Diego Vélez

Cartagena 2015, 

Psicólogo experimental y profesor de la Universidad de Harvard, Steven Pinker se ha convertido en uno de los escritores más destacados sobre el lenguaje, la mente y la naturaleza humana a nivel internacional. Ha recibido numerosos premios por sus libros, entre los que destacan, Cómo funciona la mente, El instinto del lenguaje, La tabla rasa y Los ángeles que llevamos dentro. Su último libro, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, está dedicado al arte de escribir bien en nuestros días.

Con el apoyo de The Canada Council for the Arts y Blue Metropolis Festival

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William Sitwell talks to Rosie Boycott

Eggs or Anarchy

Hay Festival 2016, 

The heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food 1940-1943, really fed Britain. As a nation at war, with supply routes under attack from the Axis powers and resources scarce, it was Woolton’s job to fulfil his promise to the British people, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in particular, that there would be food on the shelves each week. He battled to outwit unscrupulous dealers on the black market streets of cities across the British Empire, persuading customs authorities to turn a blind eye to his import schemes.

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Kate Adie talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1996, 
The BBC's reporter talks about her front-line experiences and the interaction of the media, the diplomats and the military in the danger zones of the world. Nik Gowing is the anchor of BBC World News.