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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.

12+

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Nick Sharratt

You Choose in Space

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the illustrator and author on an intergalactic adventure as he celebrates his fabulous new picture-book You Choose in Space.  He will be doing lots of drawing, playing Space-themed games and you can help him invent some brand new Space creatures. Fancy dress encouraged – astronauts and Space monsters are most welcome.

3+

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John Lewis-Stempel

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The historian examines the patriotism, self-sacrifice and tragedy of Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War. Chaired by Paul Blezard. 'The single most moving book on the Great War that I have ever read' – Nigel Jones, Literary Review.

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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. 

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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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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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Terry Eagleton

Radical

Hay Festival 2018, 

The literary critic, famed for his wit and acute interpretations, explores the themes of his two spring publications. Radical Sacrifice revaluates the idea of sacrifice as purposed in theology and philosophy, reclaiming the act as radical politics. The re-publication of Why Marx Was Right examines the philosopher’s core ideas in the context of capitalism’s crises and communism’s collapse. Chaired by Dai Smith.

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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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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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Edith Grossman, Arturo Fontaine, Sergio Ramírez y Luisa Valenzuela y en conversación con Malcolm Otero Barral

Cátedra Interamericana Carlos Fuentes

Cartagena 2013, 
Cartagena recuerda al escritor mexicano más universal con una charla en la que estarán presentes varios de sus amigos y colegas, colaboradores de un libro co-editado por la Universidad Veracruzana y el Hay Festival como homenaje al autor.

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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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Humboldt. Andrea Wulf en conversación con Alberto Gómez

Cartagena 2017, 
La fascinante historia de descubrimiento, curiosidad científica y aventura del explorador y naturalista alemán Alexander von Humboldt en América está íntimamente vinculada a la historia de Colombia, en cuyo territorio realizó parte de sus exploraciones. Andrea Wulf (Reino Unido) es historiadora y escritora y narra con maestría la historia de esta aventura de reconocimiento de la naturaleza en La invención de la naturalezaEl Nuevo Mundo de Alexander von Humboldt. El libro ha recibido entre otros premios, el Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016 y fue seleccionado en el 2015 por el New York Times como uno de lo diez mejores libros del año. Conversa con Alberto Gómez.
Humboldt. Andrea Wulf en conversación con Alberto Gómez

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Phillip Barrett

Where's Larry?

Kells 2015, 

Philip Barrett is an illustrator, designer and comic artist originally from Co. Donegal. Find Larry the Leprechaun in this illustration workshop, based on his book Where’s Larry?

4–14 years
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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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Rodric Braithwaite – The Rotblat Lecture 2018

Managing Confrontation: Lessons from the Cold War

Hay Festival 2018, 

The diplomat and historian examines the nuclear confrontation between the Soviet Union and the West during the Cold War, and the lessons  for managing our difficulties with Russia today. Braithwaite was ambassador in Moscow at the time of the Soviet collapse, and then the Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser and chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee. His books include Across the Moscow River (2002), Moscow 1941 (2006), Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan (2011) and Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation (2017). Chaired by Nik Gowing, author of Thinking the Unthinkable: A New Imperative for Leadership in the Digital Age.

Rodric Braithwaite – The Rotblat Lecture 2018

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Vernon Bogdanor talks to Matthew d’Ancona

Beyond Brexit: Towards a British Constitution

Hay Festival 2019, 

Brexit has almost wholly been confined to discussions of economic consequence. But what will happen to the constitution? And what does sovereignty mean? The distinguished professor of government looks at the impact of Brexit and the constitutional consequences of Britain’s EU membership, raising the question of just how the United Kingdom is to be preserved. At the time of going to press…

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Tracy Borman

Henry VIII and the men who made him: the Secret History Behind the Tudor Throne

Winter Weekend 2018, 

King Henry VIII is often defined by his many marriages, but his relationships with the men who surrounded him reveal much about his beliefs, behaviour and character. They show him to be capable of fierce, but seldom abiding loyalty; of raising men only to destroy them later. Henry’s father the first Tudor king, his older brother Arthur, his handsome jousting partners, his warring advisors – both Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell ended up on the block; but the tenderness that he displayed towards those he trusted proves that he was never the one-dimensional monster often depicted. Tracy Borman is a bestselling author and historian, specialising in the Tudors. She is joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces and chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust.

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Redmond O'Hanlon's Congo Journey

Hay Festival 1997, 
The intrepid voyager and explorer tells the tale of his adventure into the heart of the African interior in search of a dinosaur in a lost prehistoric lake. "As funny as ever; the surprisingly dark vision, and his scary urge to gaze beyond the precipice of sanity, makes this a unique, messy masterpiece" The Sunday Times

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David Aaronovitch talks to Rosie Boycott

Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists

Hay Festival 2016, 

In July 1961, just before David Aaronovitch’s seventh birthday, Yuri Gagarin came to London. The Russian cosmonaut was everything the Aaronovitch family wished for - a popular and handsome embodiment of modern communism. But who were they, these ever hopeful, defiant and (had they but known it) historically doomed people? Like a non-magical version of the wizards of J K Rowling’s world, they lived secretly with and parallel to the non-communist majority, sometimes persecuted, sometimes ignored, but carrying on their own ways and traditions. Aaronovitch revisited his own memories of belief and action. He found himself studying the old secret service files, uncovering the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal.

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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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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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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.

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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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Phoenix Comics Workshop

Hay Festival 2015, 

Come and draw with CORPSE TALK’S Adam Murphy. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first time comic reader, Adam will help you dig up the best tips and tricks to help you put pencil to paper and create some AWESOME characters! Bring your imagination and prepare to be amazed!

PLUS join other Phoenix creators (some of the UK’s best comic artists) as they show how to construct a brilliant comic from even the craziest ideas – they’ll take you through some top character creation tips and send you away with your very own brilliant comic!

www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk

7+ years
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Novela histórica: entre realidad y ficción.

Juan Esteban Constaín, Pablo Montoya y Santiago Posteguillo en conversación con Gustavo Tatis

Cartagena 2015, 
Tres autores nos hablarán de la relación que se establece entre la historia y su obra literaria: en La sangre de los libros, Santiago Posteguillo presenta un recorrido por los acontecimientos más enigmáticos de la literatura universal; Juan Esteban Constaín dedica su libro, El hombre que no fue Jueves, al escritor inglés G.K. Chesterton; y Pablo Montoya es autor de novelas, poemas y ensayos, entre ellos, Novela histórica en Colombia 1988-2008. Entre la pompa y el fracaso.