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Cesar Mallorquí, Gonzalo Moure y Antonio Orlando Rodríguez en conversación con María Fernanda Paz Castillo

El auge de los betsellers para jóvenes.

Cartagena 2014, 
Vivimos el auge de los bestsellers para jóvenes: nunca antes en español se había publicado semejante cantidad de obras, en su mayoría traducciones de obras anglosajonas, que marcan los gustos y mucho del tiempo libre de nuestros lectores. Algunas de estas obras, además, cuentan con su versión cinematográfica. ¿Qué diferencia un bestseller para jóvenes de una obra literaria? ¿Lo uno y lo otro busca formar algún tipo de lector? La editora María Fernanda Paz Castillo conversará sobre este tema con los escritores españoles Cesar Mallorquí y Gonzalo Moure y el cubano Antonio Orlando Rodríguez. Con el apoyo de Acción Cultural Española

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Janet Todd

Mary Wollstonecraft

Hay Festival 2000, 
The inner life of the radical feminst Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, is vividly displayed in her personal letters. Todd's new biography connects her published works with her letters and discusses the psychological revelations, desires and fears revealed in them.

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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.

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6–10 years
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Deirdre Sullivan

Workshop for Teen Readers

Kells 2015, 

The creator of the ‘Prim’ trilogy (Prim Improper, Improper Order and Primperfect). The first and third of the novels were shortlisted for the Children’s Books Ireland Awards. Deirdre was also the only young adult author shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature in 2015.

Deirdre Sullivan

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Susan Hill, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Bate, Joanna Trollope

Books & Company

Hay Festival 2000, 
A 'live' edition of the quarterly magazine 'about books, for those who delight in them.' Three contributors, plus the Editor reveal some of the secrets of their bookshelves and share old and new favourite.

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Ottoline Leyser

Cambridge Series 13: Thinking Without A Brain – How Plants Decide What To Do

Hay Festival 2018, 

It is easy to assume that plants don’t do much; and many expressions for inactivity involve plant metaphors – such as the ‘couch potato’. However, plants, including potatoes, are as busy as the rest of us assessing their surroundings and changing their activity accordingly. ​ Dame Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory.

Ottoline Leyser

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David Crystal talks to Peter Florence

An Alphabet (and maybe some punctuation marks too)

Hay Festival 2018, 

An hour of glorious grammar as the fabulously entertaining language and linguistics guru plays with two-minute lectures. A is for Alphabet – why this order? O may well be Oxford Comma, but it might be Original Pronunciation... (ellipsis). What would you like to hear him explain?

David Crystal talks to Peter Florence

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Richard Ford, Mavis Gallant, Robert Stone

The New Yorker Short Stories

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Literary Editior of the New Yorker Bill Buford hosts this reading and conversation with three major North American short story writers. Ford's work includes Independence Day, Wildlife, The Sportswriter and The Ultimate Good Luck. Many of Gallant's newly published Collected Stories were originally written for the New Yorker. "She is one of the great short-story writers of our time" - Michael Ondaatje. Robert Stone's Bear and His Daughter is a brilliant collection - "Stone writes like a bird, like an angel. like a circus barker, like a con man, like someone so high on pot that he is scraping his shoes on the stars" - Wallace Stegner

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Louis de Bernières and Nerys Williams

Kells 2014, 

Louis de Bernières (Imagining Alexandria) and Nerys Williams (Sound Archive) read from their latest work. Louis will also read from some of his unpublished works.

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Rose Tremain talks to Claire Armistead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The novelist (The Colour, Restoration) discusses her glittering story collection The Darkness of Wallis Simpson.

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Henry Blofeld talks to Simon Hughes

Over and Out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special

Hay Festival 2018, 

The first part of an evening of delicious cricket talk celebrates the career of the legendary broadcaster and commentator. Now that 'Blowers' has decided to declare his TMS innings closed, his book reveals the secrets of life in the commentary box and of the rich cast of characters with whom he shared it, from the early days of John Arlott and Brian Johnson to Aggers and new boys Boycott, Swann, Vaughan and Tuffers.

Henry Blofeld talks to Simon Hughes

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Sophie Anderson, Juliette Forrest, James Nicol

Mysterious magic

Hay Festival 2018, 

Three authors discuss the very different ways in which the power of magic and mystery enhance their stories with reference to their books The House with Chicken Legs, Twister and A Witch Alone. Chaired by Sian Cain.

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Emma Carroll, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Jacob Sager Weinstein

Imaginary worlds

Hay Festival 2018, 

How do you create a world where everything is different to our own? Join three authors as they discuss the imaginative journey it takes to create alternative worlds in their books including Skychasers, The Girl of Ink and Stars and The City of Secret Rivers. Chaired by Emily Drabble, BookTrust

9+

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Martin Rees, Paul Davies, Lee Smolin, Arthur Peacocke

Many Worlds

Hay Festival 2000, 
An exploration of the relationship between the sciences and religious thought with the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees; the physicist and winner of the Templeton Prize, Paul Davies, author of The Mind of God, Lee Smolin, whose books include The Life of the Cosmos, and Arthur Peacocke, who is a specialist in biological macromolecules.

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Christopher Logue and Craig Raine

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of the greatest contemporary version of the Iliad in War Music, Kings and The Husbands Logue reads from his new volume of Selected Poems - "Modern Poetry at its best" - Dennis Potter, "I am crazy about it" - Henry Miller
Raine reads from Clay. Whereabouts Unknown, poems written whilst he was working on History: The Home Movie. :I cannot think of anyone else writing today whose every line is so unfailingly exciting" - John Carey

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Stephen Jay Gould

The Nature Lecture: Dinosaur in A Haystack

Hay Festival 1996, 
Paleontologist, Professor of Zoology and geology, the world's greatest scientific essayist has a fantastic ability to connect the most diverse material and cultural references from Jurassic Park to the Old Testament and Eugenics in a brilliant exploration of the central idea of evolution. Gould's seminal and best-selling books include Wonderful Life, Bully for Brontosaurus and Eight Little Piggies.

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Laura Dockrill

Star Cross’d

Hay Festival 2016, 

The poet, writer and illustrator introduces Star Cross’d, her contemporary film version of Romeo and Juliet commissioned for the Shakespeare Lives programme by the British Council. She explores the continuing relevance of the story and its influence on her own writing including Lorali. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

12+

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Pere Estupinyà

Cartagena 2014, 
Además de químico y bioquímico, Pere Estupinyà es escritor y divulgador científico. Español residente en Nueva York, ha trabajado como periodista científico en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT) en Boston, en Institutos Nacionales de la Salud de Estados Unidos y como editor en el programa Redes de TVE. Es autor de El ladrón de cerebros (2010), Rascar donde no pica (2012), S=EX2. La ciencia del sexo (2013) y en la actualidad realiza el blog Apuntes científicos desde el MIT para el diario El País.

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Nicola Davies

The Promise

Hay Festival 2014, 

Nicola is a marvellous writer, speaker, and observer of the natural world. She reads from her beautiful new picture book The Promise, which reminds us all that the smallest actions can change our world for the better.
5+ years

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Andrea Wulf

Reformations: The distinction between the arts and science

Querétaro 2017, 

The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. In order to celebrate this important milestone in Western critical thinking, we have asked a number of thinkers to give us a “reform” that would be applicable now. Andrea Wulf will talk about the traditional distinction between the arts and the sciences, proposing a reformation of this classic separation of disciplines and questioning why the imagination is not present in science. Followed by a question and answer session with Peter Florence.

Andrea Wulf

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Jeremy Dyson, Kate O'Riordan, Kathy Lette

Hay Festival 2000, 
Dyson, the lead writer for the hugely successful television comedy cult The League of Gentlemen introduces his collection of surreal short stories Never Trust a Rabbit. O'Riordan's very funny romantic comedy The Angel in the House is the story of Robert, who falls in love with Angela. He thinks she's the angel he's been waiting for. She's not an angel. She's a num. They are joined by the spunky author of Mad Cows and Altar Ego, Kathy Lette, who previews her work in progress.

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Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

River Cottage Meat

Hay Festival 2004, 
The chef and writer conjures shepherds pie, glazed baked ham, Irish stew, roast grouse with all the trimmings, toad in the hole and oxtail stew, pot au feu, cassoulet, bolito misto, pasticcio, jerked pork, feijoida, cozido, curried goat...

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David Crystal

Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation

Winter Weekend 2015, 

The triumphant, concluding volume in David Crystal’s trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. Professor Crystal leads us through this minefield with characteristic wit and clarity.

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Francesca Rhydderch and Tyler Keevil talk to Penny Thomas

Fictions: New Welsh Short Stories

Winter Weekend 2015, 

The best of contemporary Welsh short-story writing, New Welsh Short Stories offers a wide-ranging view of a country from new and established writers. Stories range from the personal to the universal; from the streets of urban south Wales to the wilder reaches of small town and countryside; from film sets to the limits of time and space.

Francesca Rhydderch and Tyler Keevil talk to Penny Thomas

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Claire Tomalin

Mrs. Jordan's Profession

Hay Festival 1995, 
Tomalin's books about Mary Wollstonecraft, Katharine Mansfield and Nelly Ternan have established her as Britain's foremost living biographer. At the end of the C18th Dora Jordan, the subject of her new book, was the greatest comic actress the theatre had known, adored by public and high society alike. She became the consort of the future king William IV, lived with him in domestic happiness, and bore him ten children. She died alone, in obscurity, and when a biography of William IV was published in 1884, her name did not even appear in it. What happened?