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Carla Lane

Hay Festival 1995, 
Lane is the most successful woman writer of popular television comedy in Britain. Her series include Bread, The Liver Birds, Butterflies and Luv. She talks to the Broadcaster Elinor Jones about relationships, sex, motherhood, her screenwriting and her passion for animals, discussed in her autobiography Instead of Diamonds.

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John Mullan

What Matters in Jane Austen

Winter Weekend 2017, 

In this last bicentenary session, the academic and author plays with the engaging and entertaining puzzles of the novels and Austen’s life.  What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? What do the characters call each other, and why? And which important Austen characters never speak? Join us for a delightful celebration of the genius of English literature’s greatest comedian. There will be prizes for best frock coat and bonnet.

John Mullan

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Tim Birkhead

Promiscuity

Hay Festival 2000, 
The recent discovery that females of most species are promiscuous rather than monogamous raises two main questions: what is the evolutionary effect of female promiscuity on males? and what are the evolutionary benefits of female promiscuity?

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Familias

Marcos Giralt Torrente, Julián Herbert y Guadalupe Nettel en conversación con Malcolm Otero Barral

Xalapa 2012, 
La vida familiar se confi gura como un microcosmos de relaciones complejas, apegos e influencias que inevitablemente determinan en gran medida la trayectoria de sus miembros. Estos tres autores conversan sobre qué tienen de familiar sus novelas: Marcos Giralt Torrente ganó el Premio Nacional de Narrativa (España) en 2011 con Tiempo de vida, una conmovedora descripción de la relación con su padre; Julián Herbert es autor de Canción de tumba, galardonada con el XXVIII Premio Jaén de Novela, en la que se narra la vida de Guadalupe Chávez, prostituta enferma de leucemia y madre del narrador; Guadalupe Nettel es autora de El cuerpo en que nací, novela que cuenta la historia de una niña de una familia poco convencional y con un físico diferente. Moderado por Malcolm Otero Barral, editor.

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Innovative Library Show

Segovia 2013, 

A multimedia event which presents Segovia as a land of words and a land of innovation until it reaches society 3.0. An unknown and daring experience, like experiencing ¨a drinkable book¨. Thus, a tasting of literature, knowledge and flavours.  Presented by the President of the Diputación Provincial de Segovia, Francisco Vázquez; the Deputy Delegate of Culture, Tourism and International Affairs, José Carlos Monsalves, and José María San Segundo.

 

Produced by Diputación Provincial de Segovia.

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Richard Bentall

Madness Explained

Hay Festival 2003, 
Bentall argues that we need a radically new way of thinking about psychosis and its treatment. He shows that there is no reasuring dividing line between mental health and mental illness. Severe mental disorders can no longer be reduced to brain chemistry, but must be understood psychologiaclly, as part of normal behaviour and human nature.

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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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Rose Tremain, Trezza Azzopardi

Hay Festival 2000, 
Reading and conversation with the author of Restoration and Evangelista's Fan, whose new novel Music and Silence about the experiences of an English musician in the Danish court of King Christiannin 1630 is a masterpiece. Tremain is joined by the new Welsh novelist, Trezza Azzopardi, whose debut The Hiding Place is set in the Maltese community of Tiger Bay. Both writers feature in the new edition of the British Council anthology of New Writing.

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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

Nicola Davies

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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?

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Roy Strong

Garden Party

Hay Festival 2000, 
The prolific master of all arts trades reflects on his lifelong passion for gardens and garden writing in a scintillating and delightful hour of good talk. Strong moves on to look at the art of gardening in relation to other arts such as embroidery, cookery, history and politics.

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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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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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Alejandro Páez Varela en conversacion con Sergio Ramírez

Literatura de frontera. Sur y Norte.

Xalapa 2013, 
El escritor y periodista Alejandro Páez Varela divide su tiempo entre su trabajo como editor de la revista Día Siete, su labor como periodista para medios nacionales y extranjeros y su trabajo como escritor. Coautor de los libros "Los Suspirantes" (2005), "Los Amos de México" (2007) y "El reino de las moscas" (2012), presenta su primera novela en solitario, "Música para perros", la segunda novela de la trilogía sobre el norte de México. Conversará sobre la literatura de frontera con el autor Sergio Ramirez.

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Flora Fraser

The Unruly Queen

Hay Festival 1996, 
At the tawdry heart of the Regency period lies the bitter mismatch of the Prince and Princess of Wales, their tattered marriage and long and courageous fight for justice that is the subject of Fraser's study of Caroline of Brunswick - "an admirably convincing portrayal of a woman who evidently had more sprit than sensibility" - Sunday Telegraph

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Rose Tremain, Javier Cercas

Hay Festival 2003, 
Rose Tremain introduces her new novel The Colour, a fabulous historical novel set against the background of the gold rush in New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. 'The colour' is miners' slang for gold. Cercas is the author of the hugeEuropean success The Soldiers of Salamis. At the heart of this 'true tale' are the last moments of the Spanish Civil War, during which Sanchez Mazas narrowly escapes death twice on the same day: first by firing squad and later when his hiding place is discovered by the unknown soldier, who looks him in the eye, and then, miraculously, turns and walks away. They talk to the critic Amanda Hopkinson.

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Salsa y letras.

César Miguel Rondón en conversación con Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2015, 
Publicado por primera vez en 1979, El libro de la salsa. Crónica de la música del Caribe urbano es un libro de César Miguel Rondón que se ha convertido en una obra fundamental sobre este género musical y acaba de ser reeditado en Colombia. Su autor es además un reconocido profesional de los medios de comunicación venezolanos, con una extensa experiencia como comunicador social, locutor, publicista, escritor, productor, director y ejecutivo de televisión.

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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
Ann Carroll

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Any Hay Questions

Winter Weekend 2010, 
Six months in, the new government is trailing Labour in the polls, and its CSR is beginning to bite. Come and question the cuts and coalition with a panel which includes Jesse Norman MP, author of The Big Society, Labour Peer and chairman of the British Greyhound Racing Board Lord Lipsey, Roger Williams MP, the Hay GP and Medics4Timbuktu hero Julie Grigg, and Gwernyfed student David Jones. Dimblebyed by Peter Florence.
 
This event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Carolina Andújar

Cartagena 2016, 
La escritora colombiana autora de Pie de bruja (2014), La princesa y el mago sombrío (2013), Vajda, príncipe inmortal (2012) y Vampyr (2009), conversará y debatirá acerca de la literatura gótica y fantástica.
Niños 11 - 14 años

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Nick McDowell and Tania Kindersley

Friends Like These

Hay Festival 1997, 
How does the business of publishing literary fiction work? What does an editor actually do? The Hodder & Stoughton Editorial Director Caroline Mays and the Publicity Director, Karen Geary, present the stories behind McDowell's Four In The Morning and Kindersley's Don't Ask Me Why. The novelists read and talk about their fiction.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Sandra Lorenzano

Xalapa 2013, 
Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2011 por El ruido de las cosas al caer, presenta su último trabajo, Las reputaciones, donde narra la historia de Samanta Leal, de 35 años, que con mentiras se introduce en la casa de Javier Mallarino, el mejor caricaturista político de Colombia, para rogarle que le ayude a recordar lo sucedido en esa misma casa 28 años atrás. En conversación con Sandra Lorenzano.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Sandra Lorenzano

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David Lodge and Jill Paton Walsh

Hay Festival 1995, 
David Lodge is the author of Nice Work, Small World, Changing Places and Paradise News and a new novel, Therapy. "He is one of those writers you could read all day, finding something amusing or stylish or ingenious on every page" - Washington Post.
Jill Paton-Walsh's novel Knowledge of Angels was shortlisted for the Booker Prize - "an irresistible blend of intellect and passion . . . novels of ideas come no better than this sensual example" - Mail on Sunday

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Igor Aleksander

How to Build a Mind

Hay Festival 2000, 
How can we use the power of computers to understand how mind relates to brain? While treading on some age-old philosophical toes, its main importance is that it gives us better ways of dealing with mental infirmity. The leading expert on neural systems deomonstrates the potential of artificial consciousness.

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Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi

Hay Festival 2000, 
The filmmaker, novelist and short story writer reads and discusses Midnight All Day his compleeling collection of stories about sexuality, desire and love. 'If falling in love could only be a glimpse of the other, who was the passion really directed at?' Kuerishi's award-winning work includes The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Launderette, Intimacy, The Black Album and My Son the Fanatic.