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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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Lucy Hughes-Hallet talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Peculiar Ground

Hay Festival 2017, 

From the multi-award-winning biographer, author of the The Pike, comes a breathtakingly ambitious, beautiful and timely debut novel. The story is about gamekeepers and witches, agitators and aristocrats; about young love and the pathos of ageing. And about how those who wall out others risk finding themselves becoming walled in.

Lucy Hughes-Hallet talks to Claire Armitstead

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Paul Mason and Ben Stewart talk to Serena Kutchinsky

Money Grows on Trees

Winter Weekend 2015, 

In the context of the Governor of the Bank of England's recent warnings about the financial risks from climate change and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, the economics journalist Paul Mason and head of media for Greenpeace, Ben Stewart talk to Prospect Magazine's Serena Kutchinsky and previews the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris.

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Tom Moorhouse

The River Singers

Hay Festival 2015, 
Research ecologist Tom Moorhouse demonstrates how he translated his ecological expertise into two children’s stories about water voles. He describes the lives of water voles and the dangers they face. He shows you why stories involving animals are special, and what you need to think about if you ever want to write your own.
7+ years
Tom Moorhouse

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Simon James

Dear Greenpeace

Hay Festival 2016, 

Celebrate 25 years of this picture-book with its award-winning creator Simon James (Baby Brains, Nurse Clementine). Little Emily has a whale living in her garden pond and decides to write to Greenpeace for tips on how to look after him.  With storytelling and live drawing, Simon takes you on a journey through this much-loved classic and introduces you to his latest book, REX.

6+

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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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Alonso Cueto, Berna González Harbour y Sergio Ocampo Madrid en conversación con Mariana H

Sociedad policíaca.

Cartagena 2015, 
Alonso Cueto es autor de libros como La hora azul, El susurro de la mujer ballena y Cuerpos secretos, una novela de amor y crímenes ambientada en la Lima contemporánea. Por su parte, el escritor, cronista y editor Sergio Ocampo Madrid ha publicado recientemente Limpieza de oficio, una historia policíaca llena de humor negro sobre una serie de asesinatos de payasos en Bogotá. Berna González Harbour es directora de Babelia y autora de Verano en rojo y Margen de error, ambos protagonizados por la concienzuda y tenaz comisaria María Ruiz.

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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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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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Richard Holmes

Sidetracks

Hay Festival 2000, 
Holmes, author of the great two-volume Coleridge, Shelly: The Pursuit, and the groundbreaking Footsteps, launches his new work Sidetracks by raising questions about the speculative borderlands of biography in characteristically playful fashion. 'We are living in a golden age of biography, and Richard Holmes is one of its luminaries.' (Doris Lessing)

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Crónicas migrantes I

João Paulo Cuenca y Guillermo Osorno en conversación con Diego Fonseca

Xalapa 2012, 
Dos de los autores que participan en la antología Sam no es mi tío: veinticuatro crónicas migrantes y un sueño, conversan con Diego Fonseca, editor del libro. Con João Paolo Cuenca (Brasil), y Diego Enrique Osorno (México).

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Ruth Dudley Edwards talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Seven

Hay Festival 2016, 

On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the Irish Republican Brotherhood’s military council put their names to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, declaring they were the provisional government of an Ireland free from British rule. In effect, each man had knowingly signed his own death warrant. Since then, the seven have been eulogised and used as political weapons by many. To challenge the morality of the Rising was to be denounced as unpatriotic, even un-Irish. One hundred years on, however, there is an increasing recognition within Ireland that it’s time for the founding fathers to come under proper scrutiny.

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Laura James

Cowboy Pug

Hay Festival 2017, 

Pug and his faithful companion, Lady Miranda, are back for another adventure. They’ve saddled up and are going to be cowboys for the day. But Pug’s not so sure…there might be bandits. Then again, there could be candyfloss. Can Pug take the reins when Lady Miranda lands on the wrong side of the law?

6+

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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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John O’Donoghue

Fools & Mad

Kells 2015, 

This follow-up to John O’Donoghue’s award-winning memoir, Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (Mind Book of the Year) addresses the economic and political issues of Ireland. An epic satire, Fools & Mad tells the story of twelve great Irish poets who have been incarcerated by Swift in a palatial ‘House for Fools & Mad’. These men compose a jury for the ‘Court of Poetry’ where they try the Celtic Tiger. Arguing the case against the Tiger, this striking and politically-charged poem evokes a sense of Twelve Angry Men meets the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

John O’Donoghue

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Michael Holroyd, Richard Perceval Graves, Richard Poole

The Richard Hughes Centenary

Hay Festival 2000, 
A celebration of the centenary of the Welsh novelist and short story writer, author a A High Wind in Jamaica and Hazard, and latterly The Fox in the Attic. HUghes, whose influence extends into the work of William Golding and J. G. Farrell is ripe for rediscovery, and recognition as one of the most original and creative talents of twentieth century literature.

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Thomas Weber talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi

Hay Festival 2018, 

The story of the making of Adolf Hitler that we are all familiar with is the one Hitler himself wove in his 1924 trial, and then expanded upon in Mein Kampf. Weber strips away the layers of myth and fabrication in Hitler's own tale to tell the real story of his politicisation and radicalisation in post-First World War Munich. It is the gripping account of how an awkward and unemployed loner with virtually no recognisable leadership qualities and fluctuating political ideas turned into the charismatic, self-assured, virulently anti-Semitic leader with an all-or-nothing approach to politics with whom the world was soon to become tragically familiar.

Thomas Weber talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Las Preguntas Hay 25 (I)

Con Jeanette Winterson, Frédéric Martel, Janne Teller y Peter Godwin

Xalapa 2012, 
Este año nuestro festival en Gales cumple 25 años y para celebrarlo hemos creado una selección de veinticinco preguntas que nos parecen relevantes para espectadores y artistas. En esta ocasión, los cuatro invitados deben responder las siguientes: ¿qué líderes, escritores, científi cos y artistas vivos están abriendo las puertas del futuro para la humanidad?; ¿entre el campo y ciudad, qué pueden aprender el uno del otro?; ¿qué texto ha cambiado más tu corazón y tu mente: una frase, la letra de una canción, una carta, un libro, un poema, una inscripción…? Moderado por Peter Florence, Director de Hay Festival.

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Eric Newby

Hay Festival 2000, 
An audience with the great travel writer whose works include The Big Red Train Ride, The Last Grain Race, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, Slowly Down the Ganges, A Small Place in Italy and now Departures and Arrivals. Newby is the winner of the 2000 Madoc Award for excellence in travel writing, given in the name of the Welshman who was the first European to discover America.

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The Orange Prize Shortlist

Hay Festival 2000, 
Two days before thw winner of the 2000 Orange Prize for Fiction is announced, please join us to hear the shortlisted authors reading and discussing their work.

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Cristhian Frías, Andrés Neuman y Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Víctor Hugo Vásquez Rentería

Homenaje a Sergio Pitol.

Xalapa 2013, 
Sergio Pitol cumple ochenta años y desde el Hay Festival aprovechamos la ocasión para celebrarlo con escritores amigos del Premio Cervantes. Con Cristhian Frías (Cuba), Andrés Neuman (Argentina/España) y Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia) en conversación con Víctor Hugo Vásquez Rentería.

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Robert Harris

Hay Festival 1999, 
An interview with th epeerless thriller-writer, author of the outstanding Enigma, Fatherland and Archangel.

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Monty and Sarah Don

Fork to Fork

Hay Festival 2000, 
'We are all losing the plot as far as food goes. Everybody sort of knows that the best food comes from good, simple, organic ingrediants, but we do very little about it. Yet there are more gardeners now than ever before and more opportunities for people to grow some food, simple, organic ingrediants themselves. Also it has always seemed crazy that gardening celebrates the look and size of veg and fruit without a side-glance at their taste'. The husband and wife team introduce their appealing understanding and practice of gardening and cuisine.

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Suman-Lata Sahonta

Cambridge Series 18: How Light can Improve your Life

Hay Festival 2016, 

Those teeny lights aren’t just for show: LEDs help us to sleep better, fight cancer, prevent identity theft, and communicate with the Internet of Things. Dr Sahonta is based at the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride.

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Las Preguntas Hay 25 (III)

Con Susie Orbach, Wole Soyinka, Hansjörg Schertenleib y Tishani Doshi

Xalapa 2012, 
Este año nuestro festival en Gales cumple 25 años y para celebrarlo hemos creado una selección de veinticinco preguntas que nos parecen relevantes para espectadores y artistas. En esta ocasión, los cuatro invitados deben responder las siguientes: ¿cómo benefi ciará al mundo una reestructuración del superpoder económico en el siglo XXI?; ¿cómo es posible alcanzar la igualdad entre hombres y mujeres en todos los aspectos de la vida, desde que nacemos hasta morir, en el ámbito educativo, laboral y de ocio?; estamos creando una biblioteca de literatura, música y cine: ¿qué libro, película y disco incluirías en ella?; ¿en tu selección ideal qué libro, película y disco no deben faltar?

Traducción simultánea del inglés al español

Con el apoyo del British Council y Pro Helvetia