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Elmer Mendoza talks to Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Segovia 2011, 
In Mexico, everything related to drug trafficking is reflected in various ways in culture, among them the Mexican “corridos”, musical numbers that narrate the story of anonymous heroes or smugglers often paid by the drug traffickers themselves. The patriarch of north Mexican literature and author of La prueba del ácido, Élmer Mendoza, will talk on the matter with Arturo Pérez-Reverte, a prolific writer of international renown whose novel La reina del sur has been translated into 27 languages and has had an unparalleled success in México and has recently been adapted for television and made a huge impact through Spanish speaking Latin America.

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Alistair Darling talks to Jesse Norman

Back from the Brink

Hay Festival 2012, 
The former Chancellor discusses the state of the world economy and his one thousand days at No 11 that were dominated by RBS, Iceland, and his relationship with the bloke next door.

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Jeremy Bowen

Our Man in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2017, 

The BBC’s Middle East Editor returns home to bring the news from Mosul, Gaza and Jerusalem. His 25-part series for Radio 4 about the region’s history starts on 15 May. He combines first-hand accounts from the front line with analysis of the politics, economics and societies he’s reported on since he first arrived in the Gulf in 1990. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Jeremy Bowen

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Ken Follett

Tolerance and coexistence

Segovia 2018, 

Follett’s third novel in the Kingsbridge Series, A Column of Fire, went straight to the No.1 position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In A Column of Fire, voices of tolerance struggle to be heard under authoritarian rule as England faces challenges from Europe. The social and political concerns of the first Elizabethan era resonate loudly in the second. Following the screening of a short film, Follett discusses with the audience how the themes of his Tudor-time novel echo in today’s political theatre.

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Miriam Gómez Cabrera Infante en conversación con Valentí Puig

Segovia 2009, 
Miriam Gómez Cabrera Infante, viuda del Premio Cervantes Guillermo Cabrera Infante, y el periodista, crítico y escritor Valentí Puig dialogan sobre el fascinante proceso de publicación de la obra del autor cubano que Galaxia Gutenberg / Círculo de Lectores está editando. Presenta y modera Antoni Munné.

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Irrational, The Chaotic And The Incomplete

Hay Festival 2013, 

The brilliantly entertaining and inspiring Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science explores The Mathematical Limits Of Science.

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Martin Amis talks to Peter Florence

The Pregnant Widow

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author revisits the sexual revolution, the 1970s and mortality with savage comedy in his new novel.

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Barbara Sahakian

Cambridge University Series 3 - Bad Moves: How Decision-Making Goes Wrong

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Professor of Neuroscience discusses the process of normal decision-making – our strategies, biases that affect us and influential factors. She will describe the abnormal patterns found in patients with conditions such as severe depression, Alzheimer’s and accidental brain damage. Examining how the brain can be manipulated to improve cognitive function in these patients, she will consider the use and the ethical questions of ‘smart drugs’.

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Daniel M Davis

The Compatibility Gene

Hay Festival 2014, 

We each possess a similar set of around 25,000 human genes. Yet a tiny, distinctive cluster of these genes plays a disproportionately large part in how our bodies work. The immunologist argues that these few genes hold the key to who we are as individuals and our relationship to the world: how we combat disease; how our brains are wired; how attractive we are; even how likely we are to reproduce. Chaired by Liz Hunt.

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Chris Patten

What Next? Surviving the Twenty-First Century

Hay Festival 2009, 
Migration, climate, conflict, and the myriad challenges for the global communities. The former EU Commissioner, Governor of Hong Kong is now co-Chair of the International Crisis Group. Chaired by BBC World anchor Nik Gowing.

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Janet Todd

Cambridge Series: The Uncensored Jane Austen

Hay Festival 2010, 
The general editor of the nine-volume Cambridge Jane Austen talks about the novelist’s juvenilia and unpublished works.
Janet Todd

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Claudia Roden and Jose Pizarro talk to Michael Jacobs

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Spanish Food

Hay Festival 2012, 
The peerless food-writer, author of The Food of Spain, is joined by the top Spanish chef, author of Pizarro: Seasonal Spanish Food to celebrate one of the great gastronomic cultures of the world.

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Nicholas Stern

The British Academy Lecture

Hay Festival 2013, 

Six years on from his landmark Climate Change Report, Lord Stern thinks he underestimated the predictions of global temperature rise and that we may now be looking not at 2/3° but at 4/5°. On the up side, he sees potential for economic growth in green industries. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Oliver Balch, Les Lumsdon, Chris Moss and Michael Kerr

The Future of Travel Writing

Hay Festival 2012, 
What can the travel writer offer in an age of Trip Advisor and Wikipedia? Are we tired of foreigners writing about other people’s places? Journalists and authors Oliver Balch and Chris Moss join Slow Travel writer Les Lumsdon. Chaired by The Telegraph’s Deputy Head of Travel.

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Gary Younge

Who Are We – And Should it Matter in the 21st Century?

Hay Festival 2010, 
We are more alike than we are unalike. But the way we are unalike matters. To be male in Saudi Arabia, Jewish in Israel or white in Europe confers certain powers and privileges that those with other identities do not have. Identity can represent a material fact in itself. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Gary Younge

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Mohamed ElBaradei talks to Jon Snow

The Rotblat Lecture 2011: The Age of Deception – Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Egyptian Nobel Laureate and Presidential candidate describes his work as the lead UN weapons inspector in Iraq. Beamed in live from Cairo.

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Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

Most Talked About YA Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet the authors of three of the most talked-about Young Adult novels of 2015, Read Me Like a BookThe Art of Being Normal and This is Not a Love Story. For anyone who struggles with what they feel is expected of them by family, school and society, these books will be a breath of fresh air. Relationships, identity and gender are explored in a discussion about the challenges and rewards of writing for a YA audience.
12+ years/YA
Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

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Charlotte Rampling talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Who I Am

Hay Festival 2017, 

The actor reminisces in an intimate self-portrait, with stories and photographs from her long career – from classic movies Georgy Girl and The Night Porter to Broadchurch and The Sense of an Ending.

Charlotte Rampling talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Ranulph Fiennes talks to Rupert Lancaster

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Hay Festival 2010, 
Sir Ranulph Twistleton-Wykham-Fiennes’ personal expedition to trace his extraordinary family through history. From Charlemagne to the present day.
Ranulph Fiennes talks to Rupert Lancaster

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Simon Schama and teachers

Our Children, Our History

Hay Festival 2013, 

What kind of past is it that Michael Gove’s proposed history curriculum offers to schoolchildren and their teachers? Can it be taught? Should it be taught? And what are the consequences for our national culture and identity? The historian leads the conversation and welcomes contributions from primary and secondary school teachers.

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Murong Xuecun

British Council Series - Caging a Monster

Hay Festival 2012, 
The outspoken Chinese cult novelist builds on his now famous ‘In my country’ Oslo speech, talking about the harder realities behind the economic miracle. Chaired by Rosie Boycott. (Subtitles with consecutive translation for Q&A)
 

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Philippa Perry talks to Stephanie Merritt

Couch Fiction

Hay Festival 2010, 
Compelling fly-on-the wall observation in this superbly cartooned Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy.
Philippa Perry talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Rick Wakeman talks to Phil Rickman

Grumpy Old Rock Star

Hay Festival 2009, 
The legendary Yes keyboard player is one of the great rock storytellers.

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Paolo Giordano in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2010, 
The young novelist has impressed critics and readers with The Solitude of Prime Numbers. He will talk to Héctor Abad Faciolince about this novel, his coming projects and about how to combine a PhD in particle physics with writing fiction. 

This event is in Italian. Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available.

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Austen Bicentenary Series 1

Charlotte Brewer: Extraordinary Jane

Hay Festival 2013, 

Walter Scott praised Austen for her ordinariness. But according to the OED she was a linguistic innovator, the earliest printed source for nearly 300 words and senses, including ‘of the moment’ and ‘nice-looking’. What does this tell us about Austen – and the OED?