Hay Player

Jaap Scholten talks to Nóra Winkler

Budapest 2013, 

Jaap Scholten is a Dutch writer living in Budapest. According to The Austrian magazine, Falter compared his writing to that of Thomas Mann and JD Salinger. Scholten will speak with Nóra Winkler about his latest book Comrade Baron, his first non-fiction work, about the Hungarian aristocracy in Transylvania and how they survived communism.

In collaboration with Corvina Books

Hay Player

Tanya Seghatchian talks to Peter Florence

Filming Harry

Hay Festival 2002, 
The co-producer of the Harry Potter movies talks about the way she and her team bought J.K.Rowlings book to the screen. We want to know: How did the make Robbie Coltrane Hagrid sized? Who plays Gilderoy Lockhart in HP2? And how did they film the Quidditch? Come along and join in.

Hay Player

Zoë Svendsen and Paul Mason

Cambridge Series 20: Talking About Shakespeare: Shakespeare and the Emergence of Capitalism

Hay Festival 2016, 

Theatre director Zoë Svendsen and journalist and economist Paul Mason explore the theatricality of capitalism by examining what an economic analysis of Shakespeare’s plays might tell us about character and how the human is represented. Part of a new research and development project at the Young Vic, London.

Zoë Svendsen and Paul Mason

Hay Player

Beast Quest

Hay Festival 2017, 

Practise your battle cries and meet the good wizard Aduro as he talks beasts, spells and adventures. Listen to tales of new beasts, watch as he casts amazing spells, and then gather all your courage to help summon Nanook, the snow monster… A fun, interactive event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Beast Quest with a sneak peek of Adam Blade’s new series, Team Hero.

9+

Hay Player

Gala de poesía

Cartagena 2015, 

La ya tradicional Gala de poesía vuelve un año más con la presencia de poetas nacionales e internacionales que leerán una selección de su obra. Participan:Jotamario Arbeláez (Colombia), Marie Annharte Baker (Canadá), Juan Bonilla (España), Jaime García Maffla (Colombia), Luis García Montero (España), Marta Sanz (España) y Alfredo Vanín (Colombia). Moderado por Guido Tamayo.

Con el apoyo del McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Hay Player

Iain M. Banks

Iain M. Banks

Hay Festival 2000, 
'Banks is a phenomenon: the wildly successful, fearlessly creative author of brilliant and disturbing novels, he's equally at home writing pure science fiction of a peculiarly gnarly nature and elegance.' (William Gibson) Banks discusses his new sci-fi novel Look to Windward. It was one of the less glorious incidents of the Idiran wars that led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, 800 years later, the light from the first of those deaths has reached the Culture's Masaq' Orbital. A Chelgrian emissary is dispatched to the Culture. 'Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary depth.' (New York Review of Science Fiction)

Hay Player

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.

Hay Player

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

Hay Player

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.

Hay Player

Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks to Rosie Boycott

A Quaker Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation about how her Quaker faith has informed the life and work of one of the world’s greatest scientists, celebrated for her discovery of pulsars when she was a postgraduate student in 1967, and now the Oxford Professor of Astrophysics.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Player

Kate Adie talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1996, 
The BBC's reporter talks about her front-line experiences and the interaction of the media, the diplomats and the military in the danger zones of the world. Nik Gowing is the anchor of BBC World News.

Hay Player

Sebastian Faulks

On Green Dolphin Street

Hay Festival 2002, 
The author of The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray introduces his new novel. Set in Cold War America 'the title is taken from a Miles Davis track, and the novel's structure owes much of the complex layering of rhythm and theme that is the currency of jazz' (The Observer)

Hay Player

Federico Andahazi en conversación con Magali Velasco

Xalapa 2013, 
Federico Andahazi (Argentina) conversa con Magali Velasco sobre su última novela, El libro de los placeres prohibidos, un thriller ambientado en el siglo XV que explora la figura de Gutenberg, el inventor de la imprenta. Federico es autor de varias obras de no ficción y seis novelas, entre ellas, El anatomista. Ha sido galardonado con el Premio Planeta Argentina 2006 por su novela El conquistador.

Hay Player

Cees Nooteboom en conversación con Laura Restrepo

Cartagena 2014, 
Cees Nooteboom es probablemente el escritor holandés más conocido internacionalmente. Poeta, escritor y periodista, Cees es autor de una extensa obra poética y de trabajos tan celebrados como El desvío a Santiago, considerado una obra maestra de la literatura de viajes donde narra veinte años de viajes por España. En conversación con Laura Restrepo. Con el apoyo de la Dutch Literature Foundation

Hay Player

Laura Spinney

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it Changed the World

Hay Festival 2018, 

With a death toll of 50-100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish 'flu of 1918-1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the 20th century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War One. Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa. Telling the story from the point of view of those who lived through it, she shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test. Chaired by Stephanie Boland of Prospect magazine.

Hay Player

Alberto Manguel

The 1997 TLS Lecture : St Augustine's Computer

Hay Festival 1997, 
How different are our reading habits from those of the ancient scholars? What transformations in space, time and perception have our technological advances caused? And will the future have us curled up with a laptop in an armchair, the cosy library replaced by the memorius computer, our books constantly changing according to the whim of interactive fingers? And if so, will we be better readers than we once were?

Hay Player

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)

Hay Player

Gerard Stembridge

Kells 2014, 

The writer, director and co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his comic writing.

Hay Player

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.

Hay Player

Geoffrey Robertson

The Prospect Lecture: Crimes Against Humanity

Hay Festival 2000, 
The crusading QC analyses what International Human Rights are now, and what they should be. Informed by Pinochet, Kosovo, Suharto and Mahartir, Robertson addresses both the philosophy and the law.

Hay Player

Para qué sirven los poetas

Alberto Manguel

Xalapa 2012, 
Si toda sociedad (si casi toda sociedad) intenta expulsar a los verdaderos poetas, por la razón o por la fuerza, es porque toda sociedad se define a sí misma a través de prescripciones y fronteras. La tarea de los poetas es transgredir esas fronteras e ignorer esas prescripciones, incitar a revisar las versions oficiales, cuestionar los dogmas, exigir que las autoridades muestren sus credenciales. El celebrado autor, editor y traductor Alberto Manguel, Caballero de la Orden de las Letras de Francia, reflexiona sobre el papel de los poetas en la sociedad actual.

Hay Player

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

Hay Player

Fernando Savater, Rolf Strom-Olsen, Csaba Mányai

Budapest 2013, 

One of Spain’s most popular philosophers, the winner of the 2008 Planeta Prize and humanities and history professor Rolf Strom-Olsen talk to Csaba Mányai, curator of TEDxDanubia.

In collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Muszaki Konyv Kyado, Fundación Lara and IE Universit

Hay Player

Jaideep Prabhu

Cambridge Series 3: Frugal Innovation – How the Globe is Learning to do More (and Better) with Less

Hay Festival 2018, 

More than three billion people in the developing world live outside the formal economy and face unmet needs in areas such as health, education, energy, food and financial services. Meanwhile in the developed world, consumers are becoming both value- and values- conscious. The Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Business and Enterprise at the Judge Business School addresses how frugal innovation – the creation of faster, better and cheaper solutions that employ minimal resources – can help solve some of the big problems of poverty, climate change and inequality that stalk the planet.

Hay Player

J. J. Armas Marcelo in conversation with Jesús Marchamalo

Segovia 2014, 

The journalist and writer J. J. Armas Marcelo presents his latest novel, Réquiem habanero por Fidel. He talks to writer and journalist Jesús Marchmalo.