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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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Will Mabbitt

Embassy of the Dead

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer introduces the first title in his spookily thrilling new series. Everything about Embassy of the Dead is terrifying as Jake discovers when he opens a strange box and finds a severed finger inside. How will he escape being dragged into the Eternal Void? Join the discussion on creating a world where the living meet the dead.

9+

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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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Rachel Bright

The Lion Inside

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author and illustrator introduces a lion who is just a little bit different. When a mouse meets a lion it’s easy to guess who will be more afraid…or is it? Find out how this lion can overcome his fears and discover his own true bravery.

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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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Antonio Colinas en conversación con Guido Tamayo

Cartagena 2013, 
Antonio Colinas (España) es uno de los poetas españoles contemporáneos más celebrados. Poeta, novelista, ensayista, traductor y periodista, entre sus obras últimas se cuentan Obra poética completa (Fondo de Cultura Económica) y el libro de aforismos Tres tratados de armonía. En conversación con el escritor Guido Tamayo.

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André Aciman and Colm Tóibín

Homo Sapiens

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation with two masters of fiction: Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and House of Names and the American novelist André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name, the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. The film of the book has made the love story a modern classic.

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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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Sian Busby

A Wonderful Little Girl

Hay Festival 2003, 
The true story of Sarah Jacob, the Welsh Fasting Girl who transfixed Victorian England as she lived on nothing but air for two years. Was she, as her father told the many thousands of visitors who flocked to her bedsdie, 'a gift from God'?

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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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Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Santiago Gamboa y Lucía Puenzo en conversación con Silvia Lemus

Pantallas de plata, la pasión de Carlos Fuentes

Cartagena 2015, 
La periodista y presentadora Silvia Lemus es además viuda del novelista mexicano Carlos Fuentes. Conversará con los escritores Juan Gabriel Vásquez y Santiago Gamboa y la directora de cine Lucía Puenzo, sobre Pantallas de plata, libro póstumo en el que Fuentes cuenta sus primeros acercamientos a las salas de proyección de la mano de su padre, su posterior deslumbramiento ante las imágenes en movimiento en la pantalla de plata, y desde ese momento, su incurable afición al cine.

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Flora Fraser

The Washingtons: George and Martha

Winter Weekend 2015, 

A full-scale portrait of the marriage of the father and mother of the USA - and of the struggle for independence that they led. The historian provides us with a brilliant account of the public President and of the war he waged, and introduces us to the couple’s domestic lives. In conversation with Corisande Albert.

Flora Fraser

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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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Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

BOSH!

Hay Festival 2018, 

Want to cook ridiculously good vegan food from scratch but have no idea where to start? Firth and Theasby, creators of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing, plant-based platform, BOSH!, are the new faces of the food revolution. They share their favourite go-to breakfasts, crowd-pleasing party pieces, hearty dinners, sumptuous desserts and incredible sharing cocktails. Hosted by John Mitchinson.

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

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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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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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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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Emily Barr, Holly Bourne, Patrice Lawrence

'The Bookseller' YA Book Prize Panel

Hay Festival 2018, 

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction every year. Join the authors of The One Memory of Flora Banks, It Only Happens in the Movies, and Indigo Donut as they discuss the emotional range of adolescence, both now and a century ago. Chaired by Jenny Valentine.

12+

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Roberta Bivins

Contagious Communities: Medicine, Migration, and the NHS in Post-War Britain

Hay Festival 2016, 

It was only a coincidence that the NHS and the Empire Windrush, a ship carrying 492 migrants from Britain’s West Indian colonies, arrived together. On 22 June 1948, as the ship’s passengers disembarked, frantic preparations were already underway for 5 July, the Appointed Day when the nation’s new National Health Service would first open its doors. The relationship between immigration and the NHS rapidly attained, and has enduringly retained, huge political and cultural significance. The Warwick University historian interrogates and re-balances the political history of Britain’s response to immigration. Her current Wellcome Trust-funded work develops a People’s Encyclopaedia of the NHS and a Virtual Museum of the NHS. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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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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Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola: A Dog with Nice Ears

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join Waterstones' Children’s Laureate as she introduces a storytelling event and talks about the inspiration for her latest picture-book. Learn about dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours in this interactive event, full of games and storytelling, led by Devon Black. Lauren will read from the book and answer questions.

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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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Sebastian Faulks

Vintage Living Texts 2

Hay Festival 2002, 
The author of World War 1 epic Birdsong discusses approaches to teaching the book with Vintage Living Texts series editiors Jonathan Noaks and Margeret Reynolds.

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Roy Strong

Meetings with Remarkable Women

Hay Festival 1997, 
The author's Diaries from his appointment as Director of The National Portrait Gallery in 1967 to his resignation from the V&A twenty years later do for the Arts World what Alan Clark's Diaries did for Politics. His memoirs are frank, scabrously witty, and savagely rue.

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Timothy J Jorgensen

Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation

Hay Festival 2016, 

We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety of nuclear power plants. Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation, from Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays, and pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, and Thomas Edison to the victims of the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Tracing the most important events in the evolution of radiation, Jorgensen explains exactly what it is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm.