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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

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Hugh Lupton with Daniel Morden

Fictions: The Assembly of the Severed Head

Hay Festival 2018, 

13th Century Wales. A small monastic outpost is rocked to its core when a gruesome discovery is made on the nearby shoreline: a severed human head, the first of several to wash up along the surrounding coast. Not long after, the holy brothers stumble across the smouldering ruins of a bardic school and within, a pile of decapitated bodies – all that is left of King John’s brutal massacre. But one man, barely alive, is found hiding among the carnage. He is Cian Brydydd Mawr, the greatest bard of his age, who holds in his head all the ancient stories of his land… So begins Lupton’s masterful new novel which tells the story of the making of the Mabinogion, the ancient Welsh myth cycle which existed in oral form for generations before it was set down in writing. In Lupton’s re-telling, we witness these stories of spirits and shape-shifters, giants and time-travellers, curses and spells being told as they originally would have been in the ancient bardic tradition. He introduces the tales and talks to his fellow storyteller Daniel Morden.

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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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Owen Sheers talks to Gabriella Gulyás

Budapest 2013, 

The Welsh poet (Skirrid Hill, Pink Mist) and author discusses his work in theatre (The Two Worlds of Charlie F.), fiction and film (Resistance) that develops his concern for the impacts of war and our relationships with place and landscape.

Supported by Arts Council of Wales

Simultaneous translation from English into Hungarian 

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Martin Rees, Paul Davies, Lee Smolin, Arthur Peacocke

Many Worlds

Hay Festival 2000, 
An exploration of the relationship between the sciences and religious thought with the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees; the physicist and winner of the Templeton Prize, Paul Davies, author of The Mind of God, Lee Smolin, whose books include The Life of the Cosmos, and Arthur Peacocke, who is a specialist in biological macromolecules.

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Barry Cunliffe

The Ancient Celts

Hay Festival 2018, 

Cunliffe’s classic study of the ancient Celtic world was first published in 1997. Since then huge advances have taken place in our knowledge: new finds, new ways of using DNA records to understand Celtic origins, new ideas about the proto-urban nature of early chieftains' strongholds. Cunliffe explores the archaeological reality of these bold warriors and skilled craftsmen of barbarian Europe, who inspired fear in both the Greeks and the Romans. He investigates the texts of the Classical writers and contrasts their view of the Celts with current archaeological findings.

Barry Cunliffe

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Rose Tremain talks to Claire Armistead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The novelist (The Colour, Restoration) discusses her glittering story collection The Darkness of Wallis Simpson.

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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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Nir Baram en conversación con Luc de Rooy

Cartagena 2014, 
Nir Baram es un escritor, editor y activista político israelí proveniente de una familia de ministros del partido laborista de Israel. Su primera novela destacada fue The Remaker of Dreams (2006), candidata al Sapir Prize. Ese mismo año, Nir fue uno de los novelistas que lideraron una campaña de alto el fuego durante la segunda guerra del Líbano. Su novela Las buenas personas (Alfaguara, 2013) fue best seller durante cuatro meses, ganó el Prime Minister’s Award en la categoría de literatura en hebreo y fue candidata al Sapir Prize. Su última novela, World Shadow, ha sido libro del año 2013 según Time Out y SofShavua. Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Israel

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Patricia Duncker, James Wood, Steven Sherrill

Hay Festival 2003, 
Duncker reads from her short stories Seven Tales of Sex and Death and introduces Sherrill's invenitve and brilliant  The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, in which the Minotaur, or M as he is known to his colleagues, is working as a line chef at Grub's Rib in the American Deep South, keeping to himself, keeping his horns down, trying in vain to put his past behind him. The first novel by the critic James Wood is The Book Against God, which introduces readers to the irrepressible presence of it's narrator, Thomas Bunting, liar, doubter, and the strangest philosopher in contemporary fiction.

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John D. Hosler

The Siege of Acre: Saladin, Richard The Lionheart, and the Battle that decided the Third Crusade

Hay Festival 2018, 

The two-year-long siege of Acre (1189-1191) was the most significant military engagement of the Third Crusade, attracting armies from across Europe, Syria, Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Maghreb. Drawing on a balanced selection of Christian and Muslim sources, the historian introduces his account of this hard-won victory for the Crusaders, when England’s Richard the Lionheart and King Philip Augustus of France joined forces to defeat the Egyptian Sultan Saladin. Chaired by Peter Florence.

John D. Hosler

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Jo Brandon, Aviva Dautch, Shazea Quraishi

Poetic Responses to Gustav Klimt

Hay Festival 2018, 

Renowned painter of the exquisite and other-worldly The Kiss, Gustav Klimt is the crowning jewel in Austria’s symbolist movement. Join Brandon, Dautch and Quraishi as they present their poetic answers to Klimt’s masterpieces, specially commissioned by Bradford Literature Festival. The poets will discuss how Klimt’s work inspired their own, as well as the social and artistic context in which the paintings were created. This one-of-a-kind event marries the contemporary with the historical to mark the centenary of Klimt’s death.

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Richard Ford, Mavis Gallant, Robert Stone

The New Yorker Short Stories

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Literary Editior of the New Yorker Bill Buford hosts this reading and conversation with three major North American short story writers. Ford's work includes Independence Day, Wildlife, The Sportswriter and The Ultimate Good Luck. Many of Gallant's newly published Collected Stories were originally written for the New Yorker. "She is one of the great short-story writers of our time" - Michael Ondaatje. Robert Stone's Bear and His Daughter is a brilliant collection - "Stone writes like a bird, like an angel. like a circus barker, like a con man, like someone so high on pot that he is scraping his shoes on the stars" - Wallace Stegner

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Ian Buruma

Voltaire's Coconuts

Hay Festival 2000, 
Voltaire wondered why British laws could not be planted in FRance, or even Serbia, like the precious seeds of coconut trees. Karl Marx thought the English were too stupid to start a revolution. Tom Brown's Schooldays inspired Baron de Coubertin's idea of the modern Olympic Games. Buruma intrduces his stunning book. 'Witty, acute, sardonic and learned. Simply the best guide there is to two centuries of tragi-comic misunderstanding between Britain and Europe.

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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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Juan Gossaín y Alberto Salcedo Ramos

Sobre Raúl Gómez Jattin

Cartagena 2015, 
El cronista y profesor Alberto Salcedo Ramos, galardonado en 2013 con el Premio Ortega y Gasset de Periodismo, y el periodista y escritor Juan Gossaín, autor de obras como La mala hierba y Crónica del día, charlarán sobre la obra del poeta Raúl Gómez Jattin (1945-1997). Originario de Cartagena de Indias, Jattin escribió libros como Amanecer en el Valle del Sinú, Del amor, Hijos del tiempo y Esplendor de la mariposa. Evento patrocinado por Cerromatoso

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Stephen Jay Gould

The Nature Lecture: Dinosaur in A Haystack

Hay Festival 1996, 
Paleontologist, Professor of Zoology and geology, the world's greatest scientific essayist has a fantastic ability to connect the most diverse material and cultural references from Jurassic Park to the Old Testament and Eugenics in a brilliant exploration of the central idea of evolution. Gould's seminal and best-selling books include Wonderful Life, Bully for Brontosaurus and Eight Little Piggies.

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Martin Innes

Terrorism as a teachable moment: analysing social media to understand public reactions to the four UK attacks in 2017

Hay Festival 2018, 

Terrorist attacks are designed to 'terrorise, polarise and mobilise' their multiple audiences. In a sense, then, they function as teachable moments, where the perpetrators try to teach 'a lesson' to their 'adversaries'. At the same time, however, governments use these events to instruct the wider public about the risks that have to be managed, and how public life and values will not be modified by them. The Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute shows how by applying cutting-edge social media analytics, we can learn from past attacks about how terrorist violence tries to work.

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Charles Martell, Hilary Engel and Julia Blackshaw

Apple Blossom Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

Celebrating our native apples and the variety of products derived from them, by growers who care about nature and the environment. Charles Martell is known for Stinking Bishop cheese and now distils vintage spirits on his Gloucestershire farm; Hilary Engel makes cider from apples pressed by a Gypsy cob in a 17th-century mill; and Julia Blackshaw makes mellifluous juices from her organic orchard. They talk to Kitty Corrigan.

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Janet Todd

Mary Wollstonecraft

Hay Festival 2000, 
The inner life of the radical feminst Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, is vividly displayed in her personal letters. Todd's new biography connects her published works with her letters and discusses the psychological revelations, desires and fears revealed in them.

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Louis de Bernières and Nerys Williams

Kells 2014, 

Louis de Bernières (Imagining Alexandria) and Nerys Williams (Sound Archive) read from their latest work. Louis will also read from some of his unpublished works.

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Cosmovisiones indígenas en América. Jon Landaburu y Natasha Kanapé Fontaine con Camilo Hoyos

Cartagena 2017, 
La visión del mundo de las culturas indígenas del continente americano es quizá poca conocida para el gran público, pero de una riqueza notable. Dos importantes conocedores de esta tradición conversan con Camilo Hoyos. Con Jon Landaburu, quien fue desde 1972 hasta 2007 director de Investigaciones Científicas del Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique de Francia y director durante más de 10 años del Centro de Estudios de las Lenguas Indígenas de América de la misma institución (CELIA/CNRS). Y con Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Canadá), poeta innu, actriz, artista visual y activista por los derechos de los indígenas y por la conservación del medio ambiente. El trabajo de Natasha está publicado en francés por Mémoire d´Encrier y en inglés por Mawenzi House.
Cosmovisiones indígenas en América. Jon Landaburu y Natasha Kanapé Fontaine con Camilo Hoyos

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Terry Eagleton

Radical

Hay Festival 2018, 

The literary critic, famed for his wit and acute interpretations, explores the themes of his two spring publications. Radical Sacrifice revaluates the idea of sacrifice as purposed in theology and philosophy, reclaiming the act as radical politics. The re-publication of Why Marx Was Right examines the philosopher’s core ideas in the context of capitalism’s crises and communism’s collapse. Chaired by Dai Smith.

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Jesse Norman

Adam Smith: What he Thought and why it Matters

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics'. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of 'market fundamentalism' and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness? Norman’s biography explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over the past two centuries. He shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us grasp - and address - the problems of modern capitalism. His account of Smith offers not only the first thinker to place markets at the heart of economics, but also a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture and society. Jesse Norman is MP for South Herefordshire, an historian and economist. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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Roger McGough

Bad Bad Cats

Hay Festival 2002, 
A poetry party with the masterful word-juggler full of magic, horror and adult-eating alligators. These are very bad, bad cats...