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Andrew O'Hagan, Monica Ali, Peter Ho Davies

Best of Young British Novelists

Hay Festival 2003, 
John Mitchinson presents the first of two sessions featuring young writers selected for the Granta 2003 list. O'Hagan, Booker-shortlisted for Our Fathers has just published his second novel. Personality, fictionalising the life of Lena Zavaroni. Dhaka-born Ali presents her debut novel Brick Lane. The Welsh-Chinese-American writer Peter Ho Davies is the author of the story collection Equal Love, and introduces his forthcoming novel The Bad Shepherd.

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Fabien Erlinghauser

Character Design Workshop

Kells 2015, 

Come and learn to draw with the Animation Director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea.

9–14 years
Fabien Erlinghauser

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George Clarke

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The architect and Home Show and Restoration Man presenter explores ideas for re-imagining space and living in his stunning The Home Bible.

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Jamie Bartlett and Damian Tambini talk to Matt Stadlen

The Internet: This is for Everyone? Really?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Tambini’s book Digital Dominance: The Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple shows how these corporations have accumulated power in ways that existing regulatory and intellectual frameworks struggle to comprehend. A consensus is emerging that the power of these new digital monopolies is unprecedented, and that it has important implications for journalism, politics and society. Bartlett’s The People vs. Tech: How the Internet Is Killing Democracy (And How We Save It) asks what does that mean for democracy, our delicately balanced system of government that was created long before big data, total information and artificial intelligence? The author of The Dark Net and Radicals argues that through our unquestioning embrace of big tech, the building blocks of democracy are slowly being removed. The middle class is being eroded, sovereign authority and civil society are weakened, and we citizens are losing our critical faculties, maybe even our free will. Chaired by Matt Stadlen of LBC.

Jamie Bartlett and Damian Tambini talk to Matt Stadlen

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Fabien Erlinghauser

Character Design Workshop

Kells 2015, 

Come and learn to draw with the Animation Director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea.

9–14 years
Fabien Erlinghauser

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John Waller

Fabulous Science: Exploding Myths in the History of Scientific Discovery

Hay Festival 2003, 
Louis Pasteur suppressed 'awkward' data because it didn't support the case he was making. George Mendel, the supposed 'founder of genetics' never grasped the fundamental principles of 'Mendelian' genetics. Joseph Lister's famously clean hospital wards were actually notoriously dirty. Drawing on history of science scholarship, Waller shows that many of our greatest heroes of science were less than honest about the experimental data and not above using friends in high places to help get their ideas accepted.

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Anthony Sattin

The Pharaoh's Shadow

Hay Festival 2000, 
Egypt is famous for it's ancient monuments, but few people have paid attention to its surving acient culture. Anthony Sattin describes his search for this hidden side of Egypt, for snake charmers and fertility rites, the sound of the Pharaohs and self combusting trees.

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Whither?: A Travellers' Question Time

Hay Festival 2000, 
All the writers taking part in todays travel events join a discussion about ways in which to write about journeys, locations, and take questions from the audience. Chaired by Rory MacLean, presenter of Radio 4's Itchy Feet.

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Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Looking for Madeleine

Kells 2015, 

Internationally renowned investigative journalists Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (The Eleventh Day: The Ultimate Account of 9/11) return to Hay Festival Kells to talk about their 2014 bestseller Looking for Madeleine, about the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann. They discuss the overwhelming and often troubling response to the book on social media. Chaired by Myles Dungan.

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

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Wade Davis

Into the silence

Cartagena 2014, 
Wade Davis es antropólogo, etnobotánico, autor y fotógrafo. Su trabajo se ha enfocado en las culturas nativas o indígenas de diferentes partes del mundo, especialmente del continente americano. Ha publicado artículos en revistas como Outside, National Geographic (para la cual es explorador residente), Fortune, Men’s Journal y Condé Nast Traveler. Nueve de sus libros han sido traducidos al español, uno de ellos con mucho éxito en Colombia: El río. Exploraciones y descubrimientos en la selva amazónica. Su último libro Into the Silence ganó en el 2012 el Samuel Johnson Prize de no-ficción.

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Michael Mansfield

Justice and Liberty

Hay Festival 2000, 
The barrister has represented teh Birmingham Six, Tottenham Three, Cardiff Three, Judith Ward, the Lawrence familyand, as this goes to press, is in Derry with the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. He talks about the rights and practices of justice, liberty, truth and reconciliation, developing themes and issues that may arise between now and 3 June.

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Biyi Bandele, Diran Adebayo, Courttia Newland

Hay Festival 2000, 
Three of the most brilliant young British fiction writers read and talk about their work, language and storytelling. Newland's Society Within is set again on the Greenside Estate of his first novel The Scholar. Adebayo's My Once Upon a Time follows his Saga Prize-winning Some Kind of Black with a spin on the urban gumshoe plot as his PI searches through London's mean streets to find a bride for a country millionaire. Bandele's The Street is a surreal and picarresque trawl thrugh the weird and wonderful streets of Brixton.

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John Lanchester, Polly Samson, Merilyn Simmonds

Hay Festival 2000, 
A reading and conversation with three fiction writers. The heroine of Samson's debut novel Out of the Picture purposefully seeks the lost father she is 'just like'. Lanchester follows the best-selling The Debt to Pleasure with Mr Phillips, about an accountant who loses his job. They are joined by the Canadian Merilyn Simmonds, who discusses and reads from her magical short story collection The Lion in the Room Next Door.

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Paul Roche

Down to Earth: Impacts from Space – Cardiff University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

What killed the dinosaurs? And should we be worried about going the same way? Astronomers regularly discover huge lumps of rock and ice hurtling past the Earth, and if some of them were to actually hit us then the effects could be terrifying, with dramatic consequences for all life on Earth. Recent near misses, and the huge airburst explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013, make this a very topical issue. The European Space Agency’s Space Ambassador for Wales spins a tale of death, destruction and dinosaurs.

Paul Roche

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Nigel Shadbolt

The Digital Ape: How to Live (in Peace) With Smart Machines

Hay Festival 2018, 

The smart-machines revolution is re-shaping our lives and our societies. Shadbolt dispels terror, confusion and misconception. We are not about to be elbowed aside by a rebel army of super-intelligent robots of our own creation. We were using tools before we became homo sapiens, and will continue to control them. How we exercise that control – in our private lives, in employment, in politics – and make the best of the wonderful opportunities, will determine our collective future well-being. Shadbolt is one of the UK’s foremost computer scientists. He is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and chairman of the Open Data Institute, which he co-founded with Tim Berners-Lee.

Nigel Shadbolt

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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

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Shashi Tharoor

Why I Am a Hindu

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer, diplomat and politician offers a profound examination of Hinduism, one of the world's oldest and greatest religious traditions. He lays out Hinduism’s origins and its key philosophical concepts, and its everyday beliefs and practices, from worship to pilgrimage and caste. Tharoor is unsparing in his criticism of extremism and unequivocal in his belief that what makes India a distinctive nation with a unique culture and democratic tradition will be imperilled if Hindu fundamentalists, the proponents of ‘Hindutva’, or politicised Hinduism, seize the high ground.

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Alison Laurie talks to Peter Kemp

Hay Festival 1998, 
The great American novelist, author of The Truth About Lorin Jones and Foreign Affairs talks with the Sunday Times Fiction Editior about her first novel for nearly ten years Last Resort. "Laurie is the transatlantic heir of Jane Austen's social comedy. She is the fabled Great American Novelist"

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Shishu Tosh Chhora

Dhaka 2013, 
Recitations for children by: Rafiqul Haque, Shukumar Barua, Akhtar Hossain, Khaleque Bin Jainuddin, Amirul Islam, Faruq Nawaz, Rokeya Khatun Rubee, Mahbuba Chowdhury, M R Mojnu and Irin Niazi Manna. Moderated by Aslam Sani.

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Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

Hay Festival 2018, 

The poetry curator's latest anthology is a journey through a calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with a poem for every day, by writers including Wordsworth, Lewis Carroll, Maya Angelou and Emily Dickinson. Join Allie and a host of actors including Tobias Menzies (The History BoysGame of Thrones, starring as Prince Philip in The Crown season three and four), Ophelia Lovibond, Tony Robinson, Toby Jones and Gina Bellman (star of Coupling, currently streaming to a new generation of fans on Netflix, and Ophelia in Peter Hall’s Hamlet opposite Stephen Dillane) in a highly entertaining hour as they perform their favourite poems from the book, a humorous journey through history and human experience.

9 - Adult
Allie Esiri

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Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

The Emotional Politics of Donald Trump and the Rise of Angry Populism

Hay Festival 2018, 

The rise of Donald Trump has contributed to a shift in the ‘emotional regime’, or the ways in which we talk about and are governed by emotions.  The Trump era has made anger the dominant political emotion. This anger cannot be viewed in isolation but should be seen as part of the rise of a broader trend of ‘angry populism’, evidenced in the UK’s Brexit and the success of right-wing populist parties across Europe. Wahl-Jorgensen is Director of Research Development and Environment at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Culture.

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

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Ignacio Ramonet en conversación con Jon Lee Anderson

Chávez al comienzo

Cartagena 2014, 
El cofundador de la organización no gubernamental Media Watch Global (Observatorio Internacional de los Medios de Comunicación), y director durante dieciocho años de Le Monde diplomatique, conversa con el periodista y escritor Jon Lee Anderson sobre su reciente Mi primera vida, trabajo en el que analiza los años de formación de Hugo Chávez. El libro es el resultado de tres años de conversaciones con el que fuera presidente de Venezuela.

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Simon Jenkins

England's Thousand Best Churches

Hay Festival 2000, 
The eminent journalist describes and illustrates with slides his choice of English Churches and discusses the effect such enormous exposure to God's houses had had on his atheism and beliefs.

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Amitav Ghosh, Marcel Moring

Novels of the Century

Hay Festival 2000, 
Ghosh introduces his vast novel The Glass Palace, set between 1870 and the end of the Second World War concerning the tensions and accommodations between the British, Indian and the exiled Burmese in the Far East. The Dutch novelist, Moring presents his In Babylon, a novel similarly ambitious. Stranded ia a winter blizzard with his young neice, NIna, Nathan tells her the story of their forefathers, a family of clockmakers who came to the Netherlands from Eastern Europe and then emigrated to America before the Second World War.

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Virginie Despentes en conversación con Guadalupe Nettel

Cartagena 2014, 
Virginie Despentes es una escritora y directora de cine francesa autora de la controvertida novela Fóllame (Mondadori, 1998), que llevó también al cine y fue censurada en varios países por su alto contenido pornográfico y violento. Ganadora del premio Renaudot 2010 con la novela Apocalipsis bebé, ha publicado también en español Perras sabias (Anagrama, 1998) y recientemente Bye Bye Blondie (Pol·len, 2013), novela llevada al cine y protagonizada por Emmanuelle Beart.