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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.

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Rafael Chirbes en conversación con Valerie Miles

Xalapa 2013, 
Rafael Chirbes (España) es autor de Crematorio, escogida por el periódico ABC como una de las mejores novelas españolas del siglo XXI; su última obra es En la orilla. Conversará con Valerie Miles sobre su trabajo como escritor y sobre un proyecto común de ambos: Mil bosques en una bellota, definido como ?un viaje a los aleph de 28 escritores a través de sus propias voces? (Winston Manrique para El País).

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Jenny Eclair, Paul Foot and Peter Florence

A Good Read

Hay Festival 1996, 
Festival Driector Peter Florence chairs this discussion of treasured books with comedienne Jenny Eclair and the investigative journalist Paul Foot. Eclair recommends Nell Dunn's Poor Cow. Foot recomendeds Byron's Don Juan. Florence recommendeds Graham Greene's screenplay The Third Man.

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Philip Pullman talks to James Naughtie

Hay Festival 2002, 
The Amber Spyglass completed Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and was teh first 'childrens book' to win the overall Whitbread Prize. The novelist discusses his work with the broadcaster.

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Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

The Head of Gonzo Davies

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Gonzo Davies, back-row forward and builder, knows the highs and lows of life; but as political and industrial corruption conspire to give parochial violence a national and international dimension, is he prepared to become the target of dark forces? The bestselling author of The Greatest Welsh XV Ever, best known now as the BBC’s voice of international rugby, brings us his first novel.

Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

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Nicholas Shakespeare

Chatwin

Hay Festival 2000, 
Bruce Chatwin was the golden child of the contemporary English novel; by the time he died of an AIDS-related illness aged 49 in January 1989 he had produced the startlingly original masterpieces that made his name: Utz, The Viceroy of Ouidah, On The Black Hill, and In Patagonia, his instant classic of what can loosely be tremed 'travel literature'. In the preceding years this precocious, intense figure had been an art specialist at Sotheby's, a journalist with the Sunday Times, an archaeologist and a restless, questing traveller. By the time his novel of studying the Aboriginal dream-time in Australia, The Songlines, was published, he had gained a worldwide audience. An obsessive art collector, Chatwin also acquired people as he did fabulous objects. He took both male and female lovers while continuing to remain married to his wife Elizabeth, seemingly the most enduring relationship of his life. 'In Nicholas Shakespeare he has found, posthumously, the right biographer. There is a magnificent work of empathy and detection.' (Colin Thubron, Sunday Times)

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Martin Bell talks to Nik Gowing

In Harms Way

Hay Festival 1997, 
Bells's Campaigning journalism of engagement in Bosnia has won him unparralleled support and professional accolades. His searing analysis and humanitarian compassion has also called into question the value of journalistic objectivity and the role of the press in conflict and resolution.

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Peter Jay

Road to Riches

Hay Festival 2000, 
The story of the rise and fall of whole economies and nations, and the ascent of humans as the only economical animal: as producer, consumer and accumulator of wealth.

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Modernism and Internationalism in Bangla Literature

Dhaka 2013, 

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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.

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Laura Bates and Kishwar Desai in conversation with Peter Florence

Segovia 2014, 

British journalist Laura Bates founded an online project called Everyday Sexism and wrote a book with the same title. Kishwar Desai is an Indian journalist and writer. She has written several novels including Witness the Night which won the Costa Award for Best First Novel. The writers talk about their work to Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Harry Hill

Hay Festival 1995, 
"Britains finest and funniest new comedian" - The Guardian

"He makes helpless laughter feel absolutely effortless" - The Times

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Jojo Moyes talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Still Me

Hay Festival 2018, 

Lou Clark is back in the sequel to Me Before You and After You, the latest instalment in a rollercoaster romantic life. Moyes has become a global best-seller with a magical ability to conjure life’s tragedies and triumphs.

Jojo Moyes talks to Georgina Godwin

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Juan Cruz en conversación con Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

Periodismo cultural.

Cartagena 2016, 
Juan Cruz es un reconocido periodista y escritor español, que ha sido galardonado con premios como el Azorín de Novela o el Nacional de Periodismo Cultural. Ha desarrollado gran parte de su carrera periodística en el diario El País, del que hoy es adjunto a la dirección. Su último libro publicado es El niño descalzo. En conversación con Jorge Eduardo Espinosa.

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Hablemos de poesía

Tedi López Mills, Roberto Echavarren, y José Luis Rivas en conversación con Aurelio Major

Xalapa 2012, 
Arte que fascina, intimida y hace disfrutar a partes iguales. Los poetas Tedi López Mills, Roberto Echavarren y José Luis Rivas nos hablan sobre este género literario y sobre su trabajo en concreto; estarán en conversación con el editor Aurelio Major.

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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)

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Three O'Clock At Ponty

BBC Radio Wales and the Sherman Theatre present

Hay Festival 1996, 
Thirty-minute theatre, broadcast live from the Festival. WIth Richard Harrington, Rhodri Huw and Maria Pride. 
Teenage dreams and love tokens give way to adult reality in Ponty's Ynys Angharad Park.

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El retorno de los muertos vivientes.

Alberto Chimal, Fabrizio Mejía Madrid y Jorge Fernández Gonzalo en conversación con Martín Solares

Xalapa 2012, 
¿Qué son los zombis?, ¿cuál es su significado dentro de la cultura contemporánea? Tres expertos y destacados escritores, analizan con Martín Solares el fenómeno del mito zombi, que lleva décadas fascinando tanto a lectores como a espectadores.

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Ben Elton, Peter Howarth

Hay Festival 2000, 
Elton has written comedy for stand-up, television with Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line, on stage with Popcorn, and a series of best-selling novels. His film adaptation of Inconceivable is premiered in London this week as Maybe Baby. Ridley Scott is filming Popcorn this Summer. He talks to the editor of Esquire.

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Cecilia Brassett, Emily Evans, Isla Fay

Cambridge Series 12: The Secret Language of Anatomy

Hay Festival 2018, 

Where is the seahorse in our brain? What is a sesame seed doing in our knee? Come and find out through this illustrated talk on the mysteries of anatomical terminology. Cecilia Brassett is a University Clinical Anatomist; Emily Evans is a medical illustrator who is also a senior demonstrator of anatomy; Isla Fay is Human Anatomy Technical Coordinator in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.

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Yaba Badoe, Steve Tasane, Ele Fountain, Mitch Johnson

Fiction and Fact – the creating of stories from world news

Hay Festival 2018, 

Four books inspired by desperate stories from around the world: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars is Ghanaian-British filmmaker Yaba Badoe’s story of the horrors of people-trafficking and the magic of African folklore. In Child 1 Steve Tasane captures the survival spirit of a group of undocumented children in a refugee camp. Inspired by the plight of child refugees in Ethiopia, Ele Fountain’s Boy 87 is one 14-year-old’s search for a better life. In Mitch Johnson’s Kick, a boy called Budi is working in a sweatshop in Jakarta making football boots but dreams of being a football star. Chaired by Sian Cain.

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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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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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Rory Carroll en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Comandante. La Venezuela de Hugo Chávez.

Xalapa 2013, 
A raíz de su reciente muerte, Hugo Chávez se ha convertido oficialmente en una incógnita que los historiadores y analistas seguramente tardarán varias décadas en poder descifrar. Esta crónica de primera mano sobre Chávez y su proyecto político, escrita por Rory Carroll (Irlanda), corresponsal de The Guardian en Caracas durante seis años, es un estupendo punto de partida para adentrarse en el laberinto personal del comandante. En conversación con Diego Rabasa.

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Alberto Salcedo Ramos en conversación con J. J. Armas Marcelo

Cartagena 2014, 
Un viejo género literario, la crónica, está despertando de nuevo en América Latina, donde nunca murió, y esta adquiriendo un techo de excelencia. Un cronista y un novelista, Salcedo Ramos y Armas Marcelo, se enfrentan en la dialéctica de la ficción y la realidad, los límites del periodismo en un tiempo de ilimitados cambios tecnológicos, estéticos y éticos. La escritura de la crónica y la escritura de la novela; el periodismo y el poder; el poder de la libertad en la escritura; el estilo del hombre y el estilo del escritor; la conciencia del novelista y la conciencia del cronista: sus lenguajes y sintaxis propios o mestizos. Co-organizado con la Cátedra Vargas Llosa