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Storytelling slam

Beirut 2012, 
A night of fiction and live readings. Join us for drinks and refreshments while festival authors regale us with readings from their work. With Roman Simic (Croatia), Dalia Taha (Palestine), najwan Darwish (Palestine), Samira negrouche (Algeria), Clare Azzopardi (Malta), Miguel Syjuco (Canada/Philippines), Akram Musallam (Palestine), Paolo Giordano (Italy) and Joumana Haddad (Lebanon). Chaired by Jon Gower, writer and journalist.
 
Several languages
With the support of Literature Across Frontiers, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, Arts Council of Wales, Danish Arts Council and A.M Qattan Foundation

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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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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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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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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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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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Alexandre Vidal Porto in conversation with Lorenzo de’ Medici

Coexistence

Segovia 2018, 
The diplomat Alexandre Vidal Porto is a Harvard-trained lawyer, human rights activist, author and columnist for leading Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. Vidal Porto discusses the shifts in the human rights landscape in an era of increased transgender acceptability through examples in literature. He will share the stage with Lorenzo de’ Medici, current Renaissance, author of a large number of books and radio journalist.

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Gina Miller

Rise!

Winter Weekend 2018, 

Miller came to prominence when she successfully took the British government to the Supreme Court, challenging its authority to trigger Article 50, the formal notification to leave the EU, without parliamentary approval. Guyana-born Miller became the target of racist and sexist abuse, and physical threats. Rise is an unflinching account of what it means to stand up for justice, and for yourself, no matter what the cost. She discusses her book and why she felt compelled to write it. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Gina Miller

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Norris Church Mailer, Joanne Harris, Peter Ho Davies

Hay Festival 2000, 
Start-the-Week-type conversation with three ficyion writers. Mailers brilliantly evocotive debut Windchill Summer. Joanne Harris follows her international sensation Chocolat. Ho Davies' collection Equal Love is my book of the year so far.

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Humberto de la Calle y Jody Williams en conversación con Claudia Gurisatti

Cartagena 2015, 

Jody Williams fue la ganadora del Premio Nobel de la Paz 1997 por su trabajo por la prohibición internacional del uso de minas antipersonales y municiones de racimo; recientemente ha publicado sus memorias My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize. Humberto de la Calle es político y abogado, actual jefe negociador del Gobierno colombiano en los diálogos de paz con las FARC. Ambos hablarán sobre los procesos de paz con la periodista Claudia Gurisatti.

Con el apoyo del Alto Comisionado para la Paz

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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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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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Kyffin Williams' Portraits

Hay Festival 1996, 
The pre-eminent Welsh painter, internationally acclaimed for his landscape work, talks to the art critics Nicholas Usherwood and Jonathan Miles about his series of intimate portraits of friends and acquaintances painted between 1944 and 1994, published now in a book by Gomer Press.

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Jorge Perugorría en conversación con Sandro Romero Rey

Cartagena 2016, 
Jorge Perugorría (Cuba) es recordado por muchos de nosotros por sus inolvidables papeles en películas como Fresa y chocolate (dirigida por Tomás Gutiérrez Alea y Juan Carlos Tabío), Derecho de asilo, de Octavio Cortázar, o Che, de Steven Soderbergh. Actor, pintor, escultor y director de documentales, Jorge conversará sobre su extraordinaria carrera, desde los inicios en el teatro hasta sus películas más conocidas internacionalmente, con Sandro Romero Rey, autor de la reciente Memorias de una cinefilia.

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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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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

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Alex Wheatle

Straight Outta Crongton

Hay Festival 2017, 

The winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize speaks about his journey from an abusive children’s home to his time in Brixton in the late 1970s and early ’80s, when he penned poems and lyrics under the name ‘The Brixton Bard’. Learn about the personal experiences that inform his work now, and hear him read from his new novel for young adults.

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12+ (explicit content)

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Gordon Corera talks to Rosie Boycott

Secret Pigeon Service

Hay Festival 2018, 

Between 1941 and 1944, 16,000 plucky homing pigeons were dropped in an arc from Bordeaux to Copenhagen as part of ‘Columba’ – a secret British operation to bring back intelligence from those living under Nazi occupation. The messages flooded back written on tiny pieces of rice paper tucked into canisters and tied to the legs of the birds. Authentic voices from rural France, the Netherlands and Belgium, they were sometimes comic, often tragic and occasionally invaluable with details of German troop movements and fortifications, new Nazi weapons, radar system or the deployment of the feared V-1 and V-2 rockets that terrorised London. At the centre of the story is the ‘Leopold Vindictive’ network – a small group of Belgian villagers prepared to take huge risks. They were led by an extraordinary priest, Joseph Raskin, a man whose intelligence was so valuable it was shown to Churchill, leading MI6 to parachute agents in to assist him.

Gordon Corera talks to Rosie Boycott

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Pat Barker and Miranda Seymour talk to Peter Kemp

The First World War in Fact and Fiction

Hay Festival 1996, 
Barker won the 1995 Booker prize for The Ghost Road, the final novel in her WW1 trilogy of Regeneration and The Eye in the Door. Seymour is the highly acclaimed biographer of Robert Graves. They talk to The Sunday Times critic Peter Kemp.

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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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Christopher Lee, John Maddox, Eric Hobsbawm

Between the Wars

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this first of a series of conversations about major turning points in British history, the playwright and historian discusses the revolutions in science, society and industry of the 1920's and 1930's with the grandee science-writer John Maddox, and the historian and autobiographer Eric Hobsbawm.

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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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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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Liz Fost

Thunderbirds Are Go

Hay Festival 2016, 

For fans of the new TV series, an action-packed session where you can learn what it takes to become a legendary member of International Rescue. Play games, take part in secret missions and hear tales of the illustrious Tracy brothers in their courageous battles.

6+

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Liz Rideal, Kathleen Soriano, Joan Bakewell

Madam and Eve: Women Portraying Women

Hay Festival 2018, 

How do women paint or photograph each other? How do they represent each other in performance or sculpture? As mothers or heroines? With tenderness, aggression or respect? Madam and Eve explores the female gaze as it focuses on other women. Rideal is an artist and photographer; Soriano is one of the world’s most respected curators; Bakewell is Bakewell – broadcaster, writer, pioneer.