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Emyr Humphreys and Bernice Rubens talk to Mario Basini

Hay Festival 1996, 
The two Welsh novelists discuss their latest work with The Western Mail's Literary Editor.
Humphrey's novel Unconditional Surrender deals with the nationalism and disorders at the end of the War, from the time of the German surrender, through the General Election, up to the dropping of The Bomb.
Booker Prize winner Rubens previews her work in progress on The Waiting Game. Her latest wartime novel Yesterday in the Back Lane was reviewed as "an achingly poignant book, whose triumph is the depiction of the intensely moving in the everyday, a tragedy of Greek dimensions played out in backstreet lives" - Independent.

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Una mirada a la vida en grandes ciudades.

Sergio de la Pava y Patricia Engel en conversación con Alejandra Jaramillo

Cartagena 2015, 

Dos autores estadounidenses de origen colombiano nos hablarán de obras suyas en las que la ciudad juega un papel fundamental. Patricia Engel es autora de No es amor, es solo París, la historia de una joven estadounidense que viaja a París para estudiar pero también con la intención de encontrarse a sí misma y enamorarse. Sergio de la Pava ha escrito Personae y Una singularidad desnuda, obra protagonizada por un abogado neoyorquino que trabaja en Brooklyn y cuya vida se transforma cuando su sentido de la justicia comienza a resquebrajarse.

Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Estados Unidos de América

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Laura Spinney

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it Changed the World

Hay Festival 2018, 

With a death toll of 50-100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish 'flu of 1918-1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the 20th century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War One. Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa. Telling the story from the point of view of those who lived through it, she shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test. Chaired by Stephanie Boland of Prospect magazine.

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Javier Cercas y Margo Glantz en conversación con Guido Tamayo

Escribir: pasión y oficio

Cartagena 2015, 
El escritor y columnista español Javier Cercas y la escritora, ensayista y crítica literaria mexicana Margo Glantz, son dos de los autores más destacados de la escena literaria de sus respectivos países. Cercas ha escrito obras como Soldados de Salamina, La velocidad de la luz y El impostor; entre las obras de Glantz destacan Las genealogías, Síndrome de naufragios, Saña y Yo también me acuerdo.

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Have You Really Read KAFKA?

Dhaka 2013, 
Eliot Weinberger, David Shook and Kaiser Haq, withChris Heiser. Marking the Launch of Dhaka Translation Centre.

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Claire Tomalin

Samuel Pepys

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Whitbread Award-winner discusses her life of the great London diarist Samuel Pepys with the broadcaster Sheena McDonald.

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James Frey, Justine Picardie, Josephine Hart, Rosie Boycott

Life Goes On

Hay Festival 2003, 
Frey's A Million Little Pieces is a searing account of the twenty-three-year old's rehabilitation and recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Picardie's memoir tells the story of a year in her own life after her sister Ruth's death and of a search for her sister in the afterlife in this age of reason, scepticism and science. Hart's The Reconstructionist is a novel about the way we build our lives from fragments of memory, half-truth, compromise, and desire. They talk to Rosie Boycott.

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Isidro Ferrer

Donde habita la cabeza

Cartagena 2015, 
El polifacético ilustrador y diseñador español Isidro Ferrer es un referente en su campo a nivel internacional. Sus trabajos abarcan desde la ilustración editorial al diseño gráfico, el diseño de packaging o la animación, jugando con una amplia variedad de técnicas. Ganador, entre muchos otros, del Premio Nacional de Ilustración y el Premio Nacional de Diseño otorgados en España, sus trabajos han sido publicados y expuestos a nivel internacional. En este evento, hablará sobre su trayectoria y su proceso creativo.

Co-organizado con Acción Cultural Española

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Óscar Collazos en conversación con Piedad Bonnett

Cartagena 2014, 
Oscar Collazos conversa con Piedad Bonnett sobre su última novela: Tierra quemada. En una atmósfera de extrañeza, una selva en ninguna parte, un grupo de infelices son guiados hacia la nada por una banda armada sin rumbo, sin referentes, sin expectativas, sin esperanzas. Tres mujeres serán los personajes desde cuya perspectiva asistimos a un mundo en el que la violencia lo ha definido todo. Tierra quemada es una novela alegórica escrita con un lenguaje austero, de imágenes impactantes y una desolación que alcanza cotas de belleza que toca fibras sensibles en una sociedad signada por la deshumanización.

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Carl Hiaasen

Hay Festival 1999, 
The cult Florida crime-novelist and environmental hero Carl Hiaasen, author of Lucky You, Tourist Season, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather and Double Whammy, talks to Peter Guttridge author of A Ghost of a Chance and No Laughing Matter.

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Tristram Hunt

The English Civil War at First Hand

Hay Festival 2003, 
The brilliant young historian brings the lost voices of England's revolution back to life with a talk based round his best-selling new book The English Civil War: At First Hand.

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Simon Schama, Alan Yentob, Hisham Matar, Daniel Hahn, Deborah Levy y Nell Leyshon en conversación con Peter Florence

Recordando a William Shakespeare

Cartagena 2016, 
El celebrado historiador británico, Simon Schama, el periodista Alan Yentob y los escritores Hisham Matar, Nell Leyshon, Daniel Hahn y Deborah Levy, quien ha escrito para el Royal Shakespeare Company, conversarán con Peter Florence sobre William Shakespeare, su obra y su influencia en el 400 aniversario de su muerte.

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Deborah Tannen

Talking from 9 to 5

Hay Festival 1995, 
The American author addresses the role played by conversational rituals in the workplace and analyses different ways men and women make decisions, negotiate and characterise their informal chat with one-upmanship and self-depecciation.
Tennen's other infuential books about conversation include the best-selling You Just Don't Understand Me.

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Will Hutton and Andrew Adonis

Saving Britain: How we can Prosper in a New European Future

Hay Festival 2018, 

The former Observer editor and the politician and writer say the EU is a success story despite its frailties. It has guaranteed fundamental human freedoms and provided economic prosperity and order. They argue that Britain is abandoning four centuries of being part of the European diplomatic order for illusory gains and actual losses.

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Elif Shafak

The Philosophy of Rumi

Hay Festival 2018, 

"Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion" – Rumi. Jalaluddin Rumi is one of the foremost poets of the Sufi tradition, with a lasting influence that transcends nationality, religion and literary genre. His poetry distils the purest experience of love, life and God into some of the most haunting, beautiful and profound verse ever written. The acclaimed Turkish novelist celebrates Rumi’s philosophy of love and life and reflects on her own experience of Sufism, and its impact on her work. Chaired by William Sieghart.

Elif Shafak

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Chris Haughton and Emily Shuckburgh

Trans.MISSION 1: Polar Science and Climate Change

Hay Festival 2018, 

What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey. Haughton is a designer, author and illustrator of numerous publications including A Bit Lost, Oh No George! and Shh! We Have a Plan. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around polar science and climate change. The Trans.MISSION project was created to bring science and culture together with the aim of communicating cutting-edge science to new audiences through new methods. More information about the Trans.MISSION project can be found here.

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Petra Finy with Réka Farkasházy and her band

A Handful Of Bubbles

Budapest 2013, 

Petra Finy is one of Hungary’s best-loved children’s authors, whose poems for children are not only presented here by the author herself, and also sung by Réka Farkasházy. The programme features storytelling, puppetry, and lots of interaction with the audience.

In collaboration with Libri Publishing House and Kolibri Books

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Harold Pinter

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading by the playwright and actor from his Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics, 1948-1998

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Trevor Jones talks to David Lewis

Hay Festival 1999, 
Jones was head boy at Gordonstoun, an usher at Princes Andrew's wedding, and ace helicopter pilot with a wonderful life ahead, when tragedy struck in an horrific skiing accident and Trevor was confined to a wheelchair for life. Not exactly "confined" - Walking on Air is the amazing story of this man's unwillingness to accept his fate.

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Andrew Hodges, Simon Singh

Bletchley Park, Enigma and the Anonymous Heroes of Cryptography

Hay Festival 2000, 
Alan Turing's biographer and the author of The Code Book tell the stories behind some of the most secret code-breaking achievements in history, including Alan Turing's cracking of the German Enigma cipher and Charles Babbage's decipherment of the supposedly unbreakable Vigenere cipher.

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Yehuda Amichai, Marge Piercy, Gwyneth Lewis

World Poetry

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Israeli writer, Yehuda Amichai, is one of the world's greatest poets. The American, Marge Piercy is both a poet and novelist whose selected poems Eight Chambers of the Heart include the famous Lunar Cycle.
Gwyneth Lewis is the leading bi-lingual Welsh poet. Her new English-language collection is Parables and Faxes.

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Jon Lee Anderson, Ricardo Corredor, Daniel Samper Pizano y Ed Vulliamy en conversación con Sergio Dahbar

Literatura de viajes

Cartagena 2015, 
Homenaje a Michael Jacobs (1952–2014), hispanista, escritor de literatura de viajes e historiador de arte, con motivo de la publicación en español de su libro Los ladrones de memorias. Jacobs fue pronto reconocido como un erudito por la calidad de su obra literaria, siendo autor de diversas publicaciones de éxito, buena parte de ellas sobre España y el mundo hispanohablante. En este evento se repasará su trabajo y trayectoria y se dará a conocer el ganador de la I Beca Michael Jacobs, creada en su honor tras su fallecimiento.

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Geza Vermes

The Changing Face of Jesus

Hay Festival 2000, 
Starting with John's gospel, and its wholly idealized and defied images of Jesus, Vermes then looks at Paul, whose first depiction of a redeemer figure is directed essentially at non-Jews. Another 'face' is seen through the acts of the Apostles, that of teh final prophet and the end of time. Finally, the synoptic gospels each paint their own portrait of a Galilean preacher, healer and exorcist.

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Shruti Kapila

Cambridge Series 15: India, Empire and the Invention of Terror in the Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2018, 

The lecturer in modern Indian history and global political thought explores the origins of modern anti-terror legislation in India’s struggle for independence and the reverberations today.

Shruti Kapila

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Péter Esterházy talks to Revel Guest

Budapest 2013, 

A conversation with one of the world’s great novelists and men of letters, author of Not Art, Celestial Harmonies and Revised Edition. Introduced by Csilla Csorba, Director of thePetofi Museum of Literature.

In collaboration with Magveto Publishing House