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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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The Orange Prize Shortlist

Hay Festival 2000, 
Two days before thw winner of the 2000 Orange Prize for Fiction is announced, please join us to hear the shortlisted authors reading and discussing their work.

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Jorge Lanata y Miguel Enrique Otero con Andrea Bernal

Periodismo en tiempos de cólera

Cartagena 2016, 
Los periodistas Jorge Lanata, presentador del programa de investigación Periodismo para todos, trasmitido por la televisión argentina, y Miguel Enrique Otero, director del diario El Nacional de Venezuela, dos de las voces más críticas en sus respectivos países, hablarán de la situación política en América Latina, de la libertad de expresión en el continente y del nuevo escenario político que se ha abierto en Argentina y Venezuela después de las últimas elecciones. Modera la charla Andrea Bernal, de NTN 24.

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Gerard Stembridge

Kells 2014, 

The writer, director and co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his comic writing.

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Eric Newby

Hay Festival 2000, 
An audience with the great travel writer whose works include The Big Red Train Ride, The Last Grain Race, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, Slowly Down the Ganges, A Small Place in Italy and now Departures and Arrivals. Newby is the winner of the 2000 Madoc Award for excellence in travel writing, given in the name of the Welshman who was the first European to discover America.

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Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew

Gaspard the Fox

Hay Festival 2018, 

This is a charming and humorous picture-book celebrating urban foxes and their relationship with the humans and animals with whom they share the city. Hear about them from the BBC broadcaster and author, and learn how to draw one with the illustrator. Book signing includes a paw-print from Gaspard.

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Tanya Seghatchian talks to Peter Florence

Filming Harry

Hay Festival 2002, 
The co-producer of the Harry Potter movies talks about the way she and her team bought J.K.Rowlings book to the screen. We want to know: How did the make Robbie Coltrane Hagrid sized? Who plays Gilderoy Lockhart in HP2? And how did they film the Quidditch? Come along and join in.

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Humboldt. Andrea Wulf en conversación con Alberto Gómez

Cartagena 2017, 
La fascinante historia de descubrimiento, curiosidad científica y aventura del explorador y naturalista alemán Alexander von Humboldt en América está íntimamente vinculada a la historia de Colombia, en cuyo territorio realizó parte de sus exploraciones. Andrea Wulf (Reino Unido) es historiadora y escritora y narra con maestría la historia de esta aventura de reconocimiento de la naturaleza en La invención de la naturalezaEl Nuevo Mundo de Alexander von Humboldt. El libro ha recibido entre otros premios, el Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016 y fue seleccionado en el 2015 por el New York Times como uno de lo diez mejores libros del año. Conversa con Alberto Gómez.
Humboldt. Andrea Wulf en conversación con Alberto Gómez

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Horatio Clare

Icebreaker: A Voyage far North

Winter Weekend 2017, 

A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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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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Erika McGann

Kells 2015, 

Children’s fiction writer Erika McGann, author of The Demon Notebook series, conducts an interactive talk about writing books for younger readers and writers.

8+ years
Erika McGann

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George Szirtes talks to Júlia Várady

Budapest 2013, 

The celebrated poet and translator reads and discusses his work. Born in Hungary, Szirtes writes poetry in English. His award-winning collections include The Slant Door, The Budapest File, An English Apocalypse and The Burning of the Books. He translates Sándor Márai and László Krasznahorkai.

In collaboration with Corvina Books

Event in Hungarian with readings in English

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Alonso Cueto, Berna González Harbour y Sergio Ocampo Madrid en conversación con Mariana H

Sociedad policíaca.

Cartagena 2015, 
Alonso Cueto es autor de libros como La hora azul, El susurro de la mujer ballena y Cuerpos secretos, una novela de amor y crímenes ambientada en la Lima contemporánea. Por su parte, el escritor, cronista y editor Sergio Ocampo Madrid ha publicado recientemente Limpieza de oficio, una historia policíaca llena de humor negro sobre una serie de asesinatos de payasos en Bogotá. Berna González Harbour es directora de Babelia y autora de Verano en rojo y Margen de error, ambos protagonizados por la concienzuda y tenaz comisaria María Ruiz.

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Meltem Arikan, Menna Elfyn, George Gumisiriza, Rebecca John, Eric Ngalle Charles, Ben Rawlence

Wales PEN Cymru: Speaking for Ourselves

Hay Festival 2018, 

The focus of the PEN chapter this year is to defend and support minority languages within ethnic communities in Wales. When we are given the confidence and liberty to speak for ourselves in our mother tongues as much as in our acquired speech, we demonstrate the diversity, persistence and vitality of language. Three Welsh and three refugee writers are here to speak for themselves and to invite you into the local and global PEN alliance of writers working to promote international freedom of expression and linguistic equality.

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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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Jaap Scholten talks to Nóra Winkler

Budapest 2013, 

Jaap Scholten is a Dutch writer living in Budapest. According to The Austrian magazine, Falter compared his writing to that of Thomas Mann and JD Salinger. Scholten will speak with Nóra Winkler about his latest book Comrade Baron, his first non-fiction work, about the Hungarian aristocracy in Transylvania and how they survived communism.

In collaboration with Corvina Books

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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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Diana Uribe en conversación con Juan Gossaín

Cartagena 2015, 
Filósofa e historiadora, Diana Uribe es además presentadora del programa radiofónico La historia
del mundo y autora de obras como Historia de las civilizaciones, Historia de las independencias y 100 momentos que marcaron el mundo contemporáneo. Charlará sobre su último libro recientemente publicado, África: nuestra tercera raíz, en el que trata la influencia africana en nuestro continente y en nuestra cultura; influencia que se refleja en la música, las tradiciones, la gastronomía, las artesanías, el lenguaje, etc.

Patrocinado por la Gobernación de Bolívar

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Lucy Hawking

George and the Blue Moon

Hay Festival 2016, 

Explore Space with the daughter of the famous physicist with whom she co-wrote the book, as she shares George’s fifth fabulous adventure. This time he and his friend Annie have been selected to train as junior astronauts, but bad things are happening in space, with mysterious missions taking off unsupervised. How can they be sure they’ll be safe?

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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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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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Alberto Manguel

The 1997 TLS Lecture : St Augustine's Computer

Hay Festival 1997, 
How different are our reading habits from those of the ancient scholars? What transformations in space, time and perception have our technological advances caused? And will the future have us curled up with a laptop in an armchair, the cosy library replaced by the memorius computer, our books constantly changing according to the whim of interactive fingers? And if so, will we be better readers than we once were?

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Michael Holroyd, Richard Perceval Graves, Richard Poole

The Richard Hughes Centenary

Hay Festival 2000, 
A celebration of the centenary of the Welsh novelist and short story writer, author a A High Wind in Jamaica and Hazard, and latterly The Fox in the Attic. HUghes, whose influence extends into the work of William Golding and J. G. Farrell is ripe for rediscovery, and recognition as one of the most original and creative talents of twentieth century literature.

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Christopher Andrew

The Mitrokhin Archive

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Chair of the Cambridge History Faculty reveals the full extent of the KGB's operations to infiltrate ad destabalize the West, from the formation of the Soviet Republic through the Cold Ward to Perestroika. Previously suppresed material contained in the extraordinary records of the defector Vassili Mitrokhin reveals the farcical truth about Philby, the attempts to recuit Harold Wilson, to scilence Sakharov and Solzhenitsyn and to ward of the influence of John Paul II.

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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.