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Ruth Dudley Edwards talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Seven

Hay Festival 2016, 

On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the Irish Republican Brotherhood’s military council put their names to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, declaring they were the provisional government of an Ireland free from British rule. In effect, each man had knowingly signed his own death warrant. Since then, the seven have been eulogised and used as political weapons by many. To challenge the morality of the Rising was to be denounced as unpatriotic, even un-Irish. One hundred years on, however, there is an increasing recognition within Ireland that it’s time for the founding fathers to come under proper scrutiny.

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Yuval Noah Harari en conversación con Peter Florence

De animales a dioses (Sapiens). Una breve historia de la humanidad.

Cartagena 2016, 
Hace 100.000 años había por lo menos seis diferentes especies de humanos en la tierra. Hoy solo queda una: nosotros, el Homo sapiens. ¿Cómo venció nuestra especie la lucha por la dominación?, ¿por qué nuestros ancestros nómadas se unieron para crear ciudades y reinos?, ¿cómo llegamos a creer en dioses, naciones y derechos humanos; a confiar en el dinero, los libros y las leyes; y a estar esclavizados por la burocracia, los horarios y el consumismo? Y, ¿cómo va a ser el mundo en el próximo milenio? En De animales a dioses. Una breve historia de la humanidad, el catedrático de historia de la Universidad de Jerusalén, Yuval Noah Harari, explora todas estas cuestiones, apoyándose en la biología, la antropología,
la paleontología y la economía. En conversación con el fundador del Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

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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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Helen Pickersgill, Illtud Llyr Dunsford and Luke Manifold

Eat, Drink and be Merry

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Meet three artisan producers who are reconnecting with traditional methods. Weobley Ash is reviving a taste for mutton, Charcutier Ltd draws from a farming background and research trips abroad to make a superb range of cured meats from rare breed pigs and Lucky 7 Beer Company is an exciting new entry into the craft beer revoloution. Sample each and give us your verdict. Chaired by Country Living Magazine’s Kitty Corrigan.

Helen Pickersgill, Illtud Llyr Dunsford and Luke Manifold

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David Hare

'I have a go, lady, I have a go'

Hay Festival 2002, 
Since Osbourne's death eight years ago, a theatrical old guard has sought to downplay the significance of his first performed play Look Back in Anger and it's impact on the post-war world. In this inaugural lecture, Hare celebrates the originality and passion of one of the twentieth century's greatest playwrights, and takes the arguments of his critics head on.

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Horatio Morpurgo

The Paradoxal Compass: Drake’s Dilemma

Hay Festival 2018, 

Morpurgo dramatises an episode in Francis Drake's circumnavigation during which the Golden Hind was stranded on a rock off Celebes, Indonesia. What altercation occurred between Drake and the ship's chaplain, Francis Fletcher, during those terrifying 20 hours? Morpurgo makes a compelling argument for what was really at the heart of that disagreement, and its present-day repercussions. He argues that the Tudor navigators and their stories may hold the key to how we should approach the current environmental crisis. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.

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Rosie Boycott, Simon Jenkins, James O'Brien and Jeanette Winterson

What do we do now?

Winter Weekend 2018, 

A panel of Festival guests reflect on the American Mid-Term Elections and the Deal/No Deal state of the Brexit negotiations. Strong coffee recommended.

The journalist and food commissioner, Baroness Boycott is a cross-bencher in the House of Lords. Simon Jenkins edited The Times and writes for The Guardian. James O'Brien hosts a daily phone-in show for LBC. Jeanette Winterson is a writer.

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Amit Chaudhuri, Arundhati Roy, Patrick French talk to Ian Jack

An Independant India

Hay Festival 1997, 
On the 50th anniversary of Independence, Granta Editor Ian Jack hosts a discussion about contemporary Indian writing in English and its relationship with Western literature and India's other traditions.

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Timothy J Jorgensen

Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation

Hay Festival 2016, 

We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety of nuclear power plants. Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation, from Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays, and pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, and Thomas Edison to the victims of the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Tracing the most important events in the evolution of radiation, Jorgensen explains exactly what it is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm.

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Jenny Broom

The Wonder Garden

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join the illustrator on a journey of discovery in some of the Earth’s most amazing habitats. Explore the coral on the Great Barrier Reef, experience the astonishing peaks of the Himalayas, trek through the Amazon rainforest, experience the darkest paths of the Black Forest and the dry heat of the Chihuahuan desert.  And then draw your own ‘wonder garden’.

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Kazuyo Sejima in conversation with Martha Thorne and László Baán

The 2010 Pritzker Prize-winning partnership Sanaa on the changing role of museums

Segovia 2018, 
2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Kazuyo Sejima - a founding partner of Japanese architecture studio SANAÁ – has attained international acclaim for the clarity of vision and impacting simplicity in the design of her work such as the New Art Museum in NY or The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa. She also discusses the upcoming project New National Gallery for Budapest with László Baán, Director General of the National Gallery, Budapest and Ministerial Commissioner of the Liget Budapest Project, and with Martha Thorne, Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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Emma Suárez en conversación con Luis Alegre

Cartagena 2016, 
La actriz española Emma Suárez ha representado papeles tan emblemáticos como el de la Condesa de Belflor en El perro del hortelano, de Pilar Miró, que le valió un Goya a la mejor actriz en 1997, o la misteriosa Lisa de La ardilla roja, dirigida por Julio Medem en 1993. Ha trabajado con directores como José Luis Borau, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Isabel Coixet y, más recientemente, Pedro Almodóvar, con quien ha trabajado en la que será su nueva película, Julieta. Con una de las carreras más sólidas del cine español, y trabajos en teatro y televisión, Emma conversará sobre su carrera actoral y sus últimos proyectos con Luis Alegre.

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Andrew Solomon en conversación con Rosie Boycott

Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse

Cartagena 2015, 
Escritor y académico especializado en psicología, política y cultura, Andrew Solomon ganó el National Book Award en 2001 y fue finalista del Pulitzer en 2002 por su libro El demonio de la depresión. En su última publicación, Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse, muestra un estudio que ha realizado con alrededor de trescientas familias que han aprendido a convivir a pesar de vivir situaciones difíciles. 

Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Estados Unidos de América
Andrew Solomon en conversación con Rosie Boycott

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Simon Mayo talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Mad Blood Stirring

Hay Festival 2018, 

Mayo’s first adult novel weaves Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet through a tense prison drama that sets itself against the epic backdrop of mighty Dartmoor in 1815. The passions unleashed in this riveting account place black against white and Americans against Britons with the stirring soul of a forbidden love caught in between.

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Jon Roberts

Through the Eyes of Me

Hay Festival 2018, 

Welcome to the world of Kya, who loves to run, read and eat ice cream. This is a joyful picture-book describing the everyday life of a child with autism, and helps people of all ages recognise certain behaviour, appreciate thoughts and feelings, and learn how to communicate with people with autism. The author joins Inclusive Minds’ Alexandra Strick to discuss and read from Jon’s book in this accessible, relaxed and interactive event. The book is based on the author’s own daughter, and children in the audience will have the chance to share the ideas, views and experiences that they would like to see in a story.

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Jack Hartnell

Medieval Bodies: Life, Death and Art in the Middle Ages

Hay Festival 2018, 

Dripping with blood and gold, fetishised and tortured, gateway to earthly delights and point of contact with the divine, forcibly divided and powerful even beyond death, there was no territory more contested than the body in the medieval world. The art historian uncovers the complex and fascinating ways in which the people of the Middle Ages thought about, explored and experienced their physical selves. 

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Roberta Bivins

Contagious Communities: Medicine, Migration, and the NHS in Post-War Britain

Hay Festival 2016, 

It was only a coincidence that the NHS and the Empire Windrush, a ship carrying 492 migrants from Britain’s West Indian colonies, arrived together. On 22 June 1948, as the ship’s passengers disembarked, frantic preparations were already underway for 5 July, the Appointed Day when the nation’s new National Health Service would first open its doors. The relationship between immigration and the NHS rapidly attained, and has enduringly retained, huge political and cultural significance. The Warwick University historian interrogates and re-balances the political history of Britain’s response to immigration. Her current Wellcome Trust-funded work develops a People’s Encyclopaedia of the NHS and a Virtual Museum of the NHS. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Benjamin Markovits y Helen Oyeyemi en conversacion con Valerie Miles

Xalapa 2013, 

Dos escritores seleccionados por la revista Granta entre los mejores jóvenes novelistas británicos en 2013, conversarán sobre sus ultimas obras publicadas. Helen Oyeyemi que ha ganado premios como el Somerset Maugham, ha publicado en español "El señor Fox" y Benjamin Markovits, autor de seis libros, ha publicado en español "Impostura". En conversacion con Valerie Miles.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español. Evento patrocinado por el British Council.

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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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Hilary Cottam

The Inaugural Octavia Hill Lecture

Hay Festival 2018, 

Radical Help: How we can Remake the Relationships Between us and Revolutionise the Welfare State

The Welfare State was revolutionary: it lifted thousands out of poverty, provided decent homes, good education and security. But it is out of kilter now: an elaborate and expensive system of managing needs and risks. Today we face new challenges. Our resources have changed. How should we live: how should we care for one another; grow our capabilities to work, to learn, to love and fully realise our potential? Cottam is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Participle. Prior to that she worked as an urban poverty specialist at the World Bank. Chaired by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales. The lecture is given in the name of the great social reformer and founder of the National Trust.

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Robert Llewellyn

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Red Dwarf cult star discusses comedy and his novels The Man on Platform Five and Punchbag which is launched at the Festival.

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J. J. Armas Marcelo in conversation with Jesús Marchamalo

Segovia 2014, 

The journalist and writer J. J. Armas Marcelo presents his latest novel, Réquiem habanero por Fidel. He talks to writer and journalist Jesús Marchmalo.

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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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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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Vernon Bogdanor talks to Matthew d’Ancona

Beyond Brexit: Towards a British Constitution

Hay Festival 2019, 

Brexit has almost wholly been confined to discussions of economic consequence. But what will happen to the constitution? And what does sovereignty mean? The distinguished professor of government looks at the impact of Brexit and the constitutional consequences of Britain’s EU membership, raising the question of just how the United Kingdom is to be preserved. At the time of going to press…