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Dylan Jones talks to Tiffany Murray

David Bowie – A Life

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Drawn from more than 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, the editor of GQ’s fabulous oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path. With stories and music and film clips.

Dylan Jones talks to Tiffany Murray

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Martin Gayford

Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters

Hay Festival 2018, 

The development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is the story of interlinking friendships, shared experiences and artistic concerns among a number of acclaimed artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Frank Bowling and Howard Hodgkin. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, many previously unpublished, with important witnesses and participants, the art critic Martin Gayford teases out the thread connecting these individual lives and demonstrates how painting thrived in London against the backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and ‘Swinging London’ in the 1960s.

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Peter Hain

Mandela: His Essential Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

The South African-born, anti-apartheid campaigner and politician chronicles the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, from lawyer to ANC freedom fighter, from political prisoner to President of the Rainbow Nation. He charts Madiba’s post-office humanitarian campaigns and gives an intimate and revealing portrait of the beloved global icon. The legacy is more complex, and Hain examines the state of the RSA today after Zuma’s corruption, and as Ramaphosa accedes to power. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Greg James and Chris Smith

Kid Normal

Hay Festival 2018, 

Calling all heroes, villains and Super Zeroes. Join the radio personalities and authors for an action-packed Kid Normal event, including a reading from the new book, Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes. Dave Cribb will provide musical accompaniment throughout. Help create a brand new superhero story and prepare for lots of games, singing and audience participation. Superpowers not required.

7+

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Andrew Greig

Hay Festival 1999, 
Greig's protagonist in When They Lay Bare is an unknown woman who overturns the closed society and family to which she returns.

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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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Martin Rees, Paul Davies, Lee Smolin, Arthur Peacocke

Many Worlds

Hay Festival 2000, 
An exploration of the relationship between the sciences and religious thought with the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees; the physicist and winner of the Templeton Prize, Paul Davies, author of The Mind of God, Lee Smolin, whose books include The Life of the Cosmos, and Arthur Peacocke, who is a specialist in biological macromolecules.

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Alex Beard, Ben Rawlence, Kirsty Williams

Hay Festival 2018, 

From schools to universities to industry, the voices calling for more creativity in UK classrooms are getting louder. Research is conclusive that creative activities have outsize impacts on well-being, self-esteem and other cognitive abilities. In a new book, Natural Born Learners, Alex Beard examines the frontline of 21st century schools from Silicon Valley and learning with robots to his own experience in an inner-city London school. He offers suggestions of a different way forward. Black Mountains College is a project to create a new kind of liberal arts university and teacher training college in Powys to meet the challenges of future generations and a warming planet. It proposes a radically different kind of undergraduate experience – its director, Ben Rawlence, will explain. They are joined by Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education in the Welsh Government. Chaired by Rosie Boycott. 

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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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Jeremy Dyson, Kate O'Riordan, Kathy Lette

Hay Festival 2000, 
Dyson, the lead writer for the hugely successful television comedy cult The League of Gentlemen introduces his collection of surreal short stories Never Trust a Rabbit. O'Riordan's very funny romantic comedy The Angel in the House is the story of Robert, who falls in love with Angela. He thinks she's the angel he's been waiting for. She's not an angel. She's a num. They are joined by the spunky author of Mad Cows and Altar Ego, Kathy Lette, who previews her work in progress.

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Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

River Cottage Meat

Hay Festival 2004, 
The chef and writer conjures shepherds pie, glazed baked ham, Irish stew, roast grouse with all the trimmings, toad in the hole and oxtail stew, pot au feu, cassoulet, bolito misto, pasticcio, jerked pork, feijoida, cozido, curried goat...

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Poetry Squantum 2

Hay Festival 1996, 
Second thoughts on the theme

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Patricia Cornwell talks to Sarah Dunant

Hay Festival 1999, 
The American Crimewriter talks about her creation, medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta.

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Don Paterson

The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre

Hay Festival 2018, 

What is a poem? In what way is its use of language distinct? What conditions allow it to arise, and what is its cultural purpose? And how, exactly, do poems work? Part polemic, part technical treatise and part meditation, The Poem is an ambitious contemporary ars poetica. Paterson looks at the writing, transmission and reading of poetry with wit and scholarly flair in a thorough exploration of how and why poems are composed. Paterson was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and is garlanded with awards for his many collections, which include Nil Nil, God’s Gift to Women, Rain and 40 Sonnets.

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Stephen Jay Gould

The Nature Lecture: Dinosaur in A Haystack

Hay Festival 1996, 
Paleontologist, Professor of Zoology and geology, the world's greatest scientific essayist has a fantastic ability to connect the most diverse material and cultural references from Jurassic Park to the Old Testament and Eugenics in a brilliant exploration of the central idea of evolution. Gould's seminal and best-selling books include Wonderful Life, Bully for Brontosaurus and Eight Little Piggies.

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Nir Baram en conversación con Luc de Rooy

Cartagena 2014, 
Nir Baram es un escritor, editor y activista político israelí proveniente de una familia de ministros del partido laborista de Israel. Su primera novela destacada fue The Remaker of Dreams (2006), candidata al Sapir Prize. Ese mismo año, Nir fue uno de los novelistas que lideraron una campaña de alto el fuego durante la segunda guerra del Líbano. Su novela Las buenas personas (Alfaguara, 2013) fue best seller durante cuatro meses, ganó el Prime Minister’s Award en la categoría de literatura en hebreo y fue candidata al Sapir Prize. Su última novela, World Shadow, ha sido libro del año 2013 según Time Out y SofShavua. Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Israel

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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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Steve Jones

In The Blood

Hay Festival 1996, 
Genetics is coming uncomfortably close to the questions asked by philosophy, theology, and even politics. It deals with issues of fate, of life amd death. If everything is in the genes, what is left of free will? If man is but a glorifed ape, where is the soul? If society is just a mechanisim for ensuring that genes are transmitted, what room is there for good and evil? The Galton Professor of Genetics and Reith Lecturer explores these questions, and talks about what is really In The Blood.

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Owen Sheers talks to Gabriella Gulyás

Budapest 2013, 

The Welsh poet (Skirrid Hill, Pink Mist) and author discusses his work in theatre (The Two Worlds of Charlie F.), fiction and film (Resistance) that develops his concern for the impacts of war and our relationships with place and landscape.

Supported by Arts Council of Wales

Simultaneous translation from English into Hungarian 

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Innovative Library Show

Segovia 2013, 

A multimedia event which presents Segovia as a land of words and a land of innovation until it reaches society 3.0. An unknown and daring experience, like experiencing ¨a drinkable book¨. Thus, a tasting of literature, knowledge and flavours.  Presented by the President of the Diputación Provincial de Segovia, Francisco Vázquez; the Deputy Delegate of Culture, Tourism and International Affairs, José Carlos Monsalves, and José María San Segundo.

 

Produced by Diputación Provincial de Segovia.

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David Rieff en conversación con Xavi Ayén

Contra la memoria:

Xalapa 2013, 
David Rieff es un prestigioso periodista y politólogo que ha publicado durante muchos años trabajos destacados en revistas como New Republic y World Policy Journal; es autor de Un mar de muerte: Recuerdos de un hijo, en el que narra la enfermedad y muerte de su madre, Susan Sontag. Es fundador y director del departamento Crímenes de Guerra en la Universidad Americana de Washington DC; Rieff ha conocido de primera mano los efectos de los crímenes de guerra en países como Ruanda, Kosovo, Israel, Palestina, Irak y Bosnia. Su último libro, Contra la Memoria, narra precisamente su experiencia en Bosnia. Estará en conversación con Xavi Ayén. 

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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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Rose Tremain talks to Claire Armistead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The novelist (The Colour, Restoration) discusses her glittering story collection The Darkness of Wallis Simpson.

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Matt Hancock talks to Amol Rajan

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: The Issues

Hay Festival 2018, 
An opportunity to discuss the immediate and longer-term challenges that range across his brief with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He talks to the BBC's Media Editor Amol Rajan.
Matt Hancock talks to Amol Rajan

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Jessica Harrison-Hall

China: A History in Objects

Hay Festival 2018, 

From the earliest archaeological relics and rituals, through the development of writing and state, to the advent of empire, Harrison-Hall, head of the China section at The British Museum, charts the country's transformation from ancient civilisation to the world’s most populous nation and influential economy, showing us a myriad historical insights and cultural treasures along the way.