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Rose Tremain, Javier Cercas

Hay Festival 2003, 
Rose Tremain introduces her new novel The Colour, a fabulous historical novel set against the background of the gold rush in New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. 'The colour' is miners' slang for gold. Cercas is the author of the hugeEuropean success The Soldiers of Salamis. At the heart of this 'true tale' are the last moments of the Spanish Civil War, during which Sanchez Mazas narrowly escapes death twice on the same day: first by firing squad and later when his hiding place is discovered by the unknown soldier, who looks him in the eye, and then, miraculously, turns and walks away. They talk to the critic Amanda Hopkinson.

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Cees Nooteboom en conversación con Laura Restrepo

Cartagena 2014, 
Cees Nooteboom es probablemente el escritor holandés más conocido internacionalmente. Poeta, escritor y periodista, Cees es autor de una extensa obra poética y de trabajos tan celebrados como El desvío a Santiago, considerado una obra maestra de la literatura de viajes donde narra veinte años de viajes por España. En conversación con Laura Restrepo. Con el apoyo de la Dutch Literature Foundation

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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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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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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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Candice Brathwaite, Rebecca Schiller, Clemmie Telford, Helen Thorn and Clemency Burton-Hill

Motherhood

Hay Festival 2018, 

An all-star panel gather to talk about birth rights, inequality, working motherhood, (lack of) diversity in (social) media, body image and post-natal depression, physical extremity and joy. Brathwaite is the co-founder of Make Motherhood Diverse, Schiller is director of Birthrights, the human rights in childbirth charity, Telford is creator of the parenting site Mother of all Lists, Thorn is a Scummy Mummy and Burton-Hill is a broadcaster and writer.

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Jilly Cooper talks to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Unrivalled

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation with the great storyteller and comic novelist, author of Rivals, Riders, and most recently, Mount!

Jilly Cooper talks to Stephanie Merritt

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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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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.

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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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Anna Jones talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Food Festival Presents: The Modern Cook’s Year

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The perfect inspiration for the festive season, The Modern Cook’s Year will show you how to make the most of seasonal produce in 250 vegetarian recipes, using simple, hugely inventive flavours and ingredients. Start of the Year: Spelt with pickled pears and pink leaves and chocolate and blood orange freezer cake; First Warm Days of Spring: Elderflower dressed broad beans and leaves with burrata and chickpea farinata with slow cooked courgettes; Herald of Spring: Spring chickpea soup with salted lemons and rhubarb and rose geranium frozen yoghurt; Summer: Smoked aubergine flatbreads and beetroot tops tart; Autumn: Orzo with tomatoes and feta and honey, lemon and coriander seed cake; Winter: Velvet squash broth with miso and soba and chocolate rye porridge with quick honey pears. “Modern, clever, beautiful” – Jamie Oliver.

Anna Jones talks to Rosie Boycott

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Steve Westaby

Fragile Lives

Hay Festival 2017, 

Examining specific cases, one of the world’s foremost surgeons offers an exceptional insight, drawn from 35 years of pioneering work, into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery.

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Richard Bentall

Madness Explained

Hay Festival 2003, 
Bentall argues that we need a radically new way of thinking about psychosis and its treatment. He shows that there is no reasuring dividing line between mental health and mental illness. Severe mental disorders can no longer be reduced to brain chemistry, but must be understood psychologiaclly, as part of normal behaviour and human nature.

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William Sieghart and Friends

The Poetry Pharmacy – The Hay Readings

Hay Festival 2018, 

Tried and True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul

Sometimes only a poem will do. The founder of National Poetry Day and The Forward Prize offers poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice to give comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, and that precious realisation – I'm not the only one who feels like this. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain. With readings of the poems by actors and commentary by Sieghart. 

William Sieghart and Friends

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Eric Ngalle Charles and Owen Sheers

The Last Ritual

Hay Festival 2018, 

A performance of the new one-man play by the Cameroon-born playwright and actor, now a Creative Wales Fellow, is followed by a conversation with Owen Sheers about the work and Charles’ extraordinary life. The Last Ritual is based on the author’s last days in the village of Small Soppo in Buea, Cameroon. It looks at love and ultimate betrayal, exploring the theme of witchcraft and the practice of it.

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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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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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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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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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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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Tracy Borman

Henry VIII and the men who made him: the Secret History Behind the Tudor Throne

Winter Weekend 2018, 

King Henry VIII is often defined by his many marriages, but his relationships with the men who surrounded him reveal much about his beliefs, behaviour and character. They show him to be capable of fierce, but seldom abiding loyalty; of raising men only to destroy them later. Henry’s father the first Tudor king, his older brother Arthur, his handsome jousting partners, his warring advisors – both Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell ended up on the block; but the tenderness that he displayed towards those he trusted proves that he was never the one-dimensional monster often depicted. Tracy Borman is a bestselling author and historian, specialising in the Tudors. She is joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces and chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust.

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The Cake Café

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Presented by Michell Darmody, owner of the famous Dublin 'Cake Café' and author of the Cake Café cook book.

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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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Marcus du Sautoy, Eileen Scanlon, Martin Weller and Kirsty Williams

The OU 50th Anniversary Lecture: What will Education look like in 2070?

Hay Festival 2019, 

What will education look like 50 years from now? Join us for a conversation with leading thinkers on education and learning technology where we will explore how both education policy and the way we learn might change over the coming decades. The 50-year possibilities for new technologies are radical to say the least. Technologies such as AI, blockchain and data analytics could have positive or negative impacts for education, and sorting the hype from the reality is a challenge for all those in education. Similarly, in a world where we will increasingly need to continue to learn new skills throughout our lives how should the education system support life-long learning? 

Join us to discuss the future of what and how we learn in this special event to mark the 50th anniversary of The Open University.

 

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Harry Hill

Hay Festival 1995, 
"Britains finest and funniest new comedian" - The Guardian

"He makes helpless laughter feel absolutely effortless" - The Times