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Sverre Lodgaard

The 2017 Rotblat Lecture: North Korea – in search of a peaceful solution

Hay Festival 2017, 

Lodgaard is one of the world’s most highly regarded authorities on weapons control. He was the Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research from 1992-1996. He examines the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with specific regard to North Korea and the USA. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Álvaro Restrepo en conversación con Piedad Bonnett

Inxilio: El sendero de lágrimas

Cartagena 2014, 
En diciembre de 2010 Álvaro Restrepo y El Colegio Del Cuerpo de Cartagena de Indias crearon por invitación del poeta William Ospina una gran ceremonia en la que participaron 300 personas en homenaje a la población en situación de desplazamiento en Colombia, como evento de conmemoración del Bicentenario de la Independencia. El 9 de abril de 2013 en la ciudad de Medellín, Inxilio fue escogido por el Gobierno Nacional como el evento central del Día de la Memoria y Solidaridad con las víctimas del conflicto armado colombiano. La escritora Piedad Bonnett conversará con Álvaro Restrepo sobre este trascendental acto de reparación simbólica y sobre el papel que juega el arte dentro de estos procesos, en un momento particularmente significativo por los esfuerzos del actual Gobierno para lograr la terminación de un conflicto que ya supera el medio siglo de duración.

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Ben Arogundade talks to Dylan Jones

Obama: The Story of the Election and Legacy of America's 44th President, in Photos and Comment

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Here’s the politician, leader of the free world and global icon as portrayed on the covers of the world’s magazines and newspapers during his presidency.

The author is joined by the editor of GQ for a revelatory conversation about portraiture, power and propaganda. Arogundade will present a selection of amazing covers from Barack Obama’s 8-year presidency, along with ‘Obama vs Trump’, comparing his front pages with those of America’s current president.

Arogundade is the author of ten books, including ‘Black Beauty’, his debut novel, 'The Sexual Language of Strangers' and ‘Obama: 101 Best Covers’. ‘Black Beauty’ was honoured by the New York Public Library and was the subject of a three-part BBC documentary.

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FW de Klerk talks to Michael Buerk

Hay Festival 1999, 
The former South African President and Nobel Laureate visits Hay between his deposition to the TRC and the new elections, to talk about the dismantling of the great coalition and his relationship with President Mandela, explored in his autobiography The Last Trek.

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Almudena Grandes y Marta Sanz en conversación con Alejandra Jaramillo

Cartagena 2015, 

Dos destacadas escritoras de la narrativa española actual charlarán sobre sus últimas obras con la escritora Alejandra Jaramillo. Almudena Grandes ha publicado recientemente Las tres bodas de Manolita, una emotiva historia coral ambientada en los años posteriores a la guerra civil española y perteneciente a la serie Episodios de una Guerra Interminable. Los últimos trabajos publicados de Marta Sanz incluyen la novela Amour Fou y el ensayo No tan incendiario, donde analiza el papel de la literatura en la actualidad.

Co-organizado con Acción Cultural Española

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Andrea Collins and Dimitris Potoglou talk to Andy Fryers

How Did We Get Here

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Cardiff University has been undertaking research into the methods by which visitors travel to Hay Festival. Here they discuss the results and ask - can similar transport strategies be used for different festivals and events? What are the key challenges in terms of influencing visitor travel behaviour, and delivering more sustainable events in Wales? In conversation with the Festival’s Sustainability Director.

Andrea Collins and Dimitris Potoglou talk to Andy Fryers

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John Mortimer

The Sound of Trumpets

Hay Festival 1999, 
The newly beknighted novelist turns his gaze on New Labour with delightful mischief in store. Mortimer chews the polenta with the political journalist Anthony Howard.

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Nicole Krauss in conversation with Zsófia Bán

Budapest 2013, 

According to the New York Times, Nicole Krauss is ‘one of the most important novelists in the United States’. She presents her most recent novel Great House. Her previous works, The History of Love and Man Walks into a Room, bestsellers in both English and Hungarian, have been specially reprinted for her visit to Budapest.

In collaboration with the US Embassy in Hungary and Magveto Publishing House

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María Dueñas, Georg von Habsburg and Marta del Riego

Budapest 2013, 

The bestselling Spanish author of The Time In Between, translated into Hungarian in 2013, discusses her work with HH Georg von Habsburg, Hnngarian ambassador-at-large and former President of the Red Cross, and Marta del Riego, writer and features editor of Vanity Fair

In collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Fundación Lara, IE University and Gabo Publishing House

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Gillian Clarke

Zoology

Winter Weekend 2017, 

A well of memories draws us into the Welsh landscape of the poet’s childhood: her parents, the threat of war, the richness of nature as experienced by a child. In the second of the collection’s six parts we find ourselves in the Zoology Museum, whose specimens stare back from their cases: the Snowdon rainbow beetle, the marsh fritillary, the golden lion tamarin. In later sections the poet invites us to Hafod Y Llan, the Snowdonian nature reserve rich in Alpine flowers and abandoned mineshafts, ‘where darkness laps at the brink of a void deep as cathedrals’. Clarke captures a complete cycle of seasons on the land, its bounty and hardship, from the spring lamb ‘birthed like a fish/steaming in moonlight’ to the ewe bearing her baby ‘in the funeral boat of her body’. The poems tap into a powerful, feminist empathy that sees beyond differentiations of species to an understanding deeper than knowledge, something subterranean, running through the land. Chaired by Imtiaz Dharker.

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Little Magazines vs. Mainstream Magazines

Dhaka 2013, 

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Small is Beautiful

Dhaka 2013, 
Aamer Hussein, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Farah Ghuznavi and Prajwal Parajuly celebrate the beauty of the short story with Syed Badrul Ahsan. Marking the Launch of Syed Manzoorul Islam's translated short story anthology The Merman's Prayer and Other Stories, by Daily Star Books.

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P. D. James

Hay Festival 2000, 
An interview with the Baroness of Crime, creator of Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gary, and author of the brilliant novel The Children of Men, and the diary-memoir Time to be in Earnest.

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Steven Pinker en conversación con Juan Diego Vélez - Versión española

Cartagena 2015, 

Psicólogo experimental y profesor de la Universidad de Harvard, Steven Pinker se ha convertido en uno de los escritores más destacados sobre el lenguaje, la mente y la naturaleza humana a nivel internacional. Ha recibido numerosos premios por sus libros, entre los que destacan, Cómo funciona la mente, El instinto del lenguaje, La tabla rasa y Los ángeles que llevamos dentro. Su último libro, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, está dedicado al arte de escribir bien en nuestros días.

Con el apoyo de The Canada Council for the Arts y Blue Metropolis Festival

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Francine Stock and Guests

Front Row

Hay Festival 2000, 
Please join us for a live edition of the Radio 4 ars programme.

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Darian Leader talks to Mary Loudon

Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post?

Hay Festival 1996, 
The psychoanalyst address the question posed in his book, hailed by Bice Benvenuto as "The most insightful, enjoyable and uncommon treatment of male and female sexuality I have ever read" He talks to the journalist Mary Loudon, whose books of interviews are Revelations: The Clergy Questioned and Unveiled.

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David and Hilary Crystal

It's not what you say...

Hay Festival 2000, 
... but the way that you say it. David Crystal explores the amazing range of vocal effects that make up a person's tone of voice, and uses them to animate some of the observations about language he and his wife, Hilary discovered as they were compiling their Penguin book of language quotations, Words on Words.

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Brigitte Baptiste con Andrew Solomon

10 x 10 GÉNERO

Cartagena 2015, 
Brigitte Baptiste es bióloga, directora del Instituto Humboldt y una de las expertas en biodiversidad más reconocidas de Colombia. Es además una conocida defensora de la igualdad de género. Andrew Solomon, finalista del Pulitzer en 2002 y autor de El demonio de la depresión y Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse, es un activista en defensa del colectivo LGBT.

Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Estados Unidos de América

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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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David Crystal

The Story of Be: A Verb’s Eye View of the English Language

Hay Festival 2018, 

It's the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb: 'to be'. Yet it is jam-packed with more different meanings, forms and uses than any other English word. As he reveals ‘be's’ multiple incarnations, Prof Crystal takes us to the heart of our flexible and changing language. We meet circumstantial be ("how are you?"), numerical be ("two and two is four"), quotative be ("so I was like, 'wow'"), and ludic be ("oh no he isn't!"), and a whole swarm of other meanings.

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Kobita Parishad Recitations

Dhaka 2013, 
Recitations by: Syed Shamsul Haq, Asad Chowdhury, Belal Chowdhury, Ruby Rahman, Munir Siraj, Kamal Chowdhury, Dilara Hafiz, Anjana Saha, Aslam Sani, Tareq Sujat, Shihab Shahriar, Badrul Haider, Sadia Swatee. Moderated by Muhammad Samad.

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Andrew Davies, Laura Lankester, Bethan Jones

Les Miserables

Hay Festival 2018, 

The screenwriter (War and Peace, Bleak House, Dr Zhivago, Pride and Prejudice) is joined by his script editor and producer to discuss the challenges of adapting Victor Hugo’s masterpiece for the screen. The six-hour series will broadcast later this year with Dominic West as Valjean, David Oyelowo as Javert and Olivia Colman as Mme Thénardier. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks to Rosie Boycott

A Quaker Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation about how her Quaker faith has informed the life and work of one of the world’s greatest scientists, celebrated for her discovery of pulsars when she was a postgraduate student in 1967, and now the Oxford Professor of Astrophysics.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks to Rosie Boycott

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Jacobo Celnik y Sandro Romero sobre rock y literatura

Cartagena 2015, 
El periodista musical Jacobo Celnik ha escrito junto con Andrés Durán Rockestra, un libro en el que presentan un recorrido por los últimos cincuenta años de historia del rock a través de 25 entrevistas a algunos de sus máximos representantes. Por su parte, Sandro Romero es autor de libros como Mick Jagger. El rock suena: piedras trae, biografía del mítico líder de los Rolling Stones, o Clock around the Rock: Crónicas de un fan fatal.

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Orlando Méndez

Del universo al barril. La energia, el ser humano y el desarrollo.

Cartagena 2015, 

El geólogo venezolano Orlando Méndez nos llevará en un apasionante recorrido desde el Big Bang hasta los orígenes y la evolución del agua y la vida. Transitaremos por la ruta de la energía, del sol al planeta azul, y evaluaremos las percepciones más comunes de los procesos naturales y geológicos generadores de energía que conforman la “sociedad del aceite de roca”.

Evento patrocinado por Shell