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Edna O'Brien

Down by the River

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Irish author reads from and discusses her contorversial novel Down by the River with Nick McDowell. The book deals with fundamentalist beliefs about sexuality, abortion and faith in a stark process of one country girl's rite of passage from childhood to womanhood, from abuse and terror into wisdom. "An angry, violent, yet startlingly beautiful book.. Edna O'Brien's imagination inflames the world" - Independent on Sunday

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Charles Martell, Hilary Engel and Julia Blackshaw

Apple Blossom Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

Celebrating our native apples and the variety of products derived from them, by growers who care about nature and the environment. Charles Martell is known for Stinking Bishop cheese and now distils vintage spirits on his Gloucestershire farm; Hilary Engel makes cider from apples pressed by a Gypsy cob in a 17th-century mill; and Julia Blackshaw makes mellifluous juices from her organic orchard. They talk to Kitty Corrigan.

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Sue Black

All that Remains: A Life in Death

Hay Festival 2018, 

Sue Black confronts death every day. As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. She reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and what her work has taught her. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel. Our own death will remain a great unknown. But as an expert witness from the final frontier, Sue Black is the wisest, most reassuring, most compelling of guides. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

Sue Black

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Germaine Greer

The 1996 Raymond Williams Lecture: Tradition and Female Talent

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Festival's keynote lecture will be given by the author of The Female Eunuch and Slipshod Sibylls.

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Charlie Hebdo

Jon Lee Anderson, Martin Baron, Antonio Caño, Ed Vulliamy, Alejandro Santos and Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2015, 
Jon Lee Anderson, Martin Baron, Antonio Caño, Ed Vulliamy, Alejandro Santos and Rosie Boycott

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Whitney Brown talks to Francine Stock

Between Stone and Sky: Memoirs of a Waller

Hay Festival 2018, 

Whitney Brown was midway through her Masters thesis and on track for an exciting position at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington when a chance meeting with a Welsh dry-stone waller at a folklife festival changed the course of her life. Within weeks Whitney had left behind her secure world in the States and was living with him in rural Wales, learning the craft of dry-stone walling. She fell irretrievably in love with Wales and for what she found there – for stone, for the act of physical creation and accompanying physical exhaustion, for life in the countryside and days spent working in the sanctuary of a lonely hillside to repair structures older than the country of her birth, for windswept valleys and low hanging clouds and chilly nights by the wood stove and, much to her dismay, for a man 33 years her senior. She had no choice but to trust these things and see where they might lead her. It was, after all, the first time in her life she'd ever truly felt at peace.

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Sarah Dunant

The Renaissance: History, Fiction and Art

Hay Festival 2018, 

To recreate the past as a living, breathing place, the historical novelist has visited churches, archives, museums and art galleries all over Italy.  In this lecture, she tells the story of her discoveries; how the decoding of old paintings alongside the work of the most modern historians helped her to penetrate hidden worlds inside the Renaissance, finding wonder and drama in ordinary lives and exploring the complexities of politics and religion along with emotion, the senses and the heady appetites of body and soul. Dunant’s novels include the acclaimed trilogy The Birth of VenusIn the Company of the Courtesan and Sacred Hearts, her two novels about the Borgias, Blood and Beauty and her latest In the Name of the Family

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David Cannadine

The British Academy Lecture: Victorious Century – The United Kingdom 1800-1906

Hay Festival 2018, 

To live in 19th century Britain was to experience an astonishing series of changes, of a kind for which there was simply no precedent in human experience. There were revolutions in transport, communication, work; cities grew vast; scientific ideas made the intellectual landscape unrecognisable. This was an exhilarating time, but also a horrifying one. In this lecture David Cannadine discusses his dazzling new book offering a bold, fascinating new interpretation of the British 19th century in all its energy and dynamism, darkness and vice. Professor Sir David Cannadine is President of the British Academy, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. His books include Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy and The Undivided Past. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.

David Cannadine

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Kate Adie and Hong Ying

Tiananmen Tales

Hay Festival 1997, 
As Hong Kong reverts to Chinese control we remember the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre with the BBC's front-line reporter and the Tiananmen activist Hong Ying, whose novel Summer of Betrayal fictionalises her experience of the event and it's aftermath in Beijing

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Shirley Collins talks to Stewart Lee

All in the Downs: Reflections on Life, Landscape and Song

Hay Festival 2018, 

A legendary singer, folklorist and music historian, Shirley Collins has been an integral figure in the English folk music scene for more than 60 years. In her autobiography, All in the Downs, Collins tells the story of that lifelong relationship with English folksong – a dedication to artistic integrity that has guided her through the triumphs and tragedies of her life. 

Shirley Collins talks to Stewart Lee

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Ed Vaizey, Laura Tenison, Theo Fennell, Linda Yueh and Gaye Blake-Roberts

The Business of Creativity

Hay Festival 2018, 

Can art and business coexist, or does a drive for profit lead to the end of creative integrity? From art to literature, fashion to ceramics, four creative pioneers discuss the tensions between art and the corporate world with former Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, jewellery designer Theo Fennell, economist Linda Yueh, Jo Jo Maman Bebe founder Laura Tenison and curator at The Wedgwood Museum Gaye Blake-Roberts.

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Maggie Aderin-Pocock

StarFinder for Beginners

Hay Festival 2018, 

Fascinated by the wonders of the night sky? Join the Space scientist and BBC 4’s The Sky at Night presenter as she speaks about her passion for the stars. Take a journey through the constellations and find out how to begin stargazing with her new bookA must for budding astronomers.

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Jeanette Winterson

Ghost Nights and Christmas Days

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The novelist presents an evening of ancient and modern stories to meet the chill of a winter’s night. Winterson’s most recent novel was The Gap of Time, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Her new festive book is Christmas Days, 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days from which she will be reading.

Jeanette Winterson

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Richard Mabey

Flora Britannica: From Magic to Modern Myth

Hay Festival 1997, 
An exploration of the findings of this cultural flora (which was compiled from thousands of public contributions) and of what it tells us about modern popular attitudes towards nature, and about the role of folklore in a scientific age. "The Doomsday Book for the plant life of Britain at the end of the 20th century" - The Times

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Bengal Publications Hour

Dhaka 2013, 
Tahmima Anam introduces new Bangladeshi writing in English, followed by conversations with Srabonti Narmeen Ali, Saad Z Hossain and Munize Manzur. Marking the Launch of Bengal Publications English Fiction. Moderated by Janice Pariat.

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Is There A World Literature?

Dhaka 2013, 
Pankaj Mishra and Eliot Weinberger, with K Anis Ahmed.

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Carl Bernstein

Budapest 2013, 

A conversation with the legendary American investigative journalist who broke the Watergate scandal in The Washington Post, co-author of All The President’s Men and biographer of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Chaired by Edit Inotai.

In collaboration with the US Embassy in Hungary, American Corner of Corvinus University and Alexandra Publishing House

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Alberto Barrera Tyszka, Piedad Bonnett, Roberto Burgos Cantor, Rómulo Bustos, Rafael Cadenas, Ramón Cote, Julián Herbert, Nuno Júdice

Gala de poesía.

Cartagena 2016, 
Un año más celebramos la esperada Gala de poesía con una gran selección de poetas nacionales e internacionales que compartirán con el público poemas elegidos por ellos.

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Jeremy Lewis

Cyril Connolly

Hay Festival 1997, 
A portrait of the precociously brilliant, and influential literary journalist, author of The Unquiet Grave and Enemies of Promise. Connolly was an autobiographer, essayist and parodist of genius whose spectacularly fallible life makes for wonderful telling.

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The Economist Debate - What Next for the World?

John Browne, Bill Emmott, Giles Foden, Andrew St George, Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Channel 4 anchor hosts this discussion about the future. John Browne of BP is widely admired as one of the world's top corporate chiefs. Bill Emmott, editor of The Economist is the author of 20:21 Vision: The Lessons of the 20th Century for the 21st. The Whitbread Award-winning novelist Giles Foden's lagtest book Zanzibar examines Osama Bin Laden's influence in Africa. They are joined by the historian Andrew St George, an international relations consultant.

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Sebastian Meschenmoser

Cartagena 2016, 
Escritor e ilustrador radicado en Berlín, escritor de Aprendiendo a Volar, cuenta con 10 títulos en el mercado. Ofrecerá un taller de creación de libro-álbum para niños.
Niños +8 años

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Dan Saladino, Louise Gray, Joanna Blythman, Peter Greig

What’s the Beef with Meat?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Global meat consumption is on an unhealthy trajectory. Short of cutting meat out of our diet entirely, from mega-farms to self-sufficiency, chicken sheds to free-range and organic, we discuss the options available and their pros and cons. And then of course there are the edible insects…The BBC Food Programme presenter Dan Saladino talks with Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore, Joanna Blythman from the Sustainable Food Trust and author of Swallow This and farmer Peter Greig, former Food Producer of the Year in Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards.

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Diane Coyle

Cambridge Series 7: How Do We Know How Well Off We Are?

Hay Festival 2018, 

GDP is up – but whose GDP? (And what is it anyway?) There’s endless free stuff online but is it making anyone any happier? Are the cat videos on the internet distracting us from the prospect of jobs becoming automated and climate change ravaging food supplies? Behind this lies the challenge of how to measure economic progress. How can we tell if our society is becoming more prosperous or not? Coyle is Bennett Professor of Public Policy.

Diane Coyle

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Joanna Trollope, Natasha Walter

New Britain, New Woman, New Family

Hay Festival 1998, 
What can and should New Labour culture do for womenand families in society? On the panel debating the issues will be Joanna Trollope, whose no 1 best-seller Other People's Children was published on Mother's Day, and Natasha Walter, author of The New Feminism.

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Liberation War Fictions and Memoirs

Dhaka 2013, 
Niaz Zaman and Nuzhat Choudhury discuss women's narratives on '71, written in and translated into English, with Mofidul Hoque.