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Gordon Corera talks to Rosie Boycott

Secret Pigeon Service

Hay Festival 2018, 

Between 1941 and 1944, 16,000 plucky homing pigeons were dropped in an arc from Bordeaux to Copenhagen as part of ‘Columba’ – a secret British operation to bring back intelligence from those living under Nazi occupation. The messages flooded back written on tiny pieces of rice paper tucked into canisters and tied to the legs of the birds. Authentic voices from rural France, the Netherlands and Belgium, they were sometimes comic, often tragic and occasionally invaluable with details of German troop movements and fortifications, new Nazi weapons, radar system or the deployment of the feared V-1 and V-2 rockets that terrorised London. At the centre of the story is the ‘Leopold Vindictive’ network – a small group of Belgian villagers prepared to take huge risks. They were led by an extraordinary priest, Joseph Raskin, a man whose intelligence was so valuable it was shown to Churchill, leading MI6 to parachute agents in to assist him.

Gordon Corera talks to Rosie Boycott

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Barry Cunliffe

On the Ocean: The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from Prehistory to AD1500

Hay Festival 2018, 

While the land is familiar, even reassuring, the sea is unknown and threatening. Why, then, did humans become seafarers? Part of the answer is that we are conditioned by our genetics to be acquisitive animals: we like to acquire rare materials and we are eager for esoteric knowledge, and society rewards us well for both. And our innate inquisitiveness drives us to explore. The pre-eminent archaeologist looks at the development of seafaring on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, two contrasting seas, the Mediterranean without a significant tide, enclosed and soon to become familiar, the Atlantic with its frightening tidal ranges, an ocean without end. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Barry Cunliffe

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Will Hutton

The World We're In

Hay Festival 2002, 
Hutton follows up his The State We're In with an analysis of the political and economic effects (for the rest of the world) of American isolationism, and divines a counterbalance in a strengthened European Union.

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Michael Holroyd

Basil Street Blues

Hay Festival 2000, 
The biographer of George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, and Augustus John turns his pen on himself and discusses the differing arts of biography and autobiography.

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Richard E Grant talks to Bruce Robinson

With Nails

Hay Festival 1996, 
Immortalised as the alcoholic and unemployed - and unemployable - actor in Withnail and I, Grant talks to the writer and director who cast him as Withnail, and in the film How to Get Ahead In Advertising about his start and subsequent career in Hollywood movies by Altman, Coppola and Scorsese.

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Claire Wilcox - V&A Lecture 1

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up

Hay Festival 2018, 

In 1954, following her death, Frida Kahlo’s possessions were locked away in the Casa Azul in Mexico City, her lifelong home. Half a century later, her collection of clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and other personal items was rediscovered. Wilcox, curator of the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A, offers a fresh perspective on the life story of this extraordinary artist, whose charisma and entirely individual way of dressing made her one of the most photographed women of her time. Specially commissioned photographs show her distinctive Mexican outfits alongside her self-portraits, an unprecedented pairing that is enriched by iconic images taken in her lifetime.  Chaired by Tristram Hunt.

Claire Wilcox - V&A Lecture 1

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Óscar Collazos en conversación con Piedad Bonnett

Cartagena 2014, 
Oscar Collazos conversa con Piedad Bonnett sobre su última novela: Tierra quemada. En una atmósfera de extrañeza, una selva en ninguna parte, un grupo de infelices son guiados hacia la nada por una banda armada sin rumbo, sin referentes, sin expectativas, sin esperanzas. Tres mujeres serán los personajes desde cuya perspectiva asistimos a un mundo en el que la violencia lo ha definido todo. Tierra quemada es una novela alegórica escrita con un lenguaje austero, de imágenes impactantes y una desolación que alcanza cotas de belleza que toca fibras sensibles en una sociedad signada por la deshumanización.

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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

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Isidro Ferrer

Donde habita la cabeza

Cartagena 2015, 
El polifacético ilustrador y diseñador español Isidro Ferrer es un referente en su campo a nivel internacional. Sus trabajos abarcan desde la ilustración editorial al diseño gráfico, el diseño de packaging o la animación, jugando con una amplia variedad de técnicas. Ganador, entre muchos otros, del Premio Nacional de Ilustración y el Premio Nacional de Diseño otorgados en España, sus trabajos han sido publicados y expuestos a nivel internacional. En este evento, hablará sobre su trayectoria y su proceso creativo.

Co-organizado con Acción Cultural Española

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Rory MacLean

Chancing it

Hay Festival 2000, 
MacLean never planned to visit Florida. Then the Daily Mail was deliverd to his house by mistake. Twenty-four hours later he found himself in the land of Mickey Mouse, gull-wing Thunderbirds and drive-by shootings. In Next Exit Magic Kingdom Rory swims with mermaids and discovers the site of the Garden of Eden. Join him as he unravels his accidental journeys from Stalin's Nose to the Sunshine State, and reveals how to avoid gratuitous sex in Miami Beach.

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Terry Eagleton

Radical

Hay Festival 2018, 

The literary critic, famed for his wit and acute interpretations, explores the themes of his two spring publications. Radical Sacrifice revaluates the idea of sacrifice as purposed in theology and philosophy, reclaiming the act as radical politics. The re-publication of Why Marx Was Right examines the philosopher’s core ideas in the context of capitalism’s crises and communism’s collapse. Chaired by Dai Smith.

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Simon Jenkins

England's Thousand Best Churches

Hay Festival 2000, 
The eminent journalist describes and illustrates with slides his choice of English Churches and discusses the effect such enormous exposure to God's houses had had on his atheism and beliefs.

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José Adiak Montoya y Óscar Martínez en conversación con Martín Solares

Desde América Central.

Xalapa 2013, 
Los escritores José Adiak Montoya (Nicaragua) y Óscar Martínez (El Salvador) conversan con Martín Solares sobre el oficio literario en América Central, un espacio en el que la sociopolítica, la tradición cultural propia y ajena, y los confl ictos de décadas parecen estar todavía más mezclados con el oficio de escritor que en otras partes del mundo.

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Alonso Cueto y Sergio Ramírez en conversación con Víctor Hugo Vásquez Rentería

Xalapa 2013, 
Alonso Cueto (Perú) es autor de numerosos libros de narrativa, entre cuentos y novelas. Ha recibido, entre otros, el Premio Herralde de Novela 2005 por La hora azul. Sergio Ramírez (Nicaragua) es un escritor prolífico y comprometido que ha participado en la vida política de su país y colabora regularmente con organizaciones que apoyan la libertad de expresión. Ha publicado más de treinta libros, entre los que se encuentran Margarita, está linda la mar, Premio Alfaguara de Novela 1998, y la reciente La fugitiva (2011). En conversación con Hugo Vásquez Rentería

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Poesía pintada, con Ramón Cote

Cartagena 2016, 
La relación entre la pintura y la poesía es tan antigua que ya en el siglo VI a. C. Simónides de Ceos se refirió a la primera como “poesía muda” y a la segunda como “pintura elocuente”. Desde ese lejano entonces se habla de la “écfrasis”, es decir, la transformación verbal de una representación visual. Poesía pintada es un recorrido poético por la historia del arte desde el Renacimiento hasta nuestros días, pasando por pintores como Uccello, Leonardo, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Goya, Balthus, Obregón o Caballero, y cuyos cuadros sirven de inspiración para los poemas de Ramón Cote publicados en el libro Colección Privada, Premio Casa de América de Madrid 2003.

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Creatividad literaria

Roberto Echavarren, Roberto Ampuero y Adolfo Castañón en conversación con Yael Weiss

Xalapa 2012, 
Tres autores, Roberto Echavarren (Uruguay), Roberto Ampuero (Chile) y Adolfo Castañón (México) conversarán sobre sus diversas facetas literarias: poesía, literatura, ensayo y crítica literaria, así como sobre sus últimos trabajos con la editora Yael Weiss.

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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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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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Åsne Seierstad talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Two Sisters

Hay Festival 2018, 

One morning in October 2013, 19-year-old Ayan Juma and her 16-year-old sister Leila left their family home in Oslo. Later that day they sent an email to their parents. "Peace, God's mercy and blessings upon you, Mum and Dad ... Please do not be cross with us..."  Leila and Ayan had decided to travel to Syria, "and help out down there as best we can". While their father, Sadiq risks his own life to bring his daughters back, at home his wife Sara begins to question their life in Norway. How could her children have been radicalised without her knowledge? How can she protect her two younger sons from the same fate? Seierstad - with the complete support of the Juma family - followed the story from the beginning, through its many dramatic twists and turns. It's a tale that crosses from Sadiq and Sara’s original home in Somalia, to their council estate in Oslo, to Turkey and to Syria - where two teenage sisters must face the shocking consequences of their decision.
The investigative journalist’s previous books include The Bookseller of Kabul and One of Us.  See also [310].

Åsne Seierstad talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Eko de la Garza en conversación con Augusto Cru

Pancho Villa toma Zacatecas.

Xalapa 2013, 
La Batalla de Zacatecas es uno de los episodios clave de la historia mexicana del siglo XX.  Eko de la Garza (ilustraciones) imagina magistralmente el suceso que supone un punto de inflexión en la Revolución Mexicana. En conversación con Augusto Cruz.

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Yehuda Amichai, Marge Piercy, Gwyneth Lewis

World Poetry

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Israeli writer, Yehuda Amichai, is one of the world's greatest poets. The American, Marge Piercy is both a poet and novelist whose selected poems Eight Chambers of the Heart include the famous Lunar Cycle.
Gwyneth Lewis is the leading bi-lingual Welsh poet. Her new English-language collection is Parables and Faxes.

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Hugh Purcell

Up Top

Hay Festival 2018, 

Up Top was the name given locally to the Mid Wales Mental Hospital above Talgarth; a double meaning like 'round the bend', which often located asylums elsewhere – out of sight and out of mind. Purcell’s hitherto untold history, based on archives and oral testimony from staff and patients, shows how mentally ill people were treated through the 20th century. At first the ‘lunatic asylums’ relied on a strict regime of fresh air and bromide. Then they became ‘mental hospitals’, trying desperate measures like leucotomy, deep sleep narcosis and electro convulsive therapy. Then the word ‘mental’ was dropped and ‘psychiatric hospitals’ moved into the era of heavy drugs and psychotherapy. Finally, community care took over.  The history of the Mid Wales’ was typical of many institutions that lie as ruined monuments to our attempts to help the mentally ill.

Hugh Purcell

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Steve Brusatte

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2018, 

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. One of the leading scientists of a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting edge-technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs ruled the earth for 150 million years. At a time when Homo sapiens has existed for less than 200,000 years and we are already talking about planetary extinction, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a timely reminder of what humans can learn from the magnificent creatures that ruled the earth before us. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

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Quemar los miedos, con Wendy Guerra

Xalapa 2013, 
¿Qué es el miedo? ¿Qué nos causa miedo? ¿Cómo vemos el miedo? Si estas preguntas ya nos despier tan la curiosidad a los adultos, veamos qué puede provocar en un grupo de niños delante de sus pinturas, aquellas que serán quemadas al final del proceso creativo. A través de palabras, pinturas y juegos, los niños deberán dibujar sus propios miedos sobre el papel, pintando qué es eso que tanto te-men, que muchas veces verán es sólo humo y nada. “el miedo es eso: un poquitico de Nada” y todo eso se demostrará con las cenizas que los bomberos barrerán entre la gallardía y el agua clara.
Evento para niños. Gratuito hasta completar aforo sin necesidad de inscripcion

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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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