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Richard Russo talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Everybody’s Fool

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer about his comedic masterpiece, a great American novel for our times. Russo returns to North Bath, the Rust Belt town first brought to unforgettable life in Nobody’s Fool.

Richard Russo talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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David Lodge and Jill Paton Walsh

Hay Festival 1995, 
David Lodge is the author of Nice Work, Small World, Changing Places and Paradise News and a new novel, Therapy. "He is one of those writers you could read all day, finding something amusing or stylish or ingenious on every page" - Washington Post.
Jill Paton-Walsh's novel Knowledge of Angels was shortlisted for the Booker Prize - "an irresistible blend of intellect and passion . . . novels of ideas come no better than this sensual example" - Mail on Sunday

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Any Hay Questions

Winter Weekend 2010, 
Six months in, the new government is trailing Labour in the polls, and its CSR is beginning to bite. Come and question the cuts and coalition with a panel which includes Jesse Norman MP, author of The Big Society, Labour Peer and chairman of the British Greyhound Racing Board Lord Lipsey, Roger Williams MP, the Hay GP and Medics4Timbuktu hero Julie Grigg, and Gwernyfed student David Jones. Dimblebyed by Peter Florence.
 
This event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Michael Ignatieff

The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

Hay Festival 2018, 

During a three-year, eight-nation journey, Ignatieff found that while human rights is the language of states and liberal elites, the moral language that resonates with most people is one of everyday virtues: tolerance, forgiveness, trust and resilience. These ordinary virtues are the moral system of global cities and obscure shantytowns alike. A novelist and historian, Ignatieff is Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest.
Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Richard Holloway talks to Joan Bakewell

Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death

Hay Festival 2018, 

Now in his ninth decade, former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway has spent a lifetime at the bedsides of the dying, guiding countless men and women towards peaceful deaths. In Waiting for the Last Bus, he presents a positive, meditative and profound exploration of the many important lessons we can learn from death: facing up to the limitations of our bodies as they falter, reflecting on our failings, and forgiving ourselves and others. Holloway’s previous books include Leaving Alexandria and Looking in the Distance.

Richard Holloway talks to Joan Bakewell

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Dacia Viejo Rose

Cambridge Series 17: War on Culture - the Politics of Reconstructing Cultural Heritage

Hay Festival 2018, 

The destruction of cultural heritage has grabbed headlines worldwide. Does it matter? This talk will explore the dynamics of violence, reconstruction and repair that underlie these dramatic acts of destruction. Dr Viejo is a Lecturer in Heritage and the Politics of the Past.

Dacia Viejo Rose

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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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Fabien Erlinghauser

Character Design Workshop

Kells 2015, 

Come and learn to draw with the Animation Director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea.

9–14 years
Fabien Erlinghauser

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Héctor Abad Faciolince en conversación con Xavi Ayen

Cartagena 2015, 
Héctor Abad Faciolince se ha convertido en una de las voces más destacadas de la literatura colombiana contemporánea gracias a libros como Tratado de culinaria para mujeres tristes, Basura y El olvido que seremos. Su última novela, La Oculta, cuenta la historia de tres hermanos descendientes de los viejos colonos que aman y al mismo tiempo odian su finca, con su vieja casa y su oscuro lago, escondida en las montañas de Antioquia.

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Hatice Gunes

Cambridge Series 16: Demsytifying the Social Robot

Hay Festival 2018, 

Sensationalist media coverage and sci-fi films often give a skewed impression of human-like and social robots, and this has left a major gap between the public perception of what they can do and their actual capabilities. The Senior Lecturer at University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory will give a more balanced view and outline how social robots can contribute to the public good.

Hatice Gunes

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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.

Don Paterson

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Mark Urban talks to Rosie Boycott

The Skripal Files

Winter Weekend 2018, 

"With regard to traitors, they will kick the bucket on their own, I assure you . . . Whatever thirty pieces of silver those people may have gotten, they will stick in their throat” - Vladimir Putin, 2010. The explosive story of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the new spy war between the West and Russia, based on hours of exclusive interviews Skripal gave before his near-death with number one bestselling author Mark Urban, diplomatic and defence editor for BBC Newsnight.

Mark Urban talks to Rosie Boycott

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2018, 

A little light ridicule to start the day, as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy today. 

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Monty and Sarah Don

Fork to Fork

Hay Festival 2000, 
'We are all losing the plot as far as food goes. Everybody sort of knows that the best food comes from good, simple, organic ingrediants, but we do very little about it. Yet there are more gardeners now than ever before and more opportunities for people to grow some food, simple, organic ingrediants themselves. Also it has always seemed crazy that gardening celebrates the look and size of veg and fruit without a side-glance at their taste'. The husband and wife team introduce their appealing understanding and practice of gardening and cuisine.

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Roy Strong

Garden Party

Hay Festival 2000, 
The prolific master of all arts trades reflects on his lifelong passion for gardens and garden writing in a scintillating and delightful hour of good talk. Strong moves on to look at the art of gardening in relation to other arts such as embroidery, cookery, history and politics.

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Alain de Botton

The Consolations of Philosophy

Hay Festival 2000, 
The naked philosopher introduces his mischievous and witty guide to the human mind and heart. He sees that we have six gurus and six concerns: Socrates on Unpopularity, Epicurus on lack of money, Seneca on frustrations, Montaigne on inadequacy, Schopenhauer on a broken heart and Nietzsche on the necessity of difficulties.

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Lucy Hawking

George and the Blue Moon

Hay Festival 2016, 

Explore Space with the daughter of the famous physicist with whom she co-wrote the book, as she shares George’s fifth fabulous adventure. This time he and his friend Annie have been selected to train as junior astronauts, but bad things are happening in space, with mysterious missions taking off unsupervised. How can they be sure they’ll be safe?

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Tim Birkhead

Promiscuity

Hay Festival 2000, 
The recent discovery that females of most species are promiscuous rather than monogamous raises two main questions: what is the evolutionary effect of female promiscuity on males? and what are the evolutionary benefits of female promiscuity?

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Tishani Doshi and Owen Sheers

Poetry: Wales – India

Hay Festival 2018, 

Doshi launches her third collection of poems Girls Are Coming out of the Woods. “Doshi combines artistic elegance with a visceral power to create a breathtaking panorama of danger, memory, beauty and the strange geographies of happiness. This is essential, immediate, urgent work and Doshi is that rare thing, an unashamed visionary.” – PBS. Sheers reprises his landmark Reformations poem, The Men You’ll Meet, addressed to his daughters.

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Christopher J Preston

The Synthetic Age

Hay Festival 2018, 

Imagine a future in which humans fundamentally reshape the natural world using nanotechnology, synthetic biology, de-extinction and climate engineering. Emerging technologies promise to give us the power to take over some of nature’s most basic operations. It is not just that we are exiting the Holocene and entering the Anthropocene; it is that we are leaving behind the time in which planetary change is just the unintended consequence of unbridled industrialism. The philosophy professor argues that a world designed by engineers and technicians means the birth of the planet’s first Synthetic Age. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Christopher J Preston

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Rose Tremain, Trezza Azzopardi

Hay Festival 2000, 
Reading and conversation with the author of Restoration and Evangelista's Fan, whose new novel Music and Silence about the experiences of an English musician in the Danish court of King Christiannin 1630 is a masterpiece. Tremain is joined by the new Welsh novelist, Trezza Azzopardi, whose debut The Hiding Place is set in the Maltese community of Tiger Bay. Both writers feature in the new edition of the British Council anthology of New Writing.

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Igor Aleksander

How to Build a Mind

Hay Festival 2000, 
How can we use the power of computers to understand how mind relates to brain? While treading on some age-old philosophical toes, its main importance is that it gives us better ways of dealing with mental infirmity. The leading expert on neural systems deomonstrates the potential of artificial consciousness.

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Salsa y letras.

César Miguel Rondón en conversación con Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2015, 
Publicado por primera vez en 1979, El libro de la salsa. Crónica de la música del Caribe urbano es un libro de César Miguel Rondón que se ha convertido en una obra fundamental sobre este género musical y acaba de ser reeditado en Colombia. Su autor es además un reconocido profesional de los medios de comunicación venezolanos, con una extensa experiencia como comunicador social, locutor, publicista, escritor, productor, director y ejecutivo de televisión.

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Laura Bates and Kishwar Desai in conversation with Peter Florence

Segovia 2014, 

British journalist Laura Bates founded an online project called Everyday Sexism and wrote a book with the same title. Kishwar Desai is an Indian journalist and writer. She has written several novels including Witness the Night which won the Costa Award for Best First Novel. The writers talk about their work to Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Peter Frankopan

The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World

Hay Festival 2019, 

Following the Silk Roads eastwards from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In this prescient contemporary history, Peter Frankopan assesses the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power – all too often absent from headlines in the West. Chaired by Elif Shafak.