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Germaine Greer

The Whole Woman

Hay Festival 2000, 
A barnstorming and controversial rallying cry from the woman who has set the feminist agenda since the 1970's. 'Greer's polemic has the confident virtuosity of wit and maturity. Celebrating women's succusses, The Whole Woman is a more positive book the The Female Eunuch. Yet again, Greer has put her head above parapets others still fear to scale, and looked into the realities of the present as well as the possibilities for the future for the whole of women's lives'. (Lisa Jardine)

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John Julius Norwich

Shakespeare's Kings

Hay Festival 2000, 
Following his great sucuss with Byzantium, Norwich examines Shakespeare's sources for the history plays from the newly recognised Edward III to Henry VI and discusses the interviewing of history and theatre.

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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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Vidas dibujadas

Jis y Trino en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Xalapa 2012, 
Los moneros mexicanos Jis y Trino, autores de viñetas tan conocidas como El Santos contra la Tetona Mendoza, hablan sobre su trabajo, sobre la compleja relación entre imagen y palabra; y de cómo dibujar tu propia historia. En conversación con el editor Diego Rabasa.

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Modernism and Internationalism in Bangla Literature

Dhaka 2013, 

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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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John O’Donoghue

Fools & Mad

Kells 2015, 

This follow-up to John O’Donoghue’s award-winning memoir, Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (Mind Book of the Year) addresses the economic and political issues of Ireland. An epic satire, Fools & Mad tells the story of twelve great Irish poets who have been incarcerated by Swift in a palatial ‘House for Fools & Mad’. These men compose a jury for the ‘Court of Poetry’ where they try the Celtic Tiger. Arguing the case against the Tiger, this striking and politically-charged poem evokes a sense of Twelve Angry Men meets the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

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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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Peter Hain

Mandela: His Essential Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

The South African-born, anti-apartheid campaigner and politician chronicles the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, from lawyer to ANC freedom fighter, from political prisoner to President of the Rainbow Nation. He charts Madiba’s post-office humanitarian campaigns and gives an intimate and revealing portrait of the beloved global icon. The legacy is more complex, and Hain examines the state of the RSA today after Zuma’s corruption, and as Ramaphosa accedes to power. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Scilla Elworthy

The Business Plan for Peace

Hay Festival 2018, 

Every year, the world spends about $2 trillion on wars. The total value of the global arms trade alone was at least $94.5 billion in 2014. The veteran peace campaigner suggests that establishing world peace would cost the global economy just $2 billion. She shows how everybody, from individuals in their communities to diplomats and world leaders, can realistically work together to end interminable cycles of violence and build a better society. Elworthy’s entire working life has been dedicated to building peace. She has been three times a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, and is founder of the Oxford Research Group. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Julian Barnes

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of Flaubert's Parrot, Metroland and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters reads from and tlaks about his collection of stories Cross Channel.
"Julian Barnes, who has an exceptional following in France, seems to have done more for Anglo-French relations than anyone since Edward VII" - Sunday Telegraph.

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Phil George, Rachel Trezise, Tomos Owen and Friends

The Library of Wales

Hay Festival 2018, 

The hugely ambitious Parthian press project to gather in one imprint the greatest Welsh writing in English of the past 100 years has now reached 50 titles – from Raymond Williams and Margiad Evans to Rachel Trezise and Leonora Brito. Phil George leads a conversation about the scope and scale, impact and treasures of Welsh literature. What do we learn from these modern classics? What might the next 50 books be? And how might they be selected? 

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Martin Gayford

Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters

Hay Festival 2018, 

The development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is the story of interlinking friendships, shared experiences and artistic concerns among a number of acclaimed artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Frank Bowling and Howard Hodgkin. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, many previously unpublished, with important witnesses and participants, the art critic Martin Gayford teases out the thread connecting these individual lives and demonstrates how painting thrived in London against the backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and ‘Swinging London’ in the 1960s.

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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.

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Mirabel Osler, Shaun Hill

The Elusive Truffle

Hay Festival 2000, 
The great food and garden writer travelled the length and breadth of France following the recommendations of word-of-mouth to rediscover the legendary glories of French cusiine, and the treasures of the chefs who design their menus after they've been to the morning market. She shares her bounty with Shaun Hill, the Michelin-starred chef-patron of the Merchant House in Ludlow, who has reinterpreted the original recipes for Osler's book.

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Robert Harris

Hay Festival 1999, 
An interview with th epeerless thriller-writer, author of the outstanding Enigma, Fatherland and Archangel.

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David Rieff

¿Recordar la historia?

Cartagena 2014, 
Analista político, periodista y crítico cultural, Rieff hablará sobre su último trabajo, Contra la memoria (2012), donde analiza cómo la memoria colectiva enciende profundos odios étnicos, violencia y guerras. En definitiva, un conmovedor alegato contra nuestra pasión por el pasado.

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Nick McDowell and Tania Kindersley

Friends Like These

Hay Festival 1997, 
How does the business of publishing literary fiction work? What does an editor actually do? The Hodder & Stoughton Editorial Director Caroline Mays and the Publicity Director, Karen Geary, present the stories behind McDowell's Four In The Morning and Kindersley's Don't Ask Me Why. The novelists read and talk about their fiction.

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Para qué sirven los poetas

Alberto Manguel

Xalapa 2012, 
Si toda sociedad (si casi toda sociedad) intenta expulsar a los verdaderos poetas, por la razón o por la fuerza, es porque toda sociedad se define a sí misma a través de prescripciones y fronteras. La tarea de los poetas es transgredir esas fronteras e ignorer esas prescripciones, incitar a revisar las versions oficiales, cuestionar los dogmas, exigir que las autoridades muestren sus credenciales. El celebrado autor, editor y traductor Alberto Manguel, Caballero de la Orden de las Letras de Francia, reflexiona sobre el papel de los poetas en la sociedad actual.

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Nicholas Shakespeare

Chatwin

Hay Festival 2000, 
Bruce Chatwin was the golden child of the contemporary English novel; by the time he died of an AIDS-related illness aged 49 in January 1989 he had produced the startlingly original masterpieces that made his name: Utz, The Viceroy of Ouidah, On The Black Hill, and In Patagonia, his instant classic of what can loosely be tremed 'travel literature'. In the preceding years this precocious, intense figure had been an art specialist at Sotheby's, a journalist with the Sunday Times, an archaeologist and a restless, questing traveller. By the time his novel of studying the Aboriginal dream-time in Australia, The Songlines, was published, he had gained a worldwide audience. An obsessive art collector, Chatwin also acquired people as he did fabulous objects. He took both male and female lovers while continuing to remain married to his wife Elizabeth, seemingly the most enduring relationship of his life. 'In Nicholas Shakespeare he has found, posthumously, the right biographer. There is a magnificent work of empathy and detection.' (Colin Thubron, Sunday Times)

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Chico Buarque, Rubem Fonseca, Patricia Melo, Joao Gilberto Noll

Brazil

Hay Festival 1997, 
Buarque, Brazil's most popular composer, lyricist and performer, comes to Hay to talk to Jon Fairley, Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival, about his new novel Benjamin. With him are 3 other Brazilian authors who talk about and read from their new novels making an exceptional tour/event which reveals one of the world's most mesterious, complex and astounding modern nations....
Brazil's most distinguished and popular novelist and screenwriter, Rubem Fonseca talks about The Lost Manuscript, Patricia Melo, "the Irvine Walsh of Rio", talks about her novel The Killer and Joao Gilberto Noll reads from Hotel Atlantico.

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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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Cultura Mainstream

Con Frédéric Martel

Xalapa 2012, 
El sociólogo y periodista francés Frédéric Martel presenta su libro Cultura Mainstream. Cómo nacen los fenómenos de masas, donde analiza el panoramamundial de la cultura del entretenimiento y su importancia para entender la situación geopolítica del momento. Un análisis de actualidad que se fija en el poder menos evidente.

Traducción simultánea del francés al español

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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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Richard Holmes

Sidetracks

Hay Festival 2000, 
Holmes, author of the great two-volume Coleridge, Shelly: The Pursuit, and the groundbreaking Footsteps, launches his new work Sidetracks by raising questions about the speculative borderlands of biography in characteristically playful fashion. 'We are living in a golden age of biography, and Richard Holmes is one of its luminaries.' (Doris Lessing)