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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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Michael Wood

Travel in Time: Adventures in History and Myth

Hay Festival 2005, 
The intrepid historian quests for Shangri-la, the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba, and the Holy Grail.

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Laura Bates en conversación con Jineth Bedoya

Sexismo a diario

Cartagena 2015, 

Laura Bates es una periodista que escribe para medios como The Guardian, The Independent, Financial Times, Grazia y Red. Tras haber sido acosada sexualmente en un transporte público, creó el proyecto online Everyday Sexism (Sexismo Cotidiano), en el que recopila testimonios de mujeres que han sufrido discriminación de género. Recientemente ha publicado un libro sobre el proyecto bajo el mismo título. Charlará sobre su trabajo y el uso de internet para campañas de activismo social con la periodista Jineth Bedoya.

Evento patrocinado por kienyke.com

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Rob Biddulph

Dinosaur Juniors: Happy Hatchday

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the author and illustrator for a dinosaur event with a difference. Hear Rob talk about how he became a children’s author and illustrator, listen to him read from his latest book and take part in creating some dinosaurs of your own.

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Sarah Corbett, Mya-Rose Craig, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Jonathon Porritt, Martin Wright

Do you Have to Be White and Well-Off to Be Green?

Hay Festival 2018, 

By and large, environmentalism, at least in Britain, is still seen as the concern of the relatively well off, and the decidedly white, despite the fact that poorer communities often suffer disproportionately from the impact of pollution. In the developing world it can be a different story: where some of environmentalism’s greatest triumphs – such as the replacement of polluting kerosene with clean solar power – have brought huge benefits to such communities. If the fight against climate change and other existential environmental crises is to get the political prominence it needs, then it has to win support from way beyond the ‘usual suspects’. Craftivist Corbett, campaigner Porritt, farmer Emmanuel-Jones and young wildlife hero Mya-Rose Craig reach out with Martin Wright.

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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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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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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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Ottoline Leyser

Cambridge Series 13: Thinking Without A Brain – How Plants Decide What To Do

Hay Festival 2018, 

It is easy to assume that plants don’t do much; and many expressions for inactivity involve plant metaphors – such as the ‘couch potato’. However, plants, including potatoes, are as busy as the rest of us assessing their surroundings and changing their activity accordingly. ​ Dame Ottoline Leyser is Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory.

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Maggie O’Farrell talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

Hay Festival 2018, 

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa novel award-winner Maggie O’Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose? She talks to the author of A Manual for Heartache and The Last Act of Love.

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Alice Rawsthorn

Design as an Attitude

Hay Festival 2018, 

At a time when so many aspects of our lives are changing at a relentless speed and on an unprecedented scale, design is increasingly seen as a way to help us benefit from the opportunities created by those changes (and to avoid their dangers). One of the world's leading design and culture commentators maps with resourcefulness and creativity how design is responding to an age of intense economic, political and ecological instability. Public interest is soaring as a new generation of designers is using advanced technologies to pursue their political and environmental objectives in increasingly ambitious projects, as well as to reinvent the objects and spaces we use every day.

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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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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.

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón y Jorge Franco en conversación con Berna González Harbour

Historias y familias.

Cartagena 2015, 

El escritor y guionista Ignacio Martínez de Pisón ha presentado recientemente La buena reputación, una novela en la que recorre treinta años de la historia de una familia española del protectorado de Marruecos durante su descolonización. Por su parte, Jorge Franco ganó el Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2014 con El mundo de afuera, una historia con toques fantásticos que transcurre en Medellín, donde el padre de Isolda, una niña que vive en un castillo, es secuestrado.

Co-organizado por Acción Cultural Española

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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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Concurso de Cuento RCN - Ministerio de Educación

Contar historias.

Cartagena 2016, 
Premiación del Concurso Nacional de Cuento RCN – Ministerio de Educación Nacional. Los 25 ganadores del IX Concurso Nacional de Cuento hablarán sobre sus fuentes de inspiración y experiencias en la escritura creativa a la hora de expresar sus historias. A lo largo de sus 9 años de vida el Concurso Nacional de Cuento ha recibido más de 270.000 cuentos de todos los rincones del país, convirtiéndose en una gran movilización de docentes y estudiantes alrededor de la escritura y la lectura.

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Jon Landaburu, Marie Annharte Baker y Wieldler Guerra en conversación con Juan Luis Mejía

Cómo mirar al pasado para entender el presente.

Cartagena 2015, 

El etnolingüista Jon Landaburu, que ha dedicado su vida al conocimiento de las lenguas indígenas de Colombia, la prestigiosa escritora indígena canadiense Marie Annharte Baker y Wieldler Guerra, antropólogo de la comunidad Wayuu, charlarán con Juan Luis Mejía, Rector de la Universidad EAFIT, sobre la importancia de las culturas indígenas y su lenguaje creativo en la historia contemporánea.

Evento patrocinado por Sura

Con el apoyo de la iniciativa Canada en las Américas del McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, The Canada Council for the Arts y Blue Metropolis Festival

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Sergio de la Pava, Santiago Gamboa y Lina Meruane en conversación con Alejandra Jaramillo

Crimen y castigo: cómo narrar a las víctimas

Cartagena 2015, 
Lina Meruane, es la autora de la crónica Volverse Palestina, un acercamiento a la situación de la ocupación israelí y los asentamientos palestinos. Sergio de la Pava, norteamericano de ascendencia colombiana, ha publicado Una singularidad desnuda, donde se refleja la ausencia de justicia e igualdad ante la ley en las sociedades contemporáneas. El escritor colombiano Santiago Gamboa ha publicado recientemente La guerra y la paz, una reflexión en torno al conflicto y la reconciliación.

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Humboldt. Andrea Wulf en conversación con Alberto Gómez

Cartagena 2017, 
La fascinante historia de descubrimiento, curiosidad científica y aventura del explorador y naturalista alemán Alexander von Humboldt en América está íntimamente vinculada a la historia de Colombia, en cuyo territorio realizó parte de sus exploraciones. Andrea Wulf (Reino Unido) es historiadora y escritora y narra con maestría la historia de esta aventura de reconocimiento de la naturaleza en La invención de la naturalezaEl Nuevo Mundo de Alexander von Humboldt. El libro ha recibido entre otros premios, el Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016 y fue seleccionado en el 2015 por el New York Times como uno de lo diez mejores libros del año. Conversa con Alberto Gómez.
Humboldt. Andrea Wulf en conversación con Alberto Gómez

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Nick McDowell, Mary Kay Zuravleff, William Corlett

Some Kind of Loving

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading and conversation with three new novelists. McDowell's The Wrong Girl is a "tightly written, unsettling revenge tragedy" - Observer. Corlett's award-winning novel Now and Then is a beautiful tale of the search for the lost and only love of Christopher Metcalfe's life - "intricately textured, beautifully written, and totally compelling" - Sian Phillips. Zuravleff's The Frequency of Souls is a novel about a refrigerator designer and his passion for another more inspired refigerator designer, the young Niagara Spence, six foot tall with a hearing aid.

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Jesse Norman

Adam Smith: What he Thought and why it Matters

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics'. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of 'market fundamentalism' and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness? Norman’s biography explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over the past two centuries. He shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us grasp - and address - the problems of modern capitalism. His account of Smith offers not only the first thinker to place markets at the heart of economics, but also a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture and society. Jesse Norman is MP for South Herefordshire, an historian and economist. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano

Illegal

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the authors and illustrator behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels as they present their new book Illegal and take you on an epic and heart-breaking journey across continents. Hear how their graphic novel came to be, the real-life stories behind the headlines and what it takes to make a graphic novel.

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Rosie Boycott y William Sieghart en conversación con John Mitchinson

Alimentos y politica

Cartagena 2014, 
Juan Bonilla (España) es autor de cinco novelas y seis libros de relatos; entre las novelas están Los príncipes nubios, Premio Biblioteca Breve 2003 y traducida a diez idiomas, y Prohibido entrar sin pantalones (Seix Barral, 2013). Entre los libros de relatos destacan Tanta gente sola, que obtuvo el Premio Mario Vargas Llosa al mejor libro de relatos del año 2009, y Una manada de ñus (Pre- Textos, 2013). Organizado con Acción Cultural Española

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Will Mabbitt

Embassy of the Dead

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer introduces the first title in his spookily thrilling new series. Everything about Embassy of the Dead is terrifying as Jake discovers when he opens a strange box and finds a severed finger inside. How will he escape being dragged into the Eternal Void? Join the discussion on creating a world where the living meet the dead.

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Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

BOSH!

Hay Festival 2018, 

Want to cook ridiculously good vegan food from scratch but have no idea where to start? Firth and Theasby, creators of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing, plant-based platform, BOSH!, are the new faces of the food revolution. They share their favourite go-to breakfasts, crowd-pleasing party pieces, hearty dinners, sumptuous desserts and incredible sharing cocktails. Hosted by John Mitchinson.

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby