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Erzsébet Dobos and Arcadi Espada

Nazi Budapest Viewed From The Embassy Of Spain

Budapest 2013, 

Professor Erzsébet Dobos, author of Megmenekültek, talks to celebrated journalist Arcadi Espada, author of En nombre de Franco, about the protection given to Hungarian Jews by the Spanish Embassy in Budapest during WWII.

In collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Instituto Cervantes and Fundación Lara

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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.

John O’Donoghue

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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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Andrea Collins and Dimitris Potoglou talk to Andy Fryers

How Did We Get Here

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Cardiff University has been undertaking research into the methods by which visitors travel to Hay Festival. Here they discuss the results and ask - can similar transport strategies be used for different festivals and events? What are the key challenges in terms of influencing visitor travel behaviour, and delivering more sustainable events in Wales? In conversation with the Festival’s Sustainability Director.

Andrea Collins and Dimitris Potoglou talk to Andy Fryers

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Yuri Buenaventura en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Charla El Tiempo

Cartagena 2017, 
El gran cantante de salsa Yuri Buenaventura (Colombia) conversa con el director de El Tiempo sobre su extraordinaria carrera profesional. Amante de la música en general, no solo de la salsa, Buenaventura menciona entre sus influencias a grupos legendario de salsa como Fania y también a cantantes de otros ritmos, como Violeta Parra. Su carrera musical se inició mientras era estudiante en La Sorbona y desde entonces no ha parado de trabajar, componiendo bandas sonoras para películas, colaborando con otros artistas y produciendo sus propios discos.
Yuri Buenaventura en conversación con Roberto Pombo

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Alan Hollinghurst talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: The Sparsholt Affair

Hay Festival 2018, 

Man Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers.

Alan Hollinghurst talks to Georgina Godwin

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John Crace & John Sutherland

The Two Johnnies Do Dystopia

Hay Festival 2019, 

A Book Club like no other, as our favourite literary vaudevillians read Orwell’s 1984 and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and think about how things might actually be WORSE. Crace writes the satirical Digested Reads for the Guardian where he is also parliamentary sketch-writerSutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English at UCL and the go-to senior Eng-Lit Super-Don.

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William Atkins talks to Owen Sheers

The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin, Atkins offers a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places. From the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of north-west China to the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan and the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American south-west, each of Atkins’ travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.

William Atkins talks to Owen Sheers

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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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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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Sebastian Faulks

Vintage Living Texts 2

Hay Festival 2002, 
The author of World War 1 epic Birdsong discusses approaches to teaching the book with Vintage Living Texts series editiors Jonathan Noaks and Margeret Reynolds.

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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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Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump win the White House

Winter Weekend 2017, 
In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting’ Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’.
 
COLLUSION is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier. Drawing on exclusive new material and key sources from the intelligence community, Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage. He shines a light on powerful Russian players like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have come from Vladimir Putin himself. COLLUSION is up-to-date to the minute, including the indictments of campaign manager, Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn, which threaten to engulf Trump’s administration.
 
Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's War with the West, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted ManMafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (nominated for the Orwell Prize). Two of Harding's books have been made into films; The Fifth Estate and Snowden.
Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

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David Crystal

The Future of Englishes

Hay Festival 2019, 

A third of the seven billion people in the world speak English, with just 400 million of them as a first language. There have been sixty to seventy new Englishes that have emerged in the last fifty years alone, and the ‘lingua franca’ in Europe is emerging as another English too. For sure. Can the world’s most acquisitive and adaptable communications tool just keep growing? The linguistics guru plays with the cultural misunderstandings and the huge gains that come in internationally when people from different cultures communicate fluently in the global language. 

David Crystal

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Martin Bell talks to Nik Gowing

In Harms Way

Hay Festival 1997, 
Bells's Campaigning journalism of engagement in Bosnia has won him unparralleled support and professional accolades. His searing analysis and humanitarian compassion has also called into question the value of journalistic objectivity and the role of the press in conflict and resolution.

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Judith Thurman

Secrets of the Flesh

Hay Festival 2000, 
Heavily tipped for major literary prizes, Thurman's biography of Colette is a vivid portrait of the author of the erotically reckless Claudine novels. Colette bared her breast to raucous applause in the French music-hall and became a celebrity of the lesbian demimonde. While building a reputation for hugely popular fiction, drama, memoir, critcism and scandal, Colette became the Baroness de Jouvenal, the wife of Paris's most infuential (and sexually charismatic) political journalist.

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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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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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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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Robert Harris

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

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

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Modernism and Internationalism in Bangla Literature

Dhaka 2013, 

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Wade Davis

Into the silence

Cartagena 2014, 
Wade Davis es antropólogo, etnobotánico, autor y fotógrafo. Su trabajo se ha enfocado en las culturas nativas o indígenas de diferentes partes del mundo, especialmente del continente americano. Ha publicado artículos en revistas como Outside, National Geographic (para la cual es explorador residente), Fortune, Men’s Journal y Condé Nast Traveler. Nueve de sus libros han sido traducidos al español, uno de ellos con mucho éxito en Colombia: El río. Exploraciones y descubrimientos en la selva amazónica. Su último libro Into the Silence ganó en el 2012 el Samuel Johnson Prize de no-ficción.

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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.