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Candice Brathwaite, Rebecca Schiller, Clemmie Telford, Helen Thorn and Clemency Burton-Hill

Motherhood

Hay Festival 2018, 

An all-star panel gather to talk about birth rights, inequality, working motherhood, (lack of) diversity in (social) media, body image and post-natal depression, physical extremity and joy. Brathwaite is the co-founder of Make Motherhood Diverse, Schiller is director of Birthrights, the human rights in childbirth charity, Telford is creator of the parenting site Mother of all Lists, Thorn is a Scummy Mummy and Burton-Hill is a broadcaster and writer.

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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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John Waller

Fabulous Science: Exploding Myths in the History of Scientific Discovery

Hay Festival 2003, 
Louis Pasteur suppressed 'awkward' data because it didn't support the case he was making. George Mendel, the supposed 'founder of genetics' never grasped the fundamental principles of 'Mendelian' genetics. Joseph Lister's famously clean hospital wards were actually notoriously dirty. Drawing on history of science scholarship, Waller shows that many of our greatest heroes of science were less than honest about the experimental data and not above using friends in high places to help get their ideas accepted.

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Santiago Gamboa, Sergio Jaramillo y Mario Mendoza en conversación con José Manuel Acevedo

Construyendo la paz

Cartagena 2015, 
Los aclamados escritores colombianos Santiago Gamboa y Mario Mendoza hablarán sobre cómo se construye una sociedad pacífica junto con Sergio Jaramillo, actual Alto Comisionado para la Paz, en una charla moderada por José Manuel Acevedo.
Con el apoyo del Alto Comisionado para la Paz

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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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Steven Pinker en conversación con Juan Diego Vélez - Versión española

Cartagena 2015, 

Psicólogo experimental y profesor de la Universidad de Harvard, Steven Pinker se ha convertido en uno de los escritores más destacados sobre el lenguaje, la mente y la naturaleza humana a nivel internacional. Ha recibido numerosos premios por sus libros, entre los que destacan, Cómo funciona la mente, El instinto del lenguaje, La tabla rasa y Los ángeles que llevamos dentro. Su último libro, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, está dedicado al arte de escribir bien en nuestros días.

Con el apoyo de The Canada Council for the Arts y Blue Metropolis Festival

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William Sieghart and Friends

The Poetry Pharmacy – The Hay Readings

Hay Festival 2018, 

Tried and True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul

Sometimes only a poem will do. The founder of National Poetry Day and The Forward Prize offers poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice to give comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, and that precious realisation – I'm not the only one who feels like this. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain. With readings of the poems by actors and commentary by Sieghart. 

William Sieghart and Friends

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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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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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Octavio Paz en su siglo.

Christopher Domínguez Michael en conversación con Camilo Hoyos

Cartagena 2015, 

El conocido crítico literario Christopher Domínguez Michael ha presentado recientemente Octavio Paz en su siglo, una biografía intelectual en la que trata el pensamiento, las inquietudes y las obsesiones del Premio Nobel de Literatura mexicano. Christopher Domínguez Michael es además autor de otros libros que le han posicionado como uno de los críticos literarios hispanoamericanos de referencia, entre ellos, Antología de la narrativa mexicana del siglo XX, La sabiduría sin promesa. Vidas y letras del siglo XX y el Diccionario crítico de la literatura mexicana (1955-2005).
Con el apoyo del Instituto Caro y Cuervo

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Darian Leader talks to Mary Loudon

Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post?

Hay Festival 1996, 
The psychoanalyst address the question posed in his book, hailed by Bice Benvenuto as "The most insightful, enjoyable and uncommon treatment of male and female sexuality I have ever read" He talks to the journalist Mary Loudon, whose books of interviews are Revelations: The Clergy Questioned and Unveiled.

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Carl Hiaasen

Hay Festival 1999, 
The cult Florida crime-novelist and environmental hero Carl Hiaasen, author of Lucky You, Tourist Season, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather and Double Whammy, talks to Peter Guttridge author of A Ghost of a Chance and No Laughing Matter.

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Colombia, dos visiones. William Ospina y Enrique Serrano en conversación con Alejandro Santos

Cartagena 2017, 
William Ospina (Colombia), escritor, periodista y traductor, autor de numerosos ensayos, libros de poesía y cuatro novelas, incluida la recientemente publicada El año del verano que nunca llegó; y Enrique Serrano (Colombia), escritor y filósofo, autor, entre otros, del reciente ¿Por qué fracasa Colombia?, conversan con Alejandro Santos sobre su perspectiva de la narración de la historia nacional, los sucesos históricos más importantes que la definen y las tendencias e interpretaciones que marcan el devenir nacional.

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Imágenes de la violencia/violencia de la imagen. Hourya Bentouhami, Christine Détrez y Marie-José Mondzain en conversación con Cristina Lleras

Cartagena 2017, 
Los actos violentos y sus consecuencias adquieren un cariz todavía más problemático cuando son representados sin descanso a través de imágenes que se comparten en los medios, internet o las redes sociales. ¿Cómo se puede informar y compartir responsablemente esta información? ¿Es adecuado mostrar la violencia? ¿Cuáles son los límites de lo que se debe mostrar y en qué contexto? Cristina Lleras conversa sobre este delicado y pertinente asunto con Hourya Bentouhami (Francia), filósofa y docente de filosofía política en la Universidad de Toulouse – Le Mirail; Christine Détrez (Francia), escritora, socióloga y profesora en la Escuela Normal Superior de Lyon; y Marie-José Mondzain (Francia), filósofa y directora de investigación en el CNRS.
Imágenes de la violencia/violencia de la imagen. Hourya Bentouhami, Christine Détrez y Marie-José Mondzain en conversación con Cristina Lleras

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Katja Kettu y Kim Thúy en conversación con Rosie Goldsmith

Cartagena 2015, 

La escritora finlandesa Katja Kettu es autora de La comadrona, la historia de una mujer que vive en Laponia en 1944 cuya vida cambiará al conocer a un oficial de las SS del que se enamorará hasta el punto de seguirle a un campo de prisioneros. Kim Thúy, autora de origen vietnamita afincada en Canadá, ha escrito la aclamada novela Ru, en la que una mujer repasa sus recuerdos desde su infancia en una familia rica de Saigón a su huida del régimen comunista en busca de una nueva vida.

Con el apoyo de The Canada Council for the Arts, Blue Metropolis Festival y Finnish Institute

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Marcus du Sautoy talks to Lászlo Lovász

Symmetry

Budapest 2013, 

In a short lecture the British mathematician reveals how symmetry is a fundamental concept both in the arts and the sciences: from the walls of the Alhambra to the Higgs Boson, from the music of Bach to deadly viruses. He tells the story, based on his book Finding Moonshine, of how mathematicians have produced a language to be able to explore, tame and classify this slippery concept. Followed by a converstaion with Wolf Prize-winning mathematician Professor Lászlo Lovász.

Supported by the British Embassy in Hungary in collaboration with Park Publishing and Typotex Kiado 

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Ismail Merchant talks to Iain Johnstone

Hay Festival 1997, 
The renowned producer of Howard's End , A Room With A View, and The Remains of the Day talks about his movie career and the making of his first English-language film as a director The Proprietor - starring Jeanne Moreau. The film critic and former Director of The Edinburgh Film Festival, Iain Johnstone co-wrote Fierce Creatures with John Cleese.

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Richard Holloway talks to Joan Bakewell

On Forgiveness

Hay Festival 2003, 
How forgiveness works and where it came from. How it can enrich our humanity, wether or not we have religious beliefs. The former Bishop of Edinburgh and Gresham Professor of Divinity, Holloway draws on philosophers and writers such as George Steiner, Frederick Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Hannah Arendt and Nelson Mandela, throwing light on conflicts around the world today. He discusses his thinking with the broadcaster Joan Bakewell

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Geza Vermes

The Changing Face of Jesus

Hay Festival 2000, 
Starting with John's gospel, and its wholly idealized and defied images of Jesus, Vermes then looks at Paul, whose first depiction of a redeemer figure is directed essentially at non-Jews. Another 'face' is seen through the acts of the Apostles, that of teh final prophet and the end of time. Finally, the synoptic gospels each paint their own portrait of a Galilean preacher, healer and exorcist.

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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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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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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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Patrick Barkham

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. The nature writer meets all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, as he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander. Barkham’s books include Coastlines, Badgerlands and The Butterfly Isles. Introduced by Kitty Corrigan.

Patrick Barkham

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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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Emyr Humphreys and Bernice Rubens talk to Mario Basini

Hay Festival 1996, 
The two Welsh novelists discuss their latest work with The Western Mail's Literary Editor.
Humphrey's novel Unconditional Surrender deals with the nationalism and disorders at the end of the War, from the time of the German surrender, through the General Election, up to the dropping of The Bomb.
Booker Prize winner Rubens previews her work in progress on The Waiting Game. Her latest wartime novel Yesterday in the Back Lane was reviewed as "an achingly poignant book, whose triumph is the depiction of the intensely moving in the everyday, a tragedy of Greek dimensions played out in backstreet lives" - Independent.