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Lidia Yuknavitch talks to Laurie Penny

Fictions: The Book of Joan

Hay Festival 2018, 

A group of rebels has united to save a world ravaged by war, violence and greed. Joan is their leader. The future of humanity is being rewritten. Yuknavitch's mesmerising novel sees Joan of Arc's story reborn for the near future. It is a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain.

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Jonathan D Quick

The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How To Stop It

Hay Festival 2018, 

AIDS. Ebola. Bird flu. SARS. These and other epidemics have wiped out millions of lives and cost the global economy billions of dollars. Experts predict that the next big epidemic is just around the corner. But are we prepared for it? And could we actually prevent it? Somewhere out there, a super virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. This as-yet-undetected germ has the potential to kill more than 300 million people. That risk makes the threat posed by a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. But there is hope. The doctor and Harvard instructor explains the science and the politics of combatting epidemics and tells the stories of the heroes who’ve succeeded in their fights to stop the spread of illness and death.

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Philip Pullman talks to James Naughtie

Hay Festival 2002, 
The Amber Spyglass completed Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and was teh first 'childrens book' to win the overall Whitbread Prize. The novelist discusses his work with the broadcaster.

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Sarah Cruddas

The Space Race: The journey to the Moon and beyond

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join the TV space journalist as she tells how humans went from first imagining what lies above us to being able to reach for the stars. Learn all about where space exploration is heading and discover that the future of space is stranger than you can ever imagine – including the idea that the first person to walk on Mars is probably in school today. Packed full of amazing facts, quirky statistics and mind-blowing information, this will appeal to space fans of all ages.

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Francesca Simon, Steven Butler, Gwen Lowe

Big, bad Characters for Big Adventures

Hay Festival 2018, 

Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace already have a great reputation for badness. Alice Dent is busy making one. Join broadcaster and author Zeb Soanes for a discussion with their creators about why these larger-than-life characters are so popular.

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Serhii Plokhy

The Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: Chernobyl, History of a Tragedy

Hay Festival 2019, 

On the morning of 26 April 1986 Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. In the end, less than five per cent of the reactor’s fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout. Plokhy’s Baillie Gifford Prize-winning account recreates these events in all of their drama, telling the stories of the fire-fighters, scientists, engineers, workers, soldiers and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear Armageddon and succeeded in doing the seemingly impossible: extinguishing the nuclear inferno and putting the reactor to sleep. While it is clear that the immediate cause of the accident was a turbine test gone wrong, Plokhy shows how the deeper roots of Chernobyl lay in the nature of the Soviet political system and the flaws of its nuclear industry. Plokhy is Professor of History at Harvard University and a leading authority on Eastern Europe. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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10 x 10 TEATRO Entre bastidores. Nuevas experiencias teatrales.

Fabio Rubiano con José Sanchís Sinisterra

Cartagena 2015, 
El auge de las salas alternativas y los nuevos formatos teatrales será el tema de conversación de dos destacados profesionales del sector. Por un lado, Fabio Rubiano, dramaturgo, director y actor colombiano galardonado en 2013 con el Premio Nacional de Dirección Teatral concedido por el Ministerio de Cultura y cabeza del grupo Teatro Petra. Por otro lado, José Sanchís Sinisterra, dramaturgo y director de teatro español ganador del Premio Nacional de Teatro en 1990 y el Premio Nacional de Literatura Dramática en 2003; actualmente dirige el Nuevo Teatro Fronterizo en Madrid. Evento moderado por Sandro Romero.

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Shishu Tosh Chhora

Dhaka 2013, 
Recitations for children by: Rafiqul Haque, Shukumar Barua, Akhtar Hossain, Khaleque Bin Jainuddin, Amirul Islam, Faruq Nawaz, Rokeya Khatun Rubee, Mahbuba Chowdhury, M R Mojnu and Irin Niazi Manna. Moderated by Aslam Sani.

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Andrew O'Hagan, Monica Ali, Peter Ho Davies

Best of Young British Novelists

Hay Festival 2003, 
John Mitchinson presents the first of two sessions featuring young writers selected for the Granta 2003 list. O'Hagan, Booker-shortlisted for Our Fathers has just published his second novel. Personality, fictionalising the life of Lena Zavaroni. Dhaka-born Ali presents her debut novel Brick Lane. The Welsh-Chinese-American writer Peter Ho Davies is the author of the story collection Equal Love, and introduces his forthcoming novel The Bad Shepherd.

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The Orange Prize Shortlist

Hay Festival 2000, 
Two days before thw winner of the 2000 Orange Prize for Fiction is announced, please join us to hear the shortlisted authors reading and discussing their work.

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Tony Parsons talks to Dylan Jones

Fictions: Girl on Fire

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist introduces the new thriller in his best-selling DC Max Wolfe series. He starts with terrorists using a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, and then…

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Adam Frost

Animal Quiz

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author of The Awesome Book of Animals wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.

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Amy Lamé in conversation with Jenny Valentine

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the author, activist, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and the Mayor of London’s very first Night Tsar as she looks back at the rise and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement. With the help of her new book, From Prejudice to Pride, Amy charts LGBTQ+ history from ancient civilisations to the present day, exploring the pioneers, heartbreaks and courageous communities that have helped us understand what it means to be LGBTQ+ today.

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Tyler Keevil and Eluned Gramich talk to Dylan Moore

Fictions: Wales

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation about place and story, language and resilience. Keevil has two new books out. The first is a novel called No Good Brother – a high stakes Canadian adventure of love and morality, introducing two unlikely outlaws. Hometown Tales: Wales pairs two stories: Last Seen Leaving, a gripping account of the days following the disappearance of a local man by Keevil and The Lion and the Star by Eluned Gramich, a vivid retelling of the Welsh language protests that electrified Cardiganshire in the 1970s.

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Kate Adie talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1996, 
The BBC's reporter talks about her front-line experiences and the interaction of the media, the diplomats and the military in the danger zones of the world. Nik Gowing is the anchor of BBC World News.

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Alonso Cueto, Berna González Harbour y Sergio Ocampo Madrid en conversación con Mariana H

Sociedad policíaca.

Cartagena 2015, 
Alonso Cueto es autor de libros como La hora azul, El susurro de la mujer ballena y Cuerpos secretos, una novela de amor y crímenes ambientada en la Lima contemporánea. Por su parte, el escritor, cronista y editor Sergio Ocampo Madrid ha publicado recientemente Limpieza de oficio, una historia policíaca llena de humor negro sobre una serie de asesinatos de payasos en Bogotá. Berna González Harbour es directora de Babelia y autora de Verano en rojo y Margen de error, ambos protagonizados por la concienzuda y tenaz comisaria María Ruiz.

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Primer Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana

Literatura colombiana hoy

Cartagena 2015, 
El Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana nace con el fin de reconocer y estimular la producción de obras literarias en el país y promover lecturas de un gran valor artístico. Esta primera edición ha contado con un prestigioso jurado presidido por Enrique Krauze y compuesto por Mario Jursich, Darío Jaramillo Agudelo, Piedad Bonnett, Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría y Alexis de Greiff. En este evento, una parte de los miembros del jurado y el ganador conversarán sobre la riqueza literaria de Colombia.

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El retorno de los muertos vivientes.

Alberto Chimal, Fabrizio Mejía Madrid y Jorge Fernández Gonzalo en conversación con Martín Solares

Xalapa 2012, 
¿Qué son los zombis?, ¿cuál es su significado dentro de la cultura contemporánea? Tres expertos y destacados escritores, analizan con Martín Solares el fenómeno del mito zombi, que lleva décadas fascinando tanto a lectores como a espectadores.

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Steve Lenton and Tracey Corderoy

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the creators of the lovable ex-robbers turned bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. Hear all about their latest adventures in this fun-packed event full of storytelling, fun participation and laugh-out-loud games.

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Javier del Pino in conversation with David Broncano

JOURNALISM AND HUMOR

Segovia 2018, 

The journalist Javier del Pino, director of “A vivir que son dos días”, of the Radio Station Cadena SER, the most listened to program at weekends, with more than 2.2 million listeners, speaks of humor and journalism with the comedian and television presenter David Broncano, who also participates in what is considered to be the second audience program of Spanish broadcasting. With Aurelio Martín.

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Jay Griffiths in conversation with Rebecca John

Responding to the World

Winter Weekend 2015, 

What is the writer’s role in the world? Are they there to respond to events, drive change, reflect society? Join our Hay Festival International Fellow and PEN International writer and the new PENCymru’s winner of PEN International’s New Voices competition, Rebecca John. Chaired by Jon Gower.

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Erika McGann

Kells 2015, 

Children’s fiction writer Erika McGann, author of The Demon Notebook series, conducts an interactive talk about writing books for younger readers and writers.

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John Lanchester, Polly Samson, Merilyn Simmonds

Hay Festival 2000, 
A reading and conversation with three fiction writers. The heroine of Samson's debut novel Out of the Picture purposefully seeks the lost father she is 'just like'. Lanchester follows the best-selling The Debt to Pleasure with Mr Phillips, about an accountant who loses his job. They are joined by the Canadian Merilyn Simmonds, who discusses and reads from her magical short story collection The Lion in the Room Next Door.

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Natalie Fee, Lucy Siegle and Paula Owen talk to Martin Wright

Food and Plastics: Myths and Facts

Hay Festival 2019, 

The last year has seen an explosion of public outrage over plastics pollution, triggered by images of straws in turtles’ noses, whales dying after eating shopping bags, and the ugliness of a blue planet disfigured by a throwaway society. It’s sparked tougher regulation on single-use plastics and has shamed supermarkets into action. What would an end to plastic pollution mean in practice? And how do we get there?

Natalie Fee (author and campaigner, founder of City to Sea), Lucy Siegle (journalist and author) and Paula Owen (founder of Green Gumption) talk to award-winning environment journalist Martin Wright.

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Ali Sparkes

Night Speakers

Hay Festival 2018, 

What keeps you awake at night? It's probably not an inter-dimensional beam messing with your mind at exactly 1.34am every 24 hours. The writer investigates the night-time world of three kids who just can't sleep. Expect interactive comedy, weird sleep facts and a bit of hypnotism from the creator of the Shapeshifter series.

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