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Kathryn Mannix talks to Stephanie Boland

With the End in Mind: How to Live and Die Well

Hay Festival 2019, 

Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Told through a series of beautifully crafted stories taken from nearly four decades of clinical practice, she answers the most intimate questions about the process of dying with touching honesty and humanity. She makes a compelling case for the therapeutic power of approaching death not with trepidation but with openness, clarity and understanding. You will meet Holly, who danced her last day away; Eric, the retired head teacher who, even with motor neurone disease, gets things done; loving, tender-hearted Nelly and Joe, each living a lonely lie to save their beloved from distress; and Sylvie, 19, dying of leukaemia, sewing a cushion for her mum to hug by the fire after she has died.
Boland is head of Digital at Prospect magazine.

Kathryn Mannix talks to Stephanie Boland

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George Clarke

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The architect and Home Show and Restoration Man presenter explores ideas for re-imagining space and living in his stunning The Home Bible.

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Alison Laurie talks to Peter Kemp

Hay Festival 1998, 
The great American novelist, author of The Truth About Lorin Jones and Foreign Affairs talks with the Sunday Times Fiction Editior about her first novel for nearly ten years Last Resort. "Laurie is the transatlantic heir of Jane Austen's social comedy. She is the fabled Great American Novelist"

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Junior String Orchestra in concert

Segovia 2014, 

The highly-talented young musicians from the British Council School Junior String Orchestra in Madrid return to Segovia to delight us with their vivacious repertoire.The orchestra will be conducted by teacher Elisabet Rosales.

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Michael Holroyd, Richard Perceval Graves, Richard Poole

The Richard Hughes Centenary

Hay Festival 2000, 
A celebration of the centenary of the Welsh novelist and short story writer, author a A High Wind in Jamaica and Hazard, and latterly The Fox in the Attic. HUghes, whose influence extends into the work of William Golding and J. G. Farrell is ripe for rediscovery, and recognition as one of the most original and creative talents of twentieth century literature.

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Jon Lee Anderson, Martin Baron, Antonio Caño, Ed Vulliamy, Alejandro Santos and Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2015, 
Jon Lee Anderson, Martin Baron, Antonio Caño, Ed Vulliamy, Alejandro Santos and Rosie Boycott

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Jonathan Miles

St Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire

Hay Festival 2018, 

In this lavishly illustrated talk, Miles presents his latest book, St Petersburg –Three Centuries of Murderous Desire, an epic tale of massacre, madness and murder played out against the splendour of a city risen from the frozen marshlands on the western edge of Russia – a city created to be a daring new capital of an old country.

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Keith Ray and Julian Thomas

Neolithic Britain: The Transformation of Social Worlds

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Neolithic in Britain was a period of fundamental change: human communities were transformed, collectively owning domesticated plants and animals, and inhabiting a richer world of material things: timber houses and halls, pottery vessels, polished flint and stone axes, and massive monuments of earth and stone. Equally important was the development of a suite of new social practices, and an emphasis on descent, continuity and inheritance. These innovations set in train social processes that culminated with the construction of Stonehenge, the most remarkable surviving structure from prehistoric Europe. The celebrated archaeologists launch their new book today at Hay.

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Óscar Martínez in conversation with Arturo Wallace

Querétaro 2017, 

Óscar Martínez (El Salvador) is a journalist linked to the digital newspaper El Faro and the author of one of the most important books for understanding Central American migration through Mexico written in the last decade: The Beast. Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail. Returning to the complex situation of the inhabitants of Central American countries faced with the violence that surrounds them (gangs, state police forces, interfamily violence), Martínez presents Una historia de violencia: Vivir y morir en Centroamérica. In conversation with Arturo Wallace.

Óscar Martínez in conversation with Arturo Wallace

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Heylin Paola Ayola Peralta, Belkis Mayrena Klinger y Blanca Luz Manyoma en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2016, 
Marianne Ponsford conversará con tres jóvenes mujeres del Pacífico y el Caribe colombiano sobre cómo construimos y de-construimos nuestras identidades femeninas. Marianne Ponsford es periodista y directora del CERLALC.

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Iain M. Banks

Iain M. Banks

Hay Festival 2000, 
'Banks is a phenomenon: the wildly successful, fearlessly creative author of brilliant and disturbing novels, he's equally at home writing pure science fiction of a peculiarly gnarly nature and elegance.' (William Gibson) Banks discusses his new sci-fi novel Look to Windward. It was one of the less glorious incidents of the Idiran wars that led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, 800 years later, the light from the first of those deaths has reached the Culture's Masaq' Orbital. A Chelgrian emissary is dispatched to the Culture. 'Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary depth.' (New York Review of Science Fiction)

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Violet Moller

The Map of Knowledge

Hay Festival 2019, 

Moller traces the journey taken by the ideas of three of the greatest scientists of antiquity through seven cities and over a thousand years. From Muslim Córdoba to Catholic Toledo, from Salerno’s medieval medical school to Palermo, capital of Sicily’s vibrant mix of cultures and, finally, to Venice, where that great merchant city’s printing presses would enable Euclid’s geometry, Ptolemy’s system of the stars and Galen’s vast body of writings on medicine to spread even more widely. Moller reveals the web of connections between the Islamic world and Christendom, connections that would both preserve and transform astronomy, mathematics and medicine from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Óscar Collazos en conversación con Piedad Bonnett

Cartagena 2014, 
Oscar Collazos conversa con Piedad Bonnett sobre su última novela: Tierra quemada. En una atmósfera de extrañeza, una selva en ninguna parte, un grupo de infelices son guiados hacia la nada por una banda armada sin rumbo, sin referentes, sin expectativas, sin esperanzas. Tres mujeres serán los personajes desde cuya perspectiva asistimos a un mundo en el que la violencia lo ha definido todo. Tierra quemada es una novela alegórica escrita con un lenguaje austero, de imágenes impactantes y una desolación que alcanza cotas de belleza que toca fibras sensibles en una sociedad signada por la deshumanización.

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Sarah Crossan, Patrick Ness, Alex Wheatle

'The Bookseller' YA Book Prize Panel

Hay Festival 2018, 

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction every year. Join the authors of Moonrise, Release, and Straight Outta Crongton as they discuss pushing the boundaries of YA fiction. Chaired by Emily Drabble, BookTrust.

14+

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David Willetts talks to Owen Sheers

A University Education

Hay Festival 2018, 

Drawing on his experience as UK Minister for Universities and Science from 2010 to 2014, Willetts offers a powerful account of the value of higher education and the case for more expansion. He discusses access for disadvantaged students, tuition fees, the potential for business and universities to work together in promoting innovation, and envisions how globalisation and technological progress may change the university significantly.   He talks to Owen Sheers, Professor in Creativity at Swansea University.

David Willetts talks to Owen Sheers

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Christopher Andrew

The Mitrokhin Archive

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Chair of the Cambridge History Faculty reveals the full extent of the KGB's operations to infiltrate ad destabalize the West, from the formation of the Soviet Republic through the Cold Ward to Perestroika. Previously suppresed material contained in the extraordinary records of the defector Vassili Mitrokhin reveals the farcical truth about Philby, the attempts to recuit Harold Wilson, to scilence Sakharov and Solzhenitsyn and to ward of the influence of John Paul II.

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Sarah Crossan and Lauren Child

The UK and Irish Children’s Laureates Share Ideas

Hay Festival 2019, 

UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan will share the stage to discuss the power of words, the importance of illustration and their mutual conviction that every child should have access to literature and to creativity. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

12+

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Lucy van de Wiel

Cambridge Series 20: Freezing Fertility, How Reproductive Ageing is Changing in the 21st Century

Hay Festival 2018, 

Egg freezing is an increasingly popular reproductive technology that offers the potential of staying fertile later in life. Yet while it opens up possibilities of having children at a later age, promise of ‘rewinding the biological clock’ also encourages younger, presumably fertile, women to undergo infertility treatment. Dr Lucy van de Wiel will discuss how egg freezing profoundly shifts our understanding of what it means to be fertile, and to age. Dr van de Wiel is a Research Associate at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group.

Lucy van de Wiel

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George Szirtes talks to Júlia Várady

Budapest 2013, 

The celebrated poet and translator reads and discusses his work. Born in Hungary, Szirtes writes poetry in English. His award-winning collections include The Slant Door, The Budapest File, An English Apocalypse and The Burning of the Books. He translates Sándor Márai and László Krasznahorkai.

In collaboration with Corvina Books

Event in Hungarian with readings in English

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Orlando Méndez

Del universo al barril. La energia, el ser humano y el desarrollo.

Cartagena 2015, 

El geólogo venezolano Orlando Méndez nos llevará en un apasionante recorrido desde el Big Bang hasta los orígenes y la evolución del agua y la vida. Transitaremos por la ruta de la energía, del sol al planeta azul, y evaluaremos las percepciones más comunes de los procesos naturales y geológicos generadores de energía que conforman la “sociedad del aceite de roca”.

Evento patrocinado por Shell

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Guadalupe Nettel

De Latinoamérica y Europa

Cartagena 2014, 
Guadalupe Nettel, escritora mexicana recientemente galardonada con el Premio de Narrativa Breve Ribera del Duero 2013 por El matrimonio de los peces rojos, nos visita para repasar su trayectoria como novelista, pero también para hablar sobre uno de sus proyectos más ambiciosos: la revista Número 0, la cual pretende establecer puentes y enlaces entre escritores latinoamericanos y europeos.

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Nicole Soranzo

Cambridge Series 4: Human Disease – Nature, Nurture or Both?

Hay Festival 2019, 

The sequencing of the human genome has revolutionised how scientists search for the genetic causes of human diseases. Human geneticist Professor Soranzo of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute will describe how the field has evolved in the last fifteen years, discussing how new genetic evidence is used to better understand the interplay between our DNA (‘nature’) and the environment (‘nurture’).

Nicole Soranzo

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Ken Follett

Fictions: Tolerance and Co-existence

Hay Festival 2019, 

Follett’s third novel in the Kingsbridge series went straight to the no.1 position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In A Column of Fire, voices of tolerance struggle to make themselves heard under authoritarian rule as England faces challenges from Europe. The social and political concerns of the first Elizabethan era resonate loudly in the second. Following the screening of a short film, Follett discusses with the audience how the themes of his Tudor-time novel echo in today’s political theatre.

Ken Follett

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Mariana Santos y Olga Lucía Lozano en conversación con Germán Rey

Evento FNPI: Periodismo que cruza especies

Cartagena 2016, 
El periodismo como punto de encuentro que reúne distintas disciplinas de la sociedad para contar historias. Mariana Santos (Portugal), directora de interacción y animación del canal Fusion, miembro de The 19 Million Project, una coalición multidisciplinar que busca visibilizar la crisis de los migrantes y refugiados en todo el mundo, y creadora de Chicas Poderosas, una comunidad que trabaja por acercar a las mujeres de América Latina a la vanguardia del periodismo
digital. Olga Lucía Lozano (Colombia), cofundadora y directora creativa de La Silla Vacía hasta 2014, ganadora en 2013 del Premio Gabriel García Márquez de Periodismo, categoría Innovación, por el Proyecto Rosa. Evento moderado por Germán Rey (Colombia), exdirector del Centro Ático de la Universidad Javeriana, analista de medios y miembro del Consejo Rector del Premio Gabriel García Márquez de Periodismo.

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Quemar los miedos, con Wendy Guerra

Xalapa 2013, 
¿Qué es el miedo? ¿Qué nos causa miedo? ¿Cómo vemos el miedo? Si estas preguntas ya nos despier tan la curiosidad a los adultos, veamos qué puede provocar en un grupo de niños delante de sus pinturas, aquellas que serán quemadas al final del proceso creativo. A través de palabras, pinturas y juegos, los niños deberán dibujar sus propios miedos sobre el papel, pintando qué es eso que tanto te-men, que muchas veces verán es sólo humo y nada. “el miedo es eso: un poquitico de Nada” y todo eso se demostrará con las cenizas que los bomberos barrerán entre la gallardía y el agua clara.
Evento para niños. Gratuito hasta completar aforo sin necesidad de inscripcion