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Dave Eggers

Hay Festival 2005, 
An audience with the American author of How We Are Hungry, You Shall Know Our Velocity and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Eggers in the editor of McSweeney's.

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Joe Simpson talks to Charles Furneaux

Touching The Void

Hay Festival 2004, 
The climber and writer discusses his classic mountaineering story and the process of making the feature film with the Channel 4 Commissioning Editior. Is he happy with the result? Does the film add to the experience of the book, or merely bastardise it?

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Simon Jenkins

Britain’s Best Railway Stations

Winter Weekend 2017, 

From Waterloo to Whitby, St Pancras to Stirling, these are the marvellous, often under-sung places that link our nation. Blending his usual insight and authority, Jenkins examines the geography, architecture and symbolism of these glories of our national heritage.

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Fermín Herrero, Carlos Aganzo and Teresa Sanz

My Words, Others’ Words: Gil de Biedma

Segovia 2014, 

The latest Jaime Gil de Biedma Poetry Award winner, Fermín Herrero, talks to the poet and director of the Norte de Castilla paper, Carlos Aganzo, and journalist Teresa Sanz. They also recite extracts from Gil de Biedma’s work. De Biedma was one of the key authors of the 1950s generation.

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Jamie O'Neill and Jessica Cohen

Hay Festival 2005, 
The writer and co-creator of Earthfall's dance theatre piece At Swim Two Boys introduce their collaboration, before the first of three Festival performances.

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William Hague

Pitt the Younger

Hay Festival 2005, 
The former Welsh Secretary gives a brilliantly acute and witty account of the life and times of Britain's youngest and longest-serving Prime Minister, brought low by an attritional war and royal ructions.

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Dr Thomas Stuttaford

In Your Right Mind

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Times' medical guru explores the responses to and treatments of common psychological and psychiatric conditions.

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Ed Vulliamy y Binyavanga Wainaina en conversación con Peter Florence

Escribiendo sobre lo que importa

Cartagena 2015, 
Ed Vulliamy es corresponsal de The Guardian. Sus reportajes dedicados a Bosnia, Italia, Estados Unidos o Irak le han hecho merecedor del James Cameron Award y el Amnesty International Media Award, premio en el que volvió a ser finalista por sus reportajes sobre México, Amexica. Ha sido nombrado en dos ocasiones International Reporter of the Year. En 1996 se convirtió en el primer periodista que testificó en un tribunal internacional por crímenes de guerra, en la causa por la antigua Yugoslavia. Binyavanga Wainaina es un escritor y periodista keniano, autor del cuento Discovering Home (Caine Prize 2002) y del libro Algún dia escribiré sobre África, entre otros. En 2007 fue nombrado entre los Young Global Leaders por el Global Economic Forum, honor que rechazó por considerar fraudulento pensar que él "incidiría significativamente en los acontecimientos mundiales".

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Ed Hawkins and Nicola Davies talk to Andy Fryers

Trans.MISSION 3: Extreme Weather Events

Hay Festival 2018, 

What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Ed Hawkins is a climate scientist and works for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of Reading. Ed focuses on improving predictions of climate change and its impacts. Nicola Davies is the author of more than 50 books for children: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around extreme weather events.
The Trans.MISSION project was created to bring science and culture together with the aim of communicating cutting-edge science to new audiences through new methods.
More information about the Trans.MISSION project can be found here.

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Greg Klerkx

Lost in Space: The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space Age

Hay Festival 2004, 
Post-Apollo NASA has got hung up on the Shuttle and the Space Station. The future may lie with an alternative free-market space community.

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Sue Townsend

Hay Festival 1997, 
The great comic writer, playwright and novelist discusses her work and reading with Caroline Gascoigne, Deputy Literary Editior of The Sunday Times.

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Geoffrey Miller, Matt Ridley

The Mating Mind

Hay Festival 2000, 
'Sexual Selection, Darwin's "other" theory... is now one of the hottest topics in modern Darwinism. The idea that the human mind evolved as a sort of software peacocks tail has been mooted before, usually to be dismissed in favour of some alternative theory. Geoffrey Miller has really been the one to run with the ball.' (Richard Dawkins) Miller discusses the idea with Matt Ridley, author of The Origins of Virtue.

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Fernando de Szyszlo en conversación con J. J. Armas Marcelo

Video Presentación de Mario Vargas Llosa

Cartagena 2017, 
El artista visual peruano más reconocido e influyente a nivel internacional, Fernando de Szyszlo, ha desarrollado una carrera artística a nivel internacional y su obra se encuentra incluida en colecciones como las del Museo de las Américas en Washington D. C., el Museo Guggenheim de Nueva York, el Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo en Seúl o la colección de arte iberoamericano de la Universidad de Essex. Conversará con J. J. Armas Marcelo.

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Alexandre Vidal Porto in conversation with Lorenzo de’ Medici

Coexistence

Segovia 2018, 
The diplomat Alexandre Vidal Porto is a Harvard-trained lawyer, human rights activist, author and columnist for leading Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. Vidal Porto discusses the shifts in the human rights landscape in an era of increased transgender acceptability through examples in literature. He will share the stage with Lorenzo de’ Medici, current Renaissance, author of a large number of books and radio journalist.

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón presenta a Aloma Rodríguez

Cartagena 2015, 
El aclamado escritor y guionista Ignacio Martínez de Pisón ha elegido a Aloma Rodríguez como joven promesa de las letras españolas. Aloma Rodríguez es la autora de París tres, Jóvenes y guapos y Solo si te mueves, una novela de aprendizaje llena de personajes tiernos y seductores con la que ganó el Premio Nuevo Talento Fnac. Además, escribe una columna quincenal para el periódico Heraldo de Aragón y colabora en la revista Letras Libres.

Co-organizado por Acción Cultural Española

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez y Fonseca en conversación con Camilo Hoyos

Componer novelas, escribir canciones: música y literatura.

Cartagena 2016, 
La canción Y tú, del último disco del cantante colombiano Fonseca, mezcla lo musical y lo literario: no solamente fue compuesta junto con el novelista Juan Gabriel Vásquez, sino que además es interpretada junto con el también colombiano Juanes. Estas colaboraciones invitan a pensar en los distintos puentes que se establecen entre la música y la literatura o, lo que es lo mismo, entre la canción y el cuento, o el disco y la novela. En esta mesa Camilo Hoyos hablará con el novelista Juan Gabriel Vásquez y el cantante Fonseca sobre cómo componen, cómo proceden en el momento de la creación y cómo conciben sus propias obras.

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Melania G. Mazzucco en conversación con Valerie Miles

Cartagena 2014, 
Melania G. Mazzucco, Premio Strega 2003, es una novelista italiana que también ejerce como guionista de radio, televisión y cine. Entre sus novelas destacan Ella, tan amada, y La larga espera del ángel. Entre sus trabajos para la radio destacan La vita assassina y Dhulan (2001), con el que ganó el premio Italia a la mejor produccion radiofónica del año. En conversación con Valerie Miles. Con el apoyo del Istituto Italiano di Cultura

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Steve Jones

Is Human Evolution Over?

Hay Festival 1999, 
Utopian novels used to show ordinary people living in extraordinary societies. Now, the people change, but society stays the same (think of Star Trek) - because everyonw assumes that evolution is speeding up. In the first Predictions Lecture the great geneticist argues that this is untrue; that evolution has stopped; and that when it comes to our bodies, if not our minds, we are living in Utopia now.

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Hanif Kureishi en conversación con Jonathan Levi

Cartagena 2016, 
Hanif Kureishi es un novelista, dramaturgo, guionista y director de cine británico. Su primer guión teatral, La madre patria, ganó el premio de la Thames Television en 1980. Entre sus obras cabe mencionar las novelas El buda de los suburbios (premio Whitbread), El regalo de Gabriel y Mi oído en su corazón o Intimidad, así como guiones de películas como Mi hermosa lavandería o Londres me mata.
Conversará sobre su trayectoria en general y sobre su último libro, La última palabra, con el escritor Jonathan Levi.

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Julia Navarro en conversación con Juan Esteban Constaín

Cartagena 2015, 
La escritora y periodista española Julia Navarro es la autora de Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto, su última novela en la que cuenta la apasionante historia de dos familias desde finales del siglo XIX hasta mediados del XX, ambientada en ciudades como San Petersburgo, París o Jerusalén. Sus libros tienen un enorme éxito de ventas en España y son igualmente aclamados a nivel internacional, con traducciones en más de treinta países. Entre sus trabajos también destacan Dime quién soy, La Hermandad de la Sábana Santa, La Biblia de barro y La sangre de los inocentes. Conversará con el escritor colombiano Juan Esteban Constaín.

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Alex Beard, Ben Rawlence, Kirsty Williams

Hay Festival 2018, 

From schools to universities to industry, the voices calling for more creativity in UK classrooms are getting louder. Research is conclusive that creative activities have outsize impacts on well-being, self-esteem and other cognitive abilities. In a new book, Natural Born Learners, Alex Beard examines the frontline of 21st century schools from Silicon Valley and learning with robots to his own experience in an inner-city London school. He offers suggestions of a different way forward. Black Mountains College is a project to create a new kind of liberal arts university and teacher training college in Powys to meet the challenges of future generations and a warming planet. It proposes a radically different kind of undergraduate experience – its director, Ben Rawlence, will explain. They are joined by Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education in the Welsh Government. Chaired by Rosie Boycott. 

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Hilary Cottam

The Inaugural Octavia Hill Lecture

Hay Festival 2018, 

Radical Help: How we can Remake the Relationships Between us and Revolutionise the Welfare State

The Welfare State was revolutionary: it lifted thousands out of poverty, provided decent homes, good education and security. But it is out of kilter now: an elaborate and expensive system of managing needs and risks. Today we face new challenges. Our resources have changed. How should we live: how should we care for one another; grow our capabilities to work, to learn, to love and fully realise our potential? Cottam is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Participle. Prior to that she worked as an urban poverty specialist at the World Bank. Chaired by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales. The lecture is given in the name of the great social reformer and founder of the National Trust.

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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.

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Sarah Kilroy and Hugh Houghton

Rediscovering Religious Texts

Hay Festival 2018, 

Radiocarbon dating recently identified a manuscript in the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library as possibly the world's oldest fragment of the Qur’an, showing it to be at least 1,370 years old and attracting unprecedented international interest. Similarly, the earliest Latin commentary on the Gospels was rediscovered in a manuscript in Cologne Cathedral Library after being lost for 1,500 years and published for the first time last year with an English translation. How are such texts identified, authenticated and catalogued? What measures are taken to preserve them and make them available for scholarly research and public interest? What are the cutting edge technologies being used to analyse, protect and recover key historical documents?
Sarah Kilroy is Head of Conservation and Programming and Hugh Houghton is Director of Research at the Department of Theology and Religion and leads Birmingham's Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing.

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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.

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