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Jeremías Gamboa, Margarita García Robayo y Lina Meruane en conversación con Guido Tamayo

Maneras de escribir

Cartagena 2015, 
¿Cómo nace una novela? ¿Cómo se inspira un escritor? Tres autores nos hablarán de sus obras y su proceso creativo: Margarita García Robayo, escritora y columnista colombiana; Lina Meruane, editora chilena y autora de novelas, ensayos y crónicas; y el escritor y periodista peruano Jeremías Gamboa, columnista del diario El Comercio.

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John Hegley

Hay Festival 2003, 
The poet-comedian and national treasure performs songs, stories, sideshows, potatoes and even a bit of dancing. 'A technical virtuoso, a left-field imaginative genius, Hegley is nothing short of priceless.' (The Scotsman)

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Andrew St. George

Speed, Greed, Sex and Lawyers

Hay Festival 1995, 
The brilliant young historian talks about his history of Disraeli's lawyers, Norton Rose, the creators of the Great Northern Railway and the Brompton Hospital, and the saviours of Barings Bank. He looks at City life and style, and talks about writing the new commercial and industrial social history.

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Eric Lander

The Nature Lecture

Hay Festival 2000, 
A week before the human genome sequence is due to be announced the Director of the Center for Genome Research at MIT reports.

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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. 

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Michael Morpurgo and Marcus Brigstocke

Muck and Magic

Hay Festival 2019, 

Breathe the world in deep and you can do anything… Michael Morpurgo and Marcus Brigstocke read Michael’s latest book Muck and Magic, a moving countryside story about the power of friendship and creativity and why a true gift should never be wasted. A chance to be read to by one of the greatest storytellers in the UK, alongside the multi-talented comedian, actor and satirist.

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PART OF THE MOUNTAIN WAREHOUSE CONVERSATION SERIES AT HAY

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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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Simon Blackburn

Think

Hay Festival 2000, 
The editor of the Oxford Dictonary of Philosophy introduces his new book about why philosophy is important and how it can address the big questions, tackling ideas from scepticism, the self, mind and body, and freedom to ethics and the arguments surrounding the existence of God.

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Whither?: A Travellers' Question Time

Hay Festival 2000, 
All the writers taking part in todays travel events join a discussion about ways in which to write about journeys, locations, and take questions from the audience. Chaired by Rory MacLean, presenter of Radio 4's Itchy Feet.

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Isidro Ferrer

Donde habita la cabeza

Cartagena 2015, 
El polifacético ilustrador y diseñador español Isidro Ferrer es un referente en su campo a nivel internacional. Sus trabajos abarcan desde la ilustración editorial al diseño gráfico, el diseño de packaging o la animación, jugando con una amplia variedad de técnicas. Ganador, entre muchos otros, del Premio Nacional de Ilustración y el Premio Nacional de Diseño otorgados en España, sus trabajos han sido publicados y expuestos a nivel internacional. En este evento, hablará sobre su trayectoria y su proceso creativo.

Co-organizado con Acción Cultural Española

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Ben Lewis talks to Kirsty Lang

The Last Leonardo

Hay Festival 2019, 

The art historian forensically retraces the history of Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting, the Salvator Mundi, which was sold in 2017 for $450 million. The painting is a prism through which we can understand the highs and lows of the art world, experiencing the passions that drove men and women to own this work, as well as the philistinism that led them to almost destroy and lose it. Lewis tracks the vicissitudes of the highly secretive art market across five centuries, a twisting tale of geniuses and gangsters, double-crossing and disappearances where we’re never quite certain what to believe.

Ben Lewis talks to Kirsty Lang

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Frances Hardinge talks to Georgina Godwin

A Skinful of Shadows

Hay Festival 2018, 

A unique opportunity to hear from the author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree, as she talks about her new novel, an historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny.

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Frances Hardinge talks to Georgina Godwin

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Rosa Montero en conversación con Daniel Samper Ospina

Cartagena 2014, 
Periodista y escritora española, su vocación por la escritura comenzó desde muy pequeña a raíz de una enfermedad: víctima de la tuberculosis, apenas podía hacer otra cosa que leer y escribir sus propias historias. Tras trabajar en otros medios, en 1976 empezó a trabajar de manera exclusiva para el periódico El País y en 1980 recibió el Premio Nacional de Periodismo. Su primera novela fue Crónica del desamor (1979), pero su primer gran éxito llegó con Te trataré como a una reina (1983), que la aupó a los primeros lugares de las listas de ventas. Su último libro es La ridícula idea de no volver a verte, sobre el que conversará con Daniel Samper Ospina. Con el apoyo de Acción Cultural Española

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Retratos de Gabo.

Darío Arizmendi, Xavi Ayén y Silvana Paternostro en conversación con Jaime Abello

Cartagena 2015, 
Tres periodistas hablarán de libros suyos en los que tratan diferentes aspectos de la vida y obra de Gabriel García Márquez. Darío Arizmendi lo hace a través de fotografías inéditas y anécdotas personales en su libro Gabo no contado, tras la amistad que mantuvieron durante 25 años. En Soledad & Compañía, Silvana Paternostro le retrata gracias a los relatos de quienes estuvieron muy cerca de él. Por su parte, Xavi Ayén, es autor de Aquellos años del boom, libro dedicado al boom de la literatura latinoamericana para el cual entrevistó a Gabo tras veinte años sin que concediese entrevistas.

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Las Preguntas Hay 25 (III)

Con Susie Orbach, Wole Soyinka, Hansjörg Schertenleib y Tishani Doshi

Xalapa 2012, 
Este año nuestro festival en Gales cumple 25 años y para celebrarlo hemos creado una selección de veinticinco preguntas que nos parecen relevantes para espectadores y artistas. En esta ocasión, los cuatro invitados deben responder las siguientes: ¿cómo benefi ciará al mundo una reestructuración del superpoder económico en el siglo XXI?; ¿cómo es posible alcanzar la igualdad entre hombres y mujeres en todos los aspectos de la vida, desde que nacemos hasta morir, en el ámbito educativo, laboral y de ocio?; estamos creando una biblioteca de literatura, música y cine: ¿qué libro, película y disco incluirías en ella?; ¿en tu selección ideal qué libro, película y disco no deben faltar?

Traducción simultánea del inglés al español

Con el apoyo del British Council y Pro Helvetia

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Biyi Bandele, Diran Adebayo, Courttia Newland

Hay Festival 2000, 
Three of the most brilliant young British fiction writers read and talk about their work, language and storytelling. Newland's Society Within is set again on the Greenside Estate of his first novel The Scholar. Adebayo's My Once Upon a Time follows his Saga Prize-winning Some Kind of Black with a spin on the urban gumshoe plot as his PI searches through London's mean streets to find a bride for a country millionaire. Bandele's The Street is a surreal and picarresque trawl thrugh the weird and wonderful streets of Brixton.

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Alberto Manguel

The 1997 TLS Lecture : St Augustine's Computer

Hay Festival 1997, 
How different are our reading habits from those of the ancient scholars? What transformations in space, time and perception have our technological advances caused? And will the future have us curled up with a laptop in an armchair, the cosy library replaced by the memorius computer, our books constantly changing according to the whim of interactive fingers? And if so, will we be better readers than we once were?

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Javier Cercas y Margo Glantz en conversación con Guido Tamayo

Escribir: pasión y oficio

Cartagena 2015, 
El escritor y columnista español Javier Cercas y la escritora, ensayista y crítica literaria mexicana Margo Glantz, son dos de los autores más destacados de la escena literaria de sus respectivos países. Cercas ha escrito obras como Soldados de Salamina, La velocidad de la luz y El impostor; entre las obras de Glantz destacan Las genealogías, Síndrome de naufragios, Saña y Yo también me acuerdo.

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Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir and Lina Meruane talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: New Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

Ólafsdóttir’s Hotel Silence won the Icelandic Literature Prize. Jónas feels his life is over. His wife has left him, his mother is slipping deeper into dementia, and his daughter is no longer the person he thought. He decides to buy a one-way ticket to a war-ravaged country and end to it all. But on arriving at Hotel Silence, his plans dissolve. Meruane is one of the most prominent voices in Chilean literature. In Seeing Red a Chilean writer moves to New York to pursue an academic career. While at a party her eyes haemorrhage. Blood floods her vision, rendering her all but blind. As she adjusts to a very different life, those who love her adjust to a very different woman – one who is angry, raw, funny, sinister, sexual and dizzyingly alive.

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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.

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Susan Blackmore

The Meme Machine

Hay Festival 2000, 
Our minds are fashioned by memes just as our bodies are fashioned by genes. Memes are ideas, behaviours or skills passed on from person to person by imitation. Memes are replicators, and are all around us in our everyday lives, competing to get into our brains and minds. Examples include the way in which we copy ideas, behaviours, inventions, songs, ctchphrases and stories from one another. Memetics can explain why we talk and think so much, why religious, cults and ideologies have such power over us, and how our telephones, televisions and computers could have been designed for the replication of memes. Memetic competition shapes our minds and culture, just as natural selection has designed our bodies.

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Philipp Blom

La importancia de la Ilustración: Gente peligrosa.

Xalapa 2013, 
Vivimos en una sociedad creada alrededor del pensamiento ilustrado y su apuesta por la razón; en cierta medida, este modelo ha pasado a ser entendido como la “racionalización” de todas las áreas de la vida, en la que los países se confi guran como “economías” y sus ciudadanos como “consumidores”. Este sistema no le sirve a la mayoría de las personas y además ha pasado a ser una especie de religión, que sustituye a los modelos espirituales que antes conformaban la organización de las sociedades, en la que no queda rastro del modelo racional ilustrado. La pregunta es: ¿tenemos alternativas? En su libro Gente peligrosa, Philipp Blom (Alemania) propone rescatar el modelo y enseñanzas de la menos conocida Ilustración radical.
Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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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.

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Emma Nicholson, Peter Clark, Rageh Omaar

Iraqi Aftermath: Restoring the Marshlands

Hay Festival 2003, 
In the early 1990s Saddam Hussein drained the marshlands of Southern Iraq, home to the Shi'a tribes, by damming the Tigris and Euphrates. This turned the area into an uninhabitable desert and caused an ecological disaster. The Liberal Peer and the distinguished Arabist Peter Clark discuss the urgent and huge environmental project to restore the marshlands.

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Peter Florence and Guests: Hay 25 – the way we live now

Winter Weekend 2012, 
A rollicking and festive mulling on big questions from our 25th anniversary project: What can the country and the city learn from each other? If you became leader of your country what would you fix first? Are religion and democracy incompatible?