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William Atkins talks to Owen Sheers

The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin, Atkins offers a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places. From the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of north-west China to the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan and the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American south-west, each of Atkins’ travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.

William Atkins talks to Owen Sheers

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Kate Adie and Hong Ying

Tiananmen Tales

Hay Festival 1997, 
As Hong Kong reverts to Chinese control we remember the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre with the BBC's front-line reporter and the Tiananmen activist Hong Ying, whose novel Summer of Betrayal fictionalises her experience of the event and it's aftermath in Beijing

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Peter Lord

The History of Welsh Art in 13 Pictures

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The art historian and writer explores the culture and history of art in Wales through 13 iconic pictures linked by a story that helped create and define a nation. His new book, The Tradition: A New History of Welsh Art, has been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year.

Image - Archie Griffiths, On the Coal Tips, c.1930

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Dave Evans

Designing Your Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

Whether we’re 20, 40 or 60, many of us are still looking for an answer to the question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?". The Silicon Valley design innovator and Co-Director of the Stanford Life Design Lab uses his expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it. This simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools such as re-framing, prototyping and ideation to build a life that works for you.

YA - Adult

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Santiago Gamboa en conversación con Jorge Espinosa

Cartagena 2017, 
Jorge Espinosa conversa con este gran autor colombiano. Santiago Gamboa (Colombia) escritor y periodista, y el autor, entre otros, de Perder es cuestión de método, traducida a seis idiomas y convertida en película por el director de cine Sergio Cabrera; su último libro es Volver al oscuro valle, una novela coral en la que se entrelazan varias historias de personajes que llegan, después de una larga ausencia en algunos casos, a Colombia.

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Katherine Rundell and Lauren St John

Storytelling and the Influences of Childhood

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join these two brilliant writers as they discuss their titles The Girl Savage and The Explorer, and Kat Wolfe Investigates and The Snow Angel and the influence that their childhoods growing up in Zimbabwe had on their writing. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

9+

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Michael Reid, Jon Lee Anderson y Moisés Naím en conversación con Juan Carlos Iragorri

¿Fracasará otra vez América Latina?

Cartagena 2016, 
Estos tres reconocidos periodistas, expertos en América Latina, debaten y reflexionan sobre las posibilidades de esta región para convertirse en una potencia económica, social y cultural, las deficiencias con las que debe luchar todavía y los obstáculos que aún le quedan por franquear. Participan Michael Reid, responsable de cubrir los temas de América Latina para The Economist y colaborador de medios como BBC Mundo y El País; Jon Lee Anderson, reportero de The New Yorker y autor de una de las biografías más relevantes del Che, Che Guevara. Una vida revolucionaria; y Moisés Naím, Premio Ortega y Gasset de Periodismo, fundador y presidente del Grupo de los Cincuenta (G50) y autor del libro El fin del poder. Dirige esta mesa de debate Juan Carlos Iragorri, director de Voces RCN y Club de prensa, de NTN24.

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Kay Redfield Jamison talks to Marjorie Wallace

An Unquiet Mind

Hay Festival 1997, 
Dr Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness. Even while she was pursuing a glittering career in Psychiatry she was succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of here patients. Oliver Sacks said that her memoir An Unquiet Mind "stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty". She talks to the Chairman of SANE, Marjorie Wallace, the first journalist to be elected to the Royal College of Psychiatry.

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Simon Nye

Hay Festival 1998, 
The award-winning creator of the cult hit Men Behaving Badly and the new BBC2 comedy How Do You Want Me? discusses his screenwriting with Peter Florence.

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Nigel Forde, Sarah Wardle, Deryn Rees-Jones

Poetry Live

Hay Festival 2004, 
A reading by three award-winning poets. Forde's latest collection is A Map of the Territory, Wardle's is Fields Away, Rees-Jones has just published Quiver.

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Jackie Collins talks to Mark Lawson

Hay Festival 1997, 
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pan Macmillan, the best-seller talks about her career and her heroine Lucky Santangelo: "if you take Lucky to the beach for sunbathing company, you may still be there reading when the moon comes up" - Cosmopolitan

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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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Catherine Barr

Elliot’s Arctic Surprise

Winter Weekend 2015, 

When one little boy discovers a message from Father Christmas asking for help to save his home from the oil drillers, he sets off on a big adventure into the frozen North. Listen to the story and find out what it’s like in the Arctic, who lives there and why it matters if the ice melts, with ex Greenpeace campaigner and author Catherine Barr.

4 – 8 years
45 minutes
Catherine Barr

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Jeremy Lewis

Cyril Connolly

Hay Festival 1997, 
A portrait of the precociously brilliant, and influential literary journalist, author of The Unquiet Grave and Enemies of Promise. Connolly was an autobiographer, essayist and parodist of genius whose spectacularly fallible life makes for wonderful telling.

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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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Nadia Shireen

Billy and the Beast

Hay Festival 2018, 

When Billy and Fatcat discover a Terrible Beast making a Terrible Soup out of all of their friends, they are quick to react. Luckily Billy has a clever trick – hidden in her hair. BookTrust’s illustrator-in-residence introduces her new story as she champions the causes of more humour and inclusivity in picture-books.

3+

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Tim Smit talks to Andy Fryers

South, West, North and East of Eden

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The co-founder and Executive Vice Chairman of the Eden Project is branching his vision out across the globe to China, Australia and New Zealand, then to the Middle East and US. “Eden’s mission is to explore our dependence on the natural world, to use that understanding to excite people into delivering transformation where they live and to ask really serious questions about what a great future might look like for all of us. We want the new Edens to act as a heartbeat for those who feel the same way as we do and to develop in all of them the ability to tell the stories that inspire the people who are their constituency.”

Tim Smit talks to Andy Fryers

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Spiritual Songs

Dhaka 2013, 

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Susannah Clapp

With Chatwin

Hay Festival 1997, 
Bruce Chatwin was a traveller, a teller of tales and a connoisseur of the extraordinary. When he died in 1989 he was 48 and had completed six books. In Patagonia made him celebrated, The Viceroy of Ouidah and On the Black Hill were both made into films, The Songlines made him a best-seller, and Utz confirmed an artist at the height of his powers. Clapp edited two of Chatwin's books and her memoir of her friend is a beautiful evocation of the man feted for his looks as well as his prose, a vivid presence and absence, whose travelling led him so often here to the Black Mountains.

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Sofi Oksanen en conversación con Rosie Goldsmith

Cartagena 2015, 

Aclamada por público y crítica, Sofi Oksanen se ha convertido en una de las escritoras contemporáneas más exitosas de Finlandia. Entre sus libros destacan Purga, del que vendió más de un millón de ejemplares en 41 países y, más recientemente, Cuando las palomas cayeron del cielo, novela ambientada en Estonia durante el período anterior y posterior a la Segunda Guerra Mundial. En 2013 Sofi Oksanen fue galardonada con el Premio Nórdico de la Academia Sueca al conjunto de su obra.

Evento patrocinado por ARCADIA

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Subaltern Writing

Dhaka 2013, 

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Susan Sontag, Kevin Jackson

In America

Hay Festival 2000, 
The American writer and thinker discusses her novel with journalist Jackson. In 1876, a group of Poles led by Maryna Zalewska, Poland's greatest actress, travels to California to found a 'utopian' commune. The image of America, and California, as escape, as fantasy, constantly meets a more complex reality. The commune fails and most of the group go home, but Maryna stays and triumphs on the American stage.

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Proyecion de Quien es Dayani Cristal?

Presentada por Gael Garcia Bernal

Cartagena 2014, 

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Xiaolu Guo, Ronit Matalon, Valerie Martin

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Guo juxtaposes Beijing and her fishing Village of Stone. Israeli novelist Matalon is the author of Bliss and The Ore Facing Us. Orange Prize-winner Martin introduces her short stories Love. Chaired by Linda Grant.

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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?