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David Shaw, Marc Scriven, Ruth Jones, Jan Frances, Frances Howie

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Hay Festival 2018, 

Growing up in a violent household is one of the most traumatic experiences a child can go through. It can leave a lifetime of problems affecting education, relationships and everyday activities. Survivors and experts talk about how they used their experiences for positive change and how society can help lead transformation for the future. Frances Howie, Director of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council, is in the chair.

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Laurie Penny and Rosie Boycott

#MeToo

Winter Weekend 2017, 

What does the global reaction to the revelation of Harvey Weinstein’s monstrosity mean? Is anyone surprised? Is this a tipping point for patriarchy? What do we do now?
Laurie Penny is a journalist and feminist activist, the author of Unspeakable ThingsEverything Belongs to the Future and most recently Bitch Doctrine

Laurie Penny and Rosie Boycott

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Thomas Piketty y Ha-Joon Chang en conversación con Moisés Naím

Equilibrando la economía global.

Cartagena 2016, 
Conversación de lujo en el Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2016: tres de los economistas más importantes del mundo nos acompañan para hablar de la situación financiera mundial, las variaciones y retos de la economía de mercado y muchos otros asuntos de enorme importancia para todos.

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Louis De Bernieres, Jo Shapcott, Peter Porter

A Very British Literature

Hay Festival 1996, 
Three stars of the British Council's New Writing anthology read and discuss the Britishness of contemporary fiction and poetry. De Berniere's latest novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin "is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh" - A.S. Byatt. "Shapcott is a voice that grabs. In all her work, she transforms the extraordinary into the immediately plausible . . . whatever her province her concern remains for the chaotically unaccountable in humanity" - TLS. Porter, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry is the editor of the antholgy.
Chaired by BBC's Gill Manley.

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Jean Moorcroft Wilson

O What A Lovely Subject!

Hay Festival 1998, 
Biographer Jean Moorcroft Wilson examines the complex character and fascinating background of Siegfried Sassoon, the Great War poet.

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Simon Mayo talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Mad Blood Stirring

Hay Festival 2018, 

Mayo’s first adult novel weaves Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet through a tense prison drama that sets itself against the epic backdrop of mighty Dartmoor in 1815. The passions unleashed in this riveting account place black against white and Americans against Britons with the stirring soul of a forbidden love caught in between.

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David Almond

The Colour of the Sun

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the author of Skellig in conversation with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust as he introduces his moving, funny and magical new novel,The Colour of the Sun.“The day is long, the world is wide, you're young and free.”One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar – the little Tyneside town that has always been his home – but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town. As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again.

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David Almond

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Another Evening With Ned Sherrin

By Popular Demand

Hay Festival 1997, 
A glorious anthology of wit and more tall tales from the great raconteur, broadcaster, director and compiler of Theatrical Anecdotes.

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Duncan Bush, MIke Jenkins, Robert Minhinnick, Hilary Llewellyn Williams

Burning the Bracken

Hay Festival 1996, 
We launch Amy Wack's anthology to celebrate 15 years of The Seren Press' poetry list with this reading by four of Wales' finest poets. Duncan Bush won the 1995 Welsh Book of the Year for Masks, Mike Jenkins reads from This House, My Ghetto, the award-winning essayist Robert Minhinnick reads from his latest collection Hey Fatman and Hilary Llewellyn Williams reads from her remarkable Book of Shadows.

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(Super)héroes. Boris Cyrulnik en conversación con Ingrid Bejerman

Cartagena 2017, 
Boris Cyrulnik (Francia) es neurólogo, psiquiatra, psicoanalista y etólogo. El autor de Los patitos feos. La resiliencia: una infancia infeliz no determina la vida, ha publicado recientemente en español Super(héroes)¿Por qué los necesitamos?, libro sobre el que conversará con Ingrid Bejerman.

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M.A. Bennett, Will Hill and Sally Nicholls talk to Chelsey Pippin

'The Bookseller' YA Book Prize Panel

Hay Festival 2018, 

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction every year. Join the shortlisted authors of S.T.A.G.S, a twisting thriller set in an exclusive boarding school, After the Fire, a scary but uplifting story about surviving life in a cult, and Things A Bright Girl Can Do, a coming of age story of two girls who are caught up in the new movements to empower at the beginning of the twentieth century. The writers discuss the unwritten rules of adolescence and the courage and power it takes to survive it.

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Barry Cunliffe

On the Ocean: The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from Prehistory to AD1500

Hay Festival 2018, 

While the land is familiar, even reassuring, the sea is unknown and threatening. Why, then, did humans become seafarers? Part of the answer is that we are conditioned by our genetics to be acquisitive animals: we like to acquire rare materials and we are eager for esoteric knowledge, and society rewards us well for both. And our innate inquisitiveness drives us to explore. The pre-eminent archaeologist looks at the development of seafaring on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, two contrasting seas, the Mediterranean without a significant tide, enclosed and soon to become familiar, the Atlantic with its frightening tidal ranges, an ocean without end. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Barry Cunliffe

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Liliana Colanzi, Felipe Restrepo Pombo and Carlos Fonseca

Fictions: Bogotà 39

Hay Festival 2018, 

This is the first of two sessions introducing the most exciting voices of Latin American fiction, stars of the 2018 selection for Bogotà 39 and launching the English-language edition of a globally published anthology. Colanzi is a Bolivian short story writer and editor whose work includes the collection Our Dead World. Restrepo Pombo is the editor of Gatopardo magazine and of the anthology The Sorrows of Mexico. His fiction appears in the Bogotà 39 Anthology. Fonseca was born in Costa Rica and grew up in Puerto Rico. His novel Colonel Lagrimas is available in English.  They read and talk to Daniel Hahn.

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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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Mosley

Hay Festival 1998, 
Laurence Marks analysis his controversial C4 television film about the Fascist Leader Oswald Mosley with the politician's son, the distinguished novelist Nicholas Mosley, on whose work the series was based. Marks' television credits, who along with Maurice Gran, include Shine On Harvey Moon, Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and The New Statesman. They talk to Tom Rosenthal.

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Leonardo Padura en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2017, 
Las obras de Leonardo Padura (Cuba) llevan décadas enganchando a los lectores con su narración exquisita y realista. Autor de novela policíaca, su personaje el comisario Mario Conde es todo un referente en el imaginario de los lectores. Padura, que también ha escrito guiones cinematográficos, es además autor de probablemente la mejor narración en ficción del histórico asesinato de León Trotski: El hombre que amaba a los perros. Conversa con Héctor Abad Faciolince.
Tras la conversación se proyectará el documental Vivir y escribir en La Habana, dirigido por Lucía López Coll, que nos muestra la vida en La Habana del escritor Leonardo Padura.
Leonardo Padura en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

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Steve Brusatte

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2018, 

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. One of the leading scientists of a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting edge-technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs ruled the earth for 150 million years. At a time when Homo sapiens has existed for less than 200,000 years and we are already talking about planetary extinction, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a timely reminder of what humans can learn from the magnificent creatures that ruled the earth before us. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

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Helena Sanson, Bill Byrne and Marcus Tomalin

Cambridge Series 1: Lost in Translation?

Hay Festival 2018, 

How does automatic translation work and will machines ever be able to replace a ‘human’ translator? A panel of experts from University of Cambridge discuss latest developments. Sanson is a Reader in Italian Language, Literature and Culture, Byrne is Professor of Information Engineering and Tomalin is Research Associate in the Speech Research Group of the University Engineering Department.

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Matt Hancock talks to Amol Rajan

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: The Issues

Hay Festival 2018, 
An opportunity to discuss the immediate and longer-term challenges that range across his brief with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He talks to the BBC's Media Editor Amol Rajan.
Matt Hancock talks to Amol Rajan

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Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan

War Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

The broadcaster and historian teams up with his wife, Canadian journalist Ann MacMillan, to present the book they wrote together about 34 people who had extraordinary experiences in wartime. They have found tales of stunning individual bravery and resilience in the face of extreme distress over the course of 150 years – from the Charge of the Light Brigade to the Syrian government’s shelling of Homs. They will give a fully illustrated PowerPoint presentation highlighting some of their most gripping stories and talk about how they came to write them.

Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan

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Marsha Hunt & Diran Adebayo

Some Kind of Black

Hay Festival 1996, 
Why does nationality colour an author's perspective more than race? Is the SAGA Prize for Black British writers racist? SAGA Prize Founder Marsha Hunt talks to the first prize-winner Diran Adebayo author of Some Kind of Black about the Black British versus the African American experience. Hunt's Repossessing Emestine about her search for her lost grandmother is a searing story of discovery of the meaning of family and race in America.

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William Dalrymple

From the Holy Mountain

Hay Festival 1997, 
Dalrymple follows in the steps of the 6th Century monk John Moschos across the arc of the Byzantine world. His pilgrimage takes him through a bloody civil war in eastern Turkey, the ruins of Beirut and a fundamentalist uprising in southern Egypt. He observes the flickering iconography of crumbling Byzantine monasteries, picks his way along the medieval lanes of the Silk Route and listens to liturgies unchanged for 1000 years as he witnesses the death-throes of the kinship between the Eastern Christians and Islam.

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Gemma Cairney and Jenny Valentine

Ask Us Anything

Hay Festival 2018, 

The authors of Open Your Heart and Finding Violet Park, both teen ambassadors, will explore how important it is to talk, with expert advice from Hay Festival Youth Council members Gemma Elgar and Ceri-Anne Gatehouse. Gemma, Jenny, Gemma and Ceri-Anne will be here to discuss everything from self-expression to how to love your body, your friends and your family, with help and advice for times when things feel like they are going wrong.

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Michael Ignatieff

The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

Hay Festival 2018, 

During a three-year, eight-nation journey, Ignatieff found that while human rights is the language of states and liberal elites, the moral language that resonates with most people is one of everyday virtues: tolerance, forgiveness, trust and resilience. These ordinary virtues are the moral system of global cities and obscure shantytowns alike. A novelist and historian, Ignatieff is Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest.
Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Frank and Andrew St George

Sex-Change Bishop in Mercy Dash to Palace

Hay Festival 1997, 
The linguist and his son, the brilliant young historian and biographer, look at style and lifestyle in English writing from Shakespeare to The Sun. They will be offering tips from their new book Clear English and advice on family collaborations...