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David Crystal

From Babble to Scrabble to Drabble

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language explores the word games that fascinate us as children, entertain us as adults, and dominate the media. Crystal has a fabulous ability to convey his wonder at the richness of language and the games we play with it.

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Catherine Hanley

Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior

Hay Festival 2019, 

A life of Matilda – empress, skilled military leader and one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages. Matilda was a daughter, wife and mother. But she was also empress, heir to the English crown and the first woman ever to hold the position; and she was an extremely able military general. Hanley’s new biography explores Matilda’s achievements as military and political leader, and sets her 12th-century life and career in full context. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect.

Catherine Hanley

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Antonia Fraser

Warts and All...

Hay Festival 1999, 
The historian celebrates the quatro-centenary of "God's Englishman", Oliver Cromwell

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Concurso de Cuento RCN - Ministerio de Educación

Contar historias.

Cartagena 2016, 
Premiación del Concurso Nacional de Cuento RCN – Ministerio de Educación Nacional. Los 25 ganadores del IX Concurso Nacional de Cuento hablarán sobre sus fuentes de inspiración y experiencias en la escritura creativa a la hora de expresar sus historias. A lo largo de sus 9 años de vida el Concurso Nacional de Cuento ha recibido más de 270.000 cuentos de todos los rincones del país, convirtiéndose en una gran movilización de docentes y estudiantes alrededor de la escritura y la lectura.

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Darian Leader talks to Mary Loudon

Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post?

Hay Festival 1996, 
The psychoanalyst address the question posed in his book, hailed by Bice Benvenuto as "The most insightful, enjoyable and uncommon treatment of male and female sexuality I have ever read" He talks to the journalist Mary Loudon, whose books of interviews are Revelations: The Clergy Questioned and Unveiled.

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Jacek Dehnel, Mick Kitson and Sharlene Teo

Fictions: The New Generation

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation and reading with three of the most extraordinary young talents in international fiction. Dehnel’s Lala is a lyrical and moving Polish family saga set against the turbulent backdrop of 20th century Europe. Lala is an independent woman who has survived some of the most turbulent events of her times. As she senses the first signs of dementia, she battles to keep her memories alive through her stories, telling her grandson tales of a life filled with love, betrayal and extraordinary acts of courage. Kitson's debut Sal is a disturbing, uplifting story of survival, of the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love; a love that can lead us to do extraordinary and unimaginable things. Set in Singapore, and spanning 50 years, Teo’s Ponti is a sweeping story of three women and the guilt that ties them to each other. Teo was the winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation award in 2016. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Gavin Francis

Shapeshifters: On Medicine and Human Change

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer and doctor considers the transformations in mind and body that continue across the arc of human life. Some of these changes we have little choice about. We can’t avoid puberty, the menopause or our hair turning grey. Others may be welcome milestones along our path – a much-wanted pregnancy, a cancer cured or a long-awaited transition to another gender. We may find ourselves turning down dark paths, towards the cruel distortions of anorexia, or the shifting sands of memory loss. New technologies and medicine have unprecedented power to alter our lives, but that power has limitations.

Gavin Francis

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Geoff Mulgan and Anthony Seldon

Artificial Intelligence and Our Future

Hay Festival 2018, 

Two of the most creative innovators in Britain discuss the impacts and opportunities of new technologies. Mulgan, CEO of NESTA, is the author of Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence can Change our World, which posits that this “bigger mind” – human and machine capabilities working together – has the potential to solve the great challenges of our time. Seldon is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham and the author of The Fourth Education Revolution: How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Face of Learning.

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Small is Beautiful

Dhaka 2013, 
Aamer Hussein, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Farah Ghuznavi and Prajwal Parajuly celebrate the beauty of the short story with Syed Badrul Ahsan. Marking the Launch of Syed Manzoorul Islam's translated short story anthology The Merman's Prayer and Other Stories, by Daily Star Books.

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Orlando Figes

Natasha'a Dance

Hay Festival 2003, 
In this talk, illustrated with slides, the renowned historian of Russia, author of A People's Tragedy introduces Natasha's DanceA Cultural History of Russia. He explores the controversial impulses and shared sensibilities that have given rise to one of the world's  most dazzling civilisations.

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Jon Lee Anderson, Ricardo Corredor, Daniel Samper Pizano y Ed Vulliamy en conversación con Sergio Dahbar

Literatura de viajes

Cartagena 2015, 
Homenaje a Michael Jacobs (1952–2014), hispanista, escritor de literatura de viajes e historiador de arte, con motivo de la publicación en español de su libro Los ladrones de memorias. Jacobs fue pronto reconocido como un erudito por la calidad de su obra literaria, siendo autor de diversas publicaciones de éxito, buena parte de ellas sobre España y el mundo hispanohablante. En este evento se repasará su trabajo y trayectoria y se dará a conocer el ganador de la I Beca Michael Jacobs, creada en su honor tras su fallecimiento.

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Jacobo Celnik y Sandro Romero sobre rock y literatura

Cartagena 2015, 
El periodista musical Jacobo Celnik ha escrito junto con Andrés Durán Rockestra, un libro en el que presentan un recorrido por los últimos cincuenta años de historia del rock a través de 25 entrevistas a algunos de sus máximos representantes. Por su parte, Sandro Romero es autor de libros como Mick Jagger. El rock suena: piedras trae, biografía del mítico líder de los Rolling Stones, o Clock around the Rock: Crónicas de un fan fatal.

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Las Preguntas Hay 25 (II)

Con Jon Lee Anderson, Álvaro Enrigue, Óscar Guardiola-Rivera, y Lila Azam Zanganeh en conversación c

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 cinco invitados deben responder las siguientes: Si te convirtieras en el líder de tu país, ¿qué es lo primero que solucionarías? El 25% de la población sufre cada año algún problema de salud mental: ¿tenemos que “tratar” la percepción de la enfermedad mental en quien la padece o en la sociedad? ¿Qué es lo último que has creado con tus manos?

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Guido Tamayo en conversación con Ramón Cote

La invención de la infancia

Cartagena 2016, 
Guido Tamayo rememora la infancia a través de personajes de sus libros. 

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David Clark

Cicely Saunders: Care for the Dying

Hay Festival 2018, 

Clark honours the life and work of the pioneer of the hospice movement. His biography shows how Cicely Saunders and the hospice she created, St Christopher’s, played a crucial role in shaping a new discourse of care at the end of life.  From the pessimism of ‘there is nothing more we can do’, medicine and healthcare gradually adopted a more purposeful approach to care at the end of life, which came to be known as ‘palliative care’.  

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Catherine Barr

Discover 10 Reasons to Love a Turtle

Winter Weekend 2017, 

With the help of some slippery eggs and wobbly jellyfish, author Catherine Barr will give children lots of reasons to fall in love with, and help save, these ancient mariners, in her new series of books for the Natural History Museum.

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Crónicas migrantes I

João Paulo Cuenca y Guillermo Osorno en conversación con Diego Fonseca

Xalapa 2012, 
Dos de los autores que participan en la antología Sam no es mi tío: veinticuatro crónicas migrantes y un sueño, conversan con Diego Fonseca, editor del libro. Con João Paolo Cuenca (Brasil), y Diego Enrique Osorno (México).

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Una mirada a la vida en grandes ciudades.

Sergio de la Pava y Patricia Engel en conversación con Alejandra Jaramillo

Cartagena 2015, 

Dos autores estadounidenses de origen colombiano nos hablarán de obras suyas en las que la ciudad juega un papel fundamental. Patricia Engel es autora de No es amor, es solo París, la historia de una joven estadounidense que viaja a París para estudiar pero también con la intención de encontrarse a sí misma y enamorarse. Sergio de la Pava ha escrito Personae y Una singularidad desnuda, obra protagonizada por un abogado neoyorquino que trabaja en Brooklyn y cuya vida se transforma cuando su sentido de la justicia comienza a resquebrajarse.

Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Estados Unidos de América

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Simon Jenkins

England's Thousand Best Churches

Hay Festival 2000, 
The eminent journalist describes and illustrates with slides his choice of English Churches and discusses the effect such enormous exposure to God's houses had had on his atheism and beliefs.

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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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Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett

Triangle and Square

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the New York Times duo as they conspire again on two slyly funny tales about some creative shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humour, these thoughtful offerings about different shapes from two of today's most irreverent picture-book creators emphasize the importance of keeping your eyes and your mind open to wonder, where others see only rubble and rocks.

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Leif Bersweden

The Orchid Hunter: A Young Botanist’s Search for Happiness

Winter Weekend 2017, 

In the summer after leaving school, a young botanist sets out to fulfil a childhood dream –to find every species of orchid native to the British Isles. He has just a few months to complete his quest and it will require ingenuity, stamina and a large dose of luck. As he battles the vagaries of the British climate in his clapped-out car, feverishly chasing each emerging bloom, Bersweden takes the reader on a remarkable botanical journey.

Leif Bersweden

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Amanda Levete

Two Museums

Hay Festival 2018, 

Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect, founder and principal of AL_A, an international design and architecture studio. She describes her approach to two exceptional urban projects – The Exhibition Road project at the V&A in London, creating a new exhibition space and re-connecting the museum to open public space on Exhibition Road; MAAT, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon is a new outward-looking museum located on the banks of the Tagus in Belém, the district from where the Portuguese great explorers set off.

Chaired by Amol Rajan.

Amanda Levete

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Giles Yeo

Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity and the Truth About Diets

Hay Festival 2019, 

In an age of misinformation and pseudo-science, the world is getting fatter and the diet makers are getting richer. So how do we break this cycle that’s killing us all? Drawing on the very latest science and his own genetic research at Cambridge University, Yeo has written the seminal ‘anti-diet’ diet book. Exploring the history of our food, debunking marketing nonsense and toxic diet advice and confronting the advocates of ‘clean eating’, he translates his pioneering research into an engaging study of human appetite. Chaired by dietitian Ceris Devereux.

Giles Yeo

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Marion Turner

Chaucer: A European Life

Hay Festival 2019, 

Turner’s spellbinding new biography explores the poetry and the adventurous, cosmopolitan world of the father of English literature. She documents a series of vivid episodes, moving from the commercial wharves of London to the frescoed chapels of Florence and the kingdom of Navarre, where 14th-century Christians, Muslims and Jews lived side by side. The narrative recounts Chaucer’s experiences as a prisoner of war in France, as a father visiting his daughter’s nunnery, as a member of a chaotic Parliament and as a diplomat in Milan, where he encountered the writings of Dante and Boccaccio. Chaired by Jerry Brotton.