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Serhii Plokhy

The Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: Chernobyl, History of a Tragedy

Hay Festival 2019, 

On the morning of 26 April 1986 Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. In the end, less than five per cent of the reactor’s fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout. Plokhy’s Baillie Gifford Prize-winning account recreates these events in all of their drama, telling the stories of the fire-fighters, scientists, engineers, workers, soldiers and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear Armageddon and succeeded in doing the seemingly impossible: extinguishing the nuclear inferno and putting the reactor to sleep. While it is clear that the immediate cause of the accident was a turbine test gone wrong, Plokhy shows how the deeper roots of Chernobyl lay in the nature of the Soviet political system and the flaws of its nuclear industry. Plokhy is Professor of History at Harvard University and a leading authority on Eastern Europe. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Sarah Crossan and Lauren Child

The UK and Irish Children’s Laureates Share Ideas

Hay Festival 2019, 

UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan will share the stage to discuss the power of words, the importance of illustration and their mutual conviction that every child should have access to literature and to creativity. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

12+

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Alexandra Harris and Tim Dee

Ground Work / The Life of Landscape

Hay Festival 2018, 

Why did landscape become a subject for art in the 18th century and not before? Where might we look for clues to an earlier ‘sense of place’? The Professor of English, author of Weatherland and Romantic Moderns, examines the history of English landscape painting and local writing from the particular perspective of going back to her childhood home in Sussex. She talks with Tim Dee, editor of a timely collection of the best British nature writing newly commissioned by one of the great authorities on the subject - Ground Work. The book explores a sense of place, and our obligations of custodianship in this land.

Alexandra Harris and Tim Dee

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Dylan Moran

Is Indisposed

Hay Festival 1997, 
This year's Perrier Award-winning show from the most original and charming stand-up comedian for years.

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Claire Tomalin

Samuel Pepys

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Whitbread Award-winner discusses her life of the great London diarist Samuel Pepys with the broadcaster Sheena McDonald.

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Tomándole el pulso a la izquierda latinoamericana.

Cartagena 2014, 
Patricio Fernández Chadwick (Chile), María Jimena Duzán (Colombia) y Jon Lee Anderson (Estados Unidos) en conversación con Ricardo Corredor Cure. A unos meses después de la muerte de Chávez, 40 años después del golpe de estado en Chile, en medio de una negociación entre el gobierno del presidente Santos y la guerrilla de las FARC, y con una región que tiene varios países con gobiernos considerados socialistas, América Latina vive un momento político que levanta varias preguntas sobre el presente y futuro de la izquierda latinoamericana. Tres reconocidos periodistas internacionales esbozarán algunas hipótesis y reflexionarán sobre el papel del periodismo para contar las historias relacionadas con el ascenso de la izquierda al poder en la región.

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Allison Pearson talks to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: How Hard Can It Be?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is 50, but not in a good way. Fifty, in Kate’s mind, equals invisibility. And with hormones that have her in shackles, teenage children who need her but won’t talk to her and ailing parents who aren’t coping, Kate is in the middle of a sandwich that she isn’t even allowed to eat because of the calories. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It is just as funny and wise, and unputdownable.

Allison Pearson talks to Stephanie Merritt

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James Frey, Justine Picardie, Josephine Hart, Rosie Boycott

Life Goes On

Hay Festival 2003, 
Frey's A Million Little Pieces is a searing account of the twenty-three-year old's rehabilitation and recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Picardie's memoir tells the story of a year in her own life after her sister Ruth's death and of a search for her sister in the afterlife in this age of reason, scepticism and science. Hart's The Reconstructionist is a novel about the way we build our lives from fragments of memory, half-truth, compromise, and desire. They talk to Rosie Boycott.

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Marie Arana y Antonio Caballero en conversación con Juan Carlos Iragorri

¿Qué pensaría Bolívar si resucitara?

Cartagena 2016, 
Los participantes conversan en torno a la figura de Simón Bolívar y reflexionan a su vez sobre el estado actual de América Latina. Con Marie Arana, periodista de The Washington Post y autora de la más reciente biografía del Libertador publicada originalmente en inglés, Bolívar - American Liberator; y Antonio Caballero, escritor y columnista de Semana, Premio Simón Bolívar en 1994 por sus caricaturas políticas y autor del reciente Comer o no comer y otras notas de cocina. Charla oderada por Juan Carlos Iragorri, director de Voces RCN y Club de prensa, de NTN24.

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Rosie Boycott y William Sieghart en conversación con John Mitchinson

Alimentos y politica

Cartagena 2014, 
Juan Bonilla (España) es autor de cinco novelas y seis libros de relatos; entre las novelas están Los príncipes nubios, Premio Biblioteca Breve 2003 y traducida a diez idiomas, y Prohibido entrar sin pantalones (Seix Barral, 2013). Entre los libros de relatos destacan Tanta gente sola, que obtuvo el Premio Mario Vargas Llosa al mejor libro de relatos del año 2009, y Una manada de ñus (Pre- Textos, 2013). Organizado con Acción Cultural Española

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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
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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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Pauline McLynn, Molly Jong Fast

Hay Festival 2000, 
The star of Father Ted and Alan Parker's movie Angela's Ashes, McLynn's fictional debut Something For The Weekend revolves around a Dublin Private eye stripping away layers of martial infidelities and battling with bread-making and beef Wellington. Molly Jong Fast has written a first novel about the Manhatten fast life called Normal Girl. 

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Aida Edemariam talks to Sarah Crown

The Wife’s Tale

Hay Festival 2018, 

A hundred years ago, a girl was born in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar. Before she was ten years old, Yetemegnu was married to a man two decades her senior, an ambitious poet-priest. Over the next century her world changed beyond recognition. She witnessed fascist invasion and occupation, Allied bombardment and exile from her city, the ascent and fall of Emperor Haile Selassie, revolution and civil war. She endured all these things alongside parenthood, widowhood and the death of children. The Wife’s Tale is an intimate memoir, both of a life and of a country. Edemariam retells her grandmother’s stories in a masterpiece that is being compared to Jung Chang’s Wild Swans.

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Philip Lymbery

Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were

Hay Festival 2018, 

Climate change and poaching are not the only culprits behind so many animals facing extinction. The campaigning CEO of Compassion in World Farming argues that the impact of consumer demand for cheap meat is equally devastating and it is vital that we confront this problem if we are to stand a chance of reducing its effect on the world around us. He talks to Matt Stadlen.

Philip Lymbery

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Joanna Trollope, Natasha Walter

New Britain, New Woman, New Family

Hay Festival 1998, 
What can and should New Labour culture do for womenand families in society? On the panel debating the issues will be Joanna Trollope, whose no 1 best-seller Other People's Children was published on Mother's Day, and Natasha Walter, author of The New Feminism.

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón y Jorge Franco en conversación con Berna González Harbour

Historias y familias.

Cartagena 2015, 

El escritor y guionista Ignacio Martínez de Pisón ha presentado recientemente La buena reputación, una novela en la que recorre treinta años de la historia de una familia española del protectorado de Marruecos durante su descolonización. Por su parte, Jorge Franco ganó el Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2014 con El mundo de afuera, una historia con toques fantásticos que transcurre en Medellín, donde el padre de Isolda, una niña que vive en un castillo, es secuestrado.

Co-organizado por Acción Cultural Española

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Leonor Espinosa en conversación con Brigitte Baptiste

Cartagena 2017, 
Leonor Espinosa (Colombia), propietaria del exitoso restaurante LEO y del más reciente Misia, no solo es una de las chefs más reputadas del país sino también una dedicada creyente en el valor de la cocina tradicional y los ingredientes nacionales. A través de su fundación, FUNLEO, trabaja bajo el lema "Gastronomía para el desarrollo", potenciando, salvaguardando y estudiando las tradiciones gastronómicas de las comunidades colombianas. En conversación con Brigitte Baptiste.

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Soraya Mafi (soprano) & Simon Lepper (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 1

Hay Festival 2018, 

The first of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. 
Felix Mendelssohn’s Auf Flugeln des Gesanges Op.34 No.2; Fanny Hensel Warum sind den die Rosen so blass, Op.1 No.3; Felix MendelssohnLieder ohne Worte Op.30 No.3; Fanny Hensel Die Mainacht Op.9 No.6, Lieder ohne Worte Op.8 No.3; Felix Mendelssohn Suleika 1 Op.57 No.3; Robert Schumann Lied der Suleika Op.25 No.9; Clara Schumann Liebst du um Schőnheit Op.12 No.2; Robert Schumann Widmung Op.25 No.1; Johanna Müller-Hermann Lieder Op.2; Richard Strauss Schlagende Herzen Op.29 No.2, Das Rosenband Op.36 No.1, Ständchen Op.17 No.2, Morgen Op.27 No.4

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Nicole Soranzo

Cambridge Series 4: Human Disease – Nature, Nurture or Both?

Hay Festival 2019, 

The sequencing of the human genome has revolutionised how scientists search for the genetic causes of human diseases. Human geneticist Professor Soranzo of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute will describe how the field has evolved in the last fifteen years, discussing how new genetic evidence is used to better understand the interplay between our DNA (‘nature’) and the environment (‘nurture’).

Nicole Soranzo

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Sobre hijas e hijos. Patricia Lara Salive y Yolanda Reyes en conversación con Marta Orrantía

Cartagena 2017, 
Marta Orrantía conversa con las autoras de dos novelas que comparten una temática similar y fascinante para todos: los hijos. Con Patricia Lara Salive (Colombia), Premio Nacional de Periodismo 1994, fundadora junto con Juan Tomás de Salas de la revista Cambio16 Colombia, ahora conocida como Cambio, y escritora de columnas semanales en El Espectador y El País de Cali. También autora de ficción, su tercera novela, El rastro de tu padre, está protagonizada por una madre y una hija. Y Yolanda Reyes (Colombia), escritora, educadora y columnista del diario El Tiempo, con una larga trayectoria entre la que destacan su trabajo como fundadora del proyecto cultural Espantapájaros, el exitoso libro El terror de Sexto “B” (Premio Fundalectura), la novela para público adulto Pasajera en tránsito y su más reciente novela Qué raro que me llame Federico, de la que conversará en esta charla.

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Richard Mabey

Flora Britannica: From Magic to Modern Myth

Hay Festival 1997, 
An exploration of the findings of this cultural flora (which was compiled from thousands of public contributions) and of what it tells us about modern popular attitudes towards nature, and about the role of folklore in a scientific age. "The Doomsday Book for the plant life of Britain at the end of the 20th century" - The Times

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Karen Armstrong

The Battle For God

Hay Festival 2000, 
The former Roman Catholic nun, and now distinguished religious commentator, examines the appeal, tenacity, and extremity of Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious fundamentalism across the world.

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Péter Esterházy talks to Revel Guest

Budapest 2013, 

A conversation with one of the world’s great novelists and men of letters, author of Not Art, Celestial Harmonies and Revised Edition. Introduced by Csilla Csorba, Director of thePetofi Museum of Literature.

In collaboration with Magveto Publishing House

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Henry Gee

Deep Time

Hay Festival 2000, 
The chief science writer of Nature introduces what is no less than a revolution in how we look at the history of life and humanity's evolution upside down and makes space for the existence of creatures far wilder than human imagination. And in the age-old debate over what came first, the chicken or the egg, cladistics has the definitive answer - the egg.