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Paula Bonet, Hilary Cottam, Kapka Kassabova, Janne Teller and Sophie Hughes

Europa28: The Future of Europe

Hay Festival 2019, 

Hay Festival is working with Rijeka Capital of Culture 2020 in Croatia to commission 28 writers and thinkers from across the continent to reimagine the future of Europe. Four of the 28 join us in Hay this year to preview their ideas and stories. Bonet is an artist from Spain, Cottam a social activist and author of Radical Help from Britain, Kassabova a Scotland-based, Bulgarian-born writer and Teller a novelist and former UN officer. They talk to the translator, editor and writer Sophie Hughes.

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Paolo Giordano in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

Querétaro 2017, 

Paolo Giordano (Italy) rose to international fame with The Solitude of Prime Numbers, a novel that won the 2008 Strega Prize and which was made into a film in 2010. Author of The Human Body, Giordano was educated as a physicist and will present his recent work, Like Family. In conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince.

Paolo Giordano in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

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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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Jasper Winn

Water Ways

Hay Festival 2018, 

For 150 years, canals were the high-tech water machines driving the industrial revolution. Amazing feats of engineering, they carried the rural into the city and the urban into the countryside, and changed the lives of everyone. Then, just when their purpose was extinguished by modern transport, they were saved from extinction and repurposed as a 'slow highways' network, a peaceful and countrywide haven from our too-busy age. Today, there are more boats on the canals than in their Victorian heyday. Writer and slow adventurer Jasper Winn spent a year exploring Britain's waterways along 1,000 miles of 'wet roads and water streets' where he discovered a world of wildlife corridors, underground adventures, the hardware of heritage and history, new boating communities, endurance kayak races and remote towpaths. Chaired by Mark Skipworth.

Jasper Winn

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María Dueñas, Georg von Habsburg and Marta del Riego

Budapest 2013, 

The bestselling Spanish author of The Time In Between, translated into Hungarian in 2013, discusses her work with HH Georg von Habsburg, Hnngarian ambassador-at-large and former President of the Red Cross, and Marta del Riego, writer and features editor of Vanity Fair

In collaboration with Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Fundación Lara, IE University and Gabo Publishing House

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Marcus du Sautoy talks to Lászlo Lovász

Symmetry

Budapest 2013, 

In a short lecture the British mathematician reveals how symmetry is a fundamental concept both in the arts and the sciences: from the walls of the Alhambra to the Higgs Boson, from the music of Bach to deadly viruses. He tells the story, based on his book Finding Moonshine, of how mathematicians have produced a language to be able to explore, tame and classify this slippery concept. Followed by a converstaion with Wolf Prize-winning mathematician Professor Lászlo Lovász.

Supported by the British Embassy in Hungary in collaboration with Park Publishing and Typotex Kiado 

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Anita Anand

The Patient Assassin

Hay Festival 2019, 

The author of Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary tells the remarkable story of one Indian’s twenty-year quest for revenge, taking him around the world in search of those he held responsible for the Amritsar massacre of 1919, which cost the lives of hundreds. According to legend, a young, low-caste orphan, Udham Singh, was injured in the attack, and remained in the Bagh, surrounded by the dead and dying until he was able to move the next morning. Then, he supposedly picked up a handful of blood-soaked earth, smeared it across his forehead and vowed to kill the men responsible, no matter how long it took. The truth, as the author has discovered, is more complex but no less dramatic. She traced Singh’s journey through Africa, the United States and across Europe before, in March 1940, he finally arrived in front of Michael O’Dwyer in a London hall, ready to shoot him down. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Mark Cocker

Our Place: Can we Save British Wildlife Before it is too Late?

Hay Festival 2018, 

The wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society, but where did these ‘green’ ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which are now so embedded in public life and attract millions of members? Cocker asks searching questions such as who owns the land and why? And who benefits from green policies? Why do the British seem to love their countryside more than almost any other nation, yet have come to live amid one of the most denatured landscapes on Earth? He tries to map out how this overcrowded island of ours could be a place fit not just for human occupants but also for its billions of wild citizens. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

Mark Cocker

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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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Miguel Brieva, Alberto Montt y Réal Godbout en conversación con John Naranjo

Cartagena 2015, 

Tres artistas gráficos nos hablarán de su obra y proceso creativo: Miguel Brieva es autor de, entre otros, Dinero, Bienvenido al mundo y Memorias de la Tierra, donde trata cuestiones políticas y sociales con humor e ironía; Alberto Montt es el autor chileno del blog En dosis diarias, cuyas viñetas humorísticas han dado lugar a nueve libros recopilatorios publicados en diversos países; por su parte, el canadiense Réal Godbout es autor de las series Red Ketchup y Michel Risque así como de libros ilustrados y storyboards.

Co-organizado por Acción Cultural Española
Con el apoyo de The Canada Council for the Arts y Blue Metropolis Festival

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The King And I

Hay Festival 1999, 
Self-proclaimed King of Hay Richard Booth opened the first bookshop in Hay 40 years ago and has led the second-hand book town movement throughout Europe. Lawyers allowing, he will launch his colourful autobiography My Kingdom of Books. In conversation with Phil Rickman.

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Ardal O'Hanlon

Hay Festival 1999, 
Blissful stand-up from the novelist and Father Ted star.

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Jonathan Edwards, Catherine Fisher, Rhiannon Hooson and Elizabeth Parker

The Seren Poetry Gala

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Welsh publishing house throws a poetry party featuring four new collections from supremely talented poets. Costa Award-winning Jonathan Edwards reads from Gen – a book of sharp yet beautifully warm and humane poems. The title refers to people of Edwards’ generation and his recognition of the preoccupations of the age group that he shares. Catherine Fisher’s first collection for twenty years is The Bramble King, which includes poems on imaginary planets and princes, on the summer solstice, on drawing, on a glass shop – and a clockwork crow (title of her Blue Peter Award-shortlisted children’s book). Rhiannon Hooson’s beautifully resonant first collection The Other City was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. Elizabeth Parker’s In Her Shambles is a fantastic debut of spikey, provocative, declamatory and wonderfully energetic poems. All four poets contribute to Seren's new Poems from The Borders anthology published in celebration of the English/Welsh Marches.

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David France talks to Philippe Sands

Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: How to Survive a Plague

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation between the winners of the 2016 and 2017 Baillie Gifford Prizes for non-fiction. France tells Sands the riveting, powerful and profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grass-roots movement of activists, many of them facing their own life-or-death struggles, who grabbed the reins of scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Around the globe, the 15.8 million people taking anti-AIDS drugs today are alive thanks to their efforts.

David France talks to Philippe Sands

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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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Peter Godwin talks to Michael Buerk

Mukiwa

Hay Festival 1996, 
Godwin's account of his relationship with Zimbabwe is one of the year's most exciting biographical books. Seen through the eyes of a child, Rhodesia is a magical land of leopard hunting, lepers, witch doctors, snakes and forest fires. But through the eyes of an adolescent, a conscripted boy soldier caught in the middle of a vicious civil war, and finally an adult who returned to Zimbabwe as The Sunday Times Correspondent to cover the bloody transition to majority black rule, it became a land stalked by violence, death and danger.
He talks to BBC's Michael Buerk, presenter of The Moral Maze and 999 who reported from Africa for many years, and whose coverage of the Ethiopian Famine prompted Bob Geldof to start Live Aid.

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P. D. James

Hay Festival 2000, 
An interview with the Baroness of Crime, creator of Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gary, and author of the brilliant novel The Children of Men, and the diary-memoir Time to be in Earnest.

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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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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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Nick Clarke, Bernard Ingham, David Cannadine and Simon Hoggart

Eminent Elizabethans

Hay Festival 2003, 
The politics and personalities of the last fufty years with the BBC anchor, Clarke, author of The Shadow of a Nation; Thatcher's former Press Secretary and now author of The Wages of Spin, Ingham; Cannadine, the eminent historian and author of In Churchill's Shadow and Hoggart, who has collected his parliamentary sketches from The Guardian in Playing to the Gallery.

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Daniel Hahn

The Anthea Bell Lecture: The Genius of Getafix

Hay Festival 2019, 

In this second annual lecture, the renowned translator pays tribute to his peerless, multilingual colleague Anthea Bell, who died in October 2018. He explores her work on the Asterix books, translating the original French by René Goscinny and his illustrator partner Albert Uderzo. “She was an elegant stylist, but more than that, a startlingly versatile one,” says Hahn “I first learned her name, as so many people did, because she wrote all those impossible Asterix jokes I loved so much; but to other people she was Sebald, or perhaps Kafka – or sometimes Freud. She was Cornelia Funke or Erich Kästner for children, Saša Stanišić and Stefan Zweig for adults, and so many others besides. Literature struggles to thrive without translation. Today I can’t help wondering how we readers and writers ever could have managed without Anthea Bell.” Chaired by Thea Lenarduzzi of the TLS.

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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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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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Albert Woodfox talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Solitary

Hay Festival 2019, 

The unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement, in a 6 x 9-foot cell, twenty-three hours a day, in the notorious Angola prison in Louisiana – all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. That he was able to emerge whole from his odyssey within America’s prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit. 

Albert Woodfox talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Juan Cárdenas, Paulina Flores y Andrés Felipe Solano en conversación con Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2017, 
Margarita Valencia conversa con tres autores fundamentales para entender lo que está pasando en la producción literaria latinoamericana del momento: Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), autor de las novelas Los estratos y Ornamento; Paulina Flores (Chile), autora de la compilación de relatos Qué vergüenza; y Andrés Felipe Solano (Colombia), autor de Corea: apuntes desde la cuerda floja.