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Ken Follett

Fictions: Tolerance and Co-existence

Hay Festival 2019, 

Follett’s third novel in the Kingsbridge series went straight to the no.1 position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In A Column of Fire, voices of tolerance struggle to make themselves heard under authoritarian rule as England faces challenges from Europe. The social and political concerns of the first Elizabethan era resonate loudly in the second. Following the screening of a short film, Follett discusses with the audience how the themes of his Tudor-time novel echo in today’s political theatre.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Superman es árabe

Arequipa 2015, 

La poeta, traductora y periodista libanesa Joumana Haddad ha sido clasificada como una de las figuras femeninas más influyentes y provocadoras del mundo árabe. Es también editora de la revista en lengua árabe Jasad y editora jefe de la sección de cultura del periódico An Nahar, además de autora de Yo maté a Scherezade: confesiones de una mujer árabe furiosa, entre otros librosSu última obra traducida al español es Superman es árabe (Vaso Roto, 2014), de la que hablará con el periodista Dante Trujillo, actual editor del suplemento El Dominical  del diario El Comercio.

Superman es árabe

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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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Alma Guillermoprieto en conversación con Juan Cruz

Cartagena 2016, 
La periodista mexicana afincada en Nueva York, Alma Guillermoprieto, ha trabajado como reportera para los medios más prestigiosos en lengua inglesa, entre ellos, The Guardian, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New Yorker y The New York Review of Books. Sus reportajes para estos medios han sido traducidos a varios idiomas.
En español escribió La Habana en un espejo, memoria de los meses que paso en Cuba como profesora de danza moderna. La más reciente recopilación de sus textos traducidos al español es Desde el país de nunca jamás.
Conversará con el periodista Juan Cruz sobre el oficio de reportera y sus experiencias.

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Jenny Valentine

Fictions: Fire Colour One

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Iris's father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn't even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world. Everything she thought she knew is up in flames. Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest's priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas... The new novel from the award-winning children’s author.

12+ years
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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?

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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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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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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.

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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.

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Natalie Fee, Lucy Siegle and Paula Owen talk to Martin Wright

Food and Plastics: Myths and Facts

Hay Festival 2019, 

The last year has seen an explosion of public outrage over plastics pollution, triggered by images of straws in turtles’ noses, whales dying after eating shopping bags, and the ugliness of a blue planet disfigured by a throwaway society. It’s sparked tougher regulation on single-use plastics and has shamed supermarkets into action. What would an end to plastic pollution mean in practice? And how do we get there?

Natalie Fee (author and campaigner, founder of City to Sea), Lucy Siegle (journalist and author) and Paula Owen (founder of Green Gumption) talk to award-winning environment journalist Martin Wright.

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Nicole Krauss in conversation with Zsófia Bán

Budapest 2013, 

According to the New York Times, Nicole Krauss is ‘one of the most important novelists in the United States’. She presents her most recent novel Great House. Her previous works, The History of Love and Man Walks into a Room, bestsellers in both English and Hungarian, have been specially reprinted for her visit to Budapest.

In collaboration with the US Embassy in Hungary and Magveto Publishing House

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Nicola Shulman talks to Anna Pavord

A Rage for Rock Gardening

Hay Festival 2003, 
Shulman discusses her book A Rage for Rock Gardening: The Story of Reginald Farrer, Gardener, Writer and Plant Collector. "Half poet, half botanist', as Vita Sackville West described him, he became one of the very greatset in the last great age of plant-hunters, and wrote books of unforgettable method and style. Through their influence, he did for English gardening what half a century later Elizabeth David would do for cooking, and changed it all for ever

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Little Magazines vs. Mainstream Magazines

Dhaka 2013, 

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Kobita Parishad Recitations

Dhaka 2013, 
Recitations by: Syed Shamsul Haq, Asad Chowdhury, Belal Chowdhury, Ruby Rahman, Munir Siraj, Kamal Chowdhury, Dilara Hafiz, Anjana Saha, Aslam Sani, Tareq Sujat, Shihab Shahriar, Badrul Haider, Sadia Swatee. Moderated by Muhammad Samad.

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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