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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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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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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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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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Miguel Brieva y Alberto Montt

A través de una viñeta. Taller de narración gráfica.

Cartagena 2015, 
Una viñeta puede servir para contar muchas historias, como bien saben los protagonistas de este taller: el español Miguel Brieva, colaborador de diversas publicaciones y autor de Dinero, Bienvenido al mundo, El otro mundo y Memorias de la Tierra; y el chileno Alberto Montt, responsable del blog En dosis diarias, que ha dado como resultado nueve libros recopilatorios de sus viñetas publicados en varios países. 

Co-organizado con Acción Cultural Española

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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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Raynor Winn talks to Claire Armitstead

The Salt Path

Hay Festival 2019, 

The walker discusses her mesmerising and inspirational memoir: just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of thirty-two years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.

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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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Michael Reid, Jon Lee Anderson y Moisés Naím en conversación con Juan Carlos Iragorri

¿Fracasará otra vez América Latina?

Cartagena 2016, 
Estos tres reconocidos periodistas, expertos en América Latina, debaten y reflexionan sobre las posibilidades de esta región para convertirse en una potencia económica, social y cultural, las deficiencias con las que debe luchar todavía y los obstáculos que aún le quedan por franquear. Participan Michael Reid, responsable de cubrir los temas de América Latina para The Economist y colaborador de medios como BBC Mundo y El País; Jon Lee Anderson, reportero de The New Yorker y autor de una de las biografías más relevantes del Che, Che Guevara. Una vida revolucionaria; y Moisés Naím, Premio Ortega y Gasset de Periodismo, fundador y presidente del Grupo de los Cincuenta (G50) y autor del libro El fin del poder. Dirige esta mesa de debate Juan Carlos Iragorri, director de Voces RCN y Club de prensa, de NTN24.

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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.

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Tamsin Treverton-Jones

Windblown: Landscape, Legacy and Loss

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Great Storm of 1987 is etched firmly into the national memory. Everyone who was there that night remembers how hurricane-force winds struck southern Britain without warning, claiming 18 lives, uprooting more than 15 million trees and reshaping the landscape for future generations. Thirty years on, the discovery of an old photograph inspires the author to make a journey into that landscape. Weaving her own memories and personal experiences with those of fishermen and lighthouse keepers, rough sleepers and refugees, she creates a unique portrait of this extraordinary event and a moving exploration of legacy and loss. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

Tamsin Treverton-Jones

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Jorge Perugorría en conversación con Mariana H

Querétaro 2016, 

Jorge Perugorría (Cuba) es reconocido por sus inolvidables papeles en películas como Fresa y chocolate (dirigida por Tomás Gutiérrez Alea y Juan Carlos Tabío), Derecho de asilo, de Octavio Cortázar o Che, de Steven Soderbergh. Más recientemente ha dado vida al comisario de policía protagonista de las novelas de Leonardo Padura, Mario Conde. Actor, pintor, escultor y director de documentales, Jorge conversará con la escritora y crítica de cine Mariana H, sobre su extraordinaria carrera, desde los inicios en el teatro hasta sus películas más conocidas internacionalmente.

Jorge Perugorría en conversación con Mariana H

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John Mortimer

The Sound of Trumpets

Hay Festival 1999, 
The newly beknighted novelist turns his gaze on New Labour with delightful mischief in store. Mortimer chews the polenta with the political journalist Anthony Howard.

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Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons

The Dragonsitter

Hay Festival 2018, 

What does it take to be a Dragonsitter? Could you be one? This is your opportunity to find out. Join the author and illustrator to learn about The Dragonsitter series in a fun-filled event packed full of storytelling and live-drawing.

6+

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Paul Davies

The John Maddox Lecture: The Demon in the Machine – How Hidden Webs of Information Are Finally Solving the Mystery of Life

Hay Festival 2019, 

When Darwin set out to explain the origin of species, he made no attempt to answer the deeper question: what is life? For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of this fundamental question. Life really does look like magic: even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so dazzling that no human engineer can match it. And yet, huge advances in molecular biology over the past few decades have served only to deepen the mystery. So can life be explained by known physics and chemistry, or do we need something fundamentally new? From life’s murky origins to the microscopic engines that run the cells of our bodies, Davies offers a breath-taking journey across the landscape of physics, biology, logic and computing. Weaving together cancer and consciousness, two-headed worms and bird navigation, Davies reveals how biological organisms garner and process information to conjure order out of chaos, opening a window on the secret of life itself. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

Paul Davies

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Wendy Mitchell talks to Decca Aitkenhead

Somebody I Used to Know

Hay Festival 2018, 

Mitchell spent 20 years as a non-clinical team leader in the NHS before being diagnosed with young onset dementia in July 2014 at the age of 58. Shocked by the lack of awareness about the disease, both in the community and in hospitals, she vowed to spend her time raising awareness about dementia and encouraging others to see there is life after a diagnosis. She discusses her extraordinary book about her condition with the Guardian journalist.

Wendy Mitchell talks to Decca Aitkenhead

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Claudio López de Lamadrid, Taiye Selasi y Binyavanga Wainaina en conversación con Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Sur-sur. ¿Sigue siendo la metrópolis el lugar donde editar?

Cartagena 2015, 
Un apasionante debate sobre los desafíos a los que se enfrenta la literatura contemporánea de África y América del Sur. ¿Son las nuevas tecnologías y los mercados emergentes un reto para la dominación editorial de las ciudades occidentales? ¿Dónde está asentado el poder? ¿Quién se publica y por qué? De estos temas hablarán Binyavanga Wainaina, autor y periodista keniano, fundador de la revista Kwani?, la escritora de origen africano Taiye Selasi y los editores Ellah Wakatama Allfrey y Claudio López de Lamadrid. 

Evento International Conversation co-organizado por Writers’ Centre Norwich

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Gustavo Bell Lemus en conversación con Alberto Abello Vives

70 años de Biografía del Caribe, de Germán Arciniegas.

Cartagena 2016, 
La publicación de esta obra, que antecedió a similares en las Antillas, es un punto de inflexión en el conocimiento de esta región y marca un punto de partida en el reconocimiento identitario del norte de Colombia con el Caribe. Su setenta aniversario es la oportunidad para que dos expertos en el Caribe dialoguen sobre identidad, región y nación. Gustavo Bell Lemus es historiador y gestor del Parque Cultural del Caribe. Fue vicepresidente de la República de Colombia y actualmente es embajador de este país en Cuba. Alberto Abello Vives es investigador y gestor cultural experto en el Caribe, y autor de varios libros, entre ellos, el recientemente publicado La isla encallada. El Caribe colombiano en el archipiélago del Caribe.

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Have You Really Read KAFKA?

Dhaka 2013, 
Eliot Weinberger, David Shook and Kaiser Haq, withChris Heiser. Marking the Launch of Dhaka Translation Centre.

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Gavin Turk and Farhana Yamin talk to Ed Gillespie

Extinction Rebellion – Is It Time?

Hay Festival 2019, 

Climate change is an unprecedented global emergency. Successive governments have failed to put in place the legislation and processes necessary to provide for a sustainable future. To survive, it’s going to take everything we’ve got to spark and sustain a spirit of creative rebellion, which will enable much-needed changes in our political, economic and social landscape. Award-winning artist Gavin Turk and international environmental lawyer Farhana Yamin talk to environmental entrepreneur Ed Gillespie.

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Bengal Publications Hour

Dhaka 2013, 
Tahmima Anam introduces new Bangladeshi writing in English, followed by conversations with Srabonti Narmeen Ali, Saad Z Hossain and Munize Manzur. Marking the Launch of Bengal Publications English Fiction. Moderated by Janice Pariat.

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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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Janice Pariat and Lena Andersson

Fictions: Love Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

Pariat’s captivating novel, The Nine-Chambered Heart, is a kaleidoscopic story of one woman as seen through the eyes of those she has loved or been loved by. To read Andersson’s tale of an adulterous affair, Acts of Infidelity, is to dive inside the mind of a brilliant, infuriating friend – her lovers’ entanglements and arguments are the stuff of relationship nightmares: cutting, often cruel, and written with razor-sharp humour. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.