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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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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.

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Ed Vaizey, Jean-Christophe Chopin, Annoushka Ducas, Edeline Lee, Geordie Willis

Hay Festival 2019, 

Google, Hoover, Beyoncé... Brand building has become a complex issue, one that’s moved from the concerns of big business to the everyday worries of everyone, from graduates building their LinkedIn profiles to the top echelons of soft power diplomats. An expert panel chaired by former Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey debates what makes a good brand. Ducas is a jewellery designer, creative director and founder of Links of London and Annoushka. Chopin is founder and CEO of the LandRover Born Awards and of born.com. Lee is a fashion designer whose clothes are worn by Olivia Coleman. Willis is creative director at Berry Bros & Rudd. 

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Little Magazines vs. Mainstream Magazines

Dhaka 2013, 

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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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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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Patrick Barkham

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Hay Festival 2018, 

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. The nature writer meets all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, as he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.

Barkham’s books include CoastlinesBadgerlands and The Butterfly Isles.

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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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Laurie Penny and Rosie Boycott

#MeToo

Winter Weekend 2017, 

What does the global reaction to the revelation of Harvey Weinstein’s monstrosity mean? Is anyone surprised? Is this a tipping point for patriarchy? What do we do now?
Laurie Penny is a journalist and feminist activist, the author of Unspeakable ThingsEverything Belongs to the Future and most recently Bitch Doctrine

Laurie Penny and Rosie Boycott

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Chris Riddell

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Hay Festival 2019, 

Former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell will talk about the inspiration behind his art for The Tales of Beedle the Bard and what it was like to illustrate JK Rowling’s words. There will be dramatic readings of the stories from the book while Chris Riddell draws live.

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De novelas. Carolina Sanín y Emiliano Monge en conversación con Yael Weiss

Querétaro 2016, 

Emiliano Monge es uno de los escritores mexicanos más celebrados. Su impactante novela Las tierras arrasadas, en la que retrata el terror y la miseria que viven los migrantes en el México actual, fue publicada en 2015 con gran éxito de crítica; es también autor de un libro de cuentos y de otras dos novelas. La escritora Carolina Sanín (Colombia) ha sido columnista en los principales medios escritos colombianos (El Espectador, Semana, La Silla Vacía); su última novela, Los niños, cuenta la historia atípica e inquietante de una pareja formada por un niño y una mujer.

De novelas. Carolina Sanín y Emiliano Monge en conversación con Yael Weiss

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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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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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Richard Booth

The King's Festival Message

Hay Festival 2003, 
Richard Booth, President of the International Booktown movement, introduces his ideas about the global network of books, and the establishment of his new Welsh Booktown in Blaenavon. He is joined by the American bookdealer James Hanna, and the Australian poet John Boase.

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Galton and Simpson talk to Laurence Marks

Hay Festival 2003, 
In this first of today's television-writer sessions, the duo commonly recognised as Britain's greatest ever comedy writers talk to Laurence Marks. Ray Galton and Alan Simpson wrote the revolutionary and landmark TV series Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

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Horatio Clare

Fictions: Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Aubrey is a rambunctious boy who tries to run before he can walk and has crashed two cars before he's old enough to drive one. But when his father, Jim, falls under an horrendous spell Aubrey is determined to break it. With the help of the animals of Rushing Wood, Aubrey will never surrender - even if he must fight the unkillable Spirit of Despair itself: the TERRIBLE YOOT! A new children’s tale from the award-winning writer. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Horatio Clare

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Nigel Forde, Sarah Wardle, Deryn Rees-Jones

Poetry Live

Hay Festival 2004, 
A reading by three award-winning poets. Forde's latest collection is A Map of the Territory, Wardle's is Fields Away, Rees-Jones has just published Quiver.

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Vivian Abenshushan, Julio Patán y Rafael Reig en conversación con Martín Solares

Ensayistas.

Xalapa 2013, 
El ensayo es un género que en su definicion abierta engloba muchas posibilidades. Martin Solares pregunta a los escritores invitados sobre su relacion con el ensayo: Vivian Abenshushan (México), autora de "El clan de los insomnes" y "Escritos para desocupados"; Julio Patán (México) autor de "Conspiraciones". "Breve historia de la conquista del mundo por los extraterrestres, los masones, la ONU, las élites financieras" ... y "El libro negro de la izquierda mexicana"; y Rafael Reig (España), cuya última novela se publicó en 2012 bajo el título "Lo que no está escrito".

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Jay McInerney, Julian Barnes and Stephen Fry

A Good Read

Hay Festival 1998, 
The three writers each recommend one treasured book: Barnes recommends Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome; McInerney chooses Raymond Carver's Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?; Fry celebrates PG Wodehouse's The Code of the Woosters.

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Selina Hossain, Anisul Hoque, Kumar Chakraborty, Papree Rahman.

Dhaka 2014, 
Selina Hossain, Anisul Hoque, Kumar Chakraborty, Papree Rahman. Moderated by Parvez Hossain.

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Alonso Sánchez Baute, Melba Escobar y Mario Mendoza en conversación con Mario Jursich

Las otras formas de violencia.

Cartagena 2016, 
La violencia no siempre es física; las imágenes, las palabras, los actos son formas de agresión que pasan muchas veces desapercibidas pero infligen tanto o mayor daño. Mario Jursich modera esta charla sobre otras formas de violencia no específicas del conflicto, en la que toman parte Alonso Sánchez Baute, autor de la novela Al diablo la maldita primavera o el reciente libro de relatos ¿De dónde flores si no hay jardín?; la periodista y escritora Melba Escobar, cuyas últimas
obras son Johnny y el mar (premio White Raven de la Biblioteca Juvenil Internacional de Múnich, Alemania) y La Casa de la Belleza; y el también escritor y periodista Mario Mendoza, galardonado con el Premio Biblioteca Breve por Satanás y que recientemente ha publicado Paranormal Colombia.

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Germaine Greer

Sappho

Hay Festival 2019, 

From the Greek island of Lesbos, Sappho presented one of the earliest forms of passionate literary subjectivity in the history of Western love poetry. As one of the first female love poets with verse embracing both men and women, her legacy in popular culture lives on and her persona has become etymologically attached to female homosexuality. What do we really know about Sappho? As a professional performer she wrote poems in various personae, yet scholars have persisted in regarding every fragment that survives as autobiographical.

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Lindsey Fitzharris

The Butchering Art

Winter Weekend 2017, 

In the nineteenth century, operating theatres were known as ‘gateways of death’, since half of those who underwent surgery didn't survive. At a time when surgery couldn't have been more dangerous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: Joseph Lister, a melancholy young Quaker surgeon. By making the then-audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection – and could be treated with antiseptics – he solved the riddle of post-operative death and changed the history of medicine for ever.

Lindsey Fitzharris

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Maylis de Kerangal talks to Philippe Sands

Fictions: Mend The Living

Hay Festival 2018, 

The French winner of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize introduces her magnificent novel Mend the Living, a story that is both intimate and epic, that goes to the heart of what it means to be human.

Maylis de Kerangal talks to Philippe Sands