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Steven Pinker

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Hay Festival 2003, 
The author of How The Mind Works and The Language Instinct challenges our usual explanations of human behaviour, stated most clearly in the human sciences of psychology, ethics and politics, In an explosive argument he reasserts the role of an inherited human nature.

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Crimen organizado. Misha Glenny en conversación con John Collins

Cartagena 2017, 
El periodista Misha Glenny dedicó varios años a una valiente investigación de redes criminales organizadas en todo el mundo, que han crecido hasta representar aproximadamente un 15 % de la economía global. Desde la mafia rusa a gigantescos carteles de la droga, sus fuentes incluyen no solamente agentes de inteligencia y de la policía, sino también criminales infiltrados. Conversa con John Collins, sobre las estructuras criminales transnacionales.
Crimen organizado. Misha Glenny en conversación con John Collins

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John Crace, John Sutherland and Friends

The Two Johnnies Do Dracula, and Frankenstein is 200!

Hay Festival 2018, 

A Book Club like no other, as our favourite literary vaudevillians read about monsters and Europe and things that go bump in the mind. Crace writes the satirical Digested Reads for the Guardian. Sutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English at UCL and the go-to senior Eng-Lit Super-Don.

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Mujeres que dicen verdades. María Elvira Samper, Juanita León y Alejandra de Vengoechea, en conversación con Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2017, 
El momento que vive el mundo es en extremo delicado por cuenta de los ataques a las mujeres. A pesar de la revolución femenina que se dio a mediados del siglo XX, en muchas esferas aún son tratadas como ciudadanas de segunda. El mundo del periodismo no es la excepción. Esta conversación, con tres de las más destacadas periodistas colombianas, indaga en sus vidas y carrera y se pregunta cómo han luchado contra viento y marea por hacerse un lugar en un mundo tradicionalmente reservado a los hombres.

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Juana María Garza y William Navarrete

Cuento y contracuento: La espía / Adiós a Cleopatra

Xalapa 2013, 
Lecturas dramatizadas con Juana María Garza y William Navarrete; trauma, nostalgia, memoria, amor y desconfianza se entremezclan en dos historias donde se cuestionan el exilio y el in-xilio cubano. 

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Philippe Sands en conversación con Luis Moreno Ocampo

Querétaro 2016, 

Philippe Sands, escritor y abogado defensor de los derechos humanos, hablará sobre su última obra publicada, East West Street, On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity” (Calle Este Oeste. Sobre los orígenes del genocidio y los crímenes contra la humanidad), con el argentino Luis Moreno Ocampo, ex Fiscal de la Corte Penal Internacional y también defensor de los derechos humanos, reconocido por su investigación sobre crímenes contra la humanidad y la persecución y acusación ante la Corte a quienes los cometieron.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Alan Hollinghurst talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: The Sparsholt Affair

Hay Festival 2018, 

Man Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers.

Alan Hollinghurst talks to Georgina Godwin

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Riverside Performing Arts

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Hay Festival 2018, 

Plop is a baby barn owl. He is the same as every baby barn owl that has ever been – except for one thing…he is afraid of the dark. Riverside Performing Arts, who brought you Elmer, presents Jill Tomlinson's classic tale, illustrated by Paul Howard. Filled with song, puppetry, dance and laughter, this touching story is beautifully adapted for the stage. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark encourages children to be conquerors, is guaranteed to raise a smile, and will calm the biggest fears.

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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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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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Tony Parsons

Hay Festival 2004, 
The blockbusting champion of masculinism and author of Mand and Boy, Man and Wife, and One for my Baby discusses his career and his new novel The Family Way.

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Helen Parr and Cedric Delves in conversation with Arthur Denaro

Across an Angry Sea/Our Boys

Winter Weekend 2018, 

The book Across an Angry Sea: The SAS in The Falklands War is an account of Special Forces actions by Lieutenant General Sir Cedric Delves, who commanded D Company, 22 SAS in the South Atlantic. Parr's Our Boys: The Story of a Paratrooper is partly about the Falklands War itself and the terrible things that the Paras endured, and the terrible things that some of them did, but it is also about the white working class of the 1970s and why some men born into this class ended up marching across an island that most of them had never heard of. Delves commanded the SAS at every level before becoming Commander of the Field Army. Parr is a Hennessy Award-winning historian who teaches International Relations at Keele University. Chaired by Major General Arthur Denaro.

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Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett

Triangle and Square

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the New York Times duo as they conspire again on two slyly funny tales about some creative shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humour, these thoughtful offerings about different shapes from two of today's most irreverent picture-book creators emphasize the importance of keeping your eyes and your mind open to wonder, where others see only rubble and rocks.

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Penelope Wilson

Sacred Signs: Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt

Hay Festival 2003, 
Hieroglyphs were far more than a language. They were an omnipresent and all-powerfull force in communicating the messages of ancient Egyptian culture for over three thousand years, used as monumental art, as a means of identifying Egyptian-ness and for rarified communication with the gods. Wilson explores the cultural significance of the script.

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Vivian Abenshushan, Eduardo Halfon y Luisa Valenzuela en conversación con Yael Weiss

Autores con cuento.

Xalapa 2013, 
Tres autores invitados al festival, expertos cuentistas, conversan sobre su trabajo literario. Con Vivian Abenshushan (México), Eduardo Halfon (Guatemala) y Luisa Valenzuela (Argentina) en conversación con Yael Weiss.

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John Humphrys

Lost for Words

Hay Festival 2005, 
Today Programme inquisitor examines the use and abuse of the English language eviscerating cliché, jargon and bullshit

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Andrew St. George

History's Turning Points

Hay Festival 1996, 
Do we make history or does history make us? Has the world always been like this? The brilliant young historian Andrew St. George takes the long view of history and talks about writing History's Turning Points. He answers questions with his co-author Revel Guest, Chairman of Transatlantic Films/

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Tyler Keevil and Eluned Gramich talk to Dylan Moore

Fictions: Wales

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation about place and story, language and resilience. Keevil has two new books out. The first is a novel called No Good Brother – a high stakes Canadian adventure of love and morality, introducing two unlikely outlaws. Hometown Tales: Wales pairs two stories: Last Seen Leaving, a gripping account of the days following the disappearance of a local man by Keevil and The Lion and the Star by Eluned Gramich, a vivid retelling of the Welsh language protests that electrified Cardiganshire in the 1970s.

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Piedad Bonnett en conversación con Ramón Cote

Hablemos de poesía (1).

Cartagena 2016, 
La escritora Piedad Bonnett tiene en su haber varios libros de poesía, teatro y varias novelas. Fue ganadora del Premio Casa de América de Poesía Americana 2011 por Explicaciones no pedidas y en 2012 recibió el premio de poesía Poetas del Mundo Latino Víctor Sandoval de Aguascalientes, México, por el aporte de su obra a la lengua castellana. Acaba de publicar su nuevo libro, Poesía reunida. Conversará con el poeta, narrador, ensayista y crítico Ramón Cote, cuya última publicación es Como quien dice adiós a lo perdido.
Piedad Bonnett en conversación con Ramón Cote

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Keith Waterhouse talks to Brenda Maddox

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist and columnist discusses his second volume of autobiography Streets Ahead which traces his path from the hot metal of Fleet Street in the 50's, to London's Theatreland as part of the 'new wave' with Billy Liar, from Shaftsbury Avenue to Broadway and Sunset Boulevard. "A glorious torrent of yarns by a master of the genre" - The Sunday Times

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Jonathan Freedland

The Columnist

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Policy Editor analyses the day's papers and the role and art of the columnist. What is it they do exactly? And why are there so many?

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Another Evening With Ned Sherrin

By Popular Demand

Hay Festival 1997, 
A glorious anthology of wit and more tall tales from the great raconteur, broadcaster, director and compiler of Theatrical Anecdotes.

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Poetry Squantum 3

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Penultimate Exposure.

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David Rose, Joshua Rozenberg

Whose Law is it Anyway?

Hay Festival 1997, 
An examination of the crises in the British legal system and the conflict between government and judiciary chaired by the law historian Andrew St George. Rozenberg is the BBC's Legal Correspondent and the author of Trial of Strength. Rose's book In the Name of the Law is a brilliant analysis of the currant situation and proposes radical reform for the whole system.

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Irvine Welsh en conversación con Peter Florence

Xalapa 2013, 
Irvine Welsh (Escocia) es autor de la celebrada novela Trainspotting, llevada al cine con gran éxito
por Danny Boyle, en la que muestra con humor, honestidad y crítica la vida de un sector de la juventud escocesa afectada por el clima desesperanzador de los años ochenta, la atracción de las drogas y los dilemas morales de sus protagonistas. Welsh es autor de varias novelas más, entre ellas Porno y la recién publicada Skagboys, en las que regresa a los personajes de Trainspotting. En conversación con Peter Florence.

Evento patrocinado por el British Council