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Tim Rice talks to Ned Sherrin

Hay Festival 1997, 
The multiple Oscar-winning lyricist, knighted for his services to musical theatre has written the lyrics for the shows Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, Blondel, CRicket, and Heathcliff and the films Aladdin and The Lion King.

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Andy Kirkpatrick

Unknown Pleasures: Collected Writing on Life, Death, Climbing and Everything in Between

Hay Festival 2018, 

One moment Kirkpatrick is attempting a rare solo ascent of Norway’s Troll Wall, the next he is surrounded by the TV circus while climbing Moonlight Buttress with the BBC’s The One Show presenter Alex Jones. Yosemite’s El Capitan is ever-present; he climbs it alone – strung out for weeks, and he climbs it with his 13-year-old daughter Ella – her first big wall.

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Kate Brandt talks to Andy Fryers

A Sustainable Digital World?

Hay Festival 2018, 

The digital revolution touches all aspects of our human and physical world in constantly changing ways, and alongside this, comes new opportunities to meet the challenges posed by climate change and the need for resource efficiency by working to empower everyone—businesses, governments, nonprofit organizations, communities, and individuals—to use  technology to create a more sustainable world. Kate Brandt, former Chief Sustainability Officer under President Obama and now Google’s Sustainability Officer, is in the hot seat.

Kate Brandt talks to Andy Fryers

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Guerra. ¿Y si te pasara a ti? Janne Teller en conversación con Mauricio Rodríguez

Cartagena 2017, 
La escritora danesa Janne Teller ha trabajado en resolución de conflictos humanitarios en lugares tan diversos como Tanzania, Mozambique y Bangladés. En 1995 dejó su carrera profesional en Naciones Unidas para dedicarse plenamente a la literatura y desde entonces ha dedicado buena parte de su carrera literaria a escribirle a la paz, tema coyuntural importante en Colombia hoy día. Hablará sobre su último libro Guerra. ¿Y si te pasara a ti?, en el que nos invita a ponernos en los zapatos de las víctimas que han tenido que abandonar sus hogares a causa de la violencia y a reflexionar sobre la responsabilidad que todos tenemos sobre lo que nunca debería ser nuestro destino. En conversación con Mauricio Rodríguez.

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Daniel Samper Pizano y Rodolfo Segovia en conversación con Juan Esteban Constaín

La historia: tres miradas. Un académico, una novelista, un humorista.

Cartagena 2016, 
Tres historiadores con tres perspectivas bien diferentes –académica, novelista y humorista– conversarán sobre el tratamiento que le dan a la historia. Daniel Samper Pizano ha publicado más de treinta libros, en su mayoría notas de humor y textos de periodismo, y ha ganado, entre otros premios, el Maria Moors Cabot, de la Universidad de Columbia, el Rey de España (España) y el Simón Bolívar (Colombia). Acaba de publicar Breve historia de este puto mundo y es miembro de la Academia Colombiana de la Lengua. El ingeniero químico Rodolfo Segovia es miembro de la Academia Colombiana de Historia y de la Academia de Historia de Cartagena, y autor de libros como 105 días. El sitio de Pablo Morillo a Cartagena de Indias. Modera la charla Juan Esteban Constaín.

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Takashi Hiraide en conversación con Álvaro Robledo

Cartagena 2016, 
Después de trabajar durante nueve años en una editorial de Tokio, Takashi Hiraide decidió dedicarse a la escritura. Su primera novela, El gato que venía del cielo, ganó en 2002 el premio Kiyama Shohei y ha sido un éxito mundial de ventas. Es una historia sutil y delicada sobre un gato y su pareja de dueños que ha merecido el reconocimiento de la crítica internacional. Conversará con Álvaro Robledo.

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Joseph Rotblat and Robert McNamara talk to Jon Snow

WMD: Horses Mouth

Hay Festival 2005, 
McNamara quit as Lyndon Johnson's Secretary over the bombing of North Vietnam. He had previously developed Kennedy's 'assured destruction' policy. Atomic Scientist Rotblat quit the Manhattan Project when it became apparent Nazi Germany would not build the bomb. He won the Nobel Prize in 1995 for his work with the Pugwash Project to abolish nuclear weapons.

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Rhidian Brook, James Hawes, Catherine Merriman, Adrian Mourby

Writes of Passage

Hay Festival 1996, 
Four outstanding Welsh writers discuss their work. Brook's The Testimoney of Taliesin Jones is a beautiful, "humorous and poetic" (Literary Review) evocation of the passage from childhood to adolescence. Hawes' White Merc With Fins tilts at the passage from twenty- to thirty-something in a dazzling novel that reads like a high-octane mix of Easy Rider and Trainspotting. Catherine Merriman's State of Desire weaves the themes of gender troubles and passions so brilliantly explored in Leaving the Light On and Fatal Obsevations. Mourby's We Think The World of Him is a wonderful study of New Manhood and house husbandry in Cardiff.

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Translating Bangla to English

Dhaka 2013, 
Translators Fakrul Alam, Niaz Zaman, Aruhava Sinha and Ahmede Hussein. Moderated by Jackie Kabir.

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Tim Smit talks to Andy Fryers

South, West, North and East of Eden

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The co-founder and Executive Vice Chairman of the Eden Project is branching his vision out across the globe to China, Australia and New Zealand, then to the Middle East and US. “Eden’s mission is to explore our dependence on the natural world, to use that understanding to excite people into delivering transformation where they live and to ask really serious questions about what a great future might look like for all of us. We want the new Edens to act as a heartbeat for those who feel the same way as we do and to develop in all of them the ability to tell the stories that inspire the people who are their constituency.”

Tim Smit talks to Andy Fryers

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William Atkins talks to Owen Sheers

The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin, Atkins offers a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places. From the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of north-west China to the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan and the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American south-west, each of Atkins’ travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.

William Atkins talks to Owen Sheers

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Phil George, Rachel Trezise, Tomos Owen and Friends

The Library of Wales

Hay Festival 2018, 

The hugely ambitious Parthian press project to gather in one imprint the greatest Welsh writing in English of the past 100 years has now reached 50 titles – from Raymond Williams and Margiad Evans to Rachel Trezise and Leonora Brito. Phil George leads a conversation about the scope and scale, impact and treasures of Welsh literature. What do we learn from these modern classics? What might the next 50 books be? And how might they be selected? 

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Mike Hoffmann, Monika Bohm and Emily Beech talk to Andy Fryers

Species Under Threat

Hay Festival 2018, 

Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. It is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity and a powerful tool to inform and catalyse policy change. The list provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, threats, and conservation actions. Hoffman currently heads up the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) global conservation programmes and was previously chair of the 25-member IUCN Red List Committee. Bohm is a researcher in the Species Indicators and Assessments Unit at ZSL. Emily Beech is a Conservation Officer at Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

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Ian McEwan - Enduring Love

Vintage Living Texts 4

Hay Festival 2002, 
The writer discusses his novel Enduring Love with Vintage Living Texts series editiors Jonathan Noakes and Margaret Reynolds.

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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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Jonathan Shaw en conversación con Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2017, 
Jonathan Shaw (Estados Unidos) nació fruto de la relación entre la leyenda del jazz Artie Shaw y la estrella de Hollywood Doris Dowling. Durante su adolescencia frecuentó a Charles Bukowski y entró en una espiral de delincuencia juvenil. A los 19 años viajó por Centroamérica y Sudamérica, donde vivió durante años. En 2008 publicó su primera novela, Narcisa, que pronto se convirtió en un libro de culto con una legión de fans entre los que se encuentran Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop y Jim Jarmusch. Recientemente publicada en español, la novela narra la pasional historia de amor entre Cigano, un extoxicómano, y Narcisa, una prostituta adicta a las drogas. Jonathan conversará con Mario Jursich.

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Michael Howard

The First World War

Hay Festival 2002, 
The pre-eminent military historian looks at the origins and causes of the Great War, triggered by the Sarajevo assassination in 1914.

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Tim Radford, Vivienne Parry, Steven Rose, John Maddox

The Guardian Platform: The Fourth Scientific Revolution

Hay Festival 2005, 
The discoveries of Copernicus, Darwin, Crick and Watson all changed humanity's view of itself and it's place in the universe, through the discovery of the solar system, the origin of species and DNA. Leading scientific experts will discuss and predict what discovery will come next to change our perception of ourselves.

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Juliet Barker's Brontes

Hay Festival 1998, 
The prize-winning biographer and editior of the Bronte letters portrays the lives of the three novelist sisters Emily, Charlotte and Ann, and their brother Branwell. She examines the literary sensation caused by the publication of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

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Paul Theroux

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading and conversation with the great American travel-writer and novelist, author of My Secret History, Riding the Iron Rooster, Mosquito Coast, The Old Patagonian Express, Picture Palace. .
Introduced by Bill Buford, the Literary and Fiction Editor of The New Yorker.

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Richard Holloway talks to Joan Bakewell

Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death

Hay Festival 2018, 

Now in his ninth decade, former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway has spent a lifetime at the bedsides of the dying, guiding countless men and women towards peaceful deaths. In Waiting for the Last Bus, he presents a positive, meditative and profound exploration of the many important lessons we can learn from death: facing up to the limitations of our bodies as they falter, reflecting on our failings, and forgiving ourselves and others. Holloway’s previous books include Leaving Alexandria and Looking in the Distance.

Richard Holloway talks to Joan Bakewell

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Helen Jukes, Alys Fowler and Steve Benbow talk to John Mitchinson

Buzz Buzz

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation about bees. Jukes is the author of A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings, an insightful and inspiring account of a novice beekeeper’s year of keeping honeybees in Oxford. Fowler and Benbow’s Letters to a Beekeeper is the story of how, over the course of a year. Alys, the Guardian gardening writer, learns how to keep bees; and Steve, the urban beekeeper, learns how to plant a pollinator-friendly garden.

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Aardman’s Dan Binns and Ally Lewis talk to Andy Fryers

Trans.MISSION 2: Clean Air

Hay Festival 2018, 

What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Ally Lewis is an atmospheric chemist and works for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of York. His main research focus is air pollution and how to detect chemicals in the atmosphere. Dan Binns is a Commercials director at Aardman, the multi-award-winning studio, creators of Wallace & Gromit. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around air pollution. Chaired by Andy Fryers

The Trans.MISSION project was created to bring science and culture together with the aim of communicating cutting-edge science to new audiences through new methods. 
More information about the Trans.MISSION project can be found here.

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Sujit Sivasundaram

Cambridge Series 14: The History of Islands and Their Contribution to the Modern World

Hay Festival 2018, 

The islands of the Pacific and Indian oceans and the people who inhabited these seas are some of the most marginalised places and people in Western historical memory. Yet they played a crucial role in modern political, intellectual and cultural thought, and may be sites to watch for the future of humanity even as environmental change takes its course. Dr Sivasundaram is Reader in World History.

Sujit Sivasundaram

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General Sir Michael Rose

Fighting For Peace

Hay Festival 1999, 
The former Commander of the UN protection force in Bosnia talks to the BBC World Anchor Nik Gowing about peacekeeping in the Balkans.