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Edna O'Brien

Down by the River

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Irish author reads from and discusses her contorversial novel Down by the River with Nick McDowell. The book deals with fundamentalist beliefs about sexuality, abortion and faith in a stark process of one country girl's rite of passage from childhood to womanhood, from abuse and terror into wisdom. "An angry, violent, yet startlingly beautiful book.. Edna O'Brien's imagination inflames the world" - Independent on Sunday

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Gore Vidal, Andrew Marr, Rhodri Morgan, Yasmin Alibhai Brown

The BBC Wales Debate: Democracy

Hay Festival 2000, 
In a changing, devolved Britain and with America about to go to the polls, how best can we interpret and pursue a Democrati ideal? Vidal is an eminence grise of American political and literary life and starred in the film Bob Roberts. Marr is an award-winning political commentator and the author of The Day Britain Died. Morgan is the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly. Alibhai Brown is author of Who Do We Think We Are? Chaired by Dai Smith, Professor of Modern History and Head of Programmes at BBC Wales.

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De poesía. Horacio Benavides, Luna Miguel y Amir Or en conversación con Ingrid Bejerman

Cartagena 2017, 
Tres destacados poetas conversan con Ingrid Bejerman sobre su trabajo. Con Horacio Benavides (Colombia), poeta, docente y coeditor de la revista de poesía Deriva. Ha publicado, entre otros, los libros de poemas: Orígenes (1979), Las cosas perdidas (1986), Agua de la Orilla (1989), Sombra de Agua (1994), La aldea desvelada (1998) y Sin razón florecer. Luna Miguel (España), redactora y editora de PlayGround Magazine y autora, entre otros, de los libros de poemas Pensamientos estériles (2011), La tumba del marinero (2013), Los estómagos (2015) y El arrecife de las sirenas (2017). Y Amir Or (Israel) es uno de los poetas más destacados en hebreo. Autor de once libros de poesía, su obra ha sido traducida a veinte idiomas; en español podemos leer Milagro y Milagro/las horas.

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Juliet Stevenson, Helen Bamber, Barb Jungr, Tim Piggott Smith

Captured Voices

Hay Festival 2000, 
A reading of work from victims of torture. All proceeds given to support the work of one of the Festival's nominated charities, The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.

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Melania G. Mazzucco en conversación con Valerie Miles

Cartagena 2014, 
Melania G. Mazzucco, Premio Strega 2003, es una novelista italiana que también ejerce como guionista de radio, televisión y cine. Entre sus novelas destacan Ella, tan amada, y La larga espera del ángel. Entre sus trabajos para la radio destacan La vita assassina y Dhulan (2001), con el que ganó el premio Italia a la mejor produccion radiofónica del año. En conversación con Valerie Miles. Con el apoyo del Istituto Italiano di Cultura

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Guy Gunaratne and Amy Sackville

Fictions: Language, Voice

Hay Festival 2018, 
A reading and conversation with two outstanding emerging novelists whose utterly compelling and very different books display a rare and wonderful mastery of voice.  Gunaratne’s debut, In the Mad and Furious City follows three young men on a London council estate caught up in a wave of anger and rioting following the killing of a soldier.  Sackville’s Painter to the King charts Velasquez’ time at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, a court collapsing under the weight of its own excess.  They read and talk to Georgina Godwin.

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Kate Nicholls talks to Jane Garvey

Under the Camelthorn Tree

Hay Festival 2019, 

Nicholls left England to raise her five children in Botswana. Living on a shoestring in a lion conservation camp, she home-schools her family while they also learn at first-hand about the individual lives of wild lions. The setting is exotic but it is also precarious. When Nicholls is subjected to a brutal attack by three men, it threatens to destroy her and her family: post-traumatic stress turns a good mother into a woman who is fragmented and out of control. This powerfully written, raw and often warmly funny memoir is an inspiring account of family love, and a powerful beacon of hope for life after trauma.

Kate Nicholls talks to Jane Garvey

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David and Hilary Crystal

It's not what you say...

Hay Festival 2000, 
... but the way that you say it. David Crystal explores the amazing range of vocal effects that make up a person's tone of voice, and uses them to animate some of the observations about language he and his wife, Hilary discovered as they were compiling their Penguin book of language quotations, Words on Words.

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Marianne Wiggins talks to Sarah Dunant

Hay Festival 1996, 
The American novelist and short story writer talks about John Dollar - "a superb novel, hypnotic, disturbing and artful... almost any sentance may be shot through with wonderful phrases bright as tracer bullets" - (Washington Post), that is written in "a prose precisely opulent as a diamond solitare" - New York Times.
She talks to the award-winning crime-writer Sarah Dunant, author of Under My Skin, Birthmarks and Fatlands.

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Simon Armitage, Lavinia Greenlaw, Andrew Motion, Daljit Nagra, Richard Scott and Hannah Sullivan

The Faber Poetry Party

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Poet Laureate hosts an all-star line-up to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of the iconic publisher, home of one of the world’s greatest poetry lists. Each of the poets reads from their own work and from the work of a Faber poet from a previous generation. The readings are interwoven with audio recordings from the Hay Player archive by the late, great Faber poets Derek Walcott, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney.

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Chae Strathie

So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life in Ancient Egypt

Hay Festival 2019, 

Life in ancient Egypt may sound like fun, with the glorious sunny weather and amazing pyramids. But in award-winning author Chae Strathie’s new book, you’ll discover it was actually pretty tough. From dodging Deathstalker scorpions to cleaning up cow dung, and from eating roast hedgehog to being slammed in the stocks, learn what life was really like at the time of the Pharaohs. Maybe modern life’s not so bad after all…

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Thomas Harding talks to Philippe Sands

Blood on the Page

Hay Festival 2018, 

A ground-breaking examination of a terrifying murder and its aftermath by the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake. The trial of the Chinese dissident accused of murdering Allan Chappelow was the first in modern British history to be held ‘in camera’ – closed, carefully controlled, secret. Wang Yam was found guilty but has always protested his innocence. “Meticulous and gripping – a thriller that disturbs for revelations about a singular act of murder, and the national security state which we call home” –Philippe Sands.

Thomas Harding talks to Philippe Sands

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David Rieff in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

Querétaro 2017, 

The renowned US writer and journalist David Rieff, author of A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis (2003), Against Remembrance (2012) and Swimming in a Sea of Death, in which he deals with the loss of his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, presents his new book, In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies. In this work he reflects on historical memory and the voluntary option of forgetting with regard to traumatic historical events, questioning the ethical obligation to remember as the individual’s responsibility. In conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi.

David Rieff in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

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Ian Stewart - The Royal Society Michael Faraday Lecture

Riddles of Form: Discovering Order and pattern in the Universe

Hay Festival 1996, 
The patterns that occur in the form and behaviour of living creatures are usuallu explained in terms of genes and DNA. However, mathematics also plays a role, as examples from the numerolgy of plants and the rhythms of animal movement demonstrate. (No specialist knowledge or mathematical ability required)

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Dr Thomas Stuttaford

In Your Right Mind

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Times' medical guru explores the responses to and treatments of common psychological and psychiatric conditions.

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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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Martín Kohan y Álvaro Enrigue en conversación con Ricardo García Mainou

Querétaro 2016, 

El escritor argentino Martín Kohan es autor de obras como Bahía BlancaEl país de la guerra y la reciente Fuera de lugar. Por su parte, el mexicano Álvaro Enrigue es autor de dos libros de cuentos y varias notables novelas, entre ellas, la ganadora del Premio Herralde 2013: Muerte súbita, permio que también recibió en el año 2007 Kohan con Ciencias morales. Ambos escritores conversan con Ricardo García Mainou, columnista y crítico cultural mexicano del periódico El Economista.

Martín Kohan y Álvaro Enrigue en conversación con Ricardo García Mainou

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Nelson Romero Guzmán, Filipa Leal, Juan Manuel Roca y Rómulo Bustos en conversación con Guido Tamayo

Hablemos de poesía (2).

Cartagena 2016, 
Nelson Romero Guzmán, Premio Latinoamericano de Poesía Casa de las Américas 2015 con su obra Bajo el brillo de la luna; Filipa Leal, escritora y periodista portuguesa que ha publicado recientemente Adilia Lopes Lopes y Pelos leitores de poesia; Juan Manuel Roca, ganador de premios como el José Lezama Lima o el Casa América de Poesía Americana y autor de Con el perdón de Kafka, una antología de su obra, y Rómulo Bustos, galardonado con premios como el Blas de Otero
de Poesía de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid 2009 por su poemario Muerte y levitación de la ballena, conversan con el escritor Guido Tamayo. 

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Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

From Raiders to Rulers: The Vikings in Anglo-Saxon England

Hay Festival 2019, 

“Never before has such a terror appeared in Britain as we have suffered from a pagan race, nor was it thought that such an inroad from the sea could be made,” wrote the Anglo-Saxon scholar Alcuin, in response to the first major Viking raid on Lindisfarne. From these notorious early attacks at the end of the 8th century to all-out war in the time of Alfred; from the extortion of ‘Danegeld’ in the reign of Æthelstan to two decades of rule under Cnut, the Scandinavian impact on Anglo-Saxon culture and politics was enormous. In a wide-ranging overview, Eleanor Barraclough explores some of the truths behind the Vikings’ lurid reputation, and shows the evidence to be found in the rare documents on display in the British Library.

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Roy Hattersley

Blood and Fire

Hay Festival 2000, 
Hattersley conjures an 'entertaining and stylish romp' through the life of a crusading, political winner of religious zeal, with a flair for media manipulation and a fondness for hob-nobbing with the rich and famous. The story of William Booth and his wife Catherine, founders of the Salvation Army.

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Diana Athill, Andrea Ashworth, John Walsh

Memoir

Hay Festival 2000, 
Athill is one of publishings legends. She worked for the BBC throughout the second world war and then helped Andre Deutsch establish the publishing company that bore his name. For almost fifty years she was widely regarded as one of the finest editors in London working with Naipaul, Jean Rhys, Gitta Sereby and Brian Moore. She was also a considerable and unjustly neglected writer. Two of what she called her 'documentary books,' Instead of a Letter and After a Funeral anticipated the modern memoir in their directness and intimacy. Ashworth's remarkable memoir of a very disturbed 1970s childhood Once in a House of Fire is hailed as a searing masterpiece. Walsh's The Falling Angels is a stunning portrait of his Irish youth in Battersea, and gives a beautifully rendered account of his mother's death.

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Kate Adie and Hong Ying

Tiananmen Tales

Hay Festival 1997, 
As Hong Kong reverts to Chinese control we remember the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre with the BBC's front-line reporter and the Tiananmen activist Hong Ying, whose novel Summer of Betrayal fictionalises her experience of the event and it's aftermath in Beijing

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El show de Gary. Monólogo de Nell Leyshon

Querétaro 2016, 

La dramaturga y novelista Nell Leyshon (Inglaterra) es autora de la celebrada novela Del color de la leche, Premio Libro del Año por el Gremio de Libreros de Madrid (2014). Creadora de numerosas obras de teatro, una de las cuales fue la primera comisión a una dramaturga para el famoso teatro Shakespeare Globe de Londres, presenta a través de un monólogo su nueva novela, El show de Gary, narración en primera persona de la vida accidentada y trepidante de un personaje entrañable que habita en los límites de lo convencional y lo legal.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Taiaiake Alfred y Weidler Guerra en conversación con Ingrid Bejerman

La lucha y la palabra: cultura y gobernanza indígena en Colombia y Canadá.

Cartagena 2016, 
El escritor mohawk Gerald Taiaiake Alfred es profesor del Departamento de Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad de Victoria, Canadá. Su libro Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom fue
nombrado en 2010 por la Asociación de Estudios Indígenas y Americanos Nativos como uno de los trabajos más influyentes en los estudios de los nativos. El antropólogo wayuu Weildler Guerra Curvelo ha ocupado cargos importantes en diversos centros de pensamiento e investigaciones sobre desarrollo y cultura de la región norte de Colombia. Les entrevistará la periodista y escritora Ingrid Bejerman, coordinadora de la iniciativa Canadá en la las Américas (CITA) del Instituto de McGill para el Estudio de Canadá.

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Sergio Jaramillo, Humberto de la Calle, David Bojanini. Modera Ricardo Ávila

2016: Retos y beneficios del año de la Paz.

Cartagena 2016, 
A pocos meses de firmar el acuerdo de paz entre el Gobierno de Colombia y las FARC, Sergio Jaramillo, actual Alto Comisionado para la Paz del gobierno de Santos, Humberto de la Calle, vicepresidente de la República de Colombia entre 1994 y 1996 y quien ahora dirige el equipo negociador del gobierno colombiano en el proceso de paz y David Bojanini, Presidente de Sura analizarán el futuro y los beneficios de un país en paz.