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Tom Paulin

The 1998 Raymond Williams Lecture Two Boston Unitarians: William Hazlitt and TS Eliot

Hay Festival 1998, 
Hazlitt's father, The Reverend William Hazlitt, founded the first Unitarian Church in Boston in 1783. TS Eliot's grandfather became a member of that church, so Hazlitt and Eliot share a common Unitarian heritage. Though Eliot dismissed Hazlitt's literary criticism, he was in fact profoundly influenced by Hazlitt, and, for example, stole the concept of The Dissociation of Sensibility from an early essay by Hazlitt. The lecture will explore the similarities and differences between these two writers.

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William Ospina en conversación con Marcel Ventura

Otras formas de escritura.

Cartagena 2016, 
William Ospina, autor del reciente El año del verano que nunca llegó; debate sobre las posibilidades que ofrece cada una de las formas de escritura y los recursos lingüísticos de los que valerse para cada contexto escrito. Modera la charla el editor Marcel Ventura.

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De Palenque hacia Cartagena y de Cartagena para el mundo

Cartagena 2015, 
Mucho más que un género musical, la champeta es un fenómeno cultural, un estilo de vida para miles de cartageneros. Se ha tomado las calles de la ciudad y, hoy, forma parte esencial de la música colombiana. Sus creadores nos cuentan un pedazo de la historia: los músicos Charles King “El Palenquero Fino”, Louis Towers “El Razta”, Viviano Torres y el productor Juan Daniel Correa Salazar, en una conversación moderada por el periodista y escritor Mauricio Silva Guzmán. A continuación tendrá lugar el concierto de Charles King y Los Inteligentes.

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Miffy 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
Join storyteller Liz Fost and the white bunny herself to celebrate her 50th birthday.

(Age 3-5)

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David Esslemont

The Gregynog Press - an illustrated talk

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Director of the celebrated limited edition Press, founded by the Davies Sisters in 1923, talks about the illustrious history of the Press, and demonstrates the techniques and skills involved in creating their illustrated books.

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Orly Castel-Bloom and Jonathan Coe talk to Linda Grant

Hay Festival 2004, 
The leading Israeli satirist, author of Human Parts and the Wodehouse Prize-winning author of What a Carve Up and The Rotters' Club in conversation with the Orange Prize-winning novelist about the strategic deployment of heavy ridicule.

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Oliver Bullough with Chibundu Onuzo and Matthew T. Page

Kleptoscope: Nigeria

Hay Festival 2018, 

Journalist and author Oliver Bullough brings his popular Kleptoscope series to Hay to discuss why and how so much money is stolen from the world’s poorest countries, and what we can do about it. Nigerian novelist Onuzu talks about how she put corruption at the heart of her brilliant second novel Welcome to Lagos; former US intelligence agent and foreign affairs expert Matthew T. Page is the author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know – a guide to the oil-rich African state, plagued by corruption and Boko Haram, home to many of the world’s greatest writers.

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Jaime Abello Banfi en conversación Gustavo Tatis

Aspectos desconocidos de la vida de García Márquez, en la mirada de siete autores.

Cartagena 2016, 
"Gabo, genio universal del Caribe" es una colección de siete libros sobre García Márquez publicados por Collage Editores que abarca aspectos desconocidos de la vida y obra del Premio Nobel de Literatura, desde su nacimiento hasta su muerte. Sus autores son Jorge García Usta, Jacques Gilard, Julio Olaciregui, Álvaro Suescún, Joaquín Mattos, Ariel Castillo y Gustavo Tatis.

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Renato Cisneros y Jeremías Gamboa en conversación con Willard Díaz

Work in progress

Arequipa 2016, 
Dos autores peruanos con gran acogida por parte de la crítica y el público conversan con Willard Díaz sobre sus próximos libros. Con Renato Cisneros, escritor y periodista, autor de La distancia que nos separa, y Jeremías Gamboa, escritor, crítico literario y autor de Contarlo todo.

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Iain M. Banks

Hay Festival 1997, 
To celebrate the publication of Excession the science-fiction master gives a public interview to John Clute editor of The Encyclopedias of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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Howard Jacobson

Seriously Funny

Hay Festival 1997, 
"The most dangerously funny writer in the English Language" - The Sunday Times - explores the ungentle art of laughter from Aristophanes to Bernad Manning. He argues that we resemble beasts more closely than we resemble gods, and we make great fools of ourselves the moment we forget it.

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Luis Ospina, Frank Wynne y Rosario Caicedo en conversación con Sandro Romero Rey

¡Que viva la música!.

Cartagena 2016, 
Probablemente el libro más emblemático, por su originalidad, frescura y ritmo, de la literatura colombiana de las últimas décadas es ¡Que viva la música!, de Andrés Caicedo. Esta narración vital, trepidante y muy divertida de la ciudad de Cali ha inspirado a muchos otros autores y artistas. Conversarán sobre el libro y sobre su escritor Luis Ospina, Frank Wynne (traductor al inglés del libro) y Rosario Caicedo, hermana de Andrés. En conversación con Sandro Romero Rey.

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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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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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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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Phil Rickman

Fictions: Friends of the Dusk

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Following the recent three-part ITV series starring Anna Maxwell Martin in Midwinter of the Spirit, find out about the latest Merrily Watkins mystery. When autumn storms blast Hereford, centuries-old human bones are found among the roots of a tree blown down on the city's Castle Green. But why have they been stolen? Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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How To Eat

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Vogue and Times journalist Nigella Lawson discusses the pleasures and principles of good food with the great food writer Claudia Roden whose most recent publication The Book of Jewish Food has already become a classic of the genre. Chaired by Montagu Don whose Fork to Fork about growing and cooking food will be published later this year.

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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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Joe Simpson talks to Andrew St. George

Talking Mountains

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Mountaineer and author of This Game of Ghosts who won the NCR Book Award for Touching the Void talks to the historian and climber Andrew St. George about avalanches, earthquakes and the violence of nature, selves and society that he explores in his writing. His most recent book Storms of Silence "capyures the full terror of mountaineering" - The Times

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Misha Glenny, Bronwen Maddox

The Balkans

Hay Festival 2000, 
Glenny introduces a survey of Balkan history since 1804 that provides the context for the events of the 1990s explored in his earlier book The Fall of Yugoslavia. Chaired by the foreign editor of The Times.

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Alexander McCall Smith

Hay Festival 2005, 
The creator of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency discusses Precious Ramotswe, Botswana, Edinburgh and crime with Paul Blezard.

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Jay McInerney and Julian Barnes

Hay Festival 1998, 
A preview reading of forthcoming work chaired and introduced by The Guardian's North American correspondant Joanna Coles. McInerney reads from Model Behaviour. Barnes reads from England, England.

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Arnold Wesker

Denial

Hay Festival 1997, 
The British dramatist reads selected scenes from his new play Denial, assisted by playwright and actress Tracy Spoteswood.

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Jeffrey Masson

Dogs Never Lie About Love

Hay Festival 1997, 
The author of When Elephants Weep considers the question of whether, in one essential, dogs may be our superiors: is it not possible that they have purer, deeper and more intense emotions than humans? Can we rival the joy, the dissapointment, and yes, the love, of a dog? Everybody who has ever lived with a dog can tell you stories about how the profound feelings they have seen in their dog. Have we something important to learn from our evolutionary cousins? Masson thinks we do. Come and think out loud with him.

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Laura Restrepo sobre Pecado en conversación con Sara Marcela Bozzi

Cartagena 2017, 
La autora colombiana Laura Restrepo, ganadora del Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2004 por Delirio, ha recibido otros galardones tan prestigiosos como el Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 1997, otorgado por la Feria del Libro de Guadalajara (México), y el Grinzane Cavour 2006 (Italia). Conversará sobre su novela más reciente Pecado, una historia coral inspirada en el cuadro El Jardín de las Delicias de El Bosco, en el que a través de los personajes la autora reflexiona sobre los conceptos del bien y del mal, sobre los límites de la ética y sobre la condición humana.