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Breyten Breytenbach

The Memory of Birds in Times of Revolution

Hay Festival 1996, 
An up to the minute portrait of the New South Africa by its most authoritative writer, who'll speak of blackness, language, art, landscape, freedom and nationhood. "No white South African writer has penetrated as deeply into his own country as Breytenbach - and none has been as successful in the flowering of his art in exile" - Donald Woods.

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10 años de historias. Premiación del Concurso Nacional de Cuento RCN Ministerio de Educación Nacional

Cartagena 2017, 
Los 25 ganadores del décimo Concurso Nacional de Cuento hablarán sobre sus experiencias en torno a la escritura creativa, sus historias y fuentes de inspiración. Durante 10 años el Concurso Nacional de Cuento ha recibido alrededor de 300.000 cuentos de todos los rincones del país, convirtiéndose no solo en una gran movilización de estudiantes alrededor de la escritura y la lectura, sino en la casa de una nueva generación de escritores.

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Christopher Logue

Hay Festival 1998, 
The author of the greatest contemporary version of The Iliad, in War Music, Kings and The Husbands reads from his Selected Poems. "Modern poetry at its best" - Dennis Potter; "I'm crazy about it" - Henry Miller; "Not bad. I can read quite a bit of it" - Ezra Pound

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Constructoras de Paz

Cartagena 2017, 
¿Qué significa la construcción de paz para una niña y adolescente en Colombia? Varias jóvenes colombianas, procedentes de diferentes regiones del país, conversan con Mábel Lara sobre cómo construyen paz desde sus comunidades y por qué son determinantes en este proceso.

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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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Antony Sher and Gregory Doran

Woza Shakespeare!

Hay Festival 1997, 
An exploration of their landmark mixed-race, South African, production of Titus Andronicus - "Shakespeare in Tarantino mode". A fascinating insight into how actor and director approach a classic play, and of the cultural wealth of the new South Africa. "It is a significant act of cultural cross-fertilization... Shakespeare wrote templates for time to come, and this play has found it's time and place" - The Sunday Times.

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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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El arte de escribir cuentos. Laura Restrepo, Gonzalo Mallarino Flórez, Juan Álvarez y Roger Mello en conversación con Jorge Espinosa

Cartagena 2017, 
Cinco narradores, jurados del Concurso Nacional de Cuento 2016 RCN Ministerio de Educación, conversan con Jorge Espinosa sobre el complejo y subjetivo universo del escritor. ¿Cómo se debe contar una historia? ¿De dónde procede la inspiración? Con Juan Álvarez (Colombia), Gonzalo Mallarino Flórez (Colombia), Roger Mello (Brasil) y Laura Restrepo (Colombia).

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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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William Dalrymple

From the Holy Mountain

Hay Festival 1997, 
Dalrymple follows in the steps of the 6th Century monk John Moschos across the arc of the Byzantine world. His pilgrimage takes him through a bloody civil war in eastern Turkey, the ruins of Beirut and a fundamentalist uprising in southern Egypt. He observes the flickering iconography of crumbling Byzantine monasteries, picks his way along the medieval lanes of the Silk Route and listens to liturgies unchanged for 1000 years as he witnesses the death-throes of the kinship between the Eastern Christians and Islam.

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Beverley Naidoo

One Story, Many Voices and Cinderella of the Nile

Hay Festival 2018, 

For thousands of years, people have been telling stories that are strikingly similar. Beverley introduces Cinderella of the Nile, a 2,000-year-old Greek version of the familiar folk tale that includes the great storyteller Aesop. Drawing from the stories of her own childhood, she will discuss different Cinderella versions and how stories cross boundaries, making new tales out of the old.

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Orlando Figes

The TLS Lecture - The Invention of Russia

Hay Festival 1998, 
The author of the multi-award winning A Peoples Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution addresses Russian culture and national identity since the eighteenth century. Introduced and chaired by Ferdinand Mount, Editor of the TLS.

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Jason Goodwin

Lords Of The Horizons

Hay Festival 1998, 
Jason Goodwin explores the mysteries of the 600-year rule of The Ottoman Empire. At its height, Istanbul had the richest court in Europe. The decline was prodigious, protracted and total.

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Peter Brook talks to Michael Kustow

Hay Festival 2005, 
The iconic theatre director discusses his work with his autobiographer. His production of Tierno Bokar opens at Warwick in June.

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Robin Robertson and Samuel Menashe

Two Poets

Hay Festival 1997, 
Robertson reads from his beautiful and brilliant first book of poems A Painted Field. In resonant and lyrical language his poems are concerned with the fugitive nature of things: the implacable coupling of desire and sadness, personality and nationality, beauty and loss: "A poet of rare skill and sensitivity. This is work that will stand and endure.. it speaks softly in the mind" - The Scotsman. The celebrated American poet Samuel Manashe reads from his Penguin Modern Poets collection.

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Cees Nooteboom en conversación con Xavi Ayén

Querétaro 2016, 

Cees Nooteboom es probablemente el autor neerlandés más conocido internacionalmente. Poeta, escritor y periodista, Cees es autor de una extensa obra poética y de trabajos tan celebrados como El desvío a Santiago, considerado una obra maestra de la literatura de viajes, donde narra veinte años de viajes por España. Hablará sobre sus obras y en particular sobre sus últimos libros publicados, El Bosco y Viajes por Latinoamérica. En conversación con Xavi Ayén.

Cees Nooteboom en conversación con Xavi Ayén

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Laura Carlin

Creativity and Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

The illustrator is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the winner of the V&A Book Illustration Award. Her work has appeared iVogue, the Guardian and the New York Times. Her books include The Promise by Nicola Davies and The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, which was awarded an honourable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category. 

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Dave Shelton

The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery

Hay Festival 2018, 

A great crime mystery exists at the exclusive St Rita’s girls’ boarding school – and that’s not the only odd thing about the school. New girl Daphne loves to read so she heads to the library whenever she can. Here she finds there’s no librarian but there is Emily Lime, the librarian’s assistant. The author shares the secrets of the delightful blend of schools, sleuths and books in this novel.

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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.

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Roy Noble talks to Carolyn Hitt

Down the Road and Round the Bend

Hay Festival 2018, 

Roy Noble is a Welsh legend – a consummate broadcaster, mischievous raconteur and collector of tales. His new book, launched today, is a glorious weft of fact, fiction and fancy – always moving and hilarious, elegantly told and often true. Pull up a chair…

Roy Noble talks to Carolyn Hitt

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Theodore Zeldin

An Intimate History Of Humanity

Hay Festival 1998, 
Theodore Zeldin has been called a "prophet of the 21st Century". His history - of fear, compassion, ambition, loneliness, respect, stress, friendship, eating, talking, desparing - shows what options still remain untried.

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Jonathan Shaw en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Querétaro 2016, 

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 México, la novela narra la pasional historia de amor entre Cigano, un ex-toxicómano, y Narcisa, una prostituta adicta a las drogas. Jonathan conversará con el editor y escritor Diego Rabasa.

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Fernando Aramburu en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2017, 
El escritor español Fernando Aramburu es además docente universitario y reside en Alemania desde hace más de veinte años. Autor de tres libros de relatos y de varias novelas (entre ellas Años lentos, Premio Tusquets de Novela 2011), su último trabajo es Patria, una novela que habla del conflicto terrorista vasco y la posibilidad (o no) del olvido y el perdón. Una historia bellamente compleja y llena de preguntas sobre las relaciones humanas sobre la que conversará con Héctor Abad Faciolince.
Fernando Aramburu en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

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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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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.