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Lesley Glaister, Pan Houston, Barbara Gowdy

Hay Festival 1999, 
Reading and Conversation. Glaister's Sheer Blue Bliss is a thrilling novel about the sources of art and the unpredictable forces of loss and human craving. Houston, the author of the cult classic Cowboys are my Weakness presents her first novel Waltzing the Cat, a beautiful novel about relationships and place with one of the most dazzling aerial sequences ever written. The spectacularly inventive and magical Gowdy returns with her novel The White Bone, a story in which we learn everything anout elephants, their societal structure, their mythology, their language, their beliefs, an entire invented universe which is brilliantly put together, it seems almost logical.

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Mariecia Fraser and Elizabeth Jardine-Godwin

Experimental Landscapes: Past, Present and Future Innovation in Upland Farming

Hay Festival 2019, 

This exploration of the evolution of policy and practice related to upland farming, the role science has played and related impacts on treasured landscapes will be accompanied by poetry and prose inspired by these places and activities. Fraser is Reader at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University. Elizabeth Jardine-Godwin is a writer and teacher who was Pwllpeiran Writer in Residence in 2013.

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Camilla Cavendish talks to Joan Bakewell

The British Academy Platform 4: Extra Time – 10 Lessons for an Ageing World

Hay Festival 2019, 

By 2020, for the first time in history, the number of people aged 65 and over will outnumber children aged five and under. Travelling across the world and interviewing leading scientists about breakthroughs which could soon transform the quality and extent of life, Cavendish contests many of the taboos around ageing, and sparks a debate about how governments, businesses, doctors, the media and each one of us should handle the final few decades of life. In this manifesto for change, she argues that if we take a more positive approach, we should be able to reap the benefits of a prolonged life, and help the elderly to play a fuller part in society. But that will mean a revolution: in work, in education, in housing, in medicine – and in our attitudes. Cavendish is an award-winning Times journalist and was head of the Downing Street policy unit under David Cameron. Bakewell was appointed as a Voice for Older People by Gordon Brown.

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El escritor como personaje literario. Santiago Gamboa y Pedro Mairal en conversación con Juan Merino

Cartagena 2017, 
Los escritores Santiago Gamboa y Pedro Mairal conversan con Juan Merino sobre sus últimos trabajos. Santiago Gamboa (Colombia) es escritor, periodista y autor, entre otras novelas, de Perder es cuestión de método, traducida a seis idiomas y convertida en película por el director de cine Sergio Cabrera; su último libro es Volver al oscuro valle, una novela coral en la que se entrelazan varias historias de personajes que llegan a Colombia, en algunos casos después de una larga ausencia. Pedro Mairal (Argentina) es autor de cuento y novela, género en el que debutó con Una noche con Sabrina Love, y ha publicado en idiomas como el alemán, el francés, el portugués y el italiano; su trabajo más reciente lleva por título La uruguaya, novela protagonizada por un escritor en crisis matrimonial que viaja a Montevideo para cobrar regalías en dólares y encontrarse con una mujer idealizada.
El escritor como personaje literario. Santiago Gamboa y Pedro Mairal en conversación con Juan Merino

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Gerardo Herrera Corral: Universo. La historia más grande jamás contada

Querétaro 2016, 

La ciencia es la nave y el astrolabio que nos permiten realizar este viaje al origen y descubrir la sutil sinfonía de azares que culmina en el contacto de una neurona con otra. La historia de todas las cosas y de todos nosotros es la historia más grande jamás contada. Gerardo Herrera Corral es doctor en Física por la Universidad de Dortmund, Alemania, y actualmente profesor titular del Departamento de Física del Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV). Ha publicado más de 320 artículos en revistas internacionales especializadas en el área de física de partículas y es autor, entre otros, de los libros Entre quarks y gluones. México en el CERN (2011), El Higgs, el universo líquido y el Gran Colisionador de Hadrones (2014) y el recientemente publicado Universo. La historia más grande jamás contada.

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Gerardo Herrera Corral: Universo. La historia más grande jamás contada

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Patricio Pron, Alberto Barrera Tyszka y Clara Usón en conversación con Mario Jursich

La guerra y los fantasmas del nacionalismo.

Cartagena 2016, 
Mario Jursich conversa con tres escritores de lujo en esta charla sobre el nacionalismo, los miedos y enfrentamientos que este suscita dentro de la sociedad o los conflictos que mueve entre la gente de un mismo pueblo. Con Patricio Pron, autor de Nosotros caminamos en sueños, novela que tiene como telón de fondo la guerra de las Malvinas; Alberto Barrera Tyszka, ganador del Premio Tusquets (2015) con la novela Patria o muerte, una reflexión sobre la situación política de Venezuela; y Clara Usón, cuya novela La hija del Este aborda la difícil decisión de Ana, hija del
general Ratko Mladic, conocido por su participación en la guerra de Bosnia y la matanza de Srebrenica.

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Joe Studholme

Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage

Hay Festival 2018, 

Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768-1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java, bringing back over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, Banks commissioned more than 700 superlative engravings between 1772-1784. Known collectively as Banks’ Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created. Studholme introduces a selection of the images and explains the process of producing them.

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Guy Leschziner talks to Daniel Davis

The Nocturnal Brain

Hay Festival 2019, 

What happens to our brain at night? Are we really fully asleep and if so how is it that some individuals end up doing what they do? Or can it be the case that perhaps the brain never fully goes to sleep and that in some individuals there is a disconnect between the sleeping part of their brain and the active part of their brain, so that the two become confused? The world-renowned neurologist weaves wonderful stories that highlight how sleep disorders affect the lives and health of patients and their families.

Guy Leschziner talks to Daniel Davis

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Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival presents: The Stranger

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Kells 2015, 

Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáín. Duration 80 minutes.

A riveting and haunting documentary about Neal McGregor, a 44-year-old English artist who died in the stone shed where he lived on the small Donegal island of Inisbofin. He left behind only volumes of secret diaries and animal carvings. The Irish-speaking islanders knew little of Neal during the eight years he lived there. This is a documentary about memory and perception, a journey to capture an unusual portrait of a man, living on the edge, both physically and mentally, and the insular Irish-speaking island community he lived among. Followed by a Q&A with director Neasa Ní Chianáin.

Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival presents: The Stranger

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Colin Dexter

Hay Festival 1996, 
The creator of Inspector Morse talks about his hero and his latest investigations.

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Simon Barnes

How to be a Bad Birdwatcher

Hay Festival 2005, 
RSPB columnist and best-selling ornithologist communicates his passion infectiously. Look around you ...

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Mark Cousins talks to Matt Stadlen

The Story of Looking

Hay Festival 2018, 
Looking can be an act of empathy or aggression. It can provoke desire or express it. And from the blurry, edgeless world we inhabit as infants to the landscape of screens we grow into, looking can define us. In The Story of Looking, filmmaker and writer Mark Cousins takes us on a lightning-bright tour - in words and images - through how our looking selves develop over the course of a lifetime, and the ways that looking has changed through the centuries. From great works of art to tourist photographs, from cityscapes to cinema, through science and protest, propaganda and refusals to look, the false mirrors and great visionaries of looking, this book illuminates how we construct as well as receive the things we see.
Mark Cousins talks to Matt Stadlen

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Jan Zalasiewicz

Skeletons: The Frame of Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

Over half a billion years ago life on Earth took an incredible step in evolution, when animals learned to build skeletons. Using many different materials, from calcium carbonate and phosphate, and even silica, to make shell and bone, they started creating the support structures that are now critical to most living forms, providing rigidity and strength. The Leicester University palaeobiologist explores the incredible variety of the skeleton innovations that have enabled life to expand into a wide range of niches and lifestyles on the planet. Discussing the impact of climate change, which puts the formation of some kinds of skeleton at risk, he also considers future skeletons – including the possibility that we might increasingly incorporate metal and plastic elements into our own – as well as the possible materials for skeleton building on other planets.

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Jeanette Winterson sobre ¿Por qué ser feliz cuando puedes ser normal?

Xalapa 2012, 
La novelista inglesa Jeanette Winterson es considerada una de las autoras claves de la literature anglosajona. Debutó en 1985 como novelista con Fruta prohibida, una obra de perfi l autobiográfico en la que narra su experiencia lésbica, y que en la década de los noventa fue llevada con gran éxito a la televisión. Otros títulos suyos son Paseo para principiantes, La pasión, Escrito en el cuerpo y Arte. Hablará sobre su último libro ¿Por qué ser feliz cuando puedes ser normal?
 
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Jeanette Winterson sobre ¿Por qué ser feliz cuando puedes ser normal?

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Steven Berkoff

Hay Festival 1996, 
The actor, director and playwright discusses his autobiography Free Association with Festival Director Peter Florence.

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Catherine Merriman, Elizabeth Baines, Janet Thomas and Lindsay Ashford

Woman's Textual Fantasies

Hay Festival 2004, 
Editiors and authors of two Honno anthologies, Laughing not Laughing and Mirror, Mirror, will be sharing their experiences of writing and getting published.

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Alessandro Baricco en conversación con Marcel Ventura

Cartagena 2016, 
Novelista, dramaturgo, presentador de televisión y guionista, Alessandro Baricco es probablemente uno de los escritores italianos más leídos internacionalmente. Su novela Seda, traducida a diecisiete idiomas, fue un éxito de crítica y ventas en muchos países, cautivando la imaginación de miles de lectores. Entre sus otros libros destacan Océano mar, Emaús y Tres veces al amanecer.
Baricco es además el fundador de la escuela Holden, donde se dan clases de narrativa desde un enfoque multidisciplinar. Conversará con Marcel Ventura.

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Poetry Squantum 3

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Penultimate Exposure.

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Edzard Ernst talks to Rosie Boycott

SCAM

Hay Festival 2018, 

So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) is popular and therefore important, whether we love or loathe it. Consequently, an impressive number of books about SCAM are already available. Most of them, however, are woefully uncritical, overtly promotional and dangerously misleading. Not so this one. Edzard’s book was written by someone who received SCAM as a patient, practised SCAM as a doctor, and researched SCAM as a scientist. It provides an insider’s perspective by covering aspects of SCAM that most books avoid, and by questioning the many tacitly accepted assumptions and wild extrapolations that underpin SCAM. The text is factual, occasionally dosed with a touch of humour or satire. The aim is not only to inform but also to entertain – as he does in his other books Trick or Treatment, More Harm Than Good and A Scientist in Wonderland.

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Bethan Elfyn, Rhian E Jones, David Melding and Rachel Trezise talk to Dylan Moore

IWA Platform: Cool Cymru, Twenty Years Ago Today

Hay Festival 2019, 

It’s twenty years since the Welsh Assembly opened its doors for the first time, instituted in a referendum with a marginal majority on a low turnout, but backed with a formidable soundtrack of contemporary rock music. The Institute of Welsh Affairs brings together politicians and cultural figures to reflect on how ‘Cool Cymru’ helped create an atmosphere for a ‘Yes’ vote, and on what has and hasn’t been achieved in the two decades since 1999. David Melding has been a Conservative Assembly Member since 1999. Bethan Elfyn joined BBC Radio 1 and has now been a champion of new Welsh music for over two decades. Rachel Trezise won the first Dylan Thomas Prize and has become one of the leading writers of prose and plays in post-devolution Wales. Writer Rhian E Jones’s article on the relationship between politics and culture at the time of Cool Cymru appears in the latest issue of the welsh agenda. Dylan Moore is the editor of the welsh agenda and the current Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival / Hay Festival Creative Wales International Fellow.

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Joe Berger

Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem and The Stinky Truth

Hay Festival 2018, 

Have you ever told a fib? Allow this author and illustrator to introduce you to Sam Lyttle, the boy who can’t stop telling porkies and the hero of two graphic novels Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem and The Stinky Truth. Sam’s fibbing gets him mixed up in some very twisty situations (rather like the younger Joe Berger himself). Armed with a pen and a flipchart, Joe draws audiences into Sam’s world and gives tips to budding cartoonists on how to draw comic strips.

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Languages of Bangladesh

Dhaka 2013, 
Recitations from over 12 different languages spoken in Bangladesh by: A K Sheram (Monipuri), Motendro Mankheen (Garo), Mritika Chakma (Chakma), Nicholas Norendro Koch (Koch), Ripon Banai (Banai), Sohel Hajong (Hajong), Repro Chai (Marma), Shipro Malo (Malo), Shopon Ekka (Orao), and Nilufar Hafiza Khan (Urdu). With Sujon Hajong and Kackie Kabir.

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Felipe Restrepo Pombo en conversación con Rosa Beltrán

Querétaro 2016, 

El escritor Felipe Restrepo Pombo (Colombia) es también director de la revista Gatopardo. Autor, entre otros, del libro de entrevistas Nunca es fácil ser una celebridad, nos presenta su primera novela, Formas de evasión, en donde narra la historia de un hombre que se dispone a desaparecer, explorando asuntos como la subjetividad, los límites de las identidad o la fascinación que experimentan las personas por otros seres humanos. En conversación con la escritora Rosa Beltrán.

Felipe Restrepo Pombo en conversación con Rosa Beltrán

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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.

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Richard Holmes

Hay Festival 1996, 
The greatest biographer of modern times talks about his search for "the personal life that is hidden in, and below, the printed page". Holmes' books include Dr. Johnson and Mr. Savage, Coleridge - Early Visions and Footsteps - "a modern masterpiece which will be seen as revolutionary a work as Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians" - Michael Holroyd.