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Michael Ignatieff

The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

Hay Festival 2004, 
The novelist and Harvard Professor of Human Rights Practice explores how a violent response to violence arguably makes us morally indistinguishable from our enimies, and confronts the political challenge of trying to win the war against terror without losing our democratic souls.

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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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Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

Seeds of Science – Why we got it so wrong on GMOs

Hay Festival 2018, 

Mark Lynas was one of the original GM field wreckers. Back in the 1990s – working undercover with his colleagues in the environmental movement – he would descend on trial sites of genetically modified crops at night and hack them to pieces. Two decades later, most people around the world – from New York to China – still think that GMO foods are bad for their health or likely to damage the environment. But Mark has changed his mind. He lifts the lid on the anti-GMO craze and shows how science was left by the wayside as a wave of public hysteria swept the world.

Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

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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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Los niños no son tontos: literatura infantil. Roger Mello y Brigitte Labbé en conversación con Ricardo Silva Romero

Cartagena 2017, 
La literatura para niños se diferencia de la producción literaria para adultos únicamente en la edad del público al que está dirigida. La calidad, profundidad e inventiva de la narrativa infantil es indiscutible. Los escritores Roger Mello (Brasil) y Brigitte Labbé (Francia) conversan con Ricardo Silva Romero sobre su experiencia escribiendo para los más pequeños.

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Blake Morrison talks to Michael Buerk

As If

Hay Festival 1997, 
John Major's comment on the killing of James Bulger - "We must condemn a little more, and understand a little less" - drives Morrison's search for the "Why?" of the case in his experience of the trail, and in his own autobiographical recollections of childhood. He talks to Michael Buerk, presenter of The Moral Maze, about how and why two boys killed another? Whether childhood innocence is a myth? And what punishment could fit such a crime - assuming that children are fit to stand trial. Morrison's And when did you last see your father? won the Waterstones/Esquire non-fiction award.

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Mike Brearley talks to Simon Hughes

Of Captaincy and Cricket

Hay Festival 2018, 

The great England cricket captain, in later life a psychoanalyst, talks about the game, the players and the gentlemen. He is the author of The Art of Captaincy and On Form.

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Ben Lyttleton

Football School Season

Hay Festival 2018, 

This series of books is based on the simple premise that there is nothing you can’t learn through the prism of football. Whether it’s how the geography of Brazil helps its players acquire the fanciest footwork in the land, or how the biology of digestion helps players plan their meals before a game, there’s so much to discover through the power of the beautiful game. Join the author, journalist and football consultant as he teaches you a lesson or two in this interactive and fact-packed event.

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Ross Montgomery

Max and the Millions

Hay Festival 2018, 

A boy discovers a microscopic fantasy civilisation living on a bedroom floor. What would it be like to be an ant-sized person living in your own house? In this event, you'll re-imagine everyday places and objects – toasters, toilets, hamsters – from the point of view of a pint-sized explorer.

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Joan Bakewell talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
The broadcaster discusses her frank and dazzling memoir The Middle of the Bed with the broadcaster and editior.

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Alan Clark

The Tories

Hay Festival 1998, 
The colourful diarist, historian, walker and MP talks about his history of the Tory party. He talks to Kate Mosse.

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Caroline Elton and Christie Watson

The People, the Professionals

Hay Festival 2018, 

Who do we rely on to be there for us? Who are the people who actually deliver the National Health Service? We need to know. Elton is a psychologist, whose book Also Human: The Inner Lives of Doctors asks: What does it take to confront death, disease, distress and suffering every day? To work in a healthcare system that is stretched to breaking point? To carry the responsibility of making decisions that can irrevocably change someone’s life – or possibly end it? And how do doctors cope with their own questions and fears, when they are expected to have all the answers? Watson was a nurse for 20 years. Her book The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness. They talk to doctor Julie Grigg.

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Bob Geldof talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
Dad's, debt, and rock'n'roll.

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Lionel Shriver en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2016, 
Lionel Shriver es escritora, periodista y colaboradora habitual en The Guardian. En el año 2005 ganó el Premio Orange de ficción por su séptima novela, Tenemos que hablar de Kevin. Es autora también de El mundo después del cumpleaños, Todo esto para qué y Big Brother, su último libro, en el que reflexiona sobre el culto al cuerpo, la obesidad y la comida basura al tiempo que indaga en las relaciones familiares y en la lucha contra la autodestrucción de las personas que queremos. Conversará sobre su obra con la periodista Marianne Ponsford.

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Jessie Burton y Patricio Pron en conversación con Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2016, 
Jessie Burton es una autora y actriz inglesa. En 2014 debutó con su novela La casa de las miniaturas, ganadora de dos Specsavers National Book Awards, entre otros premios. Su nuevo libro lleva por título The Muse. El argentino Patricio Pron es autor de varios volúmenes de relatos, como La vida interior de las plantas de interior, y de novelas como El comienzo de la primavera, ganadora del Premio Jaén de Novela. Sus últimos libros son el ensayo El libro tachado. Prácticas de la negación y del silencio en la crisis de la literatura y la novela Nosotros caminamos en sueños. Modera la charla es escritor y periodista Juan David Correa.

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Paul Auster talks to Robert McCrum

Hay Festival 1999, 
A rare interview with the author of The New York Trilogy, Leviathan, Moon Palace and the movie Smoke. He launches his new novel Timbuktu.

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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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Fay Weldon

Hay Festival 1998, 
The passionate and erotic story told in Weldon's Big Women is not unrecognisably dissimilar to the actual founding of the feminist publishing house Virago. She charts her four principle characters' lives over the last 20 years.

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Ed Vere

Banana! and Bedtime for Monsters

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Ed Vere is an award-winning, best-selling writer and illustrator of picture books.  He will be reading from Banana! , where you will discover that getting what you want can be tricky if you don’t ask in the right way, and also from Bedtime for Monsters, a very funny tale with a big twist.

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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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Periodismo en la era de la posverdad. Alejandro Santos Rubino, Juanita León y Ramón Pérez-Maura en conversación con Hernando Álvarez

Cartagena 2017, 
El año 2016 ha sido extraordinario por la sucesión de acontecimientos políticos y sociales, en los que han tenido mucha importancia las campañas en prensa y el manejo extremadamente subjetivo de la información dada por los medios. Se habla del concepto de la posverdad, en la cual la veracidad de la información no importa, importa más cómo y por quién es presentada. Dos periodistas, Alejandro Santos (Semana) Ramón Pérez-Maura (ABC) Juanita León (La Silla vacia) conversa con Hernando Álvarez, director de BBC mundo sobre las implicaciones éticas y profesionales de este periodismo que se aleja de informar con los hechos.

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Matt Ridley

The Origins of Virtue

Hay Festival 1997, 
Combine the theory of the selfish gene with modern economics and what you get is a surprisingly optimistic account of human nature. "A tour de force - dashing, ingenious in argument and beautifully constructed" - TLS

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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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DRIK

Dhaka 2013, 
Slideshow on Positive Light. Intro by Shahidul Alam.

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Eliot Weinberger en conversación con Valerie Miles

Xalapa 2013, 
Eliot Weinberger (Estados Unidos) es escritor, traductor y editor. Además de editor de los ensayos de Jorge Luis Borges en inglés y traductor de la poesía de Octavio Paz, Vicente Huidobro, Xavier Villaurrutia y Bei Dao, es autor de varios libros entre los que se cuentan sus artículos políticos reunidos en el volumen What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles, traducidos al español en dos ediciones: 12-S: Cartas de Nueva York (2003) y Lo que oí sobre Irak (2006). Sus dos libros más recientes en español son Algo elemental (2010) y Las cataratas (2012). En conversación con Valerie Miles.