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David France talks to Philippe Sands

Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: How to Survive a Plague

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation between the winners of the 2016 and 2017 Baillie Gifford Prizes for non-fiction. France tells Sands the riveting, powerful and profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grass-roots movement of activists, many of them facing their own life-or-death struggles, who grabbed the reins of scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Around the globe, the 15.8 million people taking anti-AIDS drugs today are alive thanks to their efforts.

David France talks to Philippe Sands

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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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Julian Jackson

The Fall of France

Hay Festival 2003, 
On 16 May 1940 the Nazis had broken through the French lines on the River Meuse at Sedan and other locations, only five days after launching their attack. The eminent historian charts the French military collapse and the immediate consequences for Churchill and the Allies.

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Jöel Dicker in conversation with Harriett Gilbert

Cartagena 2017, 
For BBC World Book Club, acclaimed Swiss writer Jöel Dicker discusses his bestselling novel The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair with presenter Harriett Gilbert and a Festival audience and readers around the world.

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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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Josephine Hart & Robert McCrum

Love and Death

Hay Festival 1996, 
Hart's novels Oblivion, Damage and Sin have explored erotic obsession and love and death with an intensity and "a spare eloquence that is utterly compelling" - Cosmopolitan. McCrum's new novel Suspicion is a similarly rivetting tale of Commandment-busting passion and transgression that is also hauntingly acute and frighteningly familiar. "A major talent . . . an effortless elegance that puts him immediately ahead of the competition" - Standard.

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John Banville and Jim Crace

Hay Festival 1997, 
A reading and conversation with these two celebrated novelists. Banville's "brilliantly wrought and compelling" The Untouchable, is a searing self-examination by a double-agent, not unlike Anthony Blunt who questions loyalties, his ideals and his faith. Crace's Quarantine is the story of the great self-examination of Christ and his five companions fasting in the Wilderness for forty days.

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Antártida: 25 días encerrado en el hielo. Federico Bianchini en conversación con Daniel Samper Pizano

Cartagena 2017, 
El ganador de la II Beca Michael Jacobs de crónica viajera, el argentino Federico Bianchini, presenta el libro por el que fue premiado: Antártida, donde el tiempo no pasa. Bianchini, cronista y editor de la revista Anfibia, ganador del Premio Nuevas Plumas 2010, conversará con Daniel Samper Pizano, jurado de la Beca. Al finalizar la charla se anunciará al ganador de la convocatoria de 2017.

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John Connolly talks to Francine Stock

He

Winter Weekend 2017, 

A conversation and special screening of the classic silent short The First Mistake. In his novel He, Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood with an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, and the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists. Connolly portrays a man whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe. He is Stan Laurel. But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.

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M G Leonard and Max Barclay

Battle of the Beetles

Hay Festival 2018, 

Meet the beetles that inspired the entomological trilogy.  M.G Leonard and Max Barclay, Curator and Collections Manager of Coleoptera at the Natural History Museum, introduce the wonderful world of beetles through the important collection owned by the Museum, which is where the trilogy begins. Starring actual beetles from Charles Darwin’s Beagle voyage and from the Alfred Russel Wallace collection.

9+

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Sarah Crossan, Patrick Ness, Alex Wheatle

'The Bookseller' YA Book Prize Panel

Hay Festival 2018, 

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction every year. Join the authors of Moonrise, Release, and Straight Outta Crongton as they discuss pushing the boundaries of YA fiction. Chaired by Emily Drabble, BookTrust.

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Daniel Morden, Hugh Lupton

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Hay Festival 2003, 
Following their success with HOmer's Iliad and Odyssey the two leading storytellers tell Ovid's wonderful tales of transformation, including Demeter and Persephone, Orpheus and Echo and Narcissus. 'A tour de force.' (The Times)

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Paul Preston

Four Women in Spanish Civil War

Hay Festival 2002, 
The Spanish Civil War viewed by four women. In the red corner: Margarita Nelken the revolutionary feminist, writer and politician, and Nan Green the Communist nurse. In the blue corner: Carmen Polo de Franco, wife of and chilly power behind the dictator, Mercedes Sanz Bachiller and Priscilla Scott-Ellis, the sexually notorious daughter of a supporter of Oswald Mosley.

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Richard Fortey

The Earth: An Intimate History

Hay Festival 2004, 
The palaeontologist introduces his magisterial history of our planets' last four billion years. 'Think of Earth as a recycling system, forever turning granite into clay and sand, ocean mud into marble, gathering gold in veins and silver into seams. The Earth is the greatest show on earth' (The Guardian).

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Mario Jursich, Margarita Valencia, Malcolm Otero Barral en conversación con Camilo Hoyos

Recordando a Miguel de Cervantes

Cartagena 2016, 
Como homenaje al 400 aniversario de la muerte de Miguel de Cervantes los editores Mario Jursich, Margarita Valencia y Malcolm Otero Barral conversarán con el docente y subdirector académico del Instituto Caro y Cuervo Camilo Hoyos sobre su obra e influencia e importancia en la literatura universal.

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Steven Butler and Steven Lenton

The Nothing To See Here Hotel

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author and the illustrator welcome you to check in to The Nothing To See Here Hotel – occupied by magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. This series features energetic storytelling from Butler while Lenton will draw you into the adventure as he sketches the characters live on stage and gives you tips on how to create your own magical establishment.

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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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Por la ruta del esclavo en Cartagena de Indias. Conversación entre Claudia Mosquera Rosero-Labbé y Alberto Abello Vives

Cartagena 2017, 
Los sitios de memoria de la esclavitud en Cartagena se hacen visibles para mayor apropiación social y reconocimiento de los aportes de los africanos esclavizados a la cultura del Caribe ahora que esta ciudad se suma a la agenda internacional de la Ruta del Esclavo, liderada por la Unesco. Conversarán sobre esta iniciativa Claudia Mosquera-Rosero Labbé (Colombia), investigadora experta en estudios sociales y de raza, docente en el Departamento de Trabajo Social de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia y coordinadora en este país del proyecto Ruta del Esclavo; y Alberto Abello Vives (Colombia), experto en estudios del Caribe, investigador, académico, gestor y activista cultural, y autor de varios libros y ensayos.

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Fernando Savater en conversación con Juan Manuel Robles

Arequipa 2015, 
El escritor y filósofo español Fernando Savater, autor de más de cincuenta ensayos sobre política, filosofía o literatura y de varias obras literarias, ha recibido numerosos galardones por sus trabajos como el Premio Ortega y Gasset de Periodismo, el Premio Nacional de Ensayo o el Premio Planeta. Sus últimos libros llevan por título ¡No te prives! Defensa de la ciudadanía y Voltaire contra los fanáticos (Je suis Charlie). Le entrevista Juan Manuel Robles, autor de Nuevos juguetes de la Guerra Fría.

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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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Peter Morgan

Fire Mountain

Hay Festival 2003, 
The award-winning Channel Four news reporter tells the stories of the volcanic eruption that wiped out St Pierre, Martinique in 1902, of the Barnum and Bailey freakshow adventures, of the sole survivor, Ludger Sylbaris and of what happend to the 'Paris of the Caribbean' when the redevelopment money started to filter in from colonial France.

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Rory Hyde and Tristram Hunt

The V&A Lecture 2: The Future Starts Here

Hay Festival 2018, 

The new blockbuster show at the V&A begins to imagine where our society might be headed. Cute but intelligent robots, massive unmanned aircraft that deliver internet access, crowdfunded buildings, tools printed in space, mysterious black boxes that understand human genetic codes – how can these objects affect the way we live, learn and love? And how are they challenging our understanding of what it means to be an individual, a citizen, a crowd or a species? Hunt is the Director and Hyde is the Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Rory Hyde and Tristram Hunt

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Don Paterson

The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre

Hay Festival 2018, 

What is a poem? In what way is its use of language distinct? What conditions allow it to arise, and what is its cultural purpose? And how, exactly, do poems work? Part polemic, part technical treatise and part meditation, The Poem is an ambitious contemporary ars poetica. Paterson looks at the writing, transmission and reading of poetry with wit and scholarly flair in a thorough exploration of how and why poems are composed. Paterson was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and is garlanded with awards for his many collections, which include Nil Nil, God’s Gift to Women, Rain and 40 Sonnets.

Don Paterson

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Write a Story with Muhammed Zafar Iqbal

Dhaka 2013, 

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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