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Peter & Christopher Hitchens

Guardian G2: The Hay Edition 2

Hay Festival 2005, 
See above [118], below [129], [133], [143].

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Jon Lee Anderson en conversación con Jaime Abello Banfi

Cartagena 2016, 

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Clara Usón talks with Concha Barrigós

European women

Segovia 2018, 

Clara Usón’s latest novel, El asesino tímido, is set during the transition in Spain and is based on the real case of the controversial death of Sandra Mozarovski, an actress who helped to break down the barrier of nudity in the post-Franco era and who apparently committed suicide. The daughter of a Russian diplomat, she moved in the highest social circles and her case was never resolved and greatly moved Spanish society of the seventies. Usón, one of the most prestigious literary voices of the moment, talks with Concha Barrigós, Head of Culture at EFE. They participate in the framework of the Wom@rts project in which the Hay Festival takes part.

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Chris Bradford

Bodyguard: Fugitive

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author launches his new book, Fugitive, with a high-energy, immersive experience and live performance. Teen bodyguards Charley and Connor protect the world’s high-profile figures in the most testing of situations. But when the bodyguard is the target, who protects him or her? Learn bodyguard skills from the author (trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship) before putting these skills to the test. Will you spot the killer in the crowd?

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Robert Newman

Hay Festival 1999, 
Greig's protagonist in When They Lay Bare is an unknown woman who overturns the closed society and family to which she returns.

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Luis Urrea y Deborah Levy en conversación con Jonathan Levi

Cartagena 2016, 
El aclamado escritor mexicano Luis Urrea, afincado en Estados Unidos, es parte del Latino Literature Hall of Fame.
Con su The Devil's Highway, un ensayo sobre un grupo de inmigrantes mexicanos perdidos en el desierto de Arizona, ganó el premio Lannan de literatura y fue finalista del Pulitzer. Deborah Levy, galardonada con el Man Booker Prize 2012, es una dramaturga, novelista y poeta británica cuya última novela publicada en español lleva por título
Nadando a casa. Conversan con el escritor Jonathan Levi.

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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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Tracy Chevalier and Deborah Moggach

Fictions: Going Dutch

Hay Festival 2019, 

The two friends celebrate the 20th anniversary of publication of their global bestselling novels Girl With a Pearl Earring and Tulip Fever. They discuss the resonance of the Dutch Golden Age, the gift of Amsterdam and the power of story with Georgina Godwin.

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Sarah Harper talks to Bronwen Maddox

More babies is not the answer

Hay Festival 2019, 

The emergence of low fertility rates in most high income countries has begun to concern governments. Some countries fear that their populations will start to decline in number, with negative consequences. Yet with world population currently over 7 billion and set to reach over 12 billion by the end of the century, low child bearing rates are good. They are leading to lower population growth and are thus good for the environment, good for addressing the climate emergency, and good for reducing pressure on the other species who inhabit the planet. This session will consider why there is now renewed pressure on women to have babies, and will argue the case for maintaining low fertility.

Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing.

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Nicola Barker talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: H(A)PPY

Hay Festival 2018, 

Barker’s astonishing post-post-apocalyptic novel has just won the Goldsmith’s Prize. “Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear. Could you...might you be happy there?”

Nicola Barker talks to Georgina Godwin

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Mujeres que dicen verdades. María Elvira Samper, Juanita León y Alejandra de Vengoechea, en conversación con Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2017, 
El momento que vive el mundo es en extremo delicado por cuenta de los ataques a las mujeres. A pesar de la revolución femenina que se dio a mediados del siglo XX, en muchas esferas aún son tratadas como ciudadanas de segunda. El mundo del periodismo no es la excepción. Esta conversación, con tres de las más destacadas periodistas colombianas, indaga en sus vidas y carrera y se pregunta cómo han luchado contra viento y marea por hacerse un lugar en un mundo tradicionalmente reservado a los hombres.

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Ben Okri, Kate Pullinger, Emily Perkins

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading and conversation with three international fiction writers. Okri won the Booker Prize for The Famished Road. He introduces his new novel Dangerous Love, a story set in the Nigeria of the 1970s in the aftermath of the civil war. Pullinger, who co-wrote The Piano with Jane Campion, presents her novel The Last Time I Saw Jane. Perkins' collection of stories Not Her Real Name is the moxt exciting debut of the year, and is set to become a cult classic. "Addictive, smart, wise, and profoundly funny" - Julie Myerson.

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From Words To Screen

Dhaka 2013, 
Rahul Bose with Amit Ashraf

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Clemency Burton-Hill talks to Peter Florence

Year of Wonder

Hay Festival 2018, 

The award-winning violinist presents BBC Radio 3's Breakfast, The Proms, and Young Musician of the Year. She introduces a beautiful engagement with classical music for every day of the year, whoever you are and wherever you’re from. In this session she celebrates the great sounds of spring and summer and mixes a Hay seasonal playlist.

Clemency Burton-Hill talks to Peter Florence

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Grainne O’Reilly, Rhi Lloyd-Williams, Jon Adams, Matthew Briggs and Guy Shahar

Neurodiversity and Autism: Acceptance and Inclusion

Hay Festival 2019, 

An exploration of the concept of neurodiversity and what it means to society and the public sphere to be genuinely accepting and inclusive of all people. Rhi Lloyd-Williams is Director of the Autact Theatre Company, fresh from a successful tour of her play The Duck, which draws on her own experience as an autistic writer and director. Jon Adams is Director of the Flow Observatorium, a charity campaigning for parity within the arts and society for every neurodivergent person. Guy Shahar is CEO of the Transforming Autism Project, a charity committed to empowering the families and carers of children with autism to optimise their life prospects and unlock their true potential. Matthew Briggs helps to run training and development programmes for the Ruskin Mill Trust. The panel will be chaired by Grainne O’Reilly, Principal of Ruskin Mill College. Grainne and her team provide day and residential places for young people with complex needs, especially autism and ADHD.

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James Holland

Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Battle for France

Hay Festival 2019, 

D-Day and the 76 days of bitter fighting in Normandy that followed have come to be seen as a defining episode in the Second World War. Its story has been endlessly retold, and yet it remains a narrative burdened by both myth and assumed knowledge. Drawing on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world, the war historian challenges much of what we think we know. He reveals how the sheer size and scale of the Allies’ war machine ultimately dominated the strategic, operational and tactical limitations of the German forces. 

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Daniel Mitchard

Me and My Lightning Machine

Hay Festival 2018, 

A brief tour of lightning research, from generating powerful lightning bolts in Europe’s only university-based lightning laboratory, to the role of new materials in protecting commercial aircraft in flight from direct strikes, and to whether increased lightning due to global warming affects tree mortality in the tropics. Mitchard will bring us lots of exciting images and videos, from exploding piggy banks to the Nigerian rainforest, live Tesla coil demonstrations with music and the appearance of a tree struck nine times that survived.

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Arnoldo Kraus, Piedad Bonnett y Melba Escobar en conversación con Marcel Ventura

El sentido de la belleza.

Cartagena 2016, 
El trabajo como escritor de Arnoldo Kraus, médico miembro del Colegio de Bioética, se ha concentrado en leer el cuerpo. Es además autor de Recordar a los difuntos, una tierna mirada a la figura difunta de su madre. Piedad Bonnett, Premio Nacional de Poesía del Instituto Colombiano de Cultura con El hilo de los días, habla sobre su libro El prestigio de la belleza, un relato de los tratos de la autora con la belleza. Melba Escobar, columnista en el diario El País de Cali, acaba de publicar su última novela, La Casa de la Belleza, historia de una esteticista cartagenera que terminará resolviendo un entramado crimen con las confesiones de sus clientes.

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Patrick Gale, Suzannah Dunn & Barbara Gowdy

Dangerous Pleasures

Hay Festival 1996, 
We are proud to launch Gale's new novel Dangerous Pleasures with this reading. Armistead Maupin hailed Gale's Facts of Life as "a monumental feat of imagination, achingly true and beautiful". Suzannah Dunn "writes in a loaded and knowing prose, a hip Edna O'Brien, or Murial Spark in a gymslip" - Glasgow Herald. She will read from her new novel Venus Flaring. The Canadian star Barbara Gowdy will read from Mr. Sandman - Margaret Atwood's choice as Book of the Year in the TLS.

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Ian Kershaw

The British Academy Platform 2: Roller-Coaster – Europe, 1950–2017

Hay Festival 2019, 

Although the post-war period brought peace and prosperity, Europe was now a divided continent, living under the nuclear threat. Europeans experienced a roller-coaster ride, both in the sense that they were flung through a series of events which threatened disaster, but also that they were no longer in charge of their own destinies: for much of the period the USA and USSR effectively reduced Europeans to helpless figures whose fates were dictated to them depending on the vagaries of the Cold War. There were striking successes: the Soviet bloc melted away, dictatorships vanished and Germany was successfully reunited. But accelerating globalisation brought new fragilities. The impact of interlocking crises after 2008 was the clearest warning to Europeans that there is no guarantee of peace and stability. 

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The Modern Library

Hay Festival 1999, 
Virago founder Carmen Callil and Irish writer Colm Toibin have canonised "the 200 best novels in English since 1950". Join them to debate who's in, who's out and why?

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Bryan Magee

Confessions of a Philosopher

Hay Festival 1997, 
An introduction to the guiding principles of western philosophy from Socrates to Lacan told through the life of one of Britain's leading popular philosophers.

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Christopher Duncan and Susan Scott

The Return of the Black Death: The Worlds Greatest Serial Killer

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Zoology Professor and the Social Historian, now widely consulted on bio-terrorism and emergent disease, report on their groundbreaking analysis of the series of plagues that ravaged Eorupe in the Middle Ages.

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Deborah Levy, Hisham Matar y Nell Leyshon en conversación con Daniel Hahn

Shakespeare y Cervantes.

Cartagena 2016, 
Tres renombrados escritores conversarán sobre su experiencia de escribir un cuento basado en algún aspecto de la obra de Miguel de Cervantes y sobre la influencia de Shakespeare y Cervantes en el 400 aniversario de la muerte de ambos. Deborah Levy es una dramaturga, novelista y poeta británica; su trabajo ha sido representado por la Royal Shakespeare Company y es autora de Nadando a casa, novela galardonada con el Man Booker Prize 2012, entre otros premios. Hisham Matar, autor de la premiada novela Solo en el mundo, acaba de publicar Historia de una desaparición, trabajo sobre la figura desaparecida de su padre, víctima del régimen de Gadafi. Nell Leyshon es una escritora y dramaturga inglesa autora de la novela Del color de la leche, publicada en 2013. Modera el traductor Daniel Hahn.

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Deirdre Kinahan

Halcyon Days

Kells 2015, 

Award-winning Meath-based playwright Deirdre Kinahan talks about her work, with a reading of her tender and funny hit play Halcyon Days (Irish Times Best New Play, Edinburgh Fringe First) with celebrated Abbey actors Maura Hastings and Des Cave, directed by David Horan.

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