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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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Susan Greenfield

Chemicals and Consciousness

Hay Festival 1998, 
Consciousness is now attracting the attention of scientists as well as philosophers. Although many physicists and mathematicians anxious to model consciousness in artificial systems have been quite vociferous, there is a need to understand consciousness in a way that catres for the diverse range of chemicals operating in the brain. How else might one explain the various mood modifying and consciousness changing effects of specific drugs?

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Anna Pavord

Gardens of the Mind

Hay Festival 2002, 
Gardens of the mind are so much easier to bring into bloom than the real things, which have a wretched tendency to be heaving with slugs and attacjed by unnerving, unnamed varities of fungal growth. In this illustrated talk the author of The Tulip explores some literary gardens, taking us on a tour with Wodehouse round Blandings Castle, with Jane Austin round Donwell Abbey and with George Eliot through a kitchen garden.

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Polly Toynbee

Hard Work: Life in Low-pay Britain

Hay Festival 2003, 
The journalist examines her experience of life on the minimum wage in a counrty with the lowest social spending and the highest poverty in Europe.

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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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Familia y literatura. Marcos Giralt Torrente y Arnoldo Kraus en conversación con Yael Weiss

Querétaro 2016, 

Dos destacados autores mexicanos y uno español conversan con la editora Yael Weiss sobre la literatura que investiga y reflexiona sobre los vínculos familiares, un tema fascinante que no deja indiferente a nadie. Con Marcos Giralt Torrente (España), autor de Tiempo de vida y Arnoldo Kraus, autor del libro de relatos Quizá en otro lugar.

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Beryl Bainbridge talks to Susan Hill

Hay Festival 2002, 
The literary Dame discusses her Samual Johnson novel According to Queeney with Susan Hill. She takes the extravagant eighteenth century scholar and wit, and brings his last twenty years to runbustious life through the blunt and mocking observations of his mistress' firstborn daughter Queeney.

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Elena Poniatowska en conversación con Xavi Ayén

Querétaro 2016, 

La ganadora del Premio de Literatura en Lengua Castellana Miguel de Cervantes 2013, fue además la primera mujer en México en recibir el Premio Nacional de Periodismo. Novelista, periodista y poeta, Elena Poniatowska es probablemente la autora más conocida del país, autora de libros como La noche de Tlatelolco, Leonora o Dos veces única, entre muchos otros. Conversará con el escritor y periodista Xavi Ayén sobre su carrera y sus últimos trabajos.

Elena Poniatowska en conversación con Xavi Ayén

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¿Existe la literatura peruana? Habla la selección peruana

Arequipa 2015, 

El escritor y docente Ricardo Sumalavia hará de moderador en esta conversación sobre el panorama social peruano. Intervienen Jeremías Gamboa, escritor y periodista autor de Contarlo todo, novela ganadora del premio Tigre Juan de España en 2014; Sergio Galarza, premio Nuevo Talento FNAC y autor de La librería quemada; Claudia Ulloa Donoso, escritora de Séptima madrugada; Gabriela Wiener, escritora, poeta y periodista cuya última publicación lleva por título Llamada perdida; Pedro Llosa Vélez, autor de varios libros de cuentos, entre los que se encuentran Las visitaciones; y Jorge Alejandro Vargas Prado, autor de T'ikray.

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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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Salman Rushdie

Hay Festival 1999, 
Salman Rushdie

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Niall Griffiths, Desmond Barry and John Williams

Hay Festival 2002, 
Reading and conversation. Griffiths introduces Kelly and Victor, his story of the growth and spiralling intensity of a sexual obsession traced to its inevitable, devastating conclusion. Barry, who wrote about Jesse James in The Chivalry of Crime gives us a new Wild West with A Bloody Good Friday about race riots in Merthyr, 1977. 'In Cardiff Dead Williams breathes life into the city and credibility into its music scene. Cardiff has never been so vibrant as in Williams' seductive and strangely moving novel.' (Sunday Times) Chaired by Carolyn Hitt.

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Anthony Julius

Transgressions: The Offences of Art

Hay Festival 2003, 
Since the mid-nineteenth century artists have compulsively rejected received ideas in order to test and subvert morality, law, society and art itself. But what happens when all boundries have been crossed, all taboos broken, all limits violated? Julius looks at the Young Artists and their forebears.

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James Kelman and Iain Sinclair talk to Catherine Lockerbie

International Fiction

Hay Festival 2004, 
Booker Prize-winner Kelman launches his new novel You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free. Sinclair introduces his Dining on Stones. Chaired by the EIBF Director.

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Ken Loach

Hay Festival 2004, 
The great radical film-maker, director of Cathy Come Home, Kes, Raining Stones, Carla's Song and Sweet Sixteen, and his biographer Anthony Hayward talk to Francine Stock.

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Ray Monk

The Spirit of Solitude

Hay Festival 1996, 
The biographer whose Wittgenstein won the Mail on Sunday and Duff Cooper awards introduces his biography of the Welsh Nobel Prizewinning philospher Bertrand Russell, master of logic and mathematics, and the inspiration of political protest.
Monk's magnificent portrait not only addresses the great texts - Principia Mathematica, Marrige and Morals and History of Western Philosophy - but also sources new private material including hitherto embargoed letters to his lover, Constance Malleson, and his second wife Dora.

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Francesca Simon, Steven Butler, Gwen Lowe

Big, bad Characters for Big Adventures

Hay Festival 2018, 

Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace already have a great reputation for badness. Alice Dent is busy making one. Join broadcaster and author Zeb Soanes for a discussion with their creators about why these larger-than-life characters are so popular.

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Alan Hollinghurst talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: The Sparsholt Affair

Hay Festival 2018, 

Man Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers.

Alan Hollinghurst talks to Georgina Godwin

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Zareer Masani talks to Oliver Balch

Macaulay: Britain’s Liberal Imperialist

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Thomas Macaulay is most famous for having introduced the English language as a medium for learning in India. Was this an act of cultural imperialism or a modernising move? Historian and biographer Masani gives an insight into how it felt to be at the centre of power in a global empire, ruling over millions of Indian subjects and shaping the destiny of a subcontinent.

 

Zareer Masani talks to Oliver Balch

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Cine con Ciro Guerra

Cartagena 2016, 
El cineasta colombiano Ciro Guerra ha ido como invitado a múltiples festivales de cine internacionales y su obra ha recibido varios premios, como su último largometraje, El abrazo de la serpiente, que recibió el Art Cinema Award a Mejor Película de la Quincena de Realizadores en el Festival de Cannes.

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Jon Snow, Billy Childish, Chris Smith, Jude Kelly, Michael Jacobs, Jason Cowley

The Fabian Society Debate

Hay Festival 2003, 
Britain's senior think tank and forum for progressive argument examines the extent to which culture is capable of addressing, challenging and even changing the issues of the day. Can the novel affetc political and social change? Is there such a thing as political art? Is political theatre simply self-indulgent or can it facilitate productive and important debate?

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Bhoot FM

Dhaka 2014, 
Ghost stories under the Banyan Tree. From Radio Foorti's most popular show, with RJ Russell.

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Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir and Lina Meruane talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: New Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

Ólafsdóttir’s Hotel Silence won the Icelandic Literature Prize. Jónas feels his life is over. His wife has left him, his mother is slipping deeper into dementia, and his daughter is no longer the person he thought. He decides to buy a one-way ticket to a war-ravaged country and end to it all. But on arriving at Hotel Silence, his plans dissolve. Meruane is one of the most prominent voices in Chilean literature. In Seeing Red a Chilean writer moves to New York to pursue an academic career. While at a party her eyes haemorrhage. Blood floods her vision, rendering her all but blind. As she adjusts to a very different life, those who love her adjust to a very different woman – one who is angry, raw, funny, sinister, sexual and dizzyingly alive.

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Henry Chancellor

Colditz

Hay Festival 2002, 
Using over fifty original interviews with the English, French, Dutch and Polish officers, and their guards Chancellor describes their experiences in the notorious maximun security POW castle, and their escape across Nazi Germany.

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Caricatura política II. Matador y Rayma Suprani en conversación con Claudia Gurissatti

Cartagena 2017, 
La agudeza y velocidad de la caricatura política, que en apenas una imagen puede resumir todo un punto de vista acerca de un suceso, es una de las maneras más efectivas de ejercer crítica. Es por eso que esta creativa actividad es a menudo perseguida en aquellos países en los que la libertad de expresión está en riesgo. Dos caricaturista de lujo conversan con Claudia Gurisatti. Rayma Suprani (Venezuela), y Matador (Colombia).