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The New Yorker vs The Sunday Times

The Festival Debate

Hay Festival 1996, 
The American and British teams debate the topical issue of the moment.

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Zadie Smith

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this exclusive preview the author of WHite Teeth and The Autograph Man reads from her work in progress on her new novel.

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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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An Evening with David Shepherd

Hay Festival 1997, 
World-famous as a hugely commercially successful painter of wild animals, Shepherd has become an heroic and inspiring campaigner on behalf of endangered mammals. He talks about his astonishing career and the work of the David Shepherd Conservation Foundation, for which he will auction and original African wildlife painting at the end of the event.

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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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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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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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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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Hisham Matar en conversación con Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2017, 
En 1996 Jaballa Matar, padre del escritor libio Hisham Matar, desapareció a manos de los servicios secretos libios. Autor del celebrado Solo en el mundo, nominado al Man Booker Prize británico, Hisham presenta ahora El regreso, trabajo donde narra su retorno a Libia tras décadas viviendo en el exilio, después de la caída del régimen de Gadafi, para averiguar lo que le pasó a su padre. En conversación con Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

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Charles Williams

Bradman

Hay Festival 1997, 
A masterly protrait of Don Bradman, cricket's supreme batsman and Australia's greatest hero seen within the context of a time when Australia was wrestling with her definition of nationhood and social equality. "Fascinating" - The Sunday Times, "Magnificent" - The Cricketer, A recognition that Bradman is not part of a sporting history; he is part of History" - The Times

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Laura Restrepo in conversation with Harriett Gilbert

Cartagena 2017, 
For BBC World Book Club, acclaimed Colombian writer Laura Restrepo discusses her bestselling novel Delirium with presenter Harriett Gilbert and a Festival audience and readers around the world.

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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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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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Michael Howard

The First World War

Hay Festival 2002, 
The pre-eminent military historian looks at the origins and causes of the Great War, triggered by the Sarajevo assassination in 1914.

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Theodore Zeldin

How Talk Can Change Your Life

Hay Festival 1999, 
Developing his Radio 4 Lecture Series, the inimitable historian and cultural observer addresses his preoccupying theme of Conversation.

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Historia(s) de Colombia. Alfredo Molano y Ricardo Silva Romero en conversación con Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2017, 
La historia de un país no es una ni puede ser vista desde un solo punto de vista. ¿Cómo se puede registrar lo que acontece de la manera más objetiva y honesta posible? Mario Jursich conversa con dos autores colombianos profundamente interesados en la historia de su país y los múltiples puntos de vista que existen en la construcción de dichas narrativas: Alfredo Molano, sociólogo, periodista y autor, entre otros, de Desterrados y A lomo de mulaViajes al corazón de las FARC; y Ricardo Silva Romero, periodista y autor, entre otros, de Historia oficial del amor o El libro de la envidia.

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Miranda McKearney, Nicola Davies, Atinuke

Building Empathy Through Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

The founder of EmpathyLab, a new organisation inspired by scientific research showing that reading builds our real-life empathy, discusses how to create stories that elicit empathy in readers with the two writers. There will be an opportunity to join in empathy-boosting activities, and look ahead to national Empathy Day on 12 June.

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De cuentos. Mariana Enríquez y Gabriela Jauregui en conversación con Magali Velasco

Querétaro 2016, 

Dos reputadas autoras conversan con la escritora y académica Magali Velasco sobre sus últimas colecciones de narrativa. Mariana Enríquez, autora argentina cuyo último libro de cuentos, Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego, ha sido traducido a más de veinte idiomas, es además periodista y editora. Gabriela Jauregui (México), autora de La memoria de las cosas, compilación de relatos publicada en 2015, también trabaja como editora y escribe crítica de arte.

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Laura Bates en conversación con Jineth Bedoya - Versión española

Sexismo a diario

Cartagena 2015, 

Laura Bates es una periodista que escribe para medios como The Guardian, The Independent, Financial Times, Grazia y Red. Tras haber sido acosada sexualmente en un transporte público, creó el proyecto online Everyday Sexism (Sexismo Cotidiano), en el que recopila testimonios de mujeres que han sufrido discriminación de género. Recientemente ha publicado un libro sobre el proyecto bajo el mismo título. Charlará sobre su trabajo y el uso de internet para campañas de activismo social con la periodista Jineth Bedoya.

Evento patrocinado por kienyke.com

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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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Bhoot FM

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

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Visiones creativas

Valeria Luiselli, José Ovejero y Luigi Amara en conversación con Eduardo Rabasa

Xalapa 2012, 
El ensayo es un género literario cuyas posibilidades creativas a menudo desdeñamos. Tres experimentados ensayistas nos cuentan qué les atrae de escribir ensayo.

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Atinuke

Baby Goes to Market

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join spectacular storyteller Atinuke for a bouncy read-along with Baby and his mama. Hear all about the traditional folk tales and the stories from the bustling city in Nigeria where she grew up and which inspired her writing.

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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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Monty and Sarah Don

The Jewel Garden

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Gardener's World presenter and Observer columnist and his wife, the architect and designer, tell the magical story of the Herefordshire garden they have built over the last decade from the ashes of a catastrophic failure. Illustrated.