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Alicia Stallings

Hesiod’s Works and Days

Hay Festival 2018, 

The award-winning American poet introduces her translation of one of the great classical texts. Hesiod was the first self-styled ‘poet’ in Western literature, revered by the ancient Greeks. Ostensibly written to chide and educate his lazy brother, Works and Days tells the story of Pandora’s jar and humanity’s place in a fallen world. Blending the cosmic and the earthy, and mixing myth, lyrical description, personal asides, astronomy, proverbs and down-to-earth advice on rural tasks and rituals, it is also a hymn to honest toil as man’s salvation.

Alicia Stallings

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Mark Shand

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of Travels On My Elephant and now Queen of the Elephants talks about his travels and his elephants - "A ripping yarn, told with wit and affection . . . wonderfully evocative" - The Times.

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Thomas Friedman

The World is Flat

Hay Festival 2005, 
A brief history of the globalized world in the twenty-first century according to the legendary New York Times columnist. Chaired by Jamie Naughtie.

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Renato Cisneros y Jeremías Gamboa en conversación con Willard Díaz

Work in progress

Arequipa 2016, 
Dos autores peruanos con gran acogida por parte de la crítica y el público conversan con Willard Díaz sobre sus próximos libros. Con Renato Cisneros, escritor y periodista, autor de La distancia que nos separa, y Jeremías Gamboa, escritor, crítico literario y autor de Contarlo todo.

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J.J. Armas Marcelo en conversación con Juan Gossaín

Cartagena 2015, 
El escritor J.J. Armas Marcelo hablará sobre su última novela, Réquiem habanero por Fidel, donde cuenta la historia de Walter Cepeda, coronel cubano retirado de la Seguridad del Estado al que su hija anuncia la muerte de Fidel Castro, una noticia que le llevará a hacer balance de su vida, éxitos y fracasos. Una novela escrita con ironía e inteligencia por el ganador del Premio Galdós 1975 y el Premio Internacional de Novela Plaza y Janés 1989.

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Cathy Cassidy

Love from Lexie

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the author of the Chocolate Box Girls series as she shares her top tips on friendship and daydreaming. Plus, hear about Love from Lexie, the first book in her heart-warming new series, The Lost and Found. Includes a fun, interactive quiz to find out which character you would be.

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Ficciones y realidades en América Latina

Santiago Gamboa y Elsa Osorio en conversación con Ariel González

Xalapa 2012, 
Santiago Gamboa es uno de los escritores colombianos más internacionales, ha publicado ocho novelas, una colección de relatos y un libro de viajes, y su ultimo trabajo es Plegarias nocturnas. Elsa Osorio es una de las escritoras que mejor describen la realidad de su país, Argentina; ha publicado varias novelas y realizado trabajos periodísticos, su último libro es La Capitana. En conversación con la editora Valerie Miles.

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Ted Dexter talks to Frank Keating

A few words about Cricket

Hay Festival 1996, 
The former England Cricket Captain and Chairman of Selectors talks to the country's leading sports journalist Frank Keating, biographer of Graham Gooch.

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Steven Pinker

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Hay Festival 2003, 
The author of How The Mind Works and The Language Instinct challenges our usual explanations of human behaviour, stated most clearly in the human sciences of psychology, ethics and politics, In an explosive argument he reasserts the role of an inherited human nature.

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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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Angie Hobbs

Plato’s Republic

Hay Festival 2019, 

Why do humans form societies and what is needed for them to thrive? How can women’s potential be actualised? How can we protect ourselves from demagogues and tyrants? Immerse yourself in the strikingly relevant questions of Plato’s influential dialogue, exploring the age-old dilemma: Why should I be just? What is a just society, and how can it be created? The philosopher and classicist revisits the big questions from Plato’s influential 2,500-year-old masterwork of philosophy and political theory, as vital today as they were when first written.

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Liza Picard, Michael Dobson, Nicola Watson

Gloriana

Hay Festival 2003, 
Three leading historians toast the life and legacy of the great British Queen, who celebrates her 400th anniversary this year. Picard launches her book Elizabeths London. Watson and Dobson's England's Elizabeth: An Afterlife in Fame and Fantasy examines the building of the myths from Spenser to Blackadder.

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Jeanette Winterson

Christmas Stories

Winter Weekend 2018, 

There is frost and icicles, mistletoe and sledges. There’s a cat and a dog and a solid silver frog. There’s a Christmas cracker with a surprising gift inside. There’s a haunted house and a SnowMama. The novelist weaves some Yuletide wonder as she reads three enchanting Christmas stories.

Suitable for families
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Ed Hooper

AIDS - Hand of God or Hand of Man?

Hay Festival 2000, 
The author of The River talks about his controversial, yet well supported hypothesis that the AIDS pandemic arose not through the killing and eating of chimpanzees, but through the contamination of an experimental polio vaccine tested on a million Africans in the 1950s.

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Constructoras de Paz

Cartagena 2017, 
¿Qué significa la construcción de paz para una niña y adolescente en Colombia? Varias jóvenes colombianas, procedentes de diferentes regiones del país, conversan con Mábel Lara sobre cómo construyen paz desde sus comunidades y por qué son determinantes en este proceso.

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Two Americas

Dhaka 2013, 
Writing A New Real: Mario Bellatin, Chris Heiser and David Shook, with Mahtab Haider.

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Lara Prior-Palmer talks to Corisande Albert

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Wildest Horse Race

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Mongol Derby is the world’s toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride twenty-five horses across a distance of 1,000 km. In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer – nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown – decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she found she had nothing to lose, and tore through the field with her motley crew of horses. In one of the Derby’s most unexpected results, she became the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the race.

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Jean Moorcroft Wilson

O What A Lovely Subject!

Hay Festival 1998, 
Biographer Jean Moorcroft Wilson examines the complex character and fascinating background of Siegfried Sassoon, the Great War poet.

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Daniel Samper Pizano, Jon Lee Anderson y Álex Ayala Ugarte en conversación con Jaime Abello

Premio Crónica de Viajes Michael Jacobs.

Cartagena 2016, 
Estos periodistas conforman el tribunal de la segunda edición del Premio Michael Jacobs 2016 de crónica de viajes. Daniel Samper, Premio Maria Moors Cabot, de la Universidad de Columbia, es autor de más de treinta libros y colabora con diversos medios internacionales.
Jon Lee Anderson es un reputado periodista de The New Yorker, para el que ha escrito las más variadas crónicas sobre América Latina. Álex Ayala Ugarte fue el ganador de la primera edición del Premio Michael Jacobs y el fundador de Pie Izquierdo, primera revista boliviana de periodismo narrativo. Coordina la charla Jaime Abello, director general y cofundador de la Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI).

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Gonçalo Tavares y Afonso Cruz en conversación con Jerónimo Pizarro

Prosa portuguesa.

Cartagena 2016, 
El escritor portugués Gonçalo M. Tavares, galardonado con premios como el Premio de Mejor Libro Extranjero 2010 (Francia) con Aprender a rezar en la era de la técnica , además de haber sido varias veces finalista en los premios Médicis y los Femina, es uno de los autores contemporáneos más traducidos. Acaba de reeditar El barrio. Afonso Cruz fue galardonado con el Premio de Literatura de la Unión Europea 2012 por A Boneca de Kokoschka, novela recientemente publicada en español bajo el título La muñeca de Kokoschka, y su libro Jesus Cristo bebia cerveja fue considerado Libro Portugués del Año por la revista Time Out Lisboa y Mejor Libro del Año según los lectores del periódico Público.
Conversarán con el traductor colombiano Jerónimo Pizarro, director de la colección Lusitania.

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Gavin Young talks to Sue Bardbury

Fiction and Far Away Places

Hay Festival 1996, 
"Glamour and the sea! Tell me - wasn't that the best time, that time when we were young and at sea? - Lord Jim: Joseph Conrad.
Travel writer Gavin Young, whose Slow Boats to China has been described as a "genuine adventure story", discusses the romance of far away places in fiction with Sue Bradbury, Director of the Folio Society whose novel Midnight Madonna is set in the Spanish Civil War

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Stephen Fry

A&B Filmmaker's Series

Hay Festival 2005, 
The actor/director/screenwriter (Wilde, Bright Young Things) discusses and show four of his favourite scenes with Peter Florence.

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J. J. Armas Marcelo y Conrado Zuluaga

Vargas Llosa vs. García Márquez.

Cartagena 2016, 
J. J. Armas Marcelo, autor de Vargas Llosa. El vicio de escribir, y Conrado Zuluaga, reconocido experto en García Márquez, se verán frente a frente para hablar de los dos premios Nobel latinoamericanos. En esta ocasión intercambiarán roles: el experto en Vargas Llosa hablará sobre Gabriel García Márquez y el experto en García Márquez lo hará sobre Vargas Llosa.

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Phil Klay en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2016, 
El estadounidense Phil Klay, la gran sorpresa literaria de EE.UU., ex-marine y veterano de la guerra de Irak, ganó el National Book Award 2014 con su primer libro, Nuevo destino, trabajo en el que reflexiona sobre las guerras de Irak y Afganistán y las consecuencias que estas trajeron para los que combatieron allí. Lo entrevista la periodista Marianne Ponsford.

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Lucy Cooke and Mark Miodownik

The Royal Society Platform 2: Natural World Wonders

Hay Festival 2019, 

We profile two more extraordinary books shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize: Lucy Cooke’s The Unexpected Truth about Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife and Mark Miodownik’s Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives. In conversation with Roger Highfield of the Science Museum.