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Adam Nicolson and Tom Hammick

The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and Their Year of Marvels

Hay Festival 2019, 

The year 1797–1798 is the most famous in English poetry. Out of it came The Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as Coleridge’s unmatched hymns to friendship and fatherhood, Wordsworth’s revolutionary verses in Lyrical Ballads and the greatness of Tintern Abbey, his paean to the unity of soul and cosmos, love and understanding. Nicolson tells the story of the year that Coleridge, Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy and an ever-shifting cast of friends, dependants and acolytes spent together in the Quantock Hills in Somerset. What emerges is a portrait of these great figures as young people, troubled, ambitious, dreaming of a vision of wholeness, knowing they had greatness in them but still in urgent search of the paths towards it. 

To research The Making of Poetry Adam spent a year living in the Quantocks in Somerset where Coleridge and Wordsworth had stayed towards the end of the 1790s when they were young aspiring poets dreaming of a world changed by poetry so that he could fully explore the genesis of the poems that came from that place and which were to become some of the most famous in the English language. Adam was accompanied for much of the time by the artist Tom Hammick who made woodcuts from fallen timber from the trees under which Wordsworth and Coleridge had sat with friends and family. In the second half of this event the artist joins Adam onstage to screen his woodcuts and discuss the nature and foundations of the Romantic revolution.

Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Cees Nooteboom en conversación con Xavi Ayén

Querétaro 2016, 

Cees Nooteboom es probablemente el autor neerlandés más conocido internacionalmente. Poeta, escritor y periodista, Cees es autor de una extensa obra poética y de trabajos tan celebrados como El desvío a Santiago, considerado una obra maestra de la literatura de viajes, donde narra veinte años de viajes por España. Hablará sobre sus obras y en particular sobre sus últimos libros publicados, El Bosco y Viajes por Latinoamérica. En conversación con Xavi Ayén.

Cees Nooteboom en conversación con Xavi Ayén

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The Orange Prize Winners Live from Hay

Hay Festival 2000, 
Two further readings from work by the four Orange Prize-winners, recorded for transmission on BBC Radio 4. For full details please consult the website at www.hayfestival.co.uk

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Erica Jong & Marilyn French

Hay Festival 1997, 
Jong, the author of Fear of Flying, How to save your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses and Fear of Fifty discusses her new novel Of Blessed Memory. French, whose books include Our Father, The Bleeding Heart and The War Against Women celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the first publication of The Woman's Room.

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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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Peter Whybrow

American Mania

Hay Festival 2005, 
Whybrow sees an affluance in America that far outstrips need and rampant greed spawning the addictions of consumer culture: food, money and technology, and calls for collective action in refocusing the pursuit of happiness.

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Nicholas Crane

Clear Waters Rising

Hay Festival 1997, 
Following unanimous critical acclaim for his book, Crane tells the story of his 10,000 kilomtere walk along the mountain ranges of Europe from Cape Finistere to Istanbul. With stunning photographs, he offers a unique portrait of Europe's last wildernesses, and relates the gruelling and exhilarating truths of a remarkable physical achievement.

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Patrick McCabe

Hay Festival 1998, 
McCabe's new novel Breakfast on Pluto set in the London and Belfast of the 1970's confirms his status as the leading contemporary Irish novelist. HIs last book The Butcher Boy has been filmed by Neil Jordan.

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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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Fiona de Londras and Máiréad Enright

Ireland’s Referendum on Abortion: A Time for Change?

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Irish Referendum on abortion will take place on 25 May 2018. Since 1983 an estimated 170,000 Irish women have travelled to the UK to terminate their pregnancies, incurring high costs, logistical difficulties and emotional strain. Another 2,000 women a year end pregnancies by taking the abortion pill, illegally obtained online. Whatever the result of the referendum, the impact on Ireland’s society will be huge. Professor de Londras’ research concerns constitutionalism, human rights and transnationalism. Máiréad Enright researches in feminist legal studies and religion.

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¿Cómo era Hugo Chávez? La cercana visión de tres expresidentes

Laura Chinchilla, Felipe Calderón y César Gaviria en una conversación guiada por Moisés Naím

Cartagena 2017, 
Junto con Pinochet y Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez era uno de los políticos latinoamericanos más conocidos del mundo, y al igual que ellos, un personaje muy polémico. Pero más allá de los titulares, la propaganda y la confrontación política, ¿quién fue realmente Hugo Chávez? Para contestar esta y otras preguntas hemos invitado a tres expresidentes latinoamericanos que estuvieron gobernando al mismo tiempo que el líder venezolano. Con motivo del estreno de la serie de televisión El Comandante, inspirada en la vida de Hugo Chávez, César Gaviria, expresidente de Colombia y ex secretario general de la OEA, Laura Chinchilla expresidente de la República de Costa Rica y Felipe Calderón, expresidente de México, conversarán sobre su colega en una sesión guiada por Moisés Naím, el creador de la serie y uno de sus productores. Durante la conversación también se proyectarán en primicia algunas de las secuencias más relevantes de El Comandante.

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Jonathan Shaw en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Querétaro 2016, 

Jonathan Shaw (Estados Unidos) nació fruto de la relación entre la leyenda del jazz Artie Shaw y la estrella de Hollywood Doris Dowling. Durante su adolescencia frecuentó a Charles Bukowski y entró en una espiral de delincuencia juvenil. A los 19 años viajó por Centroamérica y Sudamérica, donde vivió durante años. En 2008 publicó su primera novela, Narcisa, que pronto se convirtió en un libro de culto con una legión de fans entre los que se encuentran Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop y Jim Jarmusch. Recientemente publicada en México, la novela narra la pasional historia de amor entre Cigano, un ex-toxicómano, y Narcisa, una prostituta adicta a las drogas. Jonathan conversará con el editor y escritor Diego Rabasa.

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Jason Goodwin

Lords Of The Horizons

Hay Festival 1998, 
Jason Goodwin explores the mysteries of the 600-year rule of The Ottoman Empire. At its height, Istanbul had the richest court in Europe. The decline was prodigious, protracted and total.

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Duncan Bush, MIke Jenkins, Robert Minhinnick, Hilary Llewellyn Williams

Burning the Bracken

Hay Festival 1996, 
We launch Amy Wack's anthology to celebrate 15 years of The Seren Press' poetry list with this reading by four of Wales' finest poets. Duncan Bush won the 1995 Welsh Book of the Year for Masks, Mike Jenkins reads from This House, My Ghetto, the award-winning essayist Robert Minhinnick reads from his latest collection Hey Fatman and Hilary Llewellyn Williams reads from her remarkable Book of Shadows.

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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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Kevin Crossley Holland, Beverley Naidoo, Will Hill, A. F. Harrold

Missing out on medals

Hay Festival 2018, 

Previous CILIP Carnegie medal winners Kevin Crossley Holland and Beverley Naidoo join two authors who have been longlisted and shortlisted for the 2018 for a look at some of the classic titles which missed out on the coveted medal. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Penelope Lively in conversation with Caroline Gascoigne

Hay Festival 1996, 
The novelist who won the Booker Prize for Moon Tiger discusses her work and her new book Heat Wave with the Deputy Editior of the Sunday Times Books Section.

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Christopher Logue

Hay Festival 1998, 
The author of the greatest contemporary version of The Iliad, in War Music, Kings and The Husbands reads from his Selected Poems. "Modern poetry at its best" - Dennis Potter; "I'm crazy about it" - Henry Miller; "Not bad. I can read quite a bit of it" - Ezra Pound

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Bidisha, Eley Williams, Zoe Lambert and Ra Page

Resist: Stories of Protest

Hay Festival 2019, 

We live in a golden era of protest. From the anti-gun rallies in the US to the March of Return demos in Palestine, people are taking to the streets and standing up to governments that have fallen out of step with the popular mood. Resist is the second instalment of a series of commissions challenging authors to reimagine key moments of British protest through fiction, while working closely with historians, crowd scientists and eye-witnesses to maximise their historical accuracy. Bidisha reimagines Boudica’s revolt against the Romans, Eley Williams rewrites the Rebecca Riots ans Zoe Lambert has written about the Seeds of Hope protest. All these stories offer a grassroots perspective on very hard-won grassroots progress. 

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Antony Sher and Gregory Doran

Woza Shakespeare!

Hay Festival 1997, 
An exploration of their landmark mixed-race, South African, production of Titus Andronicus - "Shakespeare in Tarantino mode". A fascinating insight into how actor and director approach a classic play, and of the cultural wealth of the new South Africa. "It is a significant act of cultural cross-fertilization... Shakespeare wrote templates for time to come, and this play has found it's time and place" - The Sunday Times.

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CHARLA SURA. Conocimiento sostenible: cómo la neurociencia nos permite sacarle más partido a nuestro cerebro

Henry Marsh, Suzanne O’Sullivan e Ignacio Morgado en conversación con Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2017, 
El cerebro humano es la estructura más compleja del universo conocido. Saber cómo funciona y comprender su relación con la mente es uno de los interrogantes científicos más básicos e importantes. ¿Podemos, a través del conocimiento detallado de cómo funciona el cerebro, optimizar nuestra inteligencia y los avances médicos que nos ayudan a curar enfermedades relacionadas con la actividad cerebral? Rosie Boycott conversará sobre este tema con Henry Marsh, uno de los neurocirujanos británicos más reconocidos y autor del best seller Ante todo, no hagas daño, donde explica la incierta práctica de la medicina; la neuróloga Suzanne O’Sullivan, quien en su libro Todo está en tu cabeza nos conduce a través del fascinante mundo de las enfermedades psicosomáticas; e Ignacio Morgado, catedrático de Psicobiología en el Instituto de Neurociencias de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona y autor de obras como Emociones e inteligencia social Aprender, recordar y olvidar.

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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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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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Mosley

Hay Festival 1998, 
Laurence Marks analysis his controversial C4 television film about the Fascist Leader Oswald Mosley with the politician's son, the distinguished novelist Nicholas Mosley, on whose work the series was based. Marks' television credits, who along with Maurice Gran, include Shine On Harvey Moon, Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and The New Statesman. They talk to Tom Rosenthal.

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Vivian Abenshushan, Eduardo Halfon y Luisa Valenzuela en conversación con Yael Weiss

Autores con cuento.

Xalapa 2013, 
Tres autores invitados al festival, expertos cuentistas, conversan sobre su trabajo literario. Con Vivian Abenshushan (México), Eduardo Halfon (Guatemala) y Luisa Valenzuela (Argentina) en conversación con Yael Weiss.