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Simon Jenkins

From Pericles to Putin: A Short History of Europe

Winter Weekend 2018, 

Europe has for two millennia been a remarkably successful continent. Jenkins tells the story of its evolution from a battlefield of warring tribes to peace, wealth and freedom – a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages, Reformation and French Revolution, to the two World Wars and the present day. He celebrates Europe’s makers – from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc to Wellington and Angela Merkel, as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. 

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Georgi Gospodinov

THE PHYSICS OF SORROW

Segovia 2018, 

With his second novel, The Physics of Sorrow, the Bulgarian writer has dazzled the most demanding international critics. The New York Times described it as "A quirky, compulsively readable book that deftly hints at the emptiness and sadness at its core". Gopodinov is also a poet and a playwright. A finalist for both the Strega Europeo and Gregor von Rezzori awards (and winner of every Bulgarian honor possible), The Physics of Sorrow reaffirms Georgi Gospodinov's place as one of Europe's most inventive and daring writers. He talks with Pablo Mazo

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Éric Vuillard talks to Philippe Sands

Fictions: The Order of the Day

Hay Festival 2019, 

Vuillard’s gripping The Order of the Day, a mesmerising work of black comedy, won the Prix Goncourt in 2017 and is regarded as one of the great contemporary novels. It tells the story of the pivotal meetings that took place between the European powers in the run-up to World War Two. What emerges is a fascinating and incredibly moving account of failed diplomacy, broken relationships and the catastrophic momentum that led to conflict.

This event will be conducted in French, with consecutive translation by Amanda Galsworthy.

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Ron Oxburgh and David king

Greenpeace Platform

Hay Festival 2005, 
Climate change and fossil fuels explored by the Chairman of Shell and the Government's top scientist. Chaired by Stephen Tindale, CEO of Greenpeace

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Juana María Garza y William Navarrete

Cuento y contracuento: La espía / Adiós a Cleopatra

Xalapa 2013, 
Lecturas dramatizadas con Juana María Garza y William Navarrete; trauma, nostalgia, memoria, amor y desconfianza se entremezclan en dos historias donde se cuestionan el exilio y el in-xilio cubano. 

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Frank Delaney

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Irish broadcaster and novelist introduces his book A Stranger in Their Midst - "With its drama verging on the operatic, as the community lights up in the name of progress, it is plunged ever deeper into moral darkness. Fantastic stuff. I can't help feeling that if Verdi were around today, he and Delaney would make a great team" - Independent

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David Hare

Hay Festival 1998, 
The playwright and screenwriter discusses his current West End plays Amy's View and the Judas Kiss with Peter Florence.

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Giles Milton

D-Day: The Soldiers’ Story

Hay Festival 2019, 

Almost seventy-five years have passed since D-Day, the day of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years, perhaps forever. An epic battle involved 156,000 men, 7,000 ships and 20,000 armoured vehicles. The desperate struggle that unfolded on 6 June 1944 was, above all, a story of individual heroics – of men who were driven to keep fighting until the German defences were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured. Their authentic human story – Allied, German, French – has never fully been told until now.

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Onjali Q Raúf

Refugees: Reality, Representation and Reaction

Hay Festival 2019, 

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class…’ – so begins Onjali Q Raúf’s Blue Peter Book Award-winning debut novel The Boy at the Back of the Class. Onjali portrays the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child in a way that is accessible, warm and funny. Told with heart, humour and hope, this is a story about friendship and how naturally children celebrate, rather than fear, all our differences. The Boy at the Black of the Class is winner of the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

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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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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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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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Beryl Bainbridge

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Whitbread Award winner reads from her Titanic novel Every Man For Himself.

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Christopher Reynolds

Cambridge Series 6: Unravelling the Mysteries of Black Holes

Hay Festival 2019, 

What is the role of black holes in the universe? Reynolds is Plumian Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge University and an expert in the astrophysics of black holes. He will outline what light the latest research throws on one of the biggest questions in our quest to understand our universe.

Christopher Reynolds

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Sophia Bennett

The Bigger Picture: Women who changed the art world

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join author Sophia Bennett for a discussion on what it means to be a woman working in the arts today and a celebration of some of the world’s most renowned and inspirational women artists. From the pioneers who paved the way to contemporary artists working today, find out how artists including Lubaina Himid, Yayoi Kusama and Cindy Sherman have broken boundaries, fought to have their voices heard and changed the way we look at art. Chaired by Claire Armitstead, Associate Culture Editor, The Guardian.

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Ben Goldfarb talks to Andy Fryers

Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter

Hay Festival 2019, 

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of ‘Beaver Believers’ – including scientists, ranchers and passionate citizens – recognises that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish Highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. Ben Goldfarb is an environmental journalist and Eager has won the 2019 Pen/EO Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing.

Ben Goldfarb talks to Andy Fryers

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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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Ali Smith talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Accidental is a compelling adventure in literature from the most inventive and entertaining novelist of my generation. Don't miss this. You can tell your grandchildren you were there when it launched.

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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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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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César Aira in conversation with Claudio López Lamadrid

Querétaro 2017, 

The famous Argentinean author is one of the most radically original Spanish-language fiction writers. His novels, non-fiction works and other texts that oscillate between the two genres, make up a body of work that has been published around the Hispanic world and translated into many different languages. He will talk to Claudio López Lamadrid about his most recent works: Sobre el arte contemporáneo seguido de En la Habana (2016) and The Musical Brain (2016). His latest works published in Mexico are Entre los indios and La liebre.

César Aira in conversation with Claudio López Lamadrid

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Chris Riddell

Goth Girl and Ottoline

Hay Festival 2019, 

The former Children’s Laureate, highly-acclaimed illustrator, political cartoonist and bestselling children’s author of many brilliant books including the award-winning Goth Girl and Ottoline series will talk about his love of drawing. Chris will also lead a Q&A session where he will draw his answers live in front of the audience.

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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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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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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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