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Jonathan Freedland

The Columnist

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Policy Editor analyses the day's papers and the role and art of the columnist. What is it they do exactly? And why are there so many?

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Robin Robertson and Samuel Menashe

Two Poets

Hay Festival 1997, 
Robertson reads from his beautiful and brilliant first book of poems A Painted Field. In resonant and lyrical language his poems are concerned with the fugitive nature of things: the implacable coupling of desire and sadness, personality and nationality, beauty and loss: "A poet of rare skill and sensitivity. This is work that will stand and endure.. it speaks softly in the mind" - The Scotsman. The celebrated American poet Samuel Manashe reads from his Penguin Modern Poets collection.

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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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Stephen Poliakoff talks to Sheena McDonald

Hay Festival 2003, 
A conversation with one of Britain's most admired stage and television playwrights, creator of Shout Across The River, Breaking the Scilence, Caught on a Train, Close My Eyes  and most recentley The Lost Prince. He talks to the broadcaster and journalist Sheena McDonald.

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Claudia Piñeiro en conversación con Irma Gallo

Querétaro 2016, 

Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina) es una escritora, guionista, dramaturga y contadora de Buenos Aires. Sus obras han sido traducidas a varios idiomas y también ha sido realizadora de vestuario de varias piezas. Charlará con la periodista Irma Gallo sobre su última obra publicada, Una suerte pequeña (2015), en donde narra la historia de una mujer que regresa a su Argentina natal tras veinte años viviendo fuera.

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Johann Hari en conversación con Mauricio Rodríguez

Cartagena 2016, 
El periodista británico Johann Hari ha escrito para un gran número de medios internacionales como The Independent, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times o Le Monde, y sido nombrado en dos ocasiones Periodista del año por Amnistía Internacional del Reino Unido entre otros reconocimientos. En su último libro, Tras el grito (Paidós, 2015), Johann Hari se embarca en un viaje épico de tres años de duración y cerca de 50.000 kilómetros con el fin de desvelar los secretos de la guerra contra las drogas; de esa manera pudo constatar que existe una disparidad asombrosa entre lo que nos han transmitido y lo que en realidad sucede. Lo entrevista el director y conductor del programa radial Líderes de RCN Mauricio Rodríguez

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Keith Waterhouse talks to Brenda Maddox

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist and columnist discusses his second volume of autobiography Streets Ahead which traces his path from the hot metal of Fleet Street in the 50's, to London's Theatreland as part of the 'new wave' with Billy Liar, from Shaftsbury Avenue to Broadway and Sunset Boulevard. "A glorious torrent of yarns by a master of the genre" - The Sunday Times

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Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

From Raiders to Rulers: The Vikings in Anglo-Saxon England

Hay Festival 2019, 

“Never before has such a terror appeared in Britain as we have suffered from a pagan race, nor was it thought that such an inroad from the sea could be made,” wrote the Anglo-Saxon scholar Alcuin, in response to the first major Viking raid on Lindisfarne. From these notorious early attacks at the end of the 8th century to all-out war in the time of Alfred; from the extortion of ‘Danegeld’ in the reign of Æthelstan to two decades of rule under Cnut, the Scandinavian impact on Anglo-Saxon culture and politics was enormous. In a wide-ranging overview, Eleanor Barraclough explores some of the truths behind the Vikings’ lurid reputation, and shows the evidence to be found in the rare documents on display in the British Library.

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Penelope Wilson

Sacred Signs: Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt

Hay Festival 2003, 
Hieroglyphs were far more than a language. They were an omnipresent and all-powerfull force in communicating the messages of ancient Egyptian culture for over three thousand years, used as monumental art, as a means of identifying Egyptian-ness and for rarified communication with the gods. Wilson explores the cultural significance of the script.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore sobre Los Románov

Cartagena 2017, 
Pocas historias familiares han cautivado tanto la imaginación colectiva como la de la dinastía de los Románov. La familia que gobernó Rusia con mano de acero durante cuatro siglos desaparecería abruptamente con la llegada de la revolución bolchevique en el 2017. El historiador británico Simon Sebag Montefiore, autor de, entre otros, Jerusalén y Titanes de la historia, detalla en Los Románov: 1613-1918 la historia de esta singular dinastía, en el año en que se cumple el centenario de la revolución.

Evento solo en inglés

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Jöel Dicker in conversation with Harriett Gilbert

Cartagena 2017, 
For BBC World Book Club, acclaimed Swiss writer Jöel Dicker discusses his bestselling novel The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair with presenter Harriett Gilbert and a Festival audience and readers around the world.

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Marek Kohn talks to Daniel Hahn

Four Words for Friend

Hay Festival 2019, 

In a world that has English as its global language and rapidly advancing translation technology, it’s easy to assume that the need to use more than one language will diminish. Kohn argues that plural language use is more important than ever. It helps us to understand ourselves and others better, to live together better, and to make the most of our various cultures. Kohn explores how people acquire languages; how they lose them; how different languages may affect people’s perceptions, their senses of self, and their relationships with each other; and how to resolve the fundamental contradiction of languages – that they exist as much to prevent communication as to make it happen.

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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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Andrew Green

Wales in 100 Objects

Winter Weekend 2018, 

A riveting adventure across thousands of years of Welsh history through 100 physical objects selected by Andrew Green, former National Librarian of Wales. From an iron sword dating back to first century AD Roman rule, to a Laura Ashley dress from the 1980s and Raspberry Pi, the revolutionary coding computer for children first produced in Wales.

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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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Orly Castel-Bloom and Jonathan Coe talk to Linda Grant

Hay Festival 2004, 
The leading Israeli satirist, author of Human Parts and the Wodehouse Prize-winning author of What a Carve Up and The Rotters' Club in conversation with the Orange Prize-winning novelist about the strategic deployment of heavy ridicule.

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Theodore Zeldin

An Intimate History Of Humanity

Hay Festival 1998, 
Theodore Zeldin has been called a "prophet of the 21st Century". His history - of fear, compassion, ambition, loneliness, respect, stress, friendship, eating, talking, desparing - shows what options still remain untried.

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Nell Leyshon y Jay Griffiths en conversación con Jacobo Celnik

Cartagena 2016, 
Nell Leyshon, candidata al premio Orange de ficción, es una novelista y dramaturga inglesa conocida en el mundo hispano por su celebrado libro Del color de la leche, una historia que recrea con belleza trágica un microcosmos apabullante. Ha sido la primera mujer en escribir una obra (Bedlam) para el Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre y su próximo libro en español será Memorias de un carterista. Jay Griffiths, Hay Festival International Fellow, es una autora británica, columnista de la
revista Orion. Su libro Wild: An Elemental Journey ganó el primer Orion Book Award y fue finalista del premio Orwell y el World Book Day Award. Su libro más reciente es Savage Grace. A Journey in Wildness, una suerte de libro de viajes sobre la relación entre las distintas sociedades, lo salvaje y la naturaleza. En conversación con Jacobo Celnik.

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Yuval Noah Harari y Ha-Joon Chang en conversación con Alan Yentob

Cartagena 2016, 
El historiador israelí Yuval Noah Harari, que está especializado en historia medieval e historia militar, es autor del bestseller De animales a dioses. Una breve historia de la humanidad. Ha publicado numerosos libros y artículos que le han valido, entre otros premios, el Polonsky de Creatividad y Originalidad en dos ocasiones. Por su parte, Ha-Joon Chang es un avalado www.hayfestival.org/cartagena • 2 5 Sábado 30 de enero | 2016 especialista en economía del desarrollo y profesor en la Universidad de Cambridge. En 2005 obtuvo el premio Wassily Leontief por extender las fronteras del pensamiento económico. Entre otros libros es autor de 23 cosas que no te cuenta el capitalismo. Conversarán con el periodista británico Alan Yentob sobre qué es lo que hace que las sociedades funcionen.

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David Pilling talks to Catharine Flood

The Scottish Mortgage Resolute Optimism event

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Wellbeing of Nations

Pilling explores how economists and their cult of growth have hijacked our policy-making and infiltrated our thinking about what makes societies work. Our policies are geared relentlessly towards increasing our standard measure of growth, Gross Domestic Product (GDP). By this yardstick we have never been wealthier or happier. So why doesn't it feel that way? Why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise and wealth inequality as stark as ever?

David Pilling talks to Catharine Flood

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Esther Freud, MArtha McPhee, Julie Myerson

Hay Festival 1997, 
Hideous Kinky and Peerless Flats established Freud as one of the most acute and perceptive writers about family and youth of her generation. She introduces her new novel Gaglow in which a daughter and father revisit their troubled family past through the recovery of the ancestral German Estate. Bright Angel Time is the glittering debut of American novelist Martha McPhee - a beautiful tale of a family on the road, broken and reformed and growing up. Myerson reads from The Touch - "Her sentances are so funny and spare.. the images and observations leave lasting physical impressions on your nerves" - The Independent.

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Tony Parsons

Hay Festival 2004, 
The blockbusting champion of masculinism and author of Mand and Boy, Man and Wife, and One for my Baby discusses his career and his new novel The Family Way.

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Oliver Sacks

Hay Festival 2002, 
The legendary neurologist and analyst discusses his life and work. His groundbreaking books include Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, A Leg To Stand On, An Anthropologist on Mars and the memoir Uncle Tungsten.

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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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John Humphrys

Lost for Words

Hay Festival 2005, 
Today Programme inquisitor examines the use and abuse of the English language eviscerating cliché, jargon and bullshit