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Tom McLaughlin

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy

Hay Festival 2018, 

Imagine a school where perfection and popularity is prized above everything...what could go wrong? When the popular kids start growing extra-long spaghetti arms it's time for super nerds Tyler, Dylan, and Ashley to put their geek powers to the test and save the day. Join the author as he introduces his new series Happyville High in an event with interactive readings and an illustration workshop.

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Phil Rickman and Barbara Erskine

To the Witching Hour

Hay Festival 2003, 
Discovering that their latest novels explore related themes involving witchcraft and exorcism, Barbara Erskine (hiding from the Light) and Phil Rickman (The Lamp of the Wicked) arrange a late-night tryst. Go on, spook yourselves ...

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Poets in Conversation

Dhaka 2013, 
David Shook with Ahsan Akbar.

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Upcoming Misfits

Dhaka 2013, 
Graphic Stories with Samir Rahman and Nuhash Humayun.

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David Owen talks to Martin Bell

Bloody Bosnia

Hay Festival 1996, 
The EU negotiator has written a personal history of his three years in the former Yougoslavia - Balkan Odyssey. He talks to the BBC's Martin Bell, whose account of the same period is published as In Harm's Way.

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Rafael Cadenas en conversación con Alberto Barrera Tyszka

Cartagena 2016, 
Rafael Cadenas es un veterano poeta, ensayista y profesor universitario venezolano. A lo largo de su carrera ha recibido numerosos galardones, entre ellos, el Premio FIL de Literatura en Lenguas Romances (2009) y el Premio Internacional de Poesía Federico García Lorca (2015). Su última publicación es Sobre abierto. Entrevistado por Alberto Barrera Tyszka, ganador del Premio Tusquets (2015) con la novela Patria o muerte.

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Meg Wolitzer talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: The Female Persuasion

Hay Festival 2018, 

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings comes an electric, multi-layered novel about ambition, power, friendship and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It's a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time) and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

Meg Wolitzer talks to Georgina Godwin

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Troy Kennedy-Martin talks to Laurence Marks

Hay Festival 2003, 
Kennedy-Martin created the groundbreaking Z Cars in the 1960s and The Sweeny in the 1970s. He wrote the cult movie The Itailian Job in 1969. His masterpiece is the nuclear thriller Edge of Darkness,  arguably the greatest British television drama series of all time.

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David Constantine, Helen Dunmore, Neil Astley, Melvyn Bragg

Staying Alive: Real Poetry for Unreal Times

Hay Festival 2003, 
Lord Bragg hosts this feast of modern international poetry with discussion and readings by the major poets David Constantine and Helen Dunmore, and the Bloodaxe Editior, Neil Astley. 'This is a book to make you fall in love with poetry ... Go out and buy it for everyone you love.' (The Independent) A fascinating conversation and life-affirming anthology in performance.

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Alexander Waugh

Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family

Hay Festival 2005, 
Poet Arthur Waugh begat Alec and the great novelist Evelyn, Evelyn begat columnist ad Literary Review Editor Auberon, who fathered our own Alexander, biographer of God and Time

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Instrumental. James Rhodes en conversación con Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2017, 
El pianista James Rhodes (Reino Unido) ha encontrado en la música no solo su profesión sino también una suerte de espacio seguro donde desarrollar su creatividad y poder lidiar con los terribles sucesos que, con seis años, marcaron su vida cuando un profesor de su escuela comenzó a abusar sexualmente de él. James narra en su extraordinaria autobiografía, Instrumental (2015), cómo la relación con la música le ha permitido seguir adelante y convertirse en un pianista reputado. En conversación con Juan David Correa.

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Laura Carlin

Creativity and Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

The illustrator is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the winner of the V&A Book Illustration Award. Her work has appeared iVogue, the Guardian and the New York Times. Her books include The Promise by Nicola Davies and The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, which was awarded an honourable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category. 

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Helen Cross, Delia Jarrett-Macauley, Patrick O'Keeffe

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Cross' The Secrets She Keeps is a wildly ltrical tale of dark secrets in deepest Yorkshire. Jannett-Macauley's Moses, Citizen and Me tackles the issues of the Sierra Leonian civil war and the use of child soldiers. O'Keeffe has created spectacularly chilling tales set in a beguiling Irish landscape in his The Hill Road. Chaired by

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Anthony Sampson

Nelson Mandel

Hay Festival 1999, 
The writer talks about his friend and biograhical subject, the retiring President of South Africa.

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The Story of Tracy Beaker

Hay Festival 2003, 
Jane Dauncy, Elly Brewer and Mary Morris are the brians behind the incredibly successful CBBC adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's book. Come and hear all about it. From choosing the book, the problems in extending story lines and characters for TV, to the practicalities of script-writing.

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Michael Hofmann, Ian Hamilton, Deborah Garrison

Three Poets

Hay Festival 1999, 
Hoffman reads from Approximately Nowhere many poems which deal with his father. Hamilton reads from his immediate and intimate collection of Sixty Poems, and 20-something New Yorker Garrison reads from her best-selling A Working Girl Can't Win.

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Martin Amis en conversación con Peter Florence

Arequipa 2015, 

Martin Amis, Premio Somerset Maugham con su primera novela El libro de Rachel, es uno de los escritores británicos más reconocidos internacionalmente, autor de las celebradas obras Dinero, Experiencia Lionel Asbo. El estado de Inglaterra. En su libro más reciente, La Zona de Interés, se adentra arriesgadamente en los campos de concentración y el Holocausto con una crítica acerada y sarcástica del nazismo. Hablará sobre este trabajo y su trayectoria como novelista con Peter Florence, fundador del Hay Festival.

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Who? Why? Where?

Hay Festival 1996, 
An open Question Time for travel writers with several of the writers taking part in the Hakluyt and Folio Society celebrations - Gavin Young, Charles Nicholl, Joyce Lorimer who are joined by the supreme travel-writers agent George Greenfield.

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Julian Barnard, Graham Challifour, Glenn Storhaug

Searching for Cerato

Hay Festival 2005, 
In August 2004, a three-man film team from England set out to find the Cerato flower in it's original habitat: the Min Valley in the eastern foothills of the Tibetan plateau. They present their short film and discuss some of the ideas that inspired it, including Bach's remedy system and Chinese Toaism, T'ang Dynasty poetry and the Min Valley landscape. Barnard's latest book is Bach Flower Remedies: Form and Function.

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Nicola Barker talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: H(A)PPY

Hay Festival 2018, 

Barker’s astonishing post-post-apocalyptic novel has just won the Goldsmith’s Prize. “Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear. Could you...might you be happy there?”

Nicola Barker talks to Georgina Godwin

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Beverley Naidoo

One Story, Many Voices and Cinderella of the Nile

Hay Festival 2018, 

For thousands of years, people have been telling stories that are strikingly similar. Beverley introduces Cinderella of the Nile, a 2,000-year-old Greek version of the familiar folk tale that includes the great storyteller Aesop. Drawing from the stories of her own childhood, she will discuss different Cinderella versions and how stories cross boundaries, making new tales out of the old.

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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.

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Roy Hattersley talks to John Cole

Hay Festival 1996, 
The rematch of 1995's hit interview with Cole asking the questions this year about the former Labour Deputy-Leader's volume of Westminster memoirs Who Goes Home?

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Alejandro Hernández en conversación con Alejandro Páez Varela

Xalapa 2013, 
El escritor Alejandro Hernández ( México) que durante cinco años recorrió las rutas migratorias en México, Centroamérica y Estados Unidos y formó parte del equipo que investigó y redactó el primer informe de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos sobre secuestros de migrantes, hablará de su aclamada novela Amarás a Dios sobre todas las cosas que plantea las siguientes preguntas: ¿por qué tanta crueldad con los indocumentados que intentan cruzar México rumbo a Estados Unidos?, ¿por qué siendo víctimas de las mismas circunstancias nos convertimos en peores verdugos? En conversación con Alejandro Páez Varela.

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Contar lo invisible. Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen y Gabriela Bucher Balcázar en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2017, 
Conversatorio con Gabriela Bucher Balcázar, presidenta ejecutiva de Plan International en Colombia, y Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, directora ejecutiva de Plan International, en el que darán a conocer las realidades de las niñas en Colombia y en el mundo, donde millones de niñas son virtualmente ignoradas y se vuelven invisibles para los gobiernos. Hablarán sobre los retos que afrontan las niñas desde que nacen, explicando por qué es vital para el desarrollo integral de un país invertir en las niñas y en las mujeres.