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Kamal Ahmed

The Life and Times of a Very British Man

Hay Festival 2019, 

Ahmed’s childhood was very British in every way – except for the fact that he was brown. Half English, half Sudanese, he was raised in 1970s London at a time when being mixed-race meant being told to go home, even when you were born just down the road. The memoir by the Editorial Director of BBC News makes the case for a new conversation about race in Britain through personal stories, political analysis and a passionate belief in the ultimate good of this country. He talks to Thea Lenarduzzi of the TLS.

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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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Bruce Ingman

My Worst Book Ever!

Hay Festival 2018, 

The illustrator reveals all the things that went wrong in the making of his picture-book. In this case, the author had a great idea for a story about a crocodile, but, even when he was writing it, the manuscript got soaked with tea and nibbled by snails. And that was just the start...

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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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Another Evening With Ned Sherrin

By Popular Demand

Hay Festival 1997, 
A glorious anthology of wit and more tall tales from the great raconteur, broadcaster, director and compiler of Theatrical Anecdotes.

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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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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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Anita Roddick talks to Michael Buerk

Greenwash?

Hay Festival 2004, 
The iconic environmental champion and founder of The Body Shop discusses corporate responsibility and ethics with the Moral Maze presenter and journalist.

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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

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David Green, Mindu Hornick, Jabba Riaz and Barbara Winton

Authoritarian Nationalism v Democratic Internationalism: The Struggle for Civilisation

Hay Festival 2019, 

The horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust spurred the creation of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, decolonisation and the creation of what is now the EU. The era established principles and institutions of tolerance, equality, humanity and democracy that have guided successive generations since. Today those values are threatened by a rising tide of hostility, racism, nationalism and religious intolerance. How can we stem this tide and, through education, take action to promote inclusion, understanding and community cohesion? Barbara Winton, daughter and biographer of Sir Nicholas Winton, Auschwitz survivor Mindu Hornick and Jabba Riaz, the Mayor of Worcester, talk to University of Worcester Vice Chancellor David Green.

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Indigenous citizen participation in Mexico. Hermann Bellinghausen  and María de Jesús Patricio in conversation with Emiliano Monge

Querétaro 2017, 

There are more than 14 million indigenous people in Mexico. However, these communities, scattered throughout the nation, and carriers of their own history and customs, have very little presence in the democratic system. The National Indigenous Council, the association that represents these communities, is working to increase the participation of indigenous citizens. María de Jesús Patricio, from the NIC,  and journalist Hermann Bellinghausen will talk to the writer Emiliano Monge about these communities in Mexico and their importance as actors in strengthening civil society.

Indigenous citizen participation in Mexico. Hermann Bellinghausen  and María de Jesús Patricio in conversation with Emiliano Monge

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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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Andrew Dalby

Language in Danger

Hay Festival 2002, 
It is expected that a language will become extinct every two weeks of the twenty-first century. If so, must culture continue to become more impoverished? Dalby explores the 'life-cycle' of languages: their birth, their interaction and, especially, what happens when they die.

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Ric Rawlins talks to Matthew Stadlen

Rise of the Super Furry Animals

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Welsh speakers with a lust for global communication, Super Furry Animals shot to fame on Creation Records.  Wasting no time, they bought an army tank, equipped it with a techno sound-system, caused national security alerts with 60-foot inflatable monsters and went into the Colombian jungle with armed guerrilla fighters.  Written by renowned music journalist Ric Rawlins, with the band’s participation, this is the remarkable story of their ascent to celebrity status.

Ric Rawlins talks to Matthew Stadlen

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Lord Paul Boateng in conversation with Neil Pearson

The Book Aid International Platform

Hay Festival 2019, 

The UK’s first black Cabinet minister discusses how books have influenced him. From reading donated books in sub-Saharan Africa’s first children’s library to working for the development of Africa at government level, Lord Boateng will share his unique perspective on how books can shape people, communities and countries’ futures. Chaired by bibliophile and actor, star of Bridget Jones, Drop the Dead Donkey and Between the Lines Neil Pearson.

Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. Our vision is a world where everyone has access to the books that will enrich, improve and change their lives.

Lord Paul Boateng in conversation with Neil Pearson

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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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Gala de poesía

Cartagena 2017, 
La gala de poesía es uno de los eventos más queridos por el público del Hay Festival Cartagena. Regresa un año más con la participación de los mejores poetas internacionales: Joumana Haddad (Líbano), Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Canadá), Pedro Mairal (Argentina), Tolentino Mendonça (Portugal), Luna Miguel (España), Amir Or (Israel), Cecilia Balcazar (Colombia), Horacio Benavides (Colombia) y William Ospina (Colombia). Presentada por Liliet Heredero.

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Oliver Bullough

How to Steal a Trillion Dollars, and Where to Hide it

Hay Festival 2019, 

Moneyland is the secret country of the lawless, stateless, super rich. Over the past fifty years it has become the third largest economy in the world, and is annexing more every day. Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough explains how the City of London created this phenomenon, what damage it’s doing to the world and what Britain must do to stop being the problem.

Oliver Bullough

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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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Alain de Botton

How Proust Can Change Your Life

Hay Festival 1998, 
Alain de Botton "dissects what Proust had to say about friendship, reading, looking carefully, paying attention, taking your time, being alive and adds his own delicious commentary". "So charming, amusing and sensible that it may even change your life" - Daily Telegraph

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Barbara Trapido and Julie Myerson

Hay Festival 1998, 
Trapido's Juggling confirmed her as one of our finest novelists. She reads from and talks about her new novel The Travelling Hornplayer. "She couldn't write a boring sentance if she tried" - Fay Weldon. Myerson follows the hugh success of her book The Touch with Me and the Fat Man. They talk to Peter Florence

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Natalie Haynes

Stands Up for the Classics

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The star of BBC Radio 4’s Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics brings her unique combination of stand-up and ancient history to the Winter Weekend. History has never been such fun! Haynes’ books include The Children of Jocasta and The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.

Natalie Haynes

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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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Carl Bernstein en conversación con Guillermo Osorno

Xalapa 2013, 
Guillermo Osorno conversa con el legendario reportero de investigación que, junto con Bob Woodward, destapó en el periódico The Washington Post el escándalo Watergate. Co-autor de Todos los hombres del Presidente, Bernstein también ha publicado una biografía sobre Hillary Clinton.
Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al españo

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Jessie Burton y Patricio Pron en conversación con Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2016, 
Jessie Burton es una autora y actriz inglesa. En 2014 debutó con su novela La casa de las miniaturas, ganadora de dos Specsavers National Book Awards, entre otros premios. Su nuevo libro lleva por título The Muse. El argentino Patricio Pron es autor de varios volúmenes de relatos, como La vida interior de las plantas de interior, y de novelas como El comienzo de la primavera, ganadora del Premio Jaén de Novela. Sus últimos libros son el ensayo El libro tachado. Prácticas de la negación y del silencio en la crisis de la literatura y la novela Nosotros caminamos en sueños. Modera la charla es escritor y periodista Juan David Correa.