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Juan Álvarez, Marta Orrantía y Antonio Ortuño en conversación con Claudia Palacios

Cartagena 2017, 
Claudia Palacios conversa con tres destacados autores: Juan Álvarez (Colombia), autor de La ruidosa marcha de los mudos, novela en la que revisa la historia de los procures de Colombia Francisco José de Caldas, Camilo Torres y Antonio Nariño; Marta Orrantía (Colombia), autora de Mañana no te presentes, novela en la que explora los sucesos trágicos del Palacio de Justicia; y Antonio Ortuño (México), cuyo último trabajo es el libro de cuentos Agua corriente, donde narra historias de personajes contradictorios, en proceso de cambio, dentro del contexto del convulso México actual.

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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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Jane Jelley

Traces of Vermeer

Hay Festival 2019, 

Johannes Vermeer’s luminous paintings are loved and admired around the world. We see sunlit spaces, the glimmer of satin, silver and linen; we see the softness of a hand on a lute string or letter. We recognise the distilled impression of a moment of time and we feel it to be real, yet we do not understand how the paintings were made. The few traces Vermeer has left behind tell us little: there are no letters or diaries, and no reports of him at work. Jelley has taken a new path in this detective story. A painter herself, she has worked with the materials of his time: the cochineal insect and lapis lazuli; the sheep bones, soot, earth and rust. She investigates old secrets and hears travellers’ tales. Her research allows us to unlock the studio door, and catch a glimpse of Vermeer inside, painting light.

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Michael Rosen

The Hay Public Library Dialogue: Word of Mouth

Hay Festival 2019, 

A conversation with the dynamic poet, broadcaster and teacher, whose latest books include Worker’s Tales, Reading and Rebellion, and his memoir So They Call You Pisher! Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Harry Kroto

The Art and Architecture of the Microcosmos

Hay Festival 1997, 
The 1996 Nobel Prizewinner gives this years Nature Lecture. Chemistry is the art of creating compounds, and a fundamental of understanding requires an awareness of the structure of molecules on the scale of atoms. This scale is the nonometer scale, in which dimensions are of the order of a millionth of a millimeter. When we look at compounds they just appear like liquids or solids. Sometimes the crystals look beautiful, but in general, one liquid looks muck like another. However, the chemist who creates these materials can see in his mind the structure of the individual molecules and understand their beauty. Is it really an architectural awareness of molecules of this scale, and the drive towards creating new compounds is often no different from the creative urge which stimulates the artist or architect to create a new sculpture or building.

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Tom Paulin

The 1998 Raymond Williams Lecture Two Boston Unitarians: William Hazlitt and TS Eliot

Hay Festival 1998, 
Hazlitt's father, The Reverend William Hazlitt, founded the first Unitarian Church in Boston in 1783. TS Eliot's grandfather became a member of that church, so Hazlitt and Eliot share a common Unitarian heritage. Though Eliot dismissed Hazlitt's literary criticism, he was in fact profoundly influenced by Hazlitt, and, for example, stole the concept of The Dissociation of Sensibility from an early essay by Hazlitt. The lecture will explore the similarities and differences between these two writers.

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Leonardo Sbaraglia, Marcela Roggeri y Fernando Tarrés

El territorio del poder. Lectura dramatizada con música.

Cartagena 2016, 
Con el uso simultáneo de diferentes lenguajes artísticos –teatro, música, cine, lectura, poesía y vídeo– el actor Leonardo Sbaraglia, la pianista Marcela Roggeri y el compositor y guitarrista Fernando Tarrés derriban toda frontera lingüística para reflexionar sobre los mecanismos de poder que oprimen al ser humano y encontrar herramientas para desobedecer esa orden inhumana que hemos legitimado y, a veces, hasta hemos buscado repetir.

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Antártida: 25 días encerrado en el hielo. Federico Bianchini en conversación con Daniel Samper Pizano

Cartagena 2017, 
El ganador de la II Beca Michael Jacobs de crónica viajera, el argentino Federico Bianchini, presenta el libro por el que fue premiado: Antártida, donde el tiempo no pasa. Bianchini, cronista y editor de la revista Anfibia, ganador del Premio Nuevas Plumas 2010, conversará con Daniel Samper Pizano, jurado de la Beca. Al finalizar la charla se anunciará al ganador de la convocatoria de 2017.

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Siri Hustvedt talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Memories of the Future

Hay Festival 2019, 

The author of What I Loved introduces her new novel. Fresh from Minnesota and hungry for all New York has to offer, twenty-three-year-old S.H. embarks on a year that proves both exhilarating and frightening – from bruising encounters with men to the increasingly ominous monologues of the woman next door. Forty years on, those pivotal months come back to vibrant life when S.H. discovers the notebook in which she recorded her adventures alongside drafts of a novel. Measuring what she remembers against what she wrote, she regards her younger self with curiosity and often amusement. Anger too, for how much has really changed in a world where the female presidential candidate is called an abomination?

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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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Julianne Pachico and Sarah Hall in conversation with Ludovic Assémat

Segovia 2018, 

Translated into more than a dozen languages and considered one of the 20 best young writers of 2013 by Granta, Sarah Hall (The Wolf Border, Madame Zero, The Beautiful indifference, The Electric Michelangelo) is a multi-award-winning novelist. Julianne Pachico (The Lucky Ones, The Tourists) is one of the great promises of British literature. Her first novel was finalist for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award. Both share love and talent for short novels.

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João Paulo Cuenca y Carlos Franz en conversación con Marcel Ventura

Cartagena 2017, 
Marcel Ventura conversa con los autores João Paulo Cuenca y Carlos Franz sobre sus últimos libros. El escritor y cineasta João Paulo Cuenca (Brasil) ha colaborado en algunos de los principales periódicos de su país. Fue incluido en la lista de los 20 Mejores Autores Brasileños de la revista Granta en 2012, así como en la selección de Bogotá39 de 2007. Ha publicado cuatro novelas, traducidas a ocho idiomas, la última de las cuales lleva por título Descubrí que estaba muerto. Por su parte, el escritor chileno Carlos Franz ha sido el ganador de la II Bienal de Novela Mario Vargas Llosa por su novela Si te vieras con mis ojos, donde narra la historia de un triángulo amoroso en Chile a finales del siglo XIX con unos protagonistas muy particulares basados en personajes reales. Miembro de la Academia Chilena de la Lengua, Franz es también autor de libros de ensayo y cuento y de otras cuatro novelas.

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Elena Poniatowska en conversación con Xavi Ayén

Querétaro 2016, 

La ganadora del Premio de Literatura en Lengua Castellana Miguel de Cervantes 2013, fue además la primera mujer en México en recibir el Premio Nacional de Periodismo. Novelista, periodista y poeta, Elena Poniatowska es probablemente la autora más conocida del país, autora de libros como La noche de Tlatelolco, Leonora o Dos veces única, entre muchos otros. Conversará con el escritor y periodista Xavi Ayén sobre su carrera y sus últimos trabajos.

Elena Poniatowska en conversación con Xavi Ayén

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Literature from the peripheries. Roland Brival and Carlos Velázquez in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Querétaro 2017, 

Two authors from different countries and regions that are not part of the hegemonic centres of literary production will talk to Ingrid Bejerman about their latest books and about how their locations on the periphery define their writing. With Roland Brival (France), author of Sato San, le maître des corsets, and Carlos Velázquez (Mexico), author of the recently published book of short stories La efeba salvaje.

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Kevin Powers talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: A Shout in the Ruins

Hay Festival 2018, 

Following his hugely celebrated debut novel, The Yellow Birds, Powers returns to the battlefield and its aftermath, this time in his native Virginia, just before and during the Civil War and then 90 years later. The novel pinpoints with unerring emotional depth the nature of random violence, the necessity of love and compassion, and the fragility and preciousness of life.

Kevin Powers talks to Claire Armitstead

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Jeffrey Masson

Dogs Never Lie About Love

Hay Festival 1997, 
The author of When Elephants Weep considers the question of whether, in one essential, dogs may be our superiors: is it not possible that they have purer, deeper and more intense emotions than humans? Can we rival the joy, the dissapointment, and yes, the love, of a dog? Everybody who has ever lived with a dog can tell you stories about how the profound feelings they have seen in their dog. Have we something important to learn from our evolutionary cousins? Masson thinks we do. Come and think out loud with him.

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Terry Jones

Who Murdered Chaucer?

Hay Festival 2004, 
The reactionary, oppressive regime of Henry IV overthrows liberal, cultured Richard II. In 1400 the superstar poet and pre-eminent intellectual of his time simply vanishes. The former Python and medieval scholar examines the political intrigues and literary evidence.

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Frances Spalding

Duncan Grant

Hay Festival 1997, 
The acclaimed art historian and biographer presents a portrait of the painter and designer, his relationship with the Bloomsbury Group, the Omega workshops, and his vision of harmony, colour and line. The excitement of Grant's artistic creativity is interwoven with his emotional and sexual life, his passions for men, his long and powerful relationship with Vanessa Bell, and the creation of Charlston, their Sussex home.

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Simon Reid-Henry

Empire of Democracy: The Remaking of the West Since the Cold War 1971–2017

Hay Festival 2019, 

The historian shows how liberal democracy, and Western history with it, was profoundly reimagined when the post-war Golden Age ended. As the institutions of liberal rule were reinvented, a new generation of politicians emerged: Thatcher, Reagan, Mitterrand, Kohl. The late 20th-century heyday they oversaw carried the Western democracies triumphantly to victory in the Cold War and into the economic boom of the 1990s. But equally it led them into the fiasco of Iraq, to the high drama of the financial crisis in 2007/8, and ultimately to the anti-liberal surge of our own times. The present crisis of liberalism enjoins us to revisit these times with close attention. The era we have all been living through is closing out; democracy is turning on its axis once again. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Anthony Anaxagorou

Heterogeneous

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer of poetry, fiction and prose, poetry educator, founder and artistic director of Out-Spoken will read new work that explores identity, race, history and gender.

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Jessica French

What a Waste

Hay Festival 2019, 

Our poor Earth is drowning in plastic. But it’s not too late to save it. Join conservationist, author and vet Jessica French to learn all about waste and how we can revolutionise our relationship with it to help make our planet a nicer place for everyone. Find out what is being done to fix the problem and how the smallest, simplest change can make a world of difference.

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Joël Dicker en conversación con Kirsty Lang

Cartagena 2017, 
La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert es la novela policíaca que lanzó a la fama al joven autor Joel Dicker (Suiza), traducida a cuarenta idiomas y galardonada en Francia con los premios Goncourt des Lycéens y Grand Prix du Roman de l’Académie Française. Su último trabajo es El libro de los Baltimore, una historia sobre una familia llena de misterio y emoción sobre la que conversará con Kirsty Lang.
Joël Dicker en conversación con Kirsty Lang

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Caricatura política II. Matador y Rayma Suprani en conversación con Claudia Gurissatti

Cartagena 2017, 
La agudeza y velocidad de la caricatura política, que en apenas una imagen puede resumir todo un punto de vista acerca de un suceso, es una de las maneras más efectivas de ejercer crítica. Es por eso que esta creativa actividad es a menudo perseguida en aquellos países en los que la libertad de expresión está en riesgo. Dos caricaturista de lujo conversan con Claudia Gurisatti. Rayma Suprani (Venezuela), y Matador (Colombia).

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Julia Neuberger, Rowan Williams, Mary Loudon, Tariq Madood

Defender of Faiths

Hay Festival 1997, 
An informal open debate arguing Disestablishment of the Church of England, and the relationships between religions and the state in a multi-faith and multi-cultural Britain.

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Deborah Devonshire talks to Susan Hill

Hay Festival 2002, 
Britain's première Duchess, NFU President, rebuilder of the Chatsworth Estate, has written magnificently about her house and garden at Chatsworth, and last year rocketed up the best-seller lists with a witty and entertaining book Counting My Chickens. She talks to the novelist and publisher Susan Hill.