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Exploring Language

Dhaka 2013, 
Aamer Hussein in conversation with Firdous Azim.

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Simon Jenkins

Britain’s Best Railway Stations

Hay Festival 2018, 

From Waterloo to Whitby, St Pancras to Stirling, these are the marvellous, often under-sung places that link our nation. Blending his usual insight and authority, Jenkins examines the geography, architecture and symbolism of these glories of our national heritage.

Simon Jenkins

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David Rieff in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

Querétaro 2017, 

The renowned US writer and journalist David Rieff, author of A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis (2003), Against Remembrance (2012) and Swimming in a Sea of Death, in which he deals with the loss of his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, presents his new book, In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies. In this work he reflects on historical memory and the voluntary option of forgetting with regard to traumatic historical events, questioning the ethical obligation to remember as the individual’s responsibility. In conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi.

David Rieff in conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi

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Maddox on Yeats

What's Liking Got To Do With It?

Hay Festival 1999, 
In writing her new biography of W.B.Yeats, George's GhostsBrenda Maddox found Yeat's belief that he and his young wife spent five years of communication with spirits an initial obstacle. She talks with psychotherapist Susie Orbach author of The Impossibility of Sex about how this supposed magic worked - to save the Yeats's marriage and give Yeats the metaphors for his late great poetry. But do biographers, or therapists, need to like the people they are analysing?

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Ludovic Kennedy

All in the Mind: A Farewell to God

Hay Festival 1999, 
The eminent broadcaster premises a rejection of "belief". Go down the honest, straightforward and admirably clear road which Kennedy has chosen and say that there is no external force of divinity other than the longings of the human mind. Or say with Bishop Rowan Williams: "If we are not self-created, we are answerable to a truth we don't produce"

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Mario Bellatin y Margo Glantz en conversación con Gabriela Jauregui

Querétaro 2016, 

Mario Bellatin es un prolífico escritor celebrado internacionalmente; entre sus más de cuarenta libros publicados destacan Salón de belleza (novela considerada de culto), Flores, El Gran Vidrio y los más recientes El libro uruguayo de los muertos y El hombre dinero. Por su parte, la escritora Margo Glantz ha ejercido durante muchos años como docente y crítica literaria; miembro de número de la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua, es autora, entre otros trabajos, de Las genealogías, Coronada de moscas, Yo también me acuerdo y el recientemente publicado Por breve herida. Ambos autores conversan con la escritora y editora Gabriela Jauregui sobre sus últimos trabajos.

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Los derechos humanos en Latinoamérica. Luis Moreno Ocampo en conversación con Javier Solórzano

Querétaro 2016, 

El abogado argentino Luis Moreno Ocampo fue el primer Fiscal Jefe de la Corte Penal Internacional, donde se encargó de la investigación sobre crímenes contra la humanidad y la persecución y acusación ante la Corte a quienes los cometieron. Ocampo será entrevistado por el periodista mexicano Javier Solórzano sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en Latinoamérica.

Los derechos humanos en Latinoamérica. Luis Moreno Ocampo en conversación con Javier Solórzano

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Frédéric Martel y Guillermo Osorno en conversación con Mariana H

Querétaro 2016, 

Dos autores conversan con la periodista Mariana H sobre el movimiento gay: Frédéric Martel (Francia), investigador académico y autor, entre otros, de Cultura Mainstream y Global gay. Cómo la revolución gay está cambiando el mundo; y Guillermo Osorno, periodista, escritor y autor de Tengo que morir todas las noches, una investigación sobre el ambiente gay en la Ciudad de México de los 80.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del francés al español

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David Clark

Cicely Saunders: Care for the Dying

Hay Festival 2018, 

Clark honours the life and work of the pioneer of the hospice movement. His biography shows how Cicely Saunders and the hospice she created, St Christopher’s, played a crucial role in shaping a new discourse of care at the end of life.  From the pessimism of ‘there is nothing more we can do’, medicine and healthcare gradually adopted a more purposeful approach to care at the end of life, which came to be known as ‘palliative care’.  

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Amanda Levete

Two Museums

Hay Festival 2018, 

Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect, founder and principal of AL_A, an international design and architecture studio. She describes her approach to two exceptional urban projects – The Exhibition Road project at the V&A in London, creating a new exhibition space and re-connecting the museum to open public space on Exhibition Road; MAAT, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon is a new outward-looking museum located on the banks of the Tagus in Belém, the district from where the Portuguese great explorers set off.

Chaired by Amol Rajan.

Amanda Levete

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Andrew Roberts

Hitler and Churchill

Hay Festival 2003, 
Developing the ideas of his popular TV series, prize-winning historian Andrew Roberts investigates the leadership techniques and rhetorical skills employed by Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill, as well as the effect that each man's style of leadership had upon the outcome of the Secon World War.

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Óscar Guardiola Rivera en conversación con Diego Fonseca

Xalapa 2014, 

Óscar Guardiola Rivera es escritor, filósofo y profesor de leyes y derechos humanos en la Universidad de Birkbeck en Londres; es también columnista de The Guardian y El Espectador. Hablará sobre uno de los episodios más importantes en la historia de América Latina, el asesinato del presidente chileno Salvador Allende, del que trata en su último libro publicado: Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973 [Historia de una muerte anunciada: el golpe contra Salvador Allende, 11 de septiembre de 1973].

Óscar Guardiola Rivera en conversación con Diego Fonseca

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John Julius Norwich

Byzantium

Hay Festival 1998, 
On the 545th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople John Julius Norwich tells the story of the decline and fall of the Byzantine Empire, which lasted 1,123 years.

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Juliet Gardiner

Wartime Britain 1939-45

Hay Festival 2005, 
The historian has had access to a staggering wealth of rich, new material which covers all aspects of the conflict from conscription, rationing, propaganda and censorship to the plight of seperated families, lack of money, entertainment and victory.

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Miranda McKearney, Nicola Davies, Atinuke

Building Empathy Through Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

The founder of EmpathyLab, a new organisation inspired by scientific research showing that reading builds our real-life empathy, discusses how to create stories that elicit empathy in readers with the two writers. There will be an opportunity to join in empathy-boosting activities, and look ahead to national Empathy Day on 12 June.

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Leslie Law talks to Revel Guest

Hay Festival 2005, 
Athens Olympics equestrian gold-medalist talks horse-sense.

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James Dean Bradfield and Patrick Jones

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Manic Street Preacher and his theatre collaborator discuss music, politics and words with the author and broadcaster Jon Gower.

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Clive James

The Magic Sentence

Hay Festival 2004, 
The poet, songwriter, essayist and broadcaster, whose work ranges from popular television to the holocaust, talks about his 'search for the magic sentance, in a world all too real'.

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GRANTA - The Best Young Novelists.

Dhaka 2013, 
Tahmima Anam and Ned Beauman, talk with Ellah Allfrey.

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Hisham Matar y Philippe Sands en conversación con Peter Florence

Cartagena 2017, 
Los autores de dos extraordinarios libros que hablan sobre la pérdida de familiares cercanos en contextos de represión y barbarie conversan sobre el origen de sus historias con Peter Florence. El escritor Hisham Matar (Libia), cuyo padre, Jaballa Matar, desapareció a manos de los servicios secretos libios, presenta El regreso, un trabajo en el que describe su retorno a Libia tras décadas viviendo en el exilio, después de la caída del régimen de Gadafi, en búsqueda de lo ocurrido a su padre. Por su parte, el escritor y abogado defensor de los derechos humanos Philippe Sands hablará de su libro East West Street, On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity”, trabajo ganador del Baillie Gifford Prize 2016 en el que combina la narración de la situación de su propia familia judía en la Europa antes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, una investigación sobre los creadores de los conceptos de “genocidio” y “crímenes contra la humanidad”, y una mirada a la vida de Hans Frank, el carnicero de Polonia, y a los Juicios de Núremberg.

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Brenda Maddox

A Tale of Two Chemists

Hay Festival 2003, 
The award-winning biographer looks at the lives and legacies of Rosalind Franklin, the woman whose work led James Watson to the DNA double helix; and Margaret Thatcher, the first British woman Prime Minister.

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John Sutherland talks to Jenny Valentine

The War on the Young

Hay Festival 2018, 

For the first time since the Second World War, younger generations can expect less fulfilled lives than their elders. They may not be their betters, but in the second decade of the 21st century they surely are better heeled. Traditionally, society’s way of controlling the young has been to send them off to war. They would either die or learn ‘duty’. Now we send as many as 50% to university, from which they emerge encumbered with debt. Sutherland and Valentine attempt to defuse a ticking generational time-bomb.

John Sutherland talks to Jenny Valentine

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Jeannette Littlemore and Sarah Turner

How Do We Talk About Death Before Birth?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Professor Littlemore and Dr Turner are co-investigators on the project ‘Death before Birth’. This examines how people who have experienced miscarriage, termination for foetal anomaly, and stillbirth, reach decisions concerning what happens to their babies after death, how their perceptions of the law impact on their decision-making, and how they communicate their experiences and choices to those there to support them. The project will also be examining the existing guidance on what happens to babies after they have died, investigating how it is interpreted in practice by professionals and the extent to which it takes account of the views, experiences and needs of the bereaved. Jeannette and Sarah will be talking about the ways in which people who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who support, use language to make sense of and communicate their feelings about their loss.

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Daniel Mitchard

Me and My Lightning Machine

Hay Festival 2018, 

A brief tour of lightning research, from generating powerful lightning bolts in Europe’s only university-based lightning laboratory, to the role of new materials in protecting commercial aircraft in flight from direct strikes, and to whether increased lightning due to global warming affects tree mortality in the tropics. Mitchard will bring us lots of exciting images and videos, from exploding piggy banks to the Nigerian rainforest, live Tesla coil demonstrations with music and the appearance of a tree struck nine times that survived.

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Joe Studholme

Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage

Hay Festival 2018, 

Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768-1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java, bringing back over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, Banks commissioned more than 700 superlative engravings between 1772-1784. Known collectively as Banks’ Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created. Studholme introduces a selection of the images and explains the process of producing them.