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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.

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El laberinto de la peruanidad

Arequipa 2015, 
La labor de Gustavo Gorriti ha sido reconocida con varias distinciones internacionales, entre otras, el premio María Moors Cabot, el premio CPJ International Press Freedom y el Rey de España. En 2005 fue nombrado presidente del Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS). José Ugaz es un jurista peruano que en 1992 se incorporó como Oficial de Derechos Humanos a la Misión de Paz de la ONU para El Salvador (ONUSAL). También ha sido designado como Procurador Ad Hoc de la República del Perú en varios casos de corrupción: Zanatti (1993-1994); CLAE (1994), INABIF (1997) y Montesinos-Fujimori (2000-2002). Actualmente es presidente de Transparency International. Por último, Jorge Bedregal La Vera es analista político, historiador y docente en la Universidad Nacional San Agustín. Modera el periodista y escritor Pedro Salinas, ganador del Premio Nacional de Periodismo y Derechos Humanos 1994 y autor del reciente libro Mitad monjes, mitad soldados.

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Cuerpo, deseo y violencia en la literatura. Giuseppe Caputo y Joumana Haddad en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cartagena 2017, 
Algunos escritores y escritoras dan especial importancia a la corporeidad y el vínculo con lo físico en la escritura. Esto se puede ver reflejado a muchos niveles: durante el proceso de escritura, en el estilo narrativo o incluso en la propia temática de la obra. Conversan con Felipe Restrepo Pombo dos escritores interesados en esta temática: Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia), autor de Un mundo huérfano, y Joumana Haddad (Líbano), escritora, poeta y autora, entre otros libros, de Yo maté a Sherezade: confesiones de una mujer árabe furiosa.

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Vestigios de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Boris Cyrulnik, Abram de Swaan y Philippe Sands en conversación con Kirsty Lang

Cartagena 2017, 
Boris Cyrulnik (Francia) es neurólogo, psiquiatra, psicoanalista y etólogo, Abram de Swaan (Países Bajos), autor del libro Dividir para mataruna exploración de la mentalidad genocida, y el abogado defensor de los derechos humanos Philippe Sands (Reino Unido) conversarán con Kirsty Lang de las consecuencias legales, sociales y políticas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial para el continente europeo, que quedó devastado humana y económicamente tras el conflicto.
Vestigios de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Boris Cyrulnik, Abram de Swaan y Philippe Sands en conversación con Kirsty Lang

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Michael Ignatieff

The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

Hay Festival 2004, 
The novelist and Harvard Professor of Human Rights Practice explores how a violent response to violence arguably makes us morally indistinguishable from our enimies, and confronts the political challenge of trying to win the war against terror without losing our democratic souls.

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Tristram Hunt

Building Jerusalem

Hay Festival 2004, 
The acclaimed historian explores the history of civic pride and the legacy of the Victorian city from the Gothic wonder of Manchester Town Hall to the coming of theGarden City and Dickens' 'Coketown'

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Rory Maclean, Rory Stewart and Peter Robb

Other Worlds

Hay Festival 2004, 
In Maclean's Falling for Icarus our intrepid adventurer sets off to Crete, where, with help from his Cretan neighbours, he attempts to build a woodhopper from scratch and make it fly. In 2001, Stewart, now Deputu Governor of a province in Iraq, set off from Heart to walk to Kabul via the mountains of Ghor in central Afghanistan. Robb's A Death in BRazil engages the politics, history and culture of South America's carnival superpower.

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George McDonald Fraser talks to Bernard Cornwell

Hay Festival 2005, 
Mad, bad and wonderful to read. The creator of magnificent anti-hero Flashman in conversation with the best-selling author of the military cult Sharp.

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Translating Bangla to English

Dhaka 2013, 
Translators Fakrul Alam, Niaz Zaman, Aruhava Sinha and Ahmede Hussein. Moderated by Jackie Kabir.

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Rómulo Bustos Aguirre

Homenaje a Jorge García Usta. El reino errante. Lectura de poemas de migración y el mundo árabe.

Cartagena 2016, 
Para la cultura y las letras del Caribe colombiano y Cartagena de Indias, Jorge García Usta ha sido una figura trascendental como poeta, investigador y gestor cultural. Por ello este homenaje a los diez años de su muerte.
Además de su trabajo sobre “lo árabe en Macondo”, aportó con sus investigaciones un mayor conocimiento de la vida
y obra de García Márquez en su paso por esta ciudad. Su poemario será leído por el poeta Rómulo Bustos Aguirre, otra figura prominente de las letras caribeñas, quien compartió con García Usta múltiples iniciativas culturales. La producción del montaje estará a cargo del músico Rafael Ramos Caraballo y las fotografías han sido seleccionadas por Aida Teresa Baladi.

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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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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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The New Yorker vs The Sunday Times

The Festival Debate

Hay Festival 1996, 
The American and British teams debate the topical issue of the moment.

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Lara Prior-Palmer talks to Corisande Albert

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Wildest Horse Race

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Mongol Derby is the world’s toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride twenty-five horses across a distance of 1,000 km. In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer – nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown – decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she found she had nothing to lose, and tore through the field with her motley crew of horses. In one of the Derby’s most unexpected results, she became the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the race.

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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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Ellen MacArthur talks to Keith Wheatley

Taking on the World

Hay Festival 2002, 
On 11 February 2001, MacArthur sailed into the French Atlantic port of Les Sables d'Olonne to complete the Vendee Globe, sailing's toughest race. At 24 she became the youngest person ever to complete the race and the fastest woman or Briton ever to circumnavigate the globe.

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David Crystal

Making It Up

Hay Festival 1998, 
Linguist David Crystal goes out hunting for the sources of language creativity, and finds most of them far nearer to home than most people might think.

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Roger Penrose

Richard Feynman

Hay Festival 1998, 
Roger Penrose the author of The Emperors New Mind discusses the life and work of one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century.

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Frans de Waal

Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Teach Us About Ourselves

Hay Festival 2019, 

The pre-eminent primatologist offers a whirlwind tour of new ideas and findings about animal emotions, based on his renowned studies of the social and emotional lives of chimpanzees and bonobos. De Waal discusses facial expressions, animal sentience and consciousness, the emotional side of human politics, and the illusion of free will. He distinguishes between emotions and feelings, all the while emphasising the continuity between our species and other species. And he makes the radical proposal that emotions are like organs: we haven’t a single organ that other animals don’t have, and the same is true for our emotions. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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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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Margarita Rosa de Francisco en conversación con Giuseppe Caputo

Cartagena 2017, 
La conocida actriz y cantante, que cautivó a los espectadores con sus actuaciones en telenovelas como Ilona llega con la lluvia y presentando programas como Desafío, es además autora de un blog con millones de lectores. Acaba de presentar su libro El hombre del teléfono, donde cuenta la historia de una mujer colombiana que en un momento turbulento de su vida comienza a conversar por teléfono con un fascinante personaje. Conversa con Giuseppe Caputo sobre esta cautivadora historia.

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Wendy Moore, Hugh Purcell, Frances Stonor Saunders

Biographers' Panel

Hay Festival 2005, 
Moore's The Knife Man tells the life of the eighteenth-century surgeon and anatomist John Hunter, the friend on whom Stevenson based Dr Jekyll. Pucell's The Last English Revolutionary is the tale of British Communist and guerilla warfare guru, Tom Wintringham. Stonor Saunders is the biographer of the great fourteenth-century English mercenary John Hawkwood.

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Alexander McCall Smith

Hay Festival 2005, 
The creator of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency discusses Precious Ramotswe, Botswana, Edinburgh and crime with Paul Blezard.

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Jonathan Jones

Sensations: The Story of British Art from Hogarth to Banksy

Hay Festival 2019, 

Sensations presents a radically new story of British art. It connects the artists of today with British culture more than three hundred years ago as it finds an unexpected thread that links William Hogarth and Tracey Emin, Thomas Gainsborough and Lucian Freud. What they share is an eye for the real world. I hope this book will change how you see Britain, and its art” – Jonathan Jones.

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Eliot Weinberger en conversación con Valerie Miles

Xalapa 2013, 
Eliot Weinberger (Estados Unidos) es escritor, traductor y editor. Además de editor de los ensayos de Jorge Luis Borges en inglés y traductor de la poesía de Octavio Paz, Vicente Huidobro, Xavier Villaurrutia y Bei Dao, es autor de varios libros entre los que se cuentan sus artículos políticos reunidos en el volumen What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles, traducidos al español en dos ediciones: 12-S: Cartas de Nueva York (2003) y Lo que oí sobre Irak (2006). Sus dos libros más recientes en español son Algo elemental (2010) y Las cataratas (2012). En conversación con Valerie Miles.