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Tony Benn and Roy Bailey

The Writing on the Wall

Hay Festival 2005, 
We celebrate Benn's 80th birthday with this spellbinding anthology of dissent in a concert of speeches and songs from the barricades across the ages. He is joined by the great folk singer.

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Diane Wood Middlebrook

How It Worked: The Marriage of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath

Hay Festival 2004, 
In writing Her Husband: Hughes and Plath - a Marriage, the biographer drew on a wealth of unpublished materials that reveal the dynamics of Ted Hughes' lifelong creative partnership with Sylvia Plath, in life and death.

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Louise Welsh, Mil Millington, Zoe Heller

Hay Festival 2003, 
New fiction from three astounding young writers: Heller's Notes on a Scandal tells of new teacher Sheba's illicit affair with a pupil. Millington's Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About is a cleverly plotted light satire of contemporary gender relations. In Welsh's The Cutting Room a dissolute and promiscious auctioneer comes upon a hidden collection of violent, and highly distubing, erotic photographs, and feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner.

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Nazrul and Tagore on tolerance.

Dhaka 2013, 
Relevance of Tagore and Nazrul in contemporary times with Sonia Nishat Amin, Niaz Zaman and Kaiser Haq. Moderated by Perween Hasan.

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Anne Fines talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1999, 
The pre-eminent children's writer and creator of Madame Doubtfire talks about her adult novel Telling Liddy. She "writes like an angel: flawless prose, perfect pitch, and a follow-through that knocks the wind from your lungs" Scotland on Sunday

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Patrick Barkham

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Hay Festival 2018, 

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. The nature writer meets all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, as he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.

Barkham’s books include CoastlinesBadgerlands and The Butterfly Isles.

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Ferdinand Mount

The TLS Lecture: Pepys the Novel

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Hawthornden-prizewinning novelist and TLS editor talks about the remarkable rebirth of the historical novel and recounts how a chance discovery in Pepys' diary led him to write Jem (and Sam), a Restoration saga of ambition and revenge, the second of his Tales of History and Imagination.

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Russell James, Andrew Taylor, Rebeca Tope, Phil Rickman

Fields of Blood: Really?

Hay Festival 2004, 
It was Sherlock Holmes who said that not even the vilest alleys of London had a more dreadful record of sin than the smiling and beautiful countryside. But it is ture? Russell James, 'The Godfather of British noir' isn't convinced and interrogates his rural crimewriting colleagues, Andrew (The American Boy) Taylor, Phil (The Prayer of the Night Shepherd) Rickman and Rebeca (A Cotswold Killing) Tope on the issue of stiffs in the sticks, guns in the grass and corpses amongst the cows.

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Ben Shephard

After Daybreak: The Liberation of Belsen

Hay Festival 2005, 
British troops entered Bergen-Belsen in April 1945. By June they had saved 46,000 prisoners from typhoid and starvation, but 14,000 died. The historian examines the medical relief and it's planning.

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Nick Lane

Oxygen: The Molecule that Changed the World

Hay Festival 2004, 
Oxygen is the engine of life and evolution. Lane explores the impact that oxygen has had on Earth, tracing the history of life from the very beginning. He explains the rise of animals and plants, the origin of two sexes, and the evolution of ageing and death.

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Nell Leyshon en conversación con Pura López Colomé

Xalapa 2014, 
Nell Leyshon es una novelista y dramaturga inglesa. En este evento nos presenta Del color de la leche, una historia que recrea con belleza trágica un microcosmos apabullante. Su primera novela, Black Dirt, fue candidata al premio Orange de ficción y preseleccionada para el premio Commonwealth. Ha sido la primera mujer en escribir una obra (Bedlam) para el Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Con el apoyo del British Council
Nell Leyshon en conversación con Pura López Colomé

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Graphic Words

Dhaka 2014, 
Katie Green and Joelle Jolivet discuss the intangible link between words and images.

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Vitali Vitaliev

Borders Up!

Hay Festival 1999, 
Having sought alcoholic oblivion from the oppressive soviet regime, the inimitable Russian jounalist staggers across Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania asking why statistics show that despitre all the benefits of democracy, the people of Eastern Europe are drinking more, not less, than ever before.

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Rock, jazz y otras músicas en la composición literaria. Juan Álvarez y Juan Carlos Garay en conversación con Sandro Romero Rey

Cartagena 2017, 
Hay autores que escriben escuchando música, otros que incluso crean listas de reproducción específicas para trabajar, y muchos otros que incluyen en sus libros epígrafes de letras musicales o agradecimientos a músicos o a canciones. ¿Qué tendrá la música que gusta tanto a los escritores? Dos autores, Juan Álvarez (Colombia) y Juan Carlos Garay (Colombia), conversan con Sandro Romero Rey sobre sus filiaciones musicales, las similitudes entre composición musical y literaria y, por supuesto, su música favorita.

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Literatos y cineastas. João Paulo Cuenca, Alberto Fuguet y Pedro Mairal en conversación con Pía Barragán

Cartagena 2017, 
Hay autores que son grandes aficionados al cine, otros escriben o adaptan guiones para la pantalla, algunos ejercen también de críticos literarios, y también están los escritores que dirigen películas. Pía Barragán conversa con tres autores que responden a alguno de esto modelos, todos ellos grandes amantes del séptimo arte. Con João Paulo Cuenca (Brasil), autor del libro Descubrí que estaba muerto y de la película que además protagoniza, A morte de J.P Cuenca; Alberto Fuguet (Chile), autor de la reciente novela Sudor y director de la película Invierno (2015); y Pedro Mairal (Argentina), autor de La uruguaya, obra que está adaptando al cine.

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Jim Smith

Barry Loser is the best at football NOT

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Lollies winner, for a session of stories, laughs and draw-alongs. Jim will teach you how to draw Barry Loser and his mates as well as drawing live portraits of the audience.

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Melvyn Bragg

Crossing the Lines

Hay Festival 2003, 
We are delighted to launch the new, third novel in what is becoming a significant twentieth century series. W H Smith Award-winner, Bragg follows the story of Joe from A Son of War from working class Wigton to the gleaming spires of Oxford in 1950s Britain where profound changes are taking place in morals, religion, music and class.

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Jeff Green

Hay Festival 2003, 
'Stand-up's most irresistible rouge' (The Guardian) combines razor-sharp observations with an abundance of natural charm that has made him one of Britain's most popular comedians. A regular on television's Never Mind The Buzzcocks and They Think It's All Over, his live show is a freewheeling, delightful entertainment.

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Gabrielle Walker

Snowball Earth

Hay Festival 2003, 
The science-writer explores the theory that 700 million years ago, the earth was a vast, whited-out iceball. Paul Hoffman, a brilliant and irascible Harvard scientist, claims that a climactic cataclysm 700 million years ago triggered the great Cambrian Explosion, the hitherto unexplained moment in geological time when a profusion of complex life forms first sprang from the primordial soup. Walker tells his story.

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Vesna Goldsworthy, Matthew Sturgis, Nick Flynn

Biographers' Panel

Hay Festival 2005, 
Although purportedly an account of forty years in the life of a passionate Serbian woman, Goldsworthy's Chernobyl Strawberries traffics in the births and deaths of whole worlds. Sturgis is the biographer of the artist Walter Sickert. Flynn's Another Bullshit Night In Suck City is a darkly comic story of an unconventional reunion between father and son. Chaired by Brenda Maddox.

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Jan Zalasiewicz

Skeletons: The Frame of Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

Over half a billion years ago life on Earth took an incredible step in evolution, when animals learned to build skeletons. Using many different materials, from calcium carbonate and phosphate, and even silica, to make shell and bone, they started creating the support structures that are now critical to most living forms, providing rigidity and strength. The Leicester University palaeobiologist explores the incredible variety of the skeleton innovations that have enabled life to expand into a wide range of niches and lifestyles on the planet. Discussing the impact of climate change, which puts the formation of some kinds of skeleton at risk, he also considers future skeletons – including the possibility that we might increasingly incorporate metal and plastic elements into our own – as well as the possible materials for skeleton building on other planets.

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John Carey

What Good Are The Arts?

Hay Festival 2005, 
Do the arts make us better people? Are they a sign of civilisation? Are judgements about art anything more than personal opinions? What are works of art anyway?

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John Julius Norwich

Venice, Paradise of Cities

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Most Serene Republic of Venice, after more than a thousand years, was killed off by Napoleon in 1797. What happened then? The city was kicked around like a football between France and Austria until finally becoming part of a united Italy in 1866. And yet, sad as she was, Venice attracted Byron, John Ruskin, Henry James, Robert Browning, Richard Wagner and many others.

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John Harris and Polly Tonybee and David Walker

Is Labour Working?

Hay Festival 2005, 
We test the new political water one month after the election. Harris is the author of So Now Who Do We Vote For? Tonybee and Walker co-wrote Better or Worse? Has Labour Delivered? Chaired by Jonathan Heawood.

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Robert Winder and Caroline Moorehead talk to Paul Blezard

Wicked Words

Hay Festival 2005, 
Winder's Bloody Foreigners is a wide-ranging study of British immigration from the Romans, Saxons and Huguenots to Windrush. Moorehead's Human Cargo exposes the seven-billion-dollar reade in smuggling refugees from Afghanistan, Liberia, Palestine and China.