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Alain de Botton

The Art of Travel

Hay Festival 2002, 
The author of The Consolations of Philosophy and How Proust can Change Your Life embarkes ona tour of the philosophical questions behind our desire to travel - and the capricious nature of our thoughts and emotions when we do. Chaired by Sarah Miller editior of Condé Nast Traveller magazine

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Pablo Simonetti en conversación con Jorge Alberto Gudiño

Xalapa 2014, 

Escritor chileno y activista defensor de los derechos de las minorías sexuales, Pablo Simonetti nos presenta su última novela, La soberbia juventud, una historia de amor de un joven homosexual atrapado entre exigencias sociales y familiares. Simonetti es también autor de Madre que estás en los cielos, obra traducida a más de cinco idiomas, así como de La razón de los amantes, La barrera del pudor y del libro de cuentos Vidas vulnerables.

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Andrew Parker

Seven Deadly Colours: The Genius of Nature's Palette and How it Eluded Darwin

Hay Festival 2005, 
The eye's 'perfection' was the one problem Darwin could not resolve with his theory of evolution by natural selection. Parker sorts him out showing how colour has affected flora and fauna in different environments across the globe.

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Roger Pratt

A&B Filmmakers Series: The Cinematographer 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
Interview with the cinematographer whose credits include Mona Lisa, Bayman, Shadowlands, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Not I, Chocolat, 102 Dalmations, Iris, Troy and Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

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Mark Tully

India in Slow Motion

Hay Festival 2003, 
From Hindu extremism to child labour, Sufi mysticism to the crisis in agriculture, and from the persistance of political corruption to the problem of Kashmir, the legendary broadcaster challenges the preconceptions others have about India, as well as those India has about itself.

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Simon Singh, Richard Wiseman

Theatre of Science

Hay Festival 2003, 
BAFTA- and Emmy-award winning scientists present their science comedy show. Singh presents his risk show 'What are the Chances of that Happening?' Can maths help us to live longer, predict the future and beat the dealer? Take a free bet and perhaps win a drink. Psychologist and magician, Wiseman exposes the psychology behind the illusion, with demonstrations, mind games and audience participation in his 'lecture' Mental Trickery.

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Poetry Prescription

Dhaka 2013, 
Depressed? In Love? Pay a visit to William Sieghart. The creator of Forward Poetry Prize will prescribe just the right poetry for you.

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The New South Asia

Dhaka 2013, 
Prajwal Parajuly, Samit Basu, Tishani Doshi, Janice Pariat and Rimi Chatterjee talk about the contemporary South Asian writing scene.

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Rita Carter

Consciousness

Hay Festival 2003, 
Human consciousness is unique in it's ability to roam in time and space, to conjure up non-existant worlds and to place itself 'indise' the mind of others. It is these extraordinary faculties that allow us to enjoy art, to read and understand books and to recognise why other people behave as they do. Research into the biological bases of consciousness is starting to reveal the brain mechanisms that generate our imaginative capacity.

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Rana Dasgupta

Cities

Dhaka 2014, 
From his first book of short stories, Tokyo Cancelled, to his latest book, Capital, Rana Dasgupta has long been preoccupied with the metropolis. He talks to Javed Jahangir and Somnath Batabyal about capitals, globalization, and big money. Chaired by K Anis Ahmed.

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Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore

Hay Festival 2005, 
The two Steves are renowned for their fantastic, funny and iteractive events. Their irreverent approach to history, film and culture makes for brilliant entertainment in books such as Star Bores: May the Farce be with You, Stone Me (a retelling of Greek Mythology where Medusa features as the supply teacher from Hell) and the best-selling Tales of the Dark Forest series.
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Brian Jacques

Hay Festival 2003, 
Battles and banquets, love and loss, excitement and magic, Brian Jacques' Redwall series has them all. Come and be enchanted by this one time stand-up comedian and master storyteller. Brian's latest Redwall adventure is Triss, a beautifully written interweaving of three individual tales.

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Joann Fletcher and Stephen Buckley

The Search for Nefertiti

Hay Festival 2005, 
Egyptologists recount their quest to positively identify the mummy of the enigmatic Pharaoh and to understand her world.

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Malise Ruthven, Zia Sarder, Stuart Sim, Peter Tatchell

Fundamentalist World

Hay Festival 2004, 
Ruthven's Fundamentalism examines a broad spectrum of radical conservatives and ideological purists, finding 'family resemblances' between different fundamentalist movements, especially in terms of national identity and gender. Sardar is co-author of Why Do People hate America?  Sim is the author of Fundamentalist World: The New Dark Age of Dogma. Tatchell is a gay and human rights campaigner.

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Alberto Fuguet en conversación con Dante Trujillo

Arequipa 2015, 
Alberto Fuguet, escritor, periodista y cineasta chileno, es una de las figuras más influyentes en el panorama literario latinoamericano. Entre sus últimos libros publicados cabría señalar Juntos y solos, Cinépata y Aeropuertos. De su labor como director de cine destaca Música campesina, premio al mejor largometraje nacional en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia 2011. Hablará sobre su nueva novela, No ficción. El limeño Dante Trujillo, autor de El palacio de la felicidad, estuvo al frente de la revista Buensalvaje y actualmente es el nuevo editor de El Dominical.

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Luis Felipe Fabre in conversation with Irma Gallo

Querétaro 2017, 

Salvador Novo is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in contemporary Mexican literature, and has attracted the attention of figures as outstanding as Octavio Paz and Carlos Monsiváis. In Escribir con caca, the Mexican poet Luis Felipe Fabre looks at the figure of the author and his complex writing through an exhaustive yet playful review of Novo’s life and work. In conversation with Irma Gallo.

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Terry Pratchett

Hay Festival 2003, 
The brilliantly inventive creator of Discworld has recently been writing 'childrens literature'. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents won the 2001 Carnegie Medal and his new The Wee Free Men looks set for similar acclaim.

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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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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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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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Ian Robertson

Mind Sculpture

Hay Festival 1999, 
One of the world's leading authorities on brain rehabilitation explores ground-breaking discoveries about how the brain is physically shaped by experience and our interactions with the world around us.

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The Mystic Soul

Dhaka 2013, 
Patrick Laude, Arundhathi Subramaniam and Ana Cocchiarella with David Burrell, discuss the spiritual path through different traditions.

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Daily Star Books

Dhaka 2013, 
Sharbari Ahmed and Farah Ghuznavi discuss their short story anthologies, The Oceans of Mrs Nagai, and Fragments of Riversong. Moderated by Samit Basu.

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón in conversation with Irma Gallo

Querétaro 2017, 

The Spanish writer Ignacio Martínez de Pisón presents his latest work, Derecho natural, in a conversation with Irma Gallo. The author of novels such as Carreteras secundarias (1996) and the award-winning non-fictional work Enterrar a los muertos (2005), winner of the Rodolfo Walsh and Dulce Chacón awards, tells the story of Ángel, a boy who passes from childhood to adult life during the Transition, the political process that restored democracy in Spain.

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Jude Kelly

The Orange Prize For Fiction Lecture: Fear of the Artist

Hay Festival 2005, 
Jude Kelly speaks about the nature of creative fear and how it can be put to more public use. She dicusses the vital role of the artist in harnessing the power of fear, and how their knowledge of fear and their struggle between expression and invisibility offers an alternative model of courage for society.