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Sandy Balfour, Araucaria

Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose

Hay Festival 2003, 
The author of the ingenious memoir Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose: A Memoir of Love, Exile and Crosswords discusses his life's work and obsession with The Guardian's cryptic crossword doyen Araucaria. 'A mesh of journeys and destinations, politics and romance, it touches what is beyond words.'

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Anne Somerset

Unnatural Murder

Hay Festival 1997, 
In the autum of 1615 the Earl and Countess of Somerset were detained on suspicion of having murdered Sir Thomas Overbury with poisoned tarts and an enema of mercury sublimate. The arrest of the countess - one of the most beautiful women in England - and the earl - a well-known "favourite" of the homosexual monarch, James I - caused a sensation. Somerset brilliantly unravels these extraordinary events, which constituted the greatest scandel in court history.

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Contar lo invisible. Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen y Gabriela Bucher Balcázar en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2017, 
Conversatorio con Gabriela Bucher Balcázar, presidenta ejecutiva de Plan International en Colombia, y Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, directora ejecutiva de Plan International, en el que darán a conocer las realidades de las niñas en Colombia y en el mundo, donde millones de niñas son virtualmente ignoradas y se vuelven invisibles para los gobiernos. Hablarán sobre los retos que afrontan las niñas desde que nacen, explicando por qué es vital para el desarrollo integral de un país invertir en las niñas y en las mujeres.

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El lugar de la novela. Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Pilar Reyes

Cartagena 2017, 
El escritor colombiano Juan Gabriel Vásquez nos dará una apasionada charla sobre la novela como forma de entender el mundo. ¿Qué hace la novela? ¿Cómo nos cambia a los seres humanos? Nos explicará cómo la usamos para descubrirnos, incluso para inventarnos, y por qué seríamos más pobres sin ella. Seguido de una conversación con Pilar Reyes, su editora, sobre los temas tratados que son una primicia del libro que está escribiendo.

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Richard McGuire en conversación con Leonardo Tarifeño

Cartagena 2016, 
Asiduo colaborador de The New Yorker, Richard McGuire ha publicado su obra en otros medios tan importantes como The New York Times, Le Monde, McSweeney’s y Libération. Este ilustrador y diseñador gráfico ha participado en el guion y dirección de dos cortos de animación: Micro Loup y Peur(s) du noir, además de diseñar y fabricar su propia línea de juguetes. Su obra Aquí, publicada en 1989, fue reconocida como un trabajo transformador que ampliaba las posibilidades
del cómic y cuya influencia sigue siendo patente veinticinco años después de ver la luz. Lo entrevista el periodista cultural Leonardo Tarifeño.

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Andrea Marcolongo in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

Cartagena 2018, 

Words, old or new, are gifts for changing the world. Last year, Andrea Marcolongo published a book about the subject that engrosses her the most. La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco deals with the importance of the language of ancient Greece for the present day. She will talk to the writer Juan Esteban Constaín.

Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available

Andrea Marcolongo in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

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Ana María Machado y Yolanda Reyes en conversación con Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2017, 
Dos autoras que trabajan tanto en literatura dirigida al público adulto como en literatura infantil, conversan con Margarita Valencia sobre sus últimos trabajo, en ambos casos novelas dirigidas a un público adulto. Con Ana María Machado (Brasil), escritora y docente, ha publicado diez novelas, once libros de ensayos y más de cien títulos para niños, con traducciones en veinte países, y ha recibido entre otros muchos premios el Machado de Asís y el Jabuti en tres ocasiones; su obra más reciente en español es El mar no se desborda; y Yolanda Reyes (Colombia), escritora, educadora y columnista del diario El Tiempo, con una larga trayectoria entre la que destacan su trabajo como fundadora del proyecto cultural Espantapájaros, el exitoso libro El terror de Sexto “B” (Premio Fundalectura), la novela para público adulto Pasajera en tránsito y su más reciente novela Qué raro que me llame Federico, de la que conversará en esta charla.

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Fay Weldon

Hay Festival 1998, 
The passionate and erotic story told in Weldon's Big Women is not unrecognisably dissimilar to the actual founding of the feminist publishing house Virago. She charts her four principle characters' lives over the last 20 years.

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Gabriela Ybarra y Maruan Soto Antaki en conversación con Yael Weiss

Querétaro 2016, 

Dos autores reflexionan sobre situaciones de conflicto en contextos sociopolíticos muy diferentes pero compartiendo el ángulo del análisis que parte de lo personal y subjetivo. Con Maruan Soto Antaki (México), autor de Pensar Medio Oriente, libro en el que reflexiona sobre la realidad de la zona de Oriente Medio, a la que está vinculado por lazos familiares; y Gabriela Ybarra (España), autora de la novela autobiográfica El comensal, en la que ficcionaliza el asesinato de su abuelo a manos del grupo terrorista ETA y la posterior muerte por enfermedad de su madre. En conversación con la editora y escritora Yael Weiss.

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Reforming climate change policy. Gabrielle Walker in conversation with Kirsty Lang

Querétaro 2017, 

The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. So we have asked a number of thinkers to give us a “reform” that would be applicable now. Gabrielle Walker, a Doctor in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and presenter of the BBC programme Planet Earth Under Threat, proposes a change in the way we look at “climate war”, considering a positive perspective to tackle the problem.

Reforming climate change policy. Gabrielle Walker in conversation with Kirsty Lang

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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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Andrew Roberts

Churchill: Walking With Destiny

Winter Weekend 2018, 

The award-winning historian introduces his masterwork Churchill: Walking With Destiny, a landmark reconsideration of the iconic war leader based on Roberts’ exclusive access to extensive new material, from private diaries and letters to detail from war cabinet meetings.

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Joseph Rotblat and Robert McNamara talk to Jon Snow

WMD: Horses Mouth

Hay Festival 2005, 
McNamara quit as Lyndon Johnson's Secretary over the bombing of North Vietnam. He had previously developed Kennedy's 'assured destruction' policy. Atomic Scientist Rotblat quit the Manhattan Project when it became apparent Nazi Germany would not build the bomb. He won the Nobel Prize in 1995 for his work with the Pugwash Project to abolish nuclear weapons.

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Ian Kershaw

The British Academy Platform 2: Roller-Coaster – Europe, 1950–2017

Hay Festival 2019, 

Although the post-war period brought peace and prosperity, Europe was now a divided continent, living under the nuclear threat. Europeans experienced a roller-coaster ride, both in the sense that they were flung through a series of events which threatened disaster, but also that they were no longer in charge of their own destinies: for much of the period the USA and USSR effectively reduced Europeans to helpless figures whose fates were dictated to them depending on the vagaries of the Cold War. There were striking successes: the Soviet bloc melted away, dictatorships vanished and Germany was successfully reunited. But accelerating globalisation brought new fragilities. The impact of interlocking crises after 2008 was the clearest warning to Europeans that there is no guarantee of peace and stability. 

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Nadya Tolokno in conversation with Misha Glenny

Querétaro 2017, 

Misha Glenny interviews the musician and activist, Nadya Tolokno (Russia), a member of the punk group Pussy Riot and arrested together with her partner in 2012 because of a performance in Moscow Cathedral. She was sentenced for crimes of religious hatred, and spent two years in jail, a sentence that became a symbol around the world for the Vladimir Putin government’s attitude to freedom of expression. She currently lives in Canada, where she continues to work as a human rights activist.

Nadya Tolokno in conversation with Misha Glenny

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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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Mariecia Fraser and Elizabeth Jardine-Godwin

Experimental Landscapes: Past, Present and Future Innovation in Upland Farming

Hay Festival 2019, 

This exploration of the evolution of policy and practice related to upland farming, the role science has played and related impacts on treasured landscapes will be accompanied by poetry and prose inspired by these places and activities. Fraser is Reader at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University. Elizabeth Jardine-Godwin is a writer and teacher who was Pwllpeiran Writer in Residence in 2013.

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Elaine Brook

In Search of Shambala

Hay Festival 1997, 
Does Shangri-La really exist? An exploration of remote 'Hidden Valleys' of the Himalaya. Brook gives an insight into the spiritual ecology of the mountain people; how celebration and powerful visual imagery create harmony in relationship with self, community and wider environment.

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Blake Morrison talks to Michael Buerk

As If

Hay Festival 1997, 
John Major's comment on the killing of James Bulger - "We must condemn a little more, and understand a little less" - drives Morrison's search for the "Why?" of the case in his experience of the trail, and in his own autobiographical recollections of childhood. He talks to Michael Buerk, presenter of The Moral Maze, about how and why two boys killed another? Whether childhood innocence is a myth? And what punishment could fit such a crime - assuming that children are fit to stand trial. Morrison's And when did you last see your father? won the Waterstones/Esquire non-fiction award.

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Ian McEwan - Enduring Love

Vintage Living Texts 4

Hay Festival 2002, 
The writer discusses his novel Enduring Love with Vintage Living Texts series editiors Jonathan Noakes and Margaret Reynolds.

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Peter Carey

Reading and Conversation

Hay Festival 1996, 
Carey won the Booker Prize for Oscar and Lucinda. His other novels include Illywhacker, Bliss, The Tax Inspector and The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith. He reads from his work-in-progress.

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Rubén Gallo en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Xalapa 2014, 

Rubén Gallo, catedrático en la Universidad de Princeton y escritor, presenta su nuevo libro, Máquinas de vanguardia: tecnología, arte y literatura en el siglo XX. Hablará con la escritora Valeria Luiselli sobre la fascinación de los vanguardistas por las máquinas. Rubén Gallo también destaca por su investigación sobre el impacto de Freud en México.

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Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

Does It Play?

Hay Festival 2004, 
How to hold 12 million people for 28 minutes. A full-morning masterclass in comedy writing for television with the creators of Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and The New Statesman.

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Antony Beevor in conversation with Jesús García Calero

Revisiting the Battle of Arnhem

Segovia 2018, 

Renowned as one of the most important World War II historians, Beevor desmonstrates his narrative skills as he relives the truth of what happened in the Battle of Arnhem. Based on original documentation, used here for the first time, Beevor reconstructs the devastating airborne battle of Arnhem, the last German victory. Beevor talks with Jesús García Calero, Chief editor of Culture in ABC daily, about the first-hand accounts from the soldiers and the diaries detailing the suffering of the inhabitants that have reshaped the vision of this battle.

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Simon Jenkins

Builded Here

Hay Festival 2004, 
The eminent journalist considers his cultural and architectural odyssey around England's Thousand Best Homes and Churches in this illustrated lecture.