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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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BookTrust Storytime Prize

Shortlist celebration hosted by Baroness Floella Benjamin

Hay Festival 2019, 

Come and snuggle up with the seven shortlisted authors and illustrators of the BookTrust Storytime Prize 2019! This will be a glorious celebration of the very best books for sharing with babies and young children. There will be live readings of the books and a chance to make some noise, all hosted by children’s champion and former Play Away and Play School presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin. To find out more about BookTrust visit booktrust.org.uk.

Family event – aimed at families with young children and babies
BookTrust Storytime Prize

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20th century cultures. Carmen Pardo in conversation with Carlos Fonseca

Querétaro 2017, 

Carmen Pardo, author of En el silencio de la cultura, is a lecturer at the University of Girona and teaches on Barcelona University’s Sound Art Master’s programme. A specialist in contemporary music and author of a major study of John Cage (La escucha oblicua: Una invitación a John Cage), Pardo’s book is about the complex development of Western culture throughout the 20th century, directly linked to the aestheticisation of socio-political contexts.

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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.

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Polly Toynbee

Hard Work: Life in Low-pay Britain

Hay Festival 2003, 
The journalist examines her experience of life on the minimum wage in a counrty with the lowest social spending and the highest poverty in Europe.

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Anthony Howard

Basil Hume

Hay Festival 2005, 
The journalist introduces his life of the late Catholic Primate of England.

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Steven Camden

Nobody Real

Hay Festival 2018, 

One of the UK’s most acclaimed spoken-word artists who has performed around the world introduces his new book about a girl called Marcie and her imaginary friend, Thor Baker. Join this discussion and creative session revolving around imaginary friends and the role they play in our lives.

12+

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Antonio Caballero and Enrique Santos Calderón in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

Let's Talk About Colombia

Cartagena 2019, 

This talk reflects upon contemporary Colombia, contextualized through the gaze of two journalists who have written extensively about the social, political, economic and cultural history of the country. Antonio Caballero, a columnist for the magazine Semana, has worked at the BBC in London, has worked for national and international newspapers and magazines such as The EconomistCambio 16AlternativaEl TiempoEl Espectador and Diario 16, and has published, among other books, Historia de Colombia y sus oligarquías (2018). Enrique Santos Calderón was an author for forty years of the column Contraescape, of El Tiempo, a magazine he directed for a decade. A close witness of the political life of the country, in 2018 he published a book that is an account of over seventy years of life in Colombia, El país que me tocó, his autobiography. They will be in conversation with the journalist María Jimena Duzán.

Antonio Caballero and Enrique Santos Calderón in conversation with María Jimena Duzán

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Lee Smolin

Why is the Universe Hospitable to Life?

Hay Festival 1997, 
Relativity and quantum mechanics are fundamentally incompatible. We are still in need of a physics that can explain the Universe as a whole. The leading cosmologist author of The Life of the Cosmos suggests  a way forward "merging key elements of Einstein and Darwin in a breathtaking synthesis. The result is nothing less than a radically new view of the cosmos and our place in it" - Paul Davies

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Tim Rice talks to Ned Sherrin

Hay Festival 1997, 
The multiple Oscar-winning lyricist, knighted for his services to musical theatre has written the lyrics for the shows Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, Blondel, CRicket, and Heathcliff and the films Aladdin and The Lion King.

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Salman Rushdie en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Xalapa 2014, 

Nacido en Bombay, Salman Rushdie es un escritor
y ensayista británico autor de libros como Hijos de la medianoche (Premios Booker, James Tait Black y Best
of Booker), Los versos satánicos (Premio Whitbread a la mejor novela) y el libro de memorias Joseph Anton, entre otros. Galardonado con el Premio de Literatura Europea que concede el estado austríaco, tiene un estilo que ha sido comparado en diversas ocasiones con el realismo mágico latinoamericano. Es además miembro de la Royal Society of Literature. 

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Zareer Masani talks to Oliver Balch

Macaulay: Britain’s Liberal Imperialist

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Thomas Macaulay is most famous for having introduced the English language as a medium for learning in India. Was this an act of cultural imperialism or a modernising move? Historian and biographer Masani gives an insight into how it felt to be at the centre of power in a global empire, ruling over millions of Indian subjects and shaping the destiny of a subcontinent.

 

Zareer Masani talks to Oliver Balch

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Josephine Hart & Robert McCrum

Love and Death

Hay Festival 1996, 
Hart's novels Oblivion, Damage and Sin have explored erotic obsession and love and death with an intensity and "a spare eloquence that is utterly compelling" - Cosmopolitan. McCrum's new novel Suspicion is a similarly rivetting tale of Commandment-busting passion and transgression that is also hauntingly acute and frighteningly familiar. "A major talent . . . an effortless elegance that puts him immediately ahead of the competition" - Standard.

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Bart van Es talks to Philippe Sands

The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found

Hay Festival 2019, 

A conversation about the extraordinary biography that won the 2018 Costa Award. Little Lien wasn’t taken from her Jewish parents – she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Much later, she fell out with her foster family, and Bart van Es, the grandson of Lien’s foster parents, knew he needed to find out why. His account of tracing Lien and telling her story is a searing exploration of two lives and two families. It is a story about love and misunderstanding and about the ways that our most painful experiences, so crucial in defining us, can also be redefined. Philippe Sands’ East West Street won the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction.

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Kassia St Clair and Clare Hunter talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Threads

Hay Festival 2019, 

St Clair is the author of The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History. All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year-old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun’s mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the Puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity. Clare Hunter’s Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle stretches from medieval France to contemporary Mexico, from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland. It is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power and politics told through the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents, who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.

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Paul Theroux

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading and conversation with the great American travel-writer and novelist, author of My Secret History, Riding the Iron Rooster, Mosquito Coast, The Old Patagonian Express, Picture Palace. .
Introduced by Bill Buford, the Literary and Fiction Editor of The New Yorker.

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Henry Díaz y Ana López en conversación con Daniel Jiménez Quiroz

Cartagena 2017, 

Henry Díaz es historietista e ilustrador. Ha publicado historietas en revistas y antologías latinoamericanas como Étnica, LarvaDr. Fausto, Limbo, Cabo por siempre, El Facón de Almanegra y Crónicas del hombre frío, entre otras. Es un dibujante preocupado por traducir en imágenes el mundo que lo rodea. Ana López, es una gran dibujante, también conocida como CABIZBAJA. En conversación con Daniel Jiménez Quiroz, editor de la revista Larva. Conversatorio de los Pueblos Patrimonio de Colombia    

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Against hate. Carolin Emcke in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2018, 

In her book, Gegen den Hass, Carolin Emcke studies the violence of the contemporary world. Aggressions by Europeans against asylum seekers in Germany, police violence against black people in the United States and the destructiveness of Islamic State and its forms of negating the other, and the aggressiveness of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia present in every society in the world. These subjects are essential for understanding the liberal struggles of our times. The author will talk to the journalist Rodrigo Pardo.

Simultaneous translation from German to Spanish available

With the support of the Goethe-Institut

Against hate. Carolin Emcke in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

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Xinran, Karoline Kan, Rachael Jolley

Index on China

Hay Festival 2019, 

Seventy years after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, and thirty years on from the Tiananmen Square massacre, the editor of Index on Censorship hosts a debate about China’s contemporary society and the leadership’s attitude to freedom of expression. Xinran is author of the global bestseller The Good Women of China, based on her groundbreaking radio show. Her latest book is The Promise. Karoline Kan is a former New York Times reporter who writes about millennial life and politics in China. She’s currently an editor at China Dialogue. Her new book is called Under Red Skies: The Life and Times of a Chinese Millennial.

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Némesis. Misha Glenny en conversación con João Paulo Cuenca

Cartagena 2017, 
Misha Glenny (Reino Unido) es escritor y periodista. Ha sido corresponsal para el periódico The Guardiany para la BBC en diferentes países europeos. Su primer libro, McMafia, es una investigación sobre el crimen organizado a nivel transnacional. Su última publicación es Némesis, una narración centrada en la figura de Antonio, un habitante de una favela brasileña que llega a ser un narcotraficante poderoso, contada con el trasfondo histórico del Brasil actual, un país de desigualdades extremas. En conversación con João Paulo Cuenca.

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Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan and Christine Kisney

Imaging the Imagination

Hay Festival 2005, 
The interplay between visual and literary art in Wales, discussed by the internationally-acclaimed artist and poet Kinsey and Lloyd-Morgan, Head of Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, where she has specialised in artists' archives.

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Luisgé Martín en conversación con Juan Cárdenas

Cartagena 2017, 
Luisgé Martín es un escritor y periodista español. Miembro del equipo fundador de dos revistas culturales (Esperpento y Perchero) y colaborador de varias publicaciones, fue asesor de la ministra de Cultura Ángeles González-Sinde en 2010 y 2011, y en la actualidad compagina su trabajo literario con su trabajo en Thinking Heads. Autor de cuento y novela, conversa con Juan Cárdenas sobre su último trabajo, El amor del revés, una obra autobiográfica en la que narra con gran honestidad y lucidez cómo fue aceptando sus sentimientos y preferencias sexuales.
Luisgé Martín en conversación con Juan Cárdenas

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The Ugly Asian

Dhaka 2013, 
Bangla Academy: Launch of Syed Waliullah's English Book