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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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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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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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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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Isabella Hammad and Sarah Ladipo Manyika talk to Oliver Balch

Fictions: In the 20th Century World

Hay Festival 2019, 

In Hammad’s debut The Parisian the First World War shatters families, destroys friendships and kills lovers, and a young Palestinian dreamer sets out to find himself. Midhat Kamal picks his way across a fractured world, from the shifting politics of the Middle East to the dinner tables of Montpellier and a newly tumultuous Paris. He discovers that everything is fragile: love turns to loss, friends become enemies and everyone is looking for a place to belong. Ladipo Manyika’s global bestseller In Dependence is a lyrical and moving epic of unfulfilled love fraught with the weight of history, race and geography. Tayo Ajayi sails to England from Nigeria to take up a scholarship at Oxford University. There he discovers a whole generation high on visions of a new and better world. 

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Karen Armstrong

The Lost Art of Scripture

Hay Festival 2019, 

Today we see the Quran being used by some to justify war and terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions are often employed selectively to underwrite arbitrary and subjective views. They are believed to be divinely ordained; they are claimed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong, a world authority on religious affairs, shows in this fascinating journey through millennia of history, this narrow reading of scripture is a relatively recent phenomenon. For hundreds of years these texts were instead viewed as spiritual tools: scripture was a means for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness. Holy texts were seen as fluid and adaptable, rather than a set of binding archaic rules or a ‘truth’ that has to be ‘believed’.

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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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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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Emma Carroll and Lisa Thompson

Secrets of the Sun King and The Day I Was Erased

Hay Festival 2019, 

How do you create a compelling adventure that keeps readers guessing? Join bestselling authors Emma Carroll and Lisa Thompson as they discuss building suspense and keeping readers hooked in their page-turning stories including Secrets of a Sun King and The Day I Was Erased. Chaired by Darren Chetty.

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Literatura cotidiana. Antonio García Ángel y Ricardo Silva Romero en conversación con Camilo Hoyos

Cartagena 2017, 
Historias que narran lo cotidiano, que suceden en entornos que nos resultan familiares, dentro de rutinas diarias con las que nos podemos identificar fácilmente. Dos autores colombianos conversan con Camilo Hoyos sobre sus novelas: el escritor y periodista Antonio García, autor de Recursos humanos y del reciente Declive; y el también escritor y periodista Ricardo Silva Romero, autor de novelas como El libro de la envidia y la reciente Historia oficial del amor.

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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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The Ugly Asian

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

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Sindy Elefante, Mariana Gil y José Rosero en conversación con Daniel Jiménez Quiroz

Cartagena 2017, 
Tres de los más destacados narradores gráficos colombianos conversarán acerca de su trabajo y, en particular, de su experiencia de narrar gráficamente los pueblos patrimonios de Colombia como parte de un proyecto del Hay Festival en colaboración con Fontur. En conversación con Daniel Jiménez Quiroz, director de la revista Larva. Conversatorio de los ueblos Patrimonio de Colombia.

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Peter Stamm en conversación con Peter Florence

Cartagena 2016, 
El escritor suizo Peter Stamm, finalista del Premio Internacional de Relato Breve Frank O’Connor, es redactor de la revista literaria Entwürfe für Literatur y ha escrito varias novelas, obras de teatro y guiones de teatro para la radio. Tiene publicados en español títulos como Lluvia de hielo, Los voladores, Siete años o su último libro, A espaldas del lago, donde nos acerca a unos personajes que luchan por recobrar el control de sus vidas y desterrar la soledad, el miedo y el sentimiento de fracaso o pérdida. Conversa con el fundador del Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

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Instrumental. James Rhodes en conversación con Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2017, 
El pianista James Rhodes (Reino Unido) ha encontrado en la música no solo su profesión sino también una suerte de espacio seguro donde desarrollar su creatividad y poder lidiar con los terribles sucesos que, con seis años, marcaron su vida cuando un profesor de su escuela comenzó a abusar sexualmente de él. James narra en su extraordinaria autobiografía, Instrumental (2015), cómo la relación con la música le ha permitido seguir adelante y convertirse en un pianista reputado. En conversación con Juan David Correa.
Instrumental. James Rhodes en conversación con Juan David Correa

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Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Andre Vincent and Special Guest

Early Edition 3

Hay Festival 2019, 

A little light ridicule, mockery and fun to start the day as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy – and driving it to splenetic fury – today.

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Bogotá39 2017 I. Gabriela Jauregui, Eduardo Rabasa and Diego Zúñiga in conversation with Inés Martín Rodrigo

Querétaro 2017, 

The Bogotá39 2017 selection, promoted by the Hay Festival, seeks to focus attention on and celebrate Latin American fiction writers. At this event, the writers Gabriela Jauregui (Mexico) author of  La memoria de la cosas, Eduardo Rabasa (Mexico), author of Cinta negra, and Diego Zúñiga (Chile), author of Niños héroes, will talk to Inés Martín Rodrigo about their latest books.

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Laura Bates en conversación con Jineth Bedoya - Versión española

Sexismo a diario

Cartagena 2015, 

Laura Bates es una periodista que escribe para medios como The Guardian, The Independent, Financial Times, Grazia y Red. Tras haber sido acosada sexualmente en un transporte público, creó el proyecto online Everyday Sexism (Sexismo Cotidiano), en el que recopila testimonios de mujeres que han sufrido discriminación de género. Recientemente ha publicado un libro sobre el proyecto bajo el mismo título. Charlará sobre su trabajo y el uso de internet para campañas de activismo social con la periodista Jineth Bedoya.

Evento patrocinado por kienyke.com

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Anna Pavord

The Tulip

Hay Festival 1999, 
In an auction held in Holland in February 1637, 99 lots of tulip bulbs fetched a staggering 90,000 guilders, more than £6 million in today's money. Tulipomania had reached its height. In this sublimely illustrated lecture the author introduces her astonishing history of Europe's most desired flower.

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Rhidian Brook, James Hawes, Catherine Merriman, Adrian Mourby

Writes of Passage

Hay Festival 1996, 
Four outstanding Welsh writers discuss their work. Brook's The Testimoney of Taliesin Jones is a beautiful, "humorous and poetic" (Literary Review) evocation of the passage from childhood to adolescence. Hawes' White Merc With Fins tilts at the passage from twenty- to thirty-something in a dazzling novel that reads like a high-octane mix of Easy Rider and Trainspotting. Catherine Merriman's State of Desire weaves the themes of gender troubles and passions so brilliantly explored in Leaving the Light On and Fatal Obsevations. Mourby's We Think The World of Him is a wonderful study of New Manhood and house husbandry in Cardiff.

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Jonathan Phillips

The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

Hay Festival 2019, 

In 1187, Saladin marched triumphantly into Jerusalem, ending decades of struggle against the Christians and reclaiming the holy city for Islam. Four years later he fought off the armies of the Third Crusade, which were commanded by Richard the Lionheart. A fierce warrior and savvy diplomat, Saladin’s unparalleled courtesy, justice, generosity and mercy were revered by both his fellow Muslims and his Christian rivals. Phillips offers a fresh and captivating look at the triumphs, failures and contradictions of one of the medieval world’s most influential figures. The Crusade historian looks at Saladin’s complicated legacy, examining the ways he has been invoked in the modern age by Arab and Muslim leaders ranging from Nasser in Egypt and al-Assad in Syria to Osama bin Laden.

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Michelle Dickinson

The Kitchen Science Cookbook

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join an action-packed kitchen adventure with catapults, explosions and edible slime. Nanotechnologist Dr Michelle Dickinson shows you how to be a top scientist in your own kitchen. Using everyday equipment such as marshmallows and nuts, string and balloons, her experiments demonstrate principles of science and chemistry the whole family will find fascinating.

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Richard Fletcher, Andrew Wheatcroft, Allan Little

The Cross and The Crescent

Hay Festival 2003, 
The leading BBC foreign affaris reporter and Paris Correspondent chairs a discussion about the fifteen-hundred-year relationship between Christianity and Islam. In 638AD, the Christian Patriarch of the holy city of Jerusalem called the Muslim Caliph's presence an abomination in the sight of God. Christians and Muslims have since regarded each other warily and have silently thought of each other as 'infidels'. Fletcher is the author of The Cross and The Crescent, Wheatcroft is the author of Infidels.

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David Puttnam and Peter Florence

The Undeclared War

Hay Festival 1997, 
From their origins in the Victorian penny arcades through to their emergence as the key to the multi-million dollar "information superhighway" the movies, like so many other creative industries, have found themselves caught between the forces of art and commerce. Putnam argues that while establishing itself as a global force, Hollywood has devastated the European and Japanese film industries. Puttnam is the only European ever to run one of the great Hollywood syudios. His films include The Killing Fields, Loacl Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express and The Mission.

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Michaela Mahlberg and Anna Cermakova

Heroines, Heroes and Gender Inequality in Children’s Fiction

Hay Festival 2019, 

Fiction provides children with an important space to learn how to make sense of the world. It is also a crucial source for role models. Fictional worlds are not so unlike the real world – especially when it comes to gender inequalities. Based on their work with large collections of texts, Professor Mahlberg and Dr Cermakova from the University of Birmingham's Centre for Corpus Research will explore fiction from Dickens to modern children's books, to demonstrate how repeated language patterns reflect a gendered view of society.