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Sarah Harper talks to Bronwen Maddox

More babies is not the answer

Hay Festival 2019, 

The emergence of low fertility rates in most high income countries has begun to concern governments. Some countries fear that their populations will start to decline in number, with negative consequences. Yet with world population currently over 7 billion and set to reach over 12 billion by the end of the century, low child bearing rates are good. They are leading to lower population growth and are thus good for the environment, good for addressing the climate emergency, and good for reducing pressure on the other species who inhabit the planet. This session will consider why there is now renewed pressure on women to have babies, and will argue the case for maintaining low fertility.

Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing.

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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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Rayma Suprani y Bonil sobre caricatura

Cartagena 2017, 
Dos destacados caritaturistas latinoamericanos conversan sobre el complejo oficio del caricaturista, en el que la destreza del dibujo, el manejo del lenguaje, la capacidad de síntesis y un sinfín más de habilidades dan lugar a comentarios sobre el mundo que nos rodea. Rayma Suprani (Venezuela) y Bonil (Ecuador) comparten además un compromiso social y político que, en numerosas ocasiones, les ha llevado a enfrentarse a la censura.

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Susie Orbach

The Impossibility of Sex

Hay Festival 1999, 
The world-renowned author of Fat is a Feminist Issue and expert on women's psychology analyses the basis and practice of therapeutic relationships.

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Charles Williams

Bradman

Hay Festival 1997, 
A masterly protrait of Don Bradman, cricket's supreme batsman and Australia's greatest hero seen within the context of a time when Australia was wrestling with her definition of nationhood and social equality. "Fascinating" - The Sunday Times, "Magnificent" - The Cricketer, A recognition that Bradman is not part of a sporting history; he is part of History" - The Times

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Suzanne O'Sullivan

Cartagena 2017, 
Los casos más sorprendentes y perturbadores de los males que el cerebro puede infligir a nuestro propio cuerpo son investigados por la neuróloga Suzanne O´Sullivan en Todo está en tu cabeza. La mayoría aceptamos sin problema que el corazón palpite con fuerza cuando vemos a la persona que amamos secretamente, o la sudoración que brota en nuestra frente ante el nerviosismo que nos provoca tener que hablar en público. Pero lo que no llegamos a imaginar es cuán dramática y exagerada puede llegar a ser la reacción de nuestro cuerpo ante según que emociones. O’Sullivan conversa sobre el fascinante mundo de las enfermedades psicosomáticas.

Evento solo en ingles.

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Heiða Ásgeirsdóttir and Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

Heiða: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World

Hay Festival 2019, 

Heiða is a solitary farmer with a flock of 500 sheep in a remorseless area bordering Iceland’s highlands. It’s known as the End of the World. One of her nearest neighbours is Iceland’s most notorious volcano, Katla, which has periodically driven away the inhabitants of Ljótarstaðir ever since people first started farming there in the 12th century. This portrait of Heiða written with wit and humour by one of Iceland’s most acclaimed novelists, Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, tells a heroic tale of a charismatic young woman who at twenty-three walked away from a career as a model in New York to take over the family farm.

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Christopher Reynolds

Cambridge Series 6: Unravelling the Mysteries of Black Holes

Hay Festival 2019, 

What is the role of black holes in the universe? Reynolds is Plumian Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge University and an expert in the astrophysics of black holes. He will outline what light the latest research throws on one of the biggest questions in our quest to understand our universe.

Christopher Reynolds

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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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Sebastian Barry, Henry Porter, Catherine Chidgey

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Barry introduces his new Easter rising novel A Long Long Way. Porter's thriller Brandenburg is set in East Germany as the iron curtain is torn aside. Chidgey's The Transformation tells the tale of an exotic wigmaker, the only permanent resident in the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1898. Chair Paul Blezard.

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Norteños. María de Alva Levy, Felipe Montes y Hugo Valdés en conversación con Mauricio Montiel Figueiras

Querétaro 2016, 

La literatura negra y policiaca es un género fascinante para el público y recientemente bastante cultivado por autores procedentes del norte del país. Tres novelistas norteños conversan con Mauricio Montiel Figueiras sobre sus últimos trabajos: Felipe Montes (Barrio de Catedral), María de Alva (Lo que guarda el río) y Hugo Valdés (El asesinato de Paulina Lee).

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Visiones creativas

Valeria Luiselli, José Ovejero y Luigi Amara en conversación con Eduardo Rabasa

Xalapa 2012, 
El ensayo es un género literario cuyas posibilidades creativas a menudo desdeñamos. Tres experimentados ensayistas nos cuentan qué les atrae de escribir ensayo.

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Jonathan Jones

Sensations: The Story of British Art from Hogarth to Banksy

Hay Festival 2019, 

Sensations presents a radically new story of British art. It connects the artists of today with British culture more than three hundred years ago as it finds an unexpected thread that links William Hogarth and Tracey Emin, Thomas Gainsborough and Lucian Freud. What they share is an eye for the real world. I hope this book will change how you see Britain, and its art” – Jonathan Jones.

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Ignacio Morgado

Cartagena 2017, 
Ignacio Morgado, catedrático de Psicobiología en el Instituto de Neurociencia de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona y autor de obras como Emociones e inteligencia social o Aprender, recordar y olvidar, conversa sobre los comportamientos humanos y sus estrechos orígenes en la biología.

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Allison Pearson, D.B.C Pierre, India Knight

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award

Hay Festival 2003, 
Judge James Naughtie chairs this reading and conversation with three of the long-listed novelists. Pearson is the author of the working-mother bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It. Pierre's Vernon God Little satirises American gun culture, reality TV and media hysteria. Knight's Don't You Want Meis a single-mum sex comedy. The Wodehouse prize winner is presented with a pig named after their book, a complete set of the Everyman Wodehouse and a case of vintage Bollinger.

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Xavi Ayén en conversación con Mario Jursich

Aquellos años del boom.

Xalapa 2014, 

No hay placas que lo conmemoren, pero el movimiento más importante de la literatura en español durante el siglo XX se abrió al mundo desde Barcelona entre 1967 y 1976. Xavi Ayén, periodista cultural del diario catalán La Vanguardia, nos presenta Aquellos años del Boom. García Márquez, Vargas Llosa y el grupo de amigos que lo cambiaron todo, obra ganadora del Premio Gaziel de Biografías y Memorias 2013.

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Michael Howard

The First World War

Hay Festival 2002, 
The pre-eminent military historian looks at the origins and causes of the Great War, triggered by the Sarajevo assassination in 1914.

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John Banville and Jim Crace

Hay Festival 1997, 
A reading and conversation with these two celebrated novelists. Banville's "brilliantly wrought and compelling" The Untouchable, is a searing self-examination by a double-agent, not unlike Anthony Blunt who questions loyalties, his ideals and his faith. Crace's Quarantine is the story of the great self-examination of Christ and his five companions fasting in the Wilderness for forty days.

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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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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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Katie Hickman

Diplomatic Women

Hay Festival 1999, 
The novelist and travel writer explores the secret and splendidly eccentric lives of British Ambassadresses from the great years of the British Empire to the present day.

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Peter Morgan

Fire Mountain

Hay Festival 2003, 
The award-winning Channel Four news reporter tells the stories of the volcanic eruption that wiped out St Pierre, Martinique in 1902, of the Barnum and Bailey freakshow adventures, of the sole survivor, Ludger Sylbaris and of what happend to the 'Paris of the Caribbean' when the redevelopment money started to filter in from colonial France.

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Jeremy Paxman

Start The Week

Hay Festival 1999, 
Please join Jeremy Paxman and his guests for a live broadcast of the Radio 4 flagship programme from the Festival.

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Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall talks to John Mitchinson

The River Cottage Year

Hay Festival 2003, 
The iconoclastic chef and author of The River Cottage Cookbook and The River Cottage Year talks food and country with John Mitchinson, gastronome and Publisher of QI.

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Beryl Bainbridge talks to Susan Hill

Hay Festival 2002, 
The literary Dame discusses her Samual Johnson novel According to Queeney with Susan Hill. She takes the extravagant eighteenth century scholar and wit, and brings his last twenty years to runbustious life through the blunt and mocking observations of his mistress' firstborn daughter Queeney.