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Mano Bouzamour e Iacopo Barison en conversación con Liliet Heredero

Cartagena 2017, 
Dos escritores con libros recién publicados en español conversan con la periodista Liliet Heredero. El escritor y bloguero Iacopo Barison (Italia), nominado al prestigioso Premio Strega por su primera novela, Stalin + Bianca, es columnista en el portal de internet minima&moralia y está adaptando al cine su novela. Por su parte, el escritor Mano Bouzamour (Holanda), es autor del celebrado La promesa de Pisa, donde narra la historia de un inmigrante que se encuentra escindido entre su cultura de acogida y su país de origen. Actualmente Bouzamour es columnista del periódico Het Parool, escribe para las revistas Elle y Cosmopolitan, y está preparando su segundo libro.

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Nina Stibbe talks to Jim Naughtie

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2019 Winner

Hay Festival 2019, 
A joyful breakfast session with the winner of this year’s prize for comic fiction. Nina Stibbe’s Reasons to be Cheerful is the third and final entry in her semi-autobiographical trilogy. Both Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge were previously shortlisted for the Wodehouse Prize.

In Reasons to be Cheerful it is 1980 and Lizzie Vogel is 18 years-old. She is about to embark on the first major step of grown-up life as she moves from the sheltered village existence of her family home and out into the big, wide, metropolis that is Leicester. There she takes up the position of dental nurse to a dentist with bad teeth and some deeply unpleasant attitudes, whose main ambition in life is to become a freemason. In her tiny one-bedroomed flat above the dental practice, Lizzie reflects on all that she's learning in her new career: whether she'll have to hold her boss's cigarette while he smokes it, whether she wants a boyfriend and, if she does, whether it should be Andy Nicolello who delivers the patients' dentures; and if it is Andy Nicolello whether it's dangerous to allow him to become her mother's lodger. Slowly it dawns on Lizzie that the area in which she has most to learn is life: in taking those first wobbly steps to independence, in falling in love, in navigating the ups and downs of adulthood (and her mother's new career as a novelist) and, most importantly, in staying cheerful through it all.
Stibbe’s novel drew comparisons to the work of the prize’s namesake in The Guardian last month: ‘As with comic writers PG Wodehouse or David Sedaris, it is not the plotting that you seek out in Stibbe, but the ticklishly wayward turn-of-phrase and irreverent conjuring of character.’ She talks to the broadcaster and Wodehouse Prize judge, Jim Naughtie.
Nina Stibbe talks to Jim Naughtie

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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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Mauro Javier Cárdenas, Mónica Ojeda, Juan Esteban Constaín and Emiliano Monge in conversation with Marta Orrantia

Bogotá39-2017. Writing and activism

Cartagena 2018, 

Does the writer have a commitment that must be put into action? If so, what are the spaces she or he can and should occupy? Three of Latin America’s most outstanding writers will talk to the journalist Marta Orrantia about the relation between writing and activism from their personal experiences. Mauro Javier Cárdenas (Ecuador), Juan Esteban Constaín (Colombia) and Emiliano Monge (Mexico).

Mauro Javier Cárdenas, Mónica Ojeda, Juan Esteban Constaín and Emiliano Monge in conversation with Marta Orrantia

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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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Steve Box and Sophia Jansson

Moominvalley

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Oscar-winning director Steve Box (The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) and Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia introduce the new TV adaptation of the Swedish/Finnish writer-illustrator’s classic and much-loved stories about the Moomins. Directed at a family primetime audience, the drama fantasy series is full of life and laughter for lifelong Moomin fans and complete newcomers alike. The new animation series will be made using state-of-the-art 3D CGI to introduce Moomin to a new generation – and to screens in a way never seen before. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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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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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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Phil Manzanera en conversación con Jacobo Celnik

Cartagena 2017, 
El guitarrista y productor musical Phil Manzanera formó parte de una de las bandas musicales más emblemáticas de los setenta: Roxy Music. De padre inglés y madre colombiana, Phil ha producido discos de David Gilmour, Antonio Vega, Héroes del Silencio, Fito Páez o Aterciopelados. Conversa sobre su extraordinaria carrera musical con Jacobo Celnik.

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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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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.

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Julian Lloyd Webber

Hay Festival 1999, 
The cellist is accompanied by pianist Rebecca Woolcott

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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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David Miles

The Tribes of Britain

Hay Festival 2005, 
Using genetic and archaeological investigations Miles analyses the Celtic, Roman and Viking, Saxon and Norman, Jewish and Huguenot tribes and their regional roots in Britain.

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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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Tom Wolfe

A Man In Full

Hay Festival 1999, 
The American writer, the winner of the 1999 Sunday Times award for Literary Excellence reads from and talks about his novel. Chaired by Geordie Greig Editor of The Sunday Times Books Section.

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Michael Ignatieff

Ethnic War and The Modern Conscience

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Booker-nominated writer and broadcaster reports from Bosnia and The West Bank, from Afghanistan and Central Africa. He introduces the warlords, casualties and aid workers on the frontlines as he explores the perils and obligations of moral citizenship in a world scarred by ethnic war.

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Anna Pavord

Gardens of the Mind

Hay Festival 2002, 
Gardens of the mind are so much easier to bring into bloom than the real things, which have a wretched tendency to be heaving with slugs and attacjed by unnerving, unnamed varities of fungal growth. In this illustrated talk the author of The Tulip explores some literary gardens, taking us on a tour with Wodehouse round Blandings Castle, with Jane Austin round Donwell Abbey and with George Eliot through a kitchen garden.

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Mary Warnock

Making Babies: Is there a right to have children?

Hay Festival 2003, 
Infertile hetrosexual couples have claimed the right to assisted reproduction. So too have single women, gay couples, post-menopausal women and couples who wish to delay having children for various reasons. The distinguished philosopher and Chairman of the highly charged Enquiry into Human Fertilization, examines the ethical issues.

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Rafael Cadenas en conversación con Alberto Barrera Tyszka

Cartagena 2016, 
Rafael Cadenas es un veterano poeta, ensayista y profesor universitario venezolano. A lo largo de su carrera ha recibido numerosos galardones, entre ellos, el Premio FIL de Literatura en Lenguas Romances (2009) y el Premio Internacional de Poesía Federico García Lorca (2015). Su última publicación es Sobre abierto. Entrevistado por Alberto Barrera Tyszka, ganador del Premio Tusquets (2015) con la novela Patria o muerte.

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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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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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Deborah Lipstadt talks to Rosie Boycott

Antisemitism: Here and Now

Hay Festival 2019, 

The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left, in America, across Europe and in Britain. She addresses what can be done about it.

Deborah Lipstadt talks to Rosie Boycott

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Maylis de Kerangal en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cartagena 2017, 
Maylis de Kerangal (Francia) ha trabajado en el mundo editorial y es autora, entre otras, de las novelas Nacimiento de un puente, traducida a ocho idiomas y galardonada con los premios Médicis, Franz Hessel y Gregor von Rezzori, y Reparar a los vivos, ganadora en 2015 del Premi Llibreter, premio otorgado en España por los libreros catalanes. Su último trabajo publicado en español es Lampedusa, una novela construida alrededor del nombre Lampedusa, que la autora escucha en la radio, lleno de significados literarios y geográficos, pero también de tragedia y dolor a raíz del vínculo del puerto de Lampedusa con la llegada masiva de refugiados en los últimos años a las costas sicilianas.

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Phil Nichol

Things I Like I Lick

Hay Festival 2003, 
I was bedridden in Australia, after rupturing my groin. Unable to move and fearing impotence, I was at an emotional low point. I rang a friend back in London for a pep talk. 'Why don't you just concentrate on something positive; the things you like!?!' I hung up on him. Jerk. But with nowhere to go and nothing to do, I started making a list of all the things I like. Music. My home town. Making girls cry. John Travolta's legs. Suicide. My friend Shannon. The list became the show ...