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Electric Shadows

Dhaka 2014, 
Aamer Hussein elaborates on three decades of his writing life, the intersection of the literary and the personal, and his deep connection with Bangladesh. Chaired by Ahsan Akbar. Marking the launch of his collection of short stories by Bengal Books.

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Bryan Sykes

Adam's Curse: A Future without Men

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Oxford professor of Human Genetics examines the furious decay of the male Y-chromosome and asks, Why are there only two sexes? Is there a genetic cause for men's promiscuity? Is there such a thing as the male homosexual gene? And can science offer an explanation for the rise of patriarchal society?

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From Finite to Infinite

Dhaka 2013, 
A presentation that takes us through the journey of one thousand years of mystical thought in performance in the deltaic region of Bengal. Conceived by Lubna Marium.

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Robin Day

Speaking for Myself

Hay Festival 1999, 
An afternoon with the grand inquisitor recounting his speeches of yore. Toasts are proposed, anecdotes are told, and legs are pulled. The gallery of friends he addresses include Morecombe and Wise, Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe, and John Cole.

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Vikram Seth

An Equal Music

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading and conversation with the Indian novelist and poet, author of A Suitable Boy and The Golden Gate. His new novel, hotly tipped for the Booker prize, is An Equal Music.

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Martin Harrison

Francis Bacon in Camera

Hay Festival 2005, 
Harrison reveals how photography, film, mass media imagery and other sources informed Bacon's painting.

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Roman Shleinov talks to Asne Seierstad

The Index Anna Politkovskaya Memorial

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Editor of Novaya Gazetta and friend of the assassinated journalist, Anna Politkovskaya, talks about freedom of expression in Putin's Russia

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Nicola Davies

The First Book of the Sea

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the author of The First Book of Nature and The First Book of Animals as she introduces a collection of poems about the oceans of the world and their shores. Feel what it is like to swim with dolphins and flying fish, pore over rock-pools and sail from pole to pole and back, learning about everything from phosphorescence and plankton to manta rays and puffins. With exquisite watercolour illustrations from Emily Sutton, the book captures the excitement of a child's first glimpse of the sea, the majesty of ancient trading ships and the wonder of the humpback whale.

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Lessons from the Slushpile

Dhaka 2014, 
Alexandra Pringle (Group Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury), Meru Gokhale (Editor-in-Chief, Literary Publishing, Random House India) and Dwight Garner (Book critic, The New York Times) discuss what they look for in new writing. Chaired by Olivia Smith.

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Chris Menges

A&B Filmmakers Series: The Cinematographer / Director

Hay Festival 2005, 
Conversation cut with clips from the career of the great cinematographer whose work includes Kes, Made in Britainm A World Apart, The Killing Fields, The Mission and Dirty Pretty Things. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Andrew O'Hagan and Al Kennedy

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading and discussion with two of Scotland's finest writers. The award-winning short story writer Kennedy reads from her novel Everything You Need. Journalist O'Hagan reads from his first work of fiction Our Fathers.

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Debutantes: Your First Novel

Dhaka 2013, 
Ellah Allfrey, Ajitha GS, Prajwal Parajuly and Ned Beauman discuss how to have your first novel published.

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James Shapiro

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2005, 
In 1599 England became entangled in a war with Ireland, Edmund Spenser died penniless and works by Marlowe and Nashe were publicly burnt. Shakespear bought The Globe Theatre and wrote Henry V, As You Like It, Julius Caesar and Hamlet.

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One on One

Dhaka 2013, 
Ahdaf Soueif in conversation with Razia Iqbal

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Allan Sutherland

Hidden Dragons

Hay Festival 2004, 
Sutherland is the editor of a sparkling and surprising new anthology of prose and poetry d=from writers who are disabled. He gives a personal view of the editing process in conversation with Maggie Hampton of Arts Disability Wales.

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Robert Elms talks to Paul Blezard

The Way We Were

Hay Festival 2005, 
Face editor and cult radio host on his obsession with fashion.

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Geraldine McCaughrean

Hay Festival 2003, 
The multi prize-winning author of A Little Lower Than The Angels, A Pack of Lies, Gold Dust, Forever X and now her new books The Kite Rider and Stop the Train talks about the pleasure she finds in writing, her inspirations and wide-ranging subject matter.

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Niall Ferguson

Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

Hay Festival 2003, 
The historian analyses the sugar and spice, piracy, missionary zeal, homoerotic barons of empire, and civil service that drove the rise and fall of the British Empire: 'he writes with splendid panache ... the Errol Flynn of British historians.' (The Times)

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Jill Dawson, Carlos Luiz Zafon, Candace Allen

Hay Festival 2004, 
Orange Prize-shortlisted for Fred and Edie, Dawson previews her new novel Wild Boy about a boy with Asperger's syndrome. Allen introduces her story of the great African-American global star of the jazz age Valaida. The Barcelona-born Zafon discusses his multi-award-winning literary thriller The Shadow of the Wind.

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El reto del periodismo online en América Latina

Elías López, Hernando Álvarez, Sanjuana Martínez, Laura Wolderberg y Guillermo Osorno

Querétaro 2016, 

La importancia y alcance de las noticias, reportajes y columnas de opinión publicadasonline superan en la mayoría de los casos el alcance de la prensa impresa. Muchos medios han modificado la manera de presentar su labor informativa a través de la red, llegando por un lado a más espectadores, en más países, pero a la vez teniendo que replantearse qué es el trabajo periodístico, su formato y los procesos de validación de la información. Periodistas de medios con gran relevancia en América Latina conversan con el periodista y escritor Guillermo Osorno sobre estos retos. Con Elías López (The New York Times), Hernando Álvarez (BBC), Laura Wolderberg (Vice México) y Sanjuana Martínez (Proceso, sinembargo.mx).

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Daniel Butler

Hawks and Man: The Romance with Raptors through the Ages

Hay Festival 2005, 
The local author, falconer and historian takes flight.

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John Man

Attila the Hun

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Biographer pursues the murderous military genius who united a vast terrorist network and brought down the world's greatest superpower.

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James Wood

The Irresponsible Self

Hay Festival 2004, 
The eminent critic will discuss what makes us laugh in fiction, and explore the differences between comedy in the novel and comedy in other literary art forms. His new book of essays, The Irresponsible Self, argues that the modern novel essentially invented and pioneered a new form of comedy, the tragicomic, and he compares this mixed mode to satire, farce, and vaudeville. There will be copious examples, and many jokes.

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Kazuo Ishiguro talks to John Wilson

Hay Festival 2005, 
Set among clone donors in a rural English conter-idyll, the classic scripts for Morecambe and Wise. A fond masterclass about Eric and Ernie comedy.

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The Cosmic Ark: Where Art and Words Meet

Dhaka 2013, 
Launch of Ronnie Ahmmed's book by Mermaid Art Foundation, with Ziauddin Pablo Khan and Anisul Hoque Shohag.