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Alison Weir

Fictions: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

Hay Festival 2019, 

The historian introduces the fourth book in her Six Tudor Queens novel series, in which she transforms Henry VIII’s much-maligned fourth wife into a woman of passion, courage and mystery. The King is in love with Anna, the German princess’s portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride. She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance. But Anna’s past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall…

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Hannah Collins, A.C. Grayling and William Kingswood in conversation with Santiago Íñiguez

The impact of the arts, culture and the humanities on coexistence and cosmopolitanism

Segovia 2018, 

Santiago Íñiguez, President of IE University, worldwide expert on education, gathers three relevant voices around the theme of the role of culture in our societies today. The award-winning photographer and artist, Hannah Collins, the international philosopher A.C. Grayling and the composer and musician William Kingswood discuss the impact of the humanities in our daily life.

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Paul Preston

Four Women in Spanish Civil War

Hay Festival 2002, 
The Spanish Civil War viewed by four women. In the red corner: Margarita Nelken the revolutionary feminist, writer and politician, and Nan Green the Communist nurse. In the blue corner: Carmen Polo de Franco, wife of and chilly power behind the dictator, Mercedes Sanz Bachiller and Priscilla Scott-Ellis, the sexually notorious daughter of a supporter of Oswald Mosley.

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Helen Cross, Delia Jarrett-Macauley, Patrick O'Keeffe

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Cross' The Secrets She Keeps is a wildly ltrical tale of dark secrets in deepest Yorkshire. Jannett-Macauley's Moses, Citizen and Me tackles the issues of the Sierra Leonian civil war and the use of child soldiers. O'Keeffe has created spectacularly chilling tales set in a beguiling Irish landscape in his The Hill Road. Chaired by

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Literatos y cineastas. João Paulo Cuenca, Alberto Fuguet y Pedro Mairal en conversación con Pía Barragán

Cartagena 2017, 
Hay autores que son grandes aficionados al cine, otros escriben o adaptan guiones para la pantalla, algunos ejercen también de críticos literarios, y también están los escritores que dirigen películas. Pía Barragán conversa con tres autores que responden a alguno de esto modelos, todos ellos grandes amantes del séptimo arte. Con João Paulo Cuenca (Brasil), autor del libro Descubrí que estaba muerto y de la película que además protagoniza, A morte de J.P Cuenca; Alberto Fuguet (Chile), autor de la reciente novela Sudor y director de la película Invierno (2015); y Pedro Mairal (Argentina), autor de La uruguaya, obra que está adaptando al cine.

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Julian Barnard, Graham Challifour, Glenn Storhaug

Searching for Cerato

Hay Festival 2005, 
In August 2004, a three-man film team from England set out to find the Cerato flower in it's original habitat: the Min Valley in the eastern foothills of the Tibetan plateau. They present their short film and discuss some of the ideas that inspired it, including Bach's remedy system and Chinese Toaism, T'ang Dynasty poetry and the Min Valley landscape. Barnard's latest book is Bach Flower Remedies: Form and Function.

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P. D. James

Emma Considered as a Detective Story

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Crimewriter examines Jane Austen's masterpiece.
James' latest novel is Devices and Desires.

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Salman Rushdie

Hay Festival 1999, 
Salman Rushdie

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Daisy Dunn

In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny

Hay Festival 2019, 

The launch of a new literary biography of the younger Pliny, who grew up to become a lawyer, senator, poet, collector of villas, curator of drains and personal representative of the emperor overseas. Counting the historian Tacitus, biographer Suetonius and poet Martial among his close friends, Pliny the Younger chronicled his experiences from the catastrophic eruption through the dark days of terror under Emperor Domitian to the gentler times of Emperor Trajan.

Daisy Dunn

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Alexandra Tolstoy, Spencer Wells

Tales of the Silk Road

Hay Festival 2003, 
Film-maker Revel Guest shares the journey with Tolstoy, author of The Last Secrets of the Silk Road, an account of four friends exploring the way by horse and camel. The same route led Wells, an American geneticist, onto The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey in search of our common African forebear 60,000 years ago.

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Susan Greenfield

Chemicals and Consciousness

Hay Festival 1998, 
Consciousness is now attracting the attention of scientists as well as philosophers. Although many physicists and mathematicians anxious to model consciousness in artificial systems have been quite vociferous, there is a need to understand consciousness in a way that catres for the diverse range of chemicals operating in the brain. How else might one explain the various mood modifying and consciousness changing effects of specific drugs?

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Catherine Nixey in conversation with Guillermo Altares

THE AGE OF PENUMBRA. HOW CHRISTIANITY DESTROYED THE CLASSICAL WORLD

Segovia 2018, 
 

Nixey tells the largely unknown story of how a militant religion deliberately subjected and annihilated the teachings of the classical world, and opened the way to centuries of unconditional adherence to "a single true faith”. The Roman Empire had been generous in welcoming new beliefs, but the arrival of Christianity changed everything. This new religion, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and decidedly intolerant. Catherine Nixey studied Classical History in Cambridge, worked for many years as a teacher before turning to journalism. She talks to the journalist Guillermo Altares.

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David Constantine, Helen Dunmore, Neil Astley, Melvyn Bragg

Staying Alive: Real Poetry for Unreal Times

Hay Festival 2003, 
Lord Bragg hosts this feast of modern international poetry with discussion and readings by the major poets David Constantine and Helen Dunmore, and the Bloodaxe Editior, Neil Astley. 'This is a book to make you fall in love with poetry ... Go out and buy it for everyone you love.' (The Independent) A fascinating conversation and life-affirming anthology in performance.

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Angus MacQueen

The Documentary Director 3

Hay Festival 2005, 
MacQueen has directed many award-winning documentaries including The Death of Yugoslavia, Gulag, Dancing for Dollars, The Last Peasants and most recently Cocaine for Channel 4. Illustrated by a variety of clips, he talks to The Observer's Tim Adams about his work and how making the Cocaine series changed his views on drugs.

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Mary Wesley and Julia Blackburn

Hay Festival 1999, 
The octgenarian novelist reads and talks with Blackburn, whose The Leper's Companions set on a medieval pilgrimage to the Holy Land is one of the most magical novels of the year, hotly tipped for the big literary prizes.

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Frédéric Martel y Guillermo Osorno en conversación con Mariana H

Querétaro 2016, 

Dos autores conversan con la periodista Mariana H sobre el movimiento gay: Frédéric Martel (Francia), investigador académico y autor, entre otros, de Cultura Mainstream y Global gay. Cómo la revolución gay está cambiando el mundo; y Guillermo Osorno, periodista, escritor y autor de Tengo que morir todas las noches, una investigación sobre el ambiente gay en la Ciudad de México de los 80.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del francés al español

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Después de Ayotzinapa

Sanjuana Martínez, Sergio González Rodríguez, Carmen Boullosa y John Gibler en conversación con Jennifer Clement

Querétaro 2016, 

Los terribles sucesos de Ayotzinapa, que supusieron la desaparición de cuarenta y tres estudiantes de la Escuela Normal Rural, han marcado un antes y un después en la respuesta a la violencia endémica que lleva varios años azotando al país. Preguntamos a cuatro escritores sobre el impacto de este episodio y las reflexiones y acciones que ha desencadenado. Moderado por Jennifer Clement.

Después de Ayotzinapa

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¿Dirigentes? Moisés Naím y Simon Sebag Montefiore en conversación con Camilo Hoyos

Cartagena 2017, 
Moisés Naím (Venezuela) es un periodista experimentado, autor de varios libros sobre la situación política del momento (entre ellos, Repensar el mundo111 sorpresas del siglo XXI y El fin del poder) y creador de una serie sobre Hugo Chávez. Por su parte, Simon Sebag Montefiore (Reino Unido) es historiador y autor, entre otras muchas publicaciones, de la biografía sobre Joseph Stalin Llamadme Stalin: la historia secreta de un revolucionario, así como de un libro sobre varios personajes históricos claves: Titanes de la historia. Ambos escritores reflexionan con Camilo Hoyos sobre el papel de los grandes dirigentes en nuestra historia más reciente.

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Write a Story with Muhammed Zafar Iqbal

Dhaka 2013, 

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Michael Hofmann, Ian Hamilton, Deborah Garrison

Three Poets

Hay Festival 1999, 
Hoffman reads from Approximately Nowhere many poems which deal with his father. Hamilton reads from his immediate and intimate collection of Sixty Poems, and 20-something New Yorker Garrison reads from her best-selling A Working Girl Can't Win.

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Mario Bellatin y Margo Glantz en conversación con Gabriela Jauregui

Querétaro 2016, 

Mario Bellatin es un prolífico escritor celebrado internacionalmente; entre sus más de cuarenta libros publicados destacan Salón de belleza (novela considerada de culto), Flores, El Gran Vidrio y los más recientes El libro uruguayo de los muertos y El hombre dinero. Por su parte, la escritora Margo Glantz ha ejercido durante muchos años como docente y crítica literaria; miembro de número de la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua, es autora, entre otros trabajos, de Las genealogías, Coronada de moscas, Yo también me acuerdo y el recientemente publicado Por breve herida. Ambos autores conversan con la escritora y editora Gabriela Jauregui sobre sus últimos trabajos.

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Ruth Dudley Edwards

The Faithful Tribe

Hay Festival 1999, 
The novelist discusses her study of The Oeange Order with Nobel Peace Laureate and First Minister Designate of the Northern Ireland Assembly, David Trimble.

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Roy Hattersley talks to John Cole

Hay Festival 1996, 
The rematch of 1995's hit interview with Cole asking the questions this year about the former Labour Deputy-Leader's volume of Westminster memoirs Who Goes Home?

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David Owen talks to Martin Bell

Bloody Bosnia

Hay Festival 1996, 
The EU negotiator has written a personal history of his three years in the former Yougoslavia - Balkan Odyssey. He talks to the BBC's Martin Bell, whose account of the same period is published as In Harm's Way.

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Phil Rickman and Barbara Erskine

To the Witching Hour

Hay Festival 2003, 
Discovering that their latest novels explore related themes involving witchcraft and exorcism, Barbara Erskine (hiding from the Light) and Phil Rickman (The Lamp of the Wicked) arrange a late-night tryst. Go on, spook yourselves ...