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Alejandro Hernández en conversación con Alejandro Páez Varela

Xalapa 2013, 
El escritor Alejandro Hernández ( México) que durante cinco años recorrió las rutas migratorias en México, Centroamérica y Estados Unidos y formó parte del equipo que investigó y redactó el primer informe de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos sobre secuestros de migrantes, hablará de su aclamada novela Amarás a Dios sobre todas las cosas que plantea las siguientes preguntas: ¿por qué tanta crueldad con los indocumentados que intentan cruzar México rumbo a Estados Unidos?, ¿por qué siendo víctimas de las mismas circunstancias nos convertimos en peores verdugos? En conversación con Alejandro Páez Varela.

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Zadie Smith

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this exclusive preview the author of WHite Teeth and The Autograph Man reads from her work in progress on her new novel.

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Billie Charity, Kate Harding, Sarah Stone and Benna Waites

The legacy for those bereaved by suicide

Hay Festival 2019, 

The impact of suicide on friends and family can be devastating and far-reaching. Kate Harding and Billie Charity, who lost a husband and brother to suicide respectively, and Sarah Stone, Director of Samaritans in Wales, join Benna Waites to talk about the experience of grieving following suicide. Kate is a palliative care doctor and GP, Billie Charity is an award-winning photographer and Benna Waites is Joint Head of Psychology for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

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Daniel Morden, Hugh Lupton

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Hay Festival 2003, 
Following their success with HOmer's Iliad and Odyssey the two leading storytellers tell Ovid's wonderful tales of transformation, including Demeter and Persephone, Orpheus and Echo and Narcissus. 'A tour de force.' (The Times)

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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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An Evening with David Shepherd

Hay Festival 1997, 
World-famous as a hugely commercially successful painter of wild animals, Shepherd has become an heroic and inspiring campaigner on behalf of endangered mammals. He talks about his astonishing career and the work of the David Shepherd Conservation Foundation, for which he will auction and original African wildlife painting at the end of the event.

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Jane Glover

Handel in London: The Making of a Genius

Hay Festival 2019, 

Handel was only twenty-seven and largely self-taught when he followed his princely master to England, where the Hanoverian prince became King George II. Handel would be at the heart of musical activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece from the glorious coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest and operas such as Giulio CesareRinaldo and Alcina to the great oratorios, culminating in Messiah. Glover, who has conducted Handel’s work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding of music and musicians to tell Handel’s story. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Theodore Zeldin

How Talk Can Change Your Life

Hay Festival 1999, 
Developing his Radio 4 Lecture Series, the inimitable historian and cultural observer addresses his preoccupying theme of Conversation.

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Internet (s): la investigación. Conferencia de Frédéric Martel

Querétaro 2016, 

Frédéric Martel (Francia) es autor de Cultura Mainstream y Global gay. Cómo la revolución gay está cambiando el mundo. Escritor, periodista, investigador y con experiencia en labores de gestión cultural y asesoría, Martel estudia en su libro Smart. Internet(s): la investigación los distintos usos de internet y las redes sociales en diferentes países, analizando el impacto de la red en diversos contextos socioeconómicos e imaginando un internet múltiple, con muchas variantes.

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Internet (s): la investigación. Conferencia de Frédéric Martel

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Julian Jackson

The Fall of France

Hay Festival 2003, 
On 16 May 1940 the Nazis had broken through the French lines on the River Meuse at Sedan and other locations, only five days after launching their attack. The eminent historian charts the French military collapse and the immediate consequences for Churchill and the Allies.

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Tim Smedley talks to Andy Fryers

Clearing the Air: The Beginning and the End of Air Pollution

Hay Festival 2019, 

Globally, 18,000 people die each day from air pollution, a far greater number than those who die from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and car crashes combined. And it is getting worse. For the most part, air pollution is anonymous; an invisible killer borne from the cars in our driveways and the industrial processes used to make stuff. Around the world, more than eight out of ten people who live in cities breathe in concentrations of air pollutants that exceed international air quality guidelines. These problems can be solved. The overwhelming majority of air pollutants are local, short-lived and can be stopped at source. The benefits to health are instant and dramatic, and we can all play a part in clearing our air. Award-winning sustainability journalist Tim Smedley explains how.

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Richard Fortey

The Earth: An Intimate History

Hay Festival 2004, 
The palaeontologist introduces his magisterial history of our planets' last four billion years. 'Think of Earth as a recycling system, forever turning granite into clay and sand, ocean mud into marble, gathering gold in veins and silver into seams. The Earth is the greatest show on earth' (The Guardian).

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Hisham Matar y Philippe Sands en conversación con Peter Florence

Cartagena 2017, 
Los autores de dos extraordinarios libros que hablan sobre la pérdida de familiares cercanos en contextos de represión y barbarie conversan sobre el origen de sus historias con Peter Florence. El escritor Hisham Matar (Libia), cuyo padre, Jaballa Matar, desapareció a manos de los servicios secretos libios, presenta El regreso, un trabajo en el que describe su retorno a Libia tras décadas viviendo en el exilio, después de la caída del régimen de Gadafi, en búsqueda de lo ocurrido a su padre. Por su parte, el escritor y abogado defensor de los derechos humanos Philippe Sands hablará de su libro East West Street, On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity”, trabajo ganador del Baillie Gifford Prize 2016 en el que combina la narración de la situación de su propia familia judía en la Europa antes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, una investigación sobre los creadores de los conceptos de “genocidio” y “crímenes contra la humanidad”, y una mirada a la vida de Hans Frank, el carnicero de Polonia, y a los Juicios de Núremberg.

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Martin Jones

Cambridge Series 10: Food Security Past and Present – What Archaeology Tells Us About the Food We Eat

Hay Festival 2019, 

Martin Jones is Emeritus Professor of Archaeological Science at Cambridge University and a member of its Global Food Security research centre. An expert in archaeobotany and archaeogenetics, he will discuss how our prehistoric ancestors built resilience into their food supply and what we can learn from them.

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Martin Puchner

The Written World: How Literature Shaped History

Hay Festival 2019, 

From clay tablets to the printing press; from the pencil to the internet; from the Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter, this is the true story of literature – of how great texts and technologies have shaped cultures and civilisations and altered human history. Less well known is the influence of Greek generals, Japanese court ladies, Spanish adventurers, Malian singers and American astronauts, and yet all of them played a crucial role in shaping and spreading literature as we know it today. The Harvard professor tells the captivating story of the development of literature. Central to the development of religions, political movements and even nations, texts spread useful truths and frightening disinformation, and have the power to change lives. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Los derechos de la comunidad LGTB

Boris Dittrich en conversación con Brigitte Baptiste

Cartagena 2017, 
El activista Boris Dittrich (Holanda) lidera los esfuerzos de la ONG Human Rights Watch para defender los derechos de la comunidad lesbiana, gay, bisexual y transgénero alrededor del mundo. Abogado y autor de dos novelas, Dittrich tiene además experiencia parlamentaria, puesto que fue miembro del parlamento de su país durante doce años e inició el trabajo para implementar la ley del matrimonio igualitario. En conversación con Brigitte Baptiste.

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Historias de familia II. Fatima Bhutto, Giuseppe Caputo y Renato Cisneros en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2017, 
La importancia de la figura paterna en la identidad del individuo es un asunto que no solo concierne a la vida cotidiana sino también a la literatura. Así, en la literatura como en el psicoanálisis, el padre se convierte en uno de los grandes temas para escritores como los que nos acompañan hoy. Con Fatima Bhutto (Pakistán), autora de The Shadow of the Crescent Moon; Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia), autor de Un mundo huérfano; y Renato Cisneros (Perú), autor de La distancia que nos separa. En conversación con Marianne Ponsford.

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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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Homenaje musical: El bambuco pide playa

Daniel Samper Pizano en conversación con Maria Isabel Saavedra

Cartagena 2017, 
Del famoso Festival Mono Núñez al Festival Hay, un invitado especial: el bambuco. Conversación entre María Isabel Saavedra y Daniel Samper Pizano, continuada por un gran homenaje a la música andina de Colombia, con actuaciones del Barbero del Socorro, Renaceres y Saavedra. Fabuloso cierre del Hay Festival.

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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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Jon Snow, Billy Childish, Chris Smith, Jude Kelly, Michael Jacobs, Jason Cowley

The Fabian Society Debate

Hay Festival 2003, 
Britain's senior think tank and forum for progressive argument examines the extent to which culture is capable of addressing, challenging and even changing the issues of the day. Can the novel affetc political and social change? Is there such a thing as political art? Is political theatre simply self-indulgent or can it facilitate productive and important debate?

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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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Damian Barr and Gabriela Ybarra talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Parallels

Hay Festival 2019, 

A conversation with authors of two of the most extraordinary and powerful first novels of recent years, both of which explore true histories of extremity and aftermath. You Will Be Safe Here is the brilliant debut novel set in South Africa between 1900 and 2010 from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me. Inspired by real events, Barr uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness. The Dinner Guest is a Spanish novel with the feel of documentary non-fiction. It connects two life-changing events – the very public death of Ybarra’s grandfather, and the more private pain as her mother dies from cancer and Gabriela cares for her. 

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Lauren St John and Piers Torday

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case and The Lost Magician

Hay Festival 2019, 

Lauren St John grew up surrounded by animals on a farm and a game reserve in Zimbabwe while Piers Torday was introduced to nature by being taken on storytelling walks in the forests of Northumberland by his father. Since then both have been passionate about animals, their environments and the need to protect them. Join Lauren and Piers as they discuss their books and the importance for all of saving animals from extinction, in conversation with Professor Ben Garrod, author of The Chimpanzee and Me.

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Stephen Frears in conversation with Peter Florence

Segovia 2018, 

A conversation with the legendary British film director, whose award-winning films include The Queen, Philomena, Dangerous Liaisons, Florence Foster Jenkins, My Beautiful Laundrette and Dirty Pretty Things. He talks with Peter Florence, founder and director of the Hay Festivals.