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Revisiting Razia Khan

Dhaka 2014, 
Rediscovering this multi-talented poet. With Kaiser Haq, Hameeda Hossain, Munize Manzur, Elita Karim and Anika Hossain.

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Mae Martin talks to Stephanie Merritt

Can Everyone Please Calm Down? A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality

Hay Festival 2019, 

Covering everything from the pros and cons of labels to coming out and the joys of sexual fluidity, the award-winning comedian ponders all the stuff we get hung up about – and then a bit more. Mae’s mission is to ensure that in a world full of things to worry about, who we choose to kiss should not be one of them.

Mae Martin talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Óscar Guardiola Rivera en conversación con Diego Fonseca

Xalapa 2014, 

Óscar Guardiola Rivera es escritor, filósofo y profesor de leyes y derechos humanos en la Universidad de Birkbeck en Londres; es también columnista de The Guardian y El Espectador. Hablará sobre uno de los episodios más importantes en la historia de América Latina, el asesinato del presidente chileno Salvador Allende, del que trata en su último libro publicado: Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973 [Historia de una muerte anunciada: el golpe contra Salvador Allende, 11 de septiembre de 1973].

Óscar Guardiola Rivera en conversación con Diego Fonseca

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Rowan Watson

Illuminated Manuscripts and their Makers

Hay Festival 2003, 
Illumination is the art of 'lighting up' a page through the use of illustration. Watson describes the collaborative productions, with different specialists contributing script, initials, borders, illustration and binding to any work, with specific reference to the V&A collections.

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Alexander Waugh

Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family

Hay Festival 2005, 
Poet Arthur Waugh begat Alec and the great novelist Evelyn, Evelyn begat columnist ad Literary Review Editor Auberon, who fathered our own Alexander, biographer of God and Time

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Stefan Baron, Sam Wilkin and Fernando Fernández in conversation with Cristina Manzano

Geopolitics, Populism, Economy: Where did Europe go?

Segovia 2018, 

The panel of experts talk about a changing Europe, its relationship with phenomena such as populism and its relationship and coexistence with other major players at a geopolitical level such as the US or China. Stefan Baron is a German journalist, ex-World Communication Director of Deutsche Bank, ex-Chief Editor of WirtschaftsWoche and expert on China with his new book The Chinese – Psychological Profile of a World Power. Fernando Fernández is ex-Analyst of the International Monetary Fund. Sam Wilkin is a geopolitical expert, analyst and advisor at the international consultancy Oxford Analytic, professor at the Watson Institute of Brown University, and author of several books including History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall. They talk to Cristina Manzano, journalist and Director of Esglobal.

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Nadine Akkerman talks to Georgina Godwin

Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in 17th-century Britain

Hay Festival 2019, 

The allegedly male world of the spy was more than merely infiltrated by women. This compelling and groundbreaking contribution to the history of espionage details a series of case studies in which women – from playwright to postmistress, from lady-in-waiting to laundry woman – acted as spies, sourcing and passing on confidential information. They acted out of political and religious conviction or to obtain money or power. Akkerman reveals the special roles of Royalist and Parliamentarian ‘she-intelligencers’ and their hidden world.

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Len Fisher

How to Dunk a Doughnut

Hay Festival 2003, 
Count Rumford discovered the principle of heat convection after buring his mouth on hot apple pie. Fisher attracted worldwide attention with his experiments on the physics of biscuit dunking and with the freezing speeds of hot and cold water. He examines how scientists exploring the most commonplace and mundane phenomena have provided insight into some of the most profound scientific questions and uncovered some of nature's deepest laws.

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Russell James, Andrew Taylor, Rebeca Tope, Phil Rickman

Fields of Blood: Really?

Hay Festival 2004, 
It was Sherlock Holmes who said that not even the vilest alleys of London had a more dreadful record of sin than the smiling and beautiful countryside. But it is ture? Russell James, 'The Godfather of British noir' isn't convinced and interrogates his rural crimewriting colleagues, Andrew (The American Boy) Taylor, Phil (The Prayer of the Night Shepherd) Rickman and Rebeca (A Cotswold Killing) Tope on the issue of stiffs in the sticks, guns in the grass and corpses amongst the cows.

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Sian James, Jacinta Bell

Truth or Dare?

Hay Festival 1999, 
"I am certain of nothing but the truth of imagination"
Novelists Sian James and Jacinta Bell talk to Nigel Jenkins about the hidden experiences that form their fictions. James' new Summer Storm has the same subtle understanding of character displayed in her acclaimed childhood memoir Sky Over Wales. Moving between Mid-Wales, London and Tunisia, Bell's Exiles is the most exciting Welsh debut for many years.

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The Boys Of The Lough in concert

Hay Festival 1998, 
featuring Aly Bain on Fiddle

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Norman Davies' Europe

Hay Festival 1998, 
From the Ica Age to the Cold War, from Minos to Margaret Thatcher, Davies introduces his monumental and authoritative history of the continent, "A huge, heroic book" - London Review of Books.

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Michael Fuller talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Kill the Black One First

Hay Festival 2019, 

Fuller was born to Windrush-generation Jamaican immigrants in 1959 and experienced a meteoric career in policing, from the beat to the Brixton inferno, through cutting-edge detective work and the frontline of drug-related crime and violence on London’s most volatile estates. He took a pivotal role in the formation of Operation Trident, which tackled gun crime and gang warfare in the London community, and was later appointed Chief Constable of Kent. His memoir Kill the Black One First is a raw and unflinching account of a life in policing during a tumultuous period of race relations throughout the UK, from Britain’s first black Chief Constable.

Michael Fuller talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Michaela Mahlberg and Anna Cermakova

Heroines, Heroes and Gender Inequality in Children’s Fiction

Hay Festival 2019, 

Fiction provides children with an important space to learn how to make sense of the world. It is also a crucial source for role models. Fictional worlds are not so unlike the real world – especially when it comes to gender inequalities. Based on their work with large collections of texts, Professor Mahlberg and Dr Cermakova from the University of Birmingham's Centre for Corpus Research will explore fiction from Dickens to modern children's books, to demonstrate how repeated language patterns reflect a gendered view of society. 

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Poets in Conversation

Dhaka 2013, 
David Shook with Ahsan Akbar.

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Joe Simpson talks to Andrew St. George

Touching the Void

Hay Festival 1999, 
The climber presents an illustrated slide show recounting his epic struggle for survival in the Peruvian Andes. 'Touching the Void' won the 1989 NCR Award for Non fiction and became an international bestseller. Tom Cruise will play Simpson in the movie. 'Touching the Void' is one of the absolute classics of mountaineering - a document of pyschological, even philosophical witness of the rarest compulsion' - George Steiner.

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Joumana Haddad en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Xalapa 2014, 

Joumana Haddad es escritora, poeta, traductora, periodista y activista por los derechos de las mujeres. Seleccionada dentro del proyecto Beirut39 (2010) como una de las 39 escritoras más destacadas
de la literatura árabe actual. En el 2014, ha sido seleccionada por la revista CEO Middle East como una de las 100 mujeres árabes más influyentes. Presenta Superman es árabe, obra en la que denuncia el sistema patriarcal del mundo árabe, arraigado en las tres religiones monoteístas.

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Las tristezas de México

Diego Enrique Osorno y Sergio González Rodríguez con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Querétaro 2016, 

Una compilación de ensayos de inminente publicación reúne a los escritores y periodistas Lydia Cacho, Anabel Hernández, Juan Villoro, Diego Enrique Osorno, Emiliano Ruiz Parra, Sergio González Rodríguez y Marcela Turati, quienes reflexionan, analizan y denuncian a través de sus respectivos ensayos sobre la situación de violencia extrema e impunidad en la que se ha visto envuelto el país desde el comienzo de la llamada “guerra contra el narco”. Esta compilación sirve además para dar a conocer los nombres de aquellos muertos y desaparecidos por ejercer el periodismo en tierras mexicanas. Con la presencia de Diego Enrique Osorno y Sergio González Rodríguez, en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

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Rock, jazz y otras músicas en la composición literaria. Juan Álvarez y Juan Carlos Garay en conversación con Sandro Romero Rey

Cartagena 2017, 
Hay autores que escriben escuchando música, otros que incluso crean listas de reproducción específicas para trabajar, y muchos otros que incluyen en sus libros epígrafes de letras musicales o agradecimientos a músicos o a canciones. ¿Qué tendrá la música que gusta tanto a los escritores? Dos autores, Juan Álvarez (Colombia) y Juan Carlos Garay (Colombia), conversan con Sandro Romero Rey sobre sus filiaciones musicales, las similitudes entre composición musical y literaria y, por supuesto, su música favorita.

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Niall Griffiths, Desmond Barry and John Williams

Hay Festival 2002, 
Reading and conversation. Griffiths introduces Kelly and Victor, his story of the growth and spiralling intensity of a sexual obsession traced to its inevitable, devastating conclusion. Barry, who wrote about Jesse James in The Chivalry of Crime gives us a new Wild West with A Bloody Good Friday about race riots in Merthyr, 1977. 'In Cardiff Dead Williams breathes life into the city and credibility into its music scene. Cardiff has never been so vibrant as in Williams' seductive and strangely moving novel.' (Sunday Times) Chaired by Carolyn Hitt.

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Troy Kennedy-Martin talks to Laurence Marks

Hay Festival 2003, 
Kennedy-Martin created the groundbreaking Z Cars in the 1960s and The Sweeny in the 1970s. He wrote the cult movie The Itailian Job in 1969. His masterpiece is the nuclear thriller Edge of Darkness,  arguably the greatest British television drama series of all time.

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Luis Rojas Marcos in conversation with Margarita Mayo

Segovia 2018, 

Psychiatrist Dr. Luis Rojas Marcos, one of the most internationally respected science communicators and a highly-reputed doctor and health system manager was closely involved with 9-11. He is the author of Más allá del 11 de septiembre, where he narrates his experience and analyses the key for overcoming trauma. He is also an author of books on happiness and coexistence, for example Todo lo que he aprendido: 303 ideas para una vida mejor. He talks with Margarita Mayo, an expert on leadership, author of Yours Truly, Staying Authentic in Leadership and Life.

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Henry Chancellor

Colditz

Hay Festival 2002, 
Using over fifty original interviews with the English, French, Dutch and Polish officers, and their guards Chancellor describes their experiences in the notorious maximun security POW castle, and their escape across Nazi Germany.

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Marion Keyes, Victoria Routledge

Friends

Hay Festival 1999, 
The current superstar of feel-good comic fiction Marian Keyes author of Rachel's Holiday reads and talks about her sparkling, laugh-out-loud novel Last Chance SaloonVictoria Routledge launched her delightful comedy of twenty-something shenanigans Friends Like These.

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Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward

A Devils Chaplain

Hay Festival 2003, 
The pre-eminent evolutionary biologist is joined by his wife, actress Lalla Ward to present a selection of his essays collected in A Devil's Chaplain. Writing on evolution or science in general, on dead comrades or on travel or literature, on education or religion, he shows why he is one of the most influential thinkers of our time.