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Sophie Windham

Hay Festival 2005, 
Take one dog, add a nasty duck and you have a recipe for frenzy, fowl play and fun. The author and illustrator reads and draws from her new picture book Harold and the Duck.

(Ages 5-7)

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Malcolm Gladwell talks to Jim Ledbetter

The Time Platform

Hay Festival 2005, 
The business guru, author of The Tipping Point and now Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking suggests how we can hone and nurture intuition; how we might fundamentally transform our relationships, the way we consume, create and communicate; how we run our businesses and even our societies.

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Geza Vermes

The Passion

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Gospels were written 40-80 years after Jesus's crucifixion and they all contradict each other. Only John has Mary at the foot of the cross; only Luke has Jesus asking his father to forgive his persecutors; only Matthew dwells on Judas. The world's leading biblical expert examines for and by whom they were written and analyes the implications of their divergence for the central tenets of Christianity.

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Soraya Mafi (soprano) & Simon Lepper (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 1

Hay Festival 2018, 

The first of four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. 
Felix Mendelssohn’s Auf Flugeln des Gesanges Op.34 No.2; Fanny Hensel Warum sind den die Rosen so blass, Op.1 No.3; Felix MendelssohnLieder ohne Worte Op.30 No.3; Fanny Hensel Die Mainacht Op.9 No.6, Lieder ohne Worte Op.8 No.3; Felix Mendelssohn Suleika 1 Op.57 No.3; Robert Schumann Lied der Suleika Op.25 No.9; Clara Schumann Liebst du um Schőnheit Op.12 No.2; Robert Schumann Widmung Op.25 No.1; Johanna Müller-Hermann Lieder Op.2; Richard Strauss Schlagende Herzen Op.29 No.2, Das Rosenband Op.36 No.1, Ständchen Op.17 No.2, Morgen Op.27 No.4

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William Dalrymple

The Age of Kali

Hay Festival 1999, 
William Dalrymple returns to HAy to tell of his travels in India and Pakistan. He becomes the first European ever to be permitted to witness the macabre nightly offering to the goddess Parashakti; he meets such figures as Imran Khan and Benazir Bhutto; he experiences civil war in Kashmir; and discovers such Indian oddities as the last of the great tiger-stuffers.

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Sven Beckert en conversación con Gaby Wood

Querétaro 2016, 

Sven Beckert, profesor de Historia de América en la Universidad de Harvard, conversará con la periodista Gaby Wood, sobre su último libro, El imperio del algodón, un estudio sobre la formación del capitalismo moderno a través de la historia del algodón. Beckert ha recibido la Beca Guggenheim en Humanidades y fue finalista del Premio Pulitzer de Historia en 2015.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Muhammed Abdel Haleem

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching. The eminent translator introduces his wok on the most admired contemporary version, which dispels some common misconceptions about Islam, particularly the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims and brings the style into the modern idiom.

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Zizou Corder, Ann Halam, Stuart Hill

The Story Journey

Hay Festival 2005, 
Louisa Young, one half of Zizou Corder, has created the best-selling trilogy Lion Boy, the glorious and exotic adventures of the boy who can speak Cat. Ann Halam's most recent heroine embarks on an epic journey throught snow, ice, science and fairy tale in the dazzling Siberia. Stuart Hill's Cry of the Icemark, followed the wondrous adventures of Thirrin Strong-in-the-Arm as she travels across the Land-of-the-Ghosts to the frozen Hub of the World. 
(Age 12+)

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Cressida Cowell

How to Be a Pirate and How to Train your Dragon

Hay Festival 2005, 
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III has been a pirate in training and has struggled with a somewhat brawny dragon. The creator of this dashing, brave and everso hairy Viking brings her raucous and slapstick books to life on stage. 'Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful.'
(The Independent on Sunday) (Age 6-10)

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Valeria Parrella and Gernot Wolfram

Hay Festival 2004, 
This is the third year of the project conceived with our partners at Festivaletteratura Mantova, Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin, and the Bjornsonfestivalen in Molde. Four young writers from across Europe are commissioned to write a story on the theme of Monsters. They visit each of the Festivals and discuss the themes of their work and the cultural translation involved in international publication. In this first session, Parella, the Italian writer is joined by the German author Wolfram.

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Meg Wolitzer talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: The Female Persuasion

Hay Festival 2018, 

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings comes an electric, multi-layered novel about ambition, power, friendship and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It's a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time) and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

Meg Wolitzer talks to Georgina Godwin

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Guy Gunaratne and Amy Sackville

Fictions: Language, Voice

Hay Festival 2018, 
A reading and conversation with two outstanding emerging novelists whose utterly compelling and very different books display a rare and wonderful mastery of voice.  Gunaratne’s debut, In the Mad and Furious City follows three young men on a London council estate caught up in a wave of anger and rioting following the killing of a soldier.  Sackville’s Painter to the King charts Velasquez’ time at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, a court collapsing under the weight of its own excess.  They read and talk to Georgina Godwin.

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Tom McLaughlin

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy

Hay Festival 2018, 

Imagine a school where perfection and popularity is prized above everything...what could go wrong? When the popular kids start growing extra-long spaghetti arms it's time for super nerds Tyler, Dylan, and Ashley to put their geek powers to the test and save the day. Join the author as he introduces his new series Happyville High in an event with interactive readings and an illustration workshop.

9+

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Simon Signh

Hay Festival 2005, 
The author of The Cracking Code Book looks at secret codes from Ancient Rome toi the Internet. How do you make codes and how do you break them? How can you protect your diary from prying eyes and how can you sneak a peak at someone else's emails? Simon will have a genuine German World War II Enigma code machine to show how secret codes changed history.
(Age 10+)

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Jung Chang

Mao: The Unknown Story

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Wild Swans author launches her revelatory and shocking study of Mao Tse Tung, in conversation with Rosie Boycott.

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Gay Writing: Fact and Fictions

Hay Festival 2004, 
Peter Burton, former literary editor of Gay Times, talks to Francis King, one of the leading British novelists of his generation whose books cover four decades of writing from Dead Letters to The Nick of Time, John Sam Jones, Stonewall Award-winner for his short fiction Welsh Boys Too and the Fishboys of Vernazza and Richard Zimler with his debut novel Hunting Midnight.

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Sandi Toksvig

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Hans Christian Anderson Bicentenary Ambassador celebrates her illustrious compatriot, creator of some of the most potent and loved myths and fables of all literature.

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Etgar Kerret, Samir El Youssef

Gaza Blues

Hay Festival 2004, 
Discover the new voices of the generation that follows Said, Oz and Grossman. Guardian Weekend editior Katherine Viner chairs this discussion of writing about the Middle East with the Israeli and Palestinian editiors and contributors to a new anthology. They are joined by the diplomat and Middle-East scholar Andrew Burns.

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Nigel Warburton

Open University Breakfast 3: Erno Goldfinger and the Sensation of Space

Hay Festival 2005, 

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David Mitchell and Andrew Miller

Hay Festival 2005, 
Mitchell discusses his acclaimed and brilliantly inventive Cloud Atlas. Miller launches his compelling contemporary novel The Optimists. Chaired by Alex Linklater.

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Rosie Boycott, Sarah Dunant

Children

Hay Festival 1999, 
In this Predictions Forum Editor Rosie Boycott and novelist Sarah Dunant consider the future of children and the family.

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Jim Al Khalili

Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed

Hay Festival 2003, 
Everyone has heard of quantum theory but no one really understands it. It is without doubt the single most important scientific theory of the past century. It underpins the fields of physics, chemistry, electronics and material science. Without it we would have no computers, televisions, mobile phones, CD players, microwaves. This lecture traces the origins of quantum mechanics and explores its astonishing future potential.

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Evento Gatopardo. Carmen Aristegui en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Querétaro 2016, 

Indudablemente una de las periodistas más respetada del país, Carmen Aristegui es admirada por su rigor profesional, la exigencia de sus investigaciones periodísticas y la valentía de su trabajo. Conversa con Felipe Restrepo Pombo, director de la revista Gatopardo, sobre cómo vive su profesión en este momento tan complicado para la prensa en México.

Evento Gatopardo. Carmen Aristegui en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

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Gala de los pequeños homenajes

Querétaro 2016, 

Lecturas de prosa y poesía pensadas como pequeños homenajes a los héroes literarios de algunos de los invitados del festival. Con Martha Favila (México), Gabriela Jauregui (México), Carolina Sanín (Colombia), Juan Cárdenas (Colombia), Mariana Enríquez (Argentina), Martín Kohan (Argentina), Rodrigo Blanco Calderón (Venezuela) y Gabriela Ybarra (España). Evento moderado por Ricardo García Mainou.

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The Colonel Who Would Not Repent

Dhaka 2014, 
Salil Tripathi's new bookis about the far-reaching consequences of Bangladesh's brutal birth. He is in conversation with freedom fighter A Qayyum Khan, marking the launch of his book In Bangladesh.