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Frank Close

The Particle Odyssey: A Journey to the Heart of Matter

Hay Festival 2004, 
Twenty-first century scientists want to find out how the universe came to be like it is. Their experiments involve a metaphorical journey back in time to within a billionth of a second of the Big Bang and constitute the latest stage in the quest to understand the matter that makes up our Universe and the forces that govern it. Close takes us on en exhilarating tour of the subatomic world, illustrated with beautiful photographs of the tracks of subatomic particles as they speed, curve, dance or explode through cloud and bubble chambers.

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Isabel Coixet in conversation with Raphael Minder

IDENTITY AND COEXISTENCE: A LOOK AT CATALONIA

Segovia 2018, 

The Spanish Film Director Isabel Coixet, one of the most recognized Spanish film creators in the international scene, awarded several Goya Awards, talks about coexistence and identity with Raphael Minder born in Switzerland, correspondent in Spain for the New York Times since 2010 and author of the book  La lucha por Catalunya (The Stuggle for Catalonia). 

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Sue Shepard

Seeds of Fortune: A Great Gardening Dynasty

Hay Festival 2003, 
For over a century and across five generations, the Veitch family pioneered the introduction of humdreds of new plants into gardens, conservatiories and houses, including the first ever orchid hybrid. They helped start the Royal Horticultural Society and the Chelsea Flower Show. Shepard tells their story.

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Kjartan Poskitt

Murderous Maths

Hay Festival 2003, 
An event to bend your brain and stimulate your smile. Poskitt owns the amazing mind behind the Murderous Maths series. His other books include The Gobsmacking Galaxy and Killer Puzzles. Learn tips and tricks in this fun session of facts, ridiculous characters and laughter.

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Robert Winder and Caroline Moorehead talk to Paul Blezard

Wicked Words

Hay Festival 2005, 
Winder's Bloody Foreigners is a wide-ranging study of British immigration from the Romans, Saxons and Huguenots to Windrush. Moorehead's Human Cargo exposes the seven-billion-dollar reade in smuggling refugees from Afghanistan, Liberia, Palestine and China.

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Michael Buerk talks to Rosie Boycott

The Road Taken

Hay Festival 2005, 
Through Cardiff, The Daily Mail and across the world as a BBC correspondent, with a world-chaning stop in Ethiopia.

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Exploring Language

Dhaka 2013, 
Aamer Hussein in conversation with Firdous Azim.

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Armand Marie Leroi talks to Olivia Judson

Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Erros of the Human Body

Hay Festival 2004, 
'Once, people with disfiguring or bizzare mutations were thought monstrous. Now they give vital clues to the dance of genes during the body's growth. Leroi combines meticulous historical research, brand-new genetic understanding and consummate skill with words to tell an absorbing tale' (Matt Ridley)

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Cries from the Heart

Human Rights Watch Gala

Hay Festival 2005, 
A star-studded cast of Festival artists gather for this celebration performance of voices for justice.

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Ahmed Galai en conversación con Arturo Wallace

Arequipa 2016, 
Ahmed ben Tahar Galai es el vicepresidente de la Liga Tunecina de los Derechos Humanos, organización perteneciente al Cuarteto de Diálogo Nacional Tunecino, galardonado con el Premio Nobel de la Paz 2015. Se trata de una asociación que lucha por hacer valer sus derechos y llevar a Túnez una democracia de facto, libre y transparente a raíz de la Revolución de los Jazmines de 2011. Ahmed hablará sobre la inmigración, un imparable fenómeno cuyo impacto y alcance nos afecta a todos con el periodista de la BBC Arturo Wallace.
Ahmed Galai en conversación con Arturo Wallace

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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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Commonwealth Writers Conversation - The Untold Story

Dhaka 2013, 
Firdous Azim, Shuchi Karim, Faustina Pereira and Munize Manzur with Razia Iqbal. This session explores how creative expression can help women speak out about difficult topics.

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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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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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Nadya Tolokonnikova in conversation with Luke Harding

Cartagena 2018, 

The journalist interviews the musician and activist, Nadya Tolokonnikova (Russia), a member of the punk group Pussy Riot and arrested together with her fellow bandmembers in 2012 because of a performance in Moscow Cathedral. Tolokno was sentenced for crimes of religious hatred and spent two years in jail, a sentence that became a symbol around the world for the Vladimir Putin government’s attitude to freedom of expression. She currently lives in Moscow and continues to work as a human rights activist. In 2017 Nadya Tolokonnikova was selected as part of the Hay30, which, supported by the CASE Foundation, celebrates a new generation of thinkers and activists.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Nadya Tolokonnikova in conversation with Luke Harding

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Jordi Montero in conversation with Hassan Nassar

Cartagena 2018, 

For the Spanish neurologist, Jordi Montero, who in 2017 published the book Permiso para quejarse, what is behind chronic pain is emotion. We do not take into consideration our own culture when we have physical pain treated, nor do we listen to our own bodies. From a rigorous and optimistic point of view, this doctor has helped us to understand ourselves as humans and our reality, based on neurology and the relationship between the brain and pain. He will talk about these matters with the intellectual and Minister of Health and Social Protection. He will talk with journalist Hassan Nassar.

Jordi Montero in conversation with Hassan Nassar

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John Julius Norwich

Venice, Paradise of Cities

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Most Serene Republic of Venice, after more than a thousand years, was killed off by Napoleon in 1797. What happened then? The city was kicked around like a football between France and Austria until finally becoming part of a united Italy in 1866. And yet, sad as she was, Venice attracted Byron, John Ruskin, Henry James, Robert Browning, Richard Wagner and many others.

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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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Rosa Beltrán y Edgardo Cozarinsky en conversación con Irma Gallo

Querétaro 2016, 

Dos escritores con una gran trayectoria y relevancia internacional charlan con la periodista cultural Irma Gallo sobre sus últimos trabajos. A lo largo de su carrera, la escritora, traductora y académica Rosa Beltrán (México) ha recibido galardones como el Premio Planeta 1995 por su novela La corte de los ilusos y el Reconocimiento Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 2011. Su último libro es El cuerpo expuesto (2013). Por su parte, el cineasta y escritor Edgardo Cozarinsky (Argentina) es autor de seis novelas, incluida la reciente Dark, y ha dirigido varias películas en las que se diluyen los límites de la ficción y el documental.

Con interpretación a Lengua de Señas Mexicana (LSM)

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Eduardo Sacheri en conversación con Mariana H

Querétaro 2016, 

El argentino Eduardo Sacheri, Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2016, conversa con la periodista cultural Mariana H sobre su galardonado trabajo La noche de la Usina, en el que novela, en tono de thriller, la realidad argentina de los años del corralito y la crisis económica. Sacheri ha escrito además otras cuatro novelas, entre ellas, la famosa La pregunta de sus ojos, que sirvió de guion para la oscarizada película El secreto de sus ojos, de Juan José Campanella.

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Poetry in Dialects

Dhaka 2013, 
Recitations in our famous dialects like Chittagonian and Sylheti, to lesser known ones.

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Nazrul and Tagore on tolerance.

Dhaka 2013, 
Relevance of Tagore and Nazrul in contemporary times with Sonia Nishat Amin, Niaz Zaman and Kaiser Haq. Moderated by Perween Hasan.

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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.

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Rebecca Fraser

A People's History of Britain

Hay Festival 2004, 
Britain's story of resilience and liberty. 'Fraser has blown a tremendous blast of traditional British history - kings and quens, battles and heroines, and the sturdy people whose energy and genius made it all possible. The young will ove it, the old will have the hearts warmed, and all will learn from it.' (Paul Johnson).

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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.