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Katrina van Grouw

Unnatural Selection

Hay Festival 2019, 

In a unique fusion of art, science and history Katrina van Grouw celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s monumental work The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, and offers a tribute to what Darwin might have achieved had he possessed that elusive missing piece to the evolutionary puzzle – the knowledge of how individual traits are passed from one generation to the next. With the benefit of a century and a half of hindsight van Grouw explains evolution by building on the analogy that Darwin himself used, comparing the selective breeding process with natural selection in the wild. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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John Boyne in conversation with Daniel Hahn

My Brother’s Name is Jessica

Hay Festival 2019, 

John Boyne, award-winning author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, discusses his new novel which explores the bravery of transgender youth through the eyes of family. John Boyne will speak to Daniel Hahn, discussing the book and celebrating LGBTQ+ representation in children’s and YA fiction.

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Alice Morrison

My 1,001 Nights: Tales and Adventures from Morocco

Hay Festival 2019, 

When Alice Morrison first headed out to Morocco, it was to take on one of the most daunting challenges: to run in the famous Marathon des Sables. But as soon as she settled in a flat in Marrakesh she was won over by the people, the spectacular scenery and the ancient alleyways of the souk. Soon she was hiking over the Atlas Mountains, joining nomads to sample their timeless way of life as they crossed the Sahara desert, and finding peace in a tranquil oasis. Alice came to fame with her BBC Two series Morocco to Timbuktu. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

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Richard Suggett

Hay Castle and Hay Lordship: Discovering and Dating the Buildings of a Medieval Frontier Society

Hay Festival 2019, 

The historian will focus on the development of the castle, the discovery of the 15th-century houses of the lordship’s tenants and new ways of dating medieval timberwork, including the extraordinary castle gates. Suggett is Senior Investigator for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments for Wales. Introduced by Justin Albert.

Richard Suggett

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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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Rebecca Swift, Hannha Griffiths

The Literary Consultancy

Hay Festival 2003, 
The late Auberon Waugh wrote 'The best advice to anyone wishing to write a novel is "don't do it"'. The second best is, 'send it to the literary consultancy'. Swift and Griffiths, co-founders of the leading manuscript appraisal service, explore the question of why people write and the tensions between creativity and commerce. They explore what they have found to be common pitfalls for new writers.

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Reimagined Fairytales with Jessie Burton

The Restless Girls

Hay Festival 2019, 

Think you know all about fairytales ? Think again! Join bestselling author Jessie Burton as she discusses The Restless Girls: the "wild, wise, generous" and "ferocious" retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses with Claire Armitstead from the Guardian. Imagine a fairytale that doesn't need a dashing prince to save the day. A dazzling, feminist reinterpretation of a classic fairytale for the modern world, The Restless Girls is a timeless story of family, sisterhood, imagination and bravery.

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Andrea Marcolongo in conversation with Carlo Trivelli

Arequipa 2017, 

Andrea Marcolongo (Italy), a specialist on classical Greece, was also put in charge of writing speeches for the then Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi. She is the author of La lingua geniale: 9 ragioni per amare il greco, a beautiful book about classical Greek in which she shares with the reader the importance of this foundational language for Western culture. She will talk to Carlo Trivelli about this book.

Andrea Marcolongo in conversation with Carlo Trivelli

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Alejandro Santos, Luke Harding and Yolanda Ruiz in conversation with Alec Russell

The media in the post-truth era

Cartagena 2018, 

What is the media’s responsibility in this era of false news and disinformation? Alejandro Santos, editor of the magazine Semana; Luke Harding, journalist in The Guardian; and Yolanda Ruiz, producer of RCN Radio’s morning news programme, will talk about this and other matters with the British editor and journalist Alec Russell.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Alejandro Santos, Luke Harding and Yolanda Ruiz in conversation with Alec Russell

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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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Fariha Shaikh

19th-century Emigration in British Literature and Art

Hay Festival 2019, 

The explosion of settler emigration during the 19th century to colonies in Canada, Australia and New Zealand was supported and underpinned by a vast outpouring of text including printed emigrants’ letters, manuscript shipboard newspapers and settler fiction. These textual cultures pervaded the cultural imagination of 19th century authors such as Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Catherine Helen Spence and Ford Madox Brown, and provided new means of interrogating representations of space and place, home-making and colonial encounters. Fariha Shaikh is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham.

Fariha Shaikh

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Antonella Lattanzi in conversation with Lorenzo de’ Medici

EUROPEANS

Segovia 2018, 
Antonella Latanzzi presents her latest novel, Una historia negra, an addictive thriller that deals with topics of raging news, such as the miseries that sustain a marriage where abuse prevails. A dark novel full of questions about the ambiguity and violence of love, which begins with a disappearance and does not stop until it uncovers the truth about everything that happened on a fateful summer night in Rome. Lattanzi proves to be a masterful author in the handling of ethical questions without renouncing the maximum literary requirement. The author talks with Lorenzo de’ Medici, current Renaissance, author of a large number of books and radio journalist.

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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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D.J Taylor

George Orwell

Hay Festival 2003, 
The critic and novelist celebrates the centenary of the iconic creator of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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Dominic Holland

Hay Festival 2003, 
The stand-up show from the elegantly witty and entertaining star. 'A comedian who makes you feel glad to be alive.' (The Guardian)

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Poets in Conversation

Dhaka 2013, 
David Shook with Ahsan Akbar.

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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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Gitta Sereny

A Different Journalism

Hay Festival 1999, 
The historian has written about FRanz Stangl, the Commandant at Treblinka, Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, and twice about the child-killer Mary Bell. She discusses her subjects, and how, in the information age, we might read history in new ways.

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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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Instrumental. James Rhodes in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2017, 

The pianist James Rhodes (United Kingdom) has found in music not only a profession but also a kind of safe space in which to develop his creativity and deal with the terrible events which, from age six, marked his life, when a school teacher began to sexually abuse him. In his extraordinary autobiography, Instrumental (2015), Rhodes tells how a relationship with music allowed him to keep on living and become a well-known pianist.

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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 Puett

Dhaka 2014, 
Renowned China scholar Michael Puett delivers the lecture that has made him one of the most popular professors at Harvard University.

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Héroes latinoamericanos: Mario Vargas Llosa

Arequipa 2015, 

Gerald Martin ha publicado una edición crítica de Hombres de maíz, del escritor guatemalteco Miguel Ángel Asturias, y una biografía del escritor colombiano Gabriel García Márquez. Actualmente está trabajando en una biografía sobre Mario Vargas Llosa.  Alonso Cueto, autor homenajeado en la Feria Internacional del Libro de Lima 2010, ha publicado novelas de muy diferentes estilos. Su obra Juan Carlos Onetti: El soñador en la penumbra, indaga en la vida del novelista. Modera el director editorial de Planeta, Sergio Vilela.

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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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Henry Firth & Ian Theasby

BISH BASH BOSH!

Hay Festival 2019, 

A celebration of the brand-new, plant-based cookbook from the vegan superhero chefs. Do you want a quick weeknight supper that gets more veg into your diet? A show-stopping vegan Christmas dinner? A fun, fresh meal plan to set you up with plant-based packed lunches? Whatever you’re after, BISH BASH BOSH! has the perfect recipe. Henry and Ian have created a food revolution through the world’s biggest plant-based platform. BOSH! are on a mission to show the world just how versatile cooking with veg can be. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

Henry Firth & Ian Theasby