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The Romanovs. Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2017, 

Few family histories have captured the collective imagination in the same way as that of the Romanov dynasty. The family that governed Russia with an iron fist for four centuries abruptly disappeared with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of, among other books, Jerusalem. The Biography and Titans of History, tells in The Romanovs: 1613-1918, the story of this famous dynasty in the Russian Revolution’s centenary year. In conversation with Mariana H.

The Romanovs. Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Mariana H

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Mary Norris

Greek to Me

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Comma Queen, the bestselling author of Between You & Me, delivers another wise and witty paean to the art of expressing oneself clearly and convincingly, this time filtered through her greatest passion: all things Greek. From convincing her New Yorker bosses to pay for Ancient Greek studies to travelling the sacred way in search of Persephone, Norris gives an unforgettable account of both her lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way she explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect.

Mary Norris

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Ian Robertson

Mind Sculpture

Hay Festival 1999, 
One of the world's leading authorities on brain rehabilitation explores ground-breaking discoveries about how the brain is physically shaped by experience and our interactions with the world around us.

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Bella Bathurst, Joanna Kavenna, Garth Cartwright

Travellers Tales

Hay Festival 2005, 
Bathurst's Wreckers is a gripping history of wrecking, looting and salvaging from the eighteenth century to the present day. In Kavenna's The Ice Museum she adventures north in search of the Atlantis of the Arctic, the mythical land of Thule. Cartwright's Princes Amongst Men recounts a Balkan odessy in search of the secret history and culture of Europe's greatest musicians: the Roma.

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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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Robin Blake

George Stubbs

Hay Festival 2005, 
The life and work of the great eighteenth-century artist-scientist and author of The Anatomy of the Horse.

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Katherine Rundell

The Good Thieves and Into the Jungle

Hay Festival 2019, 

Katherine Rundell discusses her two most recent titles: The Good Thieves, the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong, and Into the Jungle, a collection of beautifully imagined stories about the origins of the animals in Rudyard Kipling’s classic Just So Stories.

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Chris Menges

A&B Filmmakers Series: The Cinematographer / Director

Hay Festival 2005, 
Conversation cut with clips from the career of the great cinematographer whose work includes Kes, Made in Britainm A World Apart, The Killing Fields, The Mission and Dirty Pretty Things. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Edward Lucie-Smith

Adam

Hay Festival 1999, 
Edward Lucie-Smith gives an illustrated lecture about the position of the male nude in western art and culture. He focuses both on its role as the traditional training ground for the artist and on its complex emotional and sexual connotations.

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Terry Pratchett, Eleanor Updale

Teenager Readers

Hay Festival 2003, 
How is Updale's Montmorency for children when it has no children characters? How does Pratchett alter the famous Discworld to classify some of his new books as childrens? Join the debate about what defines a book as for younger readers.

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Edgardo Cozarinsky y Vicente Molina Foix en conversación con Yael Weiss

Xalapa 2013, 
Dos celebrados directores y guionistas conversan con Yael Weiss sobre imagen, texto y la complejidad de la narración cinematográfi ca. El nuevo filme del escritor, guionista y dramaturgo Edgardo Cozarinsky (Argentina) es Nocturnos; por su parte, la última película del escritor, director de cine y poeta Vicente Molina Foix (España) es El dios de madera.

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Jon Anderson, Mary-Ann Constantine and Damian Walford Davies

Wales: A Tapestry of Literature and Landscape

Hay Festival 2019, 

The relationship between literature and landscape has long fascinated writers, storytellers and readers. This is particularly evident in Wales, where the physical, fabled, industrial and social landscapes continue to influence the fiction that defines the country and its culture. Drawing on the Literary Atlas project, experts from Cardiff University and the University of Wales explore the relations between literature and landscape.

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Margo Glantz en conversación con Myriam Moscona

Xalapa 2014, 
Margo Glantz es una de las escritoras y pensadoras más importantes de México. Ha escrito más de veinti- cinco libros de ensayo y narrativa y cuenta con el Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes 2004 y el Premio FIL 2010. Nos presenta su último libro Yo también me acuerdo, una nueva versión de autobio- grafía inspirada en la obra de Joe Brainard y Georges Perec, quienes escribieron libros compuestos íntegra- mente por breves párrafos que comenzaban con las palabras “me acuerdo”. Otros artistas como Pier Paolo Pasolini y Zeina Abirached emularon también el ejer- cicio de contar su vida a través de retazos de la memoria en un libre fluir de ideas, emociones e imágenes.

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Caricatura política. Xavier Bonilla “Bonil” y José Hernández en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Querétaro 2016, 

Humor, ironía y política, ¿pueden ir en la misma frase? Para analizar la caricatura política reunimos al caricaturista Bonil (Ecuador), galardonado con premios como el World Language Contest, y al caricaturista e ilustrador José Hernández (México), uno de los fundadores de la revista satírica El Chamuco, caricaturista diario en el periódico La Jornada y autor de la novela gráfica Che: una vida revolucionaria. En conversación con Diego Rabasa, editor y escritor.

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Alice Sebold talks to Katherine Viner

Hay Festival 2003, 
The American Author discusses her celebrated debut novel The Lovely Bones with the editor of Guardian Weekend magazine. Narated from 'heaven' by a fourteen-year-old girl who has been raped and murdered, the story follows her family and the neighbour who killed her. And she launches Lucky, her memoir about her own rape and assult, and her struggle for understanding and recovery: 'you save yourself or you remain unsaved'.

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Angela Gallop talks to Oliver Balch

When the Dogs Don’t Bark: A Forensic Scientist’s Search for Truth

Hay Festival 2019, 

Never before has criminal justice rested so heavily on scientific evidence. Gallop is one of the world’s most eminent forensic scientists. During a career spanning more than forty years, she has helped to drive change and transformation within the field. A specialist in cold-case investigations, Gallop has led forensic teams to find vital evidence in many of the UK’s most challenging cases, including the investigation that finally absolved the Cardiff Three and the killings of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor and Rachel Nickell.

Angela Gallop talks to Oliver Balch

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50 years of Sgt. Pepper. Joselo, Hanif Kureishi and Carmen Pardo in conversation with Rulo

Querétaro 2017, 

The release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is considered not only a milestone in terms of The Beatles discography, but also in 20th century pop music. With this concept album, in which the band experimented with very different rhythms and subjects, and full of references to the 1960s context, the Fab Four left a musical legacy that is still with us today. Three fans and admirers of The Beatles talk to Rulo about the album that revolutionised music history. With the musician and writer Joselo, the novelist and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, and the academic and writer Carmen Pardo.

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Sandi Toksvig

Hay Festival 2003, 
The broadcaster, comedian and author of Flying Under Bridges, The Gladys Society, and The Travels of Lady Bulldog Burton talks about her reading and writing. Line-for-line she is one of the most brilliant entertainers in the world.

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O'Brien on Joyce

Hay Festival 1999, 
Edna O'Brien talks about James Joyce. Introduced by Geordie Greig, literary editor of The Sunday Times.

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Clive James

The Magic Sentence

Hay Festival 2004, 
The poet, songwriter, essayist and broadcaster, whose work ranges from popular television to the holocaust, talks about his 'search for the magic sentance, in a world all too real'.

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Greil Marcus and John Harris

Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads

Hay Festival 2005, 
The story, context and appreciation of Dylan's revolutionary classics, recorded forty years ago.

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Jimmy McGovern talks to Maurice Gran

Hay Festival 2003, 
The television writer's credits include the psychologist drama series Cracker, Brookside, Hearts and Minds, The Lakes, Touching Evil and the Bloody Sunday drama Sunday. His award-winning play Hillsborough is one of the most politicallt efective and explosive television dramas ever made.

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Héroes latinoamericanos: Blanca Varela

Arequipa 2015, 
Escritora, poeta y periodista, la peruana Gabriela Wiener, afincada en España, es también una de las nuevas voces del periodismo narrativo latinoamericano. Su última novela, Llamada perdida, recoge las crónicas autobiográficas de Wiener. Alonso Ruiz Rosas es escritor y ha trabajado como periodista en diversas publicaciones. En la actualidad dirige el Centro Cultural Inca Garcilaso del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. Espíritupampa es su nuevo libro de poesía. Álvaro Lasso, editor de Estruendomudo, moderará la charla.

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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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Nick Arnold

Hay Festival 2003, 
How to track a bear, why lions roll in dung and what a shark's favourite colour is. The author of Horrible Science introduces his new series Wild Lives, full of action, adventure and facts.