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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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Luis Felipe Fabre in conversation with Irma Gallo

Querétaro 2017, 

Salvador Novo is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in contemporary Mexican literature, and has attracted the attention of figures as outstanding as Octavio Paz and Carlos Monsiváis. In Escribir con caca, the Mexican poet Luis Felipe Fabre looks at the figure of the author and his complex writing through an exhaustive yet playful review of Novo’s life and work. In conversation with Irma Gallo.

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An evening with Michael Morpurgo

Hay Festival 2003, 
The enchantment of the great Morpurgo's stories is brought to life on stage. Michael has written over ninety books for children, including The Butterfly Lion and Cool!

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Janice Hadlow, AC Grayling, Frederick Taylor, Antony Beevor

World War II

Hay Festival 2004, 
On the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day, Janice Hadlow chairs this discussion about the political and ethical legacy of the last world war. She is joined by the philosopher A.C. Grayling, Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad and Berlin, and Frederick Taylor, author of Dresden.

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Álvaro Enrigue y Mario Jursich en conversación con Diego Fonseca

Xalapa 2014, 
Crecer a golpes: Crónicas y ensayos de América Latina a cuarenta años de Allende y Pinochet, es el título de la última obra editada por Diego Fonseca, trabajo en el que han participado 13 de los escritores más destacados de América Latina. Fonseca hablará con dos de los autores: Álvaro Enrigue, escritor mexicano autor de los premiados libros La muerte de un instalador y Muerte súbita y Mario Jursich, escritor y periodista cultural colombiano, director de la revista El Malpensante.
Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Colombia

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Yoani Sánchez en conversación con Diego Enrique Osorno

Evento Gatopardo.

Xalapa 2014, 

La periodista Yoani Sánchez ha documentado desde 2007 la vida en Cuba a través de su blog Generación Y. Galardonado con el Premio de Periodismo Digital Ortega y Gasset que otorga el diario español El País, el blog de Yoani es elmás visitado del país y es traducido regularmente a catorce lenguas por un equipo de voluntarios. Este año ha presentado su nuevo proyecto digital, 14ymedio, un periódico digital independiente. Conversa sobre su trabajo diario por la libertad de expresión con el reportero y escritor Diego Enrique Osorno. Presentado por Felipe Restrepo Pombo, director de la revista Gatopardo.

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Meic Povey talks to Simon Harris

Sgript Cymru

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Welsh language playwright has begun an exciting and award-winning transition into writing English. The conversation will be illustrated with performed extracts from his recent English work: Three Women, Indian Country and his new play Life of Ryan ... and Ronnie, to be produced by Sgript Cymru.

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Ian Stewart - The Royal Society Michael Faraday Lecture

The Science of Discworld

Hay Festival 1999, 
Maths guru Ian Stewart explores the science bits in Terry Pratchett's completely new 30,000 world Discworld short story in which the wizards of Unseen University accidentally set in train the Roundworld Project - our universe!

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Glyn Maxwell

The Sugar Mile

Hay Festival 2005, 
In Blitz London and contemporary New York, the poet explores the effects and experiences of conflict, terror, resilience, community and faith.

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Helena Kennedy, Tom Bingham, Lisa Jardine

Pembertons Book Club: To Kill a Mocking Bird

Hay Festival 2005, 
Chair Kate Mosse hosts this discussion about Harper Lee's twentieth-century classic tale of prejudice in the deep South.

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Anthony Sampson

Who Runs This Place?

Hay Festival 2004, 
In his updated anatomy of Britain, Sampson examines the accountability of the media, the pension-fund managers, the EU Commissioners and the multinationals. He pits Parliment against Downing Street, the marchers against the arms trade, and aspirations of democracy against the realities of political life in Blair's new world.

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Leonie Frieda and Paul Strathern

The Medicis

Hay Festival 2004, 
Strathern's The Medici: Godfathers of The Renaissance charts the rise and fall of the family who ran Florence, The Vatican and the throne of France. Frieda's biography of Catherine de Medici, widow of Henri II of France, seeks to rehabilitate the woman who served 30 years as regent to her three sons and instigated the St.Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

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Bill Deedes talks to Alan Rusbridger

Hay Festival 2005, 
Cabinet Minister, journalist and adventurer, Deedes moved and shook throughout the twentieth century and has lived well to tell the tales.

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Ronan Bennett, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Lelia Aboulela

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Bennett's Havoc in its Third Year is a moral thriller set in the upheavals of Puritan England. Gurnah's Desertion tells of forbidden love across cultures in twentieth-century Mombassa and Zanzibar. Aboulela's Minaret explores the Islamic awakening of an exiled Sudanese woman in contemporary London.

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Teresa Arrieta, Orlando Mazeyra y José Luis Vargas Gutiérrez en conversación con Arthur Zeballos

Evento homenaje a Oswaldo Reynoso

Arequipa 2016, 
A unos meses del triste fallecimiento del gran escritor arequipeño Oswaldo Reynoso, varios conocedores de su obra y legado conversan con el editor Arthur Zeballos sobre su trabajo e impacto en generaciones de escritores y lectores peruanos. Con Teresa Arrieta, Orlando Mazeyra y José Luis Vargas Gutiérrez.

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Wilf Mbanga and Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2005, 
The former editor of The Daily News, Blacklisted by Mugabe, now publishes The Zimbabwean from London. He talks with the poet and author of The Dust Diaries.

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Journalism in Mexico: the historic battle. Jaime Abello Banfi, Adrián López and Ana Cristina Ruedas in conversation with Jacobo García

Querétaro 2017, 

Journalism in Mexico is in danger. The constant attacks and violence against professionals who work in the industry has increased consistently since 2006, when the journalist protection protocol was first introduced, following the model used previously in Colombia. Why is the Mexican context one of the most dangerous in the world in which to carry out this profession? Jaime Abello Banfi (FNPI), Ana Cristina Ruedas (Artículo 19) and Adrián López (Noroeste) will talk to Jacobo García.

Journalism in Mexico: the historic battle. Jaime Abello Banfi, Adrián López and Ana Cristina Ruedas in conversation with Jacobo García

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Martín Caparrós en conversación con Alberto Arce

Querétaro 2016, 

Tras viajar por países del mundo como India, Bangladesh, Níger, Kenia, Sudán, Madagascar, Argentina, Estados Unidos y España, el escritor y periodista argentino Martín Caparrós publicó su libro El hambre, en el que analiza un fenómeno brutal y cruel, asociado irreversiblemente a políticas económicas, circunstancias geopolíticas y a los modelos de mercado de la época. Caparrós es además periodista y novelista, autor de varios libros, uno de los cuales, Los Living, fue el ganador del Premio Herralde Novela 2011. Conversará con el periodista Alberto Arce.

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The Orange Prize

Hay Festival 1999, 
The first opportunity to hear the shortlisted authorsreading from their books and discussing their work.

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Louis de Bernieres

Hay Festival 2003, 
A reading and conversation chaired by Peter Florence.

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Cat Weatherill

The Real Princess

Hay Festival 2005, 
In celebration of the Hans Christian Anderson bicentenary, the much loved waever of tales relates one of his most famous stories. One cold and rainy night a girl arrives at the castle gates, claiming to be a princess. But is she really royal? Only a pea will tell.

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Jerry Brotton

'Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' Shakespeare and Islam.

Hay Festival 2004, 
The scholar will explore relations between the Islamic East and the Christian West during the sixteenth century. Brotton will reveal that the contemporary understanding of Islam was far more complex than has been realised, as suggested in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaires.

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Alex Holmes

Dunkirk

Hay Festival 2004, 
Exactly this week, sixty-four years ago, in the third week of Churchill's Prime-Ministership, Operation Dynamo effected the rescue of 338,000 troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. The director of the acclaimed three-part drama-documentary film built his story from veteran's testimony, letters, and previously unseen official archives, and created an epic masterpiece.

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Anne Fine

Raking the Ashes

Hay Festival 2005, 
The celebrated children's writer discusses her new fiction for adults, a coruscating comedy of domestic warfare.

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Rafiqul Haque, Khaleque Bin Jainuddin, Rahim Shah, Rokeya Khatun Rubee, M R Mojnu, Anjir Liton, Ahmed Kaiser, Amirul Islam, Akhtar Hossain, Ahmed Ali Aziz

Dhaka 2014, 
Featuring Rafiqul Haque, Khaleque Bin Jainuddin, Rahim Shah, Rokeya Khatun Rubee, M R Mojnu, Anjir Liton, Ahmed Kaiser, Amirul Islam, Akhtar Hossain, Ahmed Ali Aziz. Moderated by Aslam Sani.