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Brian Jacques

Hay Festival 2003, 
Battles and banquets, love and loss, excitement and magic, Brian Jacques' Redwall series has them all. Come and be enchanted by this one time stand-up comedian and master storyteller. Brian's latest Redwall adventure is Triss, a beautifully written interweaving of three individual tales.

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Alain de Botton

The Art of Travel

Hay Festival 2002, 
The author of The Consolations of Philosophy and How Proust can Change Your Life embarkes ona tour of the philosophical questions behind our desire to travel - and the capricious nature of our thoughts and emotions when we do. Chaired by Sarah Miller editior of Condé Nast Traveller magazine

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Daily Star Books

Dhaka 2013, 
Sharbari Ahmed and Farah Ghuznavi discuss their short story anthologies, The Oceans of Mrs Nagai, and Fragments of Riversong. Moderated by Samit Basu.

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Patricia Lara and Francisco de Roux in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

War and peace, readings of the Colombian conflict

Cartagena 2019, 

The journalist Patricia Lara is the author of Adiós a la guerra. Una historia breve de los conflictos en Colombia, a book that transcends the nature of Colombia’s internal conflict in its current state, going back to the wars of the 19th century, contextualizing them from the origin of the transition to be a republic today. The current president of the Truth Commission, Francisco de Roux, is a Jesuit priest who has dedicated his life to the cause of peace in Colombia. In 2018 he published La audacia de la paz imperfecta, in which he talks about his experiences as a mediator in the armed conflict, as a target both for guerillas and paramilitaries, about the year that followed the signature of the agreements, and the visit of Pope Francis to Colombia. They will be in conversation with the journalist Juan Carlos Pérez in a talk which is an invitation to peace.

Patricia Lara and Francisco de Roux in conversation with Juan Carlos Pérez

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David Long

Heroes: Incredible True Stories of Courageous Animals

Hay Festival 2019, 

David Long tells the extraordinary stories of amazingly brave animals – dogs, horses, cats and even birds. Their intelligence and loyalty as well as their courage is a model for all,and David explores what humans might learn from them as he retells their fascinating true stories.

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Coexistence in Europe: past, present and future

DOROTA MASLOWSKA, SARAH HALL, RADKA DENEMARKOVÁ AND MICHAEL KRÜGER WITH MARTA DEL RIEGO

Segovia 2018, 

EUNIC Spain, Network of European Cultural Institutes, has organized this round table under the concept of "Coexistence in Europe: past, present and future" in which, through the meeting, the authors will discuss the issues of diversity and coexistence nowadays.

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The first round table organized by EUNIC Spain will feature European writers: Dorota Masłowska (Wejherowo, Poland), "enfant terrible" of Polish literature, essayist, composer, singer and one of the most acclaimed and awarded voices of contemporary European dramaturgy. Representative of "the bridge generation", her childhood was marked by the fall of communism and a wave of Western consumer culture. Sarah Hall, translated into more than a dozen languages ​​and considered one of the 20 best young writers of 2013 by Granta, is a multi-award-winning writer of five novels including Haweswater (Commonwealth Writers Award 2013 for Best First Novel), and The Electric Michelangelo (Finalist of the Man Booker Awards, Prix Femina Etranger and Commonwealth Writers Prize). Chaired by Marta del Riego.

Event in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

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The second round table organized by EUNIC Spain will feature two European authors: Radka Denemarková (Kutná Hora, Czech Republic), Czech novelist, playwright, screenwriter, translator and essayist who received the Magnesia Litera prize for best prose work of the year in the Czech Republic and the Usedom Literature Prize and Georg Dehio in Germany, and Michael Krüger (Wittgendorf, Germany), editor and indispensable figure of the European literary scene, as well as one of the most outstanding contemporary writers in the German language. He is the author of stories, novels, translations and several collections of poetry. Moderated by Marta del Riego.

Event in German with simultaneous translation into Spanish

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Rita Carter

Consciousness

Hay Festival 2003, 
Human consciousness is unique in it's ability to roam in time and space, to conjure up non-existant worlds and to place itself 'indise' the mind of others. It is these extraordinary faculties that allow us to enjoy art, to read and understand books and to recognise why other people behave as they do. Research into the biological bases of consciousness is starting to reveal the brain mechanisms that generate our imaginative capacity.

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Joann Fletcher and Stephen Buckley

The Search for Nefertiti

Hay Festival 2005, 
Egyptologists recount their quest to positively identify the mummy of the enigmatic Pharaoh and to understand her world.

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Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore

Hay Festival 2005, 
The two Steves are renowned for their fantastic, funny and iteractive events. Their irreverent approach to history, film and culture makes for brilliant entertainment in books such as Star Bores: May the Farce be with You, Stone Me (a retelling of Greek Mythology where Medusa features as the supply teacher from Hell) and the best-selling Tales of the Dark Forest series.
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Damian Barr and Gabriela Ybarra talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Parallels

Hay Festival 2019, 

A conversation with authors of two of the most extraordinary and powerful first novels of recent years, both of which explore true histories of extremity and aftermath. You Will Be Safe Here is the brilliant debut novel set in South Africa between 1900 and 2010 from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me. Inspired by real events, Barr uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness. The Dinner Guest is a Spanish novel with the feel of documentary non-fiction. It connects two life-changing events – the very public death of Ybarra’s grandfather, and the more private pain as her mother dies from cancer and Gabriela cares for her. 

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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Jacobo García

Cartagena 2019, 

The Mexican journalist, activist and writer Lydia Cacho published in 2018 the book #EllosHablan: Testimonios de hombres, la relación con sus padres, el machismo y la violencia. In this work, she interviews a group of men aged between 15 and 70 to find out, first of all, what their childhood was like and how society in a way built their masculinity around violence. In conversation with the journalist Jacobo Garcia, Lydia Cacho opens a new perspective on machismo and gender debates.

Lydia Cacho in conversation with Jacobo García

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Tony Benn and Roy Bailey

The Writing on the Wall

Hay Festival 2005, 
We celebrate Benn's 80th birthday with this spellbinding anthology of dissent in a concert of speeches and songs from the barricades across the ages. He is joined by the great folk singer.

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Alberto Fuguet en conversación con Dante Trujillo

Arequipa 2015, 
Alberto Fuguet, escritor, periodista y cineasta chileno, es una de las figuras más influyentes en el panorama literario latinoamericano. Entre sus últimos libros publicados cabría señalar Juntos y solos, Cinépata y Aeropuertos. De su labor como director de cine destaca Música campesina, premio al mejor largometraje nacional en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia 2011. Hablará sobre su nueva novela, No ficción. El limeño Dante Trujillo, autor de El palacio de la felicidad, estuvo al frente de la revista Buensalvaje y actualmente es el nuevo editor de El Dominical.

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Richard King talks to Peter Florence

The Lark Ascending: The Music of the British Landscape

Hay Festival 2019, 

Starting from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ classic ‘pastoral romance for orchestra’, King explores how Britain's history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature. The landscape we celebrate as unsullied and ripe with mystique is a living, working, and occasionally rancorous environment – not an unaffected idyll – that forged a nation's musical personality, and its dissenting traditions. He listens to the music from the far west of Wales to the Thames Estuary and the Suffolk shoreline, taking in Brian Eno, Kate Bush, Boards of Canada, Dylan Thomas, Gavin Bryars, Greenham Common and the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass to chart a new and surprising course through a familiar landscape.

Richard King talks to Peter Florence

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PG Bell, Anna James, Nadine Wild-Palmer

What If…? Creating fantasy worlds

Hay Festival 2019, 

Explore the magical possibilities of stories and the unlikely places they can take you. Travel with PG Bell, whose Train to Impossible Places is a rollicking adventure, fall into the heart of storyland with Anna James in Pages & Co and head down into an unexpectedly different world with Nadine Wild-Palmer in The Tunnels Beneath. Chaired by Sian Cain, Online Books Editor at the Guardian.

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Mike Kenny, Eluned Morgan and Adam Price chaired by Guto Harri

Cambridge Series 11: Brexit and the Politics of National Identity in Wales and the UK

Hay Festival 2019, 

What are the Brexit implications for Wales and for the coherence of the United Kingdom? Kenny is Co-director of the British Academy’s ‘Governing England’ programme, and is a member of an external experts panel convened by the Scottish Parliament to advise on the constitutional implications of Brexit. Morgan is Welsh Government Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language. Price is leader of Plaid Cymru.

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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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Terry Pratchett

Hay Festival 2003, 
The brilliantly inventive creator of Discworld has recently been writing 'childrens literature'. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents won the 2001 Carnegie Medal and his new The Wee Free Men looks set for similar acclaim.

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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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The Mystic Soul

Dhaka 2013, 
Patrick Laude, Arundhathi Subramaniam and Ana Cocchiarella with David Burrell, discuss the spiritual path through different traditions.

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Matt Haig

Evie and the Animals

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join bestselling author Matt Haig as he talks about his new children’s book Evie and the Animals, illustrated by Emily Gravett. It’s a heartwarming story about daring to be different, growing up and staying true to yourself. Evie is a girl with a Special Talent who is different from her friends. In fact, she seems to have an actual, secret superpower: she can understand and talk to animals.

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Irena Edwards, Joep de Roo and Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović with Justin Albert

National Identity and the Idea of European Unity

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join European heritage experts as they tackle questions of local loyalties in relation to the cosmopolitan ideal of world citizenship: what does this all mean for how Europeans relate to Britain today? Dr Irena Edwards is Chairman of the Czech National Trust, Joep de Roo runs the European projects Innocastle and OpenHeritage, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović is Secretary-General of Europa Nostra. Chaired by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales and Trustee of the International National Trusts Organisation.

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Diane Wood Middlebrook

How It Worked: The Marriage of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath

Hay Festival 2004, 
In writing Her Husband: Hughes and Plath - a Marriage, the biographer drew on a wealth of unpublished materials that reveal the dynamics of Ted Hughes' lifelong creative partnership with Sylvia Plath, in life and death.

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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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Lecture by Alan Weisman

Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

Arequipa 2017, 

Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, by Alan Weisman, is a fascinating proposal for saving the planet. Well received by both critics and general readers, it is been translated into 13 languages and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2013), a prize in the non-fiction category at the Paris Book Festival (2013), the Nautilus Gold Book Award (2014) and the Global Media Award for best book (2014). His previous work, The World Without Us, was an international bestseller, translated into 34 languages and named best non-fiction book of 2007 by a number of publications. This talk makes clear the human race’s devastating influence on our planet.

Lecture by Alan Weisman