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Adam Nicholson

Men of Honour: Trafalgar and the Making of the English Hero

Hay Festival 2005, 
Trafalgar gripped the nineteenth-century imagination like no other battle. It finished the global ambitions of a European tyrant but culminated in the death of Admiral Horatio Nelson, the greatest hero of the era.

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Hamid Ismailov, Donald Rayfield and John Farndon

Fictions: The EBRD Prize Winner – The Devil’s Dance

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Devils’ Dance is the first novel written in Uzbek to be translated into English. “This is a thrilling novel about two real-life Central Asian poets. The 19th century Uzbek poet-queen Oyxon, once a humble slave girl, rose to power and influence, marrying three Khans along the way, and was ultimately threatened with execution. Her 20th-century counterpart is the writer Abdulla Qodiriy, renowned, brave and also imprisoned. He distracts himself from brutish beatings and interrogation by reconstructing the novel he was writing about Oyxon when he was arrested. With its spies, police, princes, poets and great plot, this is an Uzbek Game of Thrones” – jury chair Rosie Goldsmith who chairs the event.

Hamid Ismailov, Donald Rayfield and John Farndon

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David Puttnam

The Dilys Powell Lecture

Hay Festival 1996, 
The inaugural lecture to commemmorate the revered Sunday Times cinema critic who died last year is given by the producer whose films include The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire, Local Hero, The Mission and Midnight Express.

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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

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The New South Asia

Dhaka 2013, 
Prajwal Parajuly, Samit Basu, Tishani Doshi, Janice Pariat and Rimi Chatterjee talk about the contemporary South Asian writing scene.

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The Duchess of Devonshire and Charlotte Mosley

The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters

Hay Festival 2008, 
The twentieth century filtered through the correspondence of the most glamorous and controversial English literary dynasty. Debo Mitford and Diana’s niece, who edited the letters, talk to Hannah Rothschild.

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Rose Tremain in conversation with Michele Roberts

Hay Festival 1996, 
"One of the finest short story writers in the country" (Independent), Tremain's Collected SHort Stories have just been published. Her novels include the Booker-shortlisted Restoration recently filmed at Tretower with Meg Ryan, HUgh Grant and Ian McKellen. Michele Roberts, compared by critics to Joyce at his most voluptuous, Carter at her most inventive, and Woolf at her most flirtatious, won the W.H. Smith Literary Award for Flesh and Blood.

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Periodismo de investigación

Arequipa 2015, 

El analista político e historiador peruano Jorge Bedregal modera esta charla sobre el periodismo de investigación en la que participan cuatro destacados periodistas. Ed Vulliamy es un periodista británico que escribe para The Observer y The Guardian. Finalista del Amnesty International Media Award por sus reportajes sobre México y autor del libro Seasons in Hell. Understanding Bosnia’s War (1994). Jon Lee Anderson es un reportero estadounidense del The New Yorker que lleva muchos años cubriendo Latinoamérica y está especializado en temas de conflictos armados. Además, es autor de una de las biografías más importantes de Ernesto Guevara: Che Guevara: Una Vida Revolucionaria (1997). El periodista Gustavo Gorriti, fundador y director de IDL-Reporteros, la primera publicación electrónica creada en el Perú de periodismo de investigación sin fines de lucro, ha sido codirector del diario La República y ha obtenido varias distinciones internacionales, entre ellas, el Premio Nuevo Periodismo CEMEX+FOPI en la modalidad de Homenaje. Por su parte, Marco Zileri es director de Caretas, revista semanal publicada en Lima reconocida por su periodismo de investigación.

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Jenny Matthews talks to Yasmin Alibhai Brown

The Action Aid Platform: Women and War

Hay Festival 2003, 
The distinguished photojournalist discusses her photographs of women's lives, taken over twenty years in the world's worst conflict spots. ActionAid's mission is to work with poor and marginalised people to eradicate poverty by overcoming the injustice and inequity that cause it.

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Upcoming Misfits

Dhaka 2013, 
Graphic Stories with Samir Rahman and Nuhash Humayun.

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Tony Juniper

Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird

Hay Festival 2019, 

The environmentalist tells the heartbreaking story of a unique band of brilliant blue birds – who talk, fall in love, and grieve – struggling against the forces of extinction and their own desirability. By the second half of the 20th century the birds became so valuable that they drew up to $40,000 on the black markets. When, in 1990, only one was found to be living in the wild, an emergency international rescue operation was launched and an amnesty declared, allowing private collectors to come forward with their illegal birds, possible mates for the last wild Spix. In a breathtaking display of stoicism and endurance, the loneliest bird in the world had lived without a mate for fourteen years, had outwitted predators and second-guessed the poachers. But would he take to a new companion?

Tony Juniper

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A Modern Approach to Folklore in Bangladesh

Dhaka 2013, 
Chaired by Shamsuzzaman Khan, with Shahid Alam and Firoz Mahmud.

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Grey Gowrie

The Housman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 1999, 
Lord Gowrie has been Secetary of State for the Arts, Chairman of both Sothebys and The Arts Council, and has been a Professor of Literature in America. He delivers this year's address about his personal engagement with poetry.

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Vitali Vitaliev

Borders Up!

Hay Festival 1999, 
Having sought alcoholic oblivion from the oppressive soviet regime, the inimitable Russian jounalist staggers across Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania asking why statistics show that despitre all the benefits of democracy, the people of Eastern Europe are drinking more, not less, than ever before.

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Francine Stock, Caroline Michel, Toby Mundy, Clare Alexander

Hay Festival 2005, 
Are readers getting what they want and deserve from publishing? The novelist and broadcaster is joined by major industry players from the independent and conglomerate sectors to debate the matter with the audience.

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Daniel Alarcón y Juan Manuel Robles en conversación con Clara Elvira Ospina

Arequipa 2015, 

El peruano Daniel Alarcón, escritor, periodista y editor asociado de la revista Etiqueta Negra, nos presenta su última novela, De noche andamos en círculos. Ganador de varios premios internacionales de literatura, ha sido seleccionado como uno de los mejores escritores jóvenes de Perú por la revista Granta y The New Yorker. Por su parte, Juan Manuel Robles, autor de Lima Freak. Vidas insólitas en una ciudad perturbada y de relatos y reportajes ampliamente antologados, ha publicado su primera novela, Nuevos juguetes de la Guerra Fría. Dirige la entrevista la periodista colombiana Clara Elvira Ospina.

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Katja Petrowskaja talks to Philippe Sands

Maybe Esther

Hay Festival 2019, 

An interview with the author of the international bestselling memoir. Petrowskaja’s family story is inextricably entangled with the history of 20th-century Europe. There is her great-uncle, who shot a German diplomat in Moscow in 1932 and was sentenced to death. There is her Ukrainian grandfather, who disappeared during WWII and reappeared forty years later. And there is her great-grandmother – whose name may or may not have been Esther – who was too old and frail to leave Kiev when the Jews there were rounded up, and was killed by a Nazi outside her house. Philippe Sands is author of the Baillie Gifford Prize-winning East West Street.

Katja Petrowskaja talks to Philippe Sands

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Jude Kelly

The Orange Prize For Fiction Lecture: Fear of the Artist

Hay Festival 2005, 
Jude Kelly speaks about the nature of creative fear and how it can be put to more public use. She dicusses the vital role of the artist in harnessing the power of fear, and how their knowledge of fear and their struggle between expression and invisibility offers an alternative model of courage for society.

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Pablo Simonetti en conversación con Jorge Alberto Gudiño

Xalapa 2014, 

Escritor chileno y activista defensor de los derechos de las minorías sexuales, Pablo Simonetti nos presenta su última novela, La soberbia juventud, una historia de amor de un joven homosexual atrapado entre exigencias sociales y familiares. Simonetti es también autor de Madre que estás en los cielos, obra traducida a más de cinco idiomas, así como de La razón de los amantes, La barrera del pudor y del libro de cuentos Vidas vulnerables.

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Jeremy Paxman

The English

Hay Festival 1999, 
What is it with the English and sex, food, games and hypocrisy? The nations favourite sceptic and scrouge of humbug asks the questions.

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Kobita Parishad Recitations

Dhaka 2013, 
Recitations by Rafiq Azad, Rabiul Husein, Asim Saha, Noo-ul-Alam Lenin, Makid Haider, Anwara Syed Haq, Quazl Rozy, Shihab Sarkar, Kajal Bandyopadhyay, Mohammad Sadik, Harisul Hoque, Samim Reza, Bulbul Mahalanobish and Masud Pothik. Moderated by Habibullah Sirajee.

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Andrew Davies

Adapted for the Screen

Hay Festival 2003, 
The man who brought Darcy, Elizabeth, Zhivago, Deronda' Lydgate, Melmotte and Becky Sharp to our television screens talks about his art and craft, the resolution of sexual tension and how he tipped the velvet over into late night cult viewing.

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Robin Knox-Johnston talks to Matthew Stadlen

Running Free

Hay Festival 2019, 

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston burst to fame when he became the first man ever to complete a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. Now, fifty years on from that famous voyage, he reveals the true, extraordinary story of his life. Stadlen hosts his own weekend show on LBC.

Robin Knox-Johnston talks to Matthew Stadlen

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Isabel Fonseca en conversación con Patricio Fernández Chadwick

Arequipa 2015, 
La escritora y periodista norteamericana Isabel Fonseca, autora de Enterradme de pie. La odisea de los gitanos y Vínculo, conversará con Patricio Fernández Chadwick, fundador y editor de la revista The Clinic y autor de libros como Ferrantes, Escritos plebeyos.

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Jon Lee Anderson

Arequipa 2015, 

Este periodista norteamericano, especializado en temas de guerra, comenzó su andadura en el mundo del periodismo a los veintidós años, en Perú, hasta que en 1998 pasó a formar parte del equipo del The New Yorker, aunque colabora en numerosos periódicos de todo el mundo. Es autor de una de las biografías más importantes de Ernesto Guevara: Che Guevara: Una Vida Revolucionaria. Sus últimos libros son La herencia colonial y otras maldiciones y Crónicas de un país que ya no existe. Libia, de Gadafi al colapso.