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Oliver Bullough, Chibundu Onuzo, Eva Anderson

How to steal a trillion dollars

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Journalist and author Oliver Bullough brings his popular kleptoscope series to Hay to discuss why so much money is stolen from the world's poorest countries, and what we can do about it. Nigerian novelist Onuzu talks about how she put corruption at the heart of her brilliant second novel Welcome to Lagos, and Transparency International's Anderson explains why so much of that stolen money ends up in the UK.

Oliver Bullough, Chibundu Onuzo, Eva Anderson

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Matt Haig talks to Stephanie Merritt

How To Stop Time

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The author of The Radleys, The Humans and Reasons To Stay Alive talks about his glorious, rollicking time-hopping novel. How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.

Stephanie Merritt is the comedy critic of The Observer and writes historical fiction as SJ Parris.

Matt Haig talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Dylan Jones talks to Tiffany Murray

David Bowie – A Life

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Drawn from more than 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, the editor of GQ’s fabulous oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path. With stories and music and film clips.

Dylan Jones talks to Tiffany Murray

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Natalie Haynes

Stands Up for the Classics

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The star of BBC Radio 4’s Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics brings her unique combination of stand-up and ancient history to the Winter Weekend. History has never been such fun! Haynes’ books include The Children of Jocasta and The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.

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Isabel Losada talks to Rosie Boycott

Sensation

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The author brings her unique blend of humour, curiosity and honesty to the still-taboo subject of sexuality and pleasure in her runaway best-seller. This is a brave, funny and often vulnerable quest to find out how we can make our sex lives better. “I want to learn this stuff” – Russell Brand.

Isabel Losada talks to Rosie Boycott

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Laurie Penny and Rosie Boycott

#MeToo

Winter Weekend 2017, 

What does the global reaction to the revelation of Harvey Weinstein’s monstrosity mean? Is anyone surprised? Is this a tipping point for patriarchy? What do we do now?
Laurie Penny is a journalist and feminist activist, the author of Unspeakable ThingsEverything Belongs to the Future and most recently Bitch Doctrine

Laurie Penny and Rosie Boycott

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Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump win the White House

Winter Weekend 2017, 
In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting’ Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’.
 
COLLUSION is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier. Drawing on exclusive new material and key sources from the intelligence community, Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage. He shines a light on powerful Russian players like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have come from Vladimir Putin himself. COLLUSION is up-to-date to the minute, including the indictments of campaign manager, Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn, which threaten to engulf Trump’s administration.
 
Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's War with the West, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted ManMafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (nominated for the Orwell Prize). Two of Harding's books have been made into films; The Fifth Estate and Snowden.
Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

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John Mullan

What Matters in Jane Austen

Winter Weekend 2017, 

In this last bicentenary session, the academic and author plays with the engaging and entertaining puzzles of the novels and Austen’s life.  What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? What do the characters call each other, and why? And which important Austen characters never speak? Join us for a delightful celebration of the genius of English literature’s greatest comedian. There will be prizes for best frock coat and bonnet.

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Leif Bersweden

The Orchid Hunter: A Young Botanist’s Search for Happiness

Winter Weekend 2017, 

In the summer after leaving school, a young botanist sets out to fulfil a childhood dream –to find every species of orchid native to the British Isles. He has just a few months to complete his quest and it will require ingenuity, stamina and a large dose of luck. As he battles the vagaries of the British climate in his clapped-out car, feverishly chasing each emerging bloom, Bersweden takes the reader on a remarkable botanical journey.

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Rob Andrew talks to Carolyn Hitt

Rugby: The Game of My Life – Battling for England in the Professional Era

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Andrew is one of the key figures in modern rugby history: an outstanding international who won three Grand Slams with England and toured twice with the Lions, he also played a central role in the game's professional revolution with his trailblazing work at Newcastle. As Director of Elite Rugby at the Rugby Football Union he did not merely have a ringside seat as one of the world’s major sports went through its greatest upheaval in a century: more often than not, he was in the ring itself. Hitt is a star columnist and rugby writer for the Western Mail.

Rob Andrew talks to Carolyn Hitt

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Horatio Clare

Icebreaker: A Voyage far North

Winter Weekend 2017, 

A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Patrick Barkham

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. The nature writer meets all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, as he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander. Barkham’s books include Coastlines, Badgerlands and The Butterfly Isles. Introduced by Kitty Corrigan.

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Robert Penn

Woods: A Celebration

Winter Weekend 2017, 

From Dean to Epping, Hatfield to Sherwood, the author covers the natural history of our forests and how they have changed the face of our landscape. Covering the different species of trees that give our woods their unique character, the plants and animals that inhabit them and the way their appearance changes throughout the seasons, Woods is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated celebration of Britain’s trees and the ancient stories that surround them.

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Catherine Barr

Discover 10 Reasons to Love a Turtle

Winter Weekend 2017, 

With the help of some slippery eggs and wobbly jellyfish, author Catherine Barr will give children lots of reasons to fall in love with, and help save, these ancient mariners, in her new series of books for the Natural History Museum.

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Monty Don

Down to Earth

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The gardening writer and Gardener’s World star follows his fabulous bestseller Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs by sharing gardening wisdom from his 50 years of experience. Tips, soil and wonderful stories.

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Peter Lord

The History of Welsh Art in 13 Pictures

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The art historian and writer explores the culture and history of art in Wales through 13 iconic pictures linked by a story that helped create and define a nation. His new book, The Tradition: A New History of Welsh Art, has been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year.

Image - Archie Griffiths, On the Coal Tips, c.1930

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Nando López and Jenny Valentine in conversation with Carlos Sánchez Lozano

Teenagers

Cartagena 2018, 

The British youth fiction writer Jenny Valentine is touring the world to talk to teenagers in various countries to find out what matters most to them. Fernando “Nando” López is a novelist, playwright and author of several works of children’s and young adult fiction, including Los nombres del fuego and La edad de la ira. His play #malditos16 examines suicide, anorexia and self-harm, and is inspired by his work as a volunteer at a hospital, where he runs literary workshops with teenagers who have tried to take their own lives. Both will talk to the publisher and writer Carlos Sánchez Lozano about worrying, the imagination and what it means to be a teenager in the 21st century.

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Mariana Torres, Diego Erlan and Eduardo Plaza in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Bogotá39-2017. Amphibious writers I

Cartagena 2018, 

Three authors who combine writing with other occupations, in this case publishing, journalism and language teaching, talk about what it means to move between the different worlds in which they live and work. They will also talk about their latest books with the literary critic and columnist Camilo Hoyos: Mariana Torres, Diego Erlan (Argentina) and Eduardo Plaza (Chile).

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Jesús Miguel Soto and Luciana Sousa in conversation with Marta Orrantia

Bogotá39-2017. On violence

Cartagena 2018, 

The levels of economic, gender, police and organized criminal violence in Latin America are among the highest in the world. Literature is one of the few ways of fleeing from it or responding to it without perpetuating its vicious circle. In this discussion, three of Latin America’s finest writers will talk about the degree to which the writings of the region’s writers are permeated in this violence. Jesús Miguel Soto (Venezuela) and Luciana Sousa (Argentina), authors from the Bogotá39 selection, will talk to Marta Orrantia about these matters.

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Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with Emma Tucker

Cartagena 2018, 

Rosemary Sullivan is the author of 15 books, including five biographies, three poetry books, travel diaries, short fiction and essays. Her most recent work, Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva, won the 2016 Plutarch Biography Award and other Canadian prizes for non-fiction, and was named Book of the Year by the UK’s Daily Mail. She will talk about this fascinating biography with the journalist Emma Tucker.

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Michael Bhaskar

The Future of Publishing

Cartagena 2018, 

Technology means that the world of publishing is undergoing constant changes; Michael Bhaskar has drawn a map of the future of publishing, the media and the creative industries. In his book The Content Machine he explains the financial rules that technology has imposed on newspapers, magazines and blogs. He also produced one of the first e-books for iPhone and is currently visiting lecturer at the Oxford Brookes International Centre for Publishing as well as writer in residence at DeepMind. He will talk to the audience about the future of publishing.

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Eduardo Posada-Carbó in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

The novel as history. García Márquez, Barranquilla and Carnival

Cartagena 2018, 

Could novels be a source of information for those who write history? Should the novelist who tackles historical themes ensure that the story is in line with the facts of the past? The historian Eduardo Posada-Carbó, lecturer at the University of Oxford, and the writer Juan Esteban Constaín, author of various historical novels, will talk about the work of García Márquez and the way in which historians and literary critics have given his novels an historical interpretation.

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Pilar Quintana in conversation with Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

Cartagena 2018, 

Friendship threatened by social prejudices, compassion in a world full of avarice, happiness just around the corner from sadness. These are areas dealt with in the truest and most humanly complex stories, and also themes touched on by Pilar Quintana, who recently published her fourth novel, La perra, a raw yet beautiful story about maternity and the jungle of the Colombian Pacific. The writer will talk to the journalist Jorge Eduardo Espinosa.

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En noviembre de 2017  el escritor nicaraguense Sergio Ramirez fue elegido ganador del Premio Cervantes. Su amplia obra literaria incluye, entre otros libros, , Margarita, está linda la mar (1998) , El cielo llora por mí (2008) y Sara (2015),  Ya nadie llora por mí (2017)Es miembro del Consejo Rector del Premio Gabriel García Márquez de Periodismo. El escritor nicaraguense Sergio Ramirez participó en la lucha para derrocar la dictadura de la familia Somoza y tras el triunfo de la revolución fue electo vicepresidente en 1985. Juanita León es directora de La Silla Vacía y ganadora del Premio Gabo 2016 en la categoría innovación. Jaime Abello es director de La Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano.

Con apoyo de SURA y del Premio Gabo

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Carmen Boullosa and Edurne Portela in conversation with Giuseppe Caputo

Armed violence as an historical scar

Cartagena 2018, 

Carmen Boullosa is a Mexican novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, author of the novel Texas: The Great Theft and, together with Mike Wallace, of the non-fiction work A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the “Mexican Drug War”. The writer Edurne Portela’s most recent works are El eco de los disparos: Cultura y memoria de la violencia, a non-fiction book about the armed group ETA’s disarmament, and the novel Mejor la ausencia. The two will talk about the scars of armed violence with the Colombian writer Giuseppe Caputo.

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