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Autobiographical Forays

Dhaka 2013, 

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Tracy Borman

Henry VIII and the men who made him: the Secret History Behind the Tudor Throne

Winter Weekend 2018, 

King Henry VIII is often defined by his many marriages, but his relationships with the men who surrounded him reveal much about his beliefs, behaviour and character. They show him to be capable of fierce, but seldom abiding loyalty; of raising men only to destroy them later. Henry’s father the first Tudor king, his older brother Arthur, his handsome jousting partners, his warring advisors – both Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell ended up on the block; but the tenderness that he displayed towards those he trusted proves that he was never the one-dimensional monster often depicted. Tracy Borman is a bestselling author and historian, specialising in the Tudors. She is joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces and chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust.

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Nigel Spivey

The Ancient Olympics: War Minus the Shooting

Hay Festival 2004, 
The historian tells the classical Greek Olympics as they really wer: fierce contests between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assult. Contested bitterly, and often bloodily, the ancient Olympics wer not an idealistic celebration of unity, but a clash of military powers in an arena not far removed from the battlefield.

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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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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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Max Hastings

The Warriors

Hay Festival 2005, 
Tales of exceptional heroism and courage as the journalist profiles sixteen international warriors from across three centuries.

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Molly Scott Cato (Green), Jonathan Evans (Conservative), Glenys Kinnock (Labour), David J. Rowlands (UKIP), David John Williams (LibDem), Eilian Williams (Plaid Cymru)

Euro-Question Time

Hay Festival 2004, 
In the week before Wales elects four MEPS to serve in Brussels, please join us to hear what each of the main parties is offering, and question candidates on all the major issues.

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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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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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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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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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Menna Elfyn talks to Ceri Sherlock

Hay Festival 2005, 
We celebrate Perffaith Nam (Perfect Law), the new poetry collection from the leading Welsh language poet, in reading and conversation.

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Kate Mosse, Emily Angle, Tim Wright

Writers at Work: The Writer Online

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three experts show how to use the net, from research and masterclass support to publication, interactivity and multi-media narrative. Mosse is the creator of Orange Labyrinth, the online writing community. Angle edits the BBC Get Writing website. Wright is the writer-in-residence of Nottingham Trent University's NESTA-funded writersforthefurtue.com.

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Dylan Moran and Ash Atalla talk to Daisy Goodwin

Talkback Comedy Situations

Hay Festival 2004, 
The star and writer of Channel 4's Black Books and the producer of The Office talk about their comedy to the television producer Diasy Goodwin.

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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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David Ramsbotham, Francis Gilbert

State of the Nation

Hay Festival 2004, 
Formerly HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Ramsbotham is the author of Prisongate: The Shocking State of Britains Prisons and the Need for Visionary Change. Gilbert's I'm a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here! recounts his induction into the British education system.

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John Playfair talks to Rosie Boycott

Living with Germs

Hay Festival 2005, 
The essential guide to immunology, hospitals and yoghurt, microbes that are good for you and pathogens that aren't.

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Mark Billingham

Hay Festival 2005, 
The new cult crime-fiction star discusses his latest Tom Thorne work Lifeless. He talks to the distinguished legal commentator Marcel Berlins.

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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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Brian Cathcart

The Fly in The Cathedral

Hay Festival 2004, 
The investigative journalist tells the story of paper-and-pencil calculations, hand-made apparatus and the occasional lump of plasticine, in How a Small Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the Race to Split the Atom.

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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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La literatura mexicana hoy.

José de la Colina e Ignacio Díaz de la Serna en conversación con Rodolfo Mendoza

Xalapa 2014, 
El escritor, periodista, ensayista y crítico literario José de la Colina, galardonado en 2014 con el Premio Xavier Villaurrutia por su libro De libertades fantasmas o de la literatura como juego conversará con Ignacio Díaz de la Serna, filósofo, escritor y académico en el Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (CISAN-UNAM) sobre la situación de la literatura mexicana en la actualidad y los retos a los que se enfrenta. Moderará la conversación Rodolfo Mendoza.
Con el apoyo del Fondo de Cultura Económica

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Margo Glantz en conversación con Juan Carlos Valdivia

Arequipa 2016, 
La escritora, ensayista, crítica y académica Margo Glantz (México) fue galardonada con el prestigioso Premio Iberoamericano de Narrativa Manuel Rojas 2015. Miembro de número de la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua, también ha recibido otros galardones como el Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz por su novela El rastro (2003), el Premio Xavier Villaurrutia por su novela Síndrome de naufragios (1984) y el Premio fil de Literatura en Lenguas Romances (antes Juan Rulfo). La autora de la celebrada Las genealogías, ávida tuitera y hablante más que solvente de varios idiomas, cuenta entre sus últimos trabajos con Coronada de moscas, Yo también me acuerdo y el reciente Por breve herida. En conversación con Juan Carlos Valdivia.
Margo Glantz en conversación con Juan Carlos Valdivia

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Margo Glantz y Pablo Quintanilla en conversación con Willard Díaz

El lenguaje de la escritura

Arequipa 2016, 
La escritora, académica y crítica literaria Margo Glantz (México), miembro de la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua y Doctora en Letras Hispánicas por la Universidad de la Sorbona, y autora de libros como Las genealogías o el reciente Por breve herida; y el ensayista y filósofo peruano Pablo Quintanilla, Doctor en Filosofía por la Universidad de Virginia y magíster en filosofía por la Universidad de Londres (King’s College), especializado en filosofía del lenguaje y epistemología conversan con Willard Díaz sobre su lenguaje literario particular, el proceso de la escritura y sus trabajos más recientes.
Margo Glantz y Pablo Quintanilla en conversación con Willard Díaz

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Alfredo Bryce Echenique en conversación con Lucía Urtega Tejeda

Arequipa 2016, 
El escritor peruano Alfredo Bryce Echenique figura entre los autores más destacados de la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea. Es autor de Un mundo para Julius, obra que le consagró internacionalmente como escritor. Ha recibido numerosas distinciones a lo largo de su carrera, como el Premio Planeta 2002 por la obra El huerto de mi amada. Durante años ha compaginado su vida literaria con la docencia, trabajando como profesor en universidades de prestigio como La Sorbona y Yale.