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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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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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Lionel Shriver in conversation with Kirsty Lang

Querétaro 2017, 

Lionel Shriver is a writer and Guardian journalist. In 2005 she won the Orange Prize for Fiction for her seventh novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin. She is also the author of The Post-birthday World, So Much For That and Big Brother, which reflects on the cult of the body, obesity and junk food, while also dealing with family relationships and the struggle against the self-destruction of the people we love. She will talk to Kirsty Lang about her latest work, The Mandibles. A family: 2029-2047.

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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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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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Spiritual Songs

Dhaka 2014, 
Morning Raga based songs by Tanveer Alam Shawjeeb.

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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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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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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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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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Authors4Oceans: How Children and Stories Can Save Our Vanishing World

Jasbinder Bilan, Nicola Davies, Lauren St John and Yuval Zommer

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join four Authors4Oceans writers to discover how you can save species large and small, on shore and off. Authors Lauren St John, Nicola Davies, Jasbinder Bilan and illustrator Yuval Zommer combine their passion for wildlife and its conservation with their writing and illustrating. They will discuss how that comes together in their books, including Kat Wolfe Takes the Case, When the Whales Walked, Asha and the Spirit Bird and The Big Book of the Blue.

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François-Xavier Fauvelle talks to Georgina Godwin

The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages

Hay Festival 2019, 

From the birth of Islam in the 7th century to the voyages of European exploration in the 15th, Africa was at the centre of a vibrant exchange of goods and ideas. It was an African golden age in which places like Mali, Ghana, Nubia and Zimbabwe became the crossroads of civilisations, and where African royals, thinkers and artists played celebrated roles in the globalised world of the Middle Ages.

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Poetry Prescription

Dhaka 2013, 
Depressed? In Love? Pay a visit to William Sieghart. The creator of Forward Poetry Prize will prescribe just the right poetry for you.

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Terry Pratchett, Eleanor Updale

Teenager Readers

Hay Festival 2003, 
How is Updale's Montmorency for children when it has no children characters? How does Pratchett alter the famous Discworld to classify some of his new books as childrens? Join the debate about what defines a book as for younger readers.

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Historias de rock. Jacobo Celnik en conversación con Mariana H

Querétaro 2016, 

El periodista y escritor de rock Jacobo Celnik conversará con la reconocida periodista cultural Mariana H sobre la historia del rock. Su último libro, Satisfaction, narra 50 años de la historia del rock a través de las voces de algunos de sus protagonistas más destacados. Dividida en cinco capítulos, esta antología recoge 30 perfiles y entrevistas a managers, productores, cantantes, compositores y músicos que Jacobo ha ido compilando a lo largo de 10 años.

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Nicci Gerrard and Lavinia Greenlaw

What Dementia Teaches Us About Love: A Conversation and Reading

Hay Festival 2019, 

After her father’s death from dementia, writer and campaigner Nicci Gerrard set out to explore the illness that now touches millions of us, yet which we still struggle to speak about. What does dementia mean for those who live with it, and those who care for them? The first section of Lavinia Greenlaw’s new poetry collection The Built Moment is a sequence of poems called The Sea is an Edge and an Ending, about her father’s dementia and his disappearance into the present tense. It is not a narrative of illness so much as a meditation on the metaphysics of memory and loss. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Armand D’Angour

Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher

Hay Festival 2019, 

Socrates is the philosopher whose questioning gave birth to the ideas of Western thought, and whose execution marked the end of the Athenian Golden Age. Yet despite his pre-eminence among the great thinkers of history, little of his life story is known. What we know tends to begin in his middle age and end with his trial and death. But what turned the young Socrates into a philosopher? The Oxford classicist presents him as an heroic warrior, an athletic wrestler and dancer, and a passionate lover. D’Angour sheds new light on the formative journey of the philosopher, finally revealing the identity of the woman who Socrates claimed inspired him to develop ideas that have captivated thinkers for 2,500 years.

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Oriente Medio e ISIS. Luis Moreno Ocampo y Ahmed Galai en conversación con Philippe Sands

Querétaro 2016, 

El abogado argentino Luis Moreno Ocampo, defensor de los derechos humanos y ex fiscal de la Corte Penal Internacional, y Ahmed Galai, vicepresidente de la Liga Tunecina de los Derechos Humanos, organización perteneciente al Cuarteto de Diálogo Nacional Tunecino, galardonado con el Premio Nobel de la Paz 2015, conversan con el abogado Philippe Sands sobre la compleja situación en Oriente Medio, con el surgimiento del Estado Islámico (ISIS) y numerosas situaciones de emergencia humanitaria con implicaciones más allá de la región.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés y el francés al español

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Ian Robertson

Mind Sculpture

Hay Festival 1999, 
One of the world's leading authorities on brain rehabilitation explores ground-breaking discoveries about how the brain is physically shaped by experience and our interactions with the world around us.

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Greil Marcus and John Harris

Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads

Hay Festival 2005, 
The story, context and appreciation of Dylan's revolutionary classics, recorded forty years ago.

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Tony Harrison

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading by the film-maker~poet whose latest movie is Prometheus.

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Edward Lucie-Smith

Adam

Hay Festival 1999, 
Edward Lucie-Smith gives an illustrated lecture about the position of the male nude in western art and culture. He focuses both on its role as the traditional training ground for the artist and on its complex emotional and sexual connotations.

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Benjamin Zephaniah

Hay Festival 2004, 
A unique opportunity to have a sneak look into the world famous writer's new book. Not on public release until September 2004, Gangsta Rap is the tough but touching tale of three friends excluded from school, who find their strengths and identity through hip-hop.

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Héroes latinoamericanos: Blanca Varela

Arequipa 2015, 
Escritora, poeta y periodista, la peruana Gabriela Wiener, afincada en España, es también una de las nuevas voces del periodismo narrativo latinoamericano. Su última novela, Llamada perdida, recoge las crónicas autobiográficas de Wiener. Alonso Ruiz Rosas es escritor y ha trabajado como periodista en diversas publicaciones. En la actualidad dirige el Centro Cultural Inca Garcilaso del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. Espíritupampa es su nuevo libro de poesía. Álvaro Lasso, editor de Estruendomudo, moderará la charla.
Héroes latinoamericanos: Blanca Varela

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Bella Bathurst, Joanna Kavenna, Garth Cartwright

Travellers Tales

Hay Festival 2005, 
Bathurst's Wreckers is a gripping history of wrecking, looting and salvaging from the eighteenth century to the present day. In Kavenna's The Ice Museum she adventures north in search of the Atlantis of the Arctic, the mythical land of Thule. Cartwright's Princes Amongst Men recounts a Balkan odessy in search of the secret history and culture of Europe's greatest musicians: the Roma.