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Helen Fielding talks to John Walsh

Hay Festival 2002, 
The creator of Bridget Jones in a rare interview about her writing, comedy, and Hollywood.

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Mazen Maarouf and Dina Nayeri talk to Oliver Bullough

Literature Across Frontiers: We Are Here

Hay Festival 2019, 

Maarouf is an award-winning Palestinian-Icelandic writer and journalist whose short story collections are Jokes for the Gunmen and The Rats that Lick a Karate Champion’s Ears. Aged eight, Nayeri fled Iran along with her mother and brother, and lived in the crumbling shell of an Italian hotel-turned-refugee-camp. Eventually she was granted asylum in America. Now Nayeri weaves together her own vivid story with those of other asylum seekers in recent years, bringing us inside their daily lives and taking us through the stages of their journeys, from escape to asylum to resettlement, in her book The Ungrateful Refugee.

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Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd

Come Together

Hay Festival 1999, 
The writing partnership of Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd read from and answer questions about their collaboration on their extravagantly heralded novel, one of the publishing triumphs of the year.

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El reto del periodismo online en América Latina

Elías López, Hernando Álvarez, Sanjuana Martínez, Laura Wolderberg y Guillermo Osorno

Querétaro 2016, 

La importancia y alcance de las noticias, reportajes y columnas de opinión publicadasonline superan en la mayoría de los casos el alcance de la prensa impresa. Muchos medios han modificado la manera de presentar su labor informativa a través de la red, llegando por un lado a más espectadores, en más países, pero a la vez teniendo que replantearse qué es el trabajo periodístico, su formato y los procesos de validación de la información. Periodistas de medios con gran relevancia en América Latina conversan con el periodista y escritor Guillermo Osorno sobre estos retos. Con Elías López (The New York Times), Hernando Álvarez (BBC), Laura Wolderberg (Vice México) y Sanjuana Martínez (Proceso, sinembargo.mx).

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Chanchal Ashraf, Shakhawat Tipu, Sohel Hassan Galib, Shamset Tabrejee.

Dhaka 2014, 
Featuring Chanchal Ashraf, Shakhawat Tipu, Sohel Hassan Galib, Shamset Tabrejee. Moderated by Farid Kabir.

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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry

Hay Festival 2003, 
The creator of the mischievous Horrid Henry talks about the antics and inspiration behind the ultimate anti-hero. Asked by a friend to 'write a story about a horrid boy' Francesca Simon has created 'the ture child of our time.' (The Sunday Times)

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Carmen Boullosa, Valeria Luiselli and Salman Rushdie in conversation with Margarita Valencia

Cervantes and Shakespeare

Cartagena 2018, 

Cervantes and Shakespeare are alive and well. In many ways, Cervantes was the creator of the modern novel, while television dramas and film still use dramatic formulas created by Shakespeare. Salman Rushdie is the author of such well-known books as The Satanic Verses, Midnight’s Children and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights. Carmen Boullosa is a Mexican novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, author of the novels Las paredes hablan, Texas: The Great Theft and La otra mano de Lepanto, among others. They will talk about two of the most important writers of all time, and what they mean to the present.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

Carmen Boullosa, Valeria Luiselli and Salman Rushdie in conversation with Margarita Valencia

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Wilfrido Vargas in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

Cartagena 2019, 

In 2018, the king of merengue received a Latin Grammy, celebrated 50 years of his musical career and published his autobiography Me volviste loco, Wilfrido. The beginnings in the Dominican Republic of Wilfrido Vargas, his trajectory on the stage and the impact on a whole generation of lovers of merengue are told in contrast with an inner struggle against apathy and anxiety that he was facing while he sang songs such as Volveré or El hombre divertido. In conversation with Camilo Hoyos.

Wilfrido Vargas in conversation with Camilo Hoyos

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Andrea Wulf

The Eccles Centre Platform at Hay: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, The Graphic Novel

Hay Festival 2019, 

The author of the multi-award-winning The Invention of Nature introduces her magical collaboration with the artist Lillian Melcher. Meet Alexander von Humboldt: the great lost scientist, visionary, thinker and daring explorer; the man who first predicted climate change, who has more things named after him than anyone else (including a sea on the moon), and who has inspired generations of writers, thinkers and revolutionaries. With encounters with indigenous peoples, missionaries, colonists and jaguars, and incorporating Humboldt’s own sketches, drawings and manuscripts, this is a thrilling adventure story of history’s most daring scientist. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Andrea Wulf

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Melvyn Bragg

Crossing the Lines

Hay Festival 2003, 
We are delighted to launch the new, third novel in what is becoming a significant twentieth century series. W H Smith Award-winner, Bragg follows the story of Joe from A Son of War from working class Wigton to the gleaming spires of Oxford in 1950s Britain where profound changes are taking place in morals, religion, music and class.

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John Harris and Polly Tonybee and David Walker

Is Labour Working?

Hay Festival 2005, 
We test the new political water one month after the election. Harris is the author of So Now Who Do We Vote For? Tonybee and Walker co-wrote Better or Worse? Has Labour Delivered? Chaired by Jonathan Heawood.

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Juliet Gardiner

Wartime Britain 1939-45

Hay Festival 2005, 
The historian has had access to a staggering wealth of rich, new material which covers all aspects of the conflict from conscription, rationing, propaganda and censorship to the plight of seperated families, lack of money, entertainment and victory.

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Gabrielle Walker

Snowball Earth

Hay Festival 2003, 
The science-writer explores the theory that 700 million years ago, the earth was a vast, whited-out iceball. Paul Hoffman, a brilliant and irascible Harvard scientist, claims that a climactic cataclysm 700 million years ago triggered the great Cambrian Explosion, the hitherto unexplained moment in geological time when a profusion of complex life forms first sprang from the primordial soup. Walker tells his story.

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Leon Kreitzman and Russell Foster

The Rhythms of Life

Hay Festival 2004, 
Why are people who work anti-social shifts more illness-prone and likely to die younger? What is jet-lag and can anything help? Why do teenagers refuse to get up in the morning, and are the rest of us really 'larks' or 'owls'? Why are most people born (and die) between three and five in the morning? Kreitzman and foster consult the biological clocks.

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Rosemary Conley

Hay Festival 1999, 
Lunchtime with the diet guru, author of the world bestselling Hip and Thigh Diet and the delightfully wicked Low Fat Cookbook.

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Carmen Boullosa en conversación con Xavi Ayén

Querétaro 2016, 

El periodista y escritor Xavi Ayén conversa una autora que ha abordado la problemática del narco desde una interesante perspectiva: la mexicana Carmen Boullosa, cuya obra, traducida a diez idiomas, incluye 17 novelas (la más reciente, Texas, 2013), poesía y ensayo, género en el que se inscribe su último trabajo, Narco historia, escrito junto con Mike Wallace.

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Mujeres, México y la violencia de género

Las Hijas de Violencia y Sanjuana Martínez en conversación con Juan Carlos Pérez

Querétaro 2016, 

El movimiento feminista en México lucha constantemente contra una sociedad machista y desigual en la que ser mujer conlleva múltiples desventajas y a menudo riesgos tan serios como la desaparición o la muerte. Colectivos como Las Hijas de Violencia o periodistas como Sanjuana Martínez dan voz a las inquietudes y demandas de mujeres mexicanas de todas las edades, que luchan por una sociedad igualitaria y segura en donde las personas, independientemente de su género o preferencia sexual, puedan vivir libremente y ejercer sus derechos. En conversación con el periodista de la BBC Juan Carlos Pérez.

Este evento sirve como preludio al encuentro de la BBC 100 mujeres en la Ciudad de México, que se celebrará en octubre de 2016

Con interpretación a Lengua de Señas Mexicana (LSM)

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Peter Rabbit 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
Hop along to this charming interactive puppet show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life.
(Age 4-7)

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Ferdinand Mount

The TLS Lecture: Pepys the Novel

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Hawthornden-prizewinning novelist and TLS editor talks about the remarkable rebirth of the historical novel and recounts how a chance discovery in Pepys' diary led him to write Jem (and Sam), a Restoration saga of ambition and revenge, the second of his Tales of History and Imagination.

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Coup D'Etat

Dhaka 2013, 
Nadeem Aslam and K Anis Ahmed talk about how power corrupts with, Sandip Roy

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Sven Beckert en conversación con Gaby Wood

Querétaro 2016, 

Sven Beckert, profesor de Historia de América en la Universidad de Harvard, conversará con la periodista Gaby Wood, sobre su último libro, El imperio del algodón, un estudio sobre la formación del capitalismo moderno a través de la historia del algodón. Beckert ha recibido la Beca Guggenheim en Humanidades y fue finalista del Premio Pulitzer de Historia en 2015.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Saci Lloyd

Fictions: It's The End of the World As We Know It

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Welcome to a universe controlled by a megalomaniac Lolcat., where data pirates, zombies and infobots on surfboards roam free, and a war wages over cheese. A laugh-out-loud new sci-fi series from the Costa-shortlisted author. Perfect for devotees of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams.

12+years
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John Julius Norwich

Byzantium

Hay Festival 1998, 
On the 545th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople John Julius Norwich tells the story of the decline and fall of the Byzantine Empire, which lasted 1,123 years.

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Michael Pollan in conversation with Rosie Boycott

How to change your mind

Cartagena 2019, 

The writer and activist Michael Pollan launches his new book: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. In the last few years perhaps no one has written as much about food as Michael Pollan, who in 2016 launched the series Cooked on Netflix. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world in 2010, he is author of the books Cooked, Food Rules and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. He will speak with Rosie Boycott.

Simultaneous English to Spanish translation available

Michael Pollan in conversation with Rosie Boycott

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Tim Smedley talks to Andy Fryers

Clearing the Air: The Beginning and the End of Air Pollution

Hay Festival 2019, 

Globally, 18,000 people die each day from air pollution, a far greater number than those who die from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and car crashes combined. And it is getting worse. For the most part, air pollution is anonymous; an invisible killer borne from the cars in our driveways and the industrial processes used to make stuff. Around the world, more than eight out of ten people who live in cities breathe in concentrations of air pollutants that exceed international air quality guidelines. These problems can be solved. The overwhelming majority of air pollutants are local, short-lived and can be stopped at source. The benefits to health are instant and dramatic, and we can all play a part in clearing our air. Award-winning sustainability journalist Tim Smedley explains how.