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Letters to a young woman disillusioned with democracy. José Woldenberg in conversation with Sergio Ortíz Leroux

Querétaro 2017, 

José Woldenberg, a political scientist and expert on the Mexican political system, presents Cartas a una joven desencantada de la democracia, a book that, in epistolary form, tackles the challenges, problems and complexities of Mexican democracy. A vital, critical book given the current political situation in which millions of young people, particularly young people, do not feel represented by their political system and in which it is necessary to question and analyse citizens’ participatory systems and institutions. In conversation with Sergio Ortíz Leroux.

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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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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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Bob Geldof

Hay Festival 2005, 
The musician marks the twentieth anniversary of Live Aid talking about Africa Commission, the G8, and launches his book Geldof in Africa.

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Maddox on Yeats

What's Liking Got To Do With It?

Hay Festival 1999, 
In writing her new biography of W.B.Yeats, George's GhostsBrenda Maddox found Yeat's belief that he and his young wife spent five years of communication with spirits an initial obstacle. She talks with psychotherapist Susie Orbach author of The Impossibility of Sex about how this supposed magic worked - to save the Yeats's marriage and give Yeats the metaphors for his late great poetry. But do biographers, or therapists, need to like the people they are analysing?

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Richard Ingrams

The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Oldie Editor offers a vivid and perceptive account of the great nineteenth-cenury English radical and author of Rural Rides. Chaired by Palash Dave.

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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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Danijela Zunec Brandt, Marina Mansilla, Rosa Lynas and David Woollcombe

Rescue Mission: Planet Earth 25

Hay Festival 2019, 

The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro produced a document called Agenda 21, a blueprint for saving Planet Earth. For the next two years, thousands of children and young people from almost 100 countries worked together in an extraordinary effort to design, write and illustrate a youth version of Agenda 21, called Rescue Mission Planet Earth. Twenty-five years later, we discuss the impacts, legacy and future of the actions undertaken and the key people involved. Rescue Mission editor Danijela Zunec Brandt, Global Optimism’s Marina Mansilla, local school strike organiser, Rosa Lynas and Peace Child International’s David Woollcombe talk to Andy Fryers.

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Sheila Kanani

How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs

Hay Festival 2019, 

Have you ever dreamed of going into space? What about becoming an astronaut, walking on the moon or searching for alien life? Or becoming a space chef? Explore the wonders of space with Sheila Kanani, a space cadet whose head is always up in the clouds even though her feet are firmly on planet Earth. Full of fun facts, top tips and space shenanigans!

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Peter Rabbit 2

Hay Festival 2005, 
See above, Saturday 4 June, 5:30 pm.

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Malcolm Gladwell talks to Jim Ledbetter

The Time Platform

Hay Festival 2005, 
The business guru, author of The Tipping Point and now Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking suggests how we can hone and nurture intuition; how we might fundamentally transform our relationships, the way we consume, create and communicate; how we run our businesses and even our societies.

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Empress Dowager CIXI

Dhaka 2014, 
Jung Chang talks to Nilanjann Roy about the most important woman in CHinese history. Empress Dowager Cixi abolished foot binding, introduced railways, electricity and industry , inaugurated women's liberation and embarked on the path to introducing parliamentary elections in China.

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Recreando historia

Arequipa 2015, 

La directora de teatro y dramaturga peruana Mariana de Althaus es una de las figuras hispanas más afianzadas del panorama teatral actual. Sus obras se han presentado en festivales internacionales como el Festival Mirada (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Santiago a Mil (Chile) y Festival de Cádiz (España). Por su parte, Bacha Caravedo es un guionista y director de cine limeño (Perro guardián) que adaptará al cine la obra de De Althaus, El sistema solar. Ambos conversarán sobre cine, teatro y adaptaciones literarias al mundo del celuloide con Miguel Barreda Delgado, cineasta arequipeño que ha estrenado recientemente el largometraje Encadenados.

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Héctor Abad Faciolince, Renato Cisneros y Jeremías Gamboa en conversación con Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Familia y literatura II

Arequipa 2016, 
La importancia de la familia en la identidad del individuo es un asunto que no solo concierne a la vida cotidiana sino también a la literatura. Así, la familia se convierte en uno de los grandes temas para escritores como los que nos acompañan hoy, conversando sobre la temática familiar en sus obras. Con Héctor Abad Faciolince (Colombia), autor de El olvido que seremos; Renato Cisneros (Perú), autor de La distancia que nos separa; y Jeremías Gamboa (Perú), autor de Contarlo todo.
Héctor Abad Faciolince, Renato Cisneros y Jeremías Gamboa en conversación con Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

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Valeria Parrella and Gernot Wolfram

Hay Festival 2004, 
This is the third year of the project conceived with our partners at Festivaletteratura Mantova, Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin, and the Bjornsonfestivalen in Molde. Four young writers from across Europe are commissioned to write a story on the theme of Monsters. They visit each of the Festivals and discuss the themes of their work and the cultural translation involved in international publication. In this first session, Parella, the Italian writer is joined by the German author Wolfram.

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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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Ben Shephard

After Daybreak: The Liberation of Belsen

Hay Festival 2005, 
British troops entered Bergen-Belsen in April 1945. By June they had saved 46,000 prisoners from typhoid and starvation, but 14,000 died. The historian examines the medical relief and it's planning.

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Owen Sheers, Joseph Fiennes, Josie Rourke

Unicorns, Almost

Hay Festival 2005, 
The writer, the actor and the director discuss their work in progress on Sheers' stage adaptation of the life and poetry of World War II poet Keith Douglas with Peter Florence.

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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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Robert Elms talks to Paul Blezard

The Way We Were

Hay Festival 2005, 
Face editor and cult radio host on his obsession with fashion.

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Dave Harker and Marion Walls

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Hay Festival 2005, 
Reg Johnson of The Robert Tressell Estate introduces this expert discussion of Robert Tressell's 1914 classic of socialism and political awakening.

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The World of Quinten Blake

Hay Festival 2003, 
The world's greatest illustrator, Britain's first Children's Laureate and the genius behind hundreds of books like Clown, Zagazoo, The Green Ship, Fantastic Daisy Artichoke and the extraordinary and prolific collaboration with Roald Dahl, creates magic before your eyes and talks about his imagination and drawing.

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Tony Prater

The RSPB Cymru Lecture

Hay Festival 2005, 
The RSPB's Head of Conservation celebrates the joy of the graceful red kite and the powerful peregrine falcon as he explains the chequered history of birds of prey in Wales, from periods of severe persecution in the early twentieth century, through the pesticide problems in the 1960s to the current recovery phase.

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J.M. Coetzee in conversation with Soledad Costantini

Cartagena 2018, 

The author, translator, linguist and literary critic, is without a doubt one of South Africa’s most important writers. Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, his novels, which are often allegorical or symbolic, question the narratives of multiculturalism. Few contemporary writers have managed to balance the claims of social justice with the aesthetic and technical demands of the novel in the way Coetzee has. He will talk to the publisher Soledad Costantini about the literatures of the South.

J.M. Coetzee in conversation with Soledad Costantini

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Fiona Maine

Cambridge Series 14: Beyond Words – Exploring the Magic of Visual Texts

Hay Festival 2019, 

What is the potential of complex, ambiguous, wordless picture books and short films as springboards for children’s critical and creative discussions about the world and how we live together in it? Fiona Maine is a lecturer in literacy education at Cambridge University.

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