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Without Borders

Dhaka 2014, 
Urdu poet Fatema Hassan and French Indian poet and dance curator Karthika Nair recite from their work.

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Tim Lott and Hari Kunzru

Penguin Breakfast 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
Readings of new short works to celebrate the paperback publisher's seventieth anniversary.

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Kobi Lorai

Dhaka 2013, 
Featuring the artist from Fariq Masuds Matir Moina, Shah Alam Dewan, performing a Poothi Paath about the history of Korbani. Ainul Boyati and Rozina Dewan debate men vs. women, in a spontaneous sparring of words.

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Roger McGough

JoinedUpWriting

Hay Festival 2019, 

‘The patron saint of poetry’ is author of over a hundred books of poetry for adults and children and one of the world’s great live entertainers. His exuberant new collection joinedupwriting ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics. These poems explore the human experience in all its shades of light and dark but always with McGough’s signature wit, irreverence and vivacity.

Roger McGough

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On the Move

Dhaka 2013, 
Delwar Hussain, Lotte Hoek and Safia Azim on societies in flux. With Razi Ahmed.

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Vesna Goldsworthy, Matthew Sturgis, Nick Flynn

Biographers' Panel

Hay Festival 2005, 
Although purportedly an account of forty years in the life of a passionate Serbian woman, Goldsworthy's Chernobyl Strawberries traffics in the births and deaths of whole worlds. Sturgis is the biographer of the artist Walter Sickert. Flynn's Another Bullshit Night In Suck City is a darkly comic story of an unconventional reunion between father and son. Chaired by Brenda Maddox.

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Simon Thurley

The Lost Buildings of Britain

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Head of English Heritage re-examines Britain's oldest monastery at Glastonbury, desecrated during the Reformation, the elegant Palace of Whitehall, home to the Tudor and Staurt kings, Nottingham Castle, Millbank Penitentiary, Fonthill Abbey and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

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Robert McCrum

Hay Festival 2005, 
P. G. Wodehouse's biographer details the life and work of the great comedian, his youth in Edwardian Britain, his golden years in Jazz-Age America and his internment in Nazi Germany.

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Measuring Loss

Dhaka 2013, 
Romesh Gunesekera, Florence Noiville and Nadeem Aslam, discuss the themes running through their works of fiction. Moderated by Sandip Roy.

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David Mitchell and Andrew Miller

Hay Festival 2005, 
Mitchell discusses his acclaimed and brilliantly inventive Cloud Atlas. Miller launches his compelling contemporary novel The Optimists. Chaired by Alex Linklater.

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Meltem Arıkan and Memet Ali Alabora talk to Filiz Çelik and Dylan Moore

Freedom Writers: Censorship in Turkey and Exile in Wales

Hay Festival 2019, 

Meltem Arıkan received the Freedom of Thought and Speech Award 2004 from the Turkish Publishers Association after the government tried to censor her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh). In 2013, her play Mi Minor was claimed by the Turkish authorities to be a rehearsal for the Gezi Park demonstrations later that year. The ensuing mob hysteria and death threats led to her leaving Turkey, where she now faces a life sentence on charges of attempting the violent overthrow of the government. Memet Ali Alabora, the play’s director, has also been charged with treason and also now lives in exile in Wales, with his wife, actress Pınar Öğün. The writer and director will discuss issues of censorship and exile as well as their work with researcher Filiz Çelik and writer Dylan Moore. 

Meltem Arıkan and Memet Ali Alabora talk to Filiz Çelik and Dylan Moore

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Cries from the Heart

Human Rights Watch Gala

Hay Festival 2005, 
A star-studded cast of Festival artists gather for this celebration performance of voices for justice.

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Ahmed Galai en conversación con Arturo Wallace

Arequipa 2016, 
Ahmed ben Tahar Galai es el 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. Se trata de una asociación que lucha por hacer valer sus derechos y llevar a Túnez una democracia de facto, libre y transparente a raíz de la Revolución de los Jazmines de 2011. Ahmed hablará sobre la inmigración, un imparable fenómeno cuyo impacto y alcance nos afecta a todos con el periodista de la BBC Arturo Wallace.
Ahmed Galai en conversación con Arturo Wallace

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José Manuel Rodríguez Canales, Pedro Salinas y Paola Ugaz en conversación con Giulio Valz-Gen

El Comercio conversa: La orden del Sodalicio

Arequipa 2016, 
Dos periodistas y un teólogo peruanos conversan con el periodista Giulio Valz-Gen sobre la orden del Sodalicio, institución presente en la historia reciente del Perú. Con José Manuel Rodríguez Canales, teólogo y docente, perteneciente a la orden del Sodalicio, y Paola Ugaz y Pedro Salinas, autores del libro de investigación sobre esta misma orden Mitad monjes, mitad soldados.

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Rosa Beltrán y Edgardo Cozarinsky en conversación con Irma Gallo

Querétaro 2016, 

Dos escritores con una gran trayectoria y relevancia internacional charlan con la periodista cultural Irma Gallo sobre sus últimos trabajos. A lo largo de su carrera, la escritora, traductora y académica Rosa Beltrán (México) ha recibido galardones como el Premio Planeta 1995 por su novela La corte de los ilusos y el Reconocimiento Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 2011. Su último libro es El cuerpo expuesto (2013). Por su parte, el cineasta y escritor Edgardo Cozarinsky (Argentina) es autor de seis novelas, incluida la reciente Dark, y ha dirigido varias películas en las que se diluyen los límites de la ficción y el documental.

Con interpretación a Lengua de Señas Mexicana (LSM)

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Jill Dawson, Carlos Luiz Zafon, Candace Allen

Hay Festival 2004, 
Orange Prize-shortlisted for Fred and Edie, Dawson previews her new novel Wild Boy about a boy with Asperger's syndrome. Allen introduces her story of the great African-American global star of the jazz age Valaida. The Barcelona-born Zafon discusses his multi-award-winning literary thriller The Shadow of the Wind.

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John Julius Norwich

Venice, Paradise of Cities

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Most Serene Republic of Venice, after more than a thousand years, was killed off by Napoleon in 1797. What happened then? The city was kicked around like a football between France and Austria until finally becoming part of a united Italy in 1866. And yet, sad as she was, Venice attracted Byron, John Ruskin, Henry James, Robert Browning, Richard Wagner and many others.

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Mike Kenny, Eluned Morgan and Adam Price chaired by Guto Harri

Cambridge Series 11: Brexit and the Politics of National Identity in Wales and the UK

Hay Festival 2019, 

What are the Brexit implications for Wales and for the coherence of the United Kingdom? Kenny is Co-director of the British Academy’s ‘Governing England’ programme, and is a member of an external experts panel convened by the Scottish Parliament to advise on the constitutional implications of Brexit. Morgan is Welsh Government Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language. Price is leader of Plaid Cymru.

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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Amanda Levete, Patrick Marnham and Lindy Grant

Notre Dame de Paris

Hay Festival 2019, 
The head of the Quai d’Orsay, France’s top diplomat, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, is joined by the architect Amanda Levete, Lindy Grant, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Reading and the francophile catholic travel writer, Patrick Marnham. They reflect on the fire that destroyed the roof and spire of Notre Dame, the significance and power of the cathedral in French life and the global Catholic communion, and the coming moment of renewal. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Amanda Levete’s 2018 lecture about her renovation of the V&A and her Lisbon Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology is available on Hay Player.

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Sue Shepard

Seeds of Fortune: A Great Gardening Dynasty

Hay Festival 2003, 
For over a century and across five generations, the Veitch family pioneered the introduction of humdreds of new plants into gardens, conservatiories and houses, including the first ever orchid hybrid. They helped start the Royal Horticultural Society and the Chelsea Flower Show. Shepard tells their story.

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Poetry in Dialects

Dhaka 2013, 
Recitations in our famous dialects like Chittagonian and Sylheti, to lesser known ones.

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Robert Winder and Caroline Moorehead talk to Paul Blezard

Wicked Words

Hay Festival 2005, 
Winder's Bloody Foreigners is a wide-ranging study of British immigration from the Romans, Saxons and Huguenots to Windrush. Moorehead's Human Cargo exposes the seven-billion-dollar reade in smuggling refugees from Afghanistan, Liberia, Palestine and China.

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James Wood

The Irresponsible Self

Hay Festival 2004, 
The eminent critic will discuss what makes us laugh in fiction, and explore the differences between comedy in the novel and comedy in other literary art forms. His new book of essays, The Irresponsible Self, argues that the modern novel essentially invented and pioneered a new form of comedy, the tragicomic, and he compares this mixed mode to satire, farce, and vaudeville. There will be copious examples, and many jokes.

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Etgar Kerret, Samir El Youssef

Gaza Blues

Hay Festival 2004, 
Discover the new voices of the generation that follows Said, Oz and Grossman. Guardian Weekend editior Katherine Viner chairs this discussion of writing about the Middle East with the Israeli and Palestinian editiors and contributors to a new anthology. They are joined by the diplomat and Middle-East scholar Andrew Burns.

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Frank Close

The Particle Odyssey: A Journey to the Heart of Matter

Hay Festival 2004, 
Twenty-first century scientists want to find out how the universe came to be like it is. Their experiments involve a metaphorical journey back in time to within a billionth of a second of the Big Bang and constitute the latest stage in the quest to understand the matter that makes up our Universe and the forces that govern it. Close takes us on en exhilarating tour of the subatomic world, illustrated with beautiful photographs of the tracks of subatomic particles as they speed, curve, dance or explode through cloud and bubble chambers.