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Robin Williamson in concert and conversation

The Incredible Quest

Hay Festival 2004, 
The founder member of the iconic Incredible String BAnd talks to Phil Rickman about musical influences from the 1960s to the present. He discusses the bardic craft and explains how his life as storyteller and songwriter remains inspired by the Celtic tradition. 

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Siri Hustvedt talks to John Wilson

Hay Festival 2005, 
Conversation with the author of the compelling art-world emotional thriller, What i Loved.

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Darren Shan

Hay Festival 2004, 
Introducing the tenth part of the Saga of Darren Shan, The Lake of Souls. Darren will talk about his hugely popular series, compelling story-lines and how Warner Bros will turn his words into film.

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Colin Dexter

The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2004, 
The creator of Morse gives this year's lecture in the spirit of the Shropshire poet.

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Tom Maschler talks to Peter Florence.

Hay Festival 2005, 
An interview with the man who defined literary taste for a quarter of a century as publisher Janathan Cape and founder of The Booker Prize. He discusses his memoir Publisher.

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Anna Cocchiarella

Dhaka 2014, 
Anna Cocchiarella talks about her experience with the Sufi order in Mirashorai, Chittagong with Atunvav Sinha.

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Francesca Rhydderch, Kathryn Gray, Patrick McGuinness

The New Welsh Review

Hay Festival 2005, 
The NWR Editor hosts a British Poetry session of readings and conversation to launch the Summer Edition.

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Daniel Nettle

Happiness: What is it?

Hay Festival 2005, 
Is it affected by what is around us in the world, or what is inside our minds? Is it possible to improve personal happiness, and if so, how? Nettle uses evidence from sources as diverse as brain science and sociology to explore the paradoxes of happiness.

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David Crystal

The Stories of English

Hay Festival 2004, 
The encylopaedic language guru and Hay hero turns the history of English on its head and provides a startlingly original view of where the richness, creativity and diversity of the language truly lies - in the accents and dialects of nonstandard English users all over the world. He explores the diversity in local usage and scans the literary inventions of Chaucer, Tolkein and Irvine Welsh.

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Eleanor Updale

Montmorency

Hay Festival 2005, 
Winner of the Blue Peter Prize for 'The Book I Couldn't Put Down', Eleanor will talk about her intriguing hero and introduce his newest adventures Montmorency and the Assassins. She talks to Paul Blezard. (Age 9+)

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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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Brian Fagan

The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization

Hay Festival 2004, 
Fagan examines the unprecedented prolonged global warming of the last 15,000 years that has shaped the modern world. Today 200,000,000 people barely survive on marginal agricultural land in places such as North-eastern Brazil, Ethopia and the Saharan Sahel.

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James Campbell

Comedy4Kids

Hay Festival 2004, 
Probably the only stand-up comedian for children in the universe. His unique blend of stories, surreal observations, improvisation and extremely silly songs is guaranteed to keep kids and their parents in stitches.

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Élmer Mendoza en conversación con Mariana H

Xalapa 2014, 

Ante el éxito obtenido con la saga del detective Edgar “el Zurdo” Mendieta, Élmer Mendoza presenta la primera entrega de la serie protagonizada por “el Capi” Garay, El misterio de la orquídea Calavera. Mendoza es miembro de la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua, así como del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte y del Colegio de Sinaloa. Es además un autor de referencia en novela negra. Hablará con la periodista cultural Mariana H.

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Past Lives

Dhaka 2014, 
Three writers talk about their multiple identities, and how they came to novel writing. WIth Zia Haider Rahman, Namita Gokhale and Shashi Tharoor. Chaired by Salil Tripathi.

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Ranulph Fiennes

Captain Scott

Hay Festival 2004, 
The legendary explorer and survivor hails his adventurer predecessor, the subject of his sympathetic biography.

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Pato Fernández Chadwick, Ed Vulliamy y Pedro Salinas en conversación con Marco Zireli

Arequipa 2015, 

En torno al ensayo de investigación hablarán Patricio Fernández Chadwick, fundador y editor del semanario The Clinic, de carácter satírico y el de mayor lectura en su país; Ed Vulliamy, periodista británico —ganador del Amnesty International Media Award— que trabaja para The Observer y The Guardian, experto en el conflicto bosnio y autor de Améxica, y el escritor y periodista Pedro Salinas, que publicó recientemente Mitad monejes, mitad soldados, una investigación sobre el Sodalicio.Modera la charla el periodista Marco Zileri.

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The Romanovs. Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2017, 

Few family histories have captured the collective imagination in the same way as that of the Romanov dynasty. The family that governed Russia with an iron fist for four centuries abruptly disappeared with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of, among other books, Jerusalem. The Biography and Titans of History, tells in The Romanovs: 1613-1918, the story of this famous dynasty in the Russian Revolution’s centenary year. In conversation with Mariana H.

The Romanovs. Simon Sebag Montefiore in conversation with Mariana H

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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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Tony Robinson

Hay Festival 2004, 
Make a cunning plan to meet the comedy writer, children's author, actor and broadcaster who effortlessly spans acrhaeology, history, heroism and the world's worst jobs. Come and ask him about his work from Baldrick to Time Team and Made Marian and her Merry Men.

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Dan Cruickshank

Hay Festival 2005, 
From the solemn heads of Easter Island to the mysterious Nazca lines in Peru, the intrepid explorer discovers the pinnacles of human achievement as he travels Around the World in 80 Treasures.

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Iranian Film Day

Presented by Channel 4

Hay Festival 2005, 
A day of Iranian cinema, screenings and interviews featuring critically acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami and Mania Akbari's provocative directorial debut 20 Fingers, winner of the Best Film Cinema Digitale award at the Venice Film Festival 2004. Full details will be published online on 20 May at www.hayfestival.com/closeup

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John Sutherland

So You Think You Know Jane Austen?

Hay Festival 2005, 
The top Prof and literary sleuth delves into what's really going on beneath the perfect surface of Austen's novels. Essential and delightful insider nous for students, Andrew Davies fans and quizzers.

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Simon Fanshawe and guests

The Done Thing

Hay Festival 2005, 
Start the week politely: ASBOs, abuse and lane-hoggers. The crisis of social responsibility and care is addressed through Fanshawe's witty and erudite examination of tolerance, courtesy and understanding: that most English codes, 'manners'.

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Paul Watkins, Tobias Hill, Desmond Barry

Hay Festival 2004, 
New fiction from three novelists at the height of their powers. Watkins' Thunder God is set at the end of the Viking era when the Norse faith clashes with Christianity. Hill's The cryptographer arcs the fall of the world's first quadrillionaire, inventor of the first global e-currency. Barry launches his third novel, Cressida's Bed, set in India and Bhutan in the 1930s.