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Lessons from the Slushpile

Dhaka 2014, 
Alexandra Pringle (Group Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury), Meru Gokhale (Editor-in-Chief, Literary Publishing, Random House India) and Dwight Garner (Book critic, The New York Times) discuss what they look for in new writing. Chaired by Olivia Smith.

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Commonwealth Writers Conversation - The Untold Story

Dhaka 2013, 
Firdous Azim, Shuchi Karim, Faustina Pereira and Munize Manzur with Razia Iqbal. This session explores how creative expression can help women speak out about difficult topics.

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Vikram Seth

An Equal Music

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading and conversation with the Indian novelist and poet, author of A Suitable Boy and The Golden Gate. His new novel, hotly tipped for the Booker prize, is An Equal Music.

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Piers Morgan talks to Rosie Boycott

The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade

Hay Festival 2005, 
Tabloid thug finds journalistic redemption protesting against Iraq War, then gets fired over dodgy photos.

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Reimagined Fairytales with Jessie Burton

The Restless Girls

Hay Festival 2019, 

Think you know all about fairytales ? Think again! Join bestselling author Jessie Burton as she discusses The Restless Girls: the "wild, wise, generous" and "ferocious" retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses with Claire Armitstead from the Guardian. Imagine a fairytale that doesn't need a dashing prince to save the day. A dazzling, feminist reinterpretation of a classic fairytale for the modern world, The Restless Girls is a timeless story of family, sisterhood, imagination and bravery.

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Valeria Gallo y Carlos Vélez en conversación con Julieta Díaz Barrón

Ilustrando para niños

Querétaro 2017, 
Cuentos, novelas juveniles, libros de imágenes…la creatividad e inventiva de los ilustradores especializados en literatura infantil y juvenil no tiene límites. Dos destacados ilustradores mexicanos, Valeria Gallo, con formación de diseño, experiencia televisiva en Canal ONCE y autora de las ilustraciones de libros publicados en México, Brasil y España; y Carlos Vélez, ilustrador, amante del cómic y autor de las ilustraciones de libros como La noche de los batracios, con texto de Martha Riva Palacio, conversan con Julieta Díaz Barrón sobre sus trabajo.
A partir de 10 años 

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Jeff Green

Hay Festival 2003, 
'Stand-up's most irresistible rouge' (The Guardian) combines razor-sharp observations with an abundance of natural charm that has made him one of Britain's most popular comedians. A regular on television's Never Mind The Buzzcocks and They Think It's All Over, his live show is a freewheeling, delightful entertainment.

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Michael Buerk talks to Rosie Boycott

The Road Taken

Hay Festival 2005, 
Through Cardiff, The Daily Mail and across the world as a BBC correspondent, with a world-chaning stop in Ethiopia.

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Recordando a los grandes: Shakespeare, Cervantes y el Inca Garcilaso

JMG Le Clézio, Margo Glantz y Cees Nooteboom en conversación con Gaby Wood

Querétaro 2016, 

2016 es un año plagado de aniversarios relevantes dentro de la disciplina literaria puesto que se conmemora el 400 aniversario del fallecimiento de tres de los grandes de la literatura universal: Miguel de Cervantes (España), William Shakespeare (Inglaterra) y el Inca Garcilaso (Perú). La periodista Gaby Wood conversa con varios de nuestros ilustres invitados sobre el impacto e inspiración de las obras de estos autores en sus trabajos.

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Eduardo Sacheri en conversación con Mariana H

Querétaro 2016, 

El argentino Eduardo Sacheri, Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2016, conversa con la periodista cultural Mariana H sobre su galardonado trabajo La noche de la Usina, en el que novela, en tono de thriller, la realidad argentina de los años del corralito y la crisis económica. Sacheri ha escrito además otras cuatro novelas, entre ellas, la famosa La pregunta de sus ojos, que sirvió de guion para la oscarizada película El secreto de sus ojos, de Juan José Campanella.

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Herbert Girardet

Schumacher Lectures 2: Eco Cities of the Future

Hay Festival 2005, 
The new designs and technologies which could avert climate change. Introduced by Elaine Brooks.

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Martin Puchner

The Written World: How Literature Shaped History

Hay Festival 2019, 

From clay tablets to the printing press; from the pencil to the internet; from the Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter, this is the true story of literature – of how great texts and technologies have shaped cultures and civilisations and altered human history. Less well known is the influence of Greek generals, Japanese court ladies, Spanish adventurers, Malian singers and American astronauts, and yet all of them played a crucial role in shaping and spreading literature as we know it today. The Harvard professor tells the captivating story of the development of literature. Central to the development of religions, political movements and even nations, texts spread useful truths and frightening disinformation, and have the power to change lives. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Richard King talks to Peter Florence

The Lark Ascending: The Music of the British Landscape

Hay Festival 2019, 

Starting from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ classic ‘pastoral romance for orchestra’, King explores how Britain's history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature. The landscape we celebrate as unsullied and ripe with mystique is a living, working, and occasionally rancorous environment – not an unaffected idyll – that forged a nation's musical personality, and its dissenting traditions. He listens to the music from the far west of Wales to the Thames Estuary and the Suffolk shoreline, taking in Brian Eno, Kate Bush, Boards of Canada, Dylan Thomas, Gavin Bryars, Greenham Common and the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass to chart a new and surprising course through a familiar landscape.

Richard King talks to Peter Florence

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David Cannadine

The British Academy Platform 1: Churchill – The Statesman as Artist

Hay Festival 2019, 

Over 50 years, Winston Churchill wrote extensively about art and produced more than 500 paintings. In this lavishly illustrated lecture, the historian offers an entirely new perspective on Churchill and his paintings. Professor Sir David Cannadine is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University, Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and President of the British Academy. His publications include The Undivided PastIn Churchill’s ShadowClass in Britain and The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy

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Steve Bell

Guardian Breakfast 4: The Cartoonist

Hay Festival 2005, 
The savage satirist who fixed Dubya in The Apes of Wrath discusses the art of political cartoon.

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The Cosmic Ark: Where Art and Words Meet

Dhaka 2013, 
Launch of Ronnie Ahmmed's book by Mermaid Art Foundation, with Ziauddin Pablo Khan and Anisul Hoque Shohag.

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Rebecca Fraser

A People's History of Britain

Hay Festival 2004, 
Britain's story of resilience and liberty. 'Fraser has blown a tremendous blast of traditional British history - kings and quens, battles and heroines, and the sturdy people whose energy and genius made it all possible. The young will ove it, the old will have the hearts warmed, and all will learn from it.' (Paul Johnson).

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Nazrul and Tagore on tolerance.

Dhaka 2013, 
Relevance of Tagore and Nazrul in contemporary times with Sonia Nishat Amin, Niaz Zaman and Kaiser Haq. Moderated by Perween Hasan.

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In Other Tongue

Dhaka 2013, 
A bilingual Session in Bangla and English, celebrating the different languages of Bangladesh.

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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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Damian Barr and Gabriela Ybarra talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Parallels

Hay Festival 2019, 

A conversation with authors of two of the most extraordinary and powerful first novels of recent years, both of which explore true histories of extremity and aftermath. You Will Be Safe Here is the brilliant debut novel set in South Africa between 1900 and 2010 from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me. Inspired by real events, Barr uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness. The Dinner Guest is a Spanish novel with the feel of documentary non-fiction. It connects two life-changing events – the very public death of Ybarra’s grandfather, and the more private pain as her mother dies from cancer and Gabriela cares for her. 

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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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Peter Bazalgette talks to Mark Lawson

Billion Dollar Game

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Endemol super-exec examines the rise and rise of reality TV, and the company that changed the face of popular entertainment with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Survivor and Big Brother.

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David Baddiel talks to Rosie Boycott

The Secret Purposes

Hay Festival 2005, 
The comedian's novel depicts the intternment of German Jewish refugees on the Isle of Man in the 1940s.

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Louise O’Neill, Alice Oseman, Tom Pollock and Caroline Carpenter

The Bookseller YA Book Prize Panel

Hay Festival 2019, 

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction for young adults every year. Join shortlisted authors Louise O’Neill (The Surface Breaks), Alice Oseman (I Was Born for This), Tom Pollock (White Rabbit, Red Wolf) and Caroline Carpenter (Chair of the Bookseller YA Book Prize) for a discussion of their books and the importance of YA fiction. Chaired by Chelsey Pippin.

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