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James Shapiro

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2005, 
In 1599 England became entangled in a war with Ireland, Edmund Spenser died penniless and works by Marlowe and Nashe were publicly burnt. Shakespear bought The Globe Theatre and wrote Henry V, As You Like It, Julius Caesar and Hamlet.

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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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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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25 Years with Spot 2

Hay Festival 2005, 
See above, [343] 2.15pm

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Kjartan Poskitt

Murderous Maths

Hay Festival 2003, 
An event to bend your brain and stimulate your smile. Poskitt owns the amazing mind behind the Murderous Maths series. His other books include The Gobsmacking Galaxy and Killer Puzzles. Learn tips and tricks in this fun session of facts, ridiculous characters and laughter.

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Debutantes: Your First Novel

Dhaka 2013, 
Ellah Allfrey, Ajitha GS, Prajwal Parajuly and Ned Beauman discuss how to have your first novel published.

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Jasper Fforde

Hay Festival 2005, 

The cult fantasist and winner of the 2004 Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction previews his post-Thursday-Next creation The Big Over Easy.

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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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Molly Dineen

A&B Filmmaker's Series: The Documentary Director 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
Award-winning director of Home from the Hill, The Ark, In The Company of Men, The Lord's Tale in conversation with Rosie Boycott. She previews rushes from her current project The Lie of the Land.

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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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Álvaro Enrigue y Mario Jursich en conversación con Diego Fonseca

Xalapa 2014, 
Crecer a golpes: Crónicas y ensayos de América Latina a cuarenta años de Allende y Pinochet, es el título de la última obra editada por Diego Fonseca, trabajo en el que han participado 13 de los escritores más destacados de América Latina. Fonseca hablará con dos de los autores: Álvaro Enrigue, escritor mexicano autor de los premiados libros La muerte de un instalador y Muerte súbita y Mario Jursich, escritor y periodista cultural colombiano, director de la revista El Malpensante.
Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Colombia

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Nicci Gerrard and Lavinia Greenlaw

What Dementia Teaches Us About Love: A Conversation and Reading

Hay Festival 2019, 

After her father’s death from dementia, writer and campaigner Nicci Gerrard set out to explore the illness that now touches millions of us, yet which we still struggle to speak about. What does dementia mean for those who live with it, and those who care for them? The first section of Lavinia Greenlaw’s new poetry collection The Built Moment is a sequence of poems called The Sea is an Edge and an Ending, about her father’s dementia and his disappearance into the present tense. It is not a narrative of illness so much as a meditation on the metaphysics of memory and loss. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50!

Hay Festival 2019, 

It’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50th birthday! Eric Carle’s world-famous story is the most read children’s book in Britain. Join us for a fun, interactive storytelling session and caterpillar crafting.

Parents must accompany children under 11, and will need their own ticket.
Please book as many tickets as you need seats (babes in arms don't require their own ticket).

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50!

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Francesca Simon and 25 Years of Horrid Henry

Up, Up and Away

Hay Festival 2019, 

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this ever-popular character. Join author Francesca Simon to find out what Henry gets up to in his latest mischievous adventure Up, Up and Away – a brand new collection of wickedly funny and totally brilliant stories.

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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.

Fiona Maine

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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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Electric Shadows

Dhaka 2014, 
Aamer Hussein elaborates on three decades of his writing life, the intersection of the literary and the personal, and his deep connection with Bangladesh. Chaired by Ahsan Akbar. Marking the launch of his collection of short stories by Bengal Books.

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Robert Winston

Human Instinct

Hay Festival 2003, 
The conscious and unconscious decisions we make are deeply affected by an ancient and universal genetic programme. Our ambition and lust, our drives to compete and to co-operate are essential components of the human mind, forged among our ancestors on the African savannah. Instincts were instrumental in the evolutionary success of the species and success meant a fondness for sex and violence, for status and wealth, and a will to survive. Lord Winston is the pre-eminent professor of reproductive medicine in Britain.

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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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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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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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John Kay talks to James Ledbetter

The Truth About Markets

Hay Festival 2003, 
The economist examines the relationship between socieities and markets. How do they work? Why do they work? Why are they better than alternative systems of organizing economics? And why, sometimes, do they fail so catastrophically? He talks to James Ledbetter of Time magazine, the author of the engaging dot.com autopsy Starving to Death on $200 Million.

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Andrew Miller and Patricia Duncker

Hay Festival 1999, 
Reading and conversation with two leading authors, both of whom have chosen to write historical novels. Miller's Casanova is a portrait of the great lover set in C18th London. Duncker's James Miranda Barry tells the story of a legendary surgeon, dualist and socialite - a woman whose greatest achievement was to have passed for more than fifty years as a man.

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Andrew Marr

Hay Festival 2005, 
What is a 'story' and what isn't? What does a newspaper editor actually do all day? How do hacks get their scoops? The BBC's Political Editor trades secrets from his book My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism.

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Mark Britnell

Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare

Hay Festival 2019, 

By 2030 the world will be short of approximately fifteen million health workers – a fifth of the workforce needed to keep healthcare systems going. Global healthcare leader and award-winning author Dr Britnell uses his unique insights from advising governments, executives and clinicians in more than seventy countries to present solutions to this impending crisis.