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Chris Smith

The Houseman Lecture 2005: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2005, 
The politician and cultural godfather explores his relationship with language.

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Eugenie Harvey and David Robinson

Change the World for a Fiver

Hay Festival 2005, 
The mega-selling authors find ways to live well and improve our world, exactly as it says on the book cover.

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Niall Ferguson

Colossus

Hay Festival 2004, 
The provocative historian follows his anatomy of the British imperial project with a fascinating analysis of American internationalism. Ferguson sees an empire with attention deficit disorder, imposing unrealistic timescales on its overseas interventions. Worse, it's an empire in denial - a hyperpower which simply refuses to admit the scale of its global responsibilities.

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John Sergeant, Robin Cook, John Kampfner

Hay Festival 2004, 
Post-watershed Westminster from the former BBC Political Reporter, author of Give Me Ten Seconds, the former Foreign Secretary and Kampfner, author of Blair's Wars.

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Laline Paull in conversation with Toby Lichtig

Arequipa 2017, 

The British writer Laline Paull, an English graduate from Oxford University, is the author of the novels The Bees and The Ice, a futuristic story about a planet that suffers the effects of climate change and the tactics of the richest in a bid to live in the areas least affected by this devastating phenomenon. She will talk about both books with the Times Literary Supplement journalist, Toby Lichtig.

Laline Paull in conversation with Toby Lichtig

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Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Anne Cassidy

Writing for Young Adults

Hay Festival 2005, 
What you can and cannot say when writing for young adults. Brooks' Candy is a tale of love and hope, but also one of drugs, violence and utter hopelessness. Carnegie Medal-winner Burgess is famous for his explicit and controversial novels, including Doing It and Bloodsong. Cassidy's Looking for JJ won the Booktrust Teenage Prize and is based, in part, on the cases of Mary Bell and the boys who killed the toddler Jamie Bulger.
(Age 14+)

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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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Cat Weatherill

Hay Festival 2005, 
Two years ago at Hay, Cat had an event detailing the frst chapters of her then uncompleted book. She not only enchanted her audience with Barkbelly's adventures, she asked them to suggest future plots and ideas. Now published with Puffin and set to become a huge hit, come and hear how this magical tale evolved and whether any of your ideas made it to the final draft.
(Age 8+)

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Patrick McGrath and Orhan Pamuk

The Artist at the Heart

Hay Festival 2004, 
A conversation with two of the greatest contemporary writers. The Turkish novelist and IMPAC-winner Pamuk introduces his new novel Snow in which a poet and political exile returns to Turkey as a journalist, assigned to write an investigative piece about troubling events in the small and mysterious city of Kars near the Armenian border. McGrath's Port Mungo explores the relationships around a charismatic and dissolute artist in London, New York, and the mangrove swamps of Honduras.

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Catherine Fisher, Marcus Sedgwick and Jonathan Stroud

Hay Festival 2004, 
With J.R.R Tolkien's on-going success proving the nation-wide love of fantasy, three of the best of today's fantasy writers talk about their books, the public image of fantasy and the scope it offers a writer to explore the darker side of life.

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Paloma Sánchez Ibarzábal

Ven que te cuento cómo nace un cuento.

Xalapa 2014, 
¿Cómo nacen las historias? En este taller de animación a la lectura y a la escritura, la autora contará a los niños cómo se le ocurren sus historias y contestará a todas las preguntas de los participantes, animando el encuentro con la lectura de fragmentos de sus obras.
Edades: 7-9 años
Evento para niños de los albergues del DIF

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Jason Byrne

Hay Festival 2005, 
Brilliantly inventive stand-up from the mercurial comedian. 'The greatest improviser I've ever seen.' (Peter Florence)

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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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Jesús Miguel Soto and Luciana Sousa in conversation with Marta Orrantia

Bogotá39-2017. On violence

Cartagena 2018, 

The levels of economic, gender, police and organized criminal violence in Latin America are among the highest in the world. Literature is one of the few ways of fleeing from it or responding to it without perpetuating its vicious circle. In this discussion, three of Latin America’s finest writers will talk about the degree to which the writings of the region’s writers are permeated in this violence. Jesús Miguel Soto (Venezuela) and Luciana Sousa (Argentina), authors from the Bogotá39 selection, will talk to Marta Orrantia about these matters.

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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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Art, not Chance - Science, not Art

Hay Festival 2004, 
How do artworks emerge? How does scientific research progress? Avoiding both stereotype and romantic fantasy, mathematician MArcus du Sautoy, neurophysiologist Mark Lythgoe, performance artist Bobby Baker and sculptor Richard Wentworth open their diaries.

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Adrian Forty

Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture

Hay Festival 2004, 
Forty's analysis of the complex relationship between language and architecture thrillingly opens up new understandings of form and space.

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Anne Fine

Calling All Children

Hay Festival 2005, 
An hour with the Pied Piper of children's tales who was the second Children's Laureate between 2001 and 2003 and is twice winner of the Carnegie Medal. She has also won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award twice, and a Smarties Prize.
(Age 8+)

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Robert Bartlett

The Hanged Man

Hay Festival 2004, 
700 years ago, executioners led a Welsh rebel named William Cragh to a wintry hill to be hanged. They placed a noose around his neck, droped him from the gallows, and later pronounced him dead. But Cragh later proved to be very much alive. Bartlett leads us deep into the world of lords, rebels, churchmen, papal inquisitors, and other individuals living at the time of conflict and conquest in Wales.

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Writing The Self

Dhaka 2014, 
Maria Chaudhuri and Abeer Hoque discuss the challenges and pleasures of the tell-all biography and linked short stories with SB Veda.

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Richard Williams and Miranda Seymour

Drive Time

Hay Festival 2004, 
Williams' The Last Road Race is the story of the 1957 Pescara Grand Prix, the last race of the heroic age of motor racing when Stirling Moss beat the great Fangio. Seymour's The Bugatti Queen focous on Helle Nice, the roaring girl who held the racing world of the 1930s in thrall.

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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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Peter Lord

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit by Nick Park and Steve Box

Hay Festival 2005, 
Peter Lord introduces preview clips form the forthcoming Aardman feature film. It's 'vege-mania' in Wallace and Gromit's neighbourhood and our two enterprising chums are chasing in with their humane pest-control outfit, Anti-Pesto.
(Age 4+)

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Peter Hobbs, Stephanie Merritt and Niall Griffiths

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
The hero of Hobbs' The Short Day Dying is a Methodist lay preacher and an apprentice blacksmith in 1870s Cornwall. Merritt's Real explores a contemporary relationship between actor and playwright. In Griffiths' lyrical and superverbal Wreckage his scouser characters get hammered and hammer others. Chair Paul Blexard.

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Lee Maracle and Ángela Chislla Palomino in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Being indigenous: culture, history and self-definition

Arequipa 2017, 

The Peruvian government is carrying out its first self-definition census, the aim of which is that citizens describe their ethnic origin. In a country as multicultural as Peru, this census can be seen as a historical milestone of great importance in terms of raising the profile of native cultures. Lee Maracle is an expert in indigenous culture, a writer and an academic. Ángela Chissla Palomino is a member of ONAMIAP for Puno. They will talk to Ingrid Bejerman about what it means to be indigenous in the Americas.