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Lucy Hughes Hallett

Heroes: Saviours, Traitors and Supermen

Hay Festival 2005, 
From Garibaldi and the greatest of them all, Achilles, to David Beckham, the writer explores how the truest mark of the hero is the ability to inspire in others forms of madness: desire, terror or both.

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Andrew Davies

Talkback Comedy Situations

Hay Festival 2004, 
The creator of A Ver Peculiar Practice and co-writer of the Bridget Jones movies conducts a masterclass in writing comedy for the screen.

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Últimas novelas

Arequipa 2015, 
Orlando Mazeyra, escritor y periodista arequipeño, modera esta mesa sobre las últimas novelas publicadas por los autores Rodrigo Hasbún, escritor y guionista boliviano elegido en 2010 por la revista Granta como uno de los mejores jóvenes escritores en lengua española y cuya última novela se titula Los afectos; y Sara Mesa, escritora española finalista en 2013 del Premio Herralde con su novela Cuatro por cuatro y que recientemente ha publicado Cicatriz.

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Blitzed. Drugs in Nazi Germany. Norman Ohler in conversation with Diego Rabasa

Querétaro 2017, 

The historian Norman Ohler (Germany) is the author of Blitzed. Drugs in Nazi Germany (2016), a book that analyses the systematic and organized consumption of drugs in the army and by high officials in the 3rd Reich, from the rank and file to Hitler himself. He will talk to Diego Rabasa about this practice, widespread among the Nazis, which had historical consequences whose effects we are still living with today. 

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Julia Donaldson

Hay Festival 2004, 
A fantastic all singing, all dancing event from the creator of Room on the Broom and Monkey Puzzle. Come dressed as your favourite character, to be ready to join in, and prepared to face a real, live Gruffalo.

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In The LIght of What We Know

Dhaka 2014, 
Zia Haider Rahman's has launched one of the most lauded debut novels of the year, called "dazzling" and "astonishingly achieved" by the New Yorker, and "unsettling and profound" in the Guardian. He talks to Firdous Azim about Godel's theory of incompletness, his writing life, and his connection to Bangladesh.

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Cheryl Suzack y Juan Hernández Ramírez en conversación con Ingrid Bejerman

Literaturas indígenas en las Américas.

Xalapa 2014, 

Cheryl Suzack es docente y autora del libro Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law [Escritos de mujeres indígenas y el estudio cultural del derecho]. Además, ha sido coeditora y colabora- dora de la galardonada colección Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture [Mujeres indígenas y feminismo: política, activismo, cultura]. Junto con Juan Hernández Ramírez, poeta náhuatl ganador del Premio Nezahualcóyotl y el Premio Continental Canto de América de Lenguas Indígenas, hablará sobre el panorama de la literatura indígena en América en la actualidad en una conversación moderada por la periodista e investigadora Ingrid Bejerman.
Con el apoyo de MCgill Institute for the Study of Canada

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Miguel Gutiérrez en conversación con Enrique Planas

Arequipa 2015, 
El escritor Enrique Planas, periodista cultural del diario El Comercio y autor, entre otros trabajos, de Kimokawaii, conversa con Miguel Gutiérrez, uno de los más importantes escritores peruanos de la actualidad. Además de una amplia trayectoria novelística —desde El viejo saurio se retira  hasta Kymper—, es fundador del Grupo Narración (1966-1980). Su último libro es Las aventuras del señor Bauman de Metz. El otro género que cultiva es el ensayo, entre los que destacan La generación del 50: un mundo dividido y la trilogía conformada por El pacto con el diablo, La invención novelesca y La cabeza y los pies de la dialéctica.

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Folk Music

Dhaka 2014, 
Sufi-based music from Chittagong.

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Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

Hay Festival 2004, 
In their first ever joint event the author and illustrator of the Horrid Henry series talk about the creation and team work involved in bringing the country's naughtiest nuisance to life.

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Lloyd Robson

The Parthian Open Poetry Grand Slam

Hay Festival 2005, 
Roll up, roll up for the 2005 all-comers competition. Bring your poems and performance. £100 first prize.

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Felipe Fernandez Armesto

So You Think You Are Human?

Hay Festival 2004, 
The harder we cling to the concept of humanity, the more slippery it becomes. But if it breaks down altogether, what will this mean for human values, human rights, and the defence of human dignity? The encyclopaedic and imaginative historian confronts these problems from a historical perspective, showing how our current understanding of what it means to be human has been shaken by new challenges from science and philosophy.

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Gerald Edelman

Wider than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness

Hay Festival 2004, 
How does the firing of neurons give rise to subjective sensations, thoughts, and emotions? How can the disparate domains of mind and body be reconciled? The Nobel Laureate's analysis of the brain activities underlying consciousness is based upon recent remarkable advances in biochemistry, immunology, medical imaging, neuroscience and evolutionary biology.

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Tom Stuttaford

Stress and How to Avoid It

Hay Festival 2004, 
One in three of us suffer from stress. Only one in twenty does anything about it. The Times mediacl expert gets us on track.

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Nick Arnold

Hay Festival 2004, 
Back by popular demand, the best-selling author of the Horrible Science series launches his latest book Painful Poison. Learn how to dish up a deadly dose or turn your brother or sister into a zombie slave.

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Arnold Wesker

Hay Festival 2004, 
The playwright's residency ends with his reading of a new work in rogress called Honey.

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Champion of the Word

Dhaka 2014, 
John Ralston Saul, novelist, essayist and activist talks about his commitments to freedom of speech, his championing of indigenous languages and writers in exile, and the bestselling novel that started it all.

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Writing The Region: Is There A South Asian Identity

Dhaka 2014, 
Is there a South Asian identity? Writers Aamer Hussein, Namita Gokhale and Fakrul Alam explore cross border connections and the possibilities of a South Asian identity.

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Simon Winchester

The Meaning of Everything

Hay Festival 2005, 
A wonderful celebration of the English language and of it's unrivaled treasure house, the Oxford English Dictionary. The award-winning historian yarns the dictionary-makers and the words that got away.

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Antony Beevor in conversation with Jesús García Calero

Revisiting the Battle of Arnhem

Segovia 2018, 

Renowned as one of the most important World War II historians, Beevor desmonstrates his narrative skills as he relives the truth of what happened in the Battle of Arnhem. Based on original documentation, used here for the first time, Beevor reconstructs the devastating airborne battle of Arnhem, the last German victory. Beevor talks with Jesús García Calero, Chief editor of Culture in ABC daily, about the first-hand accounts from the soldiers and the diaries detailing the suffering of the inhabitants that have reshaped the vision of this battle.

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The Woman As A Writer

Dhaka 2014, 
What does it mean to be a woman writer? Novelists Manju Kapur and Nilanjana Roy and critic Muneeza Shamsie discuss some of the challanges - and opportunities - faced by women writers. Chaired by Tahmima Anam.

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A Connected Past

Dhaka 2014, 
Bangla, English and Urdu poetry - with Muneeza Shamsie, Asad Chowdhury, Fatema Hassan and Kaiser Haq. Chaired by Pritha Kejriwal.

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The Medici String Quartet

Hay Festival 2004, 
The third and final concert relocates to Hay. Haydn: Quartet in E flat major, opus 76/6, 'Fantasia'; Mozart: Quartet in G major, K387; Beethoven: Quartet in C major, opus 59/3, 'Razumosvky'.

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Antony Beevor

The Mystery of Olga Chekhova

Hay Festival 2004, 
The award-winning historian tells the extraordinary story of Anton Chekov's beautiful niece who left Moscow for Berlin during the Russian Civil War. She became Hitler's favourite film star, yet was a Soviet agent.

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That Which Cannot Be Said

Dhaka 2014, 
Inspired by the Vagina Monologues, this performance is based on the lives of Bangladeshi women. Production by Naripokkho.