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Linda Grant talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: A Stranger City

Hay Festival 2019, 

When a dead body is found in the Thames, caught in the chains of HMS Belfast, it sets off a search for a missing woman and confirms a sense that in London a person can become invisible once outside their community. Assuming they even have a community. The Orange Prize-winning novelist weaves a tale around ideas of home; how London can be a place of exile or expulsion, how home can be a physical place or an idea. How all our lives intersect and how coincidence or the randomness of birthplace can decide how we live and with whom.

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Lee Maracle and Miguel Rocha Vivas in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Indigenous rights and traditions

Cartagena 2018, 

 

Lee Maracle is a member of the Stó:lō nation whose territory is located in Canada. She is a poet and the author of a number of novels, short stories and non-fiction books in which her culture and traditions are represented. In 2016 she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among young aboriginals. In a conversation chaired by the journalist and researcher Ingrid Bejerman, Maracle will talk to Miguel Rocha Vivas about indigenous rights and traditions.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

 

 

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Dylan Moran

Hay Festival 2004, 
The star of Channel 4's Black Books plays Hay on the last night of his national stand-up tou. One of the all-time greats.

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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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Clara Vulliamy

Dotty Detective

Hay Festival 2018, 
Come and meet the author and illustrator of the Dotty Detective series. Dot and her best friend Beans love cracking codes, poring over puzzles and solving mysteries. Hear all about them in this fun session, and you might pick up some top detective tips to take home, too.
6+

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Alfredo Bryce Echenique en conversación con Lucía Urtega Tejeda

Arequipa 2016, 
El escritor peruano Alfredo Bryce Echenique figura entre los autores más destacados de la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea. Es autor de Un mundo para Julius, obra que le consagró internacionalmente como escritor. Ha recibido numerosas distinciones a lo largo de su carrera, como el Premio Planeta 2002 por la obra El huerto de mi amada. Durante años ha compaginado su vida literaria con la docencia, trabajando como profesor en universidades de prestigio como La Sorbona y Yale.

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David Crystal

Dying, dying, dead: Writing the obituary of languages

Hay Festival 1999, 
Half the world's languages will be dead this time next century. In this Predictions Lecture, Crystal asks why, reflects on what can be done about it, and reads extracts from a play he has written to publicise their plight.

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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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Nicholas Jubber talks to Daniel Morden

Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe

Hay Festival 2019, 

Award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe, exploring the great epic poems and how they have a startling resonance in contemporary times. Reaching back to the era remembered as ‘the Age of Migration’, Jubber explores how attitudes to population movement, borders, kin relations, sex, class and political structures are dramatised in the ancient and medieval epics. From Homer’s Odyssey through the devastating conflict of the French Song of Roland and the German Nibelungenlied, to the great Viking sagas such as Beowulf and the Icelandic Njal’s Saga, these are timeless tales about human nature, but also windows into other societies, with different emphases on matters of honour, kinship, fundamentalism and fate. He talks to the great storyteller Daniel Morden.

Nicholas Jubber talks to Daniel Morden

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Giles Tremlett

Isabella of Castile, Europe's First Great Queen

Segovia 2018, 

The writer and historian Giles Tremlett was awarded the prestigious 2018 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography for Isabella of Castile, Europe’s First Great Queen. Segovia, where Isabella proclaimed herself queen, plays a central role in a controversial story of ambition, violence and success. Tremlett is a Fellow of the London School of Economic’s Cañada Blanch Centre. He has previously published a biography of Isabella’s daughter Catherine of Aragon and a celebrated study of contemporary Spain, Ghosts of Spain. He is a former Madrid correspondent for The Guardian and The Economist, and is currently Contributing Editor at The Guardian.

Giles Tremlett

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Andrew O'Hagan and Al Kennedy

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading and discussion with two of Scotland's finest writers. The award-winning short story writer Kennedy reads from her novel Everything You Need. Journalist O'Hagan reads from his first work of fiction Our Fathers.

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The Colonel Who Would Not Repent

Dhaka 2014, 
Salil Tripathi's new bookis about the far-reaching consequences of Bangladesh's brutal birth. He is in conversation with freedom fighter A Qayyum Khan, marking the launch of his book In Bangladesh.

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Sophie Windham

Hay Festival 2005, 
Take one dog, add a nasty duck and you have a recipe for frenzy, fowl play and fun. The author and illustrator reads and draws from her new picture book Harold and the Duck.

(Ages 5-7)

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Peter Ustinov

Hay Festival 1999, 
An audience with the master, on the occasion of the publication of his novel Monsieur Rene.

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Rosie Boycott, Sarah Dunant

Children

Hay Festival 1999, 
In this Predictions Forum Editor Rosie Boycott and novelist Sarah Dunant consider the future of children and the family.

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Stuart McLean

Hay Festival 2005, 
The beloved Canadian broadcaster tells his enchanting Home from the Vinyl Cafe stories to Paul Blezard.

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Philip Pullman

Hay Festival 2005, 
The author of His Dark Materials and now The Scarecrow and His Servant talks about making a story and how fairy tales are different from novels. He talk to Peter Florence.

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Geza Vermes

The Passion

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Gospels were written 40-80 years after Jesus's crucifixion and they all contradict each other. Only John has Mary at the foot of the cross; only Luke has Jesus asking his father to forgive his persecutors; only Matthew dwells on Judas. The world's leading biblical expert examines for and by whom they were written and analyes the implications of their divergence for the central tenets of Christianity.

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Zizou Corder, Ann Halam, Stuart Hill

The Story Journey

Hay Festival 2005, 
Louisa Young, one half of Zizou Corder, has created the best-selling trilogy Lion Boy, the glorious and exotic adventures of the boy who can speak Cat. Ann Halam's most recent heroine embarks on an epic journey throught snow, ice, science and fairy tale in the dazzling Siberia. Stuart Hill's Cry of the Icemark, followed the wondrous adventures of Thirrin Strong-in-the-Arm as she travels across the Land-of-the-Ghosts to the frozen Hub of the World. 
(Age 12+)

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One on One

Dhaka 2013, 
Romesh Gunesekera with MK Aaref.

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Adrian Edwards

The British Library Lecture: Making Your Mark

Hay Festival 2019, 

The curator introduces the British Library’s blockbuster spring exhibition in this illustrated lecture. He explores the remarkable evolution of writing, from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in stone and early printed text such as William Caxton’s edition of The Canterbury Tales to the art of note-taking by some of history’s greatest minds, and onwards to the digital communication tools we use today. Marvel at centuries of human innovation as writing enabled progress and opened doors to expression and art.

Adrian Edwards

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Chris Ryan

Special Forces Cadets

Hay Festival 2019, 

Chris Ryan, ex-SAS hero turned author, introduces his brand new action packed series Special Forces Cadets, which is inspired by his fascinating real-life army experiences. A top-secret government programme needs a crack team of undercover military operators. They must have awesome levels of determination, endurance and fitness. And in order to operate in circumstances where adult forces would be compromised, the recruits must be under sixteen. Only a few are tough enough and smart enough to make it… And once out in the field, they will require all their skills just to stay alive.

12+

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: Illustrated Edition for Children

Hay Festival 2019, 

Set your sails east as bestselling author and historian Peter Frankopan explores the history of the world via The Silk Roads. Discover a remarkable illustrated historical voyage and find out how understanding the past gives us insight into our future.

9+

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George Galloway talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
Late-night conversation with the Glasgow MP, expelled by the Labour Party for his stance on the Iraq War, and author of I'm Not the Only One.

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Celluloid Blues

Dhaka 2013, 
The trails of screen writing. Nasiruddin Yousuff and Catherine Masud, with Lotte Hoek.