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Graham Swift talks to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Booker-winner, author of Last Orders and Waterland discusses his new novel The Light of Day with the literary editor of The Guardian. Swift reworks the noir crime thriller into a beautiful understanding of his characters' lives and souls.

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Michael Buerk, Kate Adie, John Sergeant

Any Broadcasting Questions

Hay Festival 2003, 
The BBC and ITN memoirist heavyweights take on allcomers. If it's onair it's fair game. From the killing fields to Downing Street briefings, from Reith to Dyke, and from Ethiopian famine to Tiananmen Square, no party lines, no cute dodging.

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Libby Purves

Hay Festival 1999, 
In conversation with Phil Rickman about her novel More Lives Than One. "Grounded with humour, humanity and insight" - The Times

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Saul David

Zulu

Hay Festival 2005, 
A magisterial account of British Imperial ignominy: ivasion, deception, atrocity, cover-up and election disaster in nineteenth century Southern Africa.

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Ma Jian and Sjón talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: The Big Picture

Hay Festival 2019, 

A conversation with two international superstar novelists who’ve created new works of extraordinary scale and scope. From exile, Ma Jian shoots an arrow at President Xi Jinping’s China Dream propaganda, creating a biting satire of totalitarianism that reveals what happens to a nation when it is blinded by materialism and governed by violence and lies. Sjón’s Codex 1962 is a breathtakingly ambitious novel. As the late, great Eileen Battersby wrote of him, the Icelandic writer “has mastered the fabulist’s technique of merging history with high-speed comedy and surreal profundity. With a man made of clay and a bewildered angel struggling to get rid of a symbolic trumpet, there are shades of the Bible as well as Milton. Sjón, an heir of Mikhail Bulgakov and Laurence Sterne, eases literary references into the text as mere suggestions.” 

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Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Peter Florence

The Nothing

Segovia 2018, 

The critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, whose credits include The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette, Venus and Le Week-End, talks with Peter Florence about his body of work and discusses his latest novel The Nothing, due out in Spanish in October.

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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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Ann Pettifor, Herbert Girardet, James Vaccaro, Kika Williamson

Money

Hay Festival 2005, 
Ann Pettifor (Advocacy International), Herbert Girardet (Schumacher Society), James Vaccaro (Investment Manager, Triodos Bank) and Kika Williamson (Time Banks UK) will be exploring notions of real wealth in the age of the consumer, ethical investment, time as 'money' and changes in the relationshoip between money and value.

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John Pilger

Tell Me No Lies

Hay Festival 2004, 
An audience discussion on propaganda, journalism and the war on terror with the investigative journalist.

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Leonie Frieda and Paul Strathern

The Medicis

Hay Festival 2004, 
Strathern's The Medici: Godfathers of The Renaissance charts the rise and fall of the family who ran Florence, The Vatican and the throne of France. Frieda's biography of Catherine de Medici, widow of Henri II of France, seeks to rehabilitate the woman who served 30 years as regent to her three sons and instigated the St.Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

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Steven Mithen

The Singing Neanderthal

Hay Festival 2005, 
The professor of Early Prehistory and Head of the Scholl of Human and Environmental Sciences explores The Origins of Music, Language, MInd and Bodyi

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Annie Nightingale

Hay Festival 1999, 
Chat into the night with Radio 1's first and funkiest female DJ, who talks the talk and spins the discs she plays with in her autobiography Wicked Speed, charting her amazing career at the heart of the music business from the Beatles and the 'Stones to the Millenium.

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John Playfair talks to Rosie Boycott

Living with Germs

Hay Festival 2005, 
The essential guide to immunology, hospitals and yoghurt, microbes that are good for you and pathogens that aren't.

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Luiz Ruffato en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Xalapa 2014, 

Luiz Ruffato es considerado uno de los escritores más brillantes de la literatura brasileña contemporánea. Galardonado por la Fundación Biblioteca Nacional con el premio Machado de Assis y por la Asociación Paulista de Críticos de Arte, también ha sido reconocido con el Premio Literario Casa de las Américas de Cuba. Sus últimos libros traducidos al español son Mamma, son tanto felice y El mundo enemigo.

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Kate Adie

Corsets and Camouflage

Hay Festival 2004, 
With some acute fashion analysis thrown in, Adie confronts big questions of gender and murder. When licensing a combatant to kill, are women different soldires from men, or precisely equal to them? And where does a lone female journalist among thousands of desert troops go to pee?

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John Mullan

The Raymond Williams Lecture 2005: Critisism and the Common Reader

Hay Festival 2005, 
What is the point of academic or journalistic literary critisism? Do readers need to care about it? Mullan is a UCL Don whose Elements of Fiction appears in Guardian Review and whose study Anonymity will appear in 2006.

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Sandi Toksvig

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Hans Christian Anderson Bicentenary Ambassador celebrates her illustrious compatriot, creator of some of the most potent and loved myths and fables of all literature.

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Eoin Colfer

The Federation Lecture

Hay Festival 2005, 
The fantasist-thriller writer will introduce the fourth in his series, Artemis Fowl The Opal Deception, in a talk full of fun, laughter and fascination.
(Age 9+)

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Katharine Hollabird

Angelina Ballerina 2

Hay Festival 2005, 
See above, Thursday 2 June, 9:20 am.

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John Man

Attila the Hun

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Biographer pursues the murderous military genius who united a vast terrorist network and brought down the world's greatest superpower.

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Spheres of Cricket

Dhaka 2014, 
The award-winning journalist discusses the real stories that equally shaped and disturbed the world of cricket in the last decade. Chaired by Ahsan Akbar.

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Ben Fountain in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Querétaro 2017, 

Ben Fountain (United States) is the author of the novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, recently made into a film by the director Ang Lee. This funny and moving story is set during an American football match and features a young soldier who is back in the United States to promote the American army’s work in Iraq. Just about to return to combat, he reflects on his life, the implications and complexities of the armed conflict, and the value of propaganda as well as people’s perception of a country when building a communal image. Also the author of the book of short stories Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, Ben Fountain will talk to Eduardo Rabasa.

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Joselo Rangel in conversation with Rulo

Querétaro 2017, 

Music and literature go together in the work of Joselo Rangel (Mexico), member of and guitarist with the legendary rock group Café Tacuba, whose songs are in Spanish. Author of the book of short stories One Hit Wonder (2015) and an astute journalist, Joselo will talk to Rulo about his double life as a rock star and writer.

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César Bona in conversation with Carlos Sánchez

The new education

Cartagena 2018, 

César Bona, author of La nueva educación, is one of the fifty best educators in the world according to the Global Teacher Prize, the so-called Nobel for teachers. He will talk about the questions that he has considered in his career as an education reformer: Why are textbooks no longer so important? Why does the importance of homework need to be relativized? Why should education be done with empathy? Why should education be more important than any government?

César Bona in conversation with Carlos Sánchez

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Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist

Hay Festival 2004, 
Writers shortlisted for the international women's novel award discuss their work.