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Melvyn Bragg

The Adventure of English

Hay Festival 2004, 
How the guttural language that came over to the fifth-century Britain with Germanic invaders saw off Norse, Welsh, Latin and French, and became the great, acquisitive global currency of today.

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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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Miguel Pita in conversation with Liliet Heredero

Arequipa 2017, 

Up to what point do our genes affect our day-to-day decisions? Can genetics determine what is going to happen to us? Miguel Pita, a Doctor in Genetics and Cellular Biology, researcher and lecturer at Madrid’s Autonomous University and a regular visitor to universities in the United States, Chile and Australia, looks at these questions in his latest book: El ADN dictador. He will talk about genetics and its immense importance for us all, with Liliet Heredero.             

Miguel Pita in conversation with Liliet Heredero

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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.

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David Laws

Who Killed Kitchener?

Hay Festival 2019, 

In June 1916 Field Marshal Lord Kitchener set sail from Orkney on a secret mission to bolster the Russian war effort. Just a mile off land and in the teeth of a force 9 gale, HMS Hampshire suffered a huge explosion, sinking in little more than fifteen minutes. Kitchener’s body was never found. Remembered today as the face of the famous First World War recruitment drive, at the height of his career Kitchener was fêted as Britain’s greatest military hero since Wellington, though he was considered by many to be arrogant, secretive and high-handed. From the moment his death was announced, rumours of a conspiracy began to flourish, with the finger pointed variously at the Bolsheviks, Irish nationalist saboteurs and the British government. Laws is an historian and served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Temple Grandin

Animals in Translation

Hay Festival 2005, 
The animal scientist explores consiousness and communication in Using the Myseteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behaviour. The horse might not talk, but it understands far more than we have ever guessed.

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Ian Rankin

Fleshmarket Close

Hay Festival 2005, 
The great Edinburgh crimewrite discusses his latest Inspector Rebus novel with Raj Persaud.

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Rafael Gumucio, Karina Pacheco y José Carlos Yrigoyen en conversación con Fernando Iwasaki

Familia y literatura I

Arequipa 2016, 
La importancia de la familia en la identidad del individuo es un asunto que no solo concierne a la vida cotidiana sino también a la literatura. Así, la familia se convierte en uno de los grandes temas para escritores y escritoras como los que nos acompañan hoy, conversando sobre la temática familiar en sus obras. Con Rafael Gumucio (Chile), autor de Memorias prematuras, Karina Pacheco (Perú), autora de La voluntad del molle, y José Carlos Yrigoyen (Perú), autor de Orgullosamente solos, en conversación con Fernando Iwasaki.

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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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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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Karen Armstrong talks to Joan Bakewell

Hay Festival 2004, 
America's need to educate itself about Islam post 9/11 established the former nun as one of the world's most respected theologians, a bridge between cultures and the three Abrahamic faiths. Her memoir The Spiral Staircase relates her writing career to her personal odyssey.

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Pura López Colomé y SJ Fowler en conversación con Rocío Cerón

Enemies/Enemigos.

Xalapa 2014, 

La coordinadora de este interesante proyecto de traduc- ción poética, Rocío Cerón, modera una conversación entre el poeta londinense y la poeta mexicana para debatir sobre cómo la traducción es un multiespacio de varios significados; el desencadenante de las nuevas creaciones a partir de la traducción de poesía, la traducción creativa, los usos indebidos de la lengua, etc. 

Con el apoyo del British Council

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Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Lous and Incredibly Close

Hay Festival 2005, 
The American's second novel is a work of genius exploring the aftermath of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Yolanda Reyes

Xalapa 2014, 
La autora colombiana Yolanda Reyes presenta Los años terribles, un libro que cuenta la historia de tres chicas adolescentes y las experiencias que cada una de ellas vive de manera distinta: su primer amor, su relación con sus hermanos, los vínculos con sus amigas y la manera que tienen de enfrentarse a secretos familiares que marcarán sus vidas.
Edades: 10-13 años
Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Colombia

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Howard Jacobson and Deborah Moggach

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Wodehouse Prize-winner launches his new novel The Making of Henry, a brilliant bawdy and agonizing comedy about changing your life and falling in love. Moggach's These Foolish Things is a glorious 'silver' comedy about Dunroamin, a converted guesthouse in Bangalore where British pensioners can enjoy the hot weather and mango juice with their gin.

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Chang-rae Lee, Luke Sutherland, Nadeen Aslam

Hay Discovery Fictions

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three more break-through novels. Selected by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American novelists under forty, the South Korean-born Lee's thrid novel Aloft is the portrait of Jerry Battle. Whitbread-shortlisted Sutherland's Venus as a Boy is the story of a boy's mithical journey from a bullied and heartbroken childhood in Orkney and the sort of sex that makes people see angels, to a man in a room in Soho whose flesh is turning to gold. Aslam's Maps for Lost Lovers is set in a northern English town where two Pakistani boys Jugnu and Chanda, disappear. Chanda's brothers are arrested for murder.

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Carl Djerassi

Smuggling Science to the Page or Stage: From the Pill to Newton

Hay Festival 2004, 
The inventor of the birth-control pill is the author of This Man's Pill and now a consideration of Newton Newton's Darkness. He is also an acclaimed playwright, and has danced over the barriers between art and science for decades. He discusses the connections.

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Joanna Bourke

Fear

Hay Festival 2005, 
What are we most afraid of? God? Pain? War? Terror? The historian and acclaimed author of Fear analyses our profoundest anxieties and who benefits from them.

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Frank Foer, Trevor Fishlock, Revel Guest

Globetrotters

Hay Festival 2004, 
Foer examines the most popular form of globalization and its political repercussions in How Soccer Explains the World. In Conquerors of Time Fishlock tells the story of the seafearers, engineers, inventors and trailblazers who built the sinews of transport and communication that held together the British Empire. They talk to the Trailblazers producer Revel Guest.

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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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A.C. Grayling

COEXISTENCE IN OUR MODERN WORLD

Segovia 2018, 

The renowned philosopher A.C. Grayling returns to Segovia with a provocative lecture on our society today and the threats to coexistence. He addresses the major challenges that the new digital era and the social and political changes make on the structure of our societies. Will social media or populism break democracy? Chaired by Peter Florence.

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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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Joanne Harris and Sue Gee talk to Phil Rickman

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Chocolat bestseller introduces her first collection of malevolent and mischievous short stories, Jigs and Reels. Gee launches The Mysteries of Glass, the story of the illicit passion of a young curate for his vicar's wife in 1860s Herefordshire.

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Jonathan Aitken and Erwin Jones

Hay Festival 2005, 
Joan Bakewell chairs this discussion of life in and outside prison with former politician Aitken and James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

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Charles Spencer

Blenheim: Battle for Europe

Hay Festival 2005, 
The historian analyses one of the decisive European turning points, when in 1704 the Duke of Malborough comprehensively defeated the rampant armies of Louis XIV, and thwarted their aim of continental domination.