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Bill Bryson talks to Mariella Frostrup

Hay Festival 2003, 
The humorist, language expert and traveller launches his new book A Short History of Nearly Everything. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million yeras ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? He also reports on his trip to Kenya, All the author's royalties from Bryson's African Diary and the publisher, Transworld's profits, will go to CARE International.

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Michael Tavinor

Ethelbert, King & Martyr: Hereford’s Patron Saint

Hay Festival 2019, 

Hereford Cathedral is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Ethelbert the King. But who was St Ethelbert? He played a significant role in the development of the church in Mercia. Following his beheading by King Offa in 794 pilgrims flocked to his shrine in Hereford Cathedral, which became a place of healing. Medieval writers elaborated stories of the saint and, although there are no traces of his original shrine, his story lives on and says important things about life and faith today. Tavinor is Dean of Hereford Cathedral.

Michael Tavinor

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Sgrin Cymru Screening/Q & A

Five award-winning Sghorts

Hay Festival 2005, 
The DM Davies Award is the largest short film prize in Europe and is presented at the Cardiff Screen Festival. Berwyn Rowlands will show five award-winning films and talk with previous award-winning film-makers Chris Forster and Arwel Gruffudd.

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Benjamin Zephaniah

Hay Festival 2004, 
The mesmerising vegan, rastfarian dub/rap poet performs for a young and family audience.

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Brian Cathcart

The Fly in The Cathedral

Hay Festival 2004, 
The investigative journalist tells the story of paper-and-pencil calculations, hand-made apparatus and the occasional lump of plasticine, in How a Small Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the Race to Split the Atom.

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Anne Rooney

Dinosaur Atlas

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join author Anne Rooney on a journey to the prehistoric age. Walk alongside the massive megalosaurus, take to the skies with terrific pterosaurs and dive to the depths of an ancient ocean with the incredible ichthyosaur. Keep your eyes open, though – you never know what other creatures you might meet along the way. Dinosaur Atlas was shortlisted for the Royal Society’s 2018 Young People’s Book Prize.

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Richard Hallion

Taking Flight

Hay Festival 2004, 
A century after the Wright brother's historic flight on 17 December 1903, Hallion looks at the pioneers of air travel from early hot air ballons to the jet age.

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Peter Lord

Aardman Animations

Hay Festival 2004, 
The co-founder of the animation company behind Wallace and Gromit talks about his life, from Morph to Chicken Run. A fascinating story of plasticine and publicity illustrated with clips from all your favourite animations.

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Jim Al Khalili

Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed

Hay Festival 2003, 
Everyone has heard of quantum theory but no one really understands it. It is without doubt the single most important scientific theory of the past century. It underpins the fields of physics, chemistry, electronics and material science. Without it we would have no computers, televisions, mobile phones, CD players, microwaves. This lecture traces the origins of quantum mechanics and explores its astonishing future potential.

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Lisa Jardine

The Awful Death of Prince William the Silent

Hay Festival 2005, 
A brilliantly detailed and gripping account of the assassination in the 1584 of Prince William of Orange, and the shockwaves it sent through an era.

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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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Mark Thompson in conversation with Jon Lee Anderson

Querétaro 2017, 

The publisher of one of the world’s most important newspapers, The New York Times, is also the author of Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics?, a book that looks at how the political, social, technological and economic changes of recent decades have forever changed the way in which we analyse reality. In conversation with Jon Lee Anderson.

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Brian Appleyard talks to Phil Rickman

Aliens

Hay Festival 2005, 
Why are they here, out there, everywhere? Do we need them? Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Wales.

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Héroes latinoamericanos: Miguel Asturias y Gabriel García Márquez

Arequipa 2015, 
Gerald Martin es un profesor y crítico de literatura hispanoamericana conocido por su cuidada y extensa edición crítica de Hombres de maíz, del escritor guatemalteco Miguel Ángel Asturias, y sobre todo por su detallada biografía de Gabriel García Márquez. Actualmente se encuentra inmerso en la escritura de otra sobre Mario Vargas Llosa. Hablará sobre sus obras biográficas con Malcolm Otero Barral, editor de Malpaso Ediciones.

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Mitchell Tonks

Fresh

Hay Festival 2004, 
The seafood guru offers Recipes and Advice from a Fishmonger. Come and ask everything you've ever wanted to know about fish as food.

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Tim Collins talks to Rosie Boycott

Rules of Engagement

Hay Festival 2005, 
The army Colonel talks for the first time about the accusations of war crimes levelled against him in Iraq, and reveals the truth about US behaviour during the conflit.

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In Other Words: The New Welsh Review Translation Platform

Hay Festival 2004, 
As Europe enlarges her political and cultural borders NWR Editor Francesca Rhydderch hosts this exploration of linguistic exchange with bi-;ingual poet Gwyenth Lewis, Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation Amanda Hopkinson and Editor of Modern Poetry in Translation David Constantine.

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Louis de Bernieres and The Antonius Players

Hay Festival 2005, 
The poet and his ensemble return with a programme of poetry and music from the British Islesincluding Purcell, traditional music from Scotland and Ireland and variations on Greensleeves.

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Janine di Giovanni and Jeremy Bowen talk to Michael Buerk

War Correspondence

Hay Festival 2004, 
Di Giovanni's Madness Visible is an account of the award-winning war correspondent's life on the front line in the Balkans. Bowen's Six Days examines how the 1967 war has shaped the Middle East.

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Germaine Greer

The Boy

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this illustrated lecture the critic examines the erotic image of the male nude in Western Culture form Michelangelo and Caravaggio to the photographs of Nan Goldin and Sally Mann and the images of David Beckham.

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Jours de Papier en conversación con Carmen Rioja

Querétaro 2016, 

Los mexicanos Tania Camacho y Esteban Martínez son los autores de un exitoso y novedoso web comic llamado Jours de Papier, la vida sensual de Tania y Esteban, un manual de supervivencia para la pareja moderna, con más de 300,000 seguidores, que ha sido convertido en libro. Conversan con la escritora y gestora cultural Carmen Rioja.

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Max Hastings

The Warriors

Hay Festival 2005, 
Tales of exceptional heroism and courage as the journalist profiles sixteen international warriors from across three centuries.

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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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Julia Carabias in conversation with Arturo Wallace

Querétaro 2017, 

Julia Carabias, a biologist and ecologist, is one of the country’s foremost authorities on environmental conservation policies. Environmental Secretary from 1994 to 2000, Carabias lectures at UNAM and is the director of Natura Mexicana, an NGO that carries out conservation programmes in the Lacandona Jungle and surrounding areas. He will talk to Gabrielle Walker about his work as an ecologist and the environmental challenges facing Mexico.

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Nujoom Alghanem, Paul Farley and Bill Swainson

A New Divan: A Lyrical Dialogue between East & West

Hay Festival 2019, 

In honour of Goethe and the 200th anniversary of the first publication of his outstanding poem sequence, West–Eastern Divan (1819), A New Divan contains outstanding original poems by twenty-four leading poets – twelve from the East and twelve from the West. It presents a truly international poetic dialogue inspired by the culture of ‘the Other’ and Goethe’s late, great work. Swainson, the editor of the project, is joined by Iraqi and British poets to celebrate publication.