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James Hawes, Robert Lewis, Charlie Williams

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Hawes introduces his satire Speak for England. Lewis talks about his blackest of black comedies The Last Llanelli Train. Williams' hero gets ensnared in the crap town Mangel in his novel Fags and Lager.

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Mark Thomas, stand-up

Hay Festival 2004, 
Mark is working on some new stuff. He will be talking about transvestite direct action, adventures with the confetti-istas, blocking the traffic in Scotland, arms dealers in East London, and DIY places of worship. He will also be having a closer look at The Real Thing and asking why anyone would want to teach the world to sing. 'A supurbly funny show ... Thomas has a delightfully tiggerish enthuaisam for his stories ... If comedy could ever be described as necessary, this is it' (The Observer)

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Cathy Cassidy and Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2005, 
Cassidy is the author of the beguiling Dizzy and Indigo Blue. Rennison's latest Georgia Nicholson story is called Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers. Raucous and all embracing, her personality is as engaging as her books.

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Treasures in Texts

Dhaka 2014, 
The father of Conceptual Art in Myanmar, Po Po, taught himself art history by salvaging texts from magazines found in old bookshops within his nation's closed borders, while Bangladeshi artists Mustafa Zamen and Naeem Mohaiemen use found texts and images to convey their ideas. Chaired by Diana Campbell Betancourt.

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Juan Bonilla en conversación con Yael Weiss

Xalapa 2014, 
Juan Bonilla es autor de novelas, poemas, ensayos y relatos; entre sus obras destacan El Estadio de Mármol, Yo soy, yo eres, yo es, Nadie conoce a nadie, una novela llevada a la gran pantalla por el director Mateo Gil, y Los príncipes nubios (Premio Biblioteca Breve de Seix Barral). Además, es coordinador de la revista Zut. Juan Bonilla presentará Prohibido entrar sin pantalones, novela protagonizada por el poeta revolucionario ruso Vladimir Maiakovski con la que ha ganado la primera edición de la Bienal de Novela Mario Vargas Llosa en 2014.
Con el apoyo de Acción Cultural Española

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Bamber Gasgoine

How to Identify Prints

Hay Festival 2004, 
Is the print in your hand a woodcut, an etching or a lithograph? The scholar and broadcaster introduces the history of printmaking and reveals the detective work involved in formal identification.

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The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Hay Festival 2019, 

Who will win the 2019 YA Book Prize? Join the host of the award presentation to hear from authors on the shortlist, which this year includes Sara Barnard, Juno Dawson, Laura Dockrill, Muhammad Khan, Louise O’Neill, Alice Oseman, Tom Pollock, Fiona Shaw, Katherine Webber and Laura Wood.

12+
2 hours

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What Is Art For? Lecture by Jeanette Winterson

Querétaro 2018, 

Jeanette Winterson (UK) took the literary scene by storm in 1985 when she published the semi-autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Now, with more than 25 books published over more than 30 years as a writer, reflecting on matters such as religion, the LGTB community and art, Winterson is one of the major figures in contemporary British literature. Talking about art, she wrote in one of her columns for The Guardian: “We censor it, sentimentalise it, treat it as a commodity. But we can’t reduce its power.” So, what is art for? This outstanding English writer reflects on this question to talk about art’s incredible transformational power.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

With the support of the British Council Mexico and Wom@rts.

What Is Art For? Lecture by Jeanette Winterson

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Lynne Truss

Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author talks about her acute, elegant and witty Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation and her delightful comic fictions Going Loco and Tennyson's Gift.

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Simon Fanshawe and guests

The Done Thing

Hay Festival 2005, 
Start the week politely: ASBOs, abuse and lane-hoggers. The crisis of social responsibility and care is addressed through Fanshawe's witty and erudite examination of tolerance, courtesy and understanding: that most English codes, 'manners'.

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Fernando Ampuero y Giovanna Pollarolo en conversación con Willard Díaz

Arequipa 2016, 
El prolífico escritor Fernando Ampuero (Perú) es, además, dramaturgo y periodista. Ha trabajado en diversos medios (entre otros, subdirector de la revista Caretas, director de las revistas Jaque y Somos, editor general de Canal N)En su obra literaria destacan las novelas Caramelo verde (1992), Hasta que me orinen los perros (2008) y El peruano imperfecto (2011), así como las colecciones de cuentos Malos modales (1994) y Cuentos (2013). Giovanna Pollarolo (Perú), poeta, periodista, narradora y guionista de teatro y cine, autora de poemarios como A veces ocurre o Las letras de tu nombre, la obra de teatro Donde mis ojos no te vean, y guiones de películas como Pantaleón y las visitadoras (en coautoría con Enrique Moncloa, dirigida por Francisco J. Lombardi) o La boca del lobo (en coautoría con Augusto Cabada y Gonzalo Guerrero, dirigida por Francisco J. Lombardi). En conversación con Willard Díaz.

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Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Hay Festival 2004, 
For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature: Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita. 'We were, to borrow from Nabokov, to experience how the ordinary pebble of oridinary life could be transformed into a jewel through the magic eye of fictiion'.

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Ranulph Fiennes

Captain Scott

Hay Festival 2004, 
The legendary explorer and survivor hails his adventurer predecessor, the subject of his sympathetic biography.

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Wheels In Motion

Dhaka 2014, 
Mimi Khalvati reads from her kaleidoscopic collection of poetry.

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Sergio del Molino in conversation with Xavi Ayén

Arequipa 2017, 

The Spanish writer and journalist, Sergio del Molino, author of La España vacía, which won the Madrid Booksellers’ Prize for non-fiction, and the Cálamo Prize for best book of the year, will talk to Xavi Ayén about this book and his new novel, La mirada de los peces. The novel starts with a text about his charismatic mentor, the activist Antonio Aramayona, a defender of public education, the lay society and the right to die a dignified death, and becomes a dialogue with the past and with the author’s own memory.

Sergio del Molino in conversation with Xavi Ayén

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Salman Rushdie

Cuentos maravillosos.

Xalapa 2014, 
Salman Rushdie, autor de la celebrada novela Hijos de la medianoche, ganadora del Premio Booker en 1981, es por unanimidad uno de los autores más celebrados de nuestro tiempo. Con más de 11 novelas y una aclamada y honesta autobiografía (Joseph Anton. Memorias del tiempo de la fatua), Rushdie nos ofrecerá una especial conferencia sobre los “cuentos maravillosos” del Este, como Las Mil y Una Noches, Ramayana, Mahabharata o Panchatantra y el impacto de esas obras en su propia escritura, así como su influencia alrededor del mundo, incluyendo el “realismo mágico”. También hablará sobre la importancia de la ficcionalidad de la ficción, de la tradición de la fantasía versus la tradición realista.

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A Woman's Place is on the Shelf

Hay Festival 2004, 
Comedian, novelist and chair of this year's Orange Proze Sandi Toksvig and the louche, superverbal genius that is John Walsh captain star teams to play a few rounds of lavishly entertaining parlour games with pretty tenuous literary connections. We'll steal (pay homage to? Ed.) the best rounds from every other quiz show you love to make it as entertaining as possible.

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Lesley Glaister, Helen Dunmore

Hay Festival 2004, 
Conversation with two leading fiction writers. Glaister discusses As Far As You Can Go, her menacing thriller about two couples on an isolated farm in the Australian outback. Orange Prize-winner Dunmore discusses Morning Ruby which tells not only the story of the loss of a child and it's effect on three people, but an account of a young girl's life in a brothel during the First World War, the magical story of a circus acrobat, and the history of Stalin's first wife and her mysterious fate.

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Intelligence Squared Debate

Hay Festival 2004, 
BBC World anchor Nik Gowing chairs this debate on foreign policy and world affairs.

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70 años de luz: una mirada a la historia de la Universidad

Xalapa 2014, 
Evento conmemorativo por el 70 aniversario de la Universidad Veracruzana. Entre otros participarán: Dr. Carlos Pallán Figueroa, Dra. Esther Hernández Palacios, Dr. Helio Flores, Mtro. José Luis Rivas Vélez, moderados por la Dra. Sara Ladrón de Guevara, Rectora de la UV.
Co-organizado con la Universidad Veracruzana

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Eleanor Updale

Montmorency

Hay Festival 2005, 
Winner of the Blue Peter Prize for 'The Book I Couldn't Put Down', Eleanor will talk about her intriguing hero and introduce his newest adventures Montmorency and the Assassins. She talks to Paul Blezard. (Age 9+)

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Monty Roberts

Hay Festival 2005, 
The legendary horse whisperer talks to Revel Guest about his lifetime's work and latest book The Horses in my Life.

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Jason Byrne

Hay Festival 2005, 
Brilliantly inventive stand-up from the mercurial comedian. 'The greatest improviser I've ever seen.' (Peter Florence)

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Julian Fellows talks to Laurence Marks

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Oscar-winning screenwriter (Gosford Park) discusses his first novel, Snobs, a witty and enthralling contemporary comedy of manners set against the background of aristocracy, business and actors.

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Art, not Chance - Science, not Art

Hay Festival 2004, 
How do artworks emerge? How does scientific research progress? Avoiding both stereotype and romantic fantasy, mathematician MArcus du Sautoy, neurophysiologist Mark Lythgoe, performance artist Bobby Baker and sculptor Richard Wentworth open their diaries.