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Ian Livingstone

Hay Festival 2005, 
Recipient of the BAFTA Special Award for outstanding contribution to the interactive entertainment and the gaming industry, Livingstone is the creator of the Fighting Fantast books of the 1980s; founder of the Games Workshop and chairman of the technology company behind Lara Croft, Championship Manager and Commandos. He has recently returned to books, his first love. Eye of the Dragon is the first Fighting Fantast title in ten years.

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Miquel Molina in conversation with Isabel Fuentes

THE DOUBLE LIFE, THE LOVERS

Segovia 2018, 

Chekhov, a doctor by profession, said that medicine was his legal wife, while literature was only his lover. The Russian author took advantage of this double condition: his consultation served him as a privileged laboratory for the miseries of the soul. The precariousness of the literary profession forces most contemporary writers to practice this double life. The fact that very few can survive dedicated exclusively to creation raises reasonable questions: Does literature feed on the professional knowledge of part-time authors, or does it suffer from the lack of a more complete dedication? Isabel P. Fuentes alternates her position as director of the CaixaForum Madrid with the writing of novels. Miquel Molina also leads a double life: he is deputy editor of the newspaper La Vanguardia and novelist. Both will discuss their status as extramarital writers.

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Chris Ryan talks to Oliver Balch

Fictions: Red Strike

Hay Festival 2019, 

A former SAS corporal and the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation during the 1991 Gulf War, Ryan turned to writing thrillers to tell the stories the Official Secrets Act stops him putting in his non-fiction. His novels have gone on to inspire the Sky One series Strike BackRed Strike sees Ryan’s two heroes go undercover into the circle of a British populist demagogue with links to the Kremlin.

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Jessica Townsend

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

Hay Festival 2019, 

Expect magic, mayhem and more when you join the Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow author as she talks about her new book. A publishing sensation, the infectiously entertaining and deliciously dark series is winning fans and awards across the globe.

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Wales Book of the Year 2005

Hay Festival 2005, 
The announcement introducing the six shortlisted writers (three in English, three in Welsh) who wil be appearing. Simultaneous translation will be available. Hosted by Francesca Rhydderch.

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I. C. Rapoport talks Jeni Williams

Aberfan: The Days After

Hay Festival 2005, 
On 21 October 1966, 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed when a tip of coal waste slid onto the village of Aberfan in South Wales. The photographer shows and discusses his photodocumentary of the community in the aftermath of the disaster.

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Arnold Wesker

All About Love

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this forth performance the playwright reads his libretto Grief, the three short monologues The Four Seasons, and the classic Love Letters on Blue Paper. 

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Rageh Omar talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 2004, 
The international affairs journalists discuss the society and community od Iraq before and during the bombardment of Baghdad in 2003 and in the subsequent period of Allied administration. Omaar is the author of Revolution Day: The HUman Story of the Battle for Iraq.

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Álvaro Enrigue en conversación con Rubén Gallo

Xalapa 2014, 
Álvaro Enrigue es uno de los autores mexicanos con- temporáneos más reconocidos. Es autor de obras como Hipotermia, Vidas perpendiculares, Decencia o Valiente clase mediaDinero, letras y cursilería. Su última novela, Muerte súbita, fue la ganadora del Premio Herralde 2013. También ha sido editor, profesor universitario y publica con frecuencia críticas literarias.

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Robin Dunbar

The Human Story

Hay Festival 2004, 
The evolutionary psychologist looks at new research into genetics, behaviour and psychology to examine the evolution of the human mind, with particular attention to the deep psychological and biological bases of music and religion.

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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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Janice Hadlow, AC Grayling, Frederick Taylor, Antony Beevor

World War II

Hay Festival 2004, 
On the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day, Janice Hadlow chairs this discussion about the political and ethical legacy of the last world war. She is joined by the philosopher A.C. Grayling, Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad and Berlin, and Frederick Taylor, author of Dresden.

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William Nicholson

A&B Filmmakers Series: The Screenwriter 2

Hay Festival 2005, 
Conversation with the brilliantly entertaining screenwriter of Shadowlands, Life Story and the Oscar-winning Gladiator, whose new love-at-first-sight novel The Trial of True Love has just been published.

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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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Political memory in Latin America. David Rieff and Enrique Krauze in conversation with Ricardo Cayuela

Querétaro 2017, 

David Rieff (United States) and Enrique Krauze (Mexico) will talk to Ricardo Cayuela about forms of political memory in the Latin American region, the advantages and disadvantages of promoting this exercise of looking at the past, and the link between history and recent political phenomena in countries such as Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia.

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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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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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Josceline Dimbleby talks to Katie Hickman

A Profound Secret

Hay Festival 2004, 
The writer describes her quest to discover the truth about her great-grandmother, May Gaskell, who was the last great love of the pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones. 'She has constructed a compelling romance (complete with mystery) ... The whole book is deeply satisfying' (Michael Holroyd)

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Peter Blake talks to Francine Stock

The Tate Etc Interview

Hay Festival 2004, 
The godfather of Pop Art and co-founder of the Brotherhood of Ruralists, famous for his iconic Sargeant Pepper album cover, and celebrated for his constantly adventerous reinvention of modernity, is the subject of this inaugural Tate conversation at Hay/

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Richard Jenkyns, Robert Irwin, Mary Beard

Wonders of the World

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three contributors to the Profile series look at the world's architectural masterpieces and consider their significance. Jenkyns examines Westminster Abbey, Irwin The Alhambra, and Beard The Parthenon.

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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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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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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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Intelligence Squared Debate

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

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Wheels In Motion

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