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Dylan Moore talks to Peter Florence

DRIVING HOME BOTH WAYS

Segovia 2018, 

Moore has been awarded the 2018 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship/Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival, and is visiting all our festivals worldwide over the next 12 months. He talks with Peter Florence, founder of the Hay Festivals, about his collection of travel writing, which takes him from bull runs in the Basque Country to the mangrove swamps of the Gulf of Guinea. Driving Home Both Ways is part essay collection, part travelogue through life. It offers fresh reflections on the changing nature of the local and the global, epiphanies of tribe and faith, and is underscored always by the enduring allure of elsewhere and the constant pull of home.

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That Which Cannot Be Said

Dhaka 2014, 
Inspired by the Vagina Monologues, this performance is based on the lives of Bangladeshi women. Production by Naripokkho.

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In The LIght of What We Know

Dhaka 2014, 
Zia Haider Rahman's has launched one of the most lauded debut novels of the year, called "dazzling" and "astonishingly achieved" by the New Yorker, and "unsettling and profound" in the Guardian. He talks to Firdous Azim about Godel's theory of incompletness, his writing life, and his connection to Bangladesh.

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Next Generation Poets

Hay Festival 2004, 
Ten years on from the promotion that celebrated the emergence of the Armitage/Maxwell New Generation, The Poetry Book Society has identified twenty of the most exciting new voices in poetry. Come and meet and hear members of the class of 2004 in this celebration gala.

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Tony Robinson

Hay Festival 2004, 
Make a cunning plan to meet the comedy writer, children's author, actor and broadcaster who effortlessly spans acrhaeology, history, heroism and the world's worst jobs. Come and ask him about his work from Baldrick to Time Team and Made Marian and her Merry Men.

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Peter Hobbs, Stephanie Merritt and Niall Griffiths

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
The hero of Hobbs' The Short Day Dying is a Methodist lay preacher and an apprentice blacksmith in 1870s Cornwall. Merritt's Real explores a contemporary relationship between actor and playwright. In Griffiths' lyrical and superverbal Wreckage his scouser characters get hammered and hammer others. Chair Paul Blexard.

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Ali Sparkes

Nightwalker

Hay Festival 2019, 

How did you sleep last night? Not well if you’re a Night Speaker, cursed with insomnia but also gifted with the power to speak any language – human or animal. Or maybe you chose to stay awake because, like self-styled vampire Spin, the shadows are the only place you’re safe… Join Ali Sparkes for a journey through the midnight world of Nightwalker Spin and his strange love-hate relationship with the Night Speakers. Be ready to supply sound effects, get hypnotised, shout fabulous foreign words… and find out what it’s really like to be destroyed by daylight

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Tim Harford

50 Things that Made the Modern Economy

Hay Festival 2019, 
Who thought up paper money? How did the contraceptive pill change the face of the legal profession? Why was the horse collar as important for human progress as the steam engine? How did the humble spreadsheet turn the world of finance upside-down?  The Undercover Economist, and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s More or Less lays it out.

The world economy defies comprehension. A continuously-changing system of immense complexity, it offers over ten billion distinct products and services, doubles in size every fifteen years, and links almost every one of the planet's seven billion people. It delivers astonishing luxury to hundreds of millions. It also leaves hundreds of millions behind, puts tremendous strains on the ecosystem, and has an alarming habit of stalling. Nobody is in charge of it. Indeed, no individual understands more than a fraction of what's going on. 
How can we make sense of this bewildering system on which our lives depend?

Hidden connections will be laid bare: how the barcode undermined family corner shops; why the gramophone widened inequality; how barbed wire shaped America. Meet the characters who developed some of these inventions, profited from them, or were ruined by them. We'll trace the economic principles that help to explain their transformative effects. And we'll ask what lessons we can learn to make wise use of future inventions, in a world where the pace of innovation will only accelerate

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Julia Blackburn talks to Claire Armitstead

Time Song: Searching for Doggerland

Hay Festival 2019, 

Blackburn has always collected things that hold stories about the past, especially the very distant past: mammoth bones, two-million-year-old shells, a flint shaped as a weapon long ago. Time Song brings many such stories together as it tells of the creation, the existence and the loss of a country now called Doggerland, a huge and fertile area that once connected the entire east coast of England with mainland Europe, until it was finally submerged by rising sea levels around 5,000 BC.

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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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Bill Bryson

Hay Festival 1999, 
The outrageously funny humorist and travel-writer, author of Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, and Notes from a Big Country is the winner of this years Madoc Award for travel writing, sponsored by The Wales Tourist Board. 

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Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton

Minotaur

Hay Festival 2005, 
The two great story-tellers tell the tale of Daedalus' creations. An artificial cow, a labrynith, and wings for human flight. This enthralling retelling of the classic story was comissioned by the National Theatre.

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Brian Fagan

The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization

Hay Festival 2004, 
Fagan examines the unprecedented prolonged global warming of the last 15,000 years that has shaped the modern world. Today 200,000,000 people barely survive on marginal agricultural land in places such as North-eastern Brazil, Ethopia and the Saharan Sahel.

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Raymond Tallis

The sighted Watchmaker: how we got to be so different

Hay Festival 2005, 
The distinguished physician and thinker, author of Hippocratic Oaths argues that it is possible to defend human exceptionalism without rejecting Darwin. He identifies the hand as the biological means by which man transcended it's biologcal roots and hominids evolved towards self-consciousness and freedom.

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Miranda Seymour and Fiona Sampson

The Biographer’s Table

Hay Festival 2019, 

Seymour’s new book is a double biography, In Byron’s Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter, Annabella Millbanke and Ada Lovelace. Her previous book was a lauded biography of Mary Shelley. Sampson’s brilliant debut biography is In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein. They compare notes on female genius, Romanticism, radicalism, the madness and badness of male poets, and the interplay of literature and the sciences, with Rosie Goldsmith in the chair.

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Shakespeare Is Ours : Celebrating 450 Years of Shakespeare

Dhaka 2014, 
Celebrating 450 years of Shakespeare: Shakespeare"s plays have been widely translated, performed and beloved in Bangladesh. These vignettes cover four decades of Shakespeare in Bangladesh, featuring iconic performances by Aly Zaker, Firdousi Majumdar and Sara Zaker, followed by a panel discussion with poet, playwright and translator Syed Shamsul Haq and legendary veteran actor Aly Zaker. Moderated by Samina Luthfa. Featuring Nagorik, DU theatre department and Podatik.

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David Hurn

Finding Ones Culture

Hay Festival 2004, 
The great Magnum photographer shows and discusses his collection of portraits of interesting people Living In Wales and his groundbreaking photo-journal Wales: Land of My Father.

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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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Gonzalo Eltesch, Carlos Fonseca, Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón and Samanta Schweblin in conversation with José Hamad

Bogotá39-2017. Displaced writing

Cartagena 2018, 

What is the relationship between writers’ relocations and their work? Four of Latin America’s finest writers, residents outside their countries of origin, talk to the publisher José Hamad about how this experience affects their literature. Gonzalo Eltesch (Chile), Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica), Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón (Puerto Rico) and Samanta Schweblin (Argentina).

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Sara Barnard, Muhammad Khan and Laura Wood

The Bookseller YA Book Prize Panel

Hay Festival 2019, 

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new young adult fiction every year. Join shortlisted authors Sara Barnard (Goodbye, Perfect), Muhammad Khan (I Am Thunder) and Laura Wood (A Sky Painted Gold) for a discussion of their books and the the importance of YA fiction. Chaired by Sian Cain, Online Books Editor at the Guardian.

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Richard Barber

The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief

Hay Festival 2004, 
The writer and publisher of medieval history discusses the creation of the Holy Grail icon, its roots in Christian culture, and its refashioning down the centuries through literature, visual art and music.

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Antony Beevor and Lynne Truss

Writers at Work

Hay Festival 2004, 
The two best-selling authors discuss building a career, working with publishers and agents, and how the royalties system works.

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The Last Mughal

Dhaka 2014, 
Enter a world of music and poetry with The Last Mughal, a performance that takes us back to a bygone era of matchless splendour - the period of the last Mughals. This evocative evening features readings by award-winning author from his book The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 and the vocals of Vidya Shah celebrating the poignant and robust folk poetry of the time and ghazals of the Mughal court.

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Comedy with Naveed

Dhaka 2014, 
Daily Star Books launches Houmorously Yours by comedian Naveed Mahbub.

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Amitav Ghosh talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Gun Island

Hay Festival 2019, 

We are delighted to launch the new novel by one of the world’s great storytellers, the author of the Ibis trilogy. A dealer of rare books, Deen is used to a quiet life spent indoors but, as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he is forced to set out on an extraordinary journey; one that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice via a tangled route through the memories and experiences of those he meets along the way.