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Wade Davis and Miguel Pita in conversation with Gabrielle Walker

Science: stranger than fiction

Arequipa 2017, 

Science and fiction are two very different ways of understanding life, but sometimes making the distinction can be difficult. Wade Davis (United States), anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author and photographer who works with different indigenous cultures; and Miguel Pita, a Doctor of Genetics and Cellular Biology from UAM (Spain) and also director of a number of short films and documentaries, will talk about the situations and stories in which science seems stranger than fiction. In conversation with Gabrielle Walker.

Wade Davis and Miguel Pita in conversation with Gabrielle Walker

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Discover Story Building

Bear Hunt

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) as they swish-swash, splash-splosh, squelch-squerch, stumble-trip and tiptoe their way through this classic adventure from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Help celebrate the 30th year of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in this interactive storytelling event.

0–3 – older siblings welcome
30 mins
Discover Story Building

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Thomas Asbridge and Jonathan Phillips

The Crusades

Hay Festival 2004, 
In 1905 at the Clermont Council Pope Urban invented atrocities against Christian pilgrims commited by Muslims in Jerrusalem, so launching a hundred years of sanctimony, sadism and butchery that still resonates throughout the world today. Asbridge describes the First Crusade to capture Antioch and Jerusalem. Phillips recounts the travesty of the Forth Crusade in which Venetian capitalists contrived the sack of Constantinople, the Christian world's wealthiest and most cultured city, so ensuring centuries of Orthodox fury against Catholics.

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Marian Keyes

Hay Festival 2004, 
The best-selling novelist gives a special preview of her forthcoming The Other Side of the Story, a novel set in the world of publishing about love, loyalty, glass ceilings and survival tactics - and what to do when you get your chance for revenge.

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Tom Maschler talks to Peter Florence.

Hay Festival 2005, 
An interview with the man who defined literary taste for a quarter of a century as publisher Janathan Cape and founder of The Booker Prize. He discusses his memoir Publisher.

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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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Anthea Bell

Asterix in Hay

Hay Festival 2005, 
The great European translator who gave us Getafix, Dogmatix and Knavishtrix and redoubled the playful joy of the original French versions of the Asterix books.

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Heart to Heart 2004: Jack Monsanto and his GM beanstalk

Hay Festival 2004, 
Diana Schumacher, chairs the annual half-day rally. Terry Jones, Monty Python and medieval historian, on the destructive powers of large organizations. Robert Kennard of Graig Farm Organics on successful food production. Mark Measures on small local farms and food producers. Michael Antoniou on the experience of sitting on a government science review panel for the GM Debate and Lim Li Ching on the hazards of GM and benefits of sustainable argriculture.

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Jeannette Winterson

Lighthousekeeping

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author of The PowerbookThe Passion and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit presents her new novel. Her writing is poetically rich, politically exciting and of the rarest sensibility. But what thrills you is her passion - for art, for language, and for love. She demands much of her readers, and rewards in equal measure.

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Paul Watkins, Tobias Hill, Desmond Barry

Hay Festival 2004, 
New fiction from three novelists at the height of their powers. Watkins' Thunder God is set at the end of the Viking era when the Norse faith clashes with Christianity. Hill's The cryptographer arcs the fall of the world's first quadrillionaire, inventor of the first global e-currency. Barry launches his third novel, Cressida's Bed, set in India and Bhutan in the 1930s.

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Folk Music

Dhaka 2014, 
Sufi-based music from Chittagong.

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Sioned Davies

An Arthurian tale from The Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2005, 
Stepmothers, curses and heroes at the court of King Arthur. This reading of a new translation of How Cullwch won Olwen re-creates the performance of the medieval storyteller.

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Alan Rusbridger, David Yelland and John Lloyd

Why does Everyone Hate the Media?

Hay Festival 2005, 
Alan Rusbridger, David Yelland and John Lloyd discuss why everyone hates the media. Jon Snow in the chair.

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Images

Dhaka 2014, 
Aamer Hussein, Mimi Khalvati and Laksmi Pamuntjak discuss the evocation of places through the power of lyricism. Moderated by Olivia Smith.

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Robert Bartlett

The Hanged Man

Hay Festival 2004, 
700 years ago, executioners led a Welsh rebel named William Cragh to a wintry hill to be hanged. They placed a noose around his neck, droped him from the gallows, and later pronounced him dead. But Cragh later proved to be very much alive. Bartlett leads us deep into the world of lords, rebels, churchmen, papal inquisitors, and other individuals living at the time of conflict and conquest in Wales.

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Richard Eyre talks to Francine Stock

National Service

Hay Festival 2004, 
The theatre and film director discusses his tenure at the National Theatre, his working relationship with writers, and previews his new film Stage Beauty to be released in the Autum.

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Anne Fine

Calling All Children

Hay Festival 2005, 
An hour with the Pied Piper of children's tales who was the second Children's Laureate between 2001 and 2003 and is twice winner of the Carnegie Medal. She has also won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award twice, and a Smarties Prize.
(Age 8+)

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Pedro Baños in conversation with José María Beneyto

ALLIANCES, MANIPULATION, RIVALITY…

Segovia 2018, 

Psychological war. Better than Game of Thrones. The keys of the global geostrategy.

For some years now, due to the complex current situation, the science of geopolitics is acquiring an importance that it had lost after the Second World War. How are the countries related? What power strategies do they use? Through numerous examples, we will see that there are a series of classic strategies, all with a background of hypocrisy and taking advantage of the weaknesses of others, which have prevailed over time.

The colonel and expert strategist Pedro Baños takes us into the unknowns of these games of domination between countries and reveals the keys and tricks of world power. He talks with José María Beneyto, writer of El spy who deceived Hitler, with a background in Nazi Germany.

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Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

Hay Festival 2005, 
The prolific and wildly entertaining author-illustrator team behind the best-selling Edge Chronicles won both the Smarties Gold Prize and the 4Children Special Award for Fergus Crane in 2004. They explore some of their delightfully disgusting creatures and the magical adventures of a boy, a winged mechanical horse and a mysterious flying box.
(Age 7-11)

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Minette Walters, Susan Hill, Jake Arnott

Hay Festival 2004, 
Author and crator of Orange Labyrinth, Kate Mosse chairs this conversation about contemporary crime writing. Walters is the Gold Dagger-winning author of The Sculptress and most recently Disordered Minds. Hill has been one of Britains' most successful novelists for children and adults for many years and launches her first crime novel The Various Haunts of Men. Arnott's True Crime is out now in paperback. 

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Simon James

Hay Festival 2005, 
The dynamic and captivating illustrator, author of the award winning Leon and Bob and Days Like This unveils his latest creation, Baby Brains, a picture book as bright and engaging as it's extraordinary young hero. (Age 6+)

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The Fabian Society Platform

Hay Festival 2004, 
Minister of State for Culture Estelle Morris is joined by critic and novelist D.J.Taylor and the historian Tristram Hunt to discuss the interaction of politics, the arts and literature.

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Las palabras del Perú. Con Daniel Mordzinski

Arequipa 2016, 
En nuestra fascinación —inevitable, legítima y más que justificada— por los grandes de la literatura peruana, desde Ricardo Palma, César Vallejo o el Nobel Mario Vargas Llosa, hasta los jóvenes traducidos en todo el mundo, podríamos pensar que ya está todo escrito. Sin embargo, la literatura peruana no deja de sorprendernos. Con sus maestros de la novela, el teatro, la poesía y el relato, Perú es un país de palabras. Daniel Mordzinski, conocido como el «fotógrafo de los escritores», compartirá sus historias, sus retratos de autores peruanos y un vídeo inédito con sus fotografías de la primera edición del Hay Arequipa. Adriana Melgar Rimachi apoyará a Daniel durante el turno de preguntas.

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Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Anne Cassidy

Writing for Young Adults

Hay Festival 2005, 
What you can and cannot say when writing for young adults. Brooks' Candy is a tale of love and hope, but also one of drugs, violence and utter hopelessness. Carnegie Medal-winner Burgess is famous for his explicit and controversial novels, including Doing It and Bloodsong. Cassidy's Looking for JJ won the Booktrust Teenage Prize and is based, in part, on the cases of Mary Bell and the boys who killed the toddler Jamie Bulger.
(Age 14+)

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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.