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Iranian Film Day

Presented by Channel 4

Hay Festival 2005, 
A day of Iranian cinema, screenings and interviews featuring critically acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami and Mania Akbari's provocative directorial debut 20 Fingers, winner of the Best Film Cinema Digitale award at the Venice Film Festival 2004. Full details will be published online on 20 May at www.hayfestival.com/closeup

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Michael Morpurgo and Kate Adie

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Children's Laureate and BBC War Correspondent talk about the fact and the fiction of war.

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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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Celia Rees

Hay Festival 2004, 
Since last appearing at Hay, Celia Rees has truly established herself as the best teller of tales based in historical fact with the phenomenally best-selling Pirates! Come and hear her talk about wonderful writing, riviting research and swashbuckling adventure.

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Colin Dexter

The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2004, 
The creator of Morse gives this year's lecture in the spirit of the Shropshire poet.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Stalin

Hay Festival 2004, 
The award-winning historian examines the court surrounding the Soviet tyrant and reveals the inside stories of the Great Terror, the Axis summit with Roosevelt and Churchill and Stalins relationships with Beria and Molotov.

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Lisa Jardine

Robert Hooke and the Art of Always Coming Second

Hay Festival 2004, 
Illuminating London's critical role in the emergence of modern science, the acclaimed biographer and critic rediscovers and decodes a great original thinker of indefatigable curiosity and imagination, a major figure in the seventeenth century intellectual and scientific revolution.

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David Crystal

The Stories of English

Hay Festival 2004, 
The encylopaedic language guru and Hay hero turns the history of English on its head and provides a startlingly original view of where the richness, creativity and diversity of the language truly lies - in the accents and dialects of nonstandard English users all over the world. He explores the diversity in local usage and scans the literary inventions of Chaucer, Tolkein and Irvine Welsh.

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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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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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Jonathan Freedland talks to Joan Bakewell

Jacob's Gift

Hay Festival 2005, 
The journalist explores his newbord son's Jewish inheritance. Freedland digs deep into his own family's past, telling the story of three remarkable people, each of whom came up with radically different answers to a quintessentially modern dilemma: how to live as a minority in the modern world.

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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Arturo Wallace

Querétaro 2017, 

Lydia Cacho is one of the Mexican journalists and activists who is best known internationally. The author of a number of books, founder of the Centro Integral de Atención a las Mujeres in Cancun, women’s and children’s rights activist and defender of human rights, Cacho has received several international awards for her work. She will talk about her experience with Arturo Wallace.

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Gender alert. Anabel Hernández, Fernanda Melchor and Aleida Quintana in conversation with Guillermo Osorno

Querétaro 2017, 

In Mexico, a person’s gender might expose a person to a series of risks and threats linked to a culture of violence related to a complex context. The journalist and writer Anabel Hernández, he writer Fernanda Melchor and the activist Aleida Quintana will talk to the journalist Guillermo Osorno about the risks of being a woman in Mexico.

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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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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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Francisco Goldman y Gustavo Rodríguez en conversación con Arturo Wallace

Arequipa 2016, 
El periodista Arturo Wallace conversa con los escritores Francisco Goldman y Gustavo Rodríguez sobre sus libros e intereses literarios. Con Francisco Goldman (Estados Unidos), periodista, cronista y novelista de madre guatemalteca, reconocido por igual en Estados Unidos y en el mundo hispano, autor de títulos tan celebrados como El arte del asesinato político. ¿Quién mató al obispo? (2009), Di su nombre (2012) o el reciente El circuito interior: una crónica de la Ciudad de México (2015). Y Gustavo Rodríguez (Perú), escritor y comunicador, autor de República de la Papaya (2016) o La risa de tu madre (finalista del Premio Herralde en 2003), y galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por su trabajo como creativo publicitario.

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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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Catherine Fisher and Kevin Crossley-Holland

BBC Radio 4 Hayfever Readings

Hay Festival 2004, 
Two new stories for younger readers written and recorded for broadcast later this week.

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Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank

B is for Baby

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join storyteller Atinuke and illustrator Angela Brooksbank for a captivating read-along brought to life with live illustration. Hear fascinating folk tales from the bustling city in Nigeria where she grew up as she brings to life traditional stories from her childhood. Full of warmth and colour, Atinuke’s storytelling will have little ones mesmerised.

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Don Paterson

The Fall at Home: New and Selected Aphorisms

Hay Festival 2019, 

Aphorisms have been described as ‘the obscure hinterland between poetry and prose’ (New Yorker) – short, pithy statements that capture the essence of the human condition in all its shades. 

“Consciousness is the turn the universe makes to hasten its own end.”
“Agnosticism is indulged only by those who have never suffered belief.”
“Poet: someone in the aphorism business for the money.”

In this New and Selected, master of the form Don Paterson brings the best examples from his two previous volumes together with ingenious new material relevant to today’s world. Moving and mischievous, canny and profound, these wide-ranging observations of no more than one or two lines demonstrate that the aphorism is the perfect form for our times.

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John Emsley

Vanity Vitality Virility

Hay Festival 2004, 
There is the chemistry of sex and the chemistry of molecules, and though we imagine these to be very different, the former depends very much on the latter. Whether it's lipstick, Viagra, nappies, Prozac, or chewing gum, it's chemistry that explains how they work.

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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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Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

A&B Filmmakers Series: The Producers

Hay Festival 2005, 
Conversation with the Working Title partners whose films range from My Beautiful Launderette to Four Weddings and a Funeral, Fargo and Bridget Jones. 

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Rafael Gumucio, Gabriela Wiener y Dante Trujillo en conversación con Álvaro Lasso

Arequipa 2016, 
Charla sobre literatura con tres escritores que compaginan la escritura con el periodismo. Con el escritor y periodista Rafael Gumucio (Chile), autor de libros como Milagro en Haití (2015) y La deuda (2009), y columnista de la revista chilena The Clinic; la escritora y periodista Gabriela Wiener (Perú), autora de Llamada perdida (2015), Nueve lunas (2009) o Sexografías (2008), y columnista del diario La República; y el escritor y periodista Dante Trujillo (Perú), autor del libro de relatos El palacio de la felicidad (2015), y editor del suplemento cultural El Dominical del diario El Comercio. En conversación con el editor Álvaro Lasso.

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Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Gabriela Jauregui

Querétaro 2017, 

Hanif Kureishi (United Kingdom) is the author of The Buddha of Suburbia (1990), a landmark novel in its time. A novelist and screenwriter, Kureishi has published works such as Intimacy, My Son the Fanatic and the recent The Last Word. He will talk to Gabriela Jauregui about his writings.