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Daniel Pennac en conversación con José María Ridao

Segovia 2008, 
Daniel Pennac es uno de los autores contemporáneos más importantes de Francia, traducido a más de 30 lenguas. Tras iniciar su actividad literaria con libros para niños, adquirió gran popularidad, vendiendo más de un millón de ejemplares sólo en Francia gracias a las novelas de la saga en torno a la familia Malaussène, una familia que vive en el multicultural y marginal barrio de Belleville. Es autor de la célebre obra Como una novela, en el que enumera los derechos del lector. Mal de escuela es su último libro. Conversará con el escritor José María Ridao.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanea del francés al español.

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Chris Anderson and David Sally

The Numbers Game

Hay Festival 2013, 

Football has always been a numbers game: 4-4-2, the big number 9 and 3 points for a win. But what if up until now we’ve been focusing on the wrong numbers? What if the numbers that really matter, the ones that hold the key to winning matches, are actually 2.66, 53.4, 50/50, and 0 > 1? What if managers only make a 15% difference? What if Chelsea should have bought Darren Bent? Chaired by Gooner Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Rosie Boycott in conversation with Sarfraz Manzoor

Food and Climate Change

Cartagena 2010, 
Rosie Boycott, journalist, advisor of the Major of London on food matters and their links to climate change, and editor of the Global Observatory for the Conference of Copenhagen, reveals the connections between food production, environmental degradation and poverty. In conversation with The Guardian journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. 

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2010, 
How everyday problems can be solved by maths – from smartphones and transatlantic flight to bending a ball like Beckham and predicting population growth.
Marcus du Sautoy

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Ben Barry

Cambridge Series: The Body

Hay Festival 2010, 
What is the impact of body diversity in the modelling world, on the high street, in the classroom and on the couch? Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Ben Barry

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John Gray

Gray’s Anatomy

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why is the human imagination to blame for the worst crimes of the twentieth century? Why is progress a pernicious myth? Why is contemporary atheism just a hangover from Christian faith?
John Gray

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Giles Foden and Andrew Freeman

Turbulence

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Last King of Scotland talks to McKinsey’s risk expert about his novel about the D-Day landings. The fate of 2.5 million men, 3,000 landing craft and the entire future of Europe depends on the right weather conditions in the English Channel on a single day. A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing an accurate forecast five days in advance. But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics?

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Country Living Magazine Food and Farming Discussion

Hay Festival 2008, 
Do you know where your bara brith from your cullen skink? Why regional specialties are important to the British Isles and why we need to protect them. BBC Radio 4’s Sheila Dillon hosts this debate with food writer Elisabeth Luard, Graham Cassie of Waitrose, Irene Bocchetta of Food From Britain, and Matthew O’Callaghan from the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, to support the Made in Britain Campaign.

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Philip Pullman, Marina Warner and Jack Zipes

Tales of Wonder, Magic, Resistance and Hope

Hay Festival 2018, 

"Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of humanity through metaphor."

This is one of many challenging and thought-provoking observations made over a long career by Jack Zipes, one of the most eminent scholars of folklore, fairy tales and children’s literature, whose 80th birthday was celebrated last year. It identifies not only one of the key characteristics of ‘wonder tales’ but also proposes a much wider audience and more important function for such tales than is often recognised.

Joining Jack to discuss the past, present and future of the ‘wonder tale’ is Philip Pullman, one of the foremost writers of speculative fiction and author of Clockwork, the His Dark Materials trilogy, La Belle Sauvage and Daemon Voices; and Marina Warner, novelist, short story writer, mythographer, scholar and author of Stranger Magic, Fly Away Home, Once Upon A Time and Forms of Enchantment. Chaired by Hamish Fyfe.

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Fiona Reynolds, Rosie Boycott, David Aaronovitch, Mat Roberts

The National Trust Debate: When It Comes To Heritage, Britons Care More About Trees Than Buildings

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Government suggestion to sell off Forestry Commission land caused a revolt in Britain. What does this say about what we really care about? What does it say about our national identity?

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Fiona Reynolds, Simon Schama and Montagu Don

Green and Pleasant Land

Hay Festival 2010, 
The National Trust's Director General hosts this exploration of the spirit of place and the British landscape.
Fiona Reynolds, Simon Schama and Montagu Don

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Presente y futuro del libro electrónico

Desde hace unos meses se habla más que nunca del libro electrónico.

Segovia 2009, 
CEDRO organiza esta mesa redonda para dar respuesta a las siguientes preguntas: ¿será aceptado por los lectores?, ¿modificará el modelo de negocio editorial?, ¿transformará el oficio de escritor?, ¿cambiará los hábitos de lectura?, ¿afectará al actual sistema de derechos de autor? Participan el autor Suso de Toro, Javier Jiménez Rubio, editor de Forcola Ediciones, e Ignacio Latasa, director de Leer-e. Moderado por Juan Mollá.

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Ruth Padel

Darwin – A Life in Poems

Hay Festival 2009, 
With sympathy and grace, the poet moves deftly between vast processes of evolution and Darwin’s personal life; between science, love and family in this homage to her great-great-grandfather.

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Jonathan Meades & Charles Fernyhough

MEMORY & PLACE

Hay Festival 2012, 
Idiosyncratic filmmaker, novelist and architecture critic Jonathan Meades in discussion with fellow novelist and child psychologist Charles Fenryhough. Meades is publishing Museum Without Walls, the product of thirty years writing and thinking about places: their ingredients, how and why they were made, their capacity to illumine the societies that inhabit them and the ideas they foment. Charles Fernyhough's new book, Pieces of Light, examines the neuroscientific basis of memory and how it makes us the people we are. Expect an intellectually no-holds-barred exploration of how we invent the outside world and it invents us. Chaired by John Mitchinson

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Lawrence Freedman

Mandela’s Strategy

Hay Festival 2014, 

In his widely-acclaimed book Strategy: A History, Freedman considers the history of non-violence as a deliberate strategy, from Gandhi to Martin Luther King. He extends his analysis to Nelson Mandela, considering why the South Africa leader abandoned the armed struggle and chose a path of reconciliation.

Lawrence Freedman

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José Manuel Caballero Bonald in conversation with Luis García Montero

Segovia 2013, 

José Manuel Caballero Bonald, Premio Cervantes 2012, speaks about all his literary work, poetry, fiction and essays with the poet Luis García Montero. Together they re-examine the latest great poetry work by the writer from Jerez Entreguerras and Oficio de lector (Seix Barral both), an essay on literatura.


Co-organized with Fundación Lara

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Lavinia Greenlaw

The Housman Lecture 2009: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and poet, author of Minsk, Mary George of Allnorthover, and The Importance of Music to Girls gives this year’s lecture about poetry.

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Tracey Thorn talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Bedsit Disco Queen

Hay Festival 2014, 

Everything But The Girl made nine albums and sold nine million records. One half of the band (with her husband Ben Watt), Thorn gives a wry look at the realities of a pop career. There are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes. Also see event 67

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Fernando Sánchez Dragó and Pepa Roma in conversation with Lourdes Ventura

Culture on television, an impossible love?

Segovia 2010, 
'What doesn’t appear on television doesn’t exist' is one of the maxims of postmodern communication culture. Why are culture, in general, and literature, in particular, marginalized fields within the audiovisual media? Journalists and writers want to open up the debate on the possibilities of seduction of culture on television and on the need to modernise and encourage the dissemination of cultural contents in the mass media.

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Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

Hay Festival 2010, 
Take a risk and discover what you should be reading this summer. We don’t know who will appear at this event yet, but they’ll be one step away from joining previous prizewinners such as Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness and Meg Rosoff. Participating writers announced in May at: www.hayfestival.com/hayfever. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.
 
10+ years

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Michael Deeley talks to Matthew Field

Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

Hay Festival 2009, 
The A-list producer of The Italian Job, Blade Runner and The Deer Hunter tells his tales from a life in film.

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Norman Mailer talks to Dai Smith

Hay Festival 2000, 
An interview with one of the world's greatest living writers, author of The Naked and the Dead, Barbary Shore, The Executioner's Song, Harlot's Ghost, Ancient Evenings, The Time of Our Time, Oswald's Tale and The Gospel According to the Son. 'Mailer stands toe-to-toe with the heavyweights of literature, trading tale for tale.' He talks to Dai Smith.

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Arthur Smith

My Name is Daphne Fairfax

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hilarious, scandalous and delightfully rude memoir from the comedian – ‘My name is Arthur Smith, unless there’s anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In which case, I’m Daphne Fairfax’.

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Toby Faber

Fabergé’s Eggs

Hay Festival 2008, 
The extraordinary story of the masterpieces that outlived the Tsars and an empire.

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Raymond Tallis

A Defence of Wonder

Hay Festival 2012, 
Do you think philosophy is irrelevant? Think again, says the neuroscientist and philosopher.The pursuit of articulate, reflective wonder, revealing the extraordinary complex mystery of everyday life, is the key to unlocking our spirituality in a post-religious age.