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Gyorgy Konrad in conversation with Adan Kovacsics

Segovia 2010, 
The Hungarian novelist and essayist Gyorgy Konrad was awarded the National Jewish Book Award in 2007 with his memoirs, A Guest in My Own Country: A Hungarian Life, in which he recounts his experience as a Holocaust survivor and as a dissident in his own country. He will talk about this work, which is published in Spain in 2010 under the title Viaje de ida y vuelta, with Adan Kovacsics, his translator into Spanish.

Simultaneous translation from Hungarian to Spanish will be provided.

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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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Carl Bernstein, Jaime Abello, William Sieghart and Perihan Magden chaired by John Kampfner

The Google Debates 1: The Future Of The Free Press

Hay Festival 2013, 

With Leveson on hold in the UK, what does press regulation look like in the rest of the world? Abello is Director of Gabriel García Márquez’s Latin American Journalism Foundation, Sieghart is the Chair of Forward Thinking, and Magden is a columnist for the newspaper Taraf who was tried and acquitted of ‘threatening Turkey’s unity or the integrity of the state.’

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Andrew Simms talks to David Boyle

The New Economics: A Bigger Picture

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why do Modern Britons Work Harder than Medieval Peasants? …and other tales from the new economy about how the old economics got it wrong. nef Policy Director Andrew Simms discusses his latest book with co-author and journalist David Boyle.
Andrew Simms talks to David Boyle

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John Harrison and Gwyneth Lewis

Sailors in Bed: Travels and Journeys of Healing

Hay Festival 2014, 

Wales’ inaugural National Poet Gwyneth Lewis’ latest memoir is Two in a Boat – A Marital Voyage. John Harrison is the author of the Wales Book of the Year winner Cloud Road – A Journey Through the Inca Heartland; he recently recovered from throat cancer. Chaired by New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies.

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Alaa Abdul-Hadi, Layla El Atrash and Hyam Yared in conversation with Iman Humaydan

PEN Centre Lebanon: New Challenges

Beirut 2013, 

A conversation with staff members of the Jordanian, Egyptian, and Lebanese PEN Centres around the importance of Arab PEN Centres in the region. What are the aims, the values and the multilingual literary spaces that PEN creates, and what challenges do PEN Centres encounter in their individual countries?

Event in Arabic and French

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Andrew Simms, Bibi van der Zee, Eliane Glaser, David Boyle

nef series 2: Not the Apocalypse

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bad things are supposed to happen in 2012. But there are many ideas around that could improve our wellbeing and reduce environmental damage. Do we need to think as much about social innovation as technology? This event looks at why and how we can ‘Cancel the Apocalypse’.
 

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Matt Haig and Alyssa Brugman

Closed Doors, Open Minds

Hay Festival 2014, 

Echo Boy is the first novel for young adults from acclaimed author Matt Haig and is a poignant and beautifully-written story about love, loss and what makes us truly human, set in a future world where humans are served by ‘echoes’ – sophisticated, emotionless machines. He is joined by Alyssa Brugman whose groundbreaking novel Alex As Well is a confronting and heartfelt story of adolescent experience – of questioning identity, discovering sexuality, navigating friendships and finding a place to belong.
12+ years (YA)

Matt Haig and Alyssa Brugman

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Poetry Gala

Cartagena 2011, 
Our 6th Poetry Gala includes outstanding Colombian and foreign authors: William Ospina and Hugo Chaparro (Colombia), Miguel Syjuco (the Philippines), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Andrés Neuman (Argentina), Owen Sheers (United Kingdom), Francisco Hinojosa (Mexico), Khaled Khalifa (Siria), Agustín Fernández Mallo (Spain) and Alberto Barrera Tyszka (Venezuela). Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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Paul Theroux talks to Rosie Boycott

The Tao of Travel

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist and travel-writer celebrates his fifty years wandering the globe.

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Melvin Burgess in conversation with Fitch O’Connell

Hay Festivalito for kids

Segovia 2010, 
The British author Melvin Burgess, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction award and the Carnegie Medal, will talk about the role of youngsters and adolescents in his novels and stories.

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Gypsy Hill – Festival Party

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Shake your tail-feather to the electrifying energy generated as this 5-piece band blend authentic Balkan/Gypsy/Swing music with a touch of electronic beats, scratching and uplifting bass lines featuring DJ Kobayashi.
 
Doors open at 8.30pm
Gypsy Hill – Festival Party

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Danny Quah y Alejandro Lorca en conversación con Adam Austerfield

La Crisis Global: ¿Está el sistema económico mundial fuera de control?

Segovia 2008, 
Danny Quah, Director del Departamento de Economía de London School of Economics, conversará sobre la situación global financiera con Alejandro Lorca, Catedrático de Teoría Económica y Fundamentos del Análisis Económico de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. En conversación con Adam Austerfield, Director de Proyectos de Enterprise LSE Ltd.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanea del inglés al español.

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Lucy Boyd talks to Monty Don

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Kitchen Memories

Hay Festival 2013, 

This year’s foodie conversation given in the name of the River Café founder features her daughter, the chef and head gardener at the Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries Café. Her cooking and gardening experience has guided Lucy throughout her 8-year partnership with award-winning chef Skye Gyngell and nurtured a fascination for Italian vegetables and salads, herbs and edible flowers.

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Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

The Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: East West Street

Hay Festival 2017, 

Sands’s inquiry into the origins of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity' is also a personal quest for his family in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. It won this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize. Hay Festival-goers will have heard Sands explore many of the themes of the story here over the past decade. We revisit East West Street this year to honour one of the greatest works of literature of the festival’s lifetime; a book that might be read around Europe and around the world to inform the way contemporary history is developing.

Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

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Paul Zak

The Moral Molecule

Hay Festival 2012, 
The economist explains his theory that oxytocin drives our morality and is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that build and help maintain stable societies.

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John Bird, Kate Maryon, Andy McCullough

Running Away

Hay Festival 2013, 

Every five minutes a child runs away. Every year sees around 100,000 under-16-year-old kids on UK streets. A huge percentage of homeless adults were once runaways. The Big Issue founder discusses with children's author Kate Maryon and The Railway Children’s Head of UK policy.

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Sabine Bahn

Cambridge 800 Series: Bringing Mental Illness Out of the Shadows

Hay Festival 2009, 
Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research’s expert discusses new developments in understanding and treating severe mental illness. Chaired by consultant psychiatrist Harriet Stewart.

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Jo Brand talks to Francine Stock

The More You Ignore Me

Hay Festival 2009, 
Celebrity, coming of age and cowshit… the comedian launches the great Herefordshire novel?

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Horrid Henry

Francesca Simon

Hay Festival 2008, 
Francesca Simon tells why she created Horrid Henry, revels in his terrible antics, and lets us in on some mischievous adventures she has planned for him in the future.

Hay Fever 7 yrs +

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Rob Penn, Jill Butler and Justin Albert

Woodland Trust Series 1: The Country Living Debate – Why Aren’t Special Trees Valued Like Monuments?

Hay Festival 2015, 

A Victorian urinal and the Beatles’ childhood home have been given national protection, but there is no legal safeguard for our ancient trees. The broadcaster, Woodland Trust expert and director of the National Trust in Wales discuss whether buildings receive greater recognition than the landmarks of the natural world. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Rob Penn, Jill Butler and Justin Albert

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Marcus du Sautoy

A world of possibilities: The adventures of a mathematician with symmetry

Cartagena 2012, 
Symmetry is all around us. Of great importance for our interpretation of the world, this unique phenomenon indicates a dynamic relationship between objects. In chemistry and physics, the concept of symmetry explains the structures of crystals and the theory of fundamental particles; in evolutionary biology, the natural world uses symmetry in the struggle for survival; symmetry (and the rupture of it) is central in art, architecture and music. This talk offers a very special view of the concept, seen from the point of view of a mathematician. Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and has been a visiting lecturer at institutions such as the Collège de France, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute in Bonn and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A regular contributor to both written and audiovisual media, he has published The Music of the Primes (2003) and Symmetry (2008).

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the British Council

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Heston Blumenthal talks to Jay Rayner

The Fat Duck Cookbook

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great culinary alchemist, whose Fat Duck at Bray has enjoyed three Michelin stars since 2004, talks to the Observer restaurant critic.

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Stephen Roche and William Fotheringham

Born to Ride

Hay Festival 2012, 
The publicatiuon of this autobiography celebrates the 25th anniversary of Roche’s incredible triple victory – the Tour de France, Giro de Italia and the World Championships. The only other cyclist ever to achieve this is the subject of Fotheringham’s new biography - Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike. They talk to Rob Penn.

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John Adamson

The Noble Revolt

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian traces the careers and fortunes of the English noblemen who risked their lives and fortunes to overthrow Charles I.