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Howard Jacobson

Austen Bicentenary Series 2: Pride & Prejudice 200

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker winner celebrates the bicentenary of Austen’s great English novel, and admires the genius of her comedy and style.

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Wallace Broecker and Robert Kunzig talk to Jon Snow

Fixing Climate

Hay Festival 2008, 
The pre-eminent climate change scientist who coined the term ‘global warming’ way back in 1975 Wallace Broecker and his co-author Robert Kunzig propose a radical and amazing solution to the carbon crisis.

Chaired by Jon Snow.

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Martin Amis en conversación con Peter Florence

Segovia 2009, 
El escritor británico vuelve a Segovia, esta vez para mostrarnos su labor como ensayista y comentarista, analizando a través de sus escritos los sucesos más importantes de los últimos treinta años; muchos de estos artículos estan recogidos en su libro The Second Plane, el cual será publicado próximamente en español. Conversará con Peter Florence, director del Hay Festival.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Horatio Clare

Myths & Legends of the Brecon Beacons

Hay Festival 2017, 

Discover the magic and myths hidden in the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons. Find Arthur and his knights sleeping away the decades in a cave, and go on the search for the White Lady of Tretower Court with the award-winning author of Down To The Sea In Ships, The Prince’s Pen and Orison for a Curlew. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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David Crystal

What The Dickens!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The linguistics Prof mines the work of the novelist - one of the greatest ever writers of dialect, dialogue and description, and an inventive master of vocabulary and language.

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Alex de la Iglesia en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2013, 
El director, productor y guionista español, autor de películas como El Día de la Bestia, La Comunidad o la reciente La Chispa de la Vida, es además un creador de gran influencia dentro del mundo del cine internacional. Fue director de la Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias de España entre el 2009 y el 2011 y participa regularmente en la escena pública, a menudo apoyando causas e impulsando las industrias culturales. Acualmente está finalizando su última película Las Brujas de de Zugarramurdi.

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Richard Madeley talks to Raj Persaud

Fathers and Sons

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster sits down with the psychiatrist to analyse his agonising family memoir.

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Joseph Stiglitz & Linda Bilmes

The $3 Trillion War

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Nobel Economist and his co-author audit The True Cost of the War in Iraq. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Carmen Posadas, Ricardo Menéndez Salmón y Gustavo Martín Garzo en conversación con Fernando Marías

Una de monstruos

Segovia 2008, 
Es posible reinventar hoy a lose monstruos literarios de siempre? Dracula, Frankenstein, el hombre lobo... Carmen Posadas, Ricardo Menendez Salmon y Gustavo Martin Garzo han realizado el experimento y lo contaran en esta mesa moderada por Fernando Marias, director de la serie 'ternura para los monstruos' (451 Editores).

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Bob Geldof in conversation

Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence …and rock ’n’ roll

Hay Festival 2011, 
The sixth in a series of conversations over the last twenty years with the musician, campaigner and businessman focuses on song-writing, the environment and African trade.

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General Sir Mike Jackson

Soldier

Hay Festival 2008, 
The former Chief of General Staff discusses Kosovo, the Taliban, Iraq and government - army relations with his hallmark candour. Chaired by BBC World’s Nik Gowing.

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Michael Wood

Found in Translation

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the translators of this encyclopedic philosophical lexicon – The Dictionary of Untranslatables – examines some of the philosophical, literary and political terms and concepts that defy easy – or any – translation from one language and culture to another. He talks to Daniel Hahn, the national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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Francesca Scotti, Andrea Lundgren, Eurig Salisbury

Scritture Giovani 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
Young writers from Italy, Sweden, Wales and Germany read and discuss their short stories commissioned on the theme of ‘Why?’ Chaired by Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
 
In partnership with Festivaletteratura Mantova and Literaturfestival Berlin, and sponsored by Fondazione Cariplo and Illy Coffee
 
FREE BUT TICKETED

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Pascale Petit

What The Water Gave Me

Hay Festival 2010, 
The poet reads her new collection, and shows the images by Frida Kahlo that inspired the poems.
Pascale Petit

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Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee talk to Peter Florence and Alice Key

Caspar Lee: the Book

Hay Festival 2016, 

YouTube sensation Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee discuss the power of social media and life at the heart of it, including details about their now-famous mother/son relationship. Join them in conversation with the Hay Festival Director.

12+

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Nicholas Ostler

The Last Lingua Franca - The Rise and Fall of World Languages

Hay Festival 2012, 
In their time, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian have each been world languages, sweeping the globe for centuries at a time. And yet they have all been displaced, just as the linguist predicts English will be. With a working knowledge of twenty-six languages, Nicholas now runs an institute for the protection of endangered languages.

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Ian Mortimer

Rewriting History

Hay Festival 2010, 
Since his first book was published seven years ago, Ian Mortimer has challenged conventional understandings of the past. This includes correcting dubious facts as well as reconsidering the ways we 'do' history – from studying a man over the course of a single year to writing history as a guidebook, in the present tense. Here he explains the various approaches that have earned him scholarly respect as well as a place on the bestseller lists.

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Frank Close

Anti Matter

Hay Festival 2009, 
The eminent particle physicist examines the reality of the great sci-fi staple catastrophe, and how it grew from the meeting point of relativity and quantum theory in the early C20th, to the discovery of the first antiparticles, cosmic rays, annihilation, antimatter bombs and antiworlds, all the way to CERN in Geneva.

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Tim Jackson

Prosperity Without Growth

Hay Festival 2010, 
In the advanced economies ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness and may even impede it. The sustainability adviser provides a credible vision of how human society can flourish – within the ecological limits of a finite planet.
Tim Jackson

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Robert Muchamore and Sophie McKenzie

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two of our bestselling writers of adventure novels for young adults talk about their writing. Muchamore introduces his new novel Rock War, and looks back on ten years of his bestselling CHERUB series; and McKenzie discusses Split Second, her action-packed new thriller. Both authors create plots full of excitement, intrigue and adventure, and here is your chance to find out how it’s done.
Duration 45 minutes
11+ years

Robert Muchamore and Sophie McKenzie

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Liz Kessler

Enchanting Tails

Hay Festival 2010, 
The creator of Emily Windsnap and Phillipa Fisher weaves her charm, as she reveals the secrets, dreams and mysteries that go into her writing. Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy with insatiable curiosity and a love of adventure.
 
8–12 years

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Germaine Greer, Philippe Sands, John Mitchinson

Going, Going – Best of British

Hay Festival 2011, 
In three short counterblasts, festival guests champion three national treasures that are endangered by our lack of care. Greer talks about English bluebells; Sands talks about the sheikh up of football club ownership; Mitchinson mourns the quite interesting loss of lunch – a potential disaster for work and play.

All proceeds support free tickets for schools.

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Elif Batuman and Carolina Sanin talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Identities

Hay Festival 2017, 

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey gets involved with a cosmopolitan Serb and a Hungarian mathematician. At once clever and clueless, Batuman’s novel The Idiot shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self. From imagined worlds to lost loves, Sanin’s The Children explores the limits of isolation and intimacy, motherhood, neglect and compassion.

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Growing up different: Precious Williams, Lemn Sissay and Ross Van Horn

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
What’s your idea of a normal childhood? What kind of childhood makes a writer? These festival authors who grew up in mulit-racial backgrounds, juggle notions of adversity and security, loneliness and independence, fantasy and reality.

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Simon Mitton

Heart Of Darkness

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is there something rather than nothing? Over the past thirty years, scientists have learned that two little-understood components – dark matter and dark energy – comprise most of the known cosmos, explain the growth of all cosmic structure, and hold the key to the universe’s fate. (This is way beyond rocket science – but riveting and really entertaining.)