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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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Anne Applebaum

Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe 1944–56

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag mines new archive material to chronicle Stalin’s brutal evisceration of the civil societies newly liberated from Nazi occupation as his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system: communism. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Michael Wood

The Story of England

Hay Festival 2011, 
Fifteen hundred years of English history told through the archaeology, records and DNA of the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire. Spellbinding.
 
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Mario Vargas Llosa

La literatura y el escritor

Segovia 2008, 
Mario Vargas Llosa, uno de los más importantes novelistas y ensayistas de Latinoamérica, escritor de grandes obras literarias como La ciudad y los perros, Conversación en la catedral, La Casa Verdey su más reciente Travesuras de la niña mala (2006), nos ofrece una conferencia sobre sus grandes temas: qué es ser escritor y sobre la creación literaria. Entre las más importantes distinciones que ha recibido, sólo entre las concedidas a la literatura en lengua española, figuran el premio Rómulo Gallegos (1967); el Príncipe de Asturias (1986), compartido con Rafael Lapesa; el Planeta (1993), con la novela Lituma en los Andes y el Cervantes (1994). Presentado por Félix Romeo, periodista cultural.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés.

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Mansur Rajih, Pegah Ahmadi and Basim Mardan talk to Shenaz Kedar

People Power in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2011, 
Exiled writers from Yemen, Iran and Iraq discuss their work and the upheavals in the Middle East with the director of the Writers' Centre Norwich Shahrazad project.

Decades of silence, self-censorship and repression have been confronted by an explosion of social demands and movements for change by the people for the people stretching from Tunisia across the Middle East. What kind of reforms are needed to satisfy the dreams and demands of the people? Join Shenaz Kedar in a panel discussion with exiled International Cities of Refuge writers Mansur Rajih (Yemen), Pegah Ahmadi (Iran) and Basim Mardan (Iraq) for a discussion on these issues and their hopes for the future. 

This is a Writers’ Centre Norwich Shahrazad event organised as part of our Norwich City of Refuge scheme and supported by the EU Culture programme.

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development organisation focused on the artistic and social power of creative writing. www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

Norwich City of Refuge
Under the auspices of WCN, Norwich joined the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) In July 2006 and remains the only UK City of Refuge. We use literature to raise awareness of issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees in imaginative and engaging ways through a varied arts education programme.

Shahrazad is a Europe-wide collaboration between five International Cities of Refuge that spreads the stories of refugee and exiled writers who have found sanctuary in Europe through the Cities of Refuge Network (www.icorn.org). It is run by literary organizations in Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Stavanger, Stockholm and Norwich. www.shahrazadeu.org

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

Radical

Hay Festival 2015, 

Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) where he played a leading and international role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. Arriving in Egypt the day before 9/11, his views soon led to his arrest, imprisonment and mental torture, before being thrown into solitary confinement in a Cairo jail reserved for political prisoners. There, while mixing with everyone from the assassins of Egypt’s president to Liberal reformists, he underwent an intellectual transformation and, on his release after four years, he publicly renounced the Islamist ideology that had defined his life. This move would cost him his marriage, his family and his friends as well as his personal security.

Nawaz now works all over the world to counter Islamism and to promote democratic ideals through his organisation, the Quilliam Foundation, and is standing for Parliament.

Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

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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.)

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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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Timbuktu and Hay

Hay Festival 2008, 
Catch up with the twinning projects involving local teachers, doctors and artisans. Films, stories and chat. Chaired by Paul Blezard and introduced by the Mayor of Hay.

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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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Peeling back the Mask - The Man who became Miguna Miguna

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
The book that took Kenya by storm; Miguna Miguna himself addresses the controversy behind his book.

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Peter Godwin talks to Richard E Grant

The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe

Hay Festival 2011, 
In 2008 after the election Mugabe lost, the journalist travelled widely through his home country to see the torture bases, the burned villages, the death squads, the opposition leaders in hiding, the last white farmers, the churchmen and the diplomats putting their own lives on the line to stop the carnage.
 
More about Peter Godwin

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David Sinden, Matthew Morgan and Guy MacDonald

Alien Invaders

Hay Festival 2012, 
Evil aliens and toxic planets…an awesome space adventure with the energetic trio behind the YUCK! series.
 
7+ years

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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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Jackie Morris with Kerry Andrew

The Lost Words: Live Painting

Hay Festival 2018, 

The artist, co-creator of the Book of the Year, talks about the extraordinary project to reclaim and celebrate The Lost Words whilst she paints live onstage. She is accompanied by the music and song of Kerry Andrew performing the spells. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – dandelion, otter, bramble, acorn – all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Morris and her poet-spellcaster, Robert Macfarlane, have created a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. They capture the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop, which is hosting an exhibition of Jackie’s work until 31 August 2018

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David Moore and Peter Wakelin

A Taste Of The Avant-Garde: 56 Group Wales, 56 years

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creation, growth and influence of this still-thriving major grouping of Welsh artists, founded in 1956. Illustrated with images by the artists.

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Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behaviour

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Orange Prize-winning author of The Lacuna discusses her suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial set in the Appalachian Mountains. Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson.

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Tracy Borman

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty

Hay Festival 2016, 

Even in their most private moments, the Tudor monarchs were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. The Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces uses the personal notes from these courtier intimates to give a revelatory picture of the Tudors’ private lives.

Tracy Borman

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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2015, 

Following on the success of last year, the Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE is back for part two of his now published and bestselling book Happiness by Design. Through ‘Decide, Design and Do’, he reveals the ways in which we can actually become happier without having to think too hard about it. Change what you do, not how you think, to get more pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

Paul Dolan

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Jon Gower, Jeremy Moore, Tomos Williams

At Water’s Edge

Hay Festival 2012, 
As the All-Wales Coast Path opens to the public, the writer is joined by his fellow-travelling photographer and trumpeter to explore the country’s 870-mile edge, where land meets sea.

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Graham Rankin

The Flowering of Aberglasney

Hay Festival 2010, 
The award-winning story of the restoration of the Welsh gardens, now celebrating their tenth year after reopening.
Graham Rankin

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Jonathon Harrington, Rosie Boycott, Colin Spedding, Christie Peacock, Denis Murphy

Food Security

Hay Festival 2011, 
What can we do? Encourage organic farming? Eat less meat? Reduce food waste? Support GM plant breeding? Grow our own?
 
A little further reading... articles by Jonathon Harrington and Christie Peacock:
 

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John Bird in conversation with Marcel Berlins

The Necessity Of Poverty

Hay Festival 2013, 

The founder of The Big Issue mounts a blistering attack on orthodox thinking around the gap between rich and poor, sparing neither himself nor others in identifying what needs to be done to end poverty.

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Rita Carter

Multiplicity: The New Science of Personality

Hay Festival 2008, 
Multiple personalities are traditionally the stuff of horror movies, thrillers and bizarre mental disorders. Rita Carter argues that every one of us consists of different and often competing selves.

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Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

Hay Festival 2015, 

Satish Kumar, a former monk and long-term peace and environmental activist, talks us through his life: his 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, co-founding the Schumacher College, and his hopes for the future.

Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers