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Chloe Aridjis, Olivier Guez and Raul Zelik in conversation with Michael Jacobs

Berliners

Cartagena 2010, 
Three writers discuss their own visions of Berlin, based on their experiences and their works; a look at the past, the present and the future of a city which is part of our shared memories. With Olivier Guez, journalist and writer, and co-author of La caída del Muro; Chloe Aridjis, author of The Book of Clouds, and Raul Zelik, writer and journalist and author of Situaciones Berlinesas. Chaired by Michael Jacobs, journalist, writer and traveller. 

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

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Joanna Toye

The Archers – Ambridge Chronicles

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Relive some of the defining moments in Ambridge history, delving into the rich archive of its scripts, to celebrate the highs and lows that have made the world’s longest running radio serial so treasured. 

Joanna Toye

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Vikram Seth talks to Laura Restrepo

Segovia 2006, 
Please note: The introduction to this event is in Spanish.

Colombian writer and journalist Laura Restrepo speaks to Indian writer and poet Vikram Seth about his works An Equal Music, A Suitable Boy and Two Lives.

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Julian Allwood and David MacKay talk to Andy Fryers

Sustainable Materials

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ever-growing demand for materials to support our lifestyles is not sustainable – it is time to use those materials more efficiently and explore new ways of manufacturing and production. The authors of Sustainable Materials and Sustainable Energy discuss.

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Perihan Magden and Alejandro Zambra talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions – Damage

Hay Festival 2013, 

Zambra’s Ways Of Going Home is the tragic story of the collateral damage caused by the Pinochet regime, and the burden borne by the new generation as they come to terms with their fragile history. Magden’s Ali And Ramazan pitches its two friends out of the safety of their orphanage onto the streets of Istanbul with tragic consequences.

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Richard Sennett

The Craftsman

Hay Festival 2008, 
The sociologist pursues a philosophical enquiry into why people work hard and take pride in what they do.

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John Carey talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Unexpected Professor

Hay Festival 2014, 

Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, Carey’s warm and funny memoirdescribes the events that formed him: an escape from the London Blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that saw him elected, aged 40, to Oxford’s oldest English Literature professorship.

John Carey talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Vikram Seth

A Summer Requiem

Hay Festival 2015, 

 ‘I have so carefully mapped the corners of my mind | That I am forever waking in a lost country...’ Seth’s new book of poems traces the immutable shifting of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both ‘gifts and harms’. Luminous, resonant and profound, these poems trace the dying days of summer, ‘the hour of rust’, when memory is haunted by loss and decay. But in the silence that follows, as the soul is cast adrift, there is also reconciliation with the transience of all things; the knowledge that there is a place, ‘changeable, that will not betray’. Seth is author of A Suitable Boy, The Golden Gate, The Rivered Earth and Two Lives. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Vikram Seth

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Salman Rushdie talks to Mariella Frostrup

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses The Enchantress of Florence. ‘it is the hand of the master artist, past all explanation, that gives this book its glamour and its power, its humour and shock, its verve, its glory…East meets west with a clash of cymbals and a burst of fireworks’ – Guardian.

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Grace Dent, Cathy Hopkins and Jo Nadin

Queens of Teen

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and have a girly gossip about Shiraz Bailey-Wood, Rachel Riley and the Mates, Dates crew - delicious cupcakes included!

10–16 years

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Martin Amis talks to Gaby Wood

Lionel Asbo

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist launches his state-of-England satire about a very violent but not very successful young criminal who is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won £139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery.

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Richard Evans

The Art of the Album Cover

Hay Festival 2010, 
The designer and writer discusses his own iconic images for The Who, Van Morrison and The Kinks and looks at the greatest examples of the genre with John Harris.

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Helen Skelton

Amy Wild: Amazon Summer

Hay Festival 2015, 

Join TV presenter Helen Skelton as she introduces her children’s book, the first in a new action-packed adventure series. Helen reveals how her own incredible real-life experiences and adventures have influenced her writing, from cycling to the South Pole to tightrope walking between the towers of Battersea Power Station. Amazon Summer is based on Helen’s own experiences travelling through the Amazon. Chaired by writer and broadcaster Matt Brown.

8+ years
Helen Skelton

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Lorrie Moore and Joshua Ferris

Fictions – American Time

Hay Festival 2014, 

In her new collection Bark the great short story writer Lorrie Moore explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls. Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love wend their way through each of these narratives. Moore’s characteristic style is always tender, never sentimental and often heartbreakingly funny. Ferris’s dazzling new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life, the certainty of death, and the importance of good oral hygiene. They talk to Ted Hodgkinson.

Lorrie Moore and Joshua Ferris

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Sebastian Barry and Michael Cunningham

Fictions – Examined Lives

Hay Festival 2014, 

Barry’s A Temporary Gentleman is a heartbreaking portrait of Jack McNulty. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. Cunningham’s The Snow Queen follows the divergent lives of two American brothers as they search for meaning and transcendence. The authors talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

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Copyrights: Books and Social Networks

Segovia 2010, 
Social networks have become privileged channels of communication for publishing houses and writers. Cedro, the Spanish Centre for Reprographic Rights, organises this round table with the aim of introducing the audience to these virtual communities, in which the reader takes on a great importance. Antonio Gómez Rufo, writer, Javier Celaya, specialist in communication and new technologies, and Ana Prieto, from Ediciones SM, will take part. The event will be chaired by Juan Mollá, president of Cedro.

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Shazia Mirza

Hay Festival 2009, 
The stand-up comedian has a glorious, laconic wit, a ruthless eye for the ridiculous, and a relish for shattering taboos. She’s very funny.

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Ali Sparkes & Graham Marks

Spies, Lies and Bad Guys

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two top writers take a closer look at edge-of-your-seat drama. Frozen in Time and Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper are bursting with conspiracy and danger, but how do they come up with all their ideas?
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

Are We All Scientific Experts Now?

Hay Festival 2014, 

How do we identify the true scientific experts? And how do we avoid false scientific‘controversies’ like the MMR debacle and Climategate? The two Cardiff University professors draw on work from Collins’ provocative new book.

 

Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

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Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2008, 
The bestselling and brilliantly funny author talks about Georgia Nicolson on page and screen, with sneak peeks from the upcoming movie of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and the upcoming book, Stop in the Name of Pants.

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Jonathan Powell

Great Hatred, Little Room

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Powell, the government’s key negotiator and Number 10 Chief of Staff tells the inside story of Making Peace in Northern Ireland.

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Adam Nicolson

Earls of Paradise

Hay Festival 2008, 
In his arcadian exploration, the historian takes a single great family, the Earls of Pembroke - their wives, children, estates, tenants and allies - and follows their high and glamorous trajectory across three generations of change, nostalgia, ambition, resistance and war from the 1520s to the 1640s.

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Nicola Coldstream

Builders and Decorators

Hay Festival 2009, 
Medieval Craftsmen in Wales brought to vivid life by the eminent art and architecture historian.

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Simon Hoggart

House Of Fun

Hay Festival 2013, 

The peerless sketch writer yarns 20 Glorious Years In Parliament.

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Morgan Parry, Katie-Jo Luxton, Alun Davies and Geoffrey Lean

How Do We Value The Welsh Natural Environment?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Does putting a monetary value on Wales’ environment help to show how important it is or does it in fact diminish it? How do we fully appreciate and recognise the value of its contribution to our health, wellbeing and economy? Morgan Parry, non-exec director of National Resources Wales, RSPB Cymru’s Katie-Jo Luxton, Alun Davies, Natural Resources Minister for Wales  and The Telegraph’s Geoffrey Lean discuss.

In association with RSPB Cymru