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Carmen Posadas and Boris Izaguirre

Cartagena 2012, 
Carmen Posadas is the author of five novels, two biographies, more than 15 children’s books and a number of film and television screenplays. She won the Planeta Prize in 1998 for Pequeñas infamias, and has just published, together with her brother, Hoy caviar, mañana sardinas, an amusing, enjoyable tale about diplomatic life and its gastronomic side. Boris Izaguirre, the well-known Spanish TV presenter, was shortlisted for the 2007 Planeta Prize for his novel Villa Diamante and has just published Dos monstruos juntos, a novel that portrays the end of an epoch when everything, from success to absolute impunity, seemed easy. 

With the support of Fundación Lara

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Amanda Galsworthy talks to Philippe Sands

The Interpreter

Hay Festival 2013, 

The interpreter for presidents Sarkozy, Mitterrand and Chirac discusses the subtleties of translation and negotiation, and the big beasts of France.

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Toby Harnden

Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain’s War in Afghanistan

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Telegraph’s US editor had unprecedented access to the battalion over the last fifteen years, and specifically in the extreme conditions of Helmand in 2009. At the time of going to press the MOD has just bought and pulped the entire print run of this book. We’ll follow that story too...

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Rebecca Miller talks to Francine Stock

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and film director discusses her fiction and cinema treatments of her compelling story.

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Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens

Dastardly Villains (and Iced Buns for Tea)

Hay Festival 2015, 
Robin Stevens’ Wells and Wong schoolgirl detective stories are thrilling books for tween detectives who adore solving dastardly murders. Think St Trinians meets Miss Marple. Katherine Woodfine’s readers of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow enter a world of bonbons, perfumes and mysteries around every corner. Gasp as our bold heroines vow to bring the villains to justice before devouring another iced bun.
9+ years
Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens

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Steven Butler

Hay Festival 2012, 
A tale of mistaken troll-dentity from a bright new star in children’s funny fiction (Shhh! He also played Henry in Horrid Henry Live and Horrid!). Delightfully disgusting. 5+ years

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Philippa Gregory talks to Giles Tremlett

Segovia 2012, 
Philippa Gregory, best-selling writer of historical novels, discusses her latest book The Red Queen with Giles Tremlett, Guardian correspondent in Spain. They share a passion for the Tudors.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. Co-organized with the British Council and the Fundación Lara.

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The Poetry Gala

Hay Festival 2006, 
Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, James Fenton, John Fuller, Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Owen Sheers and Hugo Williams, hosted by Wales’ Poet Laureate Gwyneth Lewis. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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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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Gaynor Arnold and Emily Perkins talk to Ariane Koek

Story: Loves

Hay Festival 2009, 
Arnold’s Booker-shortlisted Girl in a Blue Dress is a retelling of the difficult lives of Catherine and Charles Dickens; Perkins’ award-winning Novel About My Wife is a harrowing portrait of a marriage.

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The State of the Union

Hay Festival 2008, 
NY-based internationalist Shashi Tharoor hosts this conversation about American society with Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian, Matt Frei author of Only in America and Jacob Weisberg, author of The Bush Tragedy and online editor of Slate online magazine.

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Nick Harkaway and SJ Parris talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fictions - The Plotters

Hay Festival 2012, 
Angelmaker is a kaleidoscopic, comedy adventure - a one-sit read about a mobster’s son and a retired secret agent who are forced to team up to save the world; Sacrilege is the third in the meticulously plotted series of Giordano Bruno Elizabethan thrillers.

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Andrew Simms, Carolyn Steel and Tom Andrews

The Great Transition in Food and Farming

Hay Festival 2012, 
This year we’re going to stop waiting and start changing. The Great Transition Campaign, of which the Soil Association is a supporter, is running a series of events leading up to the Earth Summit, asking the question ‘What if?’ Our contribution to this debate: What if our cities produced our food?
 
Supported by The Soil Association

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Penelope Leach

Contemporary Childcare: The Elephant In All Our Living Rooms

Hay Festival 2009, 
Children’s wellbeing – even survival – depends, as it always has, on somebody taking care of them every minute of every day and night. But who is to do that caring, and who should bear the costs?

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Lewis Davies, Sian Preece, Mario Basini

Pen Envy: Catching up with cousins

Hay Festival 2000, 
Basini, Literary Editor of the Westen Mail, is joined by the publishing editior of Parthain Books, Lewis Davies, author of Work, Sex and Rugby and My Piece of Happiness, and Welsh exile in Scotland, Sian Preece, whose first collection of stories is From the Life, to discuss how Welsh writing is catching up with its Celtic cousins.

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Cressida Cowell

Hiccup: How to Ride a Dragon Storm

Hay Festival 2009, 
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly unusual, hilarious hero.  Join the author of the brilliant How to Train your Dragon series for more swashbuckling adventures, madcap humour and of course, lots of deadly dragons.

7–10 years

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Jules Evans

Philosophy For Life And Other Dangerous Situations

Hay Festival 2013, 

The philosopher imagines a dream school, which includes 12 of the greatest and most colourful thinkers the world has ever known. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives.

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Tony Ross

Hay Festival 2013, 

Tony Ross takes a line for a walk to reveal how he created many of the characters you know and love, including Little Princess, Horrid Henry and Dr Xargle. Pick up some drawing tips from an expert.

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Mark Easton

Britain Etc

Hay Festival 2012, 
The broadcaster maps the backstory of contemporary Britain with a delightfully eccentric alphabet of meticulously researched essays that allow a park, a wedding, a beggar and a carrot all to take on new significance and deepen our understanding of our islands.

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Brian Moore and Max Davidson talk to Mark Skipworth

Man Talk

Hay Festival 2012, 
The England rugby hero and author of More Thoughts of Chairman Moore hunkers down with the author of We’ll get ’em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century That Changed Everything. The Telegraph’s Executive Editor refs.

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Emily Bell in conversation with María Elvira Bonilla

Online Journalism

Cartagena 2011, 
The journalist Emily Bell is the new director of Colombia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism in New York. She worked for 17 years on the British newspapers The Guardian and The Observer, leading the creation of their first electronic edition. An expert in digital media, Bell argues that this kind of journalism shares paramount values with the best of print journalism, but that it is essentially different in terms of distribution and format, and also in its relationship with readers. She talks to María Elvira Bonilla, editor of the digital magazine Kien y Ke.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Paul Murdin

Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos

Hay Festival 2010, 
In this lavishly illustrated talk the astronomer demonstrates how human ingenuity, technological innovation and occasionally pure serendipity have expanded our knowledge beyond anything our ancestors even a generation ago could have imagined.
Paul Murdin

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Louise Yates

Dog Loves…

Hay Festival 2014, 
The author of the wonderful – and Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning – Dog Loves series shares her inspiration and encourages young children to join in the story and do some drawing.
3+ years
Louise Yates

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Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman

Fictions – Interesting Times

Hay Festival 2014, 

Harkaway’s Tigerman and Haider Rahman’s In The Light of What We Know are superb novels of huge scale and imagination that range across the turbulent contemporary world, exploring loyalties, friendship and redemption. They discuss their stories with Olivia Cole.

Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman

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Lucy Cousins

Maisy

Hay Festival 2010, 
A rare appearance from this beloved author-illustrator with live drawing and stories from a certain little mouse who loves adventures.
 
Family event