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Annabel Pitcher and Marcus Sedgwick

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece and Midwinterblood

Hay Festival 2012, 
See two amazing writers discuss their compelling stories of love and sacrifice. Chaired by Lorna Bradbury
 
12+ years

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Marcos Giralt Torrente in conversation with Antonio Lozano

Cartagena 2012, 
All narrative, including that which intends to imitate life, is a fiction, an artifice. Starting with that premise, in his latest novel, Tiempo de vida, Marcos Giralt Torrente deals with a universal theme: the death of one’s father. The novel won the Spanish 2011 National Narrative Prize. Winner of the 1999 Herralde Novel Prize for his novel París, his also the author of Los seres felices and contributes regularly as a literary critic to Babelia, the cultural supplement of the newspaper El País

With the support of the Spanish Embassy

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The Creative & Cultural Skills Conference at Hay

Rosie Boycott, Howard Jacobson, Tiffany Murray and Sarfraz Manzoor

Hay Festival 2009, 
Session 1: How to wield a pen more lucratively than a sword

The first of three sessions specifically designed to explore professional development for writers discusses careers as writers, how to develop skills and how to diversify a writing career. Chaired by Peter Florence.

See also events [258] and [263].

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Open Mic 2

Unpublished Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join in a brand new venture to share your work with an audience. All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you'd like to read, please email boxoffice@hayfestival.com with 'Open Mic' in the subject line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry. This event will be repeated (with different participants) on 5 June. Paul Blezard MCs.

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Karl Ove Knausgård in conversation with Jonathan Levi

Beirut 2013, 

International bestselling Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård has written autobiographical books that have sparked controversy and fascination in equal measure. His novel A Time For Everything was described by the New York Review of Books as ‘marvellous’. He talks to Jonathan Levi about his six autobiographical novels in the My Struggle series.

Event in English

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Philip Gross, Olivia Cole

Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2010, 
Gross won the TS Eliot Prize for The Water Table and has recently published I Spy Pinhole Eye and a collection for children, Off Road To Everywhere; Cole reads from her debut collection Restricted View.

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The 2008 Raymond Williams Lecture: Border Country

Hay Festival 2008, 
Dai Smith explores Williams’ relationship with the Black Mountains, landscape and storytelling. Smith is the author of Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale. Introduced by Eric Hobsbawm.

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David Shelton

A Boy And A Bear In A Boat

Hay Festival 2013, 

A boy and a bear go to sea with a comic book, a suitcase and a ukulele and encounter sea monsters, ghost ships and storms in this slightly scary, surreal and funny story. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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Dambisa Moyo talks to Jon Snow

Dead Aid

Hay Festival 2009, 
Western Aid is not relieving poverty and disaster in Africa. The Zambian economist analyses how the new world order of the G20 might realign trade and investment in developing worlds.

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Adam Nicolson

When God Spoke English

Hay Festival 2011, 
The compelling story of scholarship, populism, diversity, unification and language in The Making of The King James Bible.

More about the book here

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Javier del Pino and Ramón Lobo with Aurelio Martin

Journalist by trade

Segovia 2013, 

Javier del Pino, director of A vivir que son dos días from Cadena SER, and Ramon Lobo, contributor to digital media such as Jot Down and InfoLibre, speak with Aurelio Martin, vice-president of the Federacion de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE) about the profound identity crisis in journalism.

 

In collaboration with the Asociación de la Prensa de Segovia. 

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Colin Thubron

To a Mountain in Tibet

Hay Festival 2011, 
Mount Kailas is the most sacred of the world’s mountains. Isolated beyond the central Himalayas, it is claimed by myth to be the source of the universe created from cosmic waters and the mind of Brahma. Chaired by Mick Brown.

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Arnold Wesker

All Things Tire of Themselves

Hay Festival 2009, 
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the playwright knight’s first play with a magical reading of his poetry.

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John Guy

Thomas Becket - Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim: A 900-Year-Old Story Retold

Hay Festival 2012, 
At the height of his powers, he led 700 knights into battle, brokered peace between nations, had the ear of the Pope and brought one of the strongest rulers in Christendom to his knees. Within three years of his bloody assassination, Becket was a saint whose cult had spread the length and breadth of Europe.

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Jon Lee Anderson en conversación con Christopher Domínguez

Segovia 2008, 
Jon Lee Anderson, uno de los grandes cronistas de The New Yorker. Empezó en 1979 como reportero del semanario peruano The Lima Times, a lo largo de su carrera, ha escrito para medios tan destacados como el New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, El País, Harper’s y Time. Entre otros, ha escrito los perfiles de Fidel Castro, Gabriel García Márquez, Augusto Pinochet, el rey Juan Carlos, Saddam Hussein y Hugo Chávez. Ha cubierto más de una decena de guerras alrededor del mundo. Conversará sobre Latinoamérica y sus retos con Christopher Domínguez, escritor, critico literario y editor de la revista Letras Libres.

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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

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Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

Fictions – The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster discusses her first novel. When Elizabeth Pringle, an inspirational teacher on the island of Arran dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances.

Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

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Oliver Jeffers, Rachel Bright and Chris Haughton

Art & Illustration

Hay Festival 2014, 

Chris Haughton, Oliver Jeffers and Rachel Bright make art. Rachel is a picture book maker and commercial illustrator – and our Hay Festival illustrator this year. Oliver is an award-winning picture book maker and painter who has recently collaborated on projects with TED and U2. Chris Haughton is a rising star in art and design. Join them for a fascinating conversation about their working lives. For all design, illustration and art fans.

12+ years (YA)

Oliver Jeffers, Rachel Bright and Chris Haughton

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Javier Argüello, Cristina Grande y Ricardo Menéndez Salmón en conversación con Mal

Nuevos narradores

Segovia 2008, 
¿Hacia dónde va la nueva narrativa? ¿Cuáles son los referentes literarios y culturales que comparten los autores que, recientemente, han reclamado y conseguido un espacio propio en el panorama literario en español?. El editor Malcolm Otero Barral conversará con una selección de escritores jovenes: Cristina Grande, una de las autoras jovenes mas alabadas en el 2008 con Naturaleza Infiel;Javier Argüello, escritor de origen argentino afincado en Barcelona y autor de Siete cuentos imposibles y El mar de todos los muertos (2008) y Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, cuya quinta novela, La ofensa, ha sido galardonada premio Qwerty de Barcelona TV a la revelación literaria del 2007, Premio Librería Sintagma al mejor libro del año y elegida por la revista Quimera como major obra de narrativa del 2007.

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Dugald A. Steer

Dragonology

Hay Festival 2009, 
Dragon scales, riddles and runes; come and learn the secrets of the ancient science of dragonology. Mystery and magic guaranteed.

7 years +

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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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Monty Don talks to Peter Florence

Eight Poems in a Garden

Hay Festival 2015, 

The gardener and writer could transform the flora of any desert island into a magical paradise, but which works of literature would he choose to accompany him? In his 2006 conversation with Sue Lawley his track to save was The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night, his book was The Collected Poems of Henry Vaughan and his luxury was the painting Hendrickje Bathing by Rembrandt…

Monty Don talks to Peter Florence

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John Mullan

Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature

Hay Festival 2008, 
Super-Don John Mullan unmasks the disguises and deceits of writers from Jane Austen to Joe Klein.

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Helena Kennedy

In Defence of Democracy

Cartagena 2010, 
Baroness Helena Kennedy is a barrister and a member of the House of Lords, where she is in charge of matters related to human rights, civil rights, social justice and culture. Conscious of the importance of education, she has founded the Helena Kennedy Foundation, a trust that provides bursaries to help the most disadvantaged in society. She is author of Just Law: The Changing Face of Justice

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

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Miguel Syjuco in conversation with Beatriz de Moura

Cartagena 2011, 
The Filipino writer Miguel Syjuco put his small island in the spotlight of contemporary literature with his first novel, Ilustrado, winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize, as well as a Palanca Award, the most prestigious prize in Philippine literature. Today he will talk to the well-known editor Beatriz de Moura about this fascinating history that has captivated both the public and the critics. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available