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I Decide What Culture Is...

Segovia 2010, 
A book, an exhibition, a film, a chef or a fashion designer cannot succeed without help from the media. But... why do some artists appear in them and not others? How is the content of cultural pages and programmes decided in the media on a daily basis? Can the press decide its own agenda regardless of what the industry and cultural agents dictate? Borja Hermoso, Emilio Sanz and Carlos Gosch discuss, chaired by Ignacio Bazarra.

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Clara Sánchez in conversation with Manuel Calderón

Segovia 2010, 
Lo que esconde tu nombre, by Clara Sánchez, will be the theme of the conversation between the author and Manuel Calderón, editor-in-chief of the culture section of the newspaper La Razón. In this novel, winner of the ‘Premio Nadal’ award in 2010, Sánchez carries out a splendid analysis of the hidden lives of the Nazis who arrived in the Spanish ‘Levante’ (the regions of Valencia and Murcia) after the Second World War and reveals the impunity they have enjoyed. 

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided. 
Sign language interpretation will be provided.

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Esperanza Ortega and Gustavo Martín Garzo in conversation with José María Merino

Letras náufragas

Segovia 2010, 
A conversation about the work of these creators born in Castile and León, literary creation and the craft of writing.

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Iain Hutchison: What’s in a Face?

Segovia 2010, 
From face transplants to plastic surgery, facial reconstruction surgeon Ian Hutchison will talk about the challenges, and identity-related and ethical questions arising from such innovative work. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The hysterical tale of a snow-line gardener from Hay Bluff and his struggle From Derelict Smallholding to Mountain Paradise.

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Any Hay Questions

Winter Weekend 2010, 
Six months in, the new government is trailing Labour in the polls, and its CSR is beginning to bite. Come and question the cuts and coalition with a panel which includes Jesse Norman MP, author of The Big Society, Labour Peer and chairman of the British Greyhound Racing Board Lord Lipsey, Roger Williams MP, the Hay GP and Medics4Timbuktu hero Julie Grigg, and Gwernyfed student David Jones. Dimblebyed by Peter Florence.
 
This event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Rob Penn

It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

Winter Weekend 2010, 
This is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike. It’s a tale of perfect components – parts that set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty. It tells how the bicycle has changed the course of human history, from the invention of the ‘people’s nag’ to its role in the emancipation of women, and from the engineering marvel of the tangent-spoked wheel to the enduring allure of the Tour de France.
 
To blow away the winter blues, Rob will also lead a group road bike ride, departing from the town clock in Hay at 9am and returning at 10.30am. Distance 20–25 miles, taking in some hills. Lots of chat, but no dawdling. If you'd like to sign up or want more information, contact Rob: 07979 265 436 or by email to post@robpenn.net. All welcome.
WE'RE SORRY THAT THE GROUP BIKE RIDE HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER. 
ROB'S SPEAKING EVENT WILL GO AHEAD AS PLANNED.
Rob Penn

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Rachel Hewitt

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

Winter Weekend 2010, 
‘An endlessly absorbing, lively and informative narrative that highlights the Ordnance project's legion of draughtsmen, surveyors, dreamers and eccentrics' – The Observer.
Rachel Hewitt

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John Lewis-Stempel

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The historian examines the patriotism, self-sacrifice and tragedy of Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War. Chaired by Paul Blezard. 'The single most moving book on the Great War that I have ever read' – Nigel Jones, Literary Review.

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Patrick Barkham

The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of our Emperors and Admirals

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly. He witnesses a swarming invasion of Painted Ladies, experiences the curse of the Purple Emperor, makes a euphoric sighting of an exceedingly rare migrant and as summer draws to a close, suffers from butterfly burnout.

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World Book Night Champions

Winter Weekend 2010, 
4,000 people across the UK will be chosen to give away a shelf of books chosen for the million-book giveaway on 5 March 2011. The list of 25 selected titles will be announced on 2 December and published at hayfestival.org. Come on along to discuss the selection with writers taking part in the weekend’s events: Festival Bookseller Di Blunt, Hay Librarian Jayne Evans, and the Telegraph’s Books Editor Gaby Wood. One audience member will be elected as the Hay nominee Book Champion. Mulled wine will aid the discussions...

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George Clarke

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The architect and Home Show and Restoration Man presenter explores ideas for re-imagining space and living in his stunning The Home Bible.

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Barbara Erskine talks to Phil Rickman

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The historical novelist revisits her global bestseller Lady of Hay twenty five years after first publication and discusses time travel and medieval mores. She talks to the broadcaster and novelist Phil Rickman whose historical fiction The Bones of Avalon is out now in paperback.

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Julian Mitchell talks to Julia Gregson

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The playwright (Another Country, The Good Soldier) and screenwriter (Morse, Wilde) discusses his career, his novel The Undiscovered Country and his work on the experimental fiction writer BS Johnson. He talks to the author of East of the Sun, international bestseller and winner of the 2010 Prince Maurice Prize for Literary Love Stories.

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Sam Llewellyn

Winter Weekend 2010, 
Ripping yarns and tall tales of Arthurian legend, Atlantis and the wild oceans from the author of the knock-down bestselling thriller Black Fish. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Rubén Blades in conversation with Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2011, 
This great star of Latin music is also an activist, a composer, actor and a lawyer; to all of this, we can add his experience as Panama’s Minister of Tourism for five years. Rubén Blades, the inventor of “intellectual salsa”, so-called because of its socially involved lyrics, never rests; he has just finished his Todos Vuelven tour, he has been filming a movie in Mexico and has recently won his ninth Latin Grammy. He talks to Roberto Pombo about musical innovation, social commitment and about how he combines music with his other projects.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English available

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Alberto Barrera Tyszka, Federico Vegas and Francisco Suniaga with Sergio Dahbar

The Saviour of the nation goes mad

Cartagena 2011, 
These three authors have written successful books about real figures from Venezuelan history who tried to save the nation, but were not successful. In some cases, they went insane, in others they were assassinated and one of the three is still in power. They will talk to journalist Sergio Dahbar.

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David Eagleman

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Cartagena 2011, 
How do you imagine life after death? David Eagleman, neurologist and writer, talks to us about Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, a novel that the Wall Street Journal describes as “imaginative and ingenious”, translated into 23 languages and a bestseller in a number of countries. The book’s stories are inspired by both fiction and science, creating a universe of possibilities that is sure to move us. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Bee Rowlatt

Talking about Jane Austen in Bagdad

Cartagena 2011, 
Bee Rowlatt, a reporter for the BBC World Service, looked for Iraqis who spoke English in order to find out about life in a Baghdad destroyed by war. That was when she found May Witwit, an English literature teacher who helped her students forget about bullets and bombs with stories about Jane Austen. Communicating by email, they became close friends despite differences in age, religion and culture. This correspondence, which was made into a book, provides a fascinating portrait of Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and also describes an ingenious plan for May to escape from Baghdad, bringing her safely back to the United Kingdom.

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Martín Solares, Tomás González and William Ospina with Óscar Collazos

Narrating Violence

Cartagena 2011, 
El escritor y editor Martín Solares es autor de Los minutos negros, una novela policíaca que aborda el problema del narcotráfico en el golfo de México. El escritor colombiano Tomás González retrata en su última novela, Abraham entre bandidos, los sentimientos humanos en medio de la guerra. William Ospina, escritor y poeta colombiano, galardonado con el Premio Internacional Rómulo Gallegos 2009 por El país de la canela, nos narra habitualmente en El Espectador sus crónicas sobre la realidad en su país. Los tres tratarán con el escritor y periodista Óscar Collazos el tema de la violencia en la novela.

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Juan Gossaín in conversation with Daniel Samper Ospina

Cartagena 2011, 
The well-known writer and journalist Juan Gossaín, formerly Head of News for RCN Radio, for which he has worked for 27 years, has just published the novel La muerte de Bolatriste. He will talk about the book and about his intense career in journalism with the writer Daniel Samper, editor of Soho magazine.

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David Trueba with Malcolm Otero Barral

Books and Scripts

Cartagena 2011, 
Writing for a film, writing for a book… there are more and more novelists writing scripts, and scriptwriters books. David Trueba is the author of film scripts like Los peores años de nuestra vida, Dance with the Devil, The Girl of your Dreams and Balseros; as a writer, his novels have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and he was awarded the 2008 Premio Nacional de la Crítica for his novel Learning to Lose. He talks to editor Malcolm Otero Barral about his experiences with both writing processes. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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David Aaronovitch

The Fascination of Conspiracy Theories

Cartagena 2011, 
The respected journalist and Times columnist David Aaronovitch, through his latest book, Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History, introduces us to the world of conspiracy theories and their social role. The cases he analyses are fascinating, ranging from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the death of Marilyn Monroe and the assassination of President Kennedy, to Princess Diana’s fatal accident and the notion of US involvement in the attack on the twin towers. Today, the author will talk to us about why conspiracy theories arise and why they are so appealing to us. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Poetry Gala

Cartagena 2011, 
Our 6th Poetry Gala includes outstanding Colombian and foreign authors: William Ospina and Hugo Chaparro (Colombia), Miguel Syjuco (the Philippines), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Andrés Neuman (Argentina), Owen Sheers (United Kingdom), Francisco Hinojosa (Mexico), Khaled Khalifa (Siria), Agustín Fernández Mallo (Spain) and Alberto Barrera Tyszka (Venezuela). Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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Fernando Gaitán, Beatriz Robledo, Guadalupe Nettel, Andrés Neuman and Roberto Burgos Cantor with Juan Gossaín

RCN Ministry of Education story competition: How to tell a story

Cartagena 2011, 
The judges of the fourth RCN Ministry of Education short story competition will share their experiences and skills with the public by telling their own stories. This will be followed by the presentation of awards to the young competition winners.

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