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Javier Cercas en conversación con Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2013, 
Javier Cercas (España)es conocido tanto por sus novelas como por su labor periodística y de ensayo. Con su obraSoldados de Salamina(2001), adaptada al cine en2003, logró un gran éxito de crítica y ventas. En2009CercaspublicóAnatomía de un instante, una novela periodística, casi un ensayo, sobre el golpe de estado español del 23F con la que alcanzó los primeros puestos de ventas de no-ficción durante meses. En2010su obra fue distinguida con elPremio Nacional de Narrativa, reconociendo de esa manera la calidad literaria de su trabajo. Su último libro es Las leyes de la frontera (2012), en el que se adentra en el mundo marginal de la España de los años 80. En conversación con el novelista Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

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Gruff Rhys talks to Phil Rickman

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Super Furry Animals singer-songwriter talks music, politics and the subtle art of being angry. He'll also perform some of the songs from his new solo album Candylion. Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Wales.

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Joanna Coles in conversation with Peter Florence

Running in heels, or how to direct Marie Claire

Cartagena 2010, 
Since editing the magazine More and working as correspondent on The Guardian and The Times in New York, the editor in chief of the North American edition of Marie Claire has given the publication a mixture of politics, fashion, articles on the rights of women and art. The television programme Running in heels, on the publication process of the magazine, and in which Coles is one of the main characters, has been received with great acclaim both in the US and UK. Joanna Coles talks about journalism, television and fashion with the director of Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

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

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Rosie Boycott, Jonathan Hughes, Simon Blackmore and Russell Carrington

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? Fairer Farming

Hay Festival 2015, 

We look at the future of farming in Britain and ask what ‘better’ might look like: better for farmers, better for people who need food. What are the issues that matter most? Diversification, ‘big-agri’ ownership, the relationship with supermarkets, the mental health of the people who work the land, the land itself or the quality of produce? Hughes is the National Trust's General Manager for Pembrokeshire, overseeing more than 30 tenanted farms, Blackmore (Harper Adams) specialises in farm engineering, Boycott is Food Advisor to the Mayor of London and Carrington is a young farmer from Hereford.

Rosie Boycott, Jonathan Hughes, Simon Blackmore and Russell Carrington

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Charlie Higson

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond series talks about his writing and the fifth instalment in his bestselling zombie adventure series, The Fallen. A writer, actor and comedian, Charlie studied gothic literature at university and is a huge fan of horror.
12+ years (YA)

Charlie Higson

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Alison Brown

Eddie and Dog

Hay Festival 2014, 

Eddie is looking for a friend – a friend who likes adventure. Then Eddie meets Dog. And the fun really begins… Meet the author and illustrator and get a sneak peek of her new book Mighty Mo!
4–6 years

Alison Brown

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Rob Penn

The Man Who Made Things Out Of Trees - Woodland Trust Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rob Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. Journeying from Wales and Ireland across Europe to the US, he finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. He chronicles how the urge to appreciate trees still runs through us like grain through wood.

Rob Penn

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Sadaf Farooqi

Cambridge University Series 5: What Makes Us Fat?

Hay Festival 2013, 

In an age of obesity where sugary, fatty food is available 24/7, will it ever be possible to control our appetites? The Professor of Metabolism and Medicine describes how the brain and not the stomach controls what and how much we eat; and how scientists are working to conquer the many triggers for overeating. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Martin Rees

The Royal Society Lecture 3: From Here To Infinity

Hay Festival 2011, 
The astronomer revisits the subject matter of his 2010 Reith Lectures, boldly exploring the challenges facing science in the C21st.

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Fiona Reynolds

Cambridge University Series 12: Britishness

Hay Festival 2013, 

In a world of rapid change and global, multicultural influences we explore the place that landscape, history and nature play in people’s sense of Britishness today.

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Robert Muchamore and Mark Walden

Hay Festival 2008, 
The adults in charge of CHERUB and HIVE, the Higher Institute of Villainous Education discuss the good, the bad and the acronym with Jonathan Douglas.

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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Tahir Shah

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

Hay Festival 2008, 
As Tahir Shah makes his way through the medinas of Fez and Marrakech, traverses the Saharan sands and tastes the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, he collects a dazzling treasury of traditional stories, gleaned from the heritage of the Thousand and One Nights. Chaired by Palash Dave.

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Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Hay Festival 2015, 

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats with this reading of his poetry.

Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

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Simon Wessely

The Mental Health Of The UK Armed Forces After Iraq And Afghanistan: Myths And Realities

Hay Festival 2013, 

It’s now ten years since the invasion of Iraq, and the UK Armed Forces have been fully engaged in a decade of war. What has been the mental health impact? If you listen to many media accounts you might conclude that nearly everyone who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan ends up in a psychiatric clinic, on the streets or in prison. But what are the facts? What do we know about the actual impact of deployment now, and what can we expect in the future?

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Andrew Davies Masterclass

South Riding

Hay Festival 2011, 
The screenwriter analyses key scenes in his adaptation of Winifred Holtby’s great Virago classic in conversation with Peter Florence.

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Adam Workowski

John Paul II’s Philosophy of Love and Lust

Hay Festival 2009, 
The lecturer at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow examines Karol Wojtyla’s impact upon Catholicism and democracy in Eastern Europe. Strongly criticized for his anachronistic approach to sexuality, his vision of love and lust is, however, up-to-date and poses a powerful challenge to modern culture.

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Laurent Binet and Simon Mawer talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – The Mission

Hay Festival 2012, 
The winner of the Prix Goncourt HHhH is a thriller about two Czech parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich - chief of the Nazi secret services; The Girl Who Fell From The Sky parachutes an SOE spy into Occupied France to reconnect with a nuclear physicist in Paris.

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Henry Nicholls

The Galapagos

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands, home to marvellous creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. This captivating history of the world’s most famous islands charts their evolution from deserted wilderness to profoundly important scientific resource and now global tourist destination. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Miguel Syjuco talks to Xavi Ayén

Segovia 2011, 
Miguel Syjuco, Philippine author who was bestowed the Palanca Award, the most prestigious literary recognition in the Philippines, and the Asian Man Booker Price for the novel Ilustrado (2010), will talk with La Vanguardia's journalist Xavi Ayén. Syjuco’s novel narrates the life and death of Crispin Salvador, an imaginary character that makes the reader doubt about reality and fiction.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Ma Jian and Yan Lianke talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – China

Hay Festival 2013, 

If a panda gets pregnant, the entire nation celebrates. But if a woman gets pregnant she’s treated like a criminal. What kind of country is this? The author of Red Dust and Beijing Coma introduces his new novel The Dark Road. He is joined by the brilliant satirical author of Serve The People and Lenin’s Kisses, who is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Flora Drew interprets. 

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Marcus Brigstocke talks to Peter Florence

God Collar

Hay Festival 2011, 
A special preview of the comedian’s book questioning atheism, faith and the meaning of life.

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Tras los pasos de Darwin. Con Steve Jones

Segovia 2009, 
Este año se cumplen doscientos años del nacimiento de Charles Darwin. El biólogo Steve Jones, cabeza del Departamento de Biología de la UCL (Londres) y catedrático de genética, explica la relevancia del trabajo de Darwin, al que considera el fundador de la biología moderna.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Gillian Clarke

A Recipe For Water

Hay Festival 2009, 
The National Poet of Wales launches her new collection of poetry with a reading.

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Vivien Norris, Matt Whyman and Claire Armitstead

Bibliotherapy for Families

Hay Festival 2007, 
The child psychologist running the pioneering Gwent Health Trust scheme to use self-help books in mental health cases is joined by children’s novelist and agony uncle Matt Whyman and Guardian Literary Editor Claire Armitstead to discuss how books can help parents and children with the struggles they face.

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The Schools Crisis and After

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Golden Valley in Herefordshire has just survived an attempt to ‘rationalise’ its schools network. Can village life survive at all in the C21st? How vital is education to its future? Headmaster Chris Barker hosts a debate to launch a new magazine: How Gold is Our Valley. All welcome.