Literature

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John le Carré

Hay Festival 2013, 

In an unprecedented double-length interview, the creator of George Smiley and author of spy masterpieces such as The Constant Gardener, The Honourable Schoolboy, The Russia House and The Tailor of Panama makes his first visit to the festival and talks about his work A Delicate Truth to Philippe Sands.

The video of the event is offered for sale, by John le Carré to raise money to keep Hay Library open.

Words of John le Carré (David Cornwell) ©David Cornwell, 2013

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Toni Morrison talks to Razia Iqbal

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2014, 

A wide-ranging interview with the American Nobel Laureate, author of Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Jazz and Home.

Also see events 211 and 235

 

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David Simon talks to Mark Lawson

The Corner

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Baltimore creator of The Corner, The Wire and Generation Kill in conversation.
David Simon talks to Mark Lawson

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Ramón Cote, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Zoé Valdés, Yolanda Reyes and Alfredo Gómez Cerdá

RCN Ministry of Education Short Story Competition: Our origins as writers

Cartagena 2010, 
The writers Ramón Cote, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Zoé Valdés, Yolanda Reyes and Alfredo Gómez Cerdá, the jury of the third RCN Ministry of Education Short Story Competition, tell us how they started writing and what keeps them writing many years after. Following the event, the young winners will receive their awards.

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Guillermo Altares, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Manuel Calderón and Christopher Domínguez

in conversation with Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2010, 
The pleasure and responsibility of reviewing books: In this event our guests, consummate readers who have also reviewed many books and authors, will give their opinion about very common and yet pertinent questions, such as the role of book reviews today, how to convey the emotions experienced in reading, how to point out shortcomings, and how to select a book out of the immense choice on offer.

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Rowan Williams and Simon Russell Beale

Talking Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2011, 
As part of the day's programme of conversations celebrating this year's Michael Ramsey Prize the Archbishop of Canterbury discusses the work of the world's greatest writer with one of Britain's finest actors.
Rowan Williams and Simon Russell Beale

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Kazuo Ishiguro talks to Martha Kearney

The Buried Giant

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘There’s a journey we must go on, and no more delay…’ The extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.

The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.

The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards – some strange and other-worldly – but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

Kazuo Ishiguro talks to Martha Kearney

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Hilary Mantel in conversation with Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Booker Prize-winning author will be launching Bring Up The Bodies, her sequel to Wolf Hall.

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Roddy Doyle talks to Glenn Patterson

The Dead Republic

Hay Festival 2010, 
In his first visit to Hay, the Booker Prize winning novelist discusses the final part of his Henry Smart trilogy, which maps C20th Ireland through A Star Called Henry, Oh, Play That Thing and now The Dead Republic.
Roddy Doyle talks to Glenn Patterson

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Ian McEwan talks to Peter Florence

Solar

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist discusses his climate change satire, now shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction.

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Tom Stoppard talks to Peter Florence

The London Library at Hay

Hay Festival 2010, 
A conversation with the playwright (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Jumpers, Arcadia, Rock ‘n’ Roll) and screenwriter (Professional Foul, Brazil, Shakespeare in Love).

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Margaret Atwood and Gaby Wood

In conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 
In this extended session the Canadian writer discusses her poetry, short stories and novels, which include the Booker Prize winning The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace, Cat's Eye and her recent dystopian trilogy Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam. Gaby Wood is director of the Man Booker Prize. See also event 189
Margaret Atwood and Gaby Wood

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Christopher Hitchens

Hitch 22

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great contrarian returns to Hay to launch his memoir of Confessions and Contradictions.
 
Christopher Hitchens

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Elizabeth Chapman

The LSE Lecture: 100 Years And Counting

Hay Festival 2013, 

In 2013 the collections of the Women’s Library move to join those at the Library of the London School of Economics to create a powerful resource for discovering the history of campaigning women. The Library Director explores some of the stories revealed in the collections. Chaired by Gaby Wood.

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Carol Ann Duffy talks to Gillian Clarke

Hay Festival 2009, 
A conversation with the great poet.

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Juan Gossaín and David Sánchez Juliao

Vallenato and Stories

Cartagena 2010, 
David Sánchez Juliao, many-time winner of the National Prize for Short Stories, and the writer and star journalist of RCN, Juan Gossaín, analyse the lyrics of the vallenato.

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Women

Hay Festival 2015, 

The inspiring and provocative writer and scholar talks about Juliet, Beatrice, Ophelia, Cleopatra, Ann Hathaway and the Dark Lady of the Sonnets with festival director Peter Florence.

Germaine Greer

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Robert Macfarlane talks to Horatio Clare

Woodland Trust Series 3: Landmarks

Hay Festival 2015, 

Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather. The author of The Old Ways, Mountains of the Mind and The Wild Places shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape, and a vital means of coming to love it.

Robert Macfarlane talks to Horatio Clare

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Sarah Waters talks to Claire Armitstead

The Little Stranger

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of Fingersmith, The Night Watch and Tipping The Velvet launches her mesmeric new novel.

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Gerald Scarfe, Brian Griffiths and Paul Gravett talk to Simon Grant

Tate @ Hay 2: Rude Britannia – Comic Art

Hay Festival 2010, 
To coincide with Tate Britain’s historic survey of satire, from Gillray to Viz, we bring together a great cartoonist, a comic historian and an artist to discuss the form.

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Stephen Fry talks to Peter Florence

The Last Word

Hay Festival 2010, 
All talk – from Apple to Zeus. The next volume of the writer’s memoir will be available in September.

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Gwyneth Lewis talks to Raymond Tallis

The Lapidus Conversation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The poet reads her works and discusses creative writing and mental health.
 
'Words are my health, the struggle to hear and transcribe the tune behind what I'm given by word of mouth.' (from 'A Hospital Odyssey' by Gwyneth Lewis)
 
'We are always trying to redeem our sense of being fragmented by means of the stories we recount about ourselves and each other and our world.' (from 'Hunger' by Raymond Tallis)
 
Lapidus, the UK organisation for creative writing and reading for health and wellbeing, asks big questions about poetry, health and the search for sustainable and satisfying narratives.We are delighted to welcome eminent writers and thinkers Gwyneth Lewis and Raymond Tallis, who will read from their work and discuss themes with Fiona Hamilton. 
 
Gwyneth Lewis was Wales' first National Poet in 2005-6. In 2010 she received a Society of Authors Cholmondeley Award in recognition of her achievement. 'A Hospital Odyssey' is a modern epic in which a hospital becomes the setting for a journey of bodies and minds and a deep investigation of health and survival.
 
Raymond Tallis has been described in The Independent as 'one of Britain's greatest intellectual all-rounders: a philosopher, novelist, poet, former professor of geriatric medicine at Manchester and an international authority on epilepsy in older people'. He is as interested in the detail of the brain's structures and functions as in the curiousness of a kiss or the different kinds of human hunger.
 
Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy

Poems

Hay Festival 2014, 

A reading by the National Poet of Wales and the Poet Laureate of Great Britain.

There are special GCSE tickets for this event. To book for anyone aged 14–16 years, please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.
Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy

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Philip Pullman

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist talks about his The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman

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Bogotá 39

Hay Festival 2008, 
Introducing the cream of new fiction from Latin America with Colombian Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s The Informers, Peruvian Santiago Roncagliolo, and Mexican Guadalupe Nettel. Chaired by Jason Wilson.