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Neil Gaiman and Stephen Fry

Myth Makers

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the enduring tales and myths of Northern and Mediterranean Europe that ask, brutally and beautifully – what it means to be human. Gaiman’s newly published Norse Mythology reaches back to the source stories that have inspired Tolkien, the Marvel comics and many others. His gods are irascible, visceral, playful, and passionate. The tales carry us from the beginning of everything, to Odin, Thor, Loki and Freya through to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods. Fry is reimagining versions of the Greek myths with their contrary Olympian gods, tragic human heroes and ruinous family curses.

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Michael Sheen

The Aneurin Bevan Lecture

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Welsh actor has made some of the most articulate interventions in political debates of the past years. Now returned home from Hollywood to Port Talbot, he talks about culture and society and the humane vision and tradition that Bevan inspires. Chaired by Phil George.

Michael Sheen

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Tom Daley

Tom’s Daily Plan

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Olympian diving star shares what he’s learned about how to stay fit, healthy and positive. His secrets include delicious food, workouts anyone can do (he promises!) and invaluable motivational and lifestyle tips. He talks to the award-winning sports writer Carolyn Hitt.

Tom Daley

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John Sulston

The Royal Society Lecture; The People And The Planet

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Nobel Laureate discusses the links between global population, consumption and the environment, and the implications for sustainable development. How can we all live and flourish on a finite Earth?

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Judi Dench talks to Richard Eyre

Shakespeare 450 – Exits and Entrances

Hay Festival 2014, 

The actress talks about her Shakespearean work and celebrates her album of great speeches, Exits and Entrances.

Judi Dench talks to Richard Eyre

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Arianna Huffington

THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Huffington Post founder argues that a successful life is made up of more than just money and success and must also include what she calls The Third Metric: personal care, health, and fulfillment. She talks to Georgina Godwin.

Arianna Huffington

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Stephen Fry

Shakespeare 450 – Shakespeare and Love

Hay Festival 2014, 

The writer and actor, hailed in the West End and on Broadway for his Malvolio, talks about the Bard and Love.

Stephen Fry

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Jennifer Saunders talks to Francine Stock

Bonkers – My Life in Laughs

Hay Festival 2014, 

The writer and actor’s life is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, and touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn.

 

Jennifer Saunders talks to Francine Stock

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Tom Holland

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture: De-radicalising Muhammad

Hay Festival 2015, 

What do the Charlie Hebdo murders and the rise of the Islamic State owe to Islam? It would be comforting to insist, as many have done, that they owe nothing at all; but Holland, in the inaugural Christopher Hitchens Lecture, argues that the truth is more complex. The best way to combat jihadism, he proposes, is to recognise the centrality of Muhammad to Islam – and that he comes in many forms. There is the moral leader who swallowed abuse peaceably; and there is the war leader who ordered people who insulted him put to death. How best, then, to de-radicalise the Prophet? Tom Holland is author of In The Shadow of the Sword, Rubicon, Persian Fire, Millennium and the new translation of The Histories by Herodotus. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold of the New York Times.

Tom Holland

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Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

Hay Festival 2014, 

An intimate and personal decoding of the nature and nurture of the famous and infamous geneticist, author of The Selfish Gene, Unweaving the Rainbow, The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker.

Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

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Bernie Sanders

The 2017 Eric Hobsbawm Lecture

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In

The US Senator’s brand of populism has galvanised new generations to engage with politics. 

Bernie Sanders

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Sarah Millican and Hannah Dunleavy talk to Marcus Brigstocke

Standard Issue

Hay Festival 2016, 

Working with a team of talented women, the multi-award-winning comedian wanted to create something different to add to the mix of women’s magazines that were failing to inspire her. The result was Standard Issue Magazine, an online publication for all women. And men, too, if they fancied it. After their first year, millions of page views and having been shortlisted for a Book/Publishing award by comedy website Chortle, how does the future look? Hannah Dunleavy is the Deputy Editor.

Sarah Millican and Hannah Dunleavy talk to Marcus Brigstocke

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Stephen Fry, Christopher Hitchens and Joan Bakewell

The Blasphemy Debate

Hay Festival 2005, 
Joan Bakewell chairs a debate on the boundaries of freedom of speech, religious tolerance, multiculturalism and orthodoxy.

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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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Bill Bryson

At Home: An Informal History of Private Life

Hay Festival 2010, 
We are delighted to launch the first book in seven years from one of the world's great humourists, examining human life through a domestic lens.

It struck Bill Bryson one day that we devote a lot more time to the Wars of the Roses or the Normandy Landings than considering what most of history really consists of: centuries upon centuries of people quietly going about their daily business – eating, sleeping, having sex, endeavouring to be amused. So he started a journey around his house, an old rectory in Norfolk, wandering from room to room considering how the ordinary things in life came to be. Along the way he allowed himself delightful digressions on the history of everything from architecture to epidemics, from food preservation to the discovery of electricity, and from crinolines to toilets. And to his dismay, he also encountered a terrifying variety of dangers to our health and happiness. Where the prizewinning A Short History of Nearly Everything was a sweeping survey of Earth, the universe and everything, At Home is an inwards look at all human life through a domestic telescope. Because, as Bryson says, our homes aren't refuges from history. They are where history begins and ends.

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Stephen Fry

Reformations 2: The Internet

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writer and tech-geek reimagines Tim Berners-Lee’s invention and asks how the mantra 'This is for Everyone' can play now in a digital sphere of social media, hacking and global connectivity. With BBC Click's Spencer Kelly.

Stephen Fry

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John Paul Rathbone in conversation with Mauricio Rodríguez

The Sugar King of Havana

Cartagena 2011, 
The writer and journalist John Paul Rathbone, currently the Financial Times’ Latin America editor, presents his latest novel The Sugar King of Havana: the Rise and Fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba’s Last Tycoon, highly praised by The New York Times. It tells the story of Julio Lobo, considered the richest man in pre-Castro Cuba; educated, art collector and a magician of finance, Julio Lobo helped Che Guevara to bring down the Batista dictatorship. He will talk about the exciting life of this man with Mauricio Rodríguez, Colombian ambassador to the UK, as well as giving his view as a journalist about the current situation in Latin America. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Fiennes, Jay Sanders, Philippe Sands, Gillian Anderson

Hay Festival and The Tricycle Theatre, London present: Torture Team

Hay Festival 2011, 
An inquiry into the interrogation techniques used by the American administration and military in Guantanamo and beyond. When do lawyers who authorise abuse cross a line into criminality? Directed by Indhu Rubasingham.

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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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Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Canadian writer discusses her 1985 dystopian masterpiece with Peter Florence.

See also event 205 and event 189

Margaret Atwood

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Kathleen Taylor

The Brain Supremacy: Notes From The Frontiers Of Neuroscience

Hay Festival 2013, 

Funds are pouring into brain research, but what does this relatively new science mean for us? Taylor looks at the promise of drugs that could boost our brain-power, at the potential for more subtle marketing techniques and even at the prospect of machines that could read our minds. She looks at the science behind these claims and at how scientists look inside the human brain.

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Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

Plenty

Hay Festival 2010, 
The co-authors of the spectacular Mediterranean cookbook conduct a demonstration masterclass and Q&A.
Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

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Jacqueline Wilson

Paws and Whiskers

Hay Festival 2014, 

Hear Jacqueline Wilson talk about this anthology of cat and dog stories. As well as a new story from Jacqueline herself, it includes stories from contemporary authors and treasured classics such as Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat and 101 Dalmatians.
8+ years

Jacqueline Wilson

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Terry Pratchett talks to Rob Wilkins

Hay Festival 2012, 
The brilliantly inventive creator of Discworld discusses his work and life

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Tony Fadell talks to Stephen Fry

The Podfather

Hay Festival 2014, 

The founder of Nest and creator of Apple’s iconic iPod talks with the writer, actor and renowned technophile about the future of technology, design, unloved devices and staying comfortable. 

Tony Fadell talks to Stephen Fry

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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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Immodesty Blaize and Stephanie Theobald introduced by Julian Clary

Tease

Hay Festival 2009, 
The dazzling international showgirl superstar, Las Vegas’ ‘Reigning Queen of Burlesque’, launches her novel Tease. Theobald introduces her art-market satire A Partial Indulgence. Performance and chat.
Immodesty Blaize and Stephanie Theobald introduced by Julian Clary

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Stephen Fry in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison

An Unquiet Mind

Hay Festival 2012, 
A discussion about Dr Jamison’s definitive work on bipolarity, and the creativity explored in her Touched with Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament.

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Hugh Ellis, Peter Ellis, Kate Henderson, Derek Hooper, David Lock, Fiona Mannion and Diane Smith

Love, Life & Liberty

Hay Festival 2013, 

A journey through Britain’s radical tradition of utopian art and politics. The performance of music and readings spans 350 years from The Diggers to Bruce Springsteen, and captures the spirit of hope and vision that once transformed the nation. Music performed by Chris Ellis and Rosie Toll.

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Earl H Fry, Antonio Fernández-Martos and Fidel Sendagorta talk to Marco Benito

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (T-TIP): A positive step for business between Europe and the USA

Segovia 2014, 
[56] 13.00h–14.00h, , 3 €Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University (USA) and expert in international economic agreements Earl H. Fry; the Director General of International Trade and Investment at the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness Antonio Fernández, and Fidel Sendagorta, Secretary General of US Spain Council Foundation, discuss the impact of the new T-TIP agreement on European development, with IE Law School professor and expert in international arbitration, Marco Benito.

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Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire

Somaliland: The African Miracle You’ve Never Heard About

Hay Festival 2017, 

This small country, tucked in the northwestern corner of the Horn of Africa, is a template for what is achievable on the continent. And it’s an antidote to the constant cycle of pessimism about Africa that dominates the Western thought on the current state of the continent.  How did the country move from famine, poverty and war to a thriving and prosperous multi-party democracy? Harper is Africa Editor at the BBC World Service and author of Getting Somalia Wrong; Mire is a Swedish-Somali archaeologist.

Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire

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Stephen Fry

America

Hay Festival 2009, 
Irony, Obama and our love affair with the New World, from sea to shining sea.

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Garry Kasparov talks to Stephen Fry

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

Hay Festival 2017, 

20 years ago, in May 1997, the world watched as Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player in the world, was defeated for the first time by the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. He talks to the Hay Festival President about a watershed moment in the history of technology: machine intelligence had arrived at the point where it could best human intellect. 

It wasn’t a coincidence that Kasparov became the symbol of man’s fight against the machines. Chess has long been the fulcrum in development of machine intelligence; the hoax automaton ‘The Turk’ in the 18th century and Alan Turing’s first chess program in 1952 were two early examples of the quest for machines to think like humans a talent we measured by their ability to beat their creators at chess. As the pre-eminent chessmaster of the ’80s and ’90s, it was Kasparov’s blessing and his curse to play against each generation’s strongest computer champions, contributing to their development and advancing the field. 

Like all passionate competitors, Kasparov has taken his defeat and learned from it. He has devoted much energy to devising ways in which humans can partner with machines in order to produce results better than either can achieve alone. During the 20 years since playing Deep Blue, he has played both with and against machines, learning a great deal about our vital relationship with our most remarkable creations. Ultimately, he has become convinced that by embracing the competition between human and machine intelligence, we can spend less time worrying about being replaced and more thinking of new challenges to conquer.

Kasparov tells his side of the story of Deep Blue for the first time – what it was like to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent – the mistakes he made and the reasons the odds were against him. And he tells his story of AI more generally, and how he has evolved to embrace it, taking part in an urgent debate with philosophers worried about human values, programmers creating self-learning neural networks, and engineers of cutting-edge robotics. 

His previous book was Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped. 

Garry Kasparov talks to Stephen Fry

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Mohammed Hassan Alwan, Jana Elhassan and Saud Alsanousi in conversation with Fadi Tofeili

Beirut 2013, 

Three finalists of the International Prize for Arab Fiction 2013 will talk to Fadi Tofeili about their recent books. With Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Kuwait’s Saud Alsanousi and Jana Elhassan from Lebanon.

Event in Arabic

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Trevor Robbins, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Paul Howard-Jones and Barbara Sahakian

The Royal Society Platform 1: Learning And The Brain

Hay Festival 2013, 

How could what we know about the brain influence how we learn and teach? What are the challenges and opportunities?

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Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax and Monty Don

Talking About It

Hay Festival 2012, 
The President of Mind and his guests talk about depression, bi-polarity, and the language, literature and conversations that deal with issues surrounding mental health.

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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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Joan Bakewell

The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

Why History Matters

The writer and broadcaster who succeeded Hobsbawm as President of Birkbeck gives the inaugural lecture in his name, in this year of resonant anniversaries. Chaired by Oscar Guardiola Rivera.

Joan Bakewell

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Stephen Fry

More Fool Me

Hay Festival 2015, 

Ultra-high-functioning addict meets gravity in this latest volume of autobiography. The writer and actor talks to Peter Florence.

Stephen Fry

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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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John McCarthy

You Can’t Hide the Sun: A Journey Through Israel and Palestine

Hay Festival 2013, 

Transported as a young boy by his father’s tales of Palestine, John McCarthy has always been drawn to the mystique of the Middle East. Remarkably, his first-hand experience of its brutal conflicts – he was kidnapped and held hostage in the Lebanon for five years – only strengthened his determination to return and explore its myriad complexities.

In the years since his ordeal, McCarthy has travelled through Israel and East Jerusalem, from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Bedouin encampments of the Negev Desert. His intensely moving encounters with the inhabitants of this beautiful but tormented region reveal the continuing tragedy of the Palestinians who remained in Israel after its formation in 1948 – and who still dare to think of it as home.

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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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Mario Bellatin, Santiago Gamboa and Gustavo Rodríguez with Rodolfo Mendoza

Literary careers

Cartagena 2012, 
Three very different writers from contemporary Spanish-language literature attend this event to talk about their literary lives. Mario Bellatin founded the Mexican Dynamic Writers’ School and is author of Disecado. Santiago Gamboa has received the La Otra Orilla Award for his latest novel, Necrópolis. The Peruvian Gustavo Rodríguez was shortlisted for the Herralde Prize with La risa de tu madre, is a regular contributor to the magazine Etiqueta Negra and is co-founder of Proyecto Recreo, an initiative to promote reading in the schools of Peru. They will talk to the editor Rodolfo Mendoza.

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Yuval Noah Harari talks to Anita Anand

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Hay Festival 2015, 

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

This event was recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books.

Yuval Noah Harari talks to Anita Anand

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Caitlin Moran talks to India Knight

Hay Festival 2013, 

Talk-time with the author of the fabulous How To Be A Woman and the Moranthology collection, which are both politically brilliant and outrageously funny.

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Niall Ferguson

The Barclays Wealth Lecture: Civilization – The West and The Rest

Hay Festival 2011, 
If the West’s ascendancy over the last 500 years is based on six ‘killer applications’ – competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic – then what happens now?
 
Read an article by Niall Ferguson www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/

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The Social Responsibility of Architecture

Shigeru Ban in conversation with Martha Thorne

Segovia 2010, 

Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect known worldwide for works such as the ‘Paper House’ and the ‘Paper Church’ (as a response to the earthquakes in Kobe, Japan), or the Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), speaks to Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Prize and Associate Dean for External Relations at the IE School of Architecture–IE University. Shigeru Ban has been named by Time magazine as one of the main innovators of the 21st century. The event is presented by David Venables from AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council).

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Joumana Haddad, Khaled al-Berry and Alejandro Padrón in conversation with Sergio Dahbar

Revolutions in the Arab world

Cartagena 2012, 
Alejandro Padrón has written Yo fui embajador de Chávez en Libia about his experience as a diplomat in the Arab World. The Lebanese writer Joumana Haddad is the author of I Killed Scheherazade, which examines what it means to be a woman, Arab and a writer, as well as to edit a magazine about body art. The Egyptian Khaled al-Berry works as a BBC journalist; he has published a number of works, including Life is More Beautiful than Paradise. They will talk to journalist and writer Sergio Dahbar about the current situation in the Arab world.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of Doble - Vía

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David Frost talks to Peter Florence

Frost Frost

Hay Festival 2009, 
The peerless satirist and political interviewer in conversation.

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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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James O’Brien talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture 2018

Hay Festival 2018, 

The LBC talkshow host has become one of the most exacting and powerful voices calling out political lies and speaking truths to both power and prejudice. He discusses the weaponising of fake news and ignorance, the power of dialogue and the urgent need for journalistic vigilance and authority. O'Brien is writing a book on these issues entitled How to be Right, to be published by Penguin Random House in November 2018.

James O’Brien talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Christopher Hitchens talks to Ian McEwan

God Is Not Great

London Events 2007, 
Christopher Hitchens presents his case against religion to a London audience. He talks to Ian McEwan.

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Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Francisco Santos

Cartagena 2011, 
Shashi Tharoor is a very prolific author, as well as a journalist and human rights activist. He worked at the United Nations between 1978 and 1996, ultimately leading the team in charge of keeping the peace in the former Yugoslavia. He is currently a member of the Indian parliament. He will talk with Francisco Santos, director of RCN La Radio, about the challenges faced by India, an emerging world power. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Nicholas Stern

The Guardian Sessions: Blueprint for a Safer Planet

Hay Festival 2009, 
What is the problem? What are the dangers? What can be done to reduce emissions? At what cost? How can the world adapt? And, what does all this mean for corporations, governments and individuals? Chaired by Ian Katz.


The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Neil Gaiman talks to Claire Armitstead

A Conversation

Hay Festival 2015, 

The prolific and inspiring creator of game-changing books, comics, films and songs talks about his work. His latest book is Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances.

Neil Gaiman talks to Claire Armitstead

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Rob Yorke, David Gardner, Caroline Drummond, Poul Christensen

Tough Decisions on Food, Flora and Fauna

Hay Festival 2012, 
Food security raises serious concerns but this government, aiming to be the greenest ever, proposes to reconnect us with the countryside through nature, not farming. Which sacred cows will be sacrificed in a modernized rural sector? The CEO's of The Royal Agricultural Society and LEAF and the Chair of Natural England talk to rural commentator Rob Yorke.

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Tom Hollander, James Wood and Jon Canter

The Rev. Diaries

Hay Festival 2014, 

‘I went into the newsagent’s for a packet of fags and I saw the exercise book, and I thought, yes, that’s got your name on it. Or it soon will. Buy it and fill it with your thoughts, which are many and beautiful and frequently in service to the Lord. Make a diary of your time at St Saviour’s. Maybe, in two hundred years’ time, you’ll be celebrated as the Samuel Pepys of the Church of England. Or a sort of Reverend Bridget Jones. Is that too much to hope for, Lord?’ The creators of the glorious television comedy present the thoughts of Rev. Adam Smallbone.

Tom Hollander, James Wood and Jon Canter

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Caitlin Moran

Moranifesto

Hay Festival 2016, 

This is a statement from the superstar author of How To Be A Woman about the world and the causes she cares about. It’s a compelling and hilarious rallying call for our times, tackling topics as pressing and diverse as reclaiming the word feminism, gaying up the Olympics, affordable housing, 1980s swearing, boarding schools and the reasons the internet is like a drunken toddler. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

Caitlin Moran

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Brian May & Elena Vidal

A Village Lost and Found

Hay Festival 2010, 
A painstaking excavation of exquisite stereo photographs from the dawn of photography transports us back in time to the lost world of an Oxfordshire village of the 1850s. Pioneering stereographer TR Williams created these powerfully atmospheric views of rural society in 1856, and here today they burst into glorious 3D life.
Brian May & Elena Vidal

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Jeremy Paxman

The Victorians

Hay Festival 2009, 
Starting out from the hugely popular masterpieces of Victorian art, the grand inquisitor challenges our assumptions about the birth of modern Britain.