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Colm Tóibín talks to Sarah Churchwell

Nora Webster and On Elizabeth Bishop

Hay Festival 2015, 

Set in 1960s Ireland, Tóibín’s new novel Nora Webster introduces one of the most complex and captivating heroines of contemporary fiction. He discusses the book and his new study On Elizabeth Bishop. He creates a vivid picture of the American poet while also revealing how her work has helped shape his sensibility as a novelist and how her experiences of loss and exile resonate with his own.

Photo: Brigitte Lacombe

Colm Tóibín talks to Sarah Churchwell

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Kazuo Ishiguro talks to John Mullan

Nocturnes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day discusses his Five Stories of Music and Nightfall.
Kazuo Ishiguro talks to John Mullan

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Michael Morpurgo

The Hay Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist delivers the inaugural Library Lecture on children’s rights, readers’ rights and the importance of libraries. Entry by library card but places must be booked in advance.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
 
There will be no signing after this event. However, Michael will be doing a 'meet and greet' in Pembertons with signed book plates after his evening event.

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John Bradshaw

Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Revered by ancient Egyptians, tortured by Medieval Catholics, cats have been human companions for thousands of years. Animal behaviour expert, Bradshaw explores cat history and behaviour from swivelling whiskers to talking tails – you’ll never look at your cat the same again.

John Bradshaw

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Paul Preston in conversation with Santos Juliá

Reappraising the figure of Azaña

Segovia 2010, 
Paul Preston, one of the most praised British Hispanists, biographer of Franco and King Juan Carlos, will speak to Santos Juliá, columnist for the newspaper El País and biographer of Manuel Azaña, as well as the author of numerous essential books on Contemporary Spanish History. In this event the figure of Azaña as a writer, prime minister and president of the Second Spanish Republic will be discussed.

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Alison Rust, Zita Martins, Nicole Grobert, Jenny Nelson

The Royal Society Platform 2: The Next Big Thing

Hay Festival 2013, 

From volcanoes to nanotechnology, four researchers talk about what we are only just finding out. Chaired and introduced by Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, John Sulston FRS.

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Javier Cercas en conversación con Félix Romeo

Alhambra 2009, 
El autor de Soldados de Salamina, traducida a más de 20 idiomas y llevada al cine por David Trueba, colaborador habitual del diario El País y
ganador, entre otros muchos, del Athens Prize for Literature 2008 por su última novela, La velocidad de la luz, conversará con el crítico literario y escritor de Amarillo, Félix Romeo.

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare 400: The Sonnets

Hay Festival 2016, 

As part of Hay Festival’s big Shakespeare 400 Celebrations, the writer and lecturer discusses the playwright’s poetry.

Germaine Greer

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Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

This Boy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former Home Secretary’s marvellous memoir plays out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing. The story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging Sixties, and on to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father while still in his teens.

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Safia Minney, Mariusz Stochaj and Philip Colbert

Fashion Activism

Hay Festival 2012, 
Fashion is seldom included in debates on sustainability, yet highlighting the sourcing of fabric, design of garments, and working conditions could drive change within the industry, and raising consumer awareness is key. Safia Minney, founder of People Tree, talks to Philip Colbert the designer behind The Rodnik Band and Mariusz Stochaj, who has a long history of sustainable supply chain management in the fashion industry. Chaired by Louise Gray.

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Denise Lievesley, Claire Melamed, Mark Goldring

Measuring the World We Want

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 2000, the member countries of the United Nations set themselves a challenge: achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015, to improve the lives of the world’s citizens. What’s next for our global ambitions, our post-2015 goals? How can we describe the world we want, to achieve sustainable development, track our progress and hold governments everywhere to account? The former head of statistics at UNESCO, an adviser to the United Nations, and the CEO of Oxfam talk to Hetan Shah, the chief executive of the Royal Statistical Society.

Denise Lievesley, Claire Melamed, Mark Goldring

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Michael Jacobs, Paul Preston, Giles Tremlett y Carmen de la Guardia

Fascinados por España

Segovia 2008, 
Tres hispanófilos británicos conversarán sobre las raices de sus obsesiones con España y el cambio de su percepción de este pais en los últimos años; Paul Preston, historiador, Michael Jacobs, escritor de viajes, crítico de arte y crítico gastronómico y Giles Tremlett, corresponsal de The Guardian en España y colaborador habitual de The Economist, conversarán con la historiadora y docente de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Carmen de la Guardia.

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Douglas Hurd and Edward Young talk to Philippe Sands

Choose Your Weapons

Hay Festival 2010, 
The politician and his co-author discuss this history of The British Foreign Secretary: Two Centuries of Personalities and Conflict from Waterloo to the ‘special relationship’.
Douglas Hurd and Edward Young talk to Philippe Sands

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Nikki Gemmell, Brooke Magnanti, Jojo Moyes and Linda Kelsey

The Good Housekeeping Debate; Sex Changes Everything

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is erotica changing the literary landscape? Gemmell (The Bride Stripped Bare), Magnanti (Belle de Jour series, televised as Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Moyes (Me Before You) talk to Kelsey, GH contributor and ex-editor of Cosmopolitan. We’ve been going to bed with them for years. Isn’t it time we were seen together in public?

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Jane Williams and guests

The Michael Ramsey Prize

Hay Festival 2013, 

Michael Ramsey Prize shortlisted authors, Victor Lee Austin, Luke Bretherton, John Gillibrand, Paula Gooder, Michael Lodahl and Thomas Yoder Neufeld share the experience of being nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious theology prizes and explain what their titles contribute to the world of contemporary theology.

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David Mackay, Jane Davidson AM, Malini Mehra and Anthony Giddens

Fire – Securing Energy Supplies

Hay Festival 2009, 
What are the implications of climate change on energy supply and security? Founder and CEO of Centre for Social Markets Malini Mehra, Jane Davidson AM, David Mackay, author of Sustainable Energy, and Anthony Giddens, author of The Politics of Climate Change.

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Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2012, 
Winner of the 2001 National Book Award and shortlisted for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen is, according to Granta magazine, one of the best young US novelists. Freedom, his fourth novel, has been received in the USA as the first great American book of the 21st century. Focussing on the private life of a US family over the last four decades, the novel is an incisive X-ray of our times. Only the sixth writer in history to feature on the cover of Time magazine, he will talk to the writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Nemat Shafik

Reformations 3: Policy

Hay Festival 2017, 

 The Economist Platform

The British-American economist examines the formation of policy in the post-truth world, and reconfigures how expertise is mediated and how we manage the boundaries between advisors and politicians. Shafik was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and is the incoming Director of the London School of Economics. Chaired by Zanny Minton Beddoes.

Nemat Shafik

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Ella Hickson in conversation with Francine Stock

Wendy and Peter Pan

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The RSC’s Christmas production is JM Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grows up, adapted in a spectacular new version by Ella Hickson. Here Ella talks about how she approached the story, what new twists she has brought to it and some of the things that happen to Wendy during the story.

Ella Hickson in conversation with Francine Stock

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Kate Brotherton-Ratcliffe, Tim Martin, Fiona Gray and Bruce Gray

The Renaissance of Talgarth Mill

Hay Festival 2011, 
The restoration of Talgarth Mill, derelict for 70 years, into a functioning artisan bakery is nearly complete.

Duration 45 minutes.

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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George Monbiot

Feral: rewilding the land, the sea and human life

Hay Festival 2012, 
The campaigning journalist and Hay hero gives an exclusive preview of his forthcoming book in which he argues for the mass restoration of damaged ecosystems, the reintroduction of wolves, lynx, beavers, moose and boar to Britain, and a life richer in adventure and surprise.

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Richard Dearlove talks to Philippe Sands

Cambridge 800 Series: Security

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Master of Pembroke College, who was head of the Secret Intelligence Service (known as ‘C’) from 1999 to 2004 discusses the security challenges facing government, the problems of past and contemporary terrorism, and the impact on UK foreign policy and national security of events in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine and Iraq.

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Vikram Seth en conversación con Peter Florence

Alhambra 2009, 
Vikram Seth, el prolífico autor de Un buen partido, nació en la India, pero se educó en Oxford y Stanford; ha escrito numerosos libros en prosa (The Humble Administrator’s Garden, All You Who Sleep Tonight, Desde el lago del cielo, Beasty Tales) y una novela en verso, The Golden Gate. Una música constante y Dos vidas son sus últimas novelas. Vikram finalizará con la lectura de una poesía escrita especialmente para el Hay Festival Alhambra.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Shaun Hill, Edmund Inkin, Sarah Francis, William Hutchings and Simon Wright talk to Carolyn Hitt

Wales, The True Taste Debate

Hay Festival 2012, 
Multi-award-winning chefs from legendary Welsh eateries The Walnut Tree, The Felinfach Griffin, The Checkers, The Bell at Skenfrith and Sosban discuss what Michelin stars and international acclaim for our restaurants means for food sustainability in Wales.

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Rob Yorke, Simon Fairlie, Milly Wastie and Conor Colgan

Farms Fit For The Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

Horsemeat, Schmallenberg disease, fuel costs, drought, floods… From preventing food riots to maintaining the environment, how does our primary industry square up to the challenges ahead? Rural commentator Rob Yorke discusses with Editor of The Land Simon Fairlie, Young Farmers Chair Milly Wastie and the NFU’s Conor Colgan.