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Antony McDonald (Director), Helen Cooper (Associate Director), Peter Wedd (Lohengrin) and Tom Service

Wagner 200 – Lohengrin

Hay Festival 2013, 

The day after the première, members of the Welsh National Opera creative team and cast discuss their bicentenary production of Wagner’s great opera – a sublime confrontation between good and evil set on an epic symphonic scale.

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Tracey Emin in conversation with Dylan Jones

Talking About Art

Hay Festival 2017, 

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.

Emin’s work has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse. By re-appropriating conventional handicraft techniques – or ‘women’s work’ – for radical intentions, Emin’s work resonates with the feminist tenets of the ‘personal as political’. In Everyone I’ve Ever Slept With, Emin used the process of appliqué to inscribe the names of lovers, friends and family within a small tent, into which the viewer had to crawl, becoming both voyeur and confidante. Her interest in the work of Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele particularly inform Emin’s paintings, monoprints and drawings, which explore complex personal states and ideas of self-representation through manifestly expressionist styles and themes.

Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist ever to do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2011 she became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.

She talks to the editor of GQ magazine.

Tracey Emin in conversation with Dylan Jones

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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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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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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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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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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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David Mitchell talks to John Mullan

Guardian Book Club: Cloud Atlas

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist discusses his early polyphonic masterpiece.
David Mitchell talks to John Mullan

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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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Anna Politkovskaya

Putin's Russia

Hay Festival 2005, 
A devastating appraisal by the country's leading radical journalist, admired for her fearless reporting on human rights issues, especially the wars in Chechnya. In Russian with simultaneous translation.

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Dan and Peter Snow

The Battle of Waterloo

Hay Festival 2015, 

Waterloo was the climactic showdown between the military giants of the age, Napoleon and Wellington, who faced each other for the first and only time across the sodden rolling Belgian farmland south of Brussels on the morning of Sunday 18 June 1815. More than 150,000 French, British, Dutch and Prussian soldiers fought an epic, bloody and decisive encounter that ended the Napoleonic Wars and led to Bonaparte’s final abdication and decades of international peace in Europe.

Peter and Dan Snow tell the story of Napoleon’s 100 Days Campaign, from his Elba escape to his defeat at Waterloo. Their book, The Battle of Waterloo Experience, provides what no other book on the battle contains – removable facsimiles of historic archival documents. You can relive this extraordinary moment in history by holding and examining rare or previously unpublished sketch maps, letters, orders, official papers and proclamations which up until now have been filed away in the National Army Museum’s collections or in other archives and museums around Europe.

Get close to the action by reading the campaign journal of a colonel of Hussars, the Duke of Wellington’s handwritten orders to the commander defending the farm of Hougoumont, the poignant letters written to family and loved ones by officers and men shortly after the battle, the paybook of a soldier of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, and The Times of 22 June 1815, containing a complete transcript of Wellington’s renowned Waterloo Dispatch.

Dan and Peter Snow

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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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Kamila Shamsie, Philip Jones, Rosie Goldsmith and guests

Writers’ Centre Norwich presents: The National Conversation, Part 5 – The Invisible Women

Hay Festival 2015, 

Why, when so many women are involved in reading, writing and publishing books, are female writers so consistently under-represented in prizes and reviews? What can be done about the problem? Join Kamila Shamsie, author of six novels including the 2015 Bailey's Prize shortlisted A God in Every Stone and Orange Prize shortlisted Burnt Shadows and Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller to discuss the gender bias in literature as well as some radical solutions as to how to fix it. A National Conversation debate chaired by Chris Gribble (Writers’ Centre Norwich).

Follow the pre-event warm-up and discussion on writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/thenationalconversation.aspx and on Twitter using #NatConv.

Kamila Shamsie, Philip Jones, Rosie Goldsmith and guests

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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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Fatima Bhutto talks to Aminatta Forna

Songs Of Blood and Sword

Hay Festival 2010, 
In December 2007, Benazir Bhutto, Fatima’s aunt, and the woman she had publicly accused of ordering her father’s murder, was assassinated in Rawalpindi. It was the latest in a long line of tragedies for one of the world’s best-known political dynasties.
Fatima Bhutto talks to Aminatta Forna

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Wendy Jones

The World is a Wedding

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The whimsical world of undertaker Wilfred Price springs to glorious life in the second chapter of Wendy Jones’ enchanting Welsh odyssey. Entertaining popular fiction at its best. In conversation with Andy Fryers.

Wendy Jones

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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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Lydia Cacho in conversation with Daniel Samper Pizano

Cartagena 2011, 
Lydia Cacho is one of the most committed and bravest journalists around. As a specialist in matters of violence and gender, she manages a care centre for female victims of abuse in Mexico and has won prizes for her feminist activism and defence of human rights. Daniel Samper Pizano, the Colombian writer and journalist, will talk to her about her latest projects.

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Paul Murray, Tiffany Murray

Fictions: The Comedians

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two magnificent and spectacularly funny second novels. Skippy Dies is an epic and tragic comedy set in Dublin. Diamond Star Halo is a rock ’n’ roll love story down on a Welsh farm. Both Skippy Dies and Diamond Star Halo are shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.
Paul Murray, Tiffany Murray

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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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Shashi Tharoor and Sonia Faleiro

India’s Hard Truths

Hay Festival 2015, 

Tharoor is a renowned politician and author of The Great Indian Novel, Pax Indica and From Midnight to the Millennium. His latest collection of essays, written during Narendra Modi’s premiership, is India Shastra: Reflections on the Nation in Our Time. Faleiro is author of Beautiful Thing and 13 Men – a report on gang rape in West Bengal. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Shashi Tharoor and Sonia Faleiro

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Monty Don, Andrew Simms and Revel Guest talk to Stewart Wallis

An Environmental War Economy

Hay Festival 2009, 
What can Britain’s experience of World War II teach us about conservation and thriving during times of adversity? Garden guru Monty Don, author and nef Policy Director Andrew Simms and senior film producer Revel Guest talk to nef Executive Director Stewart Wallis. KBO.

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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 Saunders talks to Zadie Smith

Hay Festival 2006, 
Smith (White Teeth, On Beauty) in conversation with the American short story master of blackest comedy, and author of Pastoralia.