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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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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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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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Juan José Ibarretxe

How To Change a Country: An Exclusive Hay Masterclass by the Basque President

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Basque Country in the early 1980s was a nation beset by conflict, its economy in ruins. Three decades later and it’s a nation at peace and second only to Luxembourg in Europe’s prosperity stakes. And all this with an equality index on a par with Scandinavia. Come and hear how they did it from the man who led the country from the opening of the Guggenheim to the eve of ETA’s lasting ceasefire. What are the lessons for other countries? You may be surprised… Chaired by Adam Price.

Juan José Ibarretxe

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Antony Beevor

Hitler’s Last Gamble

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are delighted to launch Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble by the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day.

On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.

The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. American troops, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians fled, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While many American soldiers fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters that slowed the German advance.

The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the eastern front. And after massacres by the Waffen-SS, even American generals approved when their men shot down surrendering Germans. The Ardennes was the battle that finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht.

Antony Beevor

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jung Chang

Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
The inaugural lecture, honouring Kenya’s great Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of The Green Belt Movement will be given by the Chinese writer and historian Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story.
 
Sponsored by Dormans Coffee, KHE, Harris Tea and Sainsbury's

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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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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.

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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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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