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Philip Mansel

Cities of the Levant - The Past for the Future

Hay Festival 2012, 
One of the world’s top experts on Constantinople and the Mediterranean looks at the great cities of bygone empires and the dynamic urban centres of today.

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Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Caroline Lucas

A People-Powered Economy

Hay Festival 2015, 

What is causing the logjam between central economic policy-makers and the energy of local economic activists? Stormy with a sunny local banking outlook – the economic forecast with the New Weather Institute. New Economic Foundation fellows and authors Andrew Simms and David Boyle discuss with Green MP Caroline Lucas.

Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Caroline Lucas

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Geraldine McCaughrean talks to Philip Reeve

Hay Festival 2007, 
Two award-winning and eminent writers in conversation with Daniel Hahn. Philip’s novel Here Lies Arthur gives a new truth to the famous legend; Geraldine has written Peter Pan in Scarlet, the sequel to JM Barrie’s classic.

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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Maggie O’Farrell and Barbara Trapido talk to Claire Armitstead

Fiction: Readers’ Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hand That First Held Mine is a tale of love and motherhood; Sex and Stravinsky conjures dreaming, exotica and the mesh of life.

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Joan Bakewell, Kerry Fowler and Guests

The Good Housekeeping Awards

Hay Festival 2007, 
Two judges are joined by winners of the inaugural awards that celebrate intelligent, entertaining and provocative fiction.

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Faramerz Dabhoiwala

The Origins of Sex

Hay Festival 2012, 
The first sexual revolution in Western Europe was a central part of the Enlightenment, intertwined with the era’s major social, political and intellectual trends. It helped create a new model of Western civilization, whose principles of privacy, equality and freedom of the individual remain distinctive to this day.

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Jon Cooksey

A History of the First World War in 100 Objects

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian presents a selection of artefacts and their stories, from weapons that created carnage to affectionate letters home and unexpected items of trench decoration. Cooksey adds contemporary colour with stories from Harry’s War, his collaboration with Great War veteran Harry Drinkwater.

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Larry Sherman talks to Dennis O’Connor

Cambridge Series 11 - Intelligent Policing

Hay Festival 2012, 
Crime prevention tends to be driven by emotion rather than an objective consideration of the facts. How can evidence-based policing reduce crime? Chaired by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

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Meg Rosoff

Hay Festival 2008, 
The multi-award-winning author of How I Live Now and Just In Case introduces her new tale of solitude and passion What I Was.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Ben Watt talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Romany and Tom

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Everything But The Girl musician’s beautiful and funny memoir is a personal journey and a portrait of his parents, Romany and Tom. It is a vivid story of the post-war years, of ambition and stardom, family roots and secrets, of life in clubs and in care homes.

Ben Watt talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Thomas Keneally talks to Gaby Wood

Napoleon’s Last Island

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Booker-winning Australian writer launches his new novel. On the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, Napoleon spends his last years in exile. It is a hotbed of gossip and secret liaisons, where a blind eye is turned to relations between colonials and slaves. The disgraced emperor is subjected to vicious and petty treatment by his captors, but he forges an unexpected ally: a rebellious British girl, Betsy, who lives on the island with her family and becomes his unlikely friend.

Thomas Keneally talks to Gaby Wood

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Sadie Jones and Miguel Syjuco talk to Ariane Koek

Fictions: Interesting Times

Hay Festival 2010, 
Small Wars follows the brilliant debut The Outcast with a compelling love and war story set in Cyprus. Ilustrado won the Man Asian Literary Prize and covers a large and tumultuous historical period of the Philippines. ‘It is ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and effervescent with humour.’
Sadie Jones and Miguel Syjuco talk to Ariane Koek

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Hew Strachan talks to Richard Norton-Taylor

The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective

Hay Festival 2014, 

The wars since 9/11, both in Iraq and Afghanistan, have generated frustration and an increasing sense of failure in the West and the blame has been attributed to poor strategy. Strachan, one of the world’s leading military historians, reveals how these failures resulted from a fundamental misreading and misapplication of strategy itself. He argues that the wars since 2001 have not in reality been as ‘new’ as has been widely assumed and that we need to adopt a more historical approach to contemporary strategy in order to identify what is really changing in how we wage war.

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Colm Toíbín talks to Clare Armitstead

House of Names

Hay Festival 2017, 

The novelist launches his new book, a re-telling of the classic tales of the House of Atreus: the stories of Agamemnon and Iphigenia, of Clytemnestra, Orestes and Electra. It’s a masterpiece.

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Kyung-Sook Shin and Jaishree Misra

Fictions: Mothers and Daughters

Hay Festival 2011, 
A special preview reading of the beautiful and multi-million-selling Korean novel Please Look After Mother spinning four perspectives on the central character Son-yo, a mother and wife. And introducing the Keralan bestseller of Indian revelation A Scandalous Secret. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Governing the Environment

Hay Festival 2008, 
Does the current emphasis on individual choice allow policy makers to duck out of difficult decisions when trying to put in place climate change solutions? Environment Ministers John Gormley (Eire) and Jane Davidson (Wales) debate how far they could and should go in directing and guiding. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Antonia Fraser

Love and Louis XIV

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian examines the women in the life of the Sun King.

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Mohsin Hamid and Owen Martell talk to Jon Gower

Fictions – Metropolis

Hay Festival 2013, 

Hamid follows The Reluctant Fundamentalist with How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia – a vivid and emotionally absorbing tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. It steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by youths all over ‘rising Asia’. Martell’s new novel is set in New York, June 1961. The Bill Evans Trio, featuring twenty-five year old Scott LaFaro on bass, play a series of concerts at the Village Vanguard that will go down in musical history. Shortly afterwards, LaFaro is killed in a car accident and Evans disappears. Intermission tells the story of what happens next.

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Tim Pears and Sadie Jones talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – Damage

Hay Festival 2014, 

Pears’ In The Light of Morning is a war story and a love story. Three British soldiers are parachuted into Slovenia in 1944 and are hunted through the mountains with a rag-tag group of partisans. Jones’ Fallout sees the balance of relationships between three theatre friends in London disturbed by the arrival of a fragile young actress.

Tim Pears and Sadie Jones talk to Stephanie Merritt

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Marc du Bois talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of Médecins Sans Frontières analyses the political transactions and balances of power and interests that allow aid activities to move forward, but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of humanitarian principles.

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Alice Oswald

The Greeks 8 - Memorial

Hay Festival 2012, 
The poet reads her brilliantly original rendering of Homer. ‘The Iliad is a vocative poem. Perhaps even (in common with lament) it is invocative, as if speaking directly to the dead, in the aftermath of the Trojan War: an attempt to remember people’s names and lives without the use of writing; a series of memories and similes laid side by side; an antiphonal account of man in his world.’

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Joris Luyendijk

Hello Everybody! One Journalist’s Search for Truth in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2010, 
But the more he witnesses, the less he understands as again and again the media favours those stories that will confirm and reinforce the oversimplified beliefs of the West.
Joris Luyendijk

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Peter Atkins

On Being

Hay Festival 2011, 
While acknowledging the comfort some find in belief, and with his usual economy, wit and elegance, unswerving before awkward realities, the Professor of Chemistry presents A Scientist’s Exploration of the Great Questions of Existence.

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Cornelia Parker talks to Jacky Klein

Matter

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation with the artist whose sculpture and installation touches on the fragility of human experience and is rich with visual and literary allusions. Projects which have included blowing up a shed, steamrolling musical instruments and sending meteorites back into space have captured the public imagination since she first came to prominence in the 1990s.

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Sarah McIntyre

Hay Festival 2013, 

Superkid is the brilliant Sarah McIntyre’s latest creation – the cartoon kid with superspeed, x-ray vision and bravery by the bagload. Find out if you have special secret powers too…

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years