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William Dalrymple

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty; Delhi 1857

Hay Festival 2007, 
Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty, found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj’s Stalingrad: the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Daniel Blythe

How to write Dr Who

Hay Festival 2012, 
Discover how to pen the exciting and dangerous worlds with the creator of Shadow Runners.
 
12+ years

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Greg Hannon and Josephine Bunch talk to Ed Cervantes-Watson

New Perspectives on Beating Cancer Sooner

Hay Festival 2017, 

Thanks to a £35 million investment from Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge, Hannon’s and Bunch’s teams of scientists are forming international research collaborations to map tumours at a level of detail that has never previously been imaginable. Using cutting edge biology, chemistry and even astrophysics, they are tackling the challenge from two angles: Bunch is building a ‘Google Maps’ of cancer, whilst Professor Hannon’s use of virtual reality will allow scientists, doctors and patients to walk within tumours. These new perspectives could transform how we understand and treat all types of cancer. Cervantes-Watson is CRUK’s Director of Funding Innovation.

Greg Hannon and Josephine Bunch talk to Ed Cervantes-Watson

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Carlos Velázquez en conversación con César Silva Márquez

Xalapa 2013, 
Carlos Velázquez (México) es autor del recién publicado libro de crónicas El karma de vivir al norte. Carlos ha escrito además La Biblia Vaquera y La marrana negra de la literatura rosa, libros de relatos con gran éxito de crítica y público. Conversa con César Silva Márquez.

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John McNally

Infinity Drake

Hay Festival 2014, 

Weird science facts combine with one key question: ‘what would Clarkson do?’ in this highly engaging session introducing sci-fi adventure series Infinity Drake, a debut from scriptwriter John McNally.
10+ years

John McNally

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Kenan Malik

The Quest for a Moral Compass

Hay Festival 2014, 

Engaging and provocative, Malik confronts some of humanity’s deepest questions. Where do values come from? Is God necessary for moral guidance? Are there absolute moral truths? He also brings morality down to earth, showing how, throughout history, social needs and political desires have shaped moral thinking. He provides a history of the world told through the history of moral thought, and a history of moral thought that casts new light on global history. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Kenan Malik

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Joumana Haddad talks to Malcolm Otero Barral

Segovia 2011, 
The young Lebanese writer Joumana Haddad is one of the most multi faceted authors in the Middle East. Aside from being a poet, translator and journalist, she manages the IPAF literary awards (the Arab world’s Booker), is the literary editor of the An Nahar newspaper and edits the Arab magazine Jasad. Her work I killed Scheherazade has been translated into six languages and described by Mario Vargas Llosa as “a revealing and audacious book about women in the arab world”. Haddad, who in 2010 received the Blue Metropolis Award for Arab literature in Montreal, will talk to Malcolm Otero Barral, publisher at Barril & Barral.
 
Event in Spanish
Joumana Haddad talks to Malcolm Otero Barral

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Sioned Davies talks to Revel Guest

The Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the new translation into English of the greatest Welsh literary work. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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Anthony Julius

Trials of the Diaspora

Hay Festival 2010, 
The lawyer traces A History of Anti-Semitism in England from the bloody medieval persecutions and the invention of the Blood Libel, through the literary canon, to contemporary anti-Zionism.
Anthony Julius

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Michael Berkeley

The Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The composer and broadcaster discusses AE Housman’s original subject The Name and Nature of Poetry.
 

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Olivia And The Great Escape

Hay Festival 2013, 

Lyn Gardner’s popular series set in the Swan Academy is perfect for theatre and circus lovers and aspiring performers.

9+ years

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Helena Attlee

Italian Gardens

Hay Festival 2007, 
Five centuries of high Italian style from Petrarch and the Medici, to the picturesque masterpieces of the C19th, and the angular modernism of today.

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Sana Krasikov and Emily Perkins

Shorts

Hay Festival 2009, 
A reading of world-class short stories from Krasikov’s collection One More Year, and a new story from Perkins, author of Not Her Real Name.

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Stanley Greenberg

Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders

Hay Festival 2009, 
As a hired gun strategist, the seasoned pollster and political consultant recounts his work with Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Ehud Barak, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Nelson Mandela.

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Boris Spassky talks to Ronan Bennett

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary Grand Master discussed Russian and Soviet chess culture, the psychology of the game, and the 1972 Reykjavik Match of the Century World Championships in which he lost his title to Bobby Fisher.

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Melvyn Bragg

Fictions – Grace And Mary

Hay Festival 2013, 

Visiting his ageing mother Mary in her nursing home by the sea, the protagonist of this new novel sets out to recreate their buried family history, delving into the secrets and silences of Mary’s fractured childhood as he imagines the life of her spirited mother, Grace.

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Monty Don and Derry Moore

Japanese Gardens

Hay Festival 2019, 

Traditional Japanese gardens combine aesthetics with ethics, beauty with philosophy in a perfectly curated celebration of the natural world. A Japanese garden is the world in miniature: rocks represent mountains, ponds represent seas. Natural and man-made elements combine to create a garden that, while natural, is not wild. The gardener and photographer look at the traditions and culture which inform some of the most beautiful and famous gardens from all over Japan, from Kenroku-en to the Zen gardens of Tokyo and the historic beauty of Kyoto, and from the famous cherry blossom celebration hanami to the autumnal crimson magnificence of momijigari.

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Austen Bicentenary Series 5

John Mullan: What Matters In Jane Austen

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Austen’s brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction.

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Hugh Warwick

A Prickly Affair: My Life With Hedgehogs

Hay Festival 2009, 
A truly eccentric global story of hog lore, conservation and devotion.

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Alok Jha

The Water Book

Hay Festival 2015, 
Water may seem the most ordinary of substances – it pours from our taps and falls from the sky – but you would be surprised at what a profoundly strange substance it is. It bends the rules of chemistry and defies easy scientific understanding. Without this rebel behaviour, however, none of us would exist. Alok Jha will change the way you look at water – showing how it has shaped life on earth, and how this molecule connects you and everyone else to the birth (and death) of the universe.
Alok Jha

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Cees Nooteboom and Antonio Muñoz Molina

Segovia 2014, 

Dutch poet, novelist, essayist, translator and hispanist Cees Nooteboom, and Spanish author and 2013 Prince of Asturias Literature award-winner Antonio Muñoz Molina discuss their work.

Event in Spanish


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Alan Weisman

The World Without Us

Hay Festival 2008, 
Alan Weisman asks how the world would change if human beings vanished from the earth right now, for good. What would the planet be like in a day, a week, a month…a millennium?

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Tras los pasos de Darwin. Con Steve Jones

Segovia 2009, 
Este año se cumplen doscientos años del nacimiento de Charles Darwin. El biólogo Steve Jones, cabeza del Departamento de Biología de la UCL (Londres) y catedrático de genética, explica la relevancia del trabajo de Darwin, al que considera el fundador de la biología moderna.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español
Tras los pasos de Darwin. Con Steve Jones

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Sarah Dunant talks to Helena Kennedy

Sacred Hearts

Hay Festival 2010, 
In Renaissance Ferrara the convent of Santa Caterina is filled with noble women who are married to Christ because many cannot find husbands outside. Enter sixteen-year-old Serafina, ripped by her family from an illicit love affair, howling with rage and hormones and determined to escape.

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Frank Westerman

Ararat

Hay Festival 2010, 
An investigation of the fault-line between religion and science, travelling to the site where, as biblical tradition has it, Noah’s Ark ran aground and which has now become a geographical, political and cultural crossroads.