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Miguel Syjuco talks to Xavi Ayén

Segovia 2011, 
Miguel Syjuco, Philippine author who was bestowed the Palanca Award, the most prestigious literary recognition in the Philippines, and the Asian Man Booker Price for the novel Ilustrado (2010), will talk with La Vanguardia's journalist Xavi Ayén. Syjuco’s novel narrates the life and death of Crispin Salvador, an imaginary character that makes the reader doubt about reality and fiction.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Matthew Syed

Bounce: Becks, Tiger, Mozart and the Science of Success

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist uses neuroscience, psychology, sex and economics to explain how champions are made.

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Chinese Whispers

Nick Broomfield interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai

Hay Festival 2008, 
Nick Broomfield, director of the cockle-pickers film Ghosts, interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai about her searing book The True Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour.

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Josephine Hart talks to Fiona Shaw

Story: The Truth About Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
This is not a tale about romantic, idealised love, the kind that comes with soaring strings and sweeping gestures, but about a more dangerous kind of love: real, raw love, the sort of passion that can neither be controlled nor packaged.

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Sadaf Farooqi

Cambridge University Series 5: What Makes Us Fat?

Hay Festival 2013, 

In an age of obesity where sugary, fatty food is available 24/7, will it ever be possible to control our appetites? The Professor of Metabolism and Medicine describes how the brain and not the stomach controls what and how much we eat; and how scientists are working to conquer the many triggers for overeating. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Amit Chaudhuri talks to Oliver Balch

Calcutta: Two Years In The City

Hay Festival 2013, 

A personal account of two years spent in one of the least-known but greatest cities on Earth. Using the historic elections of 2011 as a fulcrum, Chaudhuri looks back to the C19th, when the city burst with a new vitality, and towards the C21st when – utterly changed – it seems to be on the verge of another turn.

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Simon Wessely

The Mental Health Of The UK Armed Forces After Iraq And Afghanistan: Myths And Realities

Hay Festival 2013, 

It’s now ten years since the invasion of Iraq, and the UK Armed Forces have been fully engaged in a decade of war. What has been the mental health impact? If you listen to many media accounts you might conclude that nearly everyone who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan ends up in a psychiatric clinic, on the streets or in prison. But what are the facts? What do we know about the actual impact of deployment now, and what can we expect in the future?

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Pamela Butchart

Blue Peter Best Story Award Winner

Hay Festival 2015, 
Pamela will share the brilliantly bonkers world of Izzy in a lively session based on her book The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award. The latest in the series is My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat.
7+ years
Pamela Butchart

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Ffion Hague, John Kampfner and Kenneth O Morgan

Lloyd George in 1914

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of The Pain and the Privilege: The Women in Lloyd George’s Life recounts Lloyd George’s turbulent time as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1914, preparing Britain for war and discusses Britain's political, diplomatic and industrial reactions to the beginning of the Great War with the journalist John Kampfner and the historian Kenneth O Morgan, author of The Age of Lloyd George, The Oxford History of Britain, Rebirth of a Nation and the forthcoming Revolution to Devolution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Ffion Hague, John Kampfner and Kenneth O Morgan

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Ben MacIntyre

SAS: Rogue Heroes –The Authorised Wartime History

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, has a vision for a new kind of war: attacking the enemy where they least expect it – from behind their own lines. Despite the intense opposition of many in British High Command, Winston Churchill personally gives Stirling permission to recruit the toughest, brightest and most ruthless soldiers he can find. With unprecedented access to the SAS secret files, unseen footage and exclusive interviews with its founder members, the author of Operation Mincemeat, A Spy Amongst Friends and Agent Zigzag tells the remarkable early story of the Herefordshire Regiment.

Ben MacIntyre

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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

Previous Convictions: Assignments from Here and There

Hay Festival 2007, 
A conversation with the spectacularly provocative and delightfully acerbic Sunday Times journalist.

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Sarah Bakewell

How to Live

Hay Festival 2010, 
A portrait of the greatest of French men of letters – A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer.
Sarah Bakewell

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Joseph Silk

Infinite Cosmos

Hay Festival 2008, 
Oxford astronomer Joseph Silk analyses the Big Bang from the frontiers of technology, and tells of supernovae, dark matter, dark energy, curved spacetime, colliding galaxies, and supermassive black holes.

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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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Andrew Boucher and Luke Craddock-Bennett

Death in the Close: A Medieval Mystery

Hay Festival 2015, 

The editor of Death in the Close is joined by the archaeologist who led the excavations under Hereford Cathedral. They reveal extraordinary details of medieval life in Hereford, and the Saxon history of the cathedral site.

Andrew Boucher and Luke Craddock-Bennett

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Caroline Lucas

Honourable Friends

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the NHS to corporate tax evasion, from climate change to immigration, Honourable Friends? tells the story of five years in Westminster and offers bold and practical suggestions for a fairer British political system. Caroline Lucas is MP for Brighton Pavilion. She was the leader of the Green Party from 2008 to 2012 and was voted MP of the Year in 2014. Caroline talks to Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

Caroline Lucas

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Mark Urban

The Tank War: The Men, The Machines And The Long Road To Victory

Hay Festival 2013, 

The 5th Royal Tank Regiment were on the front line throughout WW2 in Africa as part of the Desert Rats, before returning to Europe for the Normandy landings. Wherever they went, the notoriety of the ‘Filthy Fifth’ grew – they revelled in their reputation for fighting by their own rules.

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Green Dragons’ Den: The Final 4

Hay Festival 2011, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books, and win a chance of £10,000 for their project.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
There will be a collection for the Festival’s Greenprint charity.

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Roger Bootle talks to Bob Ayling

The Trouble With Markets

Hay Festival 2010, 
A conversation with one of the few economists to correctly forecast the downturn.
Roger Bootle talks to Bob Ayling

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Hard Rain

Hay Festival 2008, 
From a chance encounter with a Touareg nomad in1969, acclaimed photographer Mark Edwards has developed a spectacular portfolio to accompany Bob Dylan’s lyrics, documenting and imagining Our Headlong Collision with Nature.

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Stephen Marshall and Nick Cohen

What's Left?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Two searing and brilliantly entertaining examinations of Liberalism here and in America, from eco-shopping to Iraq, with Marshall’s Wolves in Sheeps Clothing and Cohen’s What’s Left? How Liberals Lost Their Way. Chaired by Palash Dave.

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Faraj Bayrakdar talks to Shenaz Kedar

Writers and the Middle East

Hay Festival 2012, 
Exiled writers from Syria and Iran discuss their work and the upheavals in the Middle East with the manager of the Writers’ Centre Norwich City of Refuge programme.
 
In partnership with the Writers Centre Norwich and International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)

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Peter Sawyer

The Wealth Of Anglo-Saxon England

Hay Festival 2013, 

How did the Anglo-Saxons obtain the treasure that tempted Vikings to raid England frequently in the C9th and again between 980 and 1018? The historian traces the trade routes across Europe for silver, and reveals a highly urbanised, wealthy Anglia. Chaired by Jasper Rees.

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Theresa Marteau

Cambridge Series: The Force is Not With You

Hay Festival 2017, 

Many of us would like to lead healthier lives, so what stops us? The Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit explains why risk information doesn’t change our unhealthy behaviour. Chaired by Hugh Muir.

Theresa Marteau

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Ben Crystal

Springboard Shakespeare – Macbeth

Hay Festival 2013, 

The actor and writer conducts a workshop masterclass working with Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Ideal for students and teachers. Numbers limited.