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Mario Vargas Llosa in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2010, 
Winner of the Príncipe de Asturias Arts Prize, novelist, essayist and journalist, and one of the most internationally-acclaimed Peruvian writers; the author of The City and the Dogs needs no introduction. He talks to Héctor Abad Faciolince.

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Kevin McCloud

43 Principles of Home

Hay Festival 2011, 
The design guru looks at the internal spaces of home and celebrates Enjoying Life in the 21st Century.
Kevin McCloud’s 43 Principles of Home - Kevin McCloud

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Khalid Koser, Sue Miller and Chikondi Mpokosa

Wind – Adapting to Change

Hay Festival 2009, 
How do communities adapt to change and migration? Khalid Koser from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Sue Miller, Baroness of Chilthorne Dorner, Member, UNESCO North Devon's Biosphere Reserve Partnership, and Chikondi Mpokosa, Oxfam’s Global Education Advisor.

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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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Jacqueline Wilson

Little Darlings

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of Tracey Beaker takes on the world of celebrity in her latest tale of two half-sisters, and isn’t afraid to confront the issues at the heart of every tween’s life.
 
6–10 years

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Simon Mayo

Itch

Hay Festival 2015, 
Author and BBC broadcaster Simon Mayo talks about his latest book Itchcraft and how he came to write a series about a chemistry-mad teenager. He shares some of his favourite (which tends to mean explosive) scientific discoveries, made while researching for the series, and there is a chance to ask questions about the books, science, and anything else you can think of, at the end.
9+ years
Simon Mayo

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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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Denise Inge & Mark Vernon

The Pursuit of Happiness from Plato to Thomas Traherne and Back Again

Hay Festival 2009, 
In this conversation on happiness Denise Inge will talk about the seventeenth-century priest and poet Thomas Traherne, Mark Vernon about the ancient Greek philosophers Aristotle and Plato. Traherne's story, unparalleled in the history of English literature, surrounds recently found manuscripts; the ideas of the ancient Greeks, on whom Traherne drew, have never been more pressing and relevant.

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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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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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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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James Fenton, Maurice Riordan, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Paul Murdin chaired by Sian Ede

Dark Matter: Poems of Space

Hay Festival 2009, 
A magical reading and conversation with eminent cosmologists and poets celebrates the UNESCO Year of the Astronomer.

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Christopher Morgan Jones and Sergei Kostin talk to Max Easterman

Fictions: What’s Secret Now?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Former intelligence operative Morgan Jones yarns an intrigue of contemporary Russia in An Agent of Deceit. Kostin is Russia’s leading espionage expert and spy novelist, whose latest book is published as Death of the White Mouse.

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Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

What Have the Greens Got Wrong?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Has ideology blinded the mainstream environmental movement to solutions for some of the major problems facing the world? Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees and High Tide, discusses why he has changed his views on the big issues including nuclear power, GMOs and organic food with Andy Fryers.

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Germaine Greer

On Rape

Hay Festival 2018, 

“Centuries of writing and thinking about rape – as inflicted by men on women – have got us nowhere. There are those who, like Quentin Tarantino, think it is one of the most violent crimes in the world, and others for whom it is simply what happens when a woman endures sex she doesn’t want. Bestial or banal, a proven rape may carry a prison sentence of many years, even life, but very few rapes ever find their way into a court of law. The prosecution of a selected minority of cases seldom results in a conviction. The crucial issue is that of consent, which is thought by some to be easy to establish and by others as impossible. Rape statistics remain intractable. Again and again crime surveys tell us that one woman in five will experience sexual violence. Despite all efforts to root sexual assault out of workplaces and colleges, predatory individuals still inflict lasting damage with apparent impunity. The only result of desperate attempts to apportion blame and enact chastisement has been an erosion of the civil rights of the accused. Sexual assault does not diminish; relations between the sexes do not improve; litigation balloons. There has to be a better way.” Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Germaine Greer

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Annie Leonard talks to Jo Fox

The Story of Stuff

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist and film-maker tracks the life of the stuff we use every day, revealing the often hidden impacts of our production and consumption patterns. In conversation with Jo Fox, Deputy Director of The Bigger Picture at Sky.

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Roberto Saviano talks to Ed Vulliamy

My Italians: True Stories of Crime and Courage

Hay Festival 2016, 

The investigative journalist and author lives under police protection from the crime syndicates he exposed and denounced in Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero. He offers a personal and candid portrait of Italy today: a place of trafficking and toxic waste, where democracy is bought and sold, and organised crime rules both north and south.  



Roberto Saviano talks to Ed Vulliamy

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Garen Ewing

The Rainbow Orchid

Hay Festival 2010, 
Be transported to the 1920s world of Julius Chancer for traditional adventure at its very best and meet his creator, a modern-day Hergé. Experienced artist Garen will reveal the secrets of successful comic writing and the journey that led him to create The Rainbow Orchid graphic novel.
 
9–14 years

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Ben Fogle and James Cracknell

Race to the Pole

Hay Festival 2009, 
Dreamboat Brit adventurer-heroes race two Norwegian teams on foot across the Antarctic. Mush!

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Shaun Hill, Edmund Inkin, Sarah Francis, William Hutchings and Simon Wright talk to Carolyn Hitt

Wales, The True Taste Debate

Hay Festival 2012, 
Multi-award-winning chefs from legendary Welsh eateries The Walnut Tree, The Felinfach Griffin, The Checkers, The Bell at Skenfrith and Sosban discuss what Michelin stars and international acclaim for our restaurants means for food sustainability in Wales.

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Michael Davies & Sean Davies – The Last King of Wales

Winter Weekend 2012, 
Revealing the King in all his glory, this first biography of one of Wales’ greatest figures explores the life and legacy of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn’s rule 1013-1063.

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Michael Rosen

Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells A Story

Winter Weekend 2013, 

From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it’s how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, text-speak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters forever.

14+ years

Michael Rosen

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David Shields, John Sutherland, Sarah Hunter, Feargal Sharkey and Claire Armitstead

Copyright, Copyleft and Artistic Freedom in the Information Age: Who Owns the Words?

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of the seminal manifesto Reality Hunger joins critics and Google’s policy chief to debate who owns the music, the images, the stories and touchstones of our culture? The individual artists, the distributing corporations, or the consumers who purchase it? Chaired by Kenan Malik of Index on Censorship.

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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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Alan Bennett

Hay Festival 2009, 
The playwright reads from his diaries and novel, followed by Q&A.