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Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2010, 
Michael Ondaatje, the acclaimed author of The English Patient, talks to Juan Gabriel Vásquez, author of The Informers and The Secret History of Costaguana, about his latest work, Divisadero, and his experiences as a writer. 

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Emily Gravett

Wolf Won't Bite!

Hay Festival 2011, 
A whistle-stop tour of the two-time Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator’s favourite creations; from her adventurous meerkat to her three new cheeky little circus pigs.
 
5–7 years

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Norman Davies

The Open University Lecture: Vanished Kingdoms

Hay Festival 2012, 
How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? Europe’s history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now vanished. The historian peers through the cracks in mainstream history writing and listens to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries.
 

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Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

Hard Was The Struggle

Hay Festival 2013, 

To commemorate the centenary of the death of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who was killed by King George V’s horse during the Derby, the historian and author of March, Women, March explores the women’s movement in Britain, from the passing of the Marriage and Divorce Act in 1857 to women attaining the vote in 1928. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Poetry Masterclass 2

Ben Okri and Keguro Macharia

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
The second poetry masterclass is led by Nigerian-born poet Ben Okri (An African Elegy and Mental Flight) and Kenyan poet Keguro Macharia, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.

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Encyclopaedia of Wales

Hay Festival 2008, 
Chief Editor John Davies talks to David Crystal about the vast new reference project that aims to encompass the nation, its history and culture.

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Rupert Thomson and Horatio Clare

Self-Exposure

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two autobiographers, authors of This Party’s Got to Stop and Truant: Notes from the Slippery Slope discuss the risks and liberties of disclosure in the memoir with Consultant Clinical Psychologist Benna Waites.

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Prue Leith talks to Sarah Crompton

Relish: My Life on a Plate

Hay Festival 2012, 
The extraordinary, zestful life of the celebrated cook, restaurateur, food writer, businesswoman and lover.

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David Wilson

Wales: A Photographer’s Journey

Hay Festival 2013, 

Taking the audience on a spectacular, enchanting journey across Wales and its glorious landscape, Wilson uses photos from the book to talk about his work, his inspirations and how to set about capturing the perfect image. Chaired by Carolyn Hitt.

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Terence Blacker and Derek Hewitson

Let’s Misbehave! The Songwriters’ History of Love, Lust and Loathing

Hay Festival 2012, 
If you want to know what’s really been going on in the hearts and beds of men and women over the past century or so, it’s songs that will tell the true story…

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Simon Hoggart

Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine: 100 wines for the discerning drinker

Hay Festival 2010, 
The humorist introduces and tastes four of the wines in the book with the audience.

Ticket price includes wine.

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Wole Soyinka talks to Nik Gowing

Writing on the Wall of Silence

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Nigerian Nobel Laureate talks about freedom of expression, the need to articulate truths and the power of literature.

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Martín Caparrós, Wojciech Jagielski and Vaiju Naravane talk to Guillermo Altares

50th Anniversary of Amnesty International: On freedom of expression

Segovia 2011, 
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression” and this right includes the “freedom to hold opinions without interference.” The journalists Martín Caparrós (Argentina), Wojciech Jagielski (Poland) and Vaiju Naravane (India) will put forward their professional experiences and their points of view regarding the exercise of this right, which has many times been ignored or not respected. The event will be moderated by Guillermo Altares, editor of Elpais.com.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600 - 1850

Linda Colley talks to Christopher Hitchens

Hay Festival 2003, 
The historian discusses her stories of the flipside if Imperialisim: the soldiers and settlers seized in India and North America, the men and women captured from Devon and Cornwall by Moroccan slavers, or taken at sea by Barbarycorsairs. She explores the parallels with empire today, and the West's relationship with Islam.

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Nicky Clayton

Cambridge Series 16: The Ape On Your Bird Table

Hay Festival 2011, 
Crows are as smart as apes. They manufacture tools, they are socially sophisticated, and they plan where to cache tomorrow’s breakfast. These findings have led to a re-evaluation of avian cognition, and resulted in a theory that intelligence evolved independently in apes and crows.

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John Mullan, Sarah Churchwell and Colm Toíbín

Jane Austen 200

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of What Matters in Jane Austen celebrates the bi-centenary of the great novelist and talks about what defines her genius with the novelist, Colm Toíbín and Sarah Churchwell.

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Charity Gala

Hay Festival 2008, 
Festival favourite Sandi Toksvig MCs this year’s Variety rattle-bag of ideas, arguments, stories and poetry. Full line-up will be announced on 24 May.

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Diane Coyle

GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History

Hay Festival 2014, 

Why did the size of the US economy increase by three percent on one day in mid-2013? Or Ghana’s balloon by 60 percent overnight in 2010? Why did the UK financial industry show its fastest expansion ever at the end of 2008 – just as the world’s financial system went into meltdown? The answers to all these questions lie in the way we define and measure national economies around the world: Gross Domestic Product.

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Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

Bletchley and Enigma

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historians reveal unknown secrets of Bletchley’s wartime operation and the Enigma, and discuss the code-breaking challenges we face in today’s rapidly changing and technologically complex world. McKay is the author of the bestselling The Lost World of Bletchley Park and Bletchley Park - The Secret Archives. Bletchley Park’s Enigma expert, Thomas Briggs, brings a genuine, working Enigma machine to the Festival.

Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

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Leslie Phillips talks to John Walsh

Hello

Hay Festival 2007, 
The national treasure receives the 2007 Listening Books Award, celebrating outstanding contribution to the spoken word. Chaired by LBA Trustee Jim Naughtie.

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Jo Malone talks to Bryony Gordon

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jo Malone has created a globally renowned fragrance and beauty business and, more recently, her new brand Jo Loves. She talks about her incredible journey from modest beginnings as a teenager struggling with dyslexia and leaving school with no qualifications, to being diagnosed with breast cancer at 37 and becoming an international brand name and one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Jo Malone talks to Bryony Gordon

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Francine Stock chairs Herefordshire students

Concern Universal?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Should we cut Overseas Development when climate change, religious fundamentalism, resource scarcity and the crunch are all global problems? Young advocates lead a debate on priorities for our national purse, and tell the new government what they think.
Francine Stock chairs Herefordshire students

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Edna O'Brien talks to Francesca Rhydderch

Hay Festival 2007, 
The great Irish novelist discusses her classic debut The Country Girls and her new novel The Light of the Evening with the New Welsh Review Editor.

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Geza Vermes

Searching for the Real Jesus

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Scrolls scholar examines perceptions of Jesus Christ through the prism of contemporary cultural representations – from The Da Vinci Code and Mel Gibson’s The Passion to Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth.
Geza Vermes

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John Boyne

This House Is Haunted

Kells 2013, 

The author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist introduces his new novel. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night… He talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.