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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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Helen Rappaport

Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ninety years on, and just as the recently discovered bodies of Alexei and Mariya are re-interred with the family in St Petersburg, Helen Rappaport reviews the murder of the Russian imperial family. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Gordon Newman in conversation with Peter Florence

Segovia 2010, 
The British television producer and writer, best known for the series Law and Order, Judge John Deed and The Nation’s Health, based on some of his written works, will talk to Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, about his books and television series.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Ian Goldin talks to Bronwen Maddox

Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of our New Renaissance

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great names of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Copernicus, Raphael and Michelangelo were the mark of an age that saw a rush of discovery, the breaking down of barriers of ignorance and a newly connected world both politically and economically. Today we have better education and resources, the rate of innovation is doubling every year and there are great leaps in science, trade, migration and technology. Goldin argues that the results this time could be greater, but the world faces many of the same dangers as Renaissance man: warring ideologies, fundamentalism, climate change and pandemic.

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Janine di Giovanni talks to Alex Clark

The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria

Hay Festival 2016, 

Delivered with passion, fearlessness and sensitivity, The Morning They Came for Us is an unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, charting an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war. It is an unforgettable testament to human resilience in the face of devastating, barely imaginable horrors.  Di Giovanni is Middle East editor of Newsweek and the author of Madness Visible.

Janine di Giovanni talks to Alex Clark

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Andrew Scull

Madness in Civilisation

Hay Festival 2015, 

A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine examines the human encounter with Unreason in all its manifestations, the challenges it poses to society and our responses to it. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

Andrew Scull

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Sharath Srinivasan, Mariéme Jamme and Rob Burnet

Cambridge Series 2: Africa’s Digital Revolution: Power to the People?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Can new technology bring greater democracy and allow a wider range of voices to be heard? With Dr Sharath Srinivasan, Director, Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge; Mariéme Jamme, CEO, blogger, technologist and social entrepreneur; and Rob Burnet, CEO and Founder of Well Told Story.

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Jake Arnott talks to Peter Guttridge

Story: The Devil’s Paintbrush

Hay Festival 2009, 
Scandal, black magic and Islamic revolution on the battlefields of Sudan and the backstreets of Edinburgh teem around the character of Brit hero Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald.

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Robert McCrum

Globish

Hay Festival 2010, 
The editor and writer re-examines the linguistic power of the Anglo-American imperium, and stacks up his C21st equation: English + Microsoft = Globish.

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Liz Pichon

Oodles of Doodles

Hay Festival 2011, 
Meet Tom Gates – master of excuses, expert doodler and comic story writer extraordinaire. His journal (The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – obviously!) is pretty awesome and his creator is going to show you how yours can be too. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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A Poetry Reading for Josephine Hart

Hay Festival 2011, 
We'll be holding a Poetry Reading in tribute to our friend and champion of poetry, who died yesterday.
 
Bob Geldof reads Yeats and Keats, Lisa Dwan reads Heaney, Peter Florence reads Wilfred Owen. More readers will be announced tomorrow.

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Frances Hardinge, Katherine Woodfine and Lyn Gardner

Mystery Moments

Hay Festival 2016, 

Unexplained death! Who knows what will happen next? Come and meet the authors of The Lie Tree, The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth and Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret – three hugely entertaining and gripping stories. In conversation with Emma Carroll.

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Axel Scheffler

Posy and Pip: The New Friend

Hay Festival 2017, 

Pip and Posy are the best of friends – most of the time. And they are always having adventures. Axel Scheffler, illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, introduces his delightful new series about the dramas of toddler life. Join him for stories, drawing and the opportunity to meet two very special surprise guests.

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Axel Scheffler

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Anne Somerset

Queen Anne

Hay Festival 2012, 
A revelatory portrait of the great Stuart monarch, whose reign encompassed union with Scotland, Marlborough’s victories in France, some sublime architecture and rancorous rows with some of the highest Ladies of Court.

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Ricardo Ravelo talks with Miguel Aguilar

Segovia 2012, 
Mexican journalist Ricardo Ravelo, author of El Narco en México, presents Narcomex: Historia e Historias de una Guerra, in which he investigates organized drug trafficking cartels in Mexico. He talks to publisher Miguel Aguilar.

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Iestyn Edwards

Madame Galina, Forces Sweetheart

Hay Festival 2010, 
An hilarious account of entertaining troops on base in Iraq and Afghanistan, from comic, singer and appallingly plausible 16-stone balletomane, Iestyn Edwards, aka Madame Galina Prima Ballerina. There may be hoofing…

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Michael Tavinor

Saints and Sinners of the Marches

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Dean of Hereford pitches Ethelbert, Dubricius, Clodock against Herbert Armstrong, Roger Mortimer, Hugh Depenser and a fantastic cast of both and in-betweens.

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Alec Ross

The Industries of the Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

Hillary Clinton’s innovation advisor examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future over the next ten years, including robotics, artificial intelligence, the commercialisation of genomics, cybercrime and the impact of digital technology.

Alec Ross

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Peter Gray

Wings of Modernity

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the Avro 504 reconnaissance planes first used in 1914 to the Stealth Bombers and Predator Drones of today, the Director of the Centre for War Studies charts the technological innovation that developed aeroplanes into super-effective war machines. Chaired by Con Coughlin, Defence Editor of The Telegraph.

Peter Gray

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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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Matilde Asensi talks to Montserrat Domínguez

Segovia 2012, 
Matilde Asensi’s novel La Conjura de Cortes brings to a close the trilogy based on Spain’s Golden Age, in which Catalina Solís has to make her way through life as a man, Martin Ojo de Plata, in Spanish-speaking America. She talks to Montserrat Domínguez, director of the Huffington Post in Spain.
 
Co-organized with the Fundación Lara.

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Ian Cobain

Cruel Britannia: A Secret History Of Torture

Hay Festival 2013, 

The official line is clear: the UK does not ‘participate in, solicit, encourage or condone’ torture. And yet, the evidence is irrefutable: when it comes to dealing with potential threats to our national security, the gloves always come off. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

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David Remnick

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

Hay Festival 2010, 
The New Yorker editor narrates and analyses this defining story of American history.

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Hugh Kennedy

The Great Arab Conquests

Hay Festival 2007, 
How, within a generation, Arab armies had overrun Persian and Byzantine civilizations and created an empire that reached from Spain to China.

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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…