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Geoffrey Robertson

Mullahs Without Mercy: Human Rights And Nuclear Weapons

Hay Festival 2013, 

The lawyer examines the options that the world faces as it stumbles like a sleepwalker into the perils of a new nuclear age, while Iran, Israel and America face-off over nuclear capability. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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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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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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Jess Phillips

Everywoman: One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth

Hay Festival 2017, 

“You might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about. Because I’m a woman with a cause, I have been called a feminazi witch, a murderer and threatened with rape. The internet attracts a classy crowd. So, speaking the truth isn’t always easy but I believe it’s worth it. And I want you to believe it too.” #absolutehero

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Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet

Hay Festival 2019, 

The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.

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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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Joe Queenan talks to Tiffany Murray

Closing Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
The witty commentator and critic portrays his childhood in a Philadelphia housing project. He talks to the author of Happy Accidents.

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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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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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Roger Hermiston and Sinclair McKay talk to Chris Morgan Jones

Secrets And Lies

Hay Festival 2013, 

We kick off this day devoted to espionage with two revealed stories that changed the course of the C20th – The Greatest Traitor: The Secret Lives Of Agent George Blake and The Secret Listeners: How The Y Service Intercepted The German Codes For Bletchley Park.

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Joumana Haddad, Ben Okri, Alejandro Zambra, Gustavo Guerrero, Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda chaired by Guido Tamayo

Poetry gala

Cartagena 2012, 
Welcome to the festival’s grand poetry event, where a number of authors who are well known in Colombia and abroad will recite some of their own poems, and their favourite poems by other authors. Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Ben Okri (Nigeria), Alejandro Zambra (Chile), Gustavo Guerrero (Venezuela), Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda (Colombia), presented by the Colombian writer, Guido Tamayo. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Jilly Cooper talks to Phil Rickman

Wicked! A Tale of Two Schools

Hay Festival 2006, 
The high mistress of Rutshire sex comedy takes on the education system.

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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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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks

Hay Festival 2012, 
An all-singing, some dancing show with this fabulous author/illustrator. So gather all your pluck and help the gallant knight put things right.
 
5-7 years

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Sherard Cowper-Coles talks to Anne Robinson

Cables From Kabul

Hay Festival 2011, 
The grandee diplomat was Britain’s Afghan Envoy and special representative for Pakistan 2007–2010. He argues for constructive engagement in the pursuit of conflict resolution.

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Tim Smit

The Eden Project at Ten

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and join us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cornwall’s iconic centre for horticulture and biodiversity with its director.

Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 
Learn more about the Eden Project www.edenproject.com

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Ghislaine Wood

The V&A Lecture: British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

Hay Festival 2012, 
To coincide with the V&A’s major exhibition, the curator will explore the shifting nature of Britain’s design culture over the last 60 years.
 

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Richard Holmes

Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Romantic biographer floats across the world following the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, from the first heroic experiments of the Montgolfiers in the 1780s to the tragic attempt to fly a balloon to the North Pole in the 1890s.

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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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Owen Sheers in conversation with Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2011, 
Prize-winning poet and writer Owen Sheers is one of Britain’s most promising young writers. The Poetry Book Society has included him as one of 20 poets making up the New Generation. His first novel, Resistance, has already been translated into eight languages and a film version is to be released soon. In conversation with The Telegraph’s literary editor, Gaby Wood, he will talk about this fascinating and addictive story which plays with an alternative reality in which Great Britain has been defeated and invaded by the Nazi Army; clips from the film will be shown. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Ed Mayo talks to Julia Hobsbawm

Consumer Kids

Hay Festival 2009, 
How Big Business is Grooming our Children for Profit.

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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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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.

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Robert Scourfield

The Inaugural Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture – The Buildings of Wales: Powys

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Detailing all the buildings of significance in the historic counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire, this final volume of the Pevsner Buildings of Wales series details hill-forts, ruined castles, medieval churches, manor houses and industrial buildings. In conversation with Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THIS IS A REPEAT OF EVENT 20.

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Edmund de Waal

The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author of The Hare With The Amber Eyes sets out on a quest – a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Along the way he meets the witnesses to its creation; those who were inspired, made rich or heartsick by it, and the many whose livelihoods, minds and bodies were broken by this obsession. It spans a thousand years and reaches into some of the most tragic moments of recent times.

Edmund de Waal