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Catherine Fieschi, Simon Hoggart, and Oliver James

The Demos Debate: Hearts and Minds

Hay Festival 2008, 
Catherine Fieschi, Simon Hoggart, and Oliver James explore how emotions operate in the political sphere, or affect issues like citizenship, which are normally thought of in terms of impartial rationality.

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Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2007, 
The bestselling and brilliantly funny author talks about Georgia Nicolson on page and screen, with sneak peeks from the upcoming movie of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and the upcoming book, Stop in the Name of Pants.

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Don Paterson talks to Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2011, 
A conversation with the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, whose latest award-winning collections have been Rain, Orpheus, Nil Nil and God’s Gift To Women.

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Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the acclaimed actress and anthologist for a sizzling reading of some of the joyous, magical and humorous poems from her anthology. In a dazzling display of poetry, the show journeys through a calendar year, with poems celebrating events such as Martin Luther King Day and the first day of Spring before ending with Michael Rosen’s The Car Trip.
Sir Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney of Poldark will be performing alongside Allie Esiri.

Chris Riddell will be live drawing the event. 
Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney will be performing poems. 

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Stig Abell talks to Amol Rajan

How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

Hay Festival 2018, 

Britain is a State that chose Brexit, rejects immigration but is dependent on it, is getting older but less healthy, is more demanding of public services but less willing to pay for them, is tired of intervention abroad but wants to remain a global authority. We have an over-stretched, free health service (an idea from the 1940s that may not survive the 2020s), overcrowded prisons, a military without an evident purpose, an education system the envy of none of the Western world. How did we get here and where are we going? Abell is editor of the Times Literary Supplement. Rajan is the BBC's Media Editor.

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Karlin Lillington, John Maher, TJ McIntyre and John Kampfner

Blog And Be Damned: Social Media And Libel In Ireland

Kells 2013, 

What constitutes fair comment, as opposed to defamation, on social media and should the standard be the same as for traditional media? Is the freedom inherent in social media threatened by the chilling effect of potential claims for libel? To what extent should tweeters and bloggers be as aware of the dangers of libel as are professional journalists? Karlin Lillington of The Irish Times, barrister John Maher, TJ McIntyre, Lecturer in Law at University College Dublin, and Google’s John Kampfner discuss with Myles Dungan.

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José María Lassalle in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Segovia 2014, 

Politician, thinker and current Secretary of State for Culture, José María Lassalle focuses on the constant, tense, contradictory relationship between culture and politics. Author of essays including Liberales, Lassalle in his current post deals with challenges such as sponsorship, the expansion of the Spanish language and online creativity. What is the point of using the tools and our experience of the past when looking to the future in this context? Lassalle discusses this subject and other topics with journalist and writer Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.

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Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

The Index Debate: Diss My Mother: Expect a Punch

Hay Festival 2015, 

What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer?

Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

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Jan Blake with Pete Eckford

The Calabash Children - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
The first show in a week-long residency for the great Storyteller. A childless woman prays to be a mother, a little sister refuses to do as she's told, and a wicked godmother tries to get rid of her goddaughter. Join Jan Blake as she tells tales of stubborn sisters, ungrateful mothers, and beautiful friendships.

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Sibylla Brodzinsky y Max Schoening en conversación con María Teresa Ronderos

Tirando Piedras a la Luna: Narrativas de Colombianos Desplazados por la Violencia.

Cartagena 2013, 
Voice of Witness (McSweeney’s Books) es una colección de libros sobre derechos humanos centrada en las historias personales de aquellos que sufren como resultado de crisis humanitarias. El libro Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence (Tirando piedras a la luna: Historias de colombianos desplazados por la violencia) reúne los testimonios en primera persona de colombianos de muy diversas procedencias que se han visto afectados por el conflicto armado. Sibylla Brodzinsky y Max Schoening, los editores, conversarán con la periodista colombiana María Teresa Ronderos, directora de VerdadAbierta.com, sobre los protagonistas involuntarios de una situación que todavía afecta a Colombia.

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Rebecca Miller talks to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Past And Present

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee and Personal Velocity introduces the twin tales of C18th Paris and C21st New York in her new novel Jacob’s Folly, to consider the hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, and the collision of fate and free will.

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Roland Emmerich talks to Francine Stock

Anonymous – Screening

Hay Festival 2011, 
The director discusses and previews clips from his forthcoming historical thriller, which stars Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave. John Orloff’s script plays with the intrigues of the Elizabethan court and the age-old authorship debate surrounding the works of William Shakespeare.

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Carlos León, Mari Pau Domínguez and José María Lancho in conversation with Jesús García Calero

We Beat the Treasure Hunters: What should Spain do with the galleons now?

Segovia 2014, 

 

The story of the frigate Mercedes and the return of its treasures to Spain has caught people’s attention over the last few months. But one question remains unanswered. Why has Spain still not managed to set up a major scientific study of the galleon and its treasure? Carlos León, archeologist, technical director of the exhibition The last voyage of Mercedes; writer Mari Pau Domínguez, author of Las dos vidas del capitán, and lawyer José María Lancho, specialist in underwater archeological heritage, talk to Jesús García Calero, director of the culture section of ABC newspaper.

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Matthew Rice

Rice’s Church Primer

Hay Festival 2014, 

The illustrator and writer explains the language of architecture in churches, from the restrained Norman style of William the Conqueror to the gilded excesses of the Baroque. He introduces the basic ‘grammar’ of churches: elevation, plan, fronts, vaults and towers and the ‘vocabulary’ of styles in chronological order, from ancient Saxon churches to modern cathedrals.

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Tristan Gooley

Wild Signs and Star Paths: The Keys to our Lost Sixth Sense

Hay Festival 2018, 
The author of the internationally bestselling How to Read Water and The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs shows how it is possible to achieve a level of outdoors awareness that will enable you to sense direction from stars and plants, forecast weather from woodland sounds and predict the next action of an animal from its body language – instantly. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.
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Stephen Moss

Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day

Hay Festival 2017, 

From blackbirds, beavers and beetles to tawny owls, natterjack toads and lemon slugs,  every  day of the year, winter or summer, in every corner of the British Isles, there's plenty to see if you know where -- and how -- to look. The Springwatch star’s books include The Bumper Book of Nature and Tweet of the Day.

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Iain Hutchison: What’s in a Face?

Segovia 2010, 
From face transplants to plastic surgery, facial reconstruction surgeon Ian Hutchison will talk about the challenges, and identity-related and ethical questions arising from such innovative work. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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David Edgerton

Britain’s War Machine

Hay Festival 2011, 
The compelling new history shows WWII in a new light, showing Britain as far from the plucky underdog, but as a wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests and sitting at the heart of a global production system.
 
Read a recent review of Britain's War Machine

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Geoff Dyer talks to Gaby Wood

Zona - A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room

Hay Festival 2012, 
A homage to Tarkovsky’s masterpiece Stalker, cut with clips; and a mesmerising account of a writer’s obsession with cinema.

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Graeme Gibson

The Bedside Book of Birds

Hay Festival 2006, 
Folktales, stories and excerpts from a naturalist's journal where creation myths, recipes, and the most stunning illustrations lace Gibson's own graceful and erudite essays telling of the pleasure, fear, confusion, or hope that birds inspire, and their imperiled place in nature.

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Tim Winton talks to Alex Clark

Fictions – Eyrie

Hay Festival 2014, 

Tom Keely has lost his bearings and cut himself off. He intends to keep it that way, until one day he runs into some neighbours: a woman from his past and her introverted young boy…The author of Cloud Street, Dirt Music and the memoir Land’s Edge launches a heart-stopping novel written with breathtaking tenderness. It asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing. 

Tim Winton talks to Alex Clark

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Roman Krznaric

How To Start An Empathy Revolution

Hay Festival 2014, 

The popular philosopher from The School of Life believes that empathy – the imaginative act of stepping into another person’s shoes and viewing the world from their perspective – is a radical tool for social change and should be a guiding light for the art of living.

Roman Krznaric

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Joris Luyendijk

Hello Everybody! One Journalist’s Search for Truth in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2010, 
But the more he witnesses, the less he understands as again and again the media favours those stories that will confirm and reinforce the oversimplified beliefs of the West.
Joris Luyendijk

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Steve Dring talks to Kitty Corrigan

Growing Underground

Hay Festival 2017, 

With an increasing population, climate change and concerns about food (in)security, new and innovative farming methods are required. Steve Dring started the UK’s first underground farm based in disused air raid shelters, growing herbs and salad plants.

Steve Dring talks to Kitty Corrigan

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Austin J Stevens talks to Hannah Rothschild

The Last Snakeman

Hay Festival 2007, 
Meet the intrepid South African wildlife photographer and his reptilian friends. Charmed by Hannah Rothschild.