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Simon Sebag Montefiore and Jung Chang

Stalin and Mao

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historians explore the lives and crimes of the two C20th communist dictators. Sebag Montefiore is the author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. Chang is the author of Wild Swans and, with Jon Halliday, Mao: The Unknown Story.

Simon Sebag Montefiore and Jung Chang

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Rob Biddulph, Rebecca Cobb, Sophy Henn and Ed Vere

Words and Pictures

Hay Festival 2015, 
Four of the most exciting names in picture books discuss the similarities and differences in the way they work and give us an insight into how they make their words and pictures work together to tell a story. Do they use computers to make art? Do the words or the pictures come first? Will they all agree? Highly recommended for anyone interested in art, design and illustration.
10+ years
Rob Biddulph, Rebecca Cobb, Sophy Henn and Ed Vere

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Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers

River Café at Twenty

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Hammersmith restaurant, whose creative visionaries, Gray and Rogers, and kitchen alumni (Oliver, Fearnley-Whittingstall, Clark & Clark, etc). have changed the way we eat in Britain. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

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Katherine Quarmby

Scapegoat – Why We Are Failing Disabled People

Hay Festival 2011, 
The campaigning journalist traces the history of disability and our discomfort with disabled people, from Greek and Roman culture through the Industrial Revolution and the origins of Britain’s asylum system to the eugenics movement and the Holocaust, ‘Ugly Laws’ and ‘Community Care’.

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HAY JOVEN: William Ospina sobre su trilogía de novelas

Cartagena 2013, 
El autor colombiano hablará sobre su celebrada trilogía literaria que inició conUrsúa, novela en la que aborda la historia de Pedro de Ursúa, conquistador español fundador de la ciudad colombiana de Pamplona. La segunda novela,El país de la canela, continúa con esta serie sobre los viajes al Amazonas durante el siglo XVI y fue galardonada con el Premio Rómulo Gallegos2009. La tercera ha sido publicada recientemente y lleva por título Laserpiente sin ojos.

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Neil MacGregor

The British Museum: A Global Treasure

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Director of the British Museum gives the annual lecture. Chaired by Festival President Tom Bingham.

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MG Harris and Jamie Anderson

Gemini Force 1

Hay Festival 2015, 
In Beyond Gemini Force One, MG Harris and Jamie Anderson present an audio-visual tour of the background, design and influences behind GF1. This is your chance to hear all the behind-the-scenes publishing secrets, including the exciting story of how the worldwide community of Thunderbirds fans helped to bring the final Gerry Anderson project to the page.
8+ years
MG Harris and Jamie Anderson

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Tracey Corderoy

Monty & Milli

Hay Festival 2012, 
Monty and Milli are the best magical mice duo ever! Or they would be if their tricks ever worked. Come and see their adventure brought to life with puppet, magic tricks and games.
 
5-7 years

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Bryn Williams

True Taste Chefs of Wales 4

Hay Festival 2011, 
The chef patron of Odette’s and author of Bryn’s Kitchen discusses his cooking with QI gastronome John Mitchinson.

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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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Maisy Mouse

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join in storytelling, songs and games for a fun-filled time with your favourite mouse.

Duration 45 mins.

3–7 years

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Alberto Corazón, Jaime Chávarri, Angel Gabilondo and Jordi Teixidor. Chaired by José Manuel Gómez Bravo

75 years of El Guernica, 30 years in Spain

Segovia 2012, 
El Guernica, one of Pablo Picasso’s most emblematic works and one of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, and possibly the painting that best embodies the pain and irrationality of war, has turned 75. 2012 also marks the 30th anniversary of its arrival in Spain during the years of the Transition. There are as many Guernicas as there are beholders, there are as many Spanish Transitions as there were citizens to witness it. We confront some of them.
 
Co-organized with the Instituto de Cultura del Sur.

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Edmund de Waal

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture Memory and Memorial: Writing About the End of Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

There is a burgeoning literature on end-of-life writing, on grief, bereavement and memorial. Edmund de Waal talks about mortality and how it is reflected across different genres and art-forms from the poetry of Anne Carson and Max Porter, the memoirs of Paul Kalanithi and Marion Coutts, to the writings of Atul Gawande and Julia Samuel.  He will also discuss his own porcelain installations and collaborations that explore ideas of memorial. The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature, arts and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human. Edmund De Waal, chair of judges for the 2018 prize, is an artist and writer, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes and The White Road.

Edmund de Waal

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Harold Pinter

The PEN Reading

Hay Festival 1997, 
The playwright reads from his own work.

P.E.N. is an international organisation of playwrights, poets, essayists and novelists who defend and champion free speech throughout the world.

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Barbara Erskine and Sandra Howard

Chaired by Phil Rickman

Hay Festival 2007, 
Lady of Hay creator Erskine discusses her new novel Daughters of Fire. Howard talks about her political romance Glass Houses. Chaired by Phil Rickman.

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Philip Bobbitt

Is a War on Terror Absurd?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The answer from the author of The Shield of Achilles and Terror and Consent might surprise you, and might also tell us something about the nature of war in the C21st.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Phillip Bobbit www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us

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Gerry Stembridge

Kells 2013, 

The writer, director and actor, co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his novels, The Effect of Her and Unspoken, his tales of Ireland in the 60's and 70's.

‘Extraordinarily vivid, knowing and satisfyingly irreverent’ – John Banville. ‘Gerry Stembridge is an outstanding Irish artist’ – Irish Independent.

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Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

Geek Girl and Tabitha Baird

Hay Festival 2015, 
Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks about All That Glitters, the latest in the series starring accident-prone heroine Harriet Manners. She is joined by actress, writer and comedian Arabella Weir whose novel The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird, second in this popular series, has also recently been published. A lively and irreverent discussion guaranteed.
10+ years
Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

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Trevor Fishlock and Dafydd Elis Thomas

Senedd @ 10

Hay Festival 2011, 
The journalist examines the architectural and environmental credentials of Richard Rogers’ iconic Welsh Assembly building, a symbol of both nationhood and new democracy, with the National Assembly's presiding office.

Read more about the Senedd building here  http://www.graffeg.com/products/senedd-english-paperback

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Ali Sparkes

S.W.I.T.C.H.

Hay Festival 2011, 
Boy or insect? Josh and Danny are in big bug trouble! Come and hear how to write creep crawly adventures and why you might want to think twice before squishing ants in the future.
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Tahmina Anam & Sonia Faleiro talk to Rosie Boycott

It’s All True

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beautiful Thing, one of the most original works of non-fiction from India in years, is a vivid and intimate portrait of one reporter’s journey into the dark, pulsating and ultimately damaged soul of Bombay.

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Rory Maclean

The Traveller

Hay Festival 2009, 
The intrepid wanderer charts the evolution of travel writing from the fall of the Wall to the rise of the Taliban. His books, including Magic Bus, Stalin’s Nose, and Under The Dragon, have invited realistic comparisons with Chatwin and Kapuscinski.

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Beast Quest Duel

Hay Festival 2011, 
Calling all valiant knights and questors! Six mystical beasts are guarding magical golden armour for the evil wizard Malvel. Help the good wizard Aduro, in this interactive event, to solve cryptic puzzles and free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell. Exclusive goodies for all participants...
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Derek Niemann

Birds In A Cage

Hay Festival 2013, 

The remarkable untold story of a group of POWs who, through a shared love of birds, overcame hunger, hardship and boredom to bring purpose and dignity to their lives behind barbed wire. Under the gaze of Nazi guards, they founded a secret bird-watching society, and their legacy lives on in institutions such as the RSPB and the British Wildlife Trust.

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Peter Furtado talks to Oliver Balch

Histories Of Nations: How Their Identities Were Forged

Hay Festival 2013, 

An extraordinary illustrated synthesis of essays by the world’s leading historians about their own countries’ forging of identities. Each one attempts to define the characteristics that embody its sense of nationhood. The countries, large and small, have been selected to represent every continent and every type of state, and range from mature democracies to religious autocracies and one-party states.