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Misha Glenny

McMafia: Crime Without Frontiers

Hay Festival 2008, 
Misha Glenny investigates the global crime boom - Bombay gangs, sex slavery in Israel, Canadian dope, Nigerian investment scams, Brazilian cyber-crime. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Jon Ronson

Hay Festival 2008, 
The humorist selects and riffs on the best bits from his Guardian columns, collected and published as What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness.

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Jesse Norman

Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet

Hay Festival 2013, 

A compelling analysis and portrait of the C18th theorist, subversive and founder of modern conservatism, from the 2012 Parliamentarian of the Year. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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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.

Stephen Moss

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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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Linda Yueh talks to Bronwen Maddox

The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today

Hay Festival 2018, 

Since the days of Adam Smith, economists have grappled with a series of familiar problems but often their ideas are hard to digest, even before we try to apply them to today’s issues. Yueh is renowned for her combination of erudition, as an accomplished economist herself, and accessibility, as a leading writer and broadcaster in this field. She explains the key thoughts of history’s greatest economists, how our lives have been influenced by their ideas and how they could help us with the policy challenges we face today.

Linda Yueh talks to Bronwen Maddox

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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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Andy Kershaw talks to Martin Chilton

No Off Switch

Hay Festival 2012, 
We’re talking the rollercoaster, deliciously candid and brilliantly funny autobiography of Britain’s maverick radio DJ, world music champion and foreign correspondent.

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Jasper Rees

Bred of Heaven

Hay Festival 2012, 
A love letter to Gatland’s Own Country and One Man’s Quest to Reclaim his Welsh Roots.

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Yoani Sánchez en conversación con Jon Lee Anderson

Cartagena 2014, 
La periodista cubana Yoani Sánchez lleva desde 2007 documentando la vida en Cuba a través de su blog Generación Y. Galardonado con el Premio de Periodismo Digital Ortega y Gasset que otorga el diario español El País, el blog de Yoani es el más visitado del país y es regularmente traducido por un equipo de voluntarios a catorce lenguas. Conversa con el periodista y escritor Jon Lee Anderson sobre su trabajo diario por la libertad de expresión. Patrocinado por kienyke.com
Yoani Sánchez en conversación con Jon Lee Anderson

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Julian Clary and David Roberts

The Bolds to the Rescue

Hay Festival 2016, 

The comedian/entertainer/writer and award-winning illustrator introduce you to their latest book, a brand new adventure about a family of hyenas living in an ordinary suburban street.  An unmissable event packed with wildly hilarious readings in Julian’s unique style, together with live drawing from David.

8+

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David Reynolds talks to James Naughtie

Cambridge Series: America and the challenges of ‘popular’ history

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of the BBC Radio 4 series and book America, Empire of Liberty discusses how to present academic history to a general audience.
David Reynolds talks to James Naughtie

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Richard Parks

Extreme Adventuring

Hay Festival 2017, 

Parks describes his inspiring recovery from the shattering injury that ended his international rugby career. He tells of his commitment to his pioneering and world-first expeditions in the most extreme environments on earth.

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Meghnad Desai

LSE Lecture 1: The Rediscovery of India

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘How an old civilisation became a new nation after four thousand years of history and four centuries’ engagement with Europe; why it has succeeded as a democracy and why it is a miracle economy.’
 
More information about Meghnad Desai in this online profile

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Cinnamon Press Presents New Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
The launch of Holly Howitt’s brilliantly inventive debut collection of ‘micro-fictions’ Dinner Time and the novella The Fugitive Three by award- winning poet and short story writer Mike Jenkins; they are joined by Kate North, author of the startlingly original Eva Shell.

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Jamal Naji with Joumana Haddad

Cartagena 2011, 
Arabic literature continues to be a great unknown in the West. Initiatives such as the IPAF (the Arabic Booker Prize) and Beirut39, have raised awareness of an extremely rich literary tradition. The author Jamal Naji, a Jordanian writer of Palestinian origin, has been a finalist for the prize. He talks to poet and journalist Joumana Haddad about the future of Arabic literature, its challenges, censorship, distribution and profile abroad. 

Simultaneous translation from Arabic to Spanish available

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Vince Gaffney

Doggerland

Hay Festival 2013, 

The incredible history of Doggerland, a country now sunk beneath the North Sea, which once, 6,000 years ago, linked the Yorkshire coast with a stretch of Continental Europe from Denmark to Normandy. The submersion of Doggerland was the last time inhabited areas of land were lost because of changes in climate.

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Rowan Williams, Neil MacGregor and friends

The Michael Ramsey Prize Lunch

Hay Festival 2013, 

The presentation of the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing, hosted by the former Archbishop of Canterbury and the Director of the British Museum.

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Thomas Keneally talks to Philippe Sands

Schindler’s Ark

Hay Festival 2016, 

The writer discusses his 1982 Booker-winning novel about Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who risked his life to protect and rescue Jews from Auschwitz. The book was made into a film by Steven Spielberg as Schindler’s List.

Thomas Keneally talks to Philippe Sands

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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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Tom Holland

Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the republic collapsed. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. Augustus, their new master, called himself “the divinely favoured one”. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, mother of Nero, manoeuvring to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital.

Tom Holland

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Meg Rosoff

Hay Festival 2014, 

How I Live Now was published in 2004 to huge critical acclaim and has been made into a major feature film, starring Saoirse Ronan. Since then, the novelist has produced a spectacular body of work for teenagers and adults, and won numerous awards. She will talk about her writing including her latest novel, the highly acclaimed Picture Me Gone.
12+ years (YA)

Meg Rosoff

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Nick Harkaway talks to Georgina Godwin

The Blind Giant

Hay Festival 2013, 

An age of isolation, warped communication, disintegrating community, where unfiltered and unregulated information pours relentlessly into our lives, destroying what it means to be human; or an age of marvels, where there is a world of wonder at our fingertips? Ultimately, the choice is ours – engage with the machines that we have created, or risk creating a world designed for corporations and computers rather than people.

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Tallulah Swirls Theatre Company

When Eggy Met Peggy

Hay Festival 2012, 
What happens when the lonely egg sat on a wall meets the sparkling pea from under that huge pile of mattresses? Join Eggy and Peggy the pea, a rock-n-rolling raspberry and cha-cha-cha-ing carrots in this funny and original twist on The Princess And The Pea.
 
3+ years

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Zaiba Malik talks to Jo Glanville

We Are A Muslim Please

Hay Festival 2011, 
The award-winning investigative journalist analyses her British and Muslim identities, growing up in Bradford in the 70s and 80s and working undercover and in extreme circumstances in Bangladesh and in the heart of her family.
(Also see event 118)