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Siri Hustvedt talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Living, Thinking, Looking

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation based on the novelist’s book of essays that is framed around: Living, which draws on her own life; Thinking, on memory, emotion and the imagination; and Looking, on art and artists. She explores how we see, remember, feel and interact with others; what it means to sleep, dream and speak; and what we mean by ‘self’.

Siri Hustvedt talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Ronan Sheehan

Saint Colmcille

Kells 2013, 

The novelist, lawyer and founder of the Dublin branch of the European Centre for Latin delivers a lecture on the old copyright law of Saint Colmcille that still underscores today’s decisions. This lively, engaging and entertaining talk firmly ties in the first copyright ruling of Western Europe with Kells and Tara.

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Victoria Hislop talks to Lisa Dwan

The Thread

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist discusses her epic Greek romance set across C20th Thessaloniki. Hislop is the best-selling author of The Island, The Return and One Cretan Evening.

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Susana Baca en conversación con Iván Benavides

Cartagena 2013, 
La gran exponente de la música afroperuana conversará sobre su fascinante carrera con el músico, productor y compositor Iván Benavides. Susana Baca, junto con su marido Ricardo Pereira, se ha dedicado a rescatar sonidos afroperuanos que estaban a punto de caer en el olvido. En su larga trayectoria ha recibido numerosos premios, pero el más destacado llegó en 2002 al ganar el Grammy en la categoría de Best Folk Album por su disco Lamento Negro, grabado en 1986. Susana ocupó el cargo de Ministra de Cultura de Perú desde el 28 de julio de 2011 al 10 de diciembre de ese mismo año.

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Roger Lovegrove

Islands Beyond The Horizon

Hay Festival 2013, 

The naturalist explores some of the remotest places on earth, examining the islands’ biodiversity and the impact of human habitation on their wildlife and ecosystems.

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Jenny Colgan talks to Paul Blezard

Fictions – Chocolates

Hay Festival 2013, 

The romcom bestseller samples her novel The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris and her contribution to the Dr Who 50th anniversary, Doctor Who – Dark Horizons

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Olivia Party

Hay Festival 2010, 
Everyone’s favourite little pig comes to Hay for songs, stories, dancing and dressing up. Don’t forget to dress up too!
 
4–7 years

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Tim Richardson

What Makes American Gardens American?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Lusciously illustrated lecture ranging from Jefferson’s C18th landscapes in North Carolina to exciting new designers such as Topher Delaney in San Francisco and Martha Schwartz in New Mexico.
Tim Richardson

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Javier Cercas

The Raymond Williams Lecture: The Anatomy of a Moment

Hay Festival 2011, 
In February 1981, just as Spain was finally leaving Franco’s dictatorship and during the first democratic vote in parliament for a new prime minister, Colonel Tejero and a band of right-wing soldiers burst into the Spanish parliament and began firing shots. Only three members of Congress defied the incursion and did not dive for cover. The pre-eminent Spanish novelist discusses the relationship between history and fiction. Chaired by Jon Gower.
 
Read a recent interview with Javier Cercas www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jun/15/fiction.culture

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Cressida Cowell

Vikings, Pirates and Dragonese

Hay Festival 2007, 
A lively journey through the slapstick adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, helmed by his creator Cressida Cowell.

Hay Fever 7–9 yrs

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David Howell

Out of the Energy Labyrinth

Hay Festival 2007, 
Thatcher’s former Energy Secretary (1979–1981) argues that the climate change debate is on the wrong track to a low carbon future and that energy security is the worldwide key.

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David Nash

Blasphemy in the Christian World

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Nash seeks to understand why this medieval offence of ‘denial or denigration of God’ has reappeared to become a distinctly modern presence in the West.

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Timothy Brook

Vermeer’s Hat

Hay Festival 2011, 
A work of compelling brilliance that maps the rapidly expanding C17th world and the dawn of the global age through the work of one of its greatest painters, from the beaver-trappers of Canada and the silver mines of the Americas to Delft itself and the China seas.

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Andy Rouse

RSPB Cymru Lecture

Hay Festival 2011, 
The charismatic and irreverent superstar wildlife photographer talks about his work and shows some of his astounding images.

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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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Jacob Weisberg in conversation with Peter Florence

Contemporary America

Segovia 2010, 
Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of the Slate Group (a division of The Washington Post Company), is a major point of reference in the field of political journalism in the US.On this occasion he will be interviewed by Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, about the current political scene in his country and its main figures. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Kiran Desai and Stevie Davies talk to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Indian novelist discusses her 2006 Man Booker-winning novel The Inheritance of Loss. Davies introduces her beautiful and politically passionate The Eyrie. They talk to The Guardian's Literary Editor.

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Thomas Keneally talks to Damian Barr

Fictions – The Great War

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker-winner’s The Daughters Of Mars vividly experiences the Dardanelles and the Western Front in the First World War through the eyes of two Australian nurses.

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Alison Weir

Katherine of Aragon

Hay Festival 2016, 

The lives of Henry VIII’s queens make for dramatic stories. In her new novel, Weir tells the poignant story of Katherine of Aragon. Was her union with Prince Arthur consummated? What happens when a happy Royal marriage is overshadowed by dynastic pressures, doubts, and the allure of an ambitious woman? The best-selling popular historian and novelist evokes a court peopled by the luminaries of the early Tudor age – Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell and the magnificent figure of Henry VIII himself – a young and athletic Henry, not yet marred by frustration and disappointment.

Alison Weir

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Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Landmarc/Slipstream Debate

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Earlier this year a group of senior business leaders, third sector innovators and participants from government came together in Cardiff to launch a major new opportunity for Wales. Find out how this combines Natural Capital and Social Value to create a step change in both thinking and delivery for all sectors in Wales and join in the discussions in this open event.

Free but ticketed

Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

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Graham Robb

The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author made plans to cycle the legendary Via Heraklea. It was an ancient path that took him deep into the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science. Gradually, a lost map revealed itself, of an empire constructed with precision and beauty across vast tracts of Europe. Oriented according to the movements of the Celtic sun god, the map had been forgotten for almost two millennia.

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Storytelling Workshop with Nick Hennessey

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
A passionate advocate of the spoken word, Hennessey is a master of the ancient European storytelling tradition exploring Celtic and British myths and the great Finnish epic The Kalevala.

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Robert Wyatt talks to Simon Reynolds

presented by Domino Recording Co.

Hay Festival 2007, 
Wyatt’s distinctive and emotive voice is instantly recognisable as an instrument of compassion, integrity and, occasionally, righteous indignation. His last studio album Cuckooland was nominated for the Mercury Prize.

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Jonathan Fenby

The Dragon Throne: A History of Imperial China

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Fenby charts the history and nature of China’s imperial system, 221BC–1912AD, which set the template for the way the world’s most populous (and often richest) nation was ruled, with a heritage still felt today.

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Abi Morgan talks to Francine Stock

Screenwriter

Hay Festival 2012, 
An interview with the screenwriter of Shame, The Iron Lady, The Hour and Birdsong.