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Philippa Gregory, Anthony Mason

Dispatches From the Sex Wars

Hay Festival 2000, 
A double-headed examination of the writing by men and women on men and women from troubadours to tarts from the best-selling author of Earthly Joys, Virgin Earth, and A Respectable Trade. Even-handedly savage and wildly entertaining.

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David Beerling

Fossil Forests and Climate Crisis

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paleoclimatology Prof David Beerling, author of Emerald Planet, examines the impact of mankind’s fossil fuel burning on climate change, and maps the action needed to arrest the damage done.

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Rosie Boycott

Reformations 13: Food

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our food system is in crisis: soaring rates of obesity and diet related ill-health, environmental degradation and escalating greenhouse gas emissions as well as record levels of waste which deny food to the hungry. How do we create a system that enables all citizens to eat affordable, healthy food regardless of where they live and what they earn?  Could Brexit create a solution? Is a Food Act an answer?  Boycott proposes a complete reimagining of how we farm, how we shop and how we eat. Rosie Boycott chairs the Mayor of London’s food policy unit. Chaired by Dan Saladino, presenter/producer of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

Rosie Boycott

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Christopher de Bellaigue and Gilles Kepel talk to Abdul Rehman-Malik

Enlightenment and Jihad

Hay Festival 2017, 

Bellaigue tells the forgotten stories of key figures and reformers of Islam’s past 200 years in The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason; from Egypt’s visionary ruler Muhammad Ali to brave radicals such as Iran’s first feminist Qurrat al-Ayn. Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West by Gilles Kepel is the explosive account of the radicalisation of a segment of Muslim youth that led to the 2016 atrocities at Bataclan and in Nice, and of the failure of governments in France and across Europe to address it.

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Is Islam Incompatible With Democracy?

Michael Gove, Rageh Omaar, Ziauddin Sardar, Martin Bright, Tahmina Anam

Hay Festival 2007, 
From the beleaguered Iraqi parliament and Sharia courts in Karachi to Westminster’s ‘hearts and minds’ projects in Preston and East London, can Islam and democracy ever find common ground?

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón in conversation with Ana Gavín

Segovia 2014, 

Ignacio Martínez de Pisón talks to Ana Gavín about his latest novel La buena reputación, a family history that covers a number of generations and takes the reader through different Spanish cities, up to the present day. A panorama of relationships and experiences to make the reader reflect on life.

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Susan Gathercole

Cambridge Series 5: Working Memory in the Here and Now

Hay Festival 2016, 

Working memory allows us to hold information in mind. How does this influence our everyday lives? Professor Gathercole is Unit Director at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

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Anthea Bell talks to Daniel Hahn

The BCLT Interview - From Sebald to Asterix

Hay Festival 2012, 
The pre-eminent literary translator discusses her work on a great range of European books from WG Sebald to Asterix with the Programme Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
 

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Claudia Piñeiro, Mario Mendoza and Santiago Gamboa with Juan David Correa

How to tell a crime

Cartagena 2012, 
Claudia Piñeiro, winner of the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize 2005, is author of Betibú, a story that focuses on the investigation of a crime while painting a picture of Argentina. Mario Mendoza is author of Apocalipsis, a journey through the byways of body and spirit. Santiago Gamboa won the 2009 La Otra Orilla Prize for Necrópolis, a work that describes a universe immersed in violence and destruction. They will talk to the journalist Juan David Correa.

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Emma Kennedy – The Killing Handbook

Winter Weekend 2012, 
The actress, broadcaster and Celebrity Masterchef winner offers an hilarious and essential guide to the Danish supercult crime thriller The Killing. The superfan guide to Sarah Lund with all the crucial information on the characters, the plot holes and the politics, the language, the jumpers and dating the Danish way...

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The Collector of Worlds

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ilya Troyanov considers the extraordinary life of Sir Richard Burton, the first westerner to make the hajj to Mecca, discoverer of the source of the Nile, and translator of The Arabian Nights.

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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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Howard Marks talks to Jon Gower

Hay Festival 2011, 
Mr Nice talks nasty with the launch of his Cardiff-set crime novel Sympathy for the Devil.

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Peter Hain

Back to the Future of Socialism

Hay Festival 2015, 

What’s gone wrong with capitalism and how should governments respond? Did Big Government or Big Banking cause the global financial crisis? Is the answer austerity or investment in growth; untrammelled market forces or regulating for the common good? Hain revisits Anthony Crosland’s classic text and presents a stimulating political prospectus for today.

Peter Hain

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Franny Armstrong, Liz Crow and Jasvinder Sanghera talk to Rosie Boycott

Here We Stand

Hay Festival 2014, 

Contributors to Honno’s new anthology about women campaigners discuss how they became politicised, and how they were personally changed by the process of changing the world. Armstrong is director of the climate change blockbuster Age of Stupid, and is now working on a TV drama series based on the true story of the police spies who infiltrated British activist groups and the women who unwittingly had relationships and even children with them. Crow is a disability rights activist and performance artist. Sanghera has won many awards and accolades for her work against honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

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Stefan Collini

Cambridge Series 10 - What Are Universities For?

Hay Festival 2012, 
When the future of higher education lies in the balance, a discussion of just why universities matter – to everyone.
 

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Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones

BBC Talking Books 4: Days Without End

Hay Festival 2017, 

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and in which they are complicit. But when a young Indian girl crosses their path, Thomas and John must decide on the best way of life for them all in the face of dangerous odds. Barry’s novel won the 2016 Costa Book of the Year award. His previous fiction includes The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture.

Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones

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I Decide What Culture Is...

Segovia 2010, 
A book, an exhibition, a film, a chef or a fashion designer cannot succeed without help from the media. But... why do some artists appear in them and not others? How is the content of cultural pages and programmes decided in the media on a daily basis? Can the press decide its own agenda regardless of what the industry and cultural agents dictate? Borja Hermoso, Emilio Sanz and Carlos Gosch discuss, chaired by Ignacio Bazarra.

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Tobias Hill talks to Peter Guttridge

The Hidden

Hay Festival 2009, 
Secrets, beauty and extremism turn the plot of this stupendous novel.

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Thomas Buergenthal, Brian Leveson, Richard Goldstone talk to Philippe Sands

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? International Law

Hay Festival 2015, 

Four internationally acclaimed jurists discuss which rights might be argued into a new charter for the C21st. Buergenthal serves as a judge at the ICJ in the Hague; Goldstone served as a prosecutor at the ICT after running the Goldstone Commission in South Africa; Leveson is President of the Queens Bench Division and chaired the public inquiry into press ethics in the UK; Sands is Professor of Law at UCL.

Thomas Buergenthal, Brian Leveson, Richard Goldstone talk to Philippe Sands

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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.

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Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write

Hay Festival 2017, 

Mahfouz introduces her vibrant anthology with two of her star contributors. Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.

Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

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The Economist Debate: Political reform, not aid or trade, is the key to Africa’s development

Chaired by Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2007, 
Much of Africa remains crippled by famine, war, disease and underdevelopment. Many complain of lack of aid and unfair trade terms, but is Africa destined to be impoverished because of the venality and corruption in the nations’ governance? Or are the political leaders doing the best they can in a continent still devastated by the legacy of slavery and colonialism? Jon Snow chairs, speakers include June Arunga, Richard Cockett, Professor Tunde Zack-Williams and Michael Gidney (Chair of the Fairtrade Foundation's Board and Director of Policy for the NGO Traidcraft Exchange).

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Marcus Sedgwick

The Raven Mysteries

Hay Festival 2012, 
Enter the barking world of the Otherhand family with all its oddballs, lunatics and fruitcakes - not forgetting the lethal cabbages…
 
9+ years

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Marcos Giralt Torrente, Rodrigo Rey Rosa and Joumana Haddad with Guido Tamayo

What we talk about when we talk about love

Cartagena 2012, 
Love is a concept with a thousand and one definitions, and probably the subject most written about in the history of literature. However, we keep asking ourselves, again and again, about its meaning and relevance. Taking as a starting point the famous Raymond Carver story, we ask three writers from three different countries to talk to us about a matter that unites them: Marcos Giralt Torrente, Spanish winner of the 2011 National Narrative Prize for his work Tiempo de vida; Joumana Haddad, Lebanese poet, writer and editor whose latest book is I Killed Scheherazade; and Rodrigo Rey Rosa, the Guatemalan author, translated into English by Paul Bowles and whose latest work is Severina. Chaired by Guido Tamayo.