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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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Chris Tarrant talks to Paul Blezard

Dad’s War

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster discusses his memoir: a profoundly moving and heartfelt tribute to a much-loved father who was involved in some of WWII’s most significant campaigns, including the Dunkirk evacuation and the D-Day landings; and a sincere and humble commemoration of the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers of WWII.

Chris Tarrant talks to Paul Blezard

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Francis Pryor

The Birth of Modern Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ranging over topics as diverse as the birth of modern agriculture, the growth of towns and cities, and the development of roads, canals and railways, the historian takes us on A Journey into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 to the Present. Chaired by Michael Prodger.
 
Read an article about Francis Pryor www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/
 
 
 

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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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Rosie Boycott talks to Peter Florence

A Nice Girl Like Me

Hay Festival 2009, 
The journalist discusses her nakedly pitiless classic 1970s memoir of journalism and alcohol addiction.

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Patrick Bishop

Target Tirpitz

Hay Festival 2012, 
An intriguing tale from WWII of X-Craft, Agents and Dambusters - The Epic Quest to Destroy Hitler’s Mightiest Warship.

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Jan Blake with Raymond Sereba

The Buffalo Woman - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
A hunter kills buffalo and takes the meat back to his village. But the young buffalo calf that watched him kill her mother is determined to make him pay. After many years of planning, the shape-shifting Buffalo Woman goes on a quest for revenge but doesn’t anticipate the lengths a mother will go to in order to protect her son.
 
Delicate and dramatic by turn, their song and music, which includes the extraordinary Dodo mouth bow, cradles the story in a truly evocative soundscape

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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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Julia Fan Li, Alexandra Grigore and Divya Venkatesh

Cambridge University Series 9: Global Health in the Twenty-first Century

Hay Festival 2015, 

Three young female scientists who are recipients of the University of Cambridge’s most prestigious scholarship, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, talk about their research. Julia Fan Li is director of the Global Health Investment Fund, which funds research and development for some of the most pressing global health challenges; Divya Venkatesh researches African sleeping sickness and does cross-disciplinary work in biotechnology; Alexandra Grigore works on an innovative fingerprint identity system for accessing medical records in developing countries.

Julia Fan Li, Alexandra Grigore and Divya Venkatesh

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Inside The Archers

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Find out about life behind the scenes in Ambridge with the Editor of The Archers, Sean O’Connor, and Graham Harvey, the programme's Agricultural Advisor.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Inside The Archers

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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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Fred Pearce

The Landgrabbers

Hay Festival 2012, 
A superb piece of investigative journalism that reveals the unprecedented land grab from the plains of Africa to the jungles and prairies of South America, as Wall Street speculators, Gulf oil sheiks, Chinese entrepreneurs and robber barons raid the last fertile corners of the world.

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Peter Wohlleben

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate–Discoveries from a Secret World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. Trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

Peter Wohlleben

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Anthony Horowitz

Never Say Die

Hay Festival 2017, 

Alex Rider is back. Join the author as he reveals what’s in store in the next chapter of his legendary character’s life as he is forced to leave his home in San Francisco and head back east. There are some old friends and old enemies and, above all, there is plenty of action, adrenaline and adventure.

9+
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Lenny Abrahamson, Ed Guiney and Malcolm Campbell

The Creative Triangle

Kells 2015, 

The relationship between screenplay writer, producer and director has been called ‘the creative triangle’. So how does power and creative control shift between members of this team? And how does this multiple authorship affect the auteur theory idea that the director is the creative author of the film? A panel discussion chaired by Darragh Byrne (Parked), with director Lenny Abrahamson (Adam and Paul, Garage, Frank), producer Ed Guiney of Element Pictures (The Guard, What Richard Did), and writer Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did).

Lenny Abrahamson, Ed Guiney and Malcolm Campbell

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Sarah Chayes and Luke Harding, with Oliver Bullough

Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Hay Festival 2016, 

The world is blowing up. Every day a new blaze seems to ignite: the bloody implosion of Iraq and Syria; the East-West standoff in Ukraine; abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria. Is there some thread tying these frightening international security crises together? In a riveting account that weaves history with fast-moving reportage and insider accounts from the Afghanistan war, Sarah Chayes identifies the unexpected link: corruption. Since the late 1990s, corruption has reached such an extent that some governments resemble glorified criminal gangs, bent solely on their own enrichment. These kleptocrats drive indignant populations to extremes-ranging from revolution to militant puritanical religion. Chayes is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of The Punishment of Virtue. Harding is the author of A Very Expensive Poison [see event 83] and one of the journalists on the Panama Papers story. They talk to Oliver Bullough, Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Let Our Fame Be Great and the writer and presenter of the film about Ukranian corruption Bloody Money [see event 443].

Sarah Chayes and Luke Harding, with Oliver Bullough

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Irving Finkel

The Ark Before Noah

Hay Festival 2014, 

One day in 2008 a member of the public brought a cuneiform tablet into the British Museum. Flood expert Dr Irving Finkel reveals how decoding the symbols on this 4,000-year-old piece of clay enable a radical new interpretation of the Noah’s Ark myth.

Irving Finkel

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Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

The Head of Gonzo Davies

Hay Festival 2015, 

Gonzo Davies, back-row forward and builder, knows the highs and lows of life; but as political and industrial corruption conspire to give parochial violence a national and international dimension, is he prepared to become the target of dark forces? The bestselling author of The Greatest Welsh XV Ever, best known now as the BBC’s voice of international rugby, brings us his first novel and looks forward to this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

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Wings & Co: The Fairy Detective Agency

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sally Gardner and David Roberts talk and draw their way through the latest case, Operation Bunny.

6+ years

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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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Tarzan: The Savage Lands

Hay Festival 2013, 

Andy Briggs brings the Tarzan stories and the Congo alive for a new generation of readers with fascinating research material and a great story.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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Jo Hodgkinson

My Friend Nigel

Hay Festival 2013, 

Billy’s best friend is a snail called Nigel, which has hilarious repercussions. From the award-winning creator of The Talent Show.

4+ years

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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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Oliver Jeffers

Hay Festival 2014, 
Enjoy live drawing and storytelling with Oliver Jeffers. Born in Australia, raised in Belfast, Oliver now lives in Brooklyn and brings some NYC cool to Hay while celebrating the 10th anniversary of How To Catch a Star, and a brand new Hueys book, None the Number, in which the Hueys have an important question about counting…
6+ years
Oliver Jeffers

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David Lodge talks to Georgina Godwin

Quite a Good Time to be Born

Hay Festival 2015, 

The novelist discusses his wartime childhood, his early married life and academic career, and the development of his fiction – all of which he explores in his memoir, which covers the years up to the publication of Changing Places.

David Lodge talks to Georgina Godwin