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Nigella Lawson talks to Peter Florence

The Rose Gray Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2011, 
A conversation about food with the domestic goddess whose latest book is Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home.

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Jeremy Paxman interrogated by Marcus Brigstocke

A Life in Questions

Hay Festival 2017, 

Why is this lying bastard lying to me?” was at the front of his mind as the grand inquisitor conducted every interview on Newsnight. He has been known to be less hard on the students of University Challenge. He is lightly grilled with a touch of spice by the satirist and Now Show star.

Jeremy Paxman interrogated by Marcus Brigstocke

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Ed Gillespie, Steve Colling and Ackroyd & Harvey

The Art Response - Five images to change the world

Hay Festival 2012, 
From baby seals to flooding devastation, has the use of dramatic imagery lost its potency to inform the climate change debate? Despite our short attention span, can an incredible image in our increasingly visual world still make an impact?

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Rodrigo Hasbún, Daniel Alarcón and Alejandro Zambra with Marta Ruiz

Literary careers

Cartagena 2012, 
Three Bogotá39 authors bring us up to date with their latest projects: Rodrigo Hasbún was included on the Granta list as one of the best young Spanish-language writers and has just published Los días más felices; Daniel Alarcón, associate editor of the magazine Etiqueta Negra, has just released his latest work, El rey siempre está por encima del pueblo, and is working on a new project called Radio Ambulante; and lastly, the novelist, poet and educator Alejandro Zambra, whose first novel, Bonsai, has been made into a film (which was presented at the 2011 Canned Film Festival), has just published Formas de volver a casa. They will talk to the journalist Marta Ruiz.

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Kate Manning and Kate Summerscale talk to Sarah Crompton

Notorious

Hay Festival 2013, 

In Manning’s My Notorious Life By Madam X the headstrong daughter of Irish immigrants, forced to beg for pennies as a child on the brutal streets of New York City, grows up to become the most successful – and controversial – midwife of her time. The story chimes perfectly with Kate Summerscale’s tale of Victorian scandal and divorce Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace.

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Michael Morpurgo and Maggie Fergusson talk to Peter Florence

War Child to War Horse

Hay Festival 2012, 
How the prolific children’s novelist succeeded in weaving his biographer’s histories into his own fictions.
 
Michael Morpurgo no longer signs copies of his books after events, however, Michael will be doing a 'meet and greet' in Pembertons with signed book plates.

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Claire Trumper, Allie & Ella Thomas and Liz Knight

Women in Business: Start Your Own Small Business

Winter Weekend 2013, 

At our food-themed Women in Business event, three local producers tell how they created a successful small business and advise on how you can do the same from your kitchen table. With Claire Trumper of Trumper’s Tea, Liz Knight of Forage Fine Foods and mother and daughter team Allie and Ella Thomas of Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits. Chaired by former Country Living Deputy Editor Kitty Corrigan.

Duration 2 hours

Claire Trumper, Allie & Ella Thomas and Liz Knight

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Jasper Fforde

The Song of the Quarkbeast

Winter Weekend 2013, 
The comic crime thriller author and all round nice guy reveals his latest caper - A long time ago Magic faded away, leaving behind only yo-yos, the extremely useful compass-pointing-to-North enchantment and the spell that keeps bicycles from falling over.

11+ years
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Mary Portas

The High Street

Hay Festival 2012, 
The retail guru and British knickers champion, author of The Portas Review on the future of our high streets, inspires a resurgence in entrepreneurial zest and redefines the nature of value in modern consumerism.

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Bryony Gordon

The Wrong Knickers: A Decade of Chaos

Hay Festival 2014, 

Like Carrie Bradshaw, Gordon may have had a column in a national newspaper, but her twenties weren’t one long episode of Sex and the City. They were a decade of hangovers, heartbreak, and hideously awkward mornings-after, all over her overdraft limit. She tells the tales to Georgina Godwin.

Bryony Gordon

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AC Grayling

The God Argument

Hay Festival 2013, 

What is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and foundation for morality?

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Joan Bakewell and Alan Walker talk to Nicholas Stern

The British Academy Platform: Our Ageing Population – Benefit or Burden?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Is the welfare generation a myth? What can our economy gain from an older workforce, and how can our politicians and policy makers harness the potential in an ageing population?

Joan Bakewell and Alan Walker talk to Nicholas Stern

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Las hermanas Brown 1975–2008

Conversación con Nicholas Nixon

Alhambra 2009, 
The Brown Sisters, la serie fotográfica de su mujer y sus tres cuñadas que el fotógrafo Nicholas Nixon ha venido haciendo cada año, desde 1975 hasta la actualidad, constituye una de las indiscutibles obras maestras de la fotografía del siglo xx. En torno a su relevancia en la historia de la fotografía y las reflexiones que suscita sobre la vida y el paso del tiempo, conversarán, con el autor, Pablo Jiménez Burillo (Fundación MAPFRE), Manuel Rodríguez Rivero, crítico cultural, y Carlos Gollonet, especialista en fotografía contemporánea.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Francis Pisani (France) and Mario Tascón (Spain) chaired by Jaime Abello

The blog as journal

Cartagena 2010, 
Since the arrival of the internet, the blog has become one of the most popular platforms for literary and journalistic creation. However, there is no definite answer yet on how this tool works from a publishing perspective, what is the impact on public opinion or what guarantees the quality of its content. Francis Pisani, one of the most important digital visionaries today, and Mario Tascón, founder of elmundo.es and director of the blog 233grados, will debate with Jaime Abello.

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John Browne

Seven Elements

Hay Festival 2013, 

The former BP chief examines the current and future use of the Earth’s natural resources in his fascinating survey, Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon. Chaired by The Telegraph’s business editor Kamal Ahmed.

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Laura Bates talks to Bryony Gordon

Girl Up

Hay Festival 2016, 

“They told you you need to be thin and beautiful. They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels. They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but not to be too tarty. They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the boys, but you should know your place. They told you that’s not for girls – take it as a compliment – don’t rock the boat – that’ll go straight to your hips. They told you beauty is on the inside, but you knew they didn’t really mean it. Well I’m here to tell you something different…” Hilarious, jaunty and bold, the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project exposes the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, the false representations in media, the complexities of sex and relationships, the trials of social media and all the other lies they told us.

Laura Bates talks to Bryony Gordon

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Antony Beevor

Hitler’s Last Gamble

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are delighted to launch Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble by the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day.

On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.

The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. American troops, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians fled, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While many American soldiers fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters that slowed the German advance.

The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the eastern front. And after massacres by the Waffen-SS, even American generals approved when their men shot down surrendering Germans. The Ardennes was the battle that finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht.

Antony Beevor

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Mary Beard talks to Tom Holland

Confronting The Classics: Traditions, Adventures And Innovations

Hay Festival 2013, 

From Greek drama to Roman jokes, from government and slavery to pottery and food, the classicist captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise.

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Julián Ríos en conversación con Juan Ángel Juristo

Alhambra 2009, 
Carlos Fuentes define a Julián Ríos como “el autor más inventivo y creativo de la lengua castellana”; autor de la célebre Larva y otras noches de Babel, en el 2008 publicó Cortejo de sombras y la colección de ensayos Quijote e hijos. Puente de alma es su novela más reciente. En conversación con el crítico Juan Ángel Juristo.

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Simon Schama

The Guardian Sessions: The American Future

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian offers a profound and revelatory analysis in his History from the Founding Fathers to Barack Obama.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Owen Sheers and Lucy Davies talk to Allison Pearson

The Gospel of Us

Hay Festival 2012, 
The National Theatre of Wales epic Passion with Michael Sheen in Port Talbot last Easter was hailed as one of the great theatre productions of recent years. The writer and producer discuss the work, and preview clips of Dave McKean’s feature film version. See also 120 and 161 and 194 for screenings.

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Miguel Ángel Bastenier, Alejandro Santos and Pablo Ordaz

What use is Literary Journalism?

Cartagena 2011, 
Literary journalism, which is exceedingly popular in the Hispanic world, is a way of writing journalism that borders on literature. It was a phenomenon that revolutionised traditional journalism, and it has had avid followers and energetic detractors from the outset. Today, three experienced journalists, representing media of considerable importance in Latin America, debate about literary journalism, whether it exists as such and the grey area between literature and journalism.

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Jane Williams, Robert Hughes, Thomas Reynolds

King James Authorised Version 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
In this first Good Read event celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, the distinguished panel discuss Exodus, Ruth and Lamentations.

See profiles of Jane Williams, Robert Hughes

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John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

1,339 QI Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop

Hay Festival 2014, 

At QI’s very core is ‘the astonishing fact’: painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. Pigs suffer from anorexia. Wagner always wore pink silk underwear. Rugby School’s first official rugby kit in 1871 included a bow tie. Lord Kitchener had four spaniels called Shot, Bang, Miss and Damn. It is impossible to whistle in a spacesuit. Join in the fun with the QI writing team.

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Quentin Blake

Hay Festival 2010, 
The treasured illustrator and author on his life, work and latest projects.
 
Family event
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