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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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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
Jasper Fforde

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Jeanette Winterson

The 2016 Raymond Williams Lecture – Shakespeare 400

Hay Festival 2016, 

The novelist and essayist celebrates the work and gift of the playwright. Her latest novel The Gap of Time is a retelling of The Winter’s Tale. “A book of considerable beauty…a fine invitation into this deeply Shakespearean vision of imagination as the best kind of truth-telling” – Rowan Williams, New Statesman.

Jeanette Winterson

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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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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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Simon Singh

Alan Turing and Enigma

Hay Festival 2012, 
The science writer celebrates the centenary of the genius mathematician and code-breaker, who deciphered the German naval cables in WWII, and demonstrates the encryption techniques on his own, original Enigma Machine.

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Alberto Barrera Tyszka, Federico Vegas and Francisco Suniaga with Sergio Dahbar

The Saviour of the nation goes mad

Cartagena 2011, 
These three authors have written successful books about real figures from Venezuelan history who tried to save the nation, but were not successful. In some cases, they went insane, in others they were assassinated and one of the three is still in power. They will talk to journalist Sergio Dahbar.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jo Brand talks to Peter Florence

Look Back in Hunger

Hay Festival 2010, 
The comedian and psychiatric nurse discusses her memoir.
Jo Brand talks to Peter Florence

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Simon Jenkins faces Stephen Bayley and John Goodall

J’Accuse

Hay Festival 2010, 
The National Trust Chairman is in the dock for vulgarising and dumbing down the curating of Britain’s heritage. The celebrated style guru and the architectural editor of Country Life lead the prosecution. Fruit may be thrown.

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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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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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Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great contrarian eviscerates organised religion.

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Quentin Blake

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

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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.