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Sinclair McKay talks to Mark Skipworth

The Secret History of Bletchley Park

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author discusses his History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There.

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Nigel Kennedy in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill

Hay Festival 2015, 

In an informal pre-concert interview, the violinist talks about his approach to music, his Polish band, his 1732 violin made by Carlo Bergonzi of Cremona, jazz, Villa and Vivaldi.

45 mins
Nigel Kennedy in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill

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José María Beneyto and Gianni Buiquicchio in conversation with José Manuel Calvo

What is the future of democracy in Europe?

Segovia 2013, 

The economic crisis has shown the fragility of institutions and the need for stronger citizen participation.  It has also demonstrated a generation of civil society aware of the importance of European culture and of defending human rights. José María Beneyto, writer, lawyer and vice-president of the European Council, deals with these topics with the President of Venice Commission, Gianni Buiquicchio, in a conversation moderated by José Manuel Calvo, subdirector and chief of Op-Ed in EL PAÍS.


Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.


Co-organized with European Council.

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Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

From Screen To Stage

Hay Festival 2013, 

Eight years ago the creators of TV hits Shine On Harvey Moon and Birds Of A Feather had supper with Alan Ayckbourn at Kilvert’s Hotel after their festival sessions. He suggested they write for the theatre. They currently have two musicals running in the West End – Dreamboats And Petticoats and Save The Last Dance For Me – and an adaptation of their Goodnight Sweetheart on the way. They talk to Peter Florence.

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Adam Zamoyski

Rights of Peace

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian exposes the chaos, corruption and sexual depravity of the 1815 Congress of Vienna, at which Europe was scrambled by Napoleon’s vanquishers.

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Chris Packham and Jason Cockcroft

Amazing Animal Journeys

Hay Festival 2016, 

The TV presenter and wildlife champion shares his passion for the natural world and his deep understanding of the animals that live in it. In his latest book he looks at the incredible journeys animals make as they migrate across the globe. He is joined by illustrator Jason Crockcroft.

6+
Chris Packham and Jason Cockcroft

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GF Newman talks to Peter Florence

Dark Heart

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The story of Jake Mann, a Jesuit priest who is posted to Nigeria where he suppresses his obsessive desire for women but proves too radical for both the Church and the local security forces, getting involved in campaigns against Big Oil, and discovering a talent for exorcism. A series of bizarre killings follow, both in Nigeria and back in the UK. Most terrifying for Jake is when he realises the identity of the darkest heart behind these killings…

GF Newman talks to Peter Florence

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Anabel Hernández, Dina Meza y Jorge Ángel Pérez en conversación con María Jimena Duzán

Literatura y estado

Cartagena 2014, 
Tres distinguidos escritores latinoamericanos comprometidos con la libertad de expresión hablarán de literatura, política y las responsabilidades éticas que debe afrontar un escritor en la Latinoamérica de hoy en día. Anabel Hernández (México), Dina Meza (Honduras) y Jorge Ángel Pérez (Cuba) en conversación con María Jimena Duzán (Colombia). Con el apoyo de PEN International. Un evento ¡Libera la Palabra!

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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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Billy Bragg, Henry Porter, Philippe Sands

Power Inquiry 1

Hay Festival 2007, 
In this first Power Inquiry session examining the nature of democracy in Britain, the singer Billy Bragg, author of The Progressive Patriot, is joined by Observer and Vanity Fair journalist Henry Porter and Professor Philippe Sands QC. Chaired by New Statesman editor John Kampfner.

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Gillian Clarke

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the 70th birthday of the great poet and teacher, whose collections include Selected Poems, The King of Britain’s Daughter and Making the Beds for the Dead.

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Mark Hudson

Titian: The Last Days

Hay Festival 2010, 
Towards the end of his life the artist didn’t finish his paintings. Created with the fingers as much as the brush, the last paintings are imbued with a sense of final desperate effort – a rawness and immediacy that weren’t to be seen again in art for centuries. How did it come to this? And what happened to the paintings?
Mark Hudson

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A Market Place for Innovation

Hay Festival 2010, 
Groups participating by invitation in the Hay on Earth 4 social enterprise and business sustainability workshop taking place earlier this morning have the opportunity here to engage members of the public in discussion and sharing of ideas that make their projects stronger and more likely to succeed.

Entry to this event is free, and no need to reserve a ticket – just drop in.

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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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Ally Kennan & Tim Bowler

Quarry, Buried Thunder

Hay Festival 2011, 
Dangerous secrets and deadly traps from two award-winning writers who know exactly what makes a page-turning thriller. Chaired by Pete Hurley
 
12+ years Goosebumps 

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Richard Sennett

Together- The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation

Hay Festival 2012, 
The thinker discusses one of the most difficult challenges facing us today: living with people who are different – racially, ethnically, religiously or economically.
 
Richard Sennett is unable to come to Hay, as he needs to be in close proximity to the hospital in London where he is being treated, but he is - heroically - adamant he wants to do his session so we are going to beam him on a live video link..

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Elif Shafak and Anjali Joseph talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Migrations

Hay Festival 2012, 
Honour is a powerful, brilliant and moving account of murder, love and family set in Kurdistan, Istanbul and London; Another Country charts a young woman’s twenties in Bombay, Paris and London.

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Richard Cohen

Chasing The Sun

Hay Festival 2011, 
From Galileo and Homer to macro astronomy and bird migration – a brilliant tour of the cultural and scientific history of The Star That Gives Us Life.
 
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By the Sword - Richard Cohen

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James Holland

The Battle of Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian tells the stories of the few who did so much for the many in the five months in 1940 that saved Britain.

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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

We Know All About You: The Story of Surveillance in Britain and America

Hay Festival 2017, 

The deep story of wire-tapping and interception by the NSA and GCHQ. Who ordered it? How it was done? How it’s done now. Jeffreys-Jones is one of the world’s most distinguished espionage and security experts.

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

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Fiona Reynolds and Simon Jenkins talk to Revel Guest

Octavia Hill’s Grand Idea

Hay Festival 2012, 
The National Trust Director General and Chair celebrate the centenary of Octavia Hill, the social reformer and founder of the National Trust, and discuss her legacy in the work of the Trust today.
 

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Dirty Bertie

Hay Festival 2013, 

David Roberts is back with his brilliant illustrations and the latest in the bestselling Dirty Bertie series.

5+ years

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David Safier talks to Ramon Arangüena

Segovia 2012, 
David Safier, the world-renowned German humour writer and author of Bad Karma and Jesus Loves Me talks to journalist Ramón Arangüena.
 
Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish. Co-organized with the Fundación Lara and in collaboration with the Goethe Institut and the Embassy of Germany in Spain.

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Maureen Lipman

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actress, writer, widow of the peerless Jack Rosenthal, and national treasure.

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Dannie Abse talks to Gwyneth Lewis

Hay Festival 2007, 
The writer discusses his latest collection of poetry Running Late and his memoir The Presence. After his wife Joan died in a car accident in June 2005, he began to write a diary which is both a record of present grief, and a portrait of a marriage which lasted more than fifty years.