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Fawaz Traboulsi, Helena Kennedy and Hanif Kureishi in conversation with John Kampfner

Google Debates 1; Freedom Of Expression: A Universal Right?

Beirut 2013, 

Many people consider freedom of expression as a universal right that must not be compromised. In an age of cultural relativism and complex relations between religion, culture and the state, what is the right way to move forward on this debate? Three international heavyweights, Baroness Helena Kennedy (UK), Fawaz Traboulsi (Lebanon) and Hanif Kureishi (UK) discuss with John Kampfner.

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Gwynfor: Portrait of A Patriot

Hay Festival 2008, 
Biographer Rhys Evans launches his study of Gwynfor Evans, the great Welsh politician, Plaid Cymru president for 36 years, pacifist and language rights campaigner. He talks to Guto Harri.

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Jonathan Steele, Shashi Tharoor and George Monbiot

Defeat: Why They Lost Iraq

Hay Festival 2008, 
The ignorance, arrogance and incompetence of the West’s Iraq policy and intervention laid bare by Steele, the Guardian’s senior foreign correspondent. Tharoor was formerl UN Under Secretary General for Communications. Chaired by William Sieghart.

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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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Christopher Lloyd

Magna Carta and the Story of Freedom

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Christopher Lloyd on an epic ride through eight centuries in the fight for freedoms and liberties, from the sealing of Magna Carta by King John in 1215, to the present day. Using a giant eight-metre-long timeline, Christopher will stop off at 10 key moments in the last 800 years, showing how today’s ideas of freedom and liberty have emerged through time.
8+ years
Christopher Lloyd

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Peter Carey talks to John Walsh

Theft: A Love Story

Hay Festival 2006, 
The double Booker Prizewinner (True History of the Kelly Gang, Oscar and Lucinda) discusses his lewdly funny new art world novel with the Independent writer.

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Rahaf Harfoush

The Hidden Forces Behind our Technologies

Hay Festival 2017, 

Digital disruption and innovation are like any tools: capable of being used and abused. How are these technologies already influencing our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours and how do we ensure that these tools bring real and lasting benefits to society? Rahaf Harfoush is a digital anthropologist and best-selling author of The Decoded Company, and Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand. Rahaf is the founder of Red Thread, a think-tank specialising in digital culture. She is currently working on her third book called Hustle and Float about  the intersections of technology, contemporary work culture and a post-work society. Formerly, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum, and the Research Coordinator on Don Tapscott’s Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. She was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Shaper, and by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society as a Rising Talent for her thought-leadership in the fields of digital culture and technology.

Rahaf Harfoush

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Sheila Hale talks to Georgina Godwin

Titian

Hay Festival 2013, 

A portrait of the great Venetian artist of the Renaissance, his life and times and context.

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Martin Kemp

Art in History 600BC–2000AD

Hay Festival 2015, 

Art has always been part of history. But we often think of it as outside history. When we look at a painting by Raphael, Rembrandt or Rubens it speaks to us directly, but it’s also an historical document, part of a living world. The Oxford art historian takes us on an extraordinary trip through art, from devotional works to the revolutionary techniques of the Renaissance, from the courtly Masters of the C17th through to the daring avant-garde of the C20th and beyond.

Martin Kemp

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Ben Miller

The Aliens Are Coming!

Hay Festival 2016, 

Ben Miller is, like you, a mutant ape living through an Ice Age on a ball of molten iron, orbiting a supermassive black hole. He is also an actor, comedian and approximately one half of Armstrong and Miller. He explores The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe.

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Chetan Bhatt, Óscar Guardiola-Rivera and Nizar Saghieh in conversation with John Kampfner

Let’s talk about Human Rights

Beirut 2012, 
Three experts from different corners of the world discuss a universal issue: how to ensure that human rights are respected and protected. Professor Chetan Bhatt is Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of economics. Óscar Guardiola-Rivera teaches International Law and International Affairs at Birkbeck College, university of London; he also served as an aid to the Colombian Congress and as a consultant for a united nations unit in the region. Nizar Saghieh is a leading lawyer, legal researcher and human rights activist. He is currently a legal consultant for the International Labour Organization and one of the founders of the Legal Agenda. John Kampfner is Adviser to Google on freedom of expression and culture. He is an author, broadcaster and commentator specialising in uK politics, international affairs, media and human rights issues.
 
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With the support of Google, the Embassy of Colombia in the Republic of Lebanon and the London School of Economics

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Chris Stewart: Three Ways to Capsize a Boat

Segovia 2010, 
Chris Stewart, the author of the celebrated book Driving Over Lemons, will speak about his new work, Three Ways to Capsize a Boat, based on nautical themes. However, this will just be the starting point to find, along winding routes, the hidden mysteries and beauties of the world of agriculture.

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Tom Holland

Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the republic collapsed. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. Augustus, their new master, called himself “the divinely favoured one”. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, mother of Nero, manoeuvring to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital.

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Tom Fletcher talks to Katrin Bennhold

Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age

Hay Festival 2016, 

In the next hundred years, the world will need to deal with the same amount of social development witnessed in the past 43 centuries – the rebirth of the city state, the battle for new energy, disappearing borders, the desire of the world’s people to move to developed nations. The former ambassador explores the core principles of a progressive C21st foreign policy: how to balance interventionism and national interest, and to use global governance to achieve national objectives. He discusses smart power, soft power and the new interventionism alongside lessons from the most notorious leaders and diplomats across the world including Talleyrand, Kissinger, Mandela and the Kennedys.

A former frontman, teacher, boxer and salesman, at 36 Tom Fletcher became the youngest senior British ambassador for 200 years. He pioneered using new technology to connect with people across a Middle East in upheaval. He is now a Professor of International Relations, and a campaigner for global education, the creative industries and coexistence.

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Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment about its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true and that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Penrose is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists.

Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

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Will Smith and Roberto Ampuero

Fictions – Thrillers

Hay Festival 2015, 

Mainlander is the thrilling debut set on Jersey from comedy writer Will Smith (Veep, The Thick of It) – a novel about loneliness, about not belonging and about the corroding effects of keeping secrets. Evocative and romantic, Ampuero’s The Neruda Case spans lies and truth, travelling between uneasy peace and political coup, from life to death. Brulé, a daydreamer and reluctant detective, is lost among Latin America’s uncertainties, venality and corruption while his first case introduces one of the great characters of international crime fiction. They talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

Will Smith and Roberto Ampuero

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Jack Andraka

Breakthrough

Hay Festival 2015, 

The multi-award-winning teen innovator and scientist overcame the skepticism of the academic world, depression and homophobic bullying to invent, at the age of 15, an early-detection test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. It has the potential to be over four hundred times more effective than the medical standard and it costs only 5p per use. Chaired by Alice Key.

Photo: Mark Tucker

Jack Andraka

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Deyan Sudjic

Norman Foster

Hay Festival 2010, 
A study of the global architect who designed the Reichstag, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks headquarters in London and China, the new Wembley stadium and the British Museum’s new court.

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Dave Cousins

15 DAYS WITHOUT A BLOG!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of novel 15 Days Without a Head shows you how to set-up, write and publicize a blog, plus a glimpse into his own journey to publication, via eight years as a minor rock star!
 
12+ years

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David Lammy talks to Adam Boulton

Out of the Ashes

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Tottenham MP looks at Britain After the Riots.

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G R Gemin

Sweet Pizza

Hay Festival 2016, 

The writer’s new novel has immigration at its heart. It is the story of Joe’s struggle to save the family-run café in Bryn Mawr that was started before the war by his Italian great-great grandfather. He vows to keep it open, and find out more about his past at the same time, as well as trying to bring a diverse town together through good food and fine times.

8+

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Michael Wolff talks to Dylan Jones

Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Vanity Fair journalist and biographer of Rupert Murdoch discusses and updates his classic work The Man Who Owns The News.

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John Haynes

Letter to Patience

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Costa Poetry Award-winner reads from his book-length poem in iambic pentameter, set in Patience’s Parlour, a small, mud-walled bar in northern Nigeria in 1993, and he talks to Owen Sheers.

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Tilly And Friends

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join picture-book genius Polly Dunbar to find out what Tilly’s friends Hector, Doodle, Tumpty, Tiptoe and Pru have been up to.

4+ years

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Lauren Owen and Marcus Sedgwick

Fictions – Gothic

Hay Festival 2014, 

Owen’s The Quick is a macabre gothic mystery set in Yorkshire and fin de siècle London. Sedgwick’s A Love Like Blood is a dark, compelling thriller about how a man’s life can change in a moment; about where the desire for truth – and for revenge – can lead; about love and fear and hatred. And it is also about the question of blood. They talk to Sameer Rahim.