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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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Henrietta L. Moore and Ricken Patel

Cambridge University Series 9: The Future of Civic Activism

Hay Festival 2014, 

Relationships between state and society have undergone a significant shift over the last decade. On both sides promises have been made and broken, expectations raised and shattered, partnerships brokered and roles reversed. Moreover, the influence of non-state actors has become impossible to discount. Professor Moore will talk about changes in ‘politics from below’ and ask whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating. She is joined by video link by the co-founder of the global protest movement AVAAZ. 

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Peter James talks to Peter Guttridge

Dead Like You

Hay Festival 2010, 
His new serial rapist tale marks James as one of the most compelling and successful crime novelists in the world.

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Homero Aridjis

Hay Festival 2008, 
The eminent Mexican writer ("Eyes to See Otherwise", "1492 The Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castille"), environmentalist and diplomat talks about his lifelong crusade to save the Monarch butterfly, which migrates every year from Canada to overwinter in Mexico's oyamel forests.

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Timothy Brook

The Troubled Empire

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Vermeer’s Hat uses environmental crises to re-narrate China’s history from the time of Khubilai Khan down to the collapse of the Ming dynasty. His unique environmental indicator? Dragon sightings! Just because the Chinese saw dragons, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Holly Webb’s Animal Stories

Hay Festival 2013, 

Holly Webb’s popular animal stories may tug the heartstrings but always have a happy ending. An unmissable treat for her fans.

6+ years

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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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Anna Pavord

The Curious Gardener

Hay Festival 2011, 
Reflections on the weather, soil and the English landscape and a guide to the gardening year from the author of The Tulip.

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Justin Griffiths-Williams

Baby Doc Duvalier and Fort Dimanche

Hay Festival 2015, 

The award-winning photo-journalist has been documenting the island of Haiti for the past 15 years and has produced an astonishing record of one of the world’s most extreme cultures and natural environments, racked by civil war, climatic catastrophe and violent deprivations. He shows his images and discusses his work with Oliver Balch.

Justin Griffiths-Williams

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George Monbiot

In the Green Corner 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
Eco-firebrand George Monbiot develops his conversation with the audience about global sustainability and political accountability.

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Harriet Walter talks to Rosie Boycott

Facing It

Hay Festival 2011, 
The actor and photographer shows and discusses her portraits – Reflections on the Images of Older Women.

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Rosie Boycott

Reformations 13: Food

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our food system is in crisis: soaring rates of obesity and diet related ill-health, environmental degradation and escalating greenhouse gas emissions as well as record levels of waste which deny food to the hungry. How do we create a system that enables all citizens to eat affordable, healthy food regardless of where they live and what they earn?  Could Brexit create a solution? Is a Food Act an answer?  Boycott proposes a complete reimagining of how we farm, how we shop and how we eat. Rosie Boycott chairs the Mayor of London’s food policy unit. Chaired by Dan Saladino, presenter/producer of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

Rosie Boycott

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Chris Stephens

The Tate Lecture: Ben Nicholson

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ben Nicholson was the leader of the modernist movement in art in the 1930s. Much of his work, however, was of the English landscape. Drawing on his lively correspondence, this richly illustrated talk by the curator of his current Tate Liverpool show will explore both the familiar and lesser- known aspects of his art.

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Josh Cohen

The Private Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

The war over private life spreads inexorably. Some seek to expose, invade and steal it, others to protect, conceal and withhold it. But what if what we call ‘private life’ is the one element in us that we can’t possess? Could it be that we’re so intent on taking hold of the privacy of others or keeping hold of our own only because we’re powerless to do either? Cohen is a psychoanalyst and professor of literature.

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Simon Pearson

The Great Escaper

Hay Festival 2014, 

Roger Bushell was ‘Big X’, mastermind of the mass breakout from Stalag Luft III in March 1944, immortalised in the Hollywood film The Great Escape. Through exclusive access to his private papers – as well as fascinating new research from other sources – journalist Pearson has now written the first biography of this iconic figure. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Jesús Carrasco and Gerbrand Bakker

Segovia 2014, 
The author of Intemperie, Jesús Carrasco, talks to Dutch novelist Gerbrand Bakker who wrote It’s Quiet Upstairs and Ten White Geese.

With simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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Laura Cumming

The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez

Hay Festival 2016, 
Described as “a riveting detective story and a brilliant reconstruction of an art controversy, it is also a homage to the art of Velázquez, written by a critic who remains spellbound by his genius.” Cumming’s previous Hay session discussed her brilliant study of self-portraiture, A Face to the World. Illustrated lecture.
Laura Cumming

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Guy Bass

Dinkin Dings

Hay Festival 2011, 
Dinkin is afraid of everything (and we mean everything, not just scary things). Join his infectiously enthusiastic creator and learn how to protect yourself from Zombaliens and whatnot.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Charles Jencks

The Architecture of Hope: Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres

Hay Festival 2010, 
Since the mid-1990s an exciting building project has been underway, new cancer caring centres that offer a fresh approach in architecture and health.
Charles Jencks

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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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Karrie Fransman

The Power and Potential of Graphic Novels

Hay Festival 2015, 
Following her TEDx talk on the power of comics, join Karrie Fransman to look at why graphic novels are one of the fastest growing categories in publishing. Explore stunning, printed graphic novels, digital, interactive comics and Fransman’s own experimental comics including her book Death of the Artist, in which she embodies five different hedonistic artists to tell their story across watercolour, digital art, photography and collage, taking the graphic novel into entirely new realms. She tells Stephanie Merritt why visual storytelling is entering a golden age.
Karrie Fransman

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Lars Mytting talks to Rob Penn

Norwegian Wood

Hay Festival 2016, 

Part guide to the best practice in every aspect of working with this renewable energy source, part meditation on the human instinct for survival, Mytting’s definitive handbook on the art of chopping, stacking and drying wood in the Scandinavian way has resonated across the world.

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Lauren Child and Sara Fanelli

Words and Pictures

Hay Festival 2014, 

Sara Fanelli divides her time between self-generated projects and commercial illustration commissions from clients including the New Yorker, Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She has written and illustrated a number of highly original and acclaimed children’s books, including The Onion’s Great Escape and has twice been the winner of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s illustration award. Lauren Child is one of the most remarkable and original children’s book author/illustrators working today. Creator of Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and most recently her new Ruby Redfort series, she has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Gold Award. Her books have been a huge success around the world. Join Sara and Lauren for a thought-provoking, informative and engaging conversation about words and pictures. Chaired by Alison Gwynn.

11+ years

Lauren Child and Sara Fanelli

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Elmehdi Ag Wakina

The News from Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of the AMSS, the local NGO that liaises with Hay as part of the town twinning, talks about the situation in Northern Mali. In April 2012 Timbuktu City was overtaken by an Islamic fundamentalist group which has imposed sharia law. There are diverse rebel groups in the region and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Elmehdi, a Tuareg from Timbuktu, will give an update on the situation in Northern Mali, and will discuss the relationship between Hay and Timbuktu in this context
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
 
All welcome. Donations will be made to relief work on the ground.

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Roberto Ampuero y Leonardo Padura en conversación con Camilo Jiménez

Detectives de novela

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos escritores que han creado novelas protagonizadas por detectives nos hablarán sobre su interés en el género policíaco y sobre las libertades creativas que permite un género aparentemente muy definido. Con Roberto Ampuero (Chile), creador del detective Cayetano Brulé; y Leonardo Padura (Cuba), el autor detrás de la historias protagonizadas por el policía Mario Conde. Conversarán con Camilo Jiménez.