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Peter Snow

To War With Wellington

Hay Festival 2011, 
A profile of Britain’s greatest military commander From the Peninsula to Waterloo. Chaired by Michael Prodger.

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Marlborough: England’s Fragile Genius

Hay Festival 2008, 
The historian Richard Holmes profiles John Churchill, C17th Duke of Marlborough, and by all measures Britain’s greatest ever military commander.

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John Mitchinson & John Lloyd

The QI Zoo: The Book of Animal Ignorance

Hay Festival 2008, 
The gameshow creators marvel at elephants that walk on tiptoe, pigs that shine in the dark, and woodpeckers that have ears on the end of their tongues…

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Timothy Phillips and Åsne Seierstad

Beslan

Hay Festival 2007, 
330 parents and children died in the siege, which ended in a terrible gun battle on 3 September 2004. The author of The Tragedy of School No.1 discusses the human story and its wider context in the Caucasus with the Norwegian foreign correspondent. Chaired by Julie Etchingham who covered the news story for Sky News.

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Ross Welford and Christopher Edge

Science and Wonder

Hay Festival 2016, 

The brilliant Ross and Christopher explore the wonder of science as a way to explain some of the mysteries of the world in their books, Time Travelling with a Hamster and The Many Worlds of Albie Bright.

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Philippe Sands

The PEN Hay Lecture: Words, Memory and Imagination - 1945, and Today

Hay Festival 2018, 

The human rights lawyer, author of East West Street and President of English PEN examines the state of the contemporary world in the context of the convulsive traumas of the 20th Century that resonate today across Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East. How do we find the language to tell these truths? What do we say? And how might we listen?

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Chelsea Clinton talks to Alex Jones

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History

Hay Festival 2018, 

Come and be inspired by some great heroes. Clinton’s new picture book, with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, celebrates 13 women from around the world who have used their voices and determination to create change and to shape history. The women whose stories she tells include: Marie Curie, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Leymah Gbowee, Caroline Herschel, Wangari Maathai, Aisha Rateb, J.K. Rowling, Yuan Yuan Tan and Malala Yousafzai.  

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Chelsea Clinton talks to Alex Jones

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John Harvey talks to Marcel Berlins

Darkness, Darkness

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are thrilled to launch the final DI Charlie Resnick novel, by the Cartier Diamond Dagger-winning crime novelist, which brings Harvey’s hero face to face with his past in the miners’ strike of thirty years ago.

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Robert Winston

A Child Against All Odds

Hay Festival 2007, 
Compared to the rabbit, for whom a single act of coitus has a 90% chance of creating a litter of up to 12 kittens, humans are very infertile animals. Here in the UK the average chance of conception is about 18% per month. The fertility expert examines the human condition.

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Annalena McAfee and Esther Freud talk to Rosie Boycott

Fictions: Insiders

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Spoiler is a dark satire of the newspaper industry set in 1997 written by the founding editor of Guardian Review. Freud’s Lucky Break is a magical chronicle of a generation of drama students in their quest for glittering prizes.
 
Read more about Annalena McAfee and Esther Freud

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Hanif Kureishi talks to Tiffany Murray

Budapest 2012, 
The playwright, novelist (The Buddha of Suburbia, Something to Tell You) and film-maker (The Mother, The Black Album, My Son the Fanatic, Venus) discusses his work with the author of Diamond Star Halo.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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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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Emma Dodd

Cinderelephant

Hay Festival 2013, 

Emma Dodd shares her beautifully executed story, in which the well-known fairy tale is retold with a pachyderm heroine and a trunk-load of charm.

4+ years

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Jonny Duddle

The King of Space

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Pirates Next Door creator is back with a new bestseller in which Rex plots to be the King of Space. Luckily, when he goes too far with his dung-blasters, Mum is nearby…

5+ years

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ABC/IE Workshop

Novels and Journalists: Real Fictions

Segovia 2014, 

Novels by authors well-known from TV have been remarkably well received by readers. Apart from the authors’ fame as journalists and news readers on different channels, their forays into fiction have brought a new flavour to the literary scene. Fiction written by people who compile and convey news stories day after day contains dreams and stories that are worth taking a look at. What does journalism bring to literature? Marta Fernández and Sandra Barneda talk to Inés Martín Rodrigo and Jesús García Calero.

Produced live by the IE School of Communication Medialab team and broadcast via live streaming on the culture section of www.abc.es

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Timothy Garton Ash

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World

Hay Festival 2016, 

Never in human history was there such an opportunity for freedom of expression. If we have internet access, any one of us can publish almost anything we like and potentially reach an audience of millions. And never was there a time when the evils of unlimited speech flowed so easily across frontiers: violent intimidation, gross violations of privacy, tidal waves of abuse. With vivid examples – from his personal experience of China’s Orwellian censorship apparatus to the controversy around Charlie Hebdo as well as a very English court case involving food writer Nigella Lawson – Garton Ash proposes a framework for civilized conflict in a world in which we are all becoming neighbours.

Timothy Garton Ash

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Madeleine Bunting

The Plot: A Biography of an English Acre

Hay Festival 2010, 
In her search to understand her father and his attachment to his Yorkshire home the journalist excavates the culture and history of a parcel of land remade and retold by generations of its inhabitants.
Madeleine Bunting

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Javier Cercas

The Raymond Williams Lecture: The Anatomy of a Moment

Hay Festival 2011, 
In February 1981, just as Spain was finally leaving Franco’s dictatorship and during the first democratic vote in parliament for a new prime minister, Colonel Tejero and a band of right-wing soldiers burst into the Spanish parliament and began firing shots. Only three members of Congress defied the incursion and did not dive for cover. The pre-eminent Spanish novelist discusses the relationship between history and fiction. Chaired by Jon Gower.
 
Read a recent interview with Javier Cercas www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jun/15/fiction.culture

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Alan MacDonald

Dirty Bertie

Hay Festival 2012, 
Dirty Bertie is back ay Hay, and is as stupendously smelly as ever. Join his author for dress-up, drawing and stories.
 
7+ years

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Storytelling Workshop with Nick Hennessey

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
A passionate advocate of the spoken word, Hennessey is a master of the ancient European storytelling tradition exploring Celtic and British myths and the great Finnish epic The Kalevala.

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Bill McGuire

Waking The Giant

Hay Festival 2012, 
How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 

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Hugh Ambrose talks to Francine Stock

The Pacific

Hay Festival 2010, 
The writer discusses and shows clips from his gripping story following the intertwined odysseys of four US Marines and a US Navy carrier pilot within the Pacific theatre during World War II. Certificate 15.

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Robert Irwin and Azar Nafisi

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange

Hay Festival 2015, 

On the shrouded corpse hung a tablet of green topaz with the inscription: ‘I am Shaddad the Great. I conquered a thousand cities; a thousand white elephants were collected for me; I lived for a thousand years and my kingdom covered both east and west, but when death came to me nothing of all that I had gathered was of any avail. You who see me take heed: for Time is not to be trusted.’

Dating from at least a millennium ago, these are the earliest known Arabic short stories, surviving in a single, ragged manuscript in a library in Istanbul. Some found their way into The Arabian Nights but most have never been read in English before. Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange has monsters, lost princes, jewels beyond price, a princess turned into a gazelle, sword-wielding statues and shocking reversals of fortune.

Robert Irwin’s books include For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies, The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion and (as editor) The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabian Literature. Azar Nafisi taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She is the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About.

Robert Irwin and Azar Nafisi

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Simon Schama, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jennifer Clement, Andrés Neuman, Cristina Fuentes

Gabriel García Márquez, 1927–2014

Hay Festival 2014, 

Celebrating the life and work of the Colombian writer, founder of the Foundation for New Journalism, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, News of a Kidnapping and Love in the Time of Cholera. He won the Nobel Prize in 1982 and was the Patron of Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias.

Simon Schama, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jennifer Clement, Andrés Neuman, Cristina Fuentes

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Cow Girl

Hay Festival 2014, 

Home is where the herd is. Cow Girl is a dairy-inspired debut set in Wales, from Giancarlo Gemin. A heartwarming tale of friendship, community, family…and cows. You won’t see the bovine beasts in quite the same way ever again.
9+ years

Cow Girl