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Alex James

Bit of a Blur

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Costwold cheese farmer and wild man of Britpop band Blur tells a picaresque tale of musical celebrity.

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RSPB Cymru Lecture: Operation Osprey

Peter Holden

Hay Festival 2007, 
The return of the Osprey to Wales has captured the public's imagination. Holden looks at past history, the current success and, just possibly, ventures a look into the future.

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Lord Levy talks to John Harris

Hay Festival 2008, 
Blair’s fundraiser, Middle East envoy and confidant was cleared of all charges relating to the cash for peerages scandal. He discusses his political career and his memoir A Question of Honour.

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The Collector of Worlds

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ilya Troyanov considers the extraordinary life of Sir Richard Burton, the first westerner to make the hajj to Mecca, discoverer of the source of the Nile, and translator of The Arabian Nights.

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Nicholas Parsons

How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedy legend presents a delightful portrait of the nonsensical genius and creator of The Owl and the Pussycat, The Jumblies and The Dong with the Luminous Nose.

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The Story of God

Robert Winston

Hay Festival 2006, 
The eminent medic and broadcaster discusses the relationship between religion and science from primitive times to our multi-faith world.

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Chris Woods and Chris Hunter talk to Oliver Bullough

Homeland Security?

Hay Festival 2015, 

How are wars conducted today? What happens when you only see your enemy onscreen or driving past an IED? And what effect does digital warfare have on the long-term security of the West? Woods is the author of Sudden Justice – America’s Secret Drone Wars. The investigative journalist charts the deployment of the CIA Predator drones for targeted counterterrorism killings in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. He challenges with damning evidence the assertion that drones minimize civilian casualties and are ‘the most precise weapon ever invented’. Major Hunter is the author of Eight Lives Down and Extreme Risk. He was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his work in Iraq as a bomb disposal operative.

Chris Woods and Chris Hunter talk to Oliver Bullough

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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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Polly Samson and Kate Hamer

Fictions – Truths

Hay Festival 2015, 

Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Samson’s second novel The Kindness explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. The result is an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told. In Hamer’s The Girl in the Red Coat Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. The authors talk to Georgina Godwin.

Polly Samson and Kate Hamer

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John Cassy in conversation with Carolina Angarita

The future of television

Cartagena 2011, 
The journalist John Cassy is the director of the British TV channel Sky Arts, after a career working for The Guardian, The Express and the Wall Street Journal; this channel provides an innovative approach to information. John will speak about the possibility of innovation played by the media in the treatment of information, and its future within a context of tecnological advances and new consumer patterns, with Carolina Angarita, journalist and executive producer of RCN. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Howard Marks talks to Jon Gower

Hay Festival 2011, 
Mr Nice talks nasty with the launch of his Cardiff-set crime novel Sympathy for the Devil.

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Lynne Jones

Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry

Hay Festival 2017, 

An astonishing insight into the life of a humanitarian psychiatrist working in war and disaster zones around the world from Bosnia and ‘mission-accomplished’ Iraq, to tsunami-affected Aceh, post-earthquake Haiti and ‘the Jungle’ in Calais. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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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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Kevin McCloud, Solitaire Townsend, and Juliet Davenport

Small is Beautiful…Or is it Anymore?

Hay Festival 2018, 

‘Small is beautiful’ was the rallying cry of the early environmental movement, whilst cynics dismissed it as a lot of hippy dreaming. Now small, it seems, is back and going Big. Small scale renewable energy technologies like solar and wind, along with the huge progress in battery storage, are now fast becoming some of the cheapest sources of electricity on the planet. How long before every home becomes its own power plant, every home owner their own power company? And how long before local green energy sources combine with digital technologies and 3-D printing to revive local manufacturing? Can small really stay beautiful, or will big prove to be best? Chaired by Writer and Green Futurist, Martin Wright.

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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 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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Andy Rouse

RSPB Cymru Lecture

Hay Festival 2011, 
The charismatic and irreverent superstar wildlife photographer talks about his work and shows some of his astounding images.

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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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Danny Dorling and Lucy Wadham

Penguin Underground Lines

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two readings: the geographer, Dorling, tells the stories of the people who live along The 32 Stops Of The Central Line to illustrate the extent and impact of inequality in Britain today. Wadham introduces her Heads And Straights: The Circle Line, an autobiographical tale of bohemians, punk, the King’s Road in the 1970s and family.

TFL celebrates 150 years of the Tube with Penguin

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Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Hay Festival 2013, 

Guy Parker-Rees’ exuberant illustrations have made him a bestseller. You’ll recognise his work from the worldwide hit, Giraffes Can’t Dance, a World Book Day book for 2013. Join the fun!

Duration 45 mins.

4+ years

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Finbarr Livesey talks to Andy Fryers

From Global to Local

Hay Festival 2017, 

For the past 30 years or more, the global economy has been run on three big assumptions: globalisation will continue to increase, trade is the route to growth and development, and economic power is moving from West to East. But what if all these are wrong? Livesey is an engineer and a lecturer in public policy at the University of Cambridge.

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Timothy Garton Ash talks to John Kampfner

freespeechdebate.com

Hay Festival 2012, 
The distinguished author of The File and Facts Are Subversive introduces the ten founding principles of his new global Free Speech project and demonstrates its international reach with Google's Free Speech advisor.

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Laetitia Maklouf

Sweet Peas for Summer

Hay Festival 2012, 
Effortless proof that a life full of plants is the only one worth living - How to Create a Garden in a Year.

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Tishani Doshi in conversation with Malcom Otero Barral

Segovia 2010, 
The prize-winning Indian poet Tishani Doshi, who made her debut as a novelist with The Pleasure Seekers (recently published in Spanish as Los buscadores de placer), will talk to the publisher Malcom Otero Barral about the influence of her Indo-Welsh origins on her novel and about the experience of her first foray into the field of novel writing.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Authors & Authorities: Who Do We Trust?

Kells 2013, 

Are the main institutions that structure our lives still trustworthy? The media, the church, major financial institutions – and politicians’ confidence in these institutions – are in serious decline. Hay Festival authors including Francine Stock, Gabriel Rosenstock and Lisa Dwan discuss with Google’s John Kampfner.