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Gabriele Finaldi and Laszlo Baan

Crisis and museums, a forward flight?

Segovia 2013, 

Two directors  —Gabriele Finaldi and Laszlo Baan— of two benchmark museums in Europe — The Prado Museum of Madrid and the Fine Arts Museum of Budapest, respectively—, examine the role of culture in times of crisis and the possibilities of maintaining, or even increasing an interest in art. Chaired by The Telegraph's assistant comments editor, Tom Chivers.

 

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.


With the collaboration of the Embassy of Hungary in Spain and the Tourist Office of Hungary in Spain.

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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.

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Peter Oborne talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan

Hay Festival 2014, 

Since the early days of the Raj, cricket has been entwined with national identity and Pakistan’s successes helped to define its status in the world. In recent years its cricketers have been a prey to problems which have threatened Pakistan’s very existence: fall out from the ‘war on terror’, sectarian violence, gangsterism and corruption, deep-seated crises in education, health and the environment, and a shortage of effective leaders. For twenty years, Pakistani cricket has been stained by the scandalous behaviour of the players involved in match-fixing.

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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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Jeremy Swift and Robin Hanbury Tenison

Is there any future for nomads?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The travel writers and Saharan experts discuss the ways of life endangered by modernity. Chaired by Colin Thubron.

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Angie Sage

Araminta Spook

Hay Festival 2015, 
Araminta is a girl who lives in a haunted house, has ghosts and ghouls for friends, and gets up to all sorts of spooky adventures. In this fiendishly fun event, find out where Araminta came from, where this feisty Goth girl is going next, and how you can create your own stories. Black clothes and stripy tights optional!
7+ years
Angie Sage

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Holly Smale

Geek Girl

Hay Festival 2016, 

The award-winning author as she discusses her best-selling Geek Girl titles, the ups and downs of her previous career as a model and why she loves writing for YA readers. In conversation with Emily Drabble.

12+ 
Holly Smale

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Sue Clifford

The Apple Source Book

Hay Festival 2008, 
Sue Clifford of Common Ground offers an illustrated insight into orchards as exemplars of how we can live well with nature whilst enriching both our culinary and cultural landscapes.

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Neil Pearson and Rick Gekoski

Bibliophile

Hay Festival 2007, 
The actor and author of Obelisk shares his passion for book collecting with the legendary first edition and manuscript dealer, Gekoski, author of Tolkien’s Gown and Other Stories of Famous Authors and Rare Books.

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Philip Ardagh

When Bunnies Turn Bad

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beardy Ardagh (it’s ok, we’re allowed to call him that!) shows just what it is that would make any sane-minded person avoid visiting Grubtown for business or pleasure at all costs, and exactly why we love it so.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers

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William Sieghart talks to Rosie Boycott

The Poetry Pharmacy

Hay Festival 2013, 

The poetry champion, force behind National Poetry Day and founder of the Forward Prize introduces his prescription poems clinic – connecting festival-goers with poems to heal and sustain them.

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Evelio Rosero talks to Winston Manrique Sabogal

Segovia 2012, 
Evelio Rosero received Premio Tusquets de Novela and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Los Ejércitos, a story that delves deep into the conflicts in Colombia without descending into ethical rhetoric. In 2012 he published the novel La Carroza de Bolívar, his most ambitious project to date and one that shows his astounding talent as a narrator. Rosero will discuss this with Winston Manrique Sabogal.
 
Co-organized with the Embassy of Colombia in Spain.

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Owen Sheers

Pink Mist – Reading followed by Q&A

Kells 2013, 

A reading from this verse drama originally broadcast over a week on Radio 4. Three school friends return from Afghanistan to face the consequences of their tours, for them and the women in their lives. Drawn from interviews with wounded veterans, Pink Mist is a lyric narrative of rare dramatic and emotional intensity. Followed by Q&A with poet Nerys Williams.

‘Breathtaking, unforgettable’ – Dannie Abse.

‘A phenomenal poem’ – Captain Ed Poytner, 2 Rifles.

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Nicola Davies

Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nicola Davies was one of the original presenters of BBC children’s wildlife programme The Really Wild Show and is the author of A First Book of Nature and Everything You Need To Know About Animals. Here she explains the complex science of micro-organisms simply and clearly in a clever and friendly way for the very young.
5+ years
Nicola Davies

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Derek Niemann – Birds in a Cage

Winter Weekend 2012, 
The remarkable untold story of a group of POWs who, through a shared love of birds, overcame hunger, hardship and boredom to bring purpose and dignity to their lives behind barbed wire. Under the gaze of Nazi guards, they founded a secret birdwatching society, and their legacy lives on in institutions such as the RSPB and the British Wildlife Trust.

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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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Catherine Gee, Duncan Cunningham, and Imogen Green

Finding Love in the Countryside

Hay Festival 2016, 

Discover the good, the bad and intriguing world of online dating and rural matchmaking with Farmer Wants a Wife presenter Catherine Gee. Duncan Cunningham is founder of The Dating Lab, which has launched dozens of dating sites including Country Living Magazine’s own country-loving.co.uk. After seeing tens of thousands of dating profiles he knows the difference between eye-catching and off-putting. Country Living columnist and author Imogen Green, has written extensively about her personal experience of rural romance and will share her highlights and low points. Followed by a drinks reception to chat to the speakers and meet like-minded country singletons. Who knows where it might lead?

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Sara Kestelman, Jonjo O'Neill, Clemency Burton-Hill, Sean McCann and Peter Florence

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: The Shakespeare Show

Hay Festival 2016, 

An hour of the most important speeches and sonnets written by the greatest writer of all time.

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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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John Browne talks to Nik Gowing

Beyond Business

Hay Festival 2010, 
The former CEO of BP presided over phenomenal and sustained global growth and was hailed as one of the world’s great business leaders until his private life crashed into the public sphere and prompted his resignation.

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Daniel Morden

Secret Tales from Wales

Hay Festival 2017, 

This writer tells ancient folktales with the wit of a stand-up and the turn of phrase of a poet. Come and be enthralled as he launches his latest collection. Expect secrets, riddles, mysterious strangers, awful jokes and beautiful lies.

9+
Daniel Morden

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Robin Lustig talks to Philippe Sands

Sign-Off

Hay Festival 2013, 

The veteran broadcaster, anchor of The World Tonight, reflects on his 23 years at the BBC, the management of news, and the Corporation in crisis.

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Matthew Hollis

Now All Roads Lead To France

Hay Festival 2012, 
This fascinating exploration of Edward Thomas, one of Britain’s most influential First World War poets and his extraordinary friendship with Robert Frost won the 2012 Costa Biography Prize.

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Kate Summerscale talks to Sarah Crompton

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

Hay Festival 2012, 
A compelling story of romance and fidelity, insanity, fantasy, and the boundaries of privacy in a society clinging to rigid ideas about marriage and female sexuality. The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) brings vividly to life a complex, frustrated Victorian wife, longing for passion and learning, companionship and love.

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A sea of hope? Climate change and its effects on the oceans

Alanna Mitchell

Cartagena 2011, 
The Canadian journalist Alanna Mitchell is a specialist in science and the environment. Her talk will be about the effects of climate change on biodiversity in the oceans, particularly focusing on its consequences for coral reefs in the Caribbean. Alanna analyses this problem in her book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, a popular success that has also won the 2009 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Environmental Reporting.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available