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Frank Gardner talks to Rosie Boycott

Blood and Sand

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Arabist, BBC Security Correspondent, gunned down in Riyadh, whose deep engagement with Islam and the Middle East offers a unique perspective on The War On Terror.

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Kuldip Nayar

Dhaka 2012, 
Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human rights activist and author, noted for his long career as a left-wing political commentator. His memoir, Beyond The Lines, is newly published in Dhaka. Panel discussion chaired by Mahfuz Anam. 

Beyond The Lines is the debut publication of The Daily Star's new publishing venture, Daily Star Books.

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Suzanne O’Sullivan

Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of Neurology

Hay Festival 2018, 

The eminent neurologist examines the stories of people whose symptoms are so strange that even their doctor struggles to know how to treat them. A man who sees cartoon characters running across the room; a teenager who one day arrives home with inexplicably torn clothes; a girl whose world turns all Alice in Wonderland; another who transforms into a ragdoll whenever she even thinks about moving. The brain is the most complex structure in the universe and neurologists must puzzle out life-changing diagnoses from the tiniest of clues – it’s the ultimate in medical detective work. O’Sullivan’s book about psychosomatic illness, It’s All in Your Head, won both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Royal Society of Biology Book Prize. She talks to Rosie Boycott.

Suzanne O’Sullivan

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David Wilson talks to Mark Skipworth

Scott Centenary - Winter Journey

Hay Festival 2012, 
Edward Wilson, Chief of the Scientific Staff and Expedition Artist to Captain Scott’s final expedition, died with his comrades on the Great Ice Barrier while returning from the South Pole. He also led one of the greatest scientific quests of the era, ‘The Worst Journey in the World’ through the Antarctic winter-night to find proof of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in the eggs of the Emperor Penguin. The explorer’s great nephew, author of The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott and Edward Wilson’s Antarctic Notebooks tells the tales.

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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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David and Ben Crystal

You Say Potato: A Book About Accents

Winter Weekend 2014, 

From reconstructing Shakespeare’s accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken – and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.

David and Ben Crystal

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Frank Pope

Dragon Sea

Hay Festival 2007, 
The project’s archeological manager tells the intriguing and thrilling story of the excavation of the An Hoi wreck, embedded deep beneath a typhoon-prone stretch of the Vietnamese coast, known as the Dragon Sea.

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Joseph O’Connor and Maggie Shipstead

Fictions – Performers

Hay Festival 2014, 

O’Connor’s The Thrill Of It All charts twenty-five years of friendship and music for the members of the band The Ships in the Night. Shipstead’s Astonish Me is the story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star to defect in 1975. It’s a fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. They read and talk to the actress and writer Lisa Dwan.

Joseph O’Connor and Maggie Shipstead

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Juan Gabriel Vasquez and Álvaro Enrigue talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Bogota 39, Ten Years On

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation with two of Latin America’s biggest award-winning fiction stars, who were part of the landmark Bogota 39 Generation in 2006. In Gabriel Vasquez’ Reputations, Colombia’s great cartoonist star is at a big public celebration of his career when he is faced with a character from his past who calls into question everything about his life and work. Enrigue’s Sudden Death is a funny and mind-bending novel about the clash of empires and ideas in C16th, told over the course of one, dazzling tennis match in Rome. In England, Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII execute Anne Boleyn, and her executioner transforms her legendary locks into the most sought-after tennis balls of the time. Across the ocean in Mexico, the last Aztec emperors play their own games, as Hernán Cortés and his Mayan translator and lover scheme and conquer, fight and fornicate, not knowing that their domestic comedy will change the course of history.

Juan Gabriel Vasquez and Álvaro Enrigue talk to Rosie Goldsmith

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Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

The Head of Gonzo Davies

Hay Festival 2015, 

Gonzo Davies, back-row forward and builder, knows the highs and lows of life; but as political and industrial corruption conspire to give parochial violence a national and international dimension, is he prepared to become the target of dark forces? The bestselling author of The Greatest Welsh XV Ever, best known now as the BBC’s voice of international rugby, brings us his first novel and looks forward to this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

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Hannah Shaw & Sean Taylor

The Grizzly Bear With The Frizzly Hair

Hay Festival 2011, 
With lots of rhythm and rhyme it’s time to see if you can help Rabbit out of a tricky spot of bother along with the wonderful creators of Crocodiles Are The Best Animals Of All.
 
5–7 years Rib Ticklers

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Luciano Floridi

The Royal Society Platform: The Fourth Revolution

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere Is Reshaping Human Reality

As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects. We are all becoming integrated into an ‘infosphere’. Personas we adopt on social media, for example, feed into our real lives so that we begin to live in ‘onlife’. Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution. Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Timandra Harkness.

Luciano Floridi

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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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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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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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Göran Rosenberg talks to Philippe Sands

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz

Hay Festival 2015, 

On 2 August 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having survived the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the harrowing slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival. In his intelligent and deeply moving book, Rosenberg returns to his own childhood in order to tell the story of his father; walking at his side, holding his hand, trying to get close to him again. It is also the story of the chasm that soon opens between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past.

Göran Rosenberg talks to Philippe Sands

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Stephen Moss

Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day

Hay Festival 2017, 

From blackbirds, beavers and beetles to tawny owls, natterjack toads and lemon slugs,  every  day of the year, winter or summer, in every corner of the British Isles, there's plenty to see if you know where -- and how -- to look. The Springwatch star’s books include The Bumper Book of Nature and Tweet of the Day.

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Robert Tombs

Cambridge University Series 2: The English and their History

Hay Festival 2015, 

If a nation is a group of people with a sense of kinship, a political identity and representative institutions, then the English have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world. They first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. They have lasted as a recognizable entity ever since, and their defining national institutions can be traced back to the earliest years of their history.

Robert Tombs

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Doris Lessing talks to Julian Mitchell

Hay Festival 1996, 
We celebrate the publication of Lessing's first novel for ten years Love, Again with this interview in which she talks to the playwright and screenwriter Julian Mitchell.

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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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For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies

Robert Irwin

Hay Festival 2006, 
Irwin makes an impassioned case for ardent scholarship against the allegation of western imperialism from ancient Greece to the present day.

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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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Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Word Play Workshop – The Roots of Poetry

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

A Ghanaian poet, novelist, editor, social commentator and broadcaster, Nii is an inspirational writer. Join him for this poetry workshop as he takes you through structure, metaphor and imagery to discover the similarities and differences between poetry and rap/hip hop.


14–18 years

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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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Osvaldo Gross, Leonor Espinosa and Rafael Osterling in conversation with Sergio Vilela

New latinoamerican cuisine

Cartagena 2012, 
We present three of Latin America’s finest chefs. Osvaldo Gross is one of the best chef patissier of the world and presents the tv programme elgourmet.com.  Rafael Osterling is the author of the cookery book Rafael and one of Latin America’s major chefs. His restaurant, Rafael, in Lima, has appeared on lists of the best in South America. He also has a restaurant in Bogota by the same name. They will talk to the editor and writer Sergio Vilela.