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Tobias Hill talks to Peter Guttridge

The Hidden

Hay Festival 2009, 
Secrets, beauty and extremism turn the plot of this stupendous novel.

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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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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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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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Hay Festival Authors

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.

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Brendan Simms

Cambridge University Series 15: Did the Germans Win the Battle of Waterloo?

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1815, after Europe had been at war for over 20 years, two large, hastily-mobilised armies faced each other at the small Belgian village of Waterloo to decide the future of Europe. Unknown to Napoleon or Wellington, the battle would be decided by a small, ordinary group of British and German troops given the task of defending the farmhouse of La Haye Sainte.

Brendan Simms

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Kapka Kassabova talks to Misha Glenny

The British Academy Platform 3: Border – A Journey to the Edge of Europe

Hay Festival 2019, 

When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall, so it swarmed with soldiers, spies and fugitives. Today she sets out on a journey to meet the people of this triple border – Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, and the latest wave of refugees fleeing conflict further afield. She discovers a region that has been shaped by the successive forces of history: by its own past migration crises, by communism, by two world wars, by the Ottoman Empire, and – older still – by the ancient legacy of myths and legends. Border has won multiple awards including the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding 2018.

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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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Libby Purves

Shadow Child

Hay Festival 2009, 
There is no right way to deal with the loss of a beloved son. Against her husband’s wishes, Marion determines to find out more about her son’s life away from home. The broadcaster’s novel subtly and brilliantly explores a modern family in crisis.

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Jayne Joso and Deborah Kay Davies

Fictions: Freedoms

Hay Festival 2019, 

Dylan Moore hosts this conversation about two extraordinary novels. Seven-year-old Esther must negotiate adult dysfunction, and a school environment that exposes her to further prejudice and injustice. Joso’s From Seven to the Sea is a window onto the world of a child who rejects convention and expectation. Esther embarks on a creative expedition into liberty and free-thinking; and each day, in place of school, sets out to sea. Deborah Kay Davies’ Tirzah and the Prince of Crows is set in a remote valley in Wales. It is 1974, and Tirzah is sixteen, pretty, witty and wise. Brought up in a staunchly religious family, she has lived a sheltered life. But then she meets a boy. As she begins to struggle against the confines of her community, juggling everyone’s expectations and trying to find her own way in the world, life takes an unexpected turn, ultimately teaching her that freedom springs from within.

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Jordi Punti and Francesc Serés talk to Colm Tóibín

Fictions – Homage

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two leading Catalan novelists discuss their work. The disappearance of a truck driver in Punti’s Lost Luggage introduces and brings together from across Europe his four sons, previously unaware of each other’s existence. Serés’ 21 miniature masterpieces in Russian Stories sketch the nation.

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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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Lucy Worsley

My Name is Victoria

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the acclaimed historian as she vividly tells the story of the childhood of Queen Victoria, growing up hidden from public view. There will be stories, facts, and even the chance to become part of history by joining in a living timeline complete with props.

9+

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David Reynolds

Cambridge University Series 3: The Great War and the Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2014, 

Re-examining the differing impacts of WWI on Britain, Ireland and the United States, The Long Shadow throws light on the whole of the last century and demonstrates that the First World War is a conflict from which Britain, more than any other nation, is still recovering.

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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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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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Saci Lloyd and Andrew Simms

Cancel The Apocalypse

Hay Festival 2013, 

A bold and radical look at a world obsessed with economic growth at the expense of quality of life – and what we can do to change. Environmental author and campaigner Saci Lloyd talks to New Economics Foundation fellow Andrew Simms.

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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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Richard Cohen

Chasing The Sun

Hay Festival 2011, 
From Galileo and Homer to macro astronomy and bird migration – a brilliant tour of the cultural and scientific history of The Star That Gives Us Life.
 
Read a review of Chasing the Sun
By the Sword - Richard Cohen

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Sinclair McKay talks to Mark Skipworth

The Secret History of Bletchley Park

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author discusses his History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There.

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Carolin Crawford

Cambridge Series 12 - Turbulence: the Birth and Death of Stars

Hay Festival 2012, 
The astronomer explores the science behind the glorious and complex nebulae that inhabit interstellar space.
 
In association with Cambridge University

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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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Alex Lifschutz, Siôn Hamilton and Philip Jones

The Bookshop is Back: Foyles and the Resurgence of British Bookselling

Hay Festival 2016, 

The designer Alex Lifschutz and Foyles Trading Director Siôn Hamilton will tell the inside story of a plan hatched in the book trade’s darkest hour to reimagine the iconic London bookshop on Charing Cross Road. Siôn and Alex opened their doors to the publishing industry, holding a series of workshops that provided the insight to inspire an innovative shop design that has caught the imagination of book lovers across the world. Chaired by the editor of The Bookseller.

Alex Lifschutz, Siôn Hamilton and Philip Jones

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Evelyn Juers

House of Exile

Hay Festival 2011, 
A unique imagining of the unconventional love affair between the writer and political activist Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger – a tall, blonde ex-barmaid twenty-seven years his junior – recounting their flight from Nazi Germany in 1933, to France and then to Los Angeles. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.