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Alex Voorhoeve

LSE Lecture 2: Can We Trust Our Moral Intuitions?

Hay Festival 2011, 
In 2008, Dr Hootan Roozrokh was charged with hastening the death of a patient in order to extract his organs for transplantation before these organs deteriorated. The author of Conversations on Ethics explores how far we can trust our judgments and intuitive and emotional responses to such crises.

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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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Germaine Greer

The Uses of Poetry

Hay Festival 2003, 
The celebrated teacher and Shakespearean communicates her passion for great poetry with her customary provocative and inspirational brilliance. Greer has edited two collections of poetry by women, Kissing the Rod and 101 Poems. She runs her own press, Stump Cross Books, which has published editions of work by Katherine Philips, Anne Wharton and other neglected poets.

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Alison and Laurence Matthews

Zoom Control

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Reimagine life and work and look again at your preconceptions. Learn to spot Trojan Horse assumptions by looking at the really big picture. It’s liberating, simple and inspiring – and might unlock a saner future. ‘Hopeful, realistic and original’ – Rowan Williams.

Alison and Laurence Matthews

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Cullen Murphy

God’s Jury

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World is an examination of the battle between the individual private conscience and the forces that try to contain it, from the 13th century to today. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

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Emma Dodd

I Love You

Hay Festival 2013, 

A warm and joyful look at a child’s world and all the things they love. Follow on from the Booktrust Early Years Award-winner I Love My Mummy.

4+ years

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Jude England

The British Library Lecture; Propaganda: Power And Persuasion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Curator of the new BL show examines C20th and C21st propaganda. What have the Olympics, Chairman Mao and matchboxes got in common? Who portrayed Margaret Thatcher as Napoleon, and why? Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Sarah Churchwell

The 2018 Raymond Williams Lecture: Behold America

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer and academic offers a history of America First, one of Donald Trump’s campaign slogans. Although popular wisdom attributes the phrase to Charles Lindbergh and the isolationist America First Committee of 1940-1941, in fact the expression has a longer, and darker, history than that, a story of nativism and the Ku Klux Klan, of 100 % Americanism and isolationism, and of a homegrown fascism that America continues to pretend “can’t happen here.”

Sarah Churchwell

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Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write

Hay Festival 2017, 

Mahfouz introduces her vibrant anthology with two of her star contributors. Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.

Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

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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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Adrian Tinniswood

The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War and Madness in 17th-Century England

Hay Festival 2007, 
To know the Verney family is to know the C17th. And as Tinniswood demonstrates, we know the Verneys very well indeed.

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Thomas Keneally talks to Philippe Sands

Schindler’s Ark

Hay Festival 2016, 

The writer discusses his 1982 Booker-winning novel about Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who risked his life to protect and rescue Jews from Auschwitz. The book was made into a film by Steven Spielberg as Schindler’s List.

Thomas Keneally talks to Philippe Sands

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Alun Gibbard and Phil Bennett

The Scarlets

Hay Festival 2016, 

Llanelli is one of the world’s greatest rugby towns, and home to one of the most loved and followed teams, The Scarlets. The broadcaster and journalist, whose other books include Who Beat the All Blacks?, yarns the best tales and traditions of the club with one of its most favoured sons, the legendary fly-half Phil Bennett. They talk to Dai Smith. A safe bet that stories will be told of 31 October 1972, when the final scoreboard famously read: Llanelli 9 Seland Newydd 3. There may be singing. #sosbanfach

Alun Gibbard and Phil Bennett

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John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Hay Festival 2015, 

Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

The author revisits his 2008 novel, which is now read around the world. His latest book Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is the moving story of a boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.

10+ years
John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Story of a Death Foretold

Hay Festival 2014, 

On 11 September 1973, President Salvador Allende of Chile, Latin America’s first democratically elected Marxist president, was deposed in a violent coup d’état. The Colombian historian explains why and how business leaders in Chile, extreme right-wing groups, high-ranking officers in the Chilean military and the US administration, and the CIA worked together to secure a prompt and dramatic end to his progressive social programme.

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Charles Jencks

The Architecture of Hope

Hay Festival 2015, 

The architect introduces the Maggie’s Centres, a revolutionary building project providing new cancer caring centres designed by some of the world’s greatest architects that offer a fresh approach to both architecture and health. Complementary to NHS hospitals, they present an environment that is welcoming, risk-taking, aesthetic and life affirming; and with their commitment to the other arts, including landscape, they bring in the full panoply of constructive means.

Charles Jencks

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Jenny Valentine

Reformations 21: Adolescence

Hay Festival 2017, 

Valentine is the 2017 Hay Festival International Fellow, and a multi award-winning writer of YA fiction. She explores ways in which teenagers might be better understood and empowered. Her novels include Finding Violet Park and Fire Colour One. She is joined onstage by young readers to discuss her reformation of adolescence.

Jenny Valentine

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Sharath Srinivasan, Mariéme Jamme and Rob Burnet

Cambridge Series 2: Africa’s Digital Revolution: Power to the People?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Can new technology bring greater democracy and allow a wider range of voices to be heard? With Dr Sharath Srinivasan, Director, Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge; Mariéme Jamme, CEO, blogger, technologist and social entrepreneur; and Rob Burnet, CEO and Founder of Well Told Story.

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Jill Paton-Welsh and John Rowe Townsend

The Double Audience

Hay Festival 1995, 
Children's books are written and bought by adults. The writer must somehow smuggle the goods to the true audience of children past an intervening reception committee of grown ups. The trick is to get them involved on the way. John Rowe Townsend is the author of the definitive history of Children's Literature Written For Children. Jill Paton-Walsh has won the Whitbread Prize, Smarties Award and Universe Prizes for her children's books. Her latest is Grace.

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Jon Lee Anderson, Robin Yassin-Kassab and Åsne Sierstad in conversation with Benedict Brogan

From war to words

Beirut 2012, 
Journalists face the challenge of witnessing conflict and violence and having to transform often harrowing first-hand experience into suitable journalism. How do you put war into words? Jon Lee Anderson is a writer for The New Yorker who has worked extensively in conflict zones across the world. He is also the author of Che, a Revolutionary Life, a biography of Che Guevara, and The Fall of Baghdad. Robin Yassin-Kassab is co-editor of and a regular contributor to PULSE Media, recently listed by Le Monde diplomatique as one of its top five websites, and the author of The Road from Damascus. Åsne Seierstad is a norwegian freelance journalist and writer, best known for her accounts of everyday life in war zones: Kabul after 2001, Baghdad in 2003 and the ruined Grozny in 2007. She is the author of the international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul. Chaired by Benedict Brogan, Deputy Editor of The Daily Telegraph.
 
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With the support of the British Council and NORLA

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Ian Gibson talks to Jesús Fonseca

Segovia 2012, 
La Berlina de Prim by Ian Gibson is one of the historical novels of the year and the first foray into Spanish narrative for the writer. He talks to journalist Jesús Fonseca.
 
Co-organized with Fundación Lara and with the collaboration of the Embassy of Ireland in Spain.

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Melvin Burgess & Anthony McGowan

Hay Festival 2013, 

Melvin Burgess talks to Anthony McGowan about the unusual genesis of The Hit, Melvin’s new book – a tense and violent thriller based on a very interesting premise.

12+ years

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Mavis Nicholson, Rachel Trezise and Rebecca Ray

Hay Festival 2007, 
Nicholson and Trezise (winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize) have contributed to Parthian’s Bit on the Side anthology. Ray’s novels are A Certain Age and Newfoundland. They talk to New Welsh Review editor Francesca Rhydderch.

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Nick Rosen

How to Live Off-Grid

Hay Festival 2007, 
From survivalist and hippy homes to new environmental adventurers, Rosen takes a journey outside the system of telephone, water and power.

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Adelaida Sourdis, Roberto Burgos Cantor and Wieldler Guerra with Ernesto McCausland

A History of Multiculturalism on the Colombian Coast

Cartagena 2011, 
Adelaida Sourdis, historian and author of El Registro Oculto: los sefardíes del Caribe en la formación de la nación colombiana 1813-1886; Roberto Burgos Cantor, the Cartagenan writer of Rutas de Libertad, a story about the afros -people of African origin- in Colombia; and the Wayuu anthropologist Wielder Guerra, who has been Secretary of Indigenous Affairs for La Guajira region, Senator of the Republic and Director of the Colombian Caribbean Observatory. They will talk to the editor of the Heraldo newspaper, Ernesto McCausland, about the great social riches of the Caribbean coast.