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Miguel Ángel Bastenier, Alejandro Santos and Pablo Ordaz

What use is Literary Journalism?

Cartagena 2011, 
Literary journalism, which is exceedingly popular in the Hispanic world, is a way of writing journalism that borders on literature. It was a phenomenon that revolutionised traditional journalism, and it has had avid followers and energetic detractors from the outset. Today, three experienced journalists, representing media of considerable importance in Latin America, debate about literary journalism, whether it exists as such and the grey area between literature and journalism.

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Quentin Blake

Hay Festival 2010, 
The treasured illustrator and author on his life, work and latest projects.
 
Family event
Quentin Blake

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Christopher Hill, Brendan Simms and Robert Tombs

Cambridge Series 13 - Will The UK Ever Get On With Europe?

Hay Festival 2012, 
How much does Britain’s history impact on the way it sees its relationship with Europe and can we overcome that? What are the wider implications for international relations for a Britain adrift of Europe?
 

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Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great contrarian eviscerates organised religion.

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Simon Jenkins faces Stephen Bayley and John Goodall

J’Accuse

Hay Festival 2010, 
The National Trust Chairman is in the dock for vulgarising and dumbing down the curating of Britain’s heritage. The celebrated style guru and the architectural editor of Country Life lead the prosecution. Fruit may be thrown.

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Rachel Campbell-Johnston

Mysterious Wisdom

Hay Festival 2011, 
The art critic introduces her biography of the Romantic artist and visionary Samuel Palmer.

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José Carlos Martínez, Enrique Loewe Lynch and Julieta Martialay

​The art of dance and other cultural luxuries

Segovia 2014, 

José Carlos Martínez, recognized as one of the world’s best dancers and currently serving as choreographer and artistic director of Spain’s National Dance Company, and Enrique Loewe Lynch, Honorary President of the Loewe Foundation, lecturer and active patron of the arts, will be talking to Julieta Martialay, who writes for the lifestyle section of Elle magazine, about art, culture and dance on the 35th anniversary of the National Dance Company. Introduced by luxury expert Susana Campuzano.

Simultaneous translation from French into Spanish

Co-organised with Elle magazine, the Loewe Foundation and the Programa Superior de Dirección y Gestión Estratégica del Universo del Lujo de IE Business School in collaboration with the French Embassy and the Institut Français in Spain

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Lieutenant General Sir James Bucknall, John Holmes and Philippe Sands talk to John Kampfner

The Google Debates 4: The Future Of Intervention

Hay Festival 2013, 

What are the lessons to be learnt from Libya, Syria and Afghanistan? The senior NATO officer, Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, is joined by the UN Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and the leading international lawyer.

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Michael Morpurgo & Jamila Gavin

Free

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join two of the UKs leading children's writers to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and celebrate what it means to be free.  An inspiring, essential event for readers young and old. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

9 years–adult

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Georgina Mace, Katrina Brown, Bhaskar Vira and Camilla Toulmin

The Royal Society Platform

Hay Festival 2014, 

Resilience to Disaster

How do we prepare ourselves for the impacts of weather-related disasters? What are our options and how do we decide which is the best approach to take? The panel will discuss the evidence that is being analysed in order to inform the important decisions regarding adaptation and risk reduction that are being made at global, national and local levels.

* To book free student tickets please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.

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Monty Don

The Road To Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey

Hay Festival 2013, 

From historical gardens like Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte to the kitchen gardens of the Michelin chef Alain Passard. There are grand potagers, like Villandry and La Prieure D’Orsan, and allotments and back gardens spotted on the way.

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Jo Brand talks to Peter Florence

Look Back in Hunger

Hay Festival 2010, 
The comedian and psychiatric nurse discusses her memoir.
Jo Brand talks to Peter Florence

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Henning Mankell talks to Sarah Crompton

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Swedish theatre director, AIDS campaigner and creator of Wallander discusses his work and his experiences a year ago on the Flotilla to Gaza with The Telegraph Arts Editor.
The Troubled Man - Henning Mankell

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Ralph Fiennes talks to Francine Stock

Coriolanus

Hay Festival 2011, 
The actor and director discusses and previews clips from his modern war-zone film of Shakespeare’s play.

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Charlie Higson talks to Mark Kermode

The Enemy

Hay Festival 2010, 
Meet the author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond, as he shares his love for all things horror in his new heart-stopping zombie-thriller series.
 
10+ years

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Joanne Harris talks to Paul Blezard

Peaches for Monsieur le Curé

Hay Festival 2012, 
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village where, eight years ago, she opened a chocolate shop.

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James Marriott, Rob Hopkins, Juliet Davenport, Andrew Simms

nef series 1: Should we leave the oil in the ground?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Fossil fuel companies ride high in the stock markets, but is oil more of a liability than an asset? The latest science on CO2 emissions tells us we can’t afford to burn much of what is still underground, meaning the business world starts to look very different. Discover the idea set to shake the City of London and potentially create the single biggest boost to the green economy. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Richard Holloway talks to AC Grayling

Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The former Bishop of Edinburgh examines how anyone can claim a complete understanding of the mystery of existence; Why is the Church, which claims to be the instrument of God’s love, so prone to cruelty and condemnation? And how can a man live with the tension between public faith and private doubt

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Alan Lee

JRR Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are delighted to launch the next instalment in the ‘three great tales’, which began with The Children Of Hurin, painstakingly pieced together by the author’s son, Christopher. Tolkien began work on the story in early 1917 when he returned from the Somme. Set in Middle Earth, at the heart of the tale is a love story between a mortal man and an immortal elf, seen as the precursor to the Aragorn/Arwen story in the Lord of the Rings. The illustrator Alan Lee has created some iconic Middle-Earth imagery, and worked on the Peter Jackson films, for which he won an Oscar.  

Alan Lee

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Richard Benyon MP, Peter Duncan, Andy Hickman and Guests

Greenprint Forum: Fighting for a Sensible Fish Future

Hay Festival 2011, 

With half of all the fish caught in the North Sea thrown back dead, parasites in farmed fish and raising ocean temperatures all causing problems, what is the future for fish? Fisheries minister Richard Benyon joins Peter Duncan of the Marine Conservation Society, Andy Hickman, fisheries campaigner for the Environmental Justice Foundation and other guests. Chaired by Geoffrey Lean.

 
The Greenprint Forum
Greenprint is the Festival’s sustainability project. The Greenprint Forum forms part of the programme of managing and mitigating our environmental impact and has been running for five years. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.
 
To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Commonwealth Lecture - To Instruct and Delight - a Case For Realist Literature

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus and The Thing Around Your Neck examines fiction as a catalyst for social and political change. Chaired by Emily Perkins.
 

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Camila Batmanghelidjh talks to Helena Kennedy

Hay Festival 2010, 
The pioneering founder of The Place To Be and Kids Company talks about her work with marginalised children and her latest project - The Queen of Teen short story anthology.

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William McIlvanney talks to Irvine Welsh

Tartan Noir

Hay Festival 2013, 

An interview with the razor king of Scottish crime fiction as his modern classic Laidlaw books are republished by Canongate.

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Niall Ferguson

Down With Junk History: A Campaign for Real History in Schools

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Ascent of Money, Empire, Colossus and the forthcoming Warburg biography High Financier argues for a revolution in teaching.
Niall Ferguson

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Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope

War Horse: A Musical Reading

Hay Festival 2011, 
A live storytelling of this modern classic, with music and songs from the National Theatre production.
 
7+ years & families
 
Michael regrets that due to an injury he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring along your camera and get a photo with him.
War Horse - Michael Morpurgo