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John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

1,339 QI Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop

Hay Festival 2014, 

At QI’s very core is ‘the astonishing fact’: painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. Pigs suffer from anorexia. Wagner always wore pink silk underwear. Rugby School’s first official rugby kit in 1871 included a bow tie. Lord Kitchener had four spaniels called Shot, Bang, Miss and Damn. It is impossible to whistle in a spacesuit. Join in the fun with the QI writing team.

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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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John Carlin y Juan Villoro en conversación con Daniel Samper Pizano

Cartagena 2015, 

La pasión futbolística se puede vivir lejos del campo de juego, entre las páginas de un libro. Así lo demuestran dos autores que han dedicado obras a este popular deporte: John Carlin es autor de libros como Los ángeles blancos, Rafa: Mi historia y La tribu, donde recopila
sus columnas semanales El corner inglés publicadas en el diario El País; Juan Villoro, ha publicado recientemente Balón dividido, una divertida guía en la que habla de destacadas figuras del balompié actual y la conexión de este deporte con la literatura, la historia y la psicología.

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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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Germaine Greer

On Rape

Hay Festival 2018, 

“Centuries of writing and thinking about rape – as inflicted by men on women – have got us nowhere. There are those who, like Quentin Tarantino, think it is one of the most violent crimes in the world, and others for whom it is simply what happens when a woman endures sex she doesn’t want. Bestial or banal, a proven rape may carry a prison sentence of many years, even life, but very few rapes ever find their way into a court of law. The prosecution of a selected minority of cases seldom results in a conviction. The crucial issue is that of consent, which is thought by some to be easy to establish and by others as impossible. Rape statistics remain intractable. Again and again crime surveys tell us that one woman in five will experience sexual violence. Despite all efforts to root sexual assault out of workplaces and colleges, predatory individuals still inflict lasting damage with apparent impunity. The only result of desperate attempts to apportion blame and enact chastisement has been an erosion of the civil rights of the accused. Sexual assault does not diminish; relations between the sexes do not improve; litigation balloons. There has to be a better way.” Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Germaine Greer

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Alastair Campbell talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2010, 
We launch the journalist and political strategist's unexpurgated diaries – Prelude to Power – covering 1994 to 1997, from the death of John Smith to Tony Blair's arrival in Downing Street. This is the no-holds-barred version...
Alastair Campbell talks to Francine Stock

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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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John Browne

Seven Elements

Hay Festival 2013, 

The former BP chief examines the current and future use of the Earth’s natural resources in his fascinating survey, Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon. Chaired by The Telegraph’s business editor Kamal Ahmed.

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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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Owen Sheers and Lucy Davies talk to Allison Pearson

The Gospel of Us

Hay Festival 2012, 
The National Theatre of Wales epic Passion with Michael Sheen in Port Talbot last Easter was hailed as one of the great theatre productions of recent years. The writer and producer discuss the work, and preview clips of Dave McKean’s feature film version. See also 120 and 161 and 194 for screenings.

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Eric Hobsbawm

Intellectuals and the Spanish Civil War

Segovia 2006, 
Please note: The introduction to this lecture is in Spanish. The rest of the lecture is delivered in English.

Eric Hobsbawm, the great British historian discusses the international mobilisation of intellectuals in favour of the Republic during the Civil War. Eric Hobsbawm is Emeritus Professor of Social and Economic History at Birkbeck College in the University of London. Amongst his numerous books are The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914–1991 (1995), the series made up by The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848 (1997), The Age of Capital 1848–1875 (1998) and The Age of Empire 1875–1914 (1998), as well as his more recent The New Century (2000) and Bandits (2001).

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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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Peter Oborne, Clive Woodward, Clare Balding, Kate Humble and Brian Moore talk to Sarah Crompton

The Telegraph Question Time

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join The Telegraph’s panel of experts to debate politics, sport, culture, the environment and, of course, the Olympics. Our all-star team is ready to tackle your questions about the burning issues of the day.
 

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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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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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Roger Hiorns, Phoebe Unwin, Mick Peter

The British Art Show Prelude

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three of Britain’s most exciting emerging artists, the Turner Prize-nominated artist, the painter and the sculptor use Northrop Frye’s model of seasons/genre to explore some issues in contemporary British art. Chaired by Tom Morton and Lisa Lefeuvre, Curators of British Art Show 7.

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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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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, 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

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Carlos Fuentes in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Santiago Gamboa

Cartagena 2012, 
Cervantes Prize winner and honorary member of the Mexican Academy of the Language, Carlos Fuentes is a major figure in Latin American fiction. The Colombian writers Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Santiago Gamboa will interview the author. 

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Rabih Alameddine y Rawi Hage en conversación con Mathias Enard

Alhambra 2009, 
Rabih Alameddine y Rawi Hage comparten origen (Líbano) y una proyección internacional como autores que combinan con otras actividades. Conversarán con el escritor Mathias Enard, autor de Zona, acerca de su obra, de la experiencia de escribir en varios idiomas y vivir en países diversos. Rabih Alameddine es artista plástico además de escritor, ha recibido una beca Guggenheim, ha sido profesor en MIT y la Universidad Americana de Beirut y tiene publicadas dos obras en España, Yo, La divina y El contador de historias. Rawi Hage trabaja como artista visual y fotográfo, ha colaborado con varias publicaciones internacionales y, con su primera novela, De Niro’s Game, ganó el prestigioso premio IMPAC en 2008; su segunda novela es Cockroach.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Christopher Hitchens talks to Colin MacCabe

Hay Festival 2000, 
The iconoclastic journalist talks about the end of political correctness and ranges around sexual politics. Hitchens is the author of the savage and brilliant portrait of Bill Clinton, No-one Left to Lie to and the radical The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice. He is a feature writer for Vanity Fair and Washington correspondent of the London Evening Standard. Having recently appeared on the fly leaf of The Mating Season, as introducer, alongside the name of the author, PG Wodehouse, he may die happy. He talks to Colin MacCabe.

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Salman Rushdie talks to Peter Florence

The British Council Series - 3

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist discusses his fictions from Midnight’s Children to The Enchantress of Florence. The event will be webcast live to British Council offices around the world.
 

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Paul Kingsnorth and Mark Rylance

The Wake

Hay Festival 2014, 

The actor takes an evening off from filming Wolf Hall to read from Kingsnorth’s extraordinary ‘shadow tongue’ novel. Set in the three years after the Norman invasion of 1066, The Wake tells the story of a fractured band of guerilla fighters who take up arms against the invaders.

Paul Kingsnorth and Mark Rylance

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Shappi Khorsandi talks to Francine Stock

A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English

Hay Festival 2010, 
The comedian’s Iranian childhood in pre-revolutionary Tehran and post-emigration London.
Shappi Khorsandi talks to Francine Stock