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Nigella Lawson talks to Peter Florence

The Rose Gray Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2011, 
A conversation about food with the domestic goddess whose latest book is Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home.

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Mary Beard talks to Tom Holland

Confronting The Classics: Traditions, Adventures And Innovations

Hay Festival 2013, 

From Greek drama to Roman jokes, from government and slavery to pottery and food, the classicist captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise.

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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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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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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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Simon Schama

The Guardian Sessions: The American Future

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian offers a profound and revelatory analysis in his History from the Founding Fathers to Barack Obama.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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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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Chris Hope

Cambridge Series: Climate Change

Hay Festival 2010, 
Chris Hope of Cambridge University, contributor to the Stern review and lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, tackles the current climate change issues and sets out where the priorities should be.

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Julián Ríos en conversación con Juan Ángel Juristo

Alhambra 2009, 
Carlos Fuentes define a Julián Ríos como “el autor más inventivo y creativo de la lengua castellana”; autor de la célebre Larva y otras noches de Babel, en el 2008 publicó Cortejo de sombras y la colección de ensayos Quijote e hijos. Puente de alma es su novela más reciente. En conversación con el crítico Juan Ángel Juristo.

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Toni Morrison talks to Peter Florence

Fictions – Beloved

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist discusses her classic 1987 novel of slavery and racism in America. Also see events 235 and 260

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Quentin Blake

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

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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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Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Hay Festival 2014, 
The illustrator brings in an action-packed show full of jokes, stories and live drawing. Find out fabulous facts from history and see drawings leap from his pen, with suggestions from the audience adding to the fun. The first Horrible History book, written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Brown, was published in 1993. The series went on to become a BAFTA award-winning CBBC show and stage show and there are now almost 100 books ranging from histories of the Romans and Greeks to the Stuarts and the First World War.
8+ years
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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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Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great contrarian eviscerates organised religion.

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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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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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Daniel Samper Pizano, Jordi Puntí and Juan Esteban Constaín with Carlos Castillo

Football and literature

Cartagena 2012, 
Football has always been linked to the spoken word, to radio commentary, to the sports newspapers. The game forms part of our culture and has played an important role in stories and novels. But can we consider sport to be culture? We propose a “match” of words with the following players: two Colombian writers (Daniel Samper Pizano and Juan Esteban Constaín) and a Spanish writer (Jordi Puntí). The referee will be Carlos Castillo.

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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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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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Jorge Valdano, Óscar Campillo, Santiago Segurola and Eduardo Fernández-Cantelli

Tribute to Alfredo Di Stéfano: The embodiment of everything positive about football

Segovia 2014, 

Alfredo Di Stéfano is one of the few people in footballing history who have embodied so many of the positive aspects of the game – be it as a player, a manager or as a member of various international sports associations and clubs. Sports experts pay tribute to ‘the blonde arrow’ in this event: former football player and coach Jorge Valdano, Óscar Campillo, Director of MARCA, journalist Santiago Segurola and sports marketing expert Eduardo Fernández-Cantelli.

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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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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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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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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