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David Walliams talks to Chris Evans

Gangsta Granny

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor, comedian, talent judge and best selling children's author makes his debut at Hay to talk Scrabble, swimming and 500 words. 
 
Families.  9+ years

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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 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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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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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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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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Francis Pisani (France) and Mario Tascón (Spain) chaired by Jaime Abello

The blog as journal

Cartagena 2010, 
Since the arrival of the internet, the blog has become one of the most popular platforms for literary and journalistic creation. However, there is no definite answer yet on how this tool works from a publishing perspective, what is the impact on public opinion or what guarantees the quality of its content. Francis Pisani, one of the most important digital visionaries today, and Mario Tascón, founder of elmundo.es and director of the blog 233grados, will debate with Jaime Abello.

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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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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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Alan Bennett

Hay Festival 2009, 
The playwright reads from his diaries and novel, followed by Q&A.

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Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, Mererid Hopwood, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag and friends

The Armistice Gala

Hay Festival 2018, 

To celebrate the centenary of the Armistice of 1918, we have commissioned poets from the main protagonist nations to respond to a Great War poem from their own culture. We have poems in French, Russian, German, Welsh and several forms of English. The new poems will be read today for the first time, in the original language and in English translation alongside the works that inspired them, and other poems of the time. The full cast list will be announced on 20 May.

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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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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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Jerry Brotton: Shakespeare y el mundo árabe

Alhambra 2009, 
El académico Jerry Brotton, profesor de Estudios del Renacimiento en la Universidad Queen Mary y colaborador habitual de The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Literary Review y BBC History Magazine, hablará sobre la representación del mundo árabe en las obras de Shakespeare.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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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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Sheila Hancock, Philip Gross and Tracy Chevalier

A Quaker Life

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation about how their Quaker faith has informed the life and work of three writers: the actor Sheila Hancock’s books include the memoir Just Me and the novel Miss Carter’s War; award-winning poet Philip Gross’s collections include The Water Table, Deep Field and the forthcoming A Bright Acoustic; Tracy Chevalier’s novels include Girl With a Pearl Earring, At the Edge of the Orchard and now New Boy.

Sheila Hancock, Philip Gross and Tracy Chevalier

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Adama Bah, Angus Davison and Richard Harvey hosted by Marcus Brigstocke

Time to reconsider: Is there a better way of doing business in Africa?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ledbury organic fruit producer Haygrove and the Hereford-based international development charity Concern Universal have created a superb model for African Trade with their pioneering ‘Gambia is Good’ project, supporting 1,000 subsistence farmers across the country, supplying nearly half of the tourist market.

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Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great contrarian eviscerates organised religion.

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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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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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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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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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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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Julia Peyton-Jones, Roger Scruton, William Packer and Shani Rhys James chaired by Will Gompertz

The Welsh Academy of Art Debate

Hay Festival 2014, 

‘The supreme tragedy is when theory outstrips performance’ – Leonardo da Vinci. Does contemporary art celebrate concept without skill? What is the value of a Fine Art degree? The Welsh Academy of Art presents a debate on the state of contemporary art and art education.

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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.