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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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Alec Ryrie

Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World

Hay Festival 2017, 

500 years ago, Martin Luther challenged the authority of the Pope with a radical new vision of what Christianity could be. The revolution he set in motion has toppled governments, upended social norms, and transformed millions of people’s understanding of their relationship with God. In his dazzling global history charting five centuries of innovation and change, Ryrie makes the case that the world we live in was indelibly shaped by Protestants.

Alec Ryrie

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Matthew Hollis

Now All Roads Lead To France

Hay Festival 2012, 
This fascinating exploration of Edward Thomas, one of Britain’s most influential First World War poets and his extraordinary friendship with Robert Frost won the 2012 Costa Biography Prize.

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Nicholas Orme

The Beginnings Of Children’s Literature In England

Hay Festival 2013, 

One of the world authorities on medieval children and schools examines the poetry and stories of the middle ages, the myths and the legends. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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Caroline Shenton

The Day Parliament Burned Down

Hay Festival 2013, 

In the early evening of 16 October 1834 a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor. Rumours as to the fire’s cause were rife. Was it arson, terrorism, the work of foreign operatives, a kitchen accident, careless builders, or even divine judgement on politicians? Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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Jan Blake with Kouame Sereba

The Leopard Woman - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
A hunter goes in search of a leopard cub, a sacrifice in honour of his newborn son - but on finding two cubs, greed overcomes reason and he takes both. Their mother however, a shape-shifting leopard is determined to see her children returned home safely and the hunter pay a high price for his selfishness.

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Catrin Stewart and Fflur Dafydd talk to Jon Gower

The Library Suicides

Winter Weekend 2015, 

The film adaptation of Fflur Dafydd’s bestselling novel Y Llyfrgell, (The Library), starring Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella), is an offbeat thriller set in the National Library of Wales. The film, directed by Euros Lyn (Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Daredevil), explores the secrets and lies at the heart of storytelling. The author and actress discuss the film and show clips with journalist and writer Jon Gower.

Catrin Stewart and Fflur Dafydd talk to Jon Gower

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Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Transport Futures

Hay Festival 2017, 

Spowers is the Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple, whose goal is simple – to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport. Spowers, Clancy and their team have created Rasa, a super-efficient, hydrogen-powered car. They are joined by Will Vaughan, CEO of Hereford Pedicabs and Cargo, who provide financially and environmentally sustainable services by bike – including parcel delivery, trade waste recycling, inner city advertising and pedicab hire.

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

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Diana McCaulay, Michael Mendis and Maggie Gee

A Commonwealth Writers Conversation

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Untold Story: The Environment in Fiction 

The impact of global warming is likely to be, ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible’, according to a recent UN report. Diana McCaulay, environmental activist and author from Jamaica, Michael Mendis, blogger and short story writer from Sri Lanka, and UK novelist Maggie Gee explore what happens when science and fiction meet, with Daniel Hahn.

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Senel Paz and Hugo Chaparro

My Favourite Films

Cartagena 2011, 
Senel Paz is a scriptwriter and author of plays, stories and novels; the adaptation of his story El lobo, el bosque y el hombre nuevo into the film Strawberry and Chocolate, brought international recognition, with both the script and the film winning a number of awards. At this event, he will talk to the Colombian writer and cinema enthusiast, Hugo Chaparro, about the films he has most enjoyed, and he will show some scenes from these.

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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.

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Kathy Lette and John Mortimer

Murder - A Beginner's Guide

Hay Festival 2007, 
Lette (married to Geoffrey Robertson) wrote How To Murder Your Husband. Mortimer created Rumpole. Chaired by meettheauthor.com’s David Freeman.

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Melvyn Bragg

Twelve Books that Changed the World

Hay Festival 2006, 
Shakespeare, Newton, Wollstonecraft, Wilberforce, Darwin... so (far so?) good. The Rule Book of Association Football? The culture and science champion marks out Britain’s turning points in books.

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Publishing Trends In South Asia

Dhaka 2012, 
Editors, agents and publishers from India and Bangladesh talk about the fiction and non-fiction making waves in South Asia. With Khademul Islam, editor of Bengal Lights, VK Karthika, Publisher and Chief Editor of HarperCollins India, Sivapriya Ramasary, Managing Editor, Penguin Books India, Diya Kar Hazra, Publisher (Trade), Bloomsbury India, and UPL's Mahrukh Mohiuddin. Chaired by Rubana Huq.

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Alfred Brendel

A Pianist’s A–Z: A Piano Lover’s Reader

Hay Festival 2014, 

The legendary musician shares the insights and experience of his sixty-year career with Clemency Burton-Hill. ‘This book distils what, at my advanced age, I feel able to say about music, musicians, and matters of my pianistic profession.’

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Fiona Caldicott, Nick Partridge and Tony Calland talk to Jonathan Montgomery

Big Data, Safe Data

Hay Festival 2017, 

The NHS collects people’s confidential data to provide their care but how else is it used? Should people be able to opt out of uses of their health data for purposes such as medical research, improving public services or commercial uses? Dame Fiona Caldicott is the National Data Guardian for Health and Care in England; Sir Nick Partridge is the former CEO of the Terence Higgins Trust and Dr Tony Calland is a former GP in Wales. Chaired by Professor Jonathan Montgomery, Professor of Health Care Law at University College London.

Fiona Caldicott, Nick Partridge and Tony Calland talk to Jonathan Montgomery

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Brian Viner

The Good, The Dad And The Ugly

Hay Festival 2013, 

Nothing can quite prepare you for the hells and joys of fatherhood, but Brian’s fabulous stories will be a consolation, a guide and a friendly treasure.

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Deyan Sudjic

Norman Foster

Hay Festival 2010, 
A study of the global architect who designed the Reichstag, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks headquarters in London and China, the new Wembley stadium and the British Museum’s new court.

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Maddy Abbas, Chris Bickerton, Katharina Karcher and Brendan Simms

Cambridge Series 9: The Future of Europe

Hay Festival 2016, 

As support for the extremes of the political spectrum increases across Europe, and Britain threatens to pull out of the EU, what does the future hold for our continent? Abbas is a research associate at the University of Cambridge, Bickerton is a lecturer in politics and Karcher is a research associate in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. Simms is the author of Britain's Europe: A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation.

Maddy Abbas, Chris Bickerton, Katharina Karcher and Brendan Simms

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ABC/IE Workshop

Novels and Journalists: Real Fictions

Segovia 2014, 

Novels by authors well-known from TV have been remarkably well received by readers. Apart from the authors’ fame as journalists and news readers on different channels, their forays into fiction have brought a new flavour to the literary scene. Fiction written by people who compile and convey news stories day after day contains dreams and stories that are worth taking a look at. What does journalism bring to literature? Marta Fernández and Sandra Barneda talk to Inés Martín Rodrigo and Jesús García Calero.

Produced live by the IE School of Communication Medialab team and broadcast via live streaming on the culture section of www.abc.es

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Steve Dring talks to Kitty Corrigan

Growing Underground

Hay Festival 2017, 

With an increasing population, climate change and concerns about food (in)security, new and innovative farming methods are required. Steve Dring started the UK’s first underground farm based in disused air raid shelters, growing herbs and salad plants.

Steve Dring talks to Kitty Corrigan

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Matt Dickinson

The Everest Files: A Short (and Turbulent!) Trip to the Top of the World

Hay Festival 2014, 

Is chaos descending on Mount Everest? Why are Sherpas and Westerners fighting on the slopes? How come the Nepalese authorities have had to put an army post at base camp? And what about the ever-younger age of climbers? Do 13-year-olds really belong in this lethal place? Everest Summiteer Matt Dickinson discusses these dramatic changes and presents a fact-filled journey to the top of the world’s highest mountain. He also discusses his new teen novel The Everest Files, which follows an Everest expedition from the point of view of a 16-year-old Sherpa climber.
8+ years

Matt Dickinson

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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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Dan Smith and Paul Dowswell

Big Game and Bomber

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nail-biting tension and compelling storytelling feature in both these books, delivering an edge-of-the-seat reading experience. Dan Smith’s Big Game, recently brought to the big screen, stars a young hero hunting in a Finnish wilderness, who stumbles upon an escape pod from a burning airplane. Soon he and the President of the United States are on the run from terrorists. Paul Dowswell’s Bomber is the meticulously-researched story of a young gunner in WW2 whose dreams of flying turn into nightmares as the Nazis sweep over Europe and war rages. Share the thrills and the tension, and get some top writing tips from these two masters of their craft.
10+ years
Dan Smith and Paul Dowswell