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Michael Wolff talks to Dylan Jones

Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Vanity Fair journalist and biographer of Rupert Murdoch discusses and updates his classic work The Man Who Owns The News.

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Paulo Coelho talks to Mick Brown

Hay Festival 2002, 
A rare opportunity to meet the author of The Alchemist, The Devil and Miss Prym, The Fifth Mountain, By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, and Veronika Decides to Die. The Brazilian novelist talks to Mick Brown, author of The Spiritual Tourist.

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Peter Godwin

The Fear

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

At the time of writing, Robert Mugabe has just secured his seventh term in office. Peter Godwin’s The Fear records the journalist’s travels through his home country after the 2008 elections to see the torture bases, the burned villages, the death squads, the opposition leaders in hiding, the last white farmers, the churchmen and the diplomats putting their own lives on the line to stop the carnage. He currently serves as President of PEN’s American Center.

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Emily Gravett, Chris Haughton and Yasmeen Ismail

Words and Pictures

Hay Festival 2015, 
Three of the most talented picture book artists working today will share and swap ideas with each other and the audience to give a fascinating insight into their working methods, and the other creative projects they get involved in when not making picture books.
10+ years
Emily Gravett, Chris Haughton and Yasmeen Ismail

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Shigeru Ben talks to Martha Thorne

Budapest 2012, 
The Japanese architect (The Pompidou Centre’s Metz Museum, Japanese Pavilion at Hanover) discusses his work in sustainable materials and his disaster relief work with the Director of the Pritzker Prize. Introduced by Dave Venables (AHEC).
 
Sponsored by AHEC and IE university

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Peter Oborne talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan

Hay Festival 2014, 

Since the early days of the Raj, cricket has been entwined with national identity and Pakistan’s successes helped to define its status in the world. In recent years its cricketers have been a prey to problems which have threatened Pakistan’s very existence: fall out from the ‘war on terror’, sectarian violence, gangsterism and corruption, deep-seated crises in education, health and the environment, and a shortage of effective leaders. For twenty years, Pakistani cricket has been stained by the scandalous behaviour of the players involved in match-fixing.

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Chris Tarrant

Extreme Railway Journeys

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the last two years Chris’ travels have taken him from Azerbaijan to Bolivia and Zimbabwe. He brings to life the romance of travelling by train, and the sights, sounds and smells of the countries and places visited. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Chris Tarrant

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Laia Jufresa and Cynan Jones talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: Survivors

Hay Festival 2017, 

With its taut narrative and its wincingly visceral portrait of a man locked in an uneven struggle with the forces of nature, Jones’s Cove is a powerful new work from one of the most distinctive voices in British fiction. Jufresa’s Umami is a quietly devastating novel of missed encounters, missed opportunities, missed people, and those who are left behind. Compassionate, surprising, funny and inventive, it deftly unpicks their stories to offer a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico, as whimsical as it is heart-wrenching.

Laia Jufresa and Cynan Jones talk to Daniel Hahn

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Josh Cohen

The Private Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

The war over private life spreads inexorably. Some seek to expose, invade and steal it, others to protect, conceal and withhold it. But what if what we call ‘private life’ is the one element in us that we can’t possess? Could it be that we’re so intent on taking hold of the privacy of others or keeping hold of our own only because we’re powerless to do either? Cohen is a psychoanalyst and professor of literature.

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Katrine Marçal

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?

Hay Festival 2015, 

When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life ‘economic man’. But every night Adam Smith’s mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that’s because their labour is worth less. How could it be otherwise? Marçal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.

Katrine Marçal

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Andrew Robinson

Sudden Genius? Mozart and Marie Curie

Hay Festival 2011, 
Insight into two of the ten arts and sciences lives featured in his revelatory study of The Gradual Path to Creative Breakthroughs. Robinson is also the author of the Genius book in the Very Short Introductions series.

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Hannah Shaw & Sean Taylor

The Grizzly Bear With The Frizzly Hair

Hay Festival 2011, 
With lots of rhythm and rhyme it’s time to see if you can help Rabbit out of a tricky spot of bother along with the wonderful creators of Crocodiles Are The Best Animals Of All.
 
5–7 years Rib Ticklers

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Simon Blackburn

Cambridge Series 8: Practical Tortoise Raising

Hay Festival 2011, 
The philosopher explores the relationship between language and action, pragmatism, pluralism and practical reasoning.
 
Read more about Simon Blackburn on his web page

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Karrie Fransman, Zeina Bassil and Joumana Medlej in conversation with Lana Asfour

Beirut 2012, 
Karrie Fransman (UK) came into the public eye with her autobiographical comic strips My Peculiar Life, published in The Guardian, and The Night I Lost My Love, printed in The Times, and who is author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel The House that Groaned. Zeina Bassil (Lebanon) is a freelance illustrator, editor of La Furie des Glandeurs, an illustration and comic fanzine that tackles social related issues in Lebanon, she also has a column in the monthly French literary supplement L’Orient Littéraire. Joumana Medlej (Lebanon) is a designer, calligrapher and illustrator that has created and published her own graphic novels, works with calligraphy and designs desktop icons and computer games. The three participants will discuss the wonders of comic writing, picture making and storytelling with the journalist Lana Asfour.
 
Event in English
With the support of the British Council

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Sarah Woods, Bill McGuire and Andrew Simms

There was a Knock at the Door – can modern folk tales help to understand these troubling times?

Hay Festival 2017, 

‘Strange’ is the new ‘normal’ for global events. Throughout history, folk tales emerged to help us come to terms with extreme events. With the world as it is today, might stories make better sense of things than news reports? Artist and playwright Sarah Woods is joined by Andrew Simms, editor of a new collection of tales There was a Knock at the Door, and Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at UCL and author of Waking the Giant.

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Dolly Alderton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Everything I Know About Love

Hay Festival 2018, 

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart-themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. Alderton’s captivating memoir is about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

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Daoud Hari, Chris Nugent and Tim Butcher talk to Paul Blezard

The Translator

Hay Festival 2008, 
Darfur tribesman Daoud Hari’s community was destroyed by Sudanese government-backed militias in 2003. He talks with human rights lawyer Chris Nugent about the conflict and his ‘treacherous’ work as a translator for the aid agencies and journalists. Tim Butcher discusses his extraordinary and audacious Congolese adventure Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart, which has been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Caroline Ingraham

How Animals Heal Themselves

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the humble caterpillar to mighty elephants, animals have innate ability to forage for plant and mineral extracts, in order to look after their own emotional and physical health. If, however, an animal’s environment is devoid of these substances you can enrich their lives by offering many of these extracts for self-selection.

Caroline Ingraham

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Andy Stanton

10 Years of Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2016, 

You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum has become a modern classic – pretty good at only 10 years old. But, as the winner of two Roald Dahl Funny Book Prizes, two Blue Peter Book Awards and the Red House Book Award, this was always something special. Celebrate Mr Gum with the author in an event that is likely to be as riotous as the book.

8+
Andy Stanton

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Rosamond McKitterick

Cambridge University Series 17: Charlemagne, Rome and the Management of Sacred Space

Hay Festival 2015, 

In the age of Charlemagne, Rome gained a prominent position in the cultural memory of the Frankish elites. This city was not just associated with the glory of classical and late antique empire, but above all with an authentic Christianity represented by the apostles and the martyrs. North of the Alps, rulers and aristocrats created a virtual Rome by importing relics as well as liturgical practices that were thought of as typically Roman. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Rosamond McKitterick

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Frances Osborne and Alexandra Shulman talk to Paul Blezard

Fictions - Women of the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
Park Lane the debut novel from the author of The Bolter is a tale of suffrage, war and love, upstairs and down in Edwardian London; Can We Still Be Friends follows three friends leaving University and emerging into the reality of 1980s Britain.

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Val McDermid in conversation with Tiffany Murray

Segovia 2013, 

Val McDermid is one of the best selling crime writers in the English-speaking world. Her prolific literary work, which has been translated into more than 30 languages, includes titles such as The Wire in the Blood, The Distant Echo and her latest work The Retribution. She has been awarded the prestigious Cartier Diamond Daggerprize for her contribution to the genre throughout her career. She speaks with the writer Tiffany Murray.

Event in English.


Co-organised with the British Council and the Arts Council of Wales and the collaboration of RBA publishing house.

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David Wilson talks to Mark Skipworth

Scott Centenary - Winter Journey

Hay Festival 2012, 
Edward Wilson, Chief of the Scientific Staff and Expedition Artist to Captain Scott’s final expedition, died with his comrades on the Great Ice Barrier while returning from the South Pole. He also led one of the greatest scientific quests of the era, ‘The Worst Journey in the World’ through the Antarctic winter-night to find proof of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in the eggs of the Emperor Penguin. The explorer’s great nephew, author of The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott and Edward Wilson’s Antarctic Notebooks tells the tales.

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Adam Zamoyski

Rights of Peace

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian exposes the chaos, corruption and sexual depravity of the 1815 Congress of Vienna, at which Europe was scrambled by Napoleon’s vanquishers.

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Nick Crane

The Making of the British Landscape

Hay Festival 2017, 

The history of 12,000 years of the British landscape, from the Ice Age to the 21st century. A tour de force from the prize-winning author Nicholas Crane, co-presenter of Coast and President of the Royal Geographical Society.

Nick Crane