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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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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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Steve Cole

Magic Ink

Hay Festival 2013, 

Hear all about Magic Ink, the brand-new comic strip adventure from the madcap mind of Steve Cole, bestselling author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action and Slime Squad.

8+ years

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Do book fairs have a future?

Segovia 2012, 
Book fairs promote reading and offer an opportunity for people to meet and discuss writing. Julia Navarro, writer, Teodoro Sacristán, director of the Madrid Book Fair, Ángel María Herrera, president of Bubok and Pedro de Andrés and president of CEDRO analyse the present and future of book fairs.
 
Co-organized with the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO)

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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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Farah Faizal and Ahmed Shaheed talk to Philippe Sands

Paradise Lost: The Maldives Experience

Hay Festival 2015, 

When long-standing dictatorships fall and democracies are born, without economic support these countries will struggle. And when they do, it can breed extremism. We need a Marshall Plan for these countries to ensure that they are economically supported. Former Maldives High Commissioner Farah Faizal and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran talk to international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands.

Farah Faizal and Ahmed Shaheed talk to Philippe Sands

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Mike Savage, John Hills, Laura Bear

The LSE Platform: Communicating Inequalities

Hay Festival 2016, 

If we are to increase social mobility, redress economic inequality and create a balanced and fair distribution of wealth and opportunity, we need to understand the roots of the problems. Three recent books by members of the LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute aim to do this. Mike Savage is the author of Social Class in the 21st Century, looking at the way new class divides have opened up in the UK, with his work generating the Class Calculator that became a viral phenomenon in 2013. John Hills is the author of Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us, which uses vignettes of families and how they are affected by inequality, the welfare state and austerity over their lives alongside results of large-scale data analysis. Laura Bear specialises in the anthropology of the economy, and is the author of Navigating Austerity, which tells the story of how austerity policies resulting from seemingly technocratic accounting decisions have dramatically changed the lives of those living and working on the Hooghly River in India.  The authors  discuss parallels between their findings, and exchange thoughts on how inequality can be challenged by public debate and policy.

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John Bercow vs Rosie Boycott

Tennis Maestros

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Speaker of the House, a former Junior competitor and LTA-qualified coach, argues the case for his ranking of the twenty greatest male tennis stars of all time, surface by surface, era by era. Rafa vs Bill Tilden? Perry vs Murray? Federer vs Lacoste? Anyone for an hour of nostalgic fanaticism?

John Bercow vs Rosie Boycott

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Peter Jukes and John Sutherland

Lines of Duty

Hay Festival 2017, 

Private investigator Daniel Morgan was murdered with an axe to the head in the car park of the Golden Lion pub, Sydenham on 10 March 1987. Thirty years on, after five failed police investigations and an ongoing Home Office inquiry, Daniel’s murder remains unsolved. Jukes co-wrote Untold with Daniel’s brother, Alastair. Sutherland is one of the Met’s most distinguished police officers. His book Blue: A Memoir – Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces is an account of the uplifting highs and crushing lows of a career in policing, and the story of slow recovery from serious illness. They talk to LBC’s Matt Stadlen.

Peter Jukes and John Sutherland

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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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Joe O’Mahoney and guests

The Fair Tax Debate

Hay Festival 2016, 

The tax avoidance practices of multinational companies have recently been at the forefront of political and economic news. To highlight the unfairness of the current situation, a group of small businesses in Crickhowell, Wales, decided to adopt the offshore tax avoidance tactics of large companies. They have branded this movement the ‘Fair Tax Town’ and now intend to export it to other small businesses all over the UK. We explore the rise of algorithm-based companies such as Facebook, Uber and Deliveroo, and show how their offshore status allows them to extract value from countries in a similar manner to the East India Company in the C17th.

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Armando Iannucci

Interviewed by Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2007, 
The entertainer, comedy writer and producer (Alan Partridge, The Day Today, The Thick Of It) talks to Francine Stock.

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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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Germaine Greer

The Sidney Nolan Centenary

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the great Australian artist who settled at The Rodd in Kington. Nolan exhibited at our very first Festival 30 years ago.

Image: Sidney Nolan, Moon Garden, 1977, oil on canvas, ©Sidney Nolan Trust

For further information about the public opening of Sidney Nolan’s studio and the exhibition of his paintings, please visit sidneynolantrust.org

Germaine Greer

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Derek Niemann – Birds in a Cage

Winter Weekend 2012, 
The remarkable untold story of a group of POWs who, through a shared love of birds, overcame hunger, hardship and boredom to bring purpose and dignity to their lives behind barbed wire. Under the gaze of Nazi guards, they founded a secret birdwatching society, and their legacy lives on in institutions such as the RSPB and the British Wildlife Trust.

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Fairytale Hairdressing

Hay Festival 2014, 
Author Abie Longstaff and illustrator Lauren Beard will draw you in to a modern fairy tale world where the Big Bad Wolf runs the opticians (all the better to see you with…) and Red Riding Hood has a skateboard shop.
4–6 years
Fairytale Hairdressing

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Christopher Stocks talks to John Mitchinson

Forgotten Fruits

Hay Festival 2008, 
Christopher Stocks talks to John Mitchinson about his Guide to Britain’s traditional fruit and vegetables, from Kelvedon King Leeks to White Princess Tomatoes.

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The Remi Harris Quartet

Winter Weekend 2012, 
Join us to celebrate the Festival finale with this exuberant gypsy jazz group. Dance your Christmas socks off to swing, jazz and bebop – there’s only 23 days till Christmas…

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Liz Kessler & Hilary McKay

Seaside Stories

Hay Festival 2013, 

North of Nowhere and Binny For Short are both set in seaside towns. These two acclaimed writers discuss the differences and similarities in their stories.

9+ years

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Philip Hook

Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A–Z of the Art World

Hay Festival 2014, 

When you stand in front of a work of art in a museum or exhibition, the first two questions you normally ask yourself are 1) do I like it? and 2) who’s it by? When you stand in front of a work of art in an auction room or dealer’s gallery, you ask these two questions followed by others: how much is it worth? how much will it be worth in five or ten years’ time? and what will people think of me if they see it hanging on my wall? A wry, intimate, and revealing exploration of how art acquires its financial value, from a senior director at Sotheby’s. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Jeremy Farrar

The Future of Global Health

Hay Festival 2016, 

The recent Ebola outbreak highlights the serious threat that emerging infectious diseases can pose to global public health. Despite years of apparent preparations for a devastating pandemic, responses to outbreaks are cumbersome and delayed, and opportunities to save lives are missed. Over the past 15 years, the systematic failure to collect and share clinical data during epidemics, including zoonotic viruses such as SARS, H5N1, Nipah, and MERSCoV, has been a recurring problem. Understanding the inter-relationships between human behaviour, animal health and the environment is essential for mobilising successful responses to future spillover events. Professor Farrar is the Director of the Wellcome Trust.

Jeremy Farrar

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Peter Wohlleben

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate–Discoveries from a Secret World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. Trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

Peter Wohlleben

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Tiffany Jenkins

Keeping Their Marbles

Hay Festival 2016, 

The fabulous collections housed in the world’s most famous museums are trophies from an imperial age. Now the countries from which these treasures came would like them back. The Greek demand for the return of the Elgin Marbles is the tip of an iceberg that includes claims for the Benin Bronzes from Nigeria, sculpture from Turkey, scrolls and porcelain taken from the Chinese Summer Palace, textiles from Peru, the bust of Nefertiti, Native American sacred objects and Aboriginal human remains. Jenkins investigates why repatriation claims have soared in recent decades and shows that sending artefacts back will not achieve the desired social change nor repair the wounds of history. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Tiffany Jenkins

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John Campbell, Anthony Howard

Margaret Thatcher

Hay Festival 2000, 
The award-winning biographer of Edward Heath and Aneurin Bevan discusses his radical study of the early years and political career of the millionaire's wife who challenged for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 1975, and rediscovered the value of her roots above the grocer's shop in Grantham. Campbell analyses the clarity of ambition and the ruthless determination of the woman who became one of the most dominant political leaders of the twentieth century.