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Maggie Shipstead talks to Allison Pearson

Fictions – Crimes And Misdemeanours

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation with the winner of the 2012 Dylan Thomas Prize for her elegant East Coast social satire Seating Arrangements – praised as a perfectly-realised world of exquisite comic savagery.

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Shireen Jilla and Mark Watson talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – Couples

Hay Festival 2015, 

Jilla explores friendships unravelling and ravelling as old university friends set out on a Kalahari journey in The Art of Unpacking your Life. Graham, the concierge of Watson’s novel Hotel Alpha, has been behind the front desk since the day the hotel opened and has witnessed every stage of its history. Chaz, the founder’s blind adopted son, has almost never ventured outside its walls. Both of them view the Alpha as their sanctuary, the place that gives them everything they need. But both of them must now accept that the Alpha no longer offers them the life they most want…

Shireen Jilla and Mark Watson talk to Georgina Godwin

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Julian Clary and David Roberts

The Bolds on Holiday

Hay Festival 2017, 

The hairiest family in Teddington are back for a further adventure and this time they decide to take a well-earned holiday by the seaside with all their relatives in tow. But can they stay hidden on a camping holiday? Join the authors as they introduce their exceptional family’s latest escapade in storytelling and live drawing.

9+
Julian Clary and David Roberts

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Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq

Hay Festival 2008, 
Award-winning journalist Patrick Cockburn presents a revelatory portrait of the much demonised Iraqi power- broker and leader of the Mehdi militia.

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Maxine Peake

Shelley’s The Masque of Anarchy 200

Hay Festival 2019, 

The actor gives a reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s radical 1819 poem, written in response to the Peterloo Massacre. The reading is introduced by John Mullan.

Maxine Peake was originally commissioned to perform The Masque of Anarchy in a full performance by Manchester International Festival.

Maxine Peake

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Osvaldo Gross, Leonor Espinosa and Rafael Osterling in conversation with Sergio Vilela

New latinoamerican cuisine

Cartagena 2012, 
We present three of Latin America’s finest chefs. Osvaldo Gross is one of the best chef patissier of the world and presents the tv programme elgourmet.com.  Rafael Osterling is the author of the cookery book Rafael and one of Latin America’s major chefs. His restaurant, Rafael, in Lima, has appeared on lists of the best in South America. He also has a restaurant in Bogota by the same name. They will talk to the editor and writer Sergio Vilela.

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Gael García Bernal en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2014, 
Gael García Bernal es probablemente el actor mexicano más internacional del momento. Desde Amores Perros a No, pasando por Y tu mamá también, Diarios de motocicleta o La ciencia del sueño, Gael ha protagonizado películas que han cautivado la imaginación de millones de espectadores. Hablará con Roberto Pombo, director de El Tiempo, sobre su carrera artística en español y en inglés y sus facetas menos conocidas como productor y promotor de cine documental.

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Frank Gardner talks to Rosie Boycott

Blood and Sand

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Arabist, BBC Security Correspondent, gunned down in Riyadh, whose deep engagement with Islam and the Middle East offers a unique perspective on The War On Terror.

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Bronwen Maddox, Jane Mayer, Jim Naughtie and Mark Thompson

The White House 2016

Hay Festival 2016, 

Our panel assesses the Primaries season and looks forward to the Republican and Democrat Conventions in July. How might Clinton vs Trump pan out?  Maddox is editor of Prospect magazine, Mayer a staff writer for the New Yorker, Naughtie a BBC anchor and Thompson is CEO of the New York Times. His Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? will be published in September. Chaired by Guto Harri

Bronwen Maddox, Jane Mayer, Jim Naughtie and Mark Thompson

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David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

The Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam, an editor at Nature, explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works – to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers, and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.

David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

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John Heilbron

Galileo

Hay Festival 2011, 
A profile of the Renaissance genius that celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publication of Siderius Nuncius – The Starry Messenger, one of the turning points of science that changed perceptions of the perfection of the heavens and the centrality of the Earth forever.

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Wanjiru Kairu, Eric Gitari, Anthony Oluoch

Queer Life Stories

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 
The Kenyan première screening of the Commonwealth Short Film New Year’s Eve. The screening of the film is followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Wanjiru Kairu. Eric Gitari, the co-founder of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and Anthony Oluoch, previous Executive Director of Gay Kenya Trust and Regional Director of Kaleidoscope Trust join the discussion about queer life stories.

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Gabriele Finaldi and Laszlo Baan

Crisis and museums, a forward flight?

Segovia 2013, 

Two directors  —Gabriele Finaldi and Laszlo Baan— of two benchmark museums in Europe — The Prado Museum of Madrid and the Fine Arts Museum of Budapest, respectively—, examine the role of culture in times of crisis and the possibilities of maintaining, or even increasing an interest in art. Chaired by The Telegraph's assistant comments editor, Tom Chivers.

 

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.


With the collaboration of the Embassy of Hungary in Spain and the Tourist Office of Hungary in Spain.

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Fflur Dafydd and Samanta Schweblin

Wales/Argentina

Hay Festival 2014, 

In a prelude celebration to next year’s 150th anniversary of the Welsh colony in Patagonia, two of the most brilliant writers from the two countries exchange stories across languages and cultures. They talk with Daniel Hahn.

Fflur Dafydd and Samanta Schweblin

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Gillian Beer

Alice in Space

Hay Festival 2015, 

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Beer sets the Alice books in a number of different contexts in the Victorian period – what was going on in Punch, in maths, in language theory, in evolutionary theory, in child development – and asks how the books both thrive on these presences and wriggle free of them. Beer is also the editor of Carroll’s poems Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense.

Gillian Beer

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Russell Stannard

The End of Discovery

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Open University’s Emeritus Professor of Physics explores the scientific frontiers and the limitations of the human brain. He asks whether we are approaching the boundaries of the knowable.

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Ted Nield

Incoming! Or, Why We Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Meteorite

Hay Festival 2011, 
470 million years ago, a stupendous collision in the Asteroid Belt bombarded the Earth with meteorites of all sizes. A revolutionary idea is emerging that the resulting ecological disturbance may have been responsible for the single greatest increase in biological diversity since the origin of complex life.

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Billy Bragg, Henry Porter, Philippe Sands

Power Inquiry 1

Hay Festival 2007, 
In this first Power Inquiry session examining the nature of democracy in Britain, the singer Billy Bragg, author of The Progressive Patriot, is joined by Observer and Vanity Fair journalist Henry Porter and Professor Philippe Sands QC. Chaired by New Statesman editor John Kampfner.

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RIBA Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ken Shuttleworth of MAKE Architects, who’s previously worked on groundbreaking buildings like Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport and St Mary’s Axe (The Gherkin) in London looks at the challenge of designing a new generation of compelling, dynamic and environmentally responsible buildings within our globally changing landscape. In conversation with Wayne Hemingway.

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Angie Sage

Araminta Spook

Hay Festival 2015, 
Araminta is a girl who lives in a haunted house, has ghosts and ghouls for friends, and gets up to all sorts of spooky adventures. In this fiendishly fun event, find out where Araminta came from, where this feisty Goth girl is going next, and how you can create your own stories. Black clothes and stripy tights optional!
7+ years
Angie Sage

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Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

Fictions – The Illuminations

Hay Festival 2015, 

How much do we keep from the people we love? Why is the truth so often buried in secrets? Can we learn from the past or must we forget it? O’Hagan’s fifth novel is a beautiful, deeply charged story about love and memory, about modern war and the complications of fact.

Photo: Tricia Malley Ross Gillespie

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

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James Clackson

Cambridge University Series 14: Migration and Language: Ancient Perspectives

Hay Festival 2015, 

What can we learn from the ancient Romans and Greeks about the impact of migration on language? And how is this relevant to contemporary concerns about immigration and language change?

James Clackson

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Gulwali Passarlay talks to Oliver Bullough

The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey of Escape to a new Life in Britain

Hay Festival 2016, 

Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of 12, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US army. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali embarked on a 12-month odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, cruelty and violence. He endured a terrifying journey on a tiny boat in the Mediterranean, braved the brutality of those who should care for children and spent a desolate month in the camp at Calais. Somehow he survived and made it to Britain, no longer an innocent child but still a young boy alone. Here in Britain he was fostered, went to a good school, worked hard and won a place at a top university. Gulwali was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. Many refugees die along the way. Some are sent back to face imprisonment and possible death. Some survive and make it here, to a country that offers them the chance of a life of freedom and opportunity.

Gulwali Passarlay talks to Oliver Bullough

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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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Korky Paul

Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo

Hay Festival 2014, 
Fans of Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants will be delighted to hear that it is time for a brand new crazy adventure. Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo, from the inspired team of Giles Andreae and Korky Paul, is guaranteed high-octane fun.
5+ years
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