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Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

Inequality and Austerity

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%, examines who is most harmed by these injustices and why, and what happens to those who most benefit. O’Hara, author of Austerity Bites, takes us on a journey to the sharp end of the cuts in the UK. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in their call to action, this event is essential for everyone concerned with social justice.

Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

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Philip Ball

Serving The Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler

Hay Festival 2014, 

While some scientists in Nazi Germany tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ‘Jewish ideas’, many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the regime. Ball examines the records of Max Planck, Peter Debye and Werner Heisenberg.

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Leila Guerriero en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Evento Gatopardo. Crónicas de América Latina.

Cartagena 2015, 
Leila Guerriero es periodista, editora de la revista Gatopardo para el Cono Sur, directora de la colección Mirada Crónica de Tusquets Argentina y autora de aclamados libros de crónica periodística como Frutos extraños o Una historia sencilla. El periodista Felipe Restrepo Pombo es director de Gatopardo y autor de libros como 16 retratos excéntricos, en el que recopila entrevistas a destacadas personalidades de la cultura contemporánea. Juntos charlarán sobre el nuevo periodismo latinoamericano y sus experiencias en la revista Gatopardo.

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David Aaronovitch

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture

Hay Festival 2016, 

The journalist interrogates the ideas of safe space on campus, the psychology of “vindictive protectionism” and the practice of “no-platforming” speakers. In a political culture that is susceptible to polarisation, where social media amplifies grievance and offence, how do we wield free speech? Aaronovitch discusses his lecture with Clemency Burton-Hill. He talks about his memoir Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists on Sunday 

David Aaronovitch

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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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Mutiny on the Bounty

Hay Festival 2008, 
John Boyne retells the story of Captain Bligh from the point of view of his 14-year-old cabin boy. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Ben Salfield, Jon Salfield and Simon Stanton

Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the first of two fusion concerts at Hay on Friday 30 May, the world music ensemble play a concert of exciting works that tap into the Middle Eastern heritage of the lute and the driving rhythms of Flamenco. The two virtuosi brothers on lute and guitar are joined by Stanton’s exquisite percussion, creating a spectacular sound palette for this East–West fusion of classical traditions and contemporary improvisation.

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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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Polly Samson and Kate Hamer

Fictions – Truths

Hay Festival 2015, 

Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Samson’s second novel The Kindness explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. The result is an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told. In Hamer’s The Girl in the Red Coat Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. The authors talk to Georgina Godwin.

Polly Samson and Kate Hamer

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Lisa Dwan

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Samuel Beckett

Hay Festival 2017, 

Dwan’s sensational performances of Beckett’s Not I and No’s Knife in London, on Broadway and around the world have perfectly captured the rhythms and beauty of his language.  In this specially commissioned Poetry Hour she introduces and reads his poetry and drama.

Lisa Dwan

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Simon Brooks, Angharad Closs Stephens, Jasmine Donahaye, Daniel G Williams with Michael Sheen

Wales After Brexit

Hay Festival 2018, 

Unlike Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales voted to leave the EU. Is this an indication that the radical distinctiveness of Wales has eroded with the Welsh language or are there distinctive factors underlying the leave vote in Wales? Given the EU’s response to the referendum in Catalonia, was the Welsh Nationalist vision of ‘Wales in Europe’ built on wishful thinking? Is Wales on the verge of a final assimilation into an increasingly nationalist and isolationist England? Or is this far too dramatic a prognosis? What might be the ways ahead for Wales, Britain and Europe? Chaired by Welsh internationalist, actor and activist Michael Sheen.

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Simon Blackburn talks to Rosie Boycott

Cambridge University Series 7

Hay Festival 2014, 

Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love

Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in others. The vain are by turns annoying or absurd, offending us whether they are blissfully oblivious or proudly aware of their behaviour. But are narcissism and vanity really as bad as they seem? Can we avoid them even if we try?

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Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mark Lynas introduces the National Geographic film of his climate change book, predicting advancing deserts, melting glaciers and mass extinctions. Followed by Q&A.

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Simon Jenkins

England’s 100 Best Views

Hay Festival 2014, 

The National Trust chairman presents his rhapsodic celebration of the landscapes and cityscapes of England, informed with his insightful historical, geographical and architectural commentary. Chaired by Justin Albert.

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Debut Directors

Dhaka 2012, 
Celebrated actress and director Nandita Das and producer Catherine Masud discuss their first feature films, Firaaq and Matir Moina. Chaired by Sharbari Zohra Ahmed.

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Albert Mazibuko

SONGLINES SERIES 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
Albert Mazibuko of Ladysmith Black Mambazo talks to Simon Broughton

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Pilar del Río talks to Ezequiel Martínez

Writers’ Legacy: José Saramago and Tomás Eloy Martínez

Segovia 2011, 
Before their deaths in 2010, both José Saramago and Tomás Eloy Martínez laid down the ideological bases for the creation of foundations that now carry their names. Pilar del Río, wife of the Portuguese Nobel laureate, and Margarita Garcia Robayo, have the task of preserving the message and the legacy each of these authors, who maintained an endearing friendship throughout their lives. 

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Tony Parsons talks to SJ Parris

Die Last

Hay Festival 2017, 

The novelist introduces the fourth book in his crime-thriller series featuring DC Max Wolfe of West End Central nick. The third in the series, The Hanging Club is now available in paperback.

Tony Parsons talks to SJ Parris

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Martin Griffiths

Dark Land, Dark Skies

Hay Festival 2018, 

The astronomer subverts conventional astronomical thought by eschewing the classical naming of constellations and investigating Welsh and Celtic naming. Ancient peoples around the world placed their own myths and legends in the heavens, though these have tended to become lost behind the dominant use of classical cultural stories to name stars. In many cases it is a result of a literary culture displacing an oral culture. Griffiths has researched past use of Welsh heroes from the Mabinogion in the naming of constellations and his new book is both an interesting, provocative combination of a new perspective on Welsh mythology and an astronomy guidebook.

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William Cohan

Money and Power

Hay Festival 2011, 
The skinny on Goldman Sachs – heavily embargoed until publication. Hmmm.

Duration 45 minutes.

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Robin Waterfield

Dividing The Spoils

Hay Festival 2013, 

The war for Alexander The Great’s empire among his successors lasted forty brutal, destructive years and also saw an astonishing cultural boom. A new world emerged from the dust and haze of battle – the world of Hellenistic Greece. Hosted by Oliver Balch.

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Philippe Claudel in conversation with Guadalupe Nettel

Cartagena 2011, 
This winner of the 2007 Prix Goncourt, with Brodeck’s Report, is one of the most translated and internationally renowned French authors. In 2008, his debut as film director, Il y a longtemps que de t’aime (I’ve Loved You So Long), was released; it received the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film. He will talk to the Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel. 

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

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Gary Northfield and Alex Milway

Hay Festival 2016, 

Learn about the art of cartooning and comic illustration from two top creators of characterful creatures. Northfield’s Julius Zebra is back with a new mad-cap adventure in Bundle with the Britons and Milway’s adventurous pig and his hamster sidekick return in Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure.

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David Rose and Clive Stafford Smith

American Justice

Hay Festival 2007, 
Stafford Smith (Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons) and Rose (Violation: Justice, Race and Serial Murder in the Deep South; Guantanamo: America's War on Human Rights) explore America's negation of constitutional principle and the rule of law.

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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