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Jon Lee Anderson, Robin Yassin-Kassab and Åsne Sierstad in conversation with Benedict Brogan

From war to words

Beirut 2012, 
Journalists face the challenge of witnessing conflict and violence and having to transform often harrowing first-hand experience into suitable journalism. How do you put war into words? Jon Lee Anderson is a writer for The New Yorker who has worked extensively in conflict zones across the world. He is also the author of Che, a Revolutionary Life, a biography of Che Guevara, and The Fall of Baghdad. Robin Yassin-Kassab is co-editor of and a regular contributor to PULSE Media, recently listed by Le Monde diplomatique as one of its top five websites, and the author of The Road from Damascus. Åsne Seierstad is a norwegian freelance journalist and writer, best known for her accounts of everyday life in war zones: Kabul after 2001, Baghdad in 2003 and the ruined Grozny in 2007. She is the author of the international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul. Chaired by Benedict Brogan, Deputy Editor of The Daily Telegraph.
 
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With the support of the British Council and NORLA

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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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Melvyn Bragg

Fiction: Now is the Time

Hay Festival 2016, 

A fictional recreation of the biggest rebellion in English history, the Peasants’ Revolt of May 1381. The plague had returned, the king’s coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax had been introduced but was widely evaded. A large force of common people entered London demanding freedom, equality and the uprooting of Church and State.

Melvyn Bragg

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Ross Welford and Christopher Edge

Science and Wonder

Hay Festival 2016, 

The brilliant Ross and Christopher explore the wonder of science as a way to explain some of the mysteries of the world in their books, Time Travelling with a Hamster and The Many Worlds of Albie Bright.

8+

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Alex Lifschutz, Siôn Hamilton and Philip Jones

The Bookshop is Back: Foyles and the Resurgence of British Bookselling

Hay Festival 2016, 

The designer Alex Lifschutz and Foyles Trading Director Siôn Hamilton will tell the inside story of a plan hatched in the book trade’s darkest hour to reimagine the iconic London bookshop on Charing Cross Road. Siôn and Alex opened their doors to the publishing industry, holding a series of workshops that provided the insight to inspire an innovative shop design that has caught the imagination of book lovers across the world. Chaired by the editor of The Bookseller.

Alex Lifschutz, Siôn Hamilton and Philip Jones

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StoryBoard and Young Film Academy

Eureka Movie Project

Hay Festival 2012, 
Following last year’s fabulous launch at Hay Fever, the ground-breaking collaboration: a major motion picture, made for kids by kids is back. Let loose your wildest ideas for the big screen, and the Eureka moment could be yours.
 
Duration 75 mins.   9+ years

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Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Beirut 2013, 

Hanif Kureishi, CBE, is an English playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker, novelist and short story writer. In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of ‘50 greatest British writers since 1945’. The themes of his work have touched on topics of race, nationalism, immigration and sexuality. He is the author of many celebrated books such as The Buddha Of Suburbia, the script of the film My Beautiful Laundrette and his recent novel Something To Tell You. He talks to Rosie Boycott.

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Green Dragons’ Den 3

Hay on Earth 3

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from today’s Hay on Earth sustainability workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Green Dragons’ Den 3

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Landmarc 100 Workshops

Data, Data Everywhere But Not A Byte In Sight: Workshop 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Laura Dockrill

Darcy Burdock

Hay Festival 2013, 

Voted one of the top ten literary talents by The Times, this uniquely gifted young artist who ‘writes, draws and talks’ is here to perform and read from her first book for young readers.

9+ years

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Catherine Barnard

Cambridge Series: Me, You and the EU

Hay Festival 2017, 

The EU legal expert, Professor Catherine Barnard, explains the complexity of the Brexit negotiations and how they might work.

Catherine Barnard

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Wangari Maathai talks to Rosie Boycott

The Hamlin Lecture: Unbowed

Hay Festival 2007, 
The heroic and inspiring Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of the African development Green Belt Movement talks about her life and work. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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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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Salman Rushdie and Tishani Doshi

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist discusses contemporary American culture, so presciently imagined in his latest novel The Golden House, freedom of speech, language, literature, love and death. Few writers have such a keen sense of human absurdity, and such a spectacular gift for telling its stories.

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Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Firehoses to Fashion – Elvis & Kresse

Hay Festival 2017, 

Elvis & Kresse was founded after co-owner Kresse Wesling fell in love with a fire hose. When she found out that the London Fire Brigade threw tons of damaged fire hoses into landfill, she knew there must be a use for them. From bags and belts, purses to phone covers, the business now creates lifestyle accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless waste. It has seen phenomenal growth, saving tonnes of waste from landfill and opening outlets in ten countries.

Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

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Germaine Greer

The Uses of Poetry

Hay Festival 2003, 
The celebrated teacher and Shakespearean communicates her passion for great poetry with her customary provocative and inspirational brilliance. Greer has edited two collections of poetry by women, Kissing the Rod and 101 Poems. She runs her own press, Stump Cross Books, which has published editions of work by Katherine Philips, Anne Wharton and other neglected poets.

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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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John Banville talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker winner discusses his story of obsessive young love and the power of grief, Ancient Light, and previews clips from the forthcoming film of The Sea.

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Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow

Action Dogs

Hay Festival 2012, 
When killer cats are clawing for world domination it’s time to unleash man’s best friend. Join this dastardly duo to discover all about killer kitty Katmanchew and the brave Action Dogs with gadgets galore to hand (or paw).
 
8+ years

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Joanne Harris talks to Laura Powell

Different Class

Hay Festival 2016, 

Harris’ new novel tells the story of a veteran Latin teacher in a Yorkshire Grammar school, facing all the changes of modern education and the disruption of reconnecting with a former pupil from his past. Chaired by Laura Powell, Features Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph and author of The Unforgotten.

Joanne Harris talks to Laura Powell

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Robert Scourfield

The Pevsner Buildings of Wales – Powys

Hay Festival 2014, 

Detailing all the buildings of significance in the historic counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire, this final volume of the Pevsner Buildings of Wales series details hill forts, ruined castles, medieval churches, manor houses and industrial buildings. The co-author talks to Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.

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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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Sergio Quezada, Rebecca Kristeleit and Tim Elliott

Could the Body’s Natural Defence Systems Hold the Key to Beating Cancer? CRUK Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Immunotherapy is now the hottest topic in cancer research and could revolutionise the way the disease is treated in the future. Our internationally renowned panel discuss the vast potential of the immune system. Quezada is Professor of Immune Regulation and Tumour Immunotherapy at UCL. Kristeleit is Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Medical Oncologist at UCLH. Elliott is Professor of Experimental Medicine at the University of Southampton. In conversation with Sarah Knapton.

Sergio Quezada, Rebecca Kristeleit and Tim Elliott

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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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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?