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James Marriott, Rob Hopkins, Juliet Davenport, Andrew Simms

nef series 1: Should we leave the oil in the ground?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Fossil fuel companies ride high in the stock markets, but is oil more of a liability than an asset? The latest science on CO2 emissions tells us we can’t afford to burn much of what is still underground, meaning the business world starts to look very different. Discover the idea set to shake the City of London and potentially create the single biggest boost to the green economy. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Carlos Fuentes in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Santiago Gamboa

Cartagena 2012, 
Cervantes Prize winner and honorary member of the Mexican Academy of the Language, Carlos Fuentes is a major figure in Latin American fiction. The Colombian writers Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Santiago Gamboa will interview the author. 

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Julián Ríos en conversación con Juan Ángel Juristo

Alhambra 2009, 
Carlos Fuentes define a Julián Ríos como “el autor más inventivo y creativo de la lengua castellana”; autor de la célebre Larva y otras noches de Babel, en el 2008 publicó Cortejo de sombras y la colección de ensayos Quijote e hijos. Puente de alma es su novela más reciente. En conversación con el crítico Juan Ángel Juristo.

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Eric Hobsbawm

Intellectuals and the Spanish Civil War

Segovia 2006, 
Please note: The introduction to this lecture is in Spanish. The rest of the lecture is delivered in English.

Eric Hobsbawm, the great British historian discusses the international mobilisation of intellectuals in favour of the Republic during the Civil War. Eric Hobsbawm is Emeritus Professor of Social and Economic History at Birkbeck College in the University of London. Amongst his numerous books are The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914–1991 (1995), the series made up by The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789–1848 (1997), The Age of Capital 1848–1875 (1998) and The Age of Empire 1875–1914 (1998), as well as his more recent The New Century (2000) and Bandits (2001).
Eric Hobsbawm

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Laura Bates talks to Anita Anand

Everyday Sexism: The Project That Inspired a Worldwide Movement

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 2012 after being sexually harassed on London public transport a young journalist started to collect stories for a piece she was writing on the issue. Astounded by the response she received and the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, she quickly realised that the situation was far worse than she’d initially thought. Sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. And enough is enough. Welcome to the fourth wave of feminism.

Laura Bates talks to Anita Anand

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Joanne Harris talks to Paul Blezard

Peaches for Monsieur le Curé

Hay Festival 2012, 
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village where, eight years ago, she opened a chocolate shop.

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Yanis Varoufakis talks to Kate Raworth

Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment

Hay Festival 2017, 

As Greek finance minister, Varoufakis confronted the EU head-on over debt. He tells a tale of brinkmanship, hypocrisy, collusion and betrayal, and he issues an urgent call to renew European democracy.

Yanis Varoufakis talks to Kate Raworth

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Philip Pullman, Marina Warner and Jack Zipes

Tales of Wonder, Magic, Resistance and Hope

Hay Festival 2018, 

"Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of humanity through metaphor."

This is one of many challenging and thought-provoking observations made over a long career by Jack Zipes, one of the most eminent scholars of folklore, fairy tales and children’s literature, whose 80th birthday was celebrated last year. It identifies not only one of the key characteristics of ‘wonder tales’ but also proposes a much wider audience and more important function for such tales than is often recognised.

Joining Jack to discuss the past, present and future of the ‘wonder tale’ is Philip Pullman, one of the foremost writers of speculative fiction and author of Clockwork, the His Dark Materials trilogy, La Belle Sauvage and Daemon Voices; and Marina Warner, novelist, short story writer, mythographer, scholar and author of Stranger Magic, Fly Away Home, Once Upon A Time and Forms of Enchantment. Chaired by Hamish Fyfe.

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Ralph Fiennes talks to Francine Stock

Coriolanus

Hay Festival 2011, 
The actor and director discusses and previews clips from his modern war-zone film of Shakespeare’s play.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Commonwealth Lecture - To Instruct and Delight - a Case For Realist Literature

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus and The Thing Around Your Neck examines fiction as a catalyst for social and political change. Chaired by Emily Perkins.
 

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PJ O’Rourke talks to David Aaronovitch

The Annual Hamlin Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again)

The American satirist rips up the generation that said with a straight face, ‘We are the world’. What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? Ask the generation responsible for the fall of the Berlin Wall and their knickers. Those who put their faith in the Kyoto Accord and disco. Who dropped out of the capitalist system and popped back again in time to cause a global financial crisis.

PJ O’Rourke talks to David Aaronovitch

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Menna Elfyn with D.J. Britton, Fflur Dafydd, Francesca Rhydderch, Ifor Thomas, Peter Finch, M Wynn Thomas, Daniel G Williams and Jon Gower

For Nigel Jenkins, 1949–2014

Hay Festival 2014, 

A reading of work written by and for the poet Nigel Jenkins who died in January this year. You can hear his beautiful evocation of the Gower coast in the Festival audio archive.

FREE BUT TICKETED

Menna Elfyn with D.J. Britton, Fflur Dafydd, Francesca Rhydderch, Ifor Thomas, Peter Finch, M Wynn Thomas, Daniel G Williams and Jon Gower

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Michael Morpurgo & Jamila Gavin

Free

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join two of the UKs leading children's writers to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and celebrate what it means to be free.  An inspiring, essential event for readers young and old. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

9 years–adult

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Liz Tunbridge, Alexandra Brand, Lucie Green and Ana Cavalcanti

The Royal Society Platform

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Next Big Things

From solar science to fungi sensing, four Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their research in cutting edge science. Chaired by Lucy Carpenter.

* To book student tickets please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.

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Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope

War Horse: A Musical Reading

Hay Festival 2011, 
A live storytelling of this modern classic, with music and songs from the National Theatre production.
 
7+ years & families
 
Michael regrets that due to an injury he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring along your camera and get a photo with him.
War Horse - Michael Morpurgo

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Charlie Higson talks to Mark Kermode

The Enemy

Hay Festival 2010, 
Meet the author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond, as he shares his love for all things horror in his new heart-stopping zombie-thriller series.
 
10+ years

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Alyxandra Harvey & Marcus Sedgwick

Afterlives

Hay Festival 2011, 
The pages of Haunting Violet and White Crow seep with atmosphere; their writers reveal how they weave secrets and mystery into their gothic dramas. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas.  
 
12+ years

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Camila Batmanghelidjh talks to Helena Kennedy

Hay Festival 2010, 
The pioneering founder of The Place To Be and Kids Company talks about her work with marginalised children and her latest project - The Queen of Teen short story anthology.

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Ravi Gurumurthy, Mark Lynas and Catherine Mitchell

The Future of Energy Series - Technological Breakthrough or Lifestyle Change?

Hay Festival 2012, 
There has been much talk about the potential for new technologies to revolutionise our energy use and production. Is there a panacea or are we facing major lifestyle changes to cope with our energy consumption? DECC’s Strategy Director Ravi Gurumurthy will be joined by author and climate change advisor Mark Lynas and Exeter Universities Professor of Energy Policy Catherine Mitchell. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Christopher Dobson and Mary Dobson

Cambridge University Series 4

Hay Festival 2014, 

Alzheimer’s and Other Plagues

Plagues have changed history, stopped armies in their tracks and altered the fate of nations. Mary and Christopher Dobson outline the impact of plagues on human history and reflect on related challenges that will be faced by future generations. Their talk ranges from the plagues of antiquity and the medieval period to the recent pandemic of HIV/AIDS and includes discussion of the increasingly prevalent afflictions of ageing and affluent societies, including dementia and diabetes.

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Richard Benyon MP, Peter Duncan, Andy Hickman and Guests

Greenprint Forum: Fighting for a Sensible Fish Future

Hay Festival 2011, 

With half of all the fish caught in the North Sea thrown back dead, parasites in farmed fish and raising ocean temperatures all causing problems, what is the future for fish? Fisheries minister Richard Benyon joins Peter Duncan of the Marine Conservation Society, Andy Hickman, fisheries campaigner for the Environmental Justice Foundation and other guests. Chaired by Geoffrey Lean.

 
The Greenprint Forum
Greenprint is the Festival’s sustainability project. The Greenprint Forum forms part of the programme of managing and mitigating our environmental impact and has been running for five years. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.
 
To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office.

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Jo Brand talks to Peter Florence

Look Back in Hunger

Hay Festival 2010, 
The comedian and psychiatric nurse discusses her memoir.
Jo Brand talks to Peter Florence

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Paul Kingsnorth and Mark Rylance

The Wake

Hay Festival 2014, 

The actor takes an evening off from filming Wolf Hall to read from Kingsnorth’s extraordinary ‘shadow tongue’ novel. Set in the three years after the Norman invasion of 1066, The Wake tells the story of a fractured band of guerilla fighters who take up arms against the invaders.

Paul Kingsnorth and Mark Rylance

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Max Hastings, Peter Oborne, Simon Schama, Val McDermid, Kate Williams and Emily Perkins talk to Jon Gower

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 4

Hay Festival 2012, 
The panelists discuss two more of the questions from the Festival's big silver jubilee project.
 
Are you happy? -- If yes, why? If not, is there something you can do about it?
What piece of writing has most changed your heart and mind?

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Will Self talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The British Council Series 1: Fictions – Experiment

Hay Festival 2013, 

The super-verbal and brilliantly inventive journalist and author discusses his Booker-shortlisted novel Umbrella, films of his work and the possibilities of digital form.