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Laura Bates talks to Bryony Gordon

Girl Up

Hay Festival 2016, 

“They told you you need to be thin and beautiful. They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels. They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but not to be too tarty. They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the boys, but you should know your place. They told you that’s not for girls – take it as a compliment – don’t rock the boat – that’ll go straight to your hips. They told you beauty is on the inside, but you knew they didn’t really mean it. Well I’m here to tell you something different…” Hilarious, jaunty and bold, the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project exposes the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, the false representations in media, the complexities of sex and relationships, the trials of social media and all the other lies they told us.

Laura Bates talks to Bryony Gordon

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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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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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Rabih Alameddine y Rawi Hage en conversación con Mathias Enard

Alhambra 2009, 
Rabih Alameddine y Rawi Hage comparten origen (Líbano) y una proyección internacional como autores que combinan con otras actividades. Conversarán con el escritor Mathias Enard, autor de Zona, acerca de su obra, de la experiencia de escribir en varios idiomas y vivir en países diversos. Rabih Alameddine es artista plástico además de escritor, ha recibido una beca Guggenheim, ha sido profesor en MIT y la Universidad Americana de Beirut y tiene publicadas dos obras en España, Yo, La divina y El contador de historias. Rawi Hage trabaja como artista visual y fotográfo, ha colaborado con varias publicaciones internacionales y, con su primera novela, De Niro’s Game, ganó el prestigioso premio IMPAC en 2008; su segunda novela es Cockroach.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Shappi Khorsandi talks to Francine Stock

A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English

Hay Festival 2010, 
The comedian’s Iranian childhood in pre-revolutionary Tehran and post-emigration London.
Shappi Khorsandi talks to Francine Stock

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Gillian Clarke introduces Mererid Hopwood, T James Jones, Emyr Lewis

Cynghanedd

Hay Festival 2010, 
The National Poet of Wales hosts this introduction to the beauty and classical discipline of Welsh poetry with three winners of the Bardic Chair for the greatest work of the year. In English.
Gillian Clarke introduces Mererid Hopwood, T James Jones, Emyr Lewis

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Secret Mathematicians

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author of The Number Mysteries examines how the mathematicians' palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has inspired composers, painters, choreographers and writers.
The Number Mysteries - Marcus du Sautoy

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William McIlvanney talks to Irvine Welsh

Tartan Noir

Hay Festival 2013, 

An interview with the razor king of Scottish crime fiction as his modern classic Laidlaw books are republished by Canongate.

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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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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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Monty Don

The Road To Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey

Hay Festival 2013, 

From historical gardens like Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte to the kitchen gardens of the Michelin chef Alain Passard. There are grand potagers, like Villandry and La Prieure D’Orsan, and allotments and back gardens spotted on the way.

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Simon Singh & Edzard Ernst

Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial

Hay Festival 2008, 
The science writer and the world’s first Professor of Complementary Medicine analyse which therapies work and why. Rigorous, clear and surprising.

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Richard Holloway talks to AC Grayling

Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The former Bishop of Edinburgh examines how anyone can claim a complete understanding of the mystery of existence; Why is the Church, which claims to be the instrument of God’s love, so prone to cruelty and condemnation? And how can a man live with the tension between public faith and private doubt

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Seamus Heaney

Hay Festival 2006, 
The poet reads and discusses his new collection District and Circle. In conversation with Peter Florence.

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Rubén Blades in conversation with Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2011, 
This great star of Latin music is also an activist, a composer, actor and a lawyer; to all of this, we can add his experience as Panama’s Minister of Tourism for five years. Rubén Blades, the inventor of “intellectual salsa”, so-called because of its socially involved lyrics, never rests; he has just finished his Todos Vuelven tour, he has been filming a movie in Mexico and has recently won his ninth Latin Grammy. He talks to Roberto Pombo about musical innovation, social commitment and about how he combines music with his other projects.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English available

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Adama Bah, Angus Davison and Richard Harvey hosted by Marcus Brigstocke

Time to reconsider: Is there a better way of doing business in Africa?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ledbury organic fruit producer Haygrove and the Hereford-based international development charity Concern Universal have created a superb model for African Trade with their pioneering ‘Gambia is Good’ project, supporting 1,000 subsistence farmers across the country, supplying nearly half of the tourist market.

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Melvyn Bragg

The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible, 1611–2011

Hay Festival 2011, 
This became the Bible of wars, of politics, of struggles for democracy and freedoms. It defined attitudes to modern science, education and sex.The Book of Books - Melvyn Bragg

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Christopher Andrew

Cambridge Series: MI5

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 examines the Secret Services and the Cambridge connection...
Christopher Andrew

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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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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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Atiq Rahimi en conversación con Joumana Haddad

Alhambra 2009, 
El escritor afgano residente en Francia, premio Goncourt 2008 por su novela La piedra de la paciencia, hablará con Joumana Haddad, poeta,
traductora y periodista libanesa, redactora jefe de las páginas culturales del prestigioso periódico libanés An Nahar.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del francés al español

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Harriett Gilbert hosts Margaret Busby, Bernardine Evaristo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, David Howell and the winners

Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Hay Festival 2012, 
We are delighted to host for the first time the announcement of the winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize and the Short Story Prize. The judges will be talking about the process and the winning writers will be in conversation with Harriett Gilbert. The multiple prize winning Nigerian author and the Minister of State for the Commonwealth will present the awards.
 
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Toni Morrison talks to Peter Florence

Fictions – Beloved

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist discusses her classic 1987 novel of slavery and racism in America. Also see events 235 and 260

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Will Anderson and Sunand Prasad talk to Alok Jha

Designing Sustainable Homes and Buildings

Hay Festival 2010, 
Is it possible to build homes and workplaces that are environmentally sound, affordable and a pleasure to live and work in? The former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Senior Partner of Penoyre & Prasad LLP, and the author of Homes for a Changing Climate are in conversation with Alok Jha of the Guardian.

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Jonathan Coe and Catherine O’Flynn

The Penguin Readers VIP Breakfast Club – PREVIEW

Hay Festival 2013, 

Come and meet two star novelists reading from their new novels Expo 58 and Mr Lynch’s Holiday months before they are published. Hear about them before the reviewers do!