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Stephen Harris

What Have Plants Ever Done for Us?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Which tree is often used in the treatment of cancer? Which everyday condiment is the most widely traded spice on the planet? Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday lives. From the coffee bush and grass for cattle (which give us milk for our cappuccinos), to the rubber tree that produces tyres for our cars, our lives are inextricably linked to the world of plants. The Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria identifies the plants that have been key to the development of the western world.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Black Swan

Hay Festival 2008, 
A Black Swan is a highly improbable event with three principle characteristic it is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct a explanation that makes it appear less random and more predictable than it was. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Ed Vulliamy

The War is Dead, Long Live the War - Bosnia: the Reckoning

Hay Festival 2012, 
The journalist bears witness to the Serbian death camps he uncovered in 1992 and examines the aftermath of the catastrophic Bosnian war and its terrible human consequences.

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Journalists Read Bolaño: Antonio Lucas, Peio H. Riaño, Fernando R. Lafuente and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Segovia 2013, 

Antonio Lucas is a consummate poet, as well as a columnist of El Mundo; Peio H. Riaño has displayed his professional insight in the most prominent cultural publications in the country; Fernando R. Lafuente, former director of the Instituto Cervantes; and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, with five novels in the bookshops, all declare their passion for Roberto Bolaño —already a legend—, justifying and even criticizing it.

 

Co-organised and produced by AC/E (Acción Cultural Española)

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Jan Kizilhan talks to Philippe Sands

It’s Happened Before

Hay Festival 2017, 

Kizilhan is a psychologist who persuaded the state of Baden-Württemberg to spend €95m to rescue back to Germany 1,100 Yazidi women between the ages of 55 and eight, who had been enslaved, repeatedly raped, and tortured by IS in Iraq. He tells the stories of his patients and their desire for truth and justice in the face of genocide.

We recommend reading this article about Jan Kizilhan by Philippe Sands - https://www.ft.com/content/2ce55dee-01c7-11e6-ac98-3c15a1aa2e62

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Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ece Temelkuran talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: The Journey

Hay Festival 2017, 

Nguyen’s The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of 20 years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love and family. Temelkuran’s Women who Blow on Knots about three women on a road trip from Tunisia to Lebanon has become a controversial classic of Turkish literature.

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ece Temelkuran talk to Daniel Hahn

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Dragon Gold and Flying Bedrooms

Hay Festival 2014, 

Celebrated illustrator and writer Shoo Rayner, whose drawing tips are a big hit on YouTube, and prize-winning author Heather Dyer, introduce their new books, Dragon Gold and The Flying Bedroom, at a stories-and-pictures event to celebrate the launch of brand new children’s publisher Firefly Press.

6+ years

Dragon Gold and Flying Bedrooms

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Green Dragons Den Final 4 - Sustainable Community Futures

Hay Festival 2012, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books, with a chance to win £10,000 for their project.
 
Supported by the Welsh Government

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Michael Wright

Je t’aime à la Folie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The bucolic French provincial life is twisted with an improbable transatlantic love affair.
 
More about the La Folie adventure

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Fergal Keane

Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love

Hay Festival 2018, 

After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has gone home to Ireland to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is about Irish people who found themselves caught up in the revolution that followed the 1916 Rising, in the pitiless violence of civil war in north Kerry after the British left in 1922, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present. It is the story of Keane’s grandmother Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, and how they and their neighbours took up guns to fight the British Empire and create an independent Ireland. It is the story of another Irishman, too, Tobias O’Sullivan, who fought against them as a policeman because he believed it was his duty to uphold the law of his country. He talks to Peter Florence.

Fergal Keane

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Rituparno Ghosh talks to Boris Izaguirre, followed by the screening of the film ‘Nouka Dubi’

Segovia 2011, 
Rituparno Ghosh, Indian film director and author, winner of eight National Film Awards in India and various international awards in film festivals, and Boris Izaguirre, presenter, scriptwriter and writer, will talk about the genre themes in Indian film and society and present the film Nouka Dubi (based on a novel by Tagore), that will be screened immediately thereafter.
 
Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea al español.
 
‘Nouka Dubi’ (2010, 144 min, Bengali), by Rituparno Ghosh
First film made on Tagore on the 150th anniversary of his birth. The story begins with a boating accident during a stormy night that changes the life of the four protagonists whose relationships change into something altogether different from their initial expectations in the social framework of the period.

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Tinga Tinga Tales - Screening

Hay Festival 2012, 
Discover Why Elephant Has A Trunk as we bring the much-loved animated African folk tales to the big screen. Then trot off to our Make and Take tent for your very own Tinga Tinga-inspired crafts.
 
Duration 30 mins.  3+ years.

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Ingo Schulze, David Safier, Andrés Neuman, Martín Solares, Sergio Ramírez, Guadalupe Nettel and many others

Favourite Book Gala

Cartagena 2011, 
Ingo Schulze, David Safier, Andrés Neuman, Martín Solares, Sergio Ramírez, Guadalupe Nettel, Jorge Franco, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Julio César Londoño, Tomás González, Michelle Paver, David Trueba, Fernando Quiroz and Tommy Wieringa

Some of our guests tell us about the book that has had greatest impact on them as readers. Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Alan Moore and Jen Goss

Beauty in Utility

Hay Festival 2016, 

Discovering a new craft or skill, and doing it well, can give untold satisfaction. Two speakers on two very different topics are connected by a desire to drive positive change in everyday life. Join designer Alan Moore, author of Do Design: Why beauty is key to everything and local caterer/smallholder Jen Goss, co-author of Do Preserve: Make your own jams, chutneys, pickles and cordials, as they urge you to consider beauty and function in everything you produce. Introduced by Andy Fryers.

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James May’s Magnificent Machines

Hay Festival 2008, 
Top Gear star James May and Phil Dolling examine the tipping points— when technologies such as the car or the internet became unstoppable—and get up close to the nuts and bolts of remarkable inventions.

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Jody Williams talks to Francine Stock

A Vermont Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

The dynamic and inspiring activist, advocate and hero won the Nobel Peace Prize for her International Campaign To Ban Landmines. She describes her life and work in My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path To The Nobel Peace Prize.

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Taboos

Dhaka 2012, 
Writer Audity Falguni, actress and director Nandita Das, poet Arundhati Subramanium, and playwright Sharbari Zohra Ahmed discuss taboos, erotica and writing the unspeakable. Chaired by Firdous Azim.

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Olivia Laing

To The River: A Journey Beneath The Surface

Hay Festival 2011, 
To The River is the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One midsummer week, over sixty years later, Olivia Laing walked Woolf’s river from source to sea. The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape – and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love.

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Miranda July and Marina Lewycka chaired by Ariane Koek

Hay Festival 2007, 
The screenwriter, July, launches her debut collection of stories Nobody Belongs Here More Than You. Lewycka discusses her comic jewel Two Caravans set amongst an international brigade of Kent strawberry pickers. They talk to the Arvon Foundation Director.

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Richard Thaler talks to Bronwen Maddox

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics

Hay Festival 2016, 

From the renowned and entertaining behavioural economist and co-author of the seminal work Nudge, Misbehaving is an irreverent and enlightening look into human foibles. Traditional economics assumes that rational forces shape everything. Behavioural economics knows better. Thaler has spent his career studying the notion that humans are central to the economy - and that we’re error-prone individuals, not Spock-like automatons. Now behavioural economics is hugely influential, changing the way we think about not just money, but also about ourselves, our world and all kinds of everyday decisions.

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Germaine Greer

The Sidney Nolan Centenary

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the great Australian artist who settled at The Rodd in Kington. Nolan exhibited at our very first Festival 30 years ago.

Image: Sidney Nolan, Moon Garden, 1977, oil on canvas, ©Sidney Nolan Trust

For further information about the public opening of Sidney Nolan’s studio and the exhibition of his paintings, please visit sidneynolantrust.org

Germaine Greer

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Peter Mandelson talks to Anthony Howard

Can New Labour Deliver?

Hay Festival 1996, 
What does Tony Blair's New Labour stand for? Who better to ask than the party's "spin guru" and MP for Hartlepool? And who better to interrogate him than the great journalist and editor of The Crossman Diaries and author of The Making of the Prime Minister? Dai Smith is the biographer of Aneurin Bevan.

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Patrick McCabe, Glenn Patterson, Hanan Al-Shaykh

The Crack

Hay Festival 1995, 
Two leaders of Ireland's astonishing literary renaissance read and discuss their work with the Lebanese novelist Hanan Al-Shaykh, author of Beirut Blues. The Dead School is the new novel from Patrick McCabe, the award-winning author of the The Butcher Boy. Patterson is the author of Burning Your Own, Fat Lad and now Black Night At Big Thunder Mountain.

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Edward and Robert Skidelsky

How Much Is Enough?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Arguing from the premise that economics is a moral science, the Skidelskys trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to Keynes and the present, and show how our lives over the past half century have strayed from that ideal.

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Raymond Tallis

The Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

Tallis is inspired by EM Forster’s thought that ‘Death destroys a man but the idea of it saves him’. He looks back on his world from the standpoint of his future corpse. He reflects on the senses that opened up his late world, the elements they reveal, the distances, divisions and intimacies of space, the multifarious activities that occupied his days; his possessions, his utterances, his relationship to others, the extinguished flame that was his self, his journey towards the end, and his afterlife either side of the grave.

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