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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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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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Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

Fictions – The Illuminations

Hay Festival 2015, 

How much do we keep from the people we love? Why is the truth so often buried in secrets? Can we learn from the past or must we forget it? O’Hagan’s fifth novel is a beautiful, deeply charged story about love and memory, about modern war and the complications of fact.

Photo: Tricia Malley Ross Gillespie

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

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It’s The Sun What Won It

Hay Festival 2008, 
Designer and campaigner Katharine Hamnett hosts this informal debate about alternative energy sources with Paul Brown discussing the latest nuclear options, and FoE boss Tony Juniper on the latest developments with CSP— concentrating solar power.

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Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

The Sorrows of Mexico

Hay Festival 2017, 

Veering between carnival and apocalypse, Mexico has in the past ten years become the epicentre of the international drug trade. The so-called war on drugs has been a brutal and chaotic failure: more than 160,000 lives have been lost. The drug cartels and the forces of law and order are often in collusion; corruption is everywhere. Life is cheap, and inconvenient people – the poor, the unlucky, the honest or the inquisitive – become the ‘disappeared’, leaving not a trace behind. In September 2015, more than 26,798 were officially registered as ‘not located’. Yet people in all walks of life have refused to give up. Hernandez gives a chilling account of the ‘disappearance'” of 43 students. Cacho describes what it’s like to live every day as a journalist under threat of death.

Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

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Archie Miles

The British Oak

Hay Festival 2014, 

The British oak is the iconic tree of Britain and its people. The specialist tree writer and photographer explores the environmental, cultural and economic aspects of oak, and reveals remarkable images and anecdotes of our greatest trees past and present.

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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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Simone Cuff

Could Viruses Be Good For You? - Cardiff University Series 1

Hay Festival 2017, 

We all know that ’flu is bad for you. And Ebola. And Zika.  Why on earth are there so many viruses that cause such terrible diseases? And what does current research teach us about the fascinating rabbit-hole that is the world of virology?

Simone Cuff

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Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Transport Futures

Hay Festival 2017, 

Spowers is the Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple, whose goal is simple – to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport. Spowers, Clancy and their team have created Rasa, a super-efficient, hydrogen-powered car. They are joined by Will Vaughan, CEO of Hereford Pedicabs and Cargo, who provide financially and environmentally sustainable services by bike – including parcel delivery, trade waste recycling, inner city advertising and pedicab hire.

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

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Charles Leadbeater

WE-THINK: The power of mass creativity

Hay Festival 2007, 
The rise of YouTube, Linux, MySpace and Wikipedia defines a new society in which participation will be the key organising idea. Join us for a last chance to shape Leadbeater’s groundbreaking investigation before publication. Chaired by Ariane Koek, Director of the Arvon Foundation.

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Angeles Caso talks to Ana Gavin

Budapest 2012, 
The Spanish novelist (Contra el Viento), journalist and biographer of Empress Elisabeth talks about art and life, fiction and reality.
 
With the collaboration of Instituto Cervantes and Fundacion Lara Spanish with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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David Hart, Gavin Selerie and Glenn Storhaug

Five Seasons Press Poetry

Hay Festival 2007, 
A multi-media session with film, poetry readings and conversation, celebrating the design and art of the exquisitely produced Five Seasons Press publications.

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Trevor Fishlock

In This Place

Hay Festival 2007, 
A celebration of the remarkable survival and triumph of the National Library of Wales, as it celebrates its centenary.

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Andy Fryers, Kate Flood, Jon O'Sullivan, Brian Donovan and Dan Courtney

The Eirgrid Debate

Kells 2014, 
What’s been happening in the environmental world during festival week? We pick through the best and worst, sort the bizarre from the banal and generally sift the global media. Our panel of festival guests discuss with Hay Festival's Sustainability Director, Andy Fryers.

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Matthew Stevens, Louise Miskell and Sam Blaxland talk with Martin Johnes

Welsh Legends…Or Are They Myths?

Hay Festival 2017, 

The panel questions three of the big legends in Wales. They start with the image of medieval Wales as a nation conquered by England and then briefly set free by Owain Glyndwr. Stevens argues that the Welsh were a people rather than a single nation and that Glyndwr was no national redeemer. The second legend is modern Wales as a land made by coal. Miskell looks at how Welsh industry was far more diverse than this in the late 19th century. The third legend is the idea of Wales as a victim of Conservative oppression. Blaxland shows how the Tories have always enjoyed a strong base of Welsh support and argues that they were key architects of the devolved Welsh state.

Matthew Stevens, Louise Miskell and Sam Blaxland talk with Martin Johnes

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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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Azar Gat

War in Human Civilisation

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Professor of National Security asks: why do people go to war? Is it rooted in human nature or is it a late cultural invention? How does war relate to the other fundamental developments in the history of human civilization?

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Thomas Steinbeck talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author talks about his Nobel Prize-winning father and his own new short story collection Down to a Sunless Sea.

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The Perfect Coole Swan Afternoon Tea

Kells 2014, 

You may thank Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, for the revolution that is ‘afternoon tea’ – back in the early nineteenth century she complained of feeling peckish, so the solution was a pot of tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.

Join Coole Swan and chef Shane Smith to explore some traditional and not-so-traditional Afternoon Tea treats. Presented by John Healy from RTÉ's The Restaurant.

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Tiffany Jenkins

Keeping Their Marbles

Hay Festival 2016, 

The fabulous collections housed in the world’s most famous museums are trophies from an imperial age. Now the countries from which these treasures came would like them back. The Greek demand for the return of the Elgin Marbles is the tip of an iceberg that includes claims for the Benin Bronzes from Nigeria, sculpture from Turkey, scrolls and porcelain taken from the Chinese Summer Palace, textiles from Peru, the bust of Nefertiti, Native American sacred objects and Aboriginal human remains. Jenkins investigates why repatriation claims have soared in recent decades and shows that sending artefacts back will not achieve the desired social change nor repair the wounds of history. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Tiffany Jenkins

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Michael Chabon and Anthony Swofford

Chaired by Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2007, 
Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union is a gumshoe thriller set in (alternative history) Yiddish reservation in Alaska; Swofford follows his memoir Jarhead with a debut novel that seeks lost love and identity in Japan, Exit A. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Tom Maschler talks to Francine Stock

John Lennon: In His Own Write

Hay Festival 2014, 

On 4 June 2014 in New York the legendary Cape publisher auctions the drawings given to him by John Lennon when they were published 50 years ago. He shows the Beatle’s artwork and tells the story of their collaboration.

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William Nicholson

Fictions – The Lovers of Amherst

Hay Festival 2015, 

William Nicholson’s new novel, The Lovers of Amherst, interweaves the stories of a young, contemporary researcher into the life and work of the reclusive American poet, Emily Dickinson, with that of the poet’s milieu during a turbulent period in the 1880s. The story from the past revolves around an illicit love affair conducted by Emily Dickinson’s married brother, in which the poet colluded. The theme stems from William Nicholson’s long-standing fascination with Emily Dickinson’s work as well as his interest in the wellsprings and consequences of erotic passion. Nicholson’s plays include Shadowlands and Life Story. He co-wrote the script for the film Gladiator and he has scripted Les Misérables and Mandela. Emily Dickinson’s poetry will be read by actress Lisa Dwan.

William Nicholson

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Nick Broomfield en conversación con Peter Florence

Segovia 2008, 
El director de cine Nick Broomfield, ganador de la Concha de Plata a la Mejor Dirección con La Batalla de Hadiza en el 2007, ha dirigido varios largometrajes y documentales, entre los cuales se encuentran Ghosts (2006) y Quién mató a Kurt Cobain (1998). Tras estudiar cine en el National Film and Television School, Broomfield se ha dedicado a la elaboración de películas y documentales definidos por una extensa labor de documentación y el intento de ofrecer una visión múltiple sobre los hechos narrados. Conversará con Peter Florence, Director del Festival.
Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Enrique Vila-Matas en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Xalapa 2012, 
Valeria Luiselli, escritora y crítica literaria, conversa con el escritor español Enrique Vila-Matas, autor de más de una veintena de títulos traducidos a casi treinta idiomas y creador de un particular y refinado estilo literario admirado internacionalmente. El último trabajo del autor es Aire de Dylan.