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Lavinia Greenlaw

Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland

Hay Festival 2017, 

Morris’ intimate journals unconsciously explore questions of travel, noting his reaction to the idea of leaving or arriving, to hurry and delay, what it means to dread a place you’ve never been to or to encounter the actuality of a long-held vision. Poet Lavinia Greenlaw draws out these questions as she follows in the footprints of Morris’ prose, responding to its surfaces and undercurrents, extending its horizons. The result is a new and composite work, which brilliantly explores our conflicted reasons for not staying at home. Chaired by William Sieghart.

Lavinia Greenlaw

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Kiss Noémi, Tóth Krisztina and Bán Zsófia talk to Péter Gerocs

Budapest 2012, 
Discussion about Literature and The Visual.
 
Hungarian with simultaneous translation into English

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Dragomán György talks to Kollár Árpád

Budapest 2012, 
The award-winning translator and novelist discusses his works A pusztítás könyve (The Book of Destruction) and A fehér király (The White King).
 
Hungarian with simultaneous translation into English

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Tibor Fischer talks to Friedrich Judit

Budapest 2012, 
The novelist discusses his work from Under The Frog and The Thought Gang to Good to be God and the two short stories Crushed Mexican Spiders.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Helon Habila and Ngugi Thiong'o

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
Habila’s Measuring Time is the story of twin brothers from a Nigerian village dealing with famine, religious zealotry and appalling violence. The great Kenyan exile Ngugi discusses his comic masterpiece Wizard of the Crow. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Ruth Rendell talks to Stephanie Merritt

Hay Festival 2007, 
The great psychological thriller and crime writer discusses her work.

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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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Brenda Maddox

Freud's Wizard: The Enigma of Ernest Jones

Hay Festival 2007, 
The amazing tale of the brilliant and sexually voracious Welsh psychoanalyst who rescued Sigmund from Vienna in 1938.

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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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Peter Mandler

Cambridge Series 6: Does Education Cause Social Mobility? If not, What Does?

Hay Festival 2016, 

It’s common sense that the best stimulus to social mobility is education. But the facts of the past 50 years – a period of unprecedented social mobility – suggest that people may be just as mobile however much or little education they have.  So what does cause social mobility, if not education?  And what, if anything, can governments do to promote it?

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Roddy Doyle

Kells 2015, 

The dearly treasured Booker Prize-winning novelist, screenwriter and dramatist discusses his work. His books include The Barrytown Trilogy, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Oh Play That Thing, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors and Two Pints. He also co-wrote Roy Keane’s memoir The Second Half. His stage adaptation of The Commitments is now running on the West End in London. In the television series Father Ted, the character Father Dougal Maguire’s unusual sudden use of (mild) profanities is blamed on his having 'been reading those Roddy Doyle books again.' Roddy talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

Roddy Doyle

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Arnand Tucker, David Nicholls and Blake Morrison

Preview: And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Director Tucker introduces clips from his forthcoming film and discusses the adaptation with the screenwriter and the poet/journalist on whose memoir the movie is based.

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Tim Birkhead

Bird Sense

Hay Festival 2012, 
What is it like to be a swift, flying at over 100km an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings?
 

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Jung Chang talks to John Kampfner

Budapest 2012, 
The author of and biographer of Mao discusses her work and the changes China has seen in the decades since she wrote the global bestseller Wild Swans.
Introduced by Markos Kounalakis (CEU) In association with Google

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Narir Lekha, Narir Dekha

Dhaka 2012, 
Four contemporary Bangla novelists discuss their work. With Selina Hossain, Umme Muslima, Masuda Bhatti and Anwara Syed Haq. Chaired by Shahnaz Munni.

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Jay Griffiths

Imagine the World

Hay Festival 2015, 

Griffiths will be the International Hay Festival Fellow for the next 12 months, visiting all our festivals around the world. Her visionary and poetic work explores her interest in nature, anthropology and art. Her books include Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape, Wild: An Elemental Journey, Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, and her fictionalised hymn to Frida Kahlo, A Love Letter to a Stray Moon. She talks to Peter Florence.

Jay Griffiths

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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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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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John Mullan, Nell Leyshon, Marcus du Sautoy and Ben Okri

Talking About Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about Shakespeare’s greatest plays and roles, his fondness for prime numbers and his stagecraft. The UCL English Prof is joined by the first woman to write a play for the main stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Oxford Maths professor and the Booker-winning novelist and poet.

 

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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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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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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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Raymond Tallis

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Fiction International

Hay Festival 2008, 
Isabel Fonseca’s debut novel Attachment examines marriage and desire; Julie Myerson’s Out of Breath is a deeply unsettling fairytale about runaway children; Katie Hickman’s The Aviary Gate is a tale of intrigue set in C16th Constantinople. They talk to Stephanie Merritt.

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Stuart Franklin

The Documentary Impulse

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Magnum photographer took one of the most powerful photographs of the twentieth century - the “tank man” in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989. From his insightful position as a photographer, Franklin explores why we are driven to visually document our experiences and the world around us. He focuses on photography but traces this universal need through art, literature and science. Looking at photojournalism, war photography and work recording our culture, Franklin identifies some of its driving impulses: curiosity, outrage, reform and ritual; the search for evidence, for beauty, for therapy; and the immortalisation of memory. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Peter Lacy talks to Andy Fryers

Waste to Wealth  – The Circular Economy Advantage

Hay Festival 2016, 

Waste to Wealth proves that ‘green’ and ‘growth’ need not be contradictions and shows a new way for companies to compete with new markets, products and services that drive sustainable outcomes. The Global Managing Director of Strategy & Sustainability at Accenture examines five new business models that decouple harmful use or use of scarce natural resources from growth - looking at the latest innovation & technology disruption in areas like circular supply chains, recovery and recycling, product life extension, sharing economy and moving from products to services - before setting out what business leaders need to do to implement the models successfully. Already an Amazon best-seller & published in English, Mandarin, German, French, Italian & Korean in its first six months, the book includes more than 120 practical case studies anyone can learn from and apply, which Peter will share & debate.

Peter Lacy talks to Andy Fryers