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Alan Lee

JRR Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are delighted to launch the next instalment in the ‘three great tales’, which began with The Children Of Hurin, painstakingly pieced together by the author’s son, Christopher. Tolkien began work on the story in early 1917 when he returned from the Somme. Set in Middle Earth, at the heart of the tale is a love story between a mortal man and an immortal elf, seen as the precursor to the Aragorn/Arwen story in the Lord of the Rings. The illustrator Alan Lee has created some iconic Middle-Earth imagery, and worked on the Peter Jackson films, for which he won an Oscar.  

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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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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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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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Colm Tóibín talks to Sarah Churchwell

Nora Webster and On Elizabeth Bishop

Hay Festival 2015, 

Set in 1960s Ireland, Tóibín’s new novel Nora Webster introduces one of the most complex and captivating heroines of contemporary fiction. He discusses the book and his new study On Elizabeth Bishop. He creates a vivid picture of the American poet while also revealing how her work has helped shape his sensibility as a novelist and how her experiences of loss and exile resonate with his own.

Photo: Brigitte Lacombe

Colm Tóibín talks to Sarah Churchwell

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Jim Smith

Barry Loser

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Jim Smith, author and illustrator of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning Barry Loser series, for an hour of very silly fun. Fast becoming a humour classic, the Barry Loser books are packed full of humour, quirky plots and doodles.
6+ years
Jim Smith

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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.

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James Cracknell and Beverley Turner talk to Mark Skipworth

Touching Distance

Hay Festival 2013, 

In October 2011 James Cracknell, two-time Olympic gold-medal rower and one of the greatest endurance athletes the world has ever known, suffered a seizure at home as his young son looked on in horror. A man who had known no limits, a man who had practically achieved the impossible, was now struggling to master life’s simple challenges.

A year earlier, as James undertook yet another endurance challenge in Arizona, he was knocked off his bike by the wing mirror of a petrol tanker. It had smashed into the back of his head at high speed, causing severe frontal lobe damage. The doctors weren’t sure if he would recover and, if he did, whether he would ever be the same again.

Touching Distance is an extraordinary, honest and powerful account as James and his wife Bev confront for the first time the lasting effects that the accident has had on their lives. It is the story of a marriage, of a family and of one man’s fight back to be the best husband and father he can be.

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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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Tom Asbridge

The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land

Hay Festival 2010, 
In the C11th the Pope’s vast Christian army rampaged through the Muslim world seizing Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. The historian balances Jihad and Crusade in his account of the following two centuries’ conflict that still resonates today.
Tom Asbridge

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Jorge Valdano, Óscar Campillo, Santiago Segurola and Eduardo Fernández-Cantelli

Tribute to Alfredo Di Stéfano: The embodiment of everything positive about football

Segovia 2014, 

Alfredo Di Stéfano is one of the few people in footballing history who have embodied so many of the positive aspects of the game – be it as a player, a manager or as a member of various international sports associations and clubs. Sports experts pay tribute to ‘the blonde arrow’ in this event: former football player and coach Jorge Valdano, Óscar Campillo, Director of MARCA, journalist Santiago Segurola and sports marketing expert Eduardo Fernández-Cantelli.

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Simon Thurley, Simon Hodgson, Richard Parry, Simon Murray, Lisa Nandy

Who Owns Britain’s Heritage?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Forests, castles and canals help to define Britain’s historic and living landscapes – but how should they be cared for? Where does the role of the state end and that of charities begin? This discussion looks at the politics and passions behind perhaps the biggest shake up of the UK’s heritage in a generation. Simon Thurley (English Heritage), Simon Hodgson (Forest Enterprise England), Richard Parry (Canal and River Trust), Simon Murray (National Trust) and Lisa Nandy MP discuss with the Festival’s Sustainability Director Andy Fryers.

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Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test

Hay Festival 2011, 
From the cells of Broadmoor to the corridors of power and the world’s top boardrooms, the investigative humorist looks at where true madness lies, and what passes for ‘normal’. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
 
Watch a short video about The Psychopath Test
The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson

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Satish Kumar, Roger Thurow, Esther Mweso and Sally Copley

Can We Really Be The Generation To End World Hunger?

Hay Festival 2013, 

One in eight people in the world still go to bed hungry despite our planet providing enough food for everyone. With the UK hosting the G8 Summit in June, what will they deliver to tackle this scandal? Resurgence & Ecologist editor, Satish Kumar; author and journalist Roger Thurow; Concern Universal's Esther Mweso; and Oxfam’s Head of UK Campaigns (and chair of IF’s Organising Committee) Sally Copley suggest ways forward.

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Martin Rees

The World in 2050

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Astronomer Royal looks to the future and what we don’t yet know.

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Pablo Francisco Arrieta in conversation with David Eagleman

Information Utopia

Cartagena 2011, 
The architect Pablo Arrieta is a master of new technologies. Neuroscientist David Eagleman is a supporter of the digital project Why the Net Matters: How the Internet will Save Civilisation. They bring us up to date with the information industry of today, reflecting on the disappearance of the boundaries between the publishing, digital and media industries.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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David Sedaris chaired by Johann Hari

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Hay Festival 2011, 
An hour with the sardonic wit and satirist, one of America’s finest humorists.
 
Read this piece on David Sedaris in the Guardian
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - David Sedaris

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India Knight talks to Lynn Barber

Comfort and Joy

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘I loved Comfort and Joy, a hilarious, bawdy yet touching portrait of Christmas over three years’ – Jilly Cooper.
Comfort and Joy - India Knight

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Alaa Al Aswany and Amit Chaudhuri talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Story: Perspectives

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Yacoubian Building Al Aswany offers a fresh portrait of Cairo in ten stories collected as Friendly Fire. The Immortals by Chaudhuri tells three musicians stories to explore the relationship between art, money and commerce.

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Julia Peyton-Jones, Roger Scruton, William Packer and Shani Rhys James chaired by Will Gompertz

The Welsh Academy of Art Debate

Hay Festival 2014, 

‘The supreme tragedy is when theory outstrips performance’ – Leonardo da Vinci. Does contemporary art celebrate concept without skill? What is the value of a Fine Art degree? The Welsh Academy of Art presents a debate on the state of contemporary art and art education.

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Antonio Lobo Antunes in conversation with Claudio López Lamadrid

Segovia 2010, 
Antonio Lobo Antunes, one of the most outstanding authors in Portuguese literature and winner of the awards Camões in 2007 and Juan Rulfo in 2008, will talk to his publisher, Claudio López Lamadrid, about his most recent book published in Spanish, Archipiélago del insomnio.

Simultaneous translation from Portuguese to Spanish will be provided.

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Simon Schama & Simon Sebag Montefiore

Two Jews...

Hay Festival 2011, 
The two historians from very different backgrounds reflect on their identities and their experiences of being Jewish.
Citizens - Simon Schama

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Julian Assange

WikiLeaks

Hay Festival 2011, 

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Reza Aslan

No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam

Hay Festival 2006, 
Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values? Aslan believes we are now living in the era of 'the Islamic Reformation'. He examines the roots of this reformation and the future of the Islamic faith.