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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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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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Salman Rushdie talks to Peter Florence

The British Council Series - 3

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist discusses his fictions from Midnight’s Children to The Enchantress of Florence. The event will be webcast live to British Council offices around the world.
 

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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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James Shapiro talks to Jerry Brotton

Talking About Shakespeare: 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Samuel Johnson Prize-winning author of 1599 offers an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare’s most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. 1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, is a fraught one for England. Plague returns. There is surprising resistance to the new king’s desire to turn England and Scotland into a united Britain. And fear and uncertainty sweep the land and expose deep divisions in the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot.

James Shapiro talks to Jerry Brotton

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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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Niall Ferguson

Down With Junk History: A Campaign for Real History in Schools

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Ascent of Money, Empire, Colossus and the forthcoming Warburg biography High Financier argues for a revolution in teaching.
Niall Ferguson

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Peter Oborne, Clive Woodward, Clare Balding, Kate Humble and Brian Moore talk to Sarah Crompton

The Telegraph Question Time

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join The Telegraph’s panel of experts to debate politics, sport, culture, the environment and, of course, the Olympics. Our all-star team is ready to tackle your questions about the burning issues of the day.
 

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Henning Mankell talks to Sarah Crompton

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Swedish theatre director, AIDS campaigner and creator of Wallander discusses his work and his experiences a year ago on the Flotilla to Gaza with The Telegraph Arts Editor.
The Troubled Man - Henning Mankell

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Christopher Hitchens talks to Colin MacCabe

Hay Festival 2000, 
The iconoclastic journalist talks about the end of political correctness and ranges around sexual politics. Hitchens is the author of the savage and brilliant portrait of Bill Clinton, No-one Left to Lie to and the radical The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice. He is a feature writer for Vanity Fair and Washington correspondent of the London Evening Standard. Having recently appeared on the fly leaf of The Mating Season, as introducer, alongside the name of the author, PG Wodehouse, he may die happy. He talks to Colin MacCabe.

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Alastair Campbell talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2010, 
We launch the journalist and political strategist's unexpurgated diaries – Prelude to Power – covering 1994 to 1997, from the death of John Smith to Tony Blair's arrival in Downing Street. This is the no-holds-barred version...
Alastair Campbell talks to Francine Stock

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Nick Robinson

The Inside Story

Hay Festival 2013, 

The BBC star political editor and author of Live From Downing Street focuses on Churchill, Thatcher and Blair in his examination of the fraught relationship between the media and the politicians. Neither feral nor beastly, but a subtle historian and a killer mimic. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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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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Jeremy Bowen

Our Man in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2017, 

The BBC’s Middle East Editor returns home to bring the news from Mosul, Gaza and Jerusalem. His 25-part series for Radio 4 about the region’s history starts on 15 May. He combines first-hand accounts from the front line with analysis of the politics, economics and societies he’s reported on since he first arrived in the Gulf in 1990. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Jeremy Bowen

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Richard Eyre

Shakespeare 450 – The Hollow Crown

Hay Festival 2014, 

The theatre and film director discusses his film versions of Shakespeare’s History plays, and their role both in Shakespeare’s canon and in our understanding of Britain’s identity.

Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 235

Richard Eyre

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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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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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Robert Lindsay talks to Fiona Lindsay (no relation)

Other People

Hay Festival 2013, 

The actor discusses the influences that have shaped his craft from sitcom to Broadway, from Citizen Smith to My Family to Me And My Girl, and from Alan Bleasdale’s GHB to Shakespeare’s Richard III.

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Wayne Smith

The Drove Roads Of The Middle Marches

Hay Festival 2013, 

The historian follows the trail of Welsh drovers down through the centuries as they moved cattle and sheep to the ever-expanding markets of England. And he offers a detailed walks guide for those keen to discern their own drove roads.

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Luis García Montero in conversation with Miguel Ríos

Segovia 2014, 

Luis García Montero, winner of the 2003 National Critics’ Prize for La intimidad de la serpiente, presents his latest novel Alguien dice tu nombre, and talks to rock-star Miguel Ríos.

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David Horspool, David Blakeley, Damien Lewis and Paul Conroy

War Stories: Reports From The Front Line Of Modern Military History Writing

Hay Festival 2013, 

The TLS history editor chairs this elite unit of award-winning war reporters and authors of new books – Zero Six Bravo, Maverick One and Under The Wire. In an age of mobile-phone footage, embedded journalists and instant disinformations, the values of deep research, personal experience and intelligent analysis are more essential than ever to lend authority and understanding to writing about war.

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Menna Elfyn and Fflur Dafydd

Murmur

Hay Festival 2013, 

The internationally renowned and ‘exhilaratingly dangerous’ poet teams up with her singer-songwriter daughter Fflur Dafydd in a memorable evening of poetry and song to celebrate her new bilingual collection.






See more at www.fflurdafydd.com/  and    www.mennaelfyn.co.uk/

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Renos Papadopoulos and Zdenka Fantlova talk to Fiona Hamilton

The Lapidus Conversation: How We Present And Represent Public Tragedies

Hay Festival 2013, 

The psychologist looks at trauma in relation specifically to refugees in conflict zones. As consultant to the UN he has worked with refugees and other survivors of political violence in many countries. Fantlova is a Holocaust survivor and author of The Tin Ring: How I Cheated Death. Hamilton is Chair of Lapidus UK.

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Roger Hiorns, Phoebe Unwin, Mick Peter

The British Art Show Prelude

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three of Britain’s most exciting emerging artists, the Turner Prize-nominated artist, the painter and the sculptor use Northrop Frye’s model of seasons/genre to explore some issues in contemporary British art. Chaired by Tom Morton and Lisa Lefeuvre, Curators of British Art Show 7.

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Helen Skelton, Sarah Hunter, John Dunford, Reg Bailey

Safety and Exploration in a Digital Age

Hay Festival 2011, 
What are the challenges and opportunities for the next generation using the internet? How do we ensure young people are safe, but encourage creative exploration and learning? We have detailed ways of addressing this in physical environments, but how should we deal with this when digital meets physical worlds? This lively panel debate will bring together a range of experts from a range of backgrounds to explore how to encourage responsible uses of the Internet that support creative exploration. Chaired by John Dunford.
 
Speakers
Helen Skelton (BBC, Blue Peter), Sarah Hunter (Google UK), John Dunford (Whole Education), Reg Bailey (The Mothers’ Union), Dan Sutch (Nominet Trust) 
 
Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket