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Ella McPherson

Cambridge Series 4: Digital Fakery and its Consequences

Hay Festival 2018, 

Drawing on her research about human rights reporting in the digital age, the Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge argues that digital fakery’s consequences for democracy arise not because we are duped, but because of what we do to not be duped. Chaired by Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship.

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Hugo Mercier

The Enigma of Reason: A New Theory of Human Understanding

Hay Festival 2017, 

Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. But if reason is so useful, why didn’t it also evolve in other animals? If it is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Mercier’s provocative and brilliant suggestion is that reason helps us justify our beliefs and actions to others, convince them through argument and evaluate the justifications and arguments that they address to us.

Hugo Mercier

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The Jazz Baroness

Hay Festival 2008, 
Film-maker Hannah Rothschild tells the extraordinary story of her eccentric great aunt Pannonica Rothschild, who became famous as the Baroness of the Bebop jazz revolution, and patron to Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.

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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.

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William Perry talks to Nik Gowing

The 2016 Joseph Rotblat Lecture: My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

Hay Festival 2016, 

Perry was Bill Clinton’s Defence Secretary and has worked on security throughout his career. He explains the development of his thinking on weaponry and security as he journeys from the Cuban Missile Crisis to crafting a defence strategy in the Carter Administration to offset the Soviets’ numeric superiority in conventional forces, presiding over the dismantling of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons in the Clinton Administration, and his creation in 2007 (with George Shultz, Sam Nunn and Henry Kissinger) of the Nuclear Security Project to articulate “a vision of a world free from nuclear weapons and to lay out the urgent steps needed to reduce nuclear dangers”.

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Gitta Sereny talks to Anthony Clare

Hay Festival 1998, 
The journalist and writer whose books include the award-winning portrait of Albert Speer and Into That Darkness - the conversations with the commandant of the Treblinka camp - discusses morality and the humanity with the psychiatrist Anthony Clare. The subject of Sereny's new book Cries Unheard is under embargo untill 11th May.

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DISCUSIONES I Alejandro Echeverri y Elisabeth Vollert en conversación con Daniela Zyman y Boris Ondreicka

Cartagena 2013, 
DISCUSIONES está coorganizado por Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), que apoya principalmente manifestaciones artísticas que cuestionan los discursos hegemónicos en relación a prácticas artísticas y que operan a nivel internacional. DISCUSIONES I une a comisarios, pensadores y activistas para investigar y exprimentar de manera crítica con nociones de identidad nacional y representación, específicamente en relación a las producciones artísticas contemporáneas de Colombia y sus liaisons dangereuses con los conceptos de naturaleza (como territorio, recurso e imaginario), cultura (y su narrativa vía la tradición oral, el arte, el cine y sus traducciones) y el activismo. DISCUSIONES I se acerca al arte y a la arquitectura como herramientas para el cambio social. Con Elisabeth Vollert (comisario y artista de La Otra, Bogotá), Alejandro Echeverri (arquitecto y urbanista, Medellín), Daniela Zyman (ccomisaria jefe de TBA21, Viena) y Boris Ondreicka (comisario invitado de TBA21, Viena).

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Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas

Hay Festival 2017, 

The depiction of the Viking world in the Old Norse-Icelandic sagas goes far beyond historical facts. What emerges from these tales is a mixture of realism and fantasy, quasi-historical adventures and exotic wonder-tales that rocket far beyond the horizon of reality. On the crackling brown pages of saga manuscripts, trolls, dragons and outlandish tribes jostle for position with explorers, traders and kings.

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

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Paul Cartledge

Herodotus 2500

Hay Festival 2017, 

The classicist celebrates the spectacular anniversary of the birth of the ‘father of history’. Herodotus was a great, infinitely curious investigator and a digressive storyteller, whose Histories are the source of so much of what we know of the ancient world. Cartledge is AG Leventis Professor Emeritus of Greek Culture at Cambridge. His many books include The Greeks; Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed The World; After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars; The Spartans.

Paul Cartledge

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Muthoni Garland and Joan Kabugu

Meet The Authors

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Join Muthoni Garland (Matatu from Watamu) and Clifford Oluoch (Boom Boom Bus) talk about the inspiration behind their stories, and share secrets about the writing process.

6–9 years with parents

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Heather Hurley, Nigel Baker, Chris Pullin

The Story of Hereford

Hay Festival 2016, 

Three contributors to the new Logaston anthology charting the history of the Cathedral City recover stories from its past. Heather Hurley recounts the boatbuilding industry and the Wye river trade; archaeologist Nigel Baker introduces new discoveries about the Saxon period; Chris Pullin talks about Hereford as a C12th centre of learning with links to the Arab world. Chaired by Nicola Goodwin of BBC Hereford and Worcester.

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Carmen Posadas talks to Marta Robles

Segovia 2011, 
Carmen Posadas will talk to the journalist Marta Robles about her latest novel, Invitación a un asesinato. Social satire, ever present in Posadas work, becomes a hilarious tribute to the great writers of mystery novels when the victim herself invites her murderers.
 
An interpreter for sign language will be available.

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The Edge of Love

Hay Festival 2008, 
Director John Maybury talks to Francine Stock about his new Dylan Thomas film, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Rhys and Siena Miller, and previews clips.

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Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts

Hay Festival 2015, 
Eight books into the bestselling, award-winning, ‘laugh-out-loud’ World of Norm series, life is still totally unfair for poor old Norm! Come and meet Norm’s creator, Jonathan Meres. Hear him say stuff. Ask him anything you like. He might even sing. May contain nuts.
9+ years
Jonathan Meres

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Heather Dune Macadam

Rena’s Promise

Hay Festival 2015, 

Sent to Auschwitz on the first Jewish transport, Rena Kornreich survived the Nazi death camps for over three years. While there she was reunited with her sister Danka. Each day became a struggle to fulfill the promise Rena made to her mother when the family was forced to split apart – a promise to take care of her sister. New research informs this event, based on the original transport list that Macadam found in the archives of Yad Vashem with all 998 names of the first women in Auschwitz on it — 297 of whom were teenagers. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

Heather Dune Macadam

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Mark Stevenson talks to Andy Fryers

We Do Things Differently

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our systems are failing. Old models for education, healthcare, government, food production and energy supply are no longer fit for purpose. As the world’s population heads towards eight billion, it’s clear that we need new approaches. Futurist Mark Stevenson sets out across four continents to find them. From Brazilian favelas to high- tech Boston, and from rural India to a shed inventor in England’s home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future.

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Alain de Botton

The Architecture of Happiness

Hay Festival 2006, 
From the humble terraced house to some of the world’s most renowned buildings, the writer and thinker considers how our private homes and public edifices influence how we feel; and how we could learn to build in ways that would increase our chances of happiness.

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Two Giants

Dhaka 2012, 
Fakrul Alam, Rafiqul Islam and Sitakant Mahapatra discuss the two iconic figures of Bangla literature, Rabidranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Accompanied by vocalists Audity Mohsin and Khairul Anam Shakil. Chaired by Anisuzzaman.

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Eleanor Updale & Geraldine McCaughrean

The Last Minute & The Last Performance

Hay Festival 2013, 

Updale writes about the last minute of life for hundreds of people, and McCaughrean about a seaside theatre’s very last performance. Find out what is so absorbing about the end of things.

11+ years

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John Guy

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years

Hay Festival 2016, 

History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power. But the reality, especially during her later years, was not as simple. In 1583 Elizabeth is 50 and beyond childbearing age, but her greatest challenges are still to come: the Spanish Armada; the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; and relentless plotting among her courtiers. The pre-eminent Tudor historian presents a gripping and vivid portrait of Elizabeth’s life and times –often told in her own words (“You know I am no morning woman”) and reveals a monarch who is fallible, increasingly insecure and struggling to lead Britain. The London theatre, however, was thriving.

John Guy

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Fred Pearce

Confessions of an Eco Sinner

Hay Festival 2008, 
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner From Kenyan bean-fields to Bangaldeshi sweatshops, and from rainforest to desert, Fred Pearce travels to find where my stuff comes from.

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Colin Jones talks to Hannah Rothschild

Smile Revolution

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jones mixes cultural investigation, art appreciation and dental history in an ingenious and wonderfully entertaining account of how we only learned to really smile in Revolutionary France. Colin Jones is Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London. He talks to Rothschild, winner of the Wodehouse Prize and chair of the National Gallery.

Colin Jones talks to Hannah Rothschild

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Simon Jenkins

England’s Cathedrals

Hay Festival 2017, 

Cathedrals are custodians of culture and of the rituals of civic life. They offer welfare and relieve suffering. They uplift spirits with their beauty. In a real sense they are still what they were when first built a millennium ago, a glimpse of the sublime. Illustrated lecture.

Simon Jenkins

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Judith Kerr talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fifty years of The Tiger who Came to Tea

Hay Festival 2018, 

The 94-year-old author's creation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The writer discusses its enduring appeal and her long career as a writer and illustrator with the broadcaster, musician and novelist.

6-Adult

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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.