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Clara Sánchez in conversation with Antonio San José

Segovia 2014, 

The winner of the 2013 Planeta Prize recreates in her novel El cielo ha vuelto something that underlies all her work: reality and personal relations, where the characters are taken to the limit, and where the people closest to us can hurt us most.

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Paul Collier

Bottom Billion

Hay Festival 2007, 
Why the world’s 50 poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it.

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Matthew d’Ancona and Edward Luce

On the Brink: A Dialogue

Hay Festival 2017, 

In d’Ancona’s book Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back he examines how the art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy and the world as we know it. Brexit, Trump, the rejection of climate change science, and the vilification of immigrants have all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts. In The Retreat of Western Liberalism Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society’s economic losers, and complacency about our system’s durability. Our faith in history teaches us to take democracy for granted. Reality tells us something troublingly different.

Matthew d’Ancona and Edward Luce

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Suzanne O’Sullivan

Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of Neurology

Hay Festival 2018, 

The eminent neurologist examines the stories of people whose symptoms are so strange that even their doctor struggles to know how to treat them. A man who sees cartoon characters running across the room; a teenager who one day arrives home with inexplicably torn clothes; a girl whose world turns all Alice in Wonderland; another who transforms into a ragdoll whenever she even thinks about moving. The brain is the most complex structure in the universe and neurologists must puzzle out life-changing diagnoses from the tiniest of clues – it’s the ultimate in medical detective work. O’Sullivan’s book about psychosomatic illness, It’s All in Your Head, won both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Royal Society of Biology Book Prize. She talks to Rosie Boycott.

Suzanne O’Sullivan

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Becoming A Writer

Dhaka 2012, 
In anticipation of the Commonwealth Short Story competition deadline on 6 December, Philip Hensher, Kaiser Haq, Mohammed Hanif and Lucy Hannah give advice to aspiring writers.

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Louise Welsh and Sophie Hannah talk to Marcel Berlins

Fictions – Crimes

Hay Festival 2014, 

A pandemic called ‘The Sweats’ is sweeping the globe. London is a city in crisis. Hospitals begin to fill with the dead and dying, but Stevie Flint is convinced that the sudden death of her boyfriend Dr Simon Sharkey was not from natural causes. Welsh introduces A Lovely Way To Burn, the first outbreak in her Plague Times trilogy. Hannah reveals The Telling Error, the latest in her Culver Valley Crime series of novels.

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Dr Auma Obama

Sports for Social Change

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Auma discusses the role of sports as a vital vehicle to gain leadership and confidence skills that can help youth drive social change in their communities. She is CARE USA’s Sports for Social Change Initiative Technical Advisor, and sits on the board of Women Win, which promotes gender equality through sports. Her brother is President of the United States of America.


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Tim Spector

The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat

Hay Festival 2016, 
Drawing on the latest cutting-edge science, Spector explores the hidden world of the microbiome, and demystifies the common misconceptions about nutrition. Only by understanding what makes our microbes tick and interact with our bodies can we take steps to improve our health by increasing the diversity of microbe species living in our guts.
 
Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and Director of the TwinsUK Registry. Since 2014 he has been leading the largest UK's largest open-source science project, British Gut to understand the microbial diversity of the human gut.
 
 
Tim Spector

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John France

The Battle of Hattin 1187-2016

Hay Festival 2016, 

On 4 July 1187 Saladin destroyed the Crusader army of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in a terrible slaughter at the battle of Hattin. He went on to restore the Holy City of Jerusalem to Islamic rule. The carnage at Hattin was the culmination of almost a century of religious wars between Christian and Muslim in the Holy Land. In the C20th the battle was revived as a symbol of Arab hope for liberation from Crusader-Imperialism, and in the C21st it has become a rallying cry for radical Muslim fundamentalists in their struggle for the soul of Islam. Chaired by Peter Florence.

John France

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David Dimbleby

How We Built Britain

Hay Festival 2007, 
The broadcaster gives an illustrated talk about the nation’s architecture, from the palaces to the out-of-town shopping malls.

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Andrew Miller and Suzanne Joinson talk to Jon Gower

Segovia 2012, 
Award-winning British author Andrew Miller (Ingenious Pain, Oxygen, Pure) and novel writer Suzanne Joinson (A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar) talk about historical fiction, a genre that is extraordinarily popular in both literary and audio-visual formats. Chaired by Welsh journalist, producer and writer Jon Gower.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. Co-organized with the British Council.

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Sondos Shabayek in conversation with Samir Elbahaie

The revolution will be streamed

Beirut 2012, 
Internet-based communications are now a crucial source of information for citizens living in countries where press is censored and conflict is rife. news agencies across the globe, The new York Times, Le Monde and Al-Jazeera all rely on blog updates and twitter feeds to stay up to date in places where official information is controlled. The social media phenomenon is particularly relevant in the Middle east at the moment; Sondos Shabayek, a blogger from egypt, tell us about the importance of new media in communications. Chaired by Samir Elbahaie, Regional Policy & Foreign Affairs Manager for Google.
 
Event in Arabic
With the support of Google

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John Boyne talks to Gaby Wood

Fictions – A History of Loneliness

Hay Festival 2015, 

Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends. Forty years later, Odran’s devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people’s faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks. When a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and to recognise his own complicity in their propagation.

John Boyne talks to Gaby Wood

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David Foenkinos en conversación con Guadalupe Nettel

Cartagena 2014, 
David Foenkinos es un escritor y guionista francés cuya novela, La delicadeza, ha sido galardona con diez premios internacionales, entre los que destacan el premio de los lectores del Télégramme, el premio An Avel o el 7ème Art. La novela fue finalista de otros grandes premios como el Goncourt, el Fémina o el Médicis y el propio autor la adaptó al cine en una película protagonizada por Audrey Tautou y François Damiens. Conversará con Guadalupe Nettel sobre su último libro, Estoy mucho mejor. Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Francia

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Dieter Helm talks to Horatio Clare

Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet

Hay Festival 2015, 

The trailblazing economist, author of The Carbon Crunch, shows the commonly held view that environmental protection poses obstacles to economic progress to be false. He explains why the environment must be at the very core of economic planning. He presents the first real attempt to calibrate, measure and value ‘natural capital’ from an economic perspective and goes on to outline a stable new framework for sustainable growth.

Dieter Helm talks to Horatio Clare

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Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Cambridge Series: The start of life – how far should science go?

Hay Festival 2017, 

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz is a Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology. Her passion lies in understanding how cells decide their fate for the very first time and how embryos build their architecture. This passion allowed her and her team to reveal the remarkable self-organising properties of human embryos, pioneering the way for future studies of human and mouse embryogenesis. She created a technique that almost doubles the time scientists can culture human embryos in the lab so they can study the beginnings of human life. It raises ethical issues about research on embryos and when an embryo becomes a human. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

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Anne Enright

Fictions – The Green Road

Kells 2015, 

Anne Enright escaped from a career in television to become one of Ireland’s national literary treasures. She won the Man Booker Prize in 2007 for her fourth novel The Gathering. The newly-appointed Irish Fiction Laureate will discuss and read from her latest novel The Green Road.

Photo by Hugh Chaloner

Anne Enright

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The Bookseller YA Prize

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join a stellar line-up of some of this year’s shortlisted authors for The Bookseller YA Prize as they are put under the spotlight by the judges before the winner is finally revealed.  And celebrate with them afterwards! This year’s frontrunners are Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Downham, Frances Hardinge, Catherine Johnson, Patrick Ness, Louise O’Neill, Mel Salisbury, William Sutcliffe and Lisa Williamson.

12+

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Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Hay Festival 2015, 
Hop along to this charming interactive puppet show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. See Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and help him on his journey, and meet the mischievous rabbit in person!
3+ years
Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

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Tom Hart Dyke con Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2014, 
Tom Hart Dyke es un horticultor y experto en plantas británico. En el año 2000 fue secuestrado por la guerrilla mientras recolectaba orquídeas junto con un compañero en la región del Darién y pasó nueve meses en cautiverio. Fue el día que le dijeron que le iban a matar que imaginó “un jardín del mundo de las plantas” para el castillo de sus ancestros en Kent. Desde entonces, ha viajado recolectando plantas y trabajado en ese jardín. Ha realizado una serie para la BBC2 en la que muestra el jardín, que cuenta ya con más de 8000 especies, y ha publicado libros como An Englishman’s Home y The Cloud Garden. Estará en conversación con Rosie Boycott.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and guest

The Early Edition

Hay Festival 2015, 

The home team satirists read the Sunday papers.

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and guest

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Simon Armitage

Pearl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Armitage’s acclaimed version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight confirmed his reputation as a leading poetry translator. This new work is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love. The narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved, Pearl. Retaining all the alliterative music of the original, a Medieval English poem thought to be by the same anonymous author responsible for Gawain, Pearl is here brought to vivid and intricate life.

Simon Armitage

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Pen Vogler

Dinner With Mr Darcy

Hay Festival 2014, 

Food is an important theme in Jane Austen’s novels: it is used as a commodity for showing off, as a way of showing kindliness among neighbours, as part of the dynamics of family life, and – of course – for comic effect. Dinner With Mr Darcy takes authentic recipes from the period, inspired by the food that features in Austen’s novels and letters, and adapts them for contemporary cooks.

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Ewan Fernie, Simon Palfrey and Tom de Freston

A reading of Macbeth, Macbeth - University of Birmingham Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Macbeth, Macbeth is by Fernie and Palfrey, with stunning original pictures by de Freston.  The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams of national revival, smaller lives are seeding. In the ruins of Dunsinane, the Porter tries to keep his three young boys safe from the nightmare of history. In a nunnery deep in Birnam Wood, a girl attempts to forget what she lost in war. Flitting between them, a tortured clairvoyant shakes with the knowledge of what’s to come. An unprecedented collaboration between two leading Shakespeareans, Macbeth, Macbeth sparks a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare’s darkest play.

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Tinga Tinga Tales - Screening

Hay Festival 2012, 
Discover Why Elephant Has A Trunk as we bring the much-loved animated African folk tales to the big screen. Then trot off to our Make and Take tent for your very own Tinga Tinga-inspired crafts.
 
Duration 30 mins.   3+ years.