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Colin Mayer

Firm Commitment

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Professor of Management Studies at the SaïdBusinessSchool at the University of Oxford offers a lucid and revelatory analysis of Why The Corporation Is Failing Us And How To Restore Trust In It.

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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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Victor Dixen, Jenny Valentine, Ene Sepp and Janis Jonevs

International Writing for YA readers

Hay Festival 2018, 

Are themes of childhood and adolescence universal? How are they represented in fiction? Join a panel of YA writers from France, Zimbabwe, Estonia, Latvia and the UK as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of writing children’s and YA novels in their countries. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

14+

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Rolf Strom-Olsen talks to Georg von Habsburg, chaired by Revel Guest

Budapest 2012, 
A conversation about business, humanitarianism and world affairs with the distinguished statesmen and scholars.
 
Sponsored by IE university with the collaboration of CEU - English

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Helen Pankhurst

Deeds Not Words

Hay Festival 2018, 

To mark the centenary of women in Britain first getting the vote, the women’s rights campaigner and great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst charts how women’s lives have changed over the past century and offers a powerful and positive argument for the way forward.

Helen Pankhurst

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Chris Parry talks to Guto Harri

Down South

Hay Festival 2012, 
Fascinating and deeply alarming, Down South: A Falklands War Diary is an intimate story of heroism, extreme weather and chaos.

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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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Robert Coover and DBC Pierre talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions: The High Stylists

Hay Festival 2011, 
Coover’s Briar Rose & Spanking the Maid form a pair of ground-breaking, darkly playful novellas. Booker-winner Pierre’s Lights Out In Wonderland pushes a global odyssey to extremes.
 

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Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Laura Bates, Nikesh Shukla

The Index Platform: What’s Offensive?

Hay Festival 2016, 

What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer? Rachael Jolley is the editor of Index. David Aaronovitch writes for The Times. Laura Bates is Founder of the Everyday Sexism project. Nikesh Shukla is a novelist and editor of The Good Immigrant anthology to be published in September.

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Tony Parsons talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Murder Bag

Hay Festival 2014, 

The bestselling novelist launches his new crime series. Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter’s Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Cometh Detective Max Wolfe…

Tony Parsons talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Young Stalin

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian investigates the development of the charismatic cobbler’s son, who was hailed as a poet, trained as a priest, and became a consummate politician and murderous psychopath.

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Jason RC Nurse

Social Media: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Hay Festival 2016, 

The impact of social media on society today is undeniable - sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin have millions and even billions of users.  Nurse, an academic at Oxford's Department of Computer Science, considers the positive uses of social-media information, while also explaining the various security and privacy risks associated with having a digital footprint.  Shedding light on what social media is, as well as how it works, he will show how to understand what you are telling the world when you join in with social media, and how to recognise good information from bad, as a reader.

13+
Jason RC Nurse

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Rob Eastaway

Maths, Magic and Mystery

Hay Festival 2015, 
Rob Eastaway returns with more engaging ways to make maths more fun at home in this lively, interactive session. Entertaining and enlightening for everyone.
7+ years
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Rory Stewart

The Marches

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writer and politician  recounts his final journey with his 90-year-old father along the border between Scotland and England. They relive Scottish dances, reflect on Burmese honey-bears, and on the loss of human presence in the British landscape. On mountain ridges and in housing estates they uncover a forgotten country crushed between England and Scotland: the Middleland. They discover unsettling modern lives, lodged in an ancient land. Their odyssey develops into a history of nationhood, an anatomy of the landscape, a chronicle of contemporary Britain and an exuberant encounter between a father and a son. 

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Raoul Martinez talks to William Sieghart

Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future

Hay Festival 2017, 

Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society - myths about free will, free markets, free media and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the consent-manufacturing influence of concentrated wealth and power, this far-reaching manifesto lifts the veil on the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives.

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Timothy Brook talks to Jerry Brotton

Mr Selden’s Map of China

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of Vermeer’s Hat discusses his picaresque adventure to decode an ancient map: a journey through Chinese science and folklore, the globalized spice trade, the tides of international exchange, and the disputes of the South China Sea.

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Terry Eagleton

The Meaning of Life?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Prof ranges across literature and philosophy, and comes up with some answers of his own.

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James May’s Magnificent Machines

Hay Festival 2008, 
Top Gear star James May and Phil Dolling examine the tipping points— when technologies such as the car or the internet became unstoppable—and get up close to the nuts and bolts of remarkable inventions.

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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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Mabel van Oranje talks to Helena Kennedy

Lessons in Creating Big Change

Hay Festival 2016, 

Initiator of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage Mabel van Oranje reflects on lessons learned from two decades of fighting for human rights and development, what it means to make the impossible possible and how to create coalitions for lasting social change. Mabel has co-founded numerous peace foundations and is a member of the Dutch royal family.

Mabel van Oranje talks to Helena Kennedy

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The Etherington Brothers

The Greatest Comic-Making Show on Earth!

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Robin and Lorenzo for the most amazing show you’ll ever see. You’ll laugh. You’ll laugh again. Then you’ll laugh some more! And in between the chuckles the Etherington Brothers will take you on a roller coaster journey through the mystical arts of storytelling and character creation, showing you how to explore the power of your imagination. Don’t miss this high-octane show packed full of belly laughs and surprises.
6+ years
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Rowan Hooper

Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability

Hay Festival 2018, 

Why can some people achieve greatness when others can't, no matter how hard they try? What are the secrets of long life and happiness? The New Scientist Managing Editor takes us on a tour of the peaks of human achievement. Drawing on interviews with a wide range of superhumans as well as those who study them, Hooper assesses the science of peak potential, reviewing the role of genetics alongside the famed 10,000 hours of practice.

Rowan Hooper

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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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Olivia Laing

To The River: A Journey Beneath The Surface

Hay Festival 2011, 
To The River is the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One midsummer week, over sixty years later, Olivia Laing walked Woolf’s river from source to sea. The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape – and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love.

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Green Dragons’ Den: The Final 3

Home and Hearth

Hay Festival 2011, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books, and win a chance of £10,000 for their project.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
There will be a collection for the Festival’s Greenprint charity.