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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 5

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian satirises the day’s papers and media.

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Bella Bathurst

Sound

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. For the next 12 years deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again. Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and – as Bella eventually did – to get it back. What does that teach you about listening and silence, music and noise? She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers; sign language, and what the deaf know about these subjects that the hearing don’t. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed.

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Andy Fryers, Kate Flood, Jon O'Sullivan, Brian Donovan and Dan Courtney

The Eirgrid Debate

Kells 2014, 
What’s been happening in the environmental world during festival week? We pick through the best and worst, sort the bizarre from the banal and generally sift the global media. Our panel of festival guests discuss with Hay Festival's Sustainability Director, Andy Fryers.

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Rüdiger Safranski

El origen del mal

Cartagena 2014, 
Tarde o temprano, con mayor o menor intensidad, y desde una u otra posición, todos acabamos teniendo que afrontar la experiencia del mal en nuestra vida. El filósofo alemán Rüdiger Safranski plantea su charla en torno a dos ejes fundamentales: de dónde surge el mal y por qué. La primera es la pregunta acerca del origen; y tanto en los relatos bíblicos como en las teogonías griegas aparece la sospecha de que el caos, la violencia y la destrucción no sólo son el principio de todas las cosas, sino que siguen ahí, latentes en la civilización. La segunda es la pregunta acerca del porqué del mal, y aquí nos vemos enfrentados al tema de la libertad y al hecho de que el hombre es, como se ha dicho, el “animal no fijado”, el que tiene la posibilidad de elegir. Con el apoyo del Goethe-Institut

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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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Lara Faraway

Fairythorn Tales

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

If you believe in fairies, this is the event for you. Find out more about how to spot a fairy, join in a potion-making session and design and make your own fairy wings.

Duration 45 mins. Places limited.

6+ years

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AL Kennedy and Segun Afolabi

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
Kennedy’s new novel Day is a masterpiece. It’s ‘about’ war and peace, and the human condition. It enriches readers’ lives. Afolabi’s debut novel Goodbye Lucille brilliantly explores the world of European immigrants and outcasts. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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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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Claire Vaye Watkins and John Wray talk to Laura Powell

Fictions: Other Worlds…

Hay Festival 2016, 

Gold Fame Citrus is the debut novel from the winner of the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. In a dystopian, apocalyptic vision, desert sands have laid waste to south-west America and challenge the resilient to survive. The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the C20th. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar ‘Waldy’ Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back. Laura Powell is Features Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph and her debut novel, The Unforgotten, was recently published.

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Julia Hobsbawm

Networking for Shy People

Hay Festival 2014, 

The founder of Editorial Intelligence and Professor of Networking at the Cass Business School conducts an open workshop to help develop this essential business skill. Her latest publication is Fully Connected – A Look Ahead to Working and Networking in 2020.

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Closing

Dhaka 2012, 
Featuring Tagore's dance-drama "Shapmochon", by Pallavi Dance Centre. Followed by closing words by Professor Aniuzzaman, President of Bangla Academy, and Motiur Rahman, editor of Prothom Alo.

Our festival comes to an end with the soulful ballads of esoteric philosopher-poet Lalon Shah, featuring Arif Baul.

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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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Roy Strong and Clive Boursnell

Remaking a Garden: The Laskett Transformed

Hay Festival 2014, 

The great formal garden at The Laskett was made by Strong and his late wife, the designer Julia Trevelyan Oman. Since her death, he has remade the garden completely, a process recorded over many years by the photographer Clive Boursnell.

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Nick Clarke, Eric Wagner, Peter Stanford, Brenda Maddox

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Hay Festival 2000, 
A discussion about the relationship between biographer and subject, dead or alive. BBC broadcaster and biographer of Alistair Cooke, Clarke is joined by Erica Wagner, author of Ariel's Gift about Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and The Birthday Letters, and Peter Stanford the historian of Catholicism, and biographer of Bronwen Astor. Maddox is the award-winning biographer of Nora Joyce, D. H. Lawrence and W. B. Yeats.

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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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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+
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Helena Kennedy in conversation with Hani Shukrallah

Beirut 2013, 

Baroness Helena Kennedy is a British barrister, broadcaster and Labour Member of the House of Lords. She was an avant-garde voice in the seventies and eighties, writing and broadcasting on the discrimination experienced by women in Law. She was also a founding member of Charter 88, a constitutional reform group set up in 1988 in response to growing concerns about outdated British institutions. Her skills as a lawyer and social reformer have taken her into many different fields of activity, making her especially committed to the arts. She will speak with Hani Shukrallah, journalist and author of Egypt, The Arabs And The World: Reflections At The Turn Of The 21st Century.

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Chris Patten

Not Quite the Diplomat

Hay Festival 2006, 
Free from office, the former Hong Kong Governor and EU Commissioner speaks out on the players and interests driving world politics.

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Chris Riddell

Hay Festival 2015, 
Wildly inventive and richly entertaining, Chris Riddell is the genius behind a vast range of children’s books that children and adults revisit time and time again. There’s Alienography, the Ottoline and Goth Girl series, and for older readers The Graveyard Book, and The Sleeper and the Spindle, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris. He also illustrated The Edge Chronicles and Russell Brand’s Pied Piper of Hamelin. He has twice won the coveted Greenaway Medal and still manages to produce political cartoons for The Observer. See him in action in a live drawing tour around the wonderful world of Chris Riddell.
8+ years
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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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Matthew Francis

Mabinogi

Hay Festival 2017, 

Francis’ re-telling of the first four stories of the Welsh classic is the first to situate it in poetry, and captures the magic and strangeness of this medieval Celtic world: a baby is kidnapped by a monstrous claw, a giant wades across the Irish Sea to do battle, a wizard makes a woman out of flowers, only to find she is less biddable than he expected. Permeating the whole sequence is a delight in the power of the imagination to transform human experience into works of tragedy, comedy and wonder. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Elizabeth Drayson

Cambridge Series: The Moor’s Last Stand

Hay Festival 2017, 

The poignant story of Boabdil, the last Muslim king of Granada. Betrayed by his family and undermined by faction and internal conflict, Boabdil was defeated in 1492 by the forces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of the newly united kingdoms of Castile and Aragon. The Christian victory marked the completion of the long Christian reconquest of Spain and ended seven centuries in which Christians, Muslims and Jews had, for the most part, lived peacefully and profitably together in La Convivencia.

Elizabeth Drayson

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Peter Stothard, Peter Godwin and Tinashe Mushakavanhu

Classic Book Club: White Man in Africa

Hay Festival 2007, 
The TLS editor is joined by Godwin, author of Mukiwa, and the brilliant Zimbabwean novelist Mushakavanhu to discuss Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Miranda July and Marina Lewycka chaired by Ariane Koek

Hay Festival 2007, 
The screenwriter, July, launches her debut collection of stories Nobody Belongs Here More Than You. Lewycka discusses her comic jewel Two Caravans set amongst an international brigade of Kent strawberry pickers. They talk to the Arvon Foundation Director.

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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.
 
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With the support of Google