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Philip Pullman, Marina Warner and Jack Zipes

Tales of Wonder, Magic, Resistance and Hope

Hay Festival 2018, 

"Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of humanity through metaphor."

This is one of many challenging and thought-provoking observations made over a long career by Jack Zipes, one of the most eminent scholars of folklore, fairy tales and children’s literature, whose 80th birthday was celebrated last year. It identifies not only one of the key characteristics of ‘wonder tales’ but also proposes a much wider audience and more important function for such tales than is often recognised.

Joining Jack to discuss the past, present and future of the ‘wonder tale’ is Philip Pullman, one of the foremost writers of speculative fiction and author of Clockwork, the His Dark Materials trilogy, La Belle Sauvage and Daemon Voices; and Marina Warner, novelist, short story writer, mythographer, scholar and author of Stranger Magic, Fly Away Home, Once Upon A Time and Forms of Enchantment. Chaired by Hamish Fyfe.

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Christopher Andrew

Cambridge Series: MI5

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 examines the Secret Services and the Cambridge connection...
Christopher Andrew

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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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Atiq Rahimi en conversación con Joumana Haddad

Alhambra 2009, 
El escritor afgano residente en Francia, premio Goncourt 2008 por su novela La piedra de la paciencia, hablará con Joumana Haddad, poeta,
traductora y periodista libanesa, redactora jefe de las páginas culturales del prestigioso periódico libanés An Nahar.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del francés al español

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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

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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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Andrés Neuman en conversación con Guillermo Altares

Alhambra 2009, 
El reciente ganador del Premio Alfaguara 2009 con El viajero del siglo, autor seleccionado dentro de la convocatoria Bogotá39 como uno de
los mejores “39 autores latinoamericanos menores de 40 años”, habla sobre sus últimos trabajos en prosa y poesía y las experiencias vividas a
raíz de ser seleccionado como ganador y finalista en diversos premios. En conversación con Guillermo Altares, redactor jefe de Babelia.

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James Daunt, Dylan Jones, Kate Wilson and Simon Morrison talk to Gaby Wood

Business Breakfast - The Future of Books

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Waterstones, GQ and Nosy Crow masterminds realise the paper and digital future of books with the Googles' Head of Copyright Policy and the Telegraph’s Head of Books.

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Pablo Francisco Arrieta in conversation with David Eagleman

Information Utopia

Cartagena 2011, 
The architect Pablo Arrieta is a master of new technologies. Neuroscientist David Eagleman is a supporter of the digital project Why the Net Matters: How the Internet will Save Civilisation. They bring us up to date with the information industry of today, reflecting on the disappearance of the boundaries between the publishing, digital and media industries.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Alaa Al Aswany and Amit Chaudhuri talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Story: Perspectives

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Yacoubian Building Al Aswany offers a fresh portrait of Cairo in ten stories collected as Friendly Fire. The Immortals by Chaudhuri tells three musicians stories to explore the relationship between art, money and commerce.

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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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Gareth Malone

Music for the People

Hay Festival 2011, 
The charismatic maestro of The Choir takes us on A Journey through the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music.

Read the Independent's feature on Gareth Malone
Music for the People - Gareth Malone

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Jeremy Davies, Steve Colling and Jane Davidson

Changing Consumer: Changing Language

Hay Festival 2011, 
Does the emerging language around the low carbon future and how we use energy capture our hearts and minds, convey meaning and drive change? Or leave us cold, cynical and disorientated? New research by E.ON and Onearth explores what turns on and turns off consumers when thinking about energy. Chaired by BBC environment correspondent David Shukman.

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Will Anderson and Sunand Prasad talk to Alok Jha

Designing Sustainable Homes and Buildings

Hay Festival 2010, 
Is it possible to build homes and workplaces that are environmentally sound, affordable and a pleasure to live and work in? The former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Senior Partner of Penoyre & Prasad LLP, and the author of Homes for a Changing Climate are in conversation with Alok Jha of the Guardian.

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India Knight talks to Lynn Barber

Comfort and Joy

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘I loved Comfort and Joy, a hilarious, bawdy yet touching portrait of Christmas over three years’ – Jilly Cooper.
Comfort and Joy - India Knight

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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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Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test

Hay Festival 2011, 
From the cells of Broadmoor to the corridors of power and the world’s top boardrooms, the investigative humorist looks at where true madness lies, and what passes for ‘normal’. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
 
Watch a short video about The Psychopath Test
The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson

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Simon Schama & Simon Sebag Montefiore

Two Jews...

Hay Festival 2011, 
The two historians from very different backgrounds reflect on their identities and their experiences of being Jewish.
Citizens - Simon Schama

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Tom Asbridge

The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land

Hay Festival 2010, 
In the C11th the Pope’s vast Christian army rampaged through the Muslim world seizing Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. The historian balances Jihad and Crusade in his account of the following two centuries’ conflict that still resonates today.
Tom Asbridge

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John Mitchinson and guests

Unbound Live 1

Hay Festival 2013, 

The award-winning crowd-funded publisher offers the Hay audience a chance to choose what gets published. Mixing authors whose books have already been funded with others pitching their ideas for books they want to write, this is a literary Dragons’ Den with a difference. Legendary writer and performer Salena Godden pitches her childhood memoir, Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn presents his science fiction sequel, novelist Charles Fernyhough asks whether neuroscience changes love, Strangler Hugh Cornwell and archaeologist-turned-crimewriter Francis Pryor compete for your support with a little help from publisher and QI Elf-master John Mitchinson. Light poetic relief from performance poet George Chopping.

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David Sedaris chaired by Johann Hari

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Hay Festival 2011, 
An hour with the sardonic wit and satirist, one of America’s finest humorists.
 
Read this piece on David Sedaris in the Guardian
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - David Sedaris

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Bob Fiddaman (SCIMAC), Molly Conisbee (Soil Association), Jonathon Harrington and Herbert Mwalukomo (Concern Universal)

Greenprint Forum: Food for Thought

Hay Festival 2011, 
Genetically modified food has been on the agenda for years and the argument rages over the benefits versus the risks. With climate change comes the increased occurrence of extreme weather events from droughts to floods, salination to big freezes. Is GM part of the answer to ensuring food supplies in these conditions or can traditional agriculture cope? Chaired by Louise Gray.

Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.


To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office

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Julian Assange

WikiLeaks

Hay Festival 2011, 

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Lauren St John

The Elephant’s Tale

Hay Festival 2010, 
Meet the inspiring creator of the White Giraffe series as she talks about her work with wildlife charity Born Free, and discover life on a South African game reserve, where animal conservation and adventure come together.
 
8–12 years
 
See the Blog for more details.

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Heather Brooke

The Silent State

Hay Festival 2010, 
The dynamic investigator and Freedom of Information hero who broke the expenses scandals discusses Secrets, Surveillance and the Myth of British Democracy with Philippe Sands.
Heather Brooke