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Robert Lindsay talks to Fiona Lindsay (no relation)

Other People

Hay Festival 2013, 

The actor discusses the influences that have shaped his craft from sitcom to Broadway, from Citizen Smith to My Family to Me And My Girl, and from Alan Bleasdale’s GHB to Shakespeare’s Richard III.

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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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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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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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Yanis Varoufakis talks to Kate Raworth

Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment

Hay Festival 2017, 

As Greek finance minister, Varoufakis confronted the EU head-on over debt. He tells a tale of brinkmanship, hypocrisy, collusion and betrayal, and he issues an urgent call to renew European democracy.

Yanis Varoufakis talks to Kate Raworth

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Martin Rees

The World in 2050

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Astronomer Royal looks to the future and what we don’t yet know.

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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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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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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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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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Reza Aslan

No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam

Hay Festival 2006, 
Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values? Aslan believes we are now living in the era of 'the Islamic Reformation'. He examines the roots of this reformation and the future of the Islamic faith.

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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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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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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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Julian Assange

WikiLeaks

Hay Festival 2011, 

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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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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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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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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

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Liz Tunbridge, Alexandra Brand, Lucie Green and Ana Cavalcanti

The Royal Society Platform

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Next Big Things

From solar science to fungi sensing, four Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their research in cutting edge science. Chaired by Lucy Carpenter.

* To book student tickets please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.

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Christopher Dobson and Mary Dobson

Cambridge University Series 4

Hay Festival 2014, 

Alzheimer’s and Other Plagues

Plagues have changed history, stopped armies in their tracks and altered the fate of nations. Mary and Christopher Dobson outline the impact of plagues on human history and reflect on related challenges that will be faced by future generations. Their talk ranges from the plagues of antiquity and the medieval period to the recent pandemic of HIV/AIDS and includes discussion of the increasingly prevalent afflictions of ageing and affluent societies, including dementia and diabetes.

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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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Bee Rowlatt

Talking about Jane Austen in Bagdad

Cartagena 2011, 
Bee Rowlatt, a reporter for the BBC World Service, looked for Iraqis who spoke English in order to find out about life in a Baghdad destroyed by war. That was when she found May Witwit, an English literature teacher who helped her students forget about bullets and bombs with stories about Jane Austen. Communicating by email, they became close friends despite differences in age, religion and culture. This correspondence, which was made into a book, provides a fascinating portrait of Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and also describes an ingenious plan for May to escape from Baghdad, bringing her safely back to the United Kingdom.

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Sebastian Faulks talks to Gaby Wood

The British Council Series 3: Fictions – A Possible Life

Hay Festival 2013, 

Provocative and profound, Faulks’ dazzling new novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. In this open workshop he describes how he came to write it this way, building the structure of the stories and his search for the language and form of his narratives.

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Val McDermid, Jasper Fforde, Mathew Prichard

Agatha Christie 120

Hay Festival 2010, 
We celebrate the queen of detective fiction’s jubilee with two fans and her grandson, who still manages her estate. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.