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Sherard Cowper-Coles talks to Nik Gowing

Ever The Diplomat

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Cables From Kabul unpacks his diplomatic bag and spills the beans on how the world works in his riveting memoir Confessions Of A Foreign Office Mandarin.

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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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Etgar Keret in conversation with Marta del Riego

Segovia 2014, 

Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer of award-winning stories, comics and novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages. Intensive research over a seven-year period into his family background gave rise to his latest novel The Seven Good Years, which is a reflection of Etgar’s own life story and at the same time a reflection of current Israeli society. Etgar Keret discusses his work with author Marta del Riego, Features Editor at Vanity Fair.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Rachel Lowe and Gemma Modinos

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2018, 

From planetary exploration and micro-sensors to tropical disease and psychosis, two Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science. Lowe’s research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine involves understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. Modinos’ work at King’s College London attempts to understand the neural mechanisms of emotion and stress response in schizophrenia. Chaired by Hannah Critchlow.

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Marie-Elsa Bragg

Reformations: Christmas

Winter Weekend 2017, 
Novelist and priest Marie-Elsa Bragg re-examines Christmas through the image of Mary. A powerful influence for over 2000 years which continues to affect our views of women, the feminine and spirituality today. In light of liberation theology, feminism and interfaith relations, Marie-Elsa proposes a new debate about Mary and the sacred for issues we face today. 
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Jonathan Mullard

New Naturalist Library: Brecon Beacons

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Brecon Beacons range across upland Wales and create a varied landscape of extensive cave systems, limestone crags and rich meadows. This variety supports thousands of species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

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Readers from Riohacha present Sergio Ramírez

Cartagena 2012, 
Four readers from La Guajira will introduce and talk to the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez about his latest book La Fugitiva. Sergio has just been awarded the 2011 José Donoso Ibero-American Letters Prize for his literary career. 

With the support of Cerrejón

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Hermione Lee

Edith Wharton

Hay Festival 2007, 
A scintillating biography of the author of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth: a fiercely modern woman of passionate conviction and conflicting ambitions and desires.

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 4

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

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Noel Malcolm

Brunis and Brutis

Hay Festival 2015, 

Malcolm describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its hinterland by an eminent Venetian-Albanian family – among them an archbishop in the Balkans, the captain of the papal flagship at Lepanto, the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia, and a dragoman (interpreter) at the Porte – previously almost invisible to history. Through them he casts the world between Venice and Istanbul in a fresh light, illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage, slave-ransoming and the grain trade. It is a masterpiece of both scholarship and storytelling, creating a panoramic picture of interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

Noel Malcolm

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James Holland

Burma ’44: The Battle That Turned Britain’s War in the East

Hay Festival 2016, 

In February 1944, a rag-tag collection of clerks, drivers, doctors, muleteers, and other base troops, stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese Army, and then defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World War. What became know as The Defence of the Admin Box, fought amongst the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a fifteen-day period, turned the battle for Burma. Holland is the author of Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters and runs Chalke Valley History Festival.

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Margaret A Boden talks to Adam Rutherford

AI: Its Nature and Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

The applications of artificial intelligence lie all around us: in our homes, schools and offices, in our cinemas, in art galleries and - not least - on the internet. The results of artificial intelligence have been invaluable to biologists, psychologists and linguists in helping to understand the processes of memory, learning and language from a fresh angle. Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, and one of the best-known figures in the field of artificial intelligence. She is the author of Mind as Machine: a History of Cognitive Science.

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The National Museum of Wales presents Sounds Of The Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2013, 

Children get to handle dinosaur bones and other fossils, and then play with the noises dinosaurs might have made before joining in the soundtrack for an interactive reading of the museum’s Albie The Dinosaur story.

6–8 years

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Benjamin Black

Kells 2014, 

The creator of Quirke talks to Myles Dungan about his renewal of the Raymond Chandler franchise in his novel The Black Eyed Blonde.

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Marcus du Sautoy, Janne Teller, Wojciech Jagielski, Ben Okri y Rosie Boycott with Jon Gower

Cartagena 2012, 
The second session of “Ideas for the future,” in which major figures from the world of culture and politics, present a proposal for the future. We give them carte blanche, and so they can talk about any field, whether it be philosophy, physics, religion, the environment, literature, or anything else 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Vince Cable talks to Bronwen Maddox

After the Storm

Hay Festival 2016, 

In a robust Q&A, the Liberal Democrat who served as business secretary in the coalition government from 2010-2015 considers the state of the global economy in the aftermath of the 2008 crash.

Vince Cable talks to Bronwen Maddox

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Sarah Bakewell talks to Francine Stock

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails

Hay Festival 2016, 

Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Raymond Aron. Aron opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, “You can make philosophy out of this cocktail”. The author of How To Live: A Life of Montaigne tells the story of modern existentialism as one of passionate encounters between people, minds and ideas. Weaving biography and thought, Bakewell takes us to the heart of a philosophy about life that also changed lives, and tackled the biggest questions of all: what we are and how we are to live.

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Simon Jenkins

Thatcher and Sons

Hay Festival 2007, 
The journalist examines how the Iron Lady changed our country and the nature of democratic leadership.

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Pamela Butchart and Laura James

Doggy Delights with Pugly and Pug

Hay Festival 2016, 
Pugly, star of Pugly Bakes a Cake, is a dog with aspirations and dreams. Pug, inspired by Laura James’ own dog Brian and star of Captain Pug, is a quiet stay-at-home dog, frightened of water  – until he hides in a picnic hamper and finds himself on a sea-faring adventure!
6+
Pamela Butchart and Laura James

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Cerrie Burnell

Mermaid

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join CBeebies’ Cerrie Burnell for a very special storytelling session about being different, about new beginnings and, most of all, about friendship. Cerrie will share her books Snowflakes and Mermaid, with music and a little bit of magic.
5+ years
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Arnold Wesker

The Shakespeare Lecture - Birth of a Play

Hay Festival 1995, 
The playwright analyses The Merchant of Venice and describes how and why he wrote his own play Shylock - not a rewrite of the Shakespeare, but and original work based on the same three stories; illustrated with readings from Shylock, which is set in the C16th Jewish Ghetto of Venice. Wesker is the author of 32 plays, short stories, and his autobiography As Much As I Dare.

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Aarna Lakhani, Joseph Bokea and their parents

Young Talent

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Seven-year-old Aarna launches her first book Fluffy the Cat at the Storymoja Hay Festival. Eleven-year-old Joseph Bokea is working on his fantasy fiction novel. Their parents share their experiences of finding and nurturing talent in their child.


Families

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Marc Marginedas and Gervasio Sánchez talk to Aurelio Martín

Living Through Wars

Segovia 2014, 

With dozens of wars going on in various places around the world, Marc Marginedas and Gervasio Sánchez are two examples of journalists who cover them. Their mission is to remove the curtain of opacity from conflicts, keeping information flowing and letting society know what is going on, even though they might personally suffer in wartime situations.

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Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

The Lost Words

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The creators of this year’s most staggeringly beautiful book read and present their collaboration. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – dandelion, otter, bramble, acorn – all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Macfarlane and Morris offer a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustrations by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

The Lost Words is our Hay Festival Book of the Year 2017

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Jonathan Safran Foer talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Fictions: Here I Am

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new novel about modern family lives by the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. “Jacob and Julia Bloch are about to be tested: By Jacob’s grandfather, who won’t go quietly into a retirement home. By the family reunion, that everyone is dreading. By their son’s heroic attempts to get expelled. And by the sexting affair that will rock their marriage…"

Jonathan Safran Foer talks to Sarfraz Manzoor