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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.

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Noel Malcolm

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Shashi Tharoor

The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone

Hay Festival 2008, 
Diplomat and writer Shashi Tharoor maps out India’s emergence as a C21st superpower.

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Ben Okri talks to Jon Gower

Budapest 2012, 
The Booker Prize winner (The Famished Road) reads and discusses his poetry and essays.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Stefan Collini

Two Cultures? The Significance of CP Snow

Hay Festival 2014, 

The academic presents his annotated edition of FR Leavis’ famous critique of CP Snow’s theory of the ‘two cultures’ of arts and sciences. Collini describes what was at stake in the dispute, reappraises its literary tactics and evaluates the purpose of Leavis’ brand of cultural criticism.

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Tom Dyckhoff

The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City

Hay Festival 2017, 

In Dubai, a luxury apartment block is built in the shape of a giant iPod. In China, President Xi Jinping denounces the trend of constructing ‘bizarre’ new buildings in wacky shapes and colours. In Cincinnati, celebrity architect Zaha Hadid is paid millions to design a single ‘iconic’ structure – with the hope of single-handedly transforming the region’s ailing fortunes. These incidents are all part of the same story: the rise of the age of spectacle. Chaired by Simon Jenkins.

Tom Dyckhoff

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Ian Mortimer talks to Phil Rickman

Time Traveller

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writer discusses his two new publications: a history book that chronicles the time of Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys and Charles II – The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain; and a dazzling time-travelling fiction, The Outcasts of Time.

Ian Mortimer talks to Phil Rickman

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Phil Rickman and Yrsa Sigurđardóttir

Crime Fictions – Supernature

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Icelandic superstar of Nordic Crime brings her lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir to Hay – a humanely-drawn protagonist with much in common with Merrily Watkins, the ‘detective’ in Rickman’s series of supernatural thrillers set around the Borders. His latest novel is The Magus of Hay. They talk to Paul Blezard.

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Aby King

A Right Royal Adventure

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet Lupo: favourite palace pet and companion to the baby prince. Join Aby King as she introduces you to the loveable Lupo and his friends; hear all about their adventures in the royal residences; and get top tips for creating your own adventure stories.
8+ years
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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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Jamie Thomson

Laugh Like A Dark Lord

Hay Festival 2014, 

Meet Jamie Thomson, author of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning Dark Lord series, as he talks about his latest book Dark Lord: Eternal Detention. Jamie will teach the audience how to laugh like a Dark Lord.
9+ years

Jamie Thomson

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Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence

Budapest 2012, 
A conversation with the singer and activist about Africa, music and love.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Juan Villoro en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2015, 
Premiado en sus múltiples facetas de narrador, ensayista, autor de libros infantiles y traductor de importantes obras en alemán e inglés, el mexicano Juan Villoro es además colaborador de publicaciones como La Jornada, El País, El Periódico, Letras Libres, Proceso y Reforma, entre otros. En su último libro, ¿Hay vida en la Tierra?, Villoro presenta cien relatos cortos que forman un hilarante catálogo de las paranoias, malentendidos, molestias e ilusiones que conforman la vida cotidiana.

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Jim Baggott

Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation

Hay Festival 2016, 

There are many different versions of our creation story. Baggott tells the version according to modern science. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, he starts with the Big Bang and travels right up to the emergence of humans as conscious intelligent beings, 13.8 billion years later. Chaired by Dan Davis.

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¿Puede la corrupción acabar con un país?

Cartagena 2014, 
¿Cómo socavan a las naciones el delito organizado, el narcotráfico y la impunidad? Carlos Tablante (Venezuela), antiguo presidente de la Comisión Nacional Antidrogas y autor del libro Estado delincuente; Jaime Abello, director de la FNPI; y Anabel Hernández, autora de Los señores del narco, en conversación con Sergio Dahbar. Con el apoyo de PEN International. Un evento ¡Libera la Palabra!

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Energy, Environment and the Economy

The Eirgrid Debates 3

Kells 2013, 

The Government hopes that the energy and environment sectors will provide strong economic growth and job creation in Ireland in the years and decades to come. What are the likely developments?

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Megan Rix and Damian Kelleher

True Stories of Animals in War

Hay Festival 2014, 

There are hundreds of stories about the bravery and loyalty of dogs in wartime. Rix and Kelleher discuss the inspiration for their books, A Soldier’s Friend and A Dog in No Man’s Land. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
7+ years

Megan Rix and Damian Kelleher

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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.
 
Event in Arabic
With the support of Google

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Helen Rappaport

Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917

Hay Festival 2017, 

Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd was in turmoil – felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt, where the foreign visitors and diplomats who filled hotels, clubs, bars and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos beneath their windows. Rappaport draws upon the diaries and letters of these international witnesses, to carry us right into the action: to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened.

Helen Rappaport

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Jane Bradley, Misha Glenny, Luke Harding talk to Oliver Bullough

Kleptoscope 1: The Real McMafia

Hay Festival 2018, 

A walk on the dark side of globalisation and the all-pervasive organised crime that reaches from Russia to the banks and parliaments of the world, and to every personal computer networked to the web. Bradley is Buzzfeed’s Investigations Correspondent, Glenny is the author of McMafia, Harding is the author of Collusion and a foreign correspondent at the Guardian, Bullough’s forthcoming book is Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks now Rule the World and How to Take it Back.

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Janice Hadlow

The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians

Hay Festival 2015, 

George III wanted to be a new kind of king, one whose power was rooted in the affection and approval of his people. And he was determined to revolutionise his private life. He was sure that as a faithful husband and a loving father, he would be not just a happier man but a better ruler as well. As the children grew older, and their wishes and desires developed away from those of their father, it became harder to maintain the illusion of domestic harmony. The king’s episodes of madness undermined the bedrock of their marriage; his disapproving distance from the bored and purposeless princes, especially the dissolute Prince of Wales, alienated them; and his determination to keep the princesses at home, protected from the potential horrors of the European marriage market, left them lonely, bitter and resentful.

Janice Hadlow

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Miguel Ángel Aguilar in conversation with Malcolm Oterro Barral

Segovia 2013, 

The celebrated journalist and chief secretary of the Asociación de Periodistas Europeos (APE)  Miguel Ángel Aguilar speaks with the editor Malcolm Otero Barral about his latest book España contra pronóstico (Aguilar), in which he takes us through recent Spanish history from the end of Franco’s regime and the Transition to the present day.

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The RSPB Cymru Lecture: Saving Special Places 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
Tim Stowe looks at the Severn Estuary and assesses the potential impact of the barrier.

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Sinclair McKay talks to Chris Hunter

Dunkirk: From Disaster to Deliverance – Testimonies of the Last Survivors

Winter Weekend 2014, 
On 4 June 1940, over 338,000 British, French and Belgian troops were evacuated from the beaches and harbour at Dunkirk. Drawing on new interviews with Dunkirk veterans, letters and recollections from Wrens, civilian sailors and new recruits, the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park details the wider story around this ‘absurd English epic’.
Sinclair McKay talks to Chris Hunter

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Gillian Clarke

Hay Festival 2008, 
We celebrate the accession of the new National Poet of Wales, her prose anthology At The Source, and her forthcoming poetry collection A Recipe for Water. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Jonathan Drori

Around the World in 80 Trees

Hay Festival 2018, 

Trees are one of humanity’s most constant and most varied companions. From India’s sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration – not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup. Jonathan Drori, a trustee of The Woodland Trust and The Eden Project, uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable.