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Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Ways of Curating

Hay Festival 2014, 

The co-director of the Serpentine Gallery is one of the art world’s most colourful characters, with an encyclopedic knowledge of art practice and history. He offers a riveting and inspiring understanding of the role of the curator in shaping culture. He talks to Hannah Rothschild.

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Michael Wolff talks to Dylan Jones

Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Vanity Fair journalist and biographer of Rupert Murdoch discusses and updates his classic work The Man Who Owns The News.

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Carlos Acosta talks to Sarah Crompton

Pig’s Foot

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Cuban dancer introduces his novel: as Oscar sets out to find his ancestral village of Pata de Puerco and the meaning of the magical pig’s-foot amulet he has inherited, the search for his country’s hidden history becomes entangled with his search for the truth about himself.

Carlos Acosta talks to Sarah Crompton

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John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

Politics and the Arts

Hay Festival 2014, 

How should culture be valued by politicians? What does it contribute to the GDP and Britain’s sense of identity? Tusa, the former Barbican chief, is the author of Pain in the Arts. Norman, a director of Hay Festival and the Roundhouse, is writing Soul Food – The Conservative Case for the Arts. Lammy was Minister for the Arts in the last Labour government and is a prospective candidate for London Mayor. Kampfner is Director of the Creative Industries Federation. Chaired by Liz Hunt.

John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

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Joan Bakewell

The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

Why History Matters

The writer and broadcaster who succeeded Hobsbawm as President of Birkbeck gives the inaugural lecture in his name, in this year of resonant anniversaries. Chaired by Oscar Guardiola Rivera.

Joan Bakewell

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John Browne

The Glass Closet

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former BP boss, now chairman of Cuadrilla, launches his frank examination of sexuality and leadership The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good for Business. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Angie Sage

Araminta Spook

Hay Festival 2014, 

Araminta Spook lives in a huge haunted house with her Uncle Drac and Aunt Tabitha, and her greatest ambition is to meet a ghost. Join author Angie Sage for a spooky adventure.
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Angie Sage

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Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

The Last Days of Troy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The poet introduces readings from his new play, which premières at the Manchester Royal Exchange in May. He is joined by the production’s director, his Helen of Troy and his Patroclus. ‘The Iliad is tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breathtaking humility. Everything we have come to expect of the great myths.’

Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

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Rebecca Front

Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections

Hay Festival 2014, 

A collection of delightfully witty and acutely observed stories by the comedy writer, columnist and actress – star of The Thick of It, Lewis and Nighty Night. She reads and talks to Lisa Dwan.

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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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Ramita Navai

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran

Hay Festival 2014, 

Far removed from the picture of Tehran that we glimpse in news stories, there is another hidden city where survival depends on an intricate network of lies and falsehoods. It is a place where Mullahs visit prostitutes, cosmetic surgeons restore girls’ virginity and homemade porn is bought and sold in the bazaars. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Ramita Navai

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Sebastian Barry and Michael Cunningham

Fictions – Examined Lives

Hay Festival 2014, 

Barry’s A Temporary Gentleman is a heartbreaking portrait of Jack McNulty. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. Cunningham’s The Snow Queen follows the divergent lives of two American brothers as they search for meaning and transcendence. The authors talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

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Matt Whyman and James Dawson

FRIGHTFEST

Hay Festival 2014, 

In The Savages and sequel American Savage, Matt Whyman introduces readers to a family with VERY particular eating habits, while in Say Her Name, James Dawson dares to summon Bloody Mary from beyond the grave. Find out how to be funny and scary at the same time.
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Matt Whyman and James Dawson

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Simon Schama

The Story of the Jews

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian presents his magisterial study of the Jewish people with previews of the themes, stories and arguments that inform the second and final volume of his epic When Words Fail including the persistence of anti-semitism, even after the Holocaust and, disturbingly with gathering force, into our own times.

Simon Schama

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John Julius Norwich and Patricia Hodge

Darling Monster

Hay Festival 2014, 

Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, Jazz Age society darling and actress of stage and screen. Sharing the letters she wrote to her only son, John Julius Norwich discusses the dazzling life his mother led as the original ‘It’ girl. He’s joined by the actress who played Lady Diana in the original 1970s TV drama, to bring to life some of the most moving and entertaining of the letters.

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Holly Baxter

The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media

Hay Festival 2014, 

The creator of the famous blog issues a brilliantly bolshy and raucously funny rallying call to girls and women of all ages: The Vagenda asks real women everywhere to demand a media that reflects who we actually are.

Holly Baxter

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Evan Harris, Joan Smith and Marcus Brigstocke vs Jo Glanville and Catherine Bennett

Press Regulation

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the light of what we know from part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry and from the trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, Hacked-Off campaigners debate the issue of how to regulate the press with the CEO of English PEN and the Observer columnist.

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Philippe Sands, Laurent Naouri (bass-baritone) and Guillaume de Chassy (piano)

The Great Crimes

Hay Festival 2014, 

Nuremberg, 1946. Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, prosecuting ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’; Hans Frank, Hitler’s lawyer, the defendant. Three lives, connected to events in Poland, and music that offered solace and hope. A drama about the origins of modern justice, in images, and in words and music by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Louis Aragon and Leonard Cohen.

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Nina Stibbe and Gary Kemp

Despatches From Family Life

Hay Festival 2014, 
In 1982 Nina Stibbe, a 20-year-old from Leicester, moved to London to work as a nanny for a very particular family. It was a perfect match: Nina had no idea how to cook, look after children, or who the weirdos who called round were. And the family, busy discussing such arcane subjects as how to swear in German or the merits (or otherwise) of turkey mince, were delighted by her lack of skills. Love, Nina is the collection of letters she wrote home gloriously describing her ‘domestic’ life, the unpredictable house-guests and the cat everyone loved to hate. Nina talks to the Spandau Ballet star and actor Gary Kemp, author of I Know This Much.

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Sigrid Rausing, Oliver Bullough and Nick Butler talk to Bronwen Maddox

Prospect Platform 1

Hay Festival 2014, 

Ukraine: What Should The West Do?

150 years on, Crimea is again the centre of a geo-political crisis that threatens to destabilize East–West relations. How should the West react to Putin’s decisive intervention? Rausing works in the human rights field around the Caucasus, Butler is an energy expert, frontline journalist Bullough has newly returned from Ukraine. They talk to the editor of Prospect.

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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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Stephen Moss

Tweet of the Day

Hay Festival 2014, 

Imagine a jazz musician, improvising on a theme. Then imagine that he is able to play half a dozen instruments – not one after another, but almost simultaneously, switching effortlessly between instruments and musical styles with hardly a pause for breath. If you can countenance that, you are halfway towards appreciating the extraordinary song of the nightingale…

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Diane Coyle

GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History

Hay Festival 2014, 

Why did the size of the US economy increase by three percent on one day in mid-2013? Or Ghana’s balloon by 60 percent overnight in 2010? Why did the UK financial industry show its fastest expansion ever at the end of 2008 – just as the world’s financial system went into meltdown? The answers to all these questions lie in the way we define and measure national economies around the world: Gross Domestic Product.

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Steve Jones

Did God Evolve?

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of The Serpent’s Promise, Almost Like A Whale, The Language of the Genes and In the Blood conducts an evolutionist’s exploration.

Steve Jones

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Story of a Death Foretold

Hay Festival 2014, 

On 11 September 1973, President Salvador Allende of Chile, Latin America’s first democratically elected Marxist president, was deposed in a violent coup d’état. The Colombian historian explains why and how business leaders in Chile, extreme right-wing groups, high-ranking officers in the Chilean military and the US administration, and the CIA worked together to secure a prompt and dramatic end to his progressive social programme.

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