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Raoul Martinez talks to William Sieghart

Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future

Hay Festival 2017, 

Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society - myths about free will, free markets, free media and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the consent-manufacturing influence of concentrated wealth and power, this far-reaching manifesto lifts the veil on the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives.

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Salman Rushdie and Tishani Doshi

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist discusses contemporary American culture, so presciently imagined in his latest novel The Golden House, freedom of speech, language, literature, love and death. Few writers have such a keen sense of human absurdity, and such a spectacular gift for telling its stories.

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Chris Jarvis

Dinosaurs and Fossils

Hay Festival 2015, 
Step into the late Cretaceous period with intrepid dinosaur expert Chris Jarvis from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Find out lots of fascinating dinosaur facts, examine fossils and learn how palaeontologists interpret their finds.
7+ years
Chris Jarvis

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Jonathan Coe talks to Francine Stock

Number 11

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great comic writer, author of What A Carve Up! and The Rotters’ Club, introduces his new novel. It’s about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all. It’s about the legacy of war and the end of innocence. It’s about living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street. It’s about how comedy and politics are battling it out and how comedy might have won.

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Cat Weatherill

Bluebeard

Hay Festival 2017, 

The charismatic storyteller takes us on a journey into obsession. Inspired by Perrault’s classic Gothic horror story, it’s magnificently dark, erotic and disturbing. But it’s also fiercely life affirming – a celebration of the love of sisters and the resilience of women. This is a defiantly female version of the tale, in which the sister and mother of the bride, Eva, are given far greater prominence. Eva is awarded infinitely more emotional complexity than usual, as she explosively transforms from a victim into a survivor who will not “rake through the ashes for half burned hopes”.

With simultaneous live drawing by Chris Riddell

Cat Weatherill

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Siobhan Campbell, Emily Blewitt, Rhiannon Hooson and Polly Atkin

The Seren 2017 Poetry Gala

Hay Festival 2017, 

Four poets read from new collections in this poetry platform. Campbell reads from her new collection Heat Signature. Blewitt reads from her Forward-commended This is Not a Rescue. Hooson reads from her collection The Other City. Atkin reads from Basic Nest Architecture.

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Jacqueline Mitton

Journey to the Planets

Hay Festival 2015, 
Space holds a fascination for everyone. What exactly is out there? Take a journey around the planets with astronomer Jacqueline Mitton, who delivers a talk illustrated with amazing facts and stunning images that all the family will enjoy.
8+ years
Jacqueline Mitton

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Richard Fortey

The Wood From the Trees

Hay Festival 2016, 

Fortey presents his wood, deep in the Chiltern Hills, as an interwoven collection of different habitats rich in species. His attention ranges from the beech and cherry trees that dominate the wood to the flints underfoot; the red kites and woodpeckers that soar overhead; the lichens, mosses and liverworts decorating the branches as well as the myriad species of spiders, moths, beetles and crane-flies. The 300 species of fungi identified in the wood capture his attention as much as familiar deer, shrews and dormice. The great palaeontologist is the author of Fossils: A Key to the Past, The Hidden Landscape, Life: An Unauthorised Biography, Trilobite! and The Earth: An Intimate History. Chaired by Dan Davis.

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John Browne

Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society

Hay Festival 2016, 

The former BP CEO of BP articulates and explores the recurring rift between big business and society, offering a practical manifesto for reconciliation. It’s a call to arms for real and effective corporate social responsibility.  Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

John Browne

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Ed Gillespie talks to Andy Fryers

Only Planet – a Flight-free Adventure Around the World

Hay Festival 2016, 

Slow traveller Ed Gillespie takes us on an inspirational global circumnavigation without going anywhere near an airport. From cargo ships to camels, hitchhiking to hovercrafts, Ed proves that getting there really is half the fun. Crossing Shamanic lakes, Mongolian deserts and climbing jungle volcanoes, he meets grizzled sea dogs, drunken smugglers, peckish pythons and billions of butterflies. This highly visual talk focuses on the exhilaration of taking it slowly and rediscovering hope both for humanity and for the planet we all share.

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David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

Executive Orders and wiretapping, and let’s face it – lying - have called the separation of powers and basic constitutional principles into question in the United States as never before. Trump threatens rights of speech, privacy, religious freedom, voting and equality -- and we’re just getting started.  Cole is the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has emerged as a leader in the fight to preserve civil liberties. He explains what’s going on to Philippe Sands.

David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

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Nativel Preciado in conversation with Fernando Delgado

Segovia 2014, 

Journalist and author Nativel Preciado discusses her latest novel Canta solo para mí, which won the 2014 Premio Fernando Lara de Novela. The novel depicts the journalistic profession in Spain in the 1970s, a very turbulent period during which huge changes took place. This provides the backdrop for a passionate love story. She talks to writer Fernando Delgado.

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Michael Nyman in conversation with Graham Sheffield

Beyond music: music and other arts

Cartagena 2012, 
Michael Nyman, famous for his career as a pianist and his work as a composer, for example for the film The Piano, is also a photographer and video artist. He has contributed music to a documentary on the Spanish Civil War, La maleta mexicana, composed the opera Facing Goya and he participates in cultural projects that mingle different disciplines. He will talk to Graham Sheffield, the British Council’s Director of Arts. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Daniela Krien in conversation with Marta del Riego

Segovia 2013, 

The writer Daniela Krien, presents her first novel Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything (Algún día nos lo contaremos todo, Salmandra), a special love store, awarded with one of the most prestigious prizes in Germany, the ‘Junger Literaturpreis’. The novel was also a finalist in ‘Leserpreis’, awarded by German readers. She speaks with Marta del Riego, author of Sendero de frío y amor, and features editor of VANITY FAIR.


Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish.

 

Co-organized with the Goethe-Institute Madrid, in collaboration with Vanity Fair

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Ulrich Raulff

A Farewell to the Horse: the Final Century of our Relationship

Hay Festival 2017, 

The German journalist and writer offers an engaging and moving discussion of what horses once meant to us. Cities, farmland, entire industries were once shaped as much by the needs of horses as humans. They were sculpted, painted, cherished, admired; they were thrashed, abused and exposed to terrible danger. Tolstoy once reckoned that he had cumulatively spent some nine years of his life on horseback. And then came the 20th century, and there were just racetracks and pony clubs… Chaired by Corisande Albert.

Ulrich Raulff

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Pilita Clark, Sean Dagan Wood, Martin Wright and Mark Stevenson

Good News is No News

Hay Festival 2017, 

Environmentalists are good at scare stories; but is a diet of doom and gloom turning people off? Would it be better to inspire people with positive news? Or would that fail to win headlines in a media that still follows the old adage, ‘If it bleeds, it leads’? Pilita Clark, Financial Times Environment Correspondent, Sean Dagan Wood, Editor of Positive News and Futurologist Mark Stevenson talk to Forum for the Future's Martin Wright.

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Richard Perceval Graves

Robert Graves and The White Goddess

Hay Festival 1995, 
To celebrate Grave' centenary, his nephew and biographer investigates the mystery of The White Goddess, that perennial source of inspiration, and relates the work to the poet's musehaunted private life.

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James Runcie talks to S J Parris

The Grantchester Mysteries

Hay Festival 2016, 

The creator of the romantically troubled Grantchester priest and sleuth introduces his new novel in the series Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation.

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Miguel Syjuco and Paolo Giordano in conversation with Joumana Haddad

Books and other stories

Beirut 2012, 
Journalists face the challenge of witnessing conflict and violence Good fiction writing could be defined by its universal appeal and its capacity to engage readers from all over the world. Two successful young authors tell us the secrets of their writing. Miguel Syjuco (Canada/Philippines) is the author of Ilustrado, his debut novel which won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize as well as the Palanca Award, the Philippines’ highest literary honour. Miguel’s writing pushes the boundaries of narrative fiction and explores the hopeful progress of a decaying third world society. Young novelist Paolo Giordano (Italy) has impressed critics and readers alike with The Solitude of Prime numbers, 2008 Premio Strega. He will talk about his novel, his journalistic work and upcoming projects. Chaired by Lebanese author and poet Joumana Haddad.
 
Event in English
With the support of Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec

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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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Jessica Seaton

Gather Cook Feast: Recipes from Land and Water

Hay Festival 2017, 

Seaton, the founder of TOAST, is inspired by the food from our seas, our rivers, our farmland, our gardens and our wild places. Her new cookbook is full of simple, seasonal and nourishing recipes such as braised short ribs with horseradish, courgette fritters with minted yoghurt, mackerel escabeche with wild fennel and kale, and roast vegetable and barley salad with crisped artichokes. She shares her love of food and landscape with Kitty Corrigan.

Jessica Seaton

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Libby Purves

Love Songs and Lies

Hay Festival 2007, 
The broadcaster discusses her novel of C20th friendship, music and romance.

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Claire Vaye Watkins and John Wray talk to Laura Powell

Fictions: Other Worlds…

Hay Festival 2016, 

Gold Fame Citrus is the debut novel from the winner of the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. In a dystopian, apocalyptic vision, desert sands have laid waste to south-west America and challenge the resilient to survive. The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the C20th. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar ‘Waldy’ Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back. Laura Powell is Features Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph and her debut novel, The Unforgotten, was recently published.

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Tove Jansson Centenary

Hay Festival 2014, 
Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia Jansson and Moomin superfan Philip Ardagh join Julia Eccleshare for a celebratory event on Tove’s centenary exploring the lasting appeal of the Moomins.
11+ years
Tove Jansson Centenary

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Jon Gower and Tiffany Murray in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2012, 
Two interesting Welsh writers will talk to the Festival Director about their work. Jon Gower studied English Studies at Cambridge University and is one of Wales’ greatest literary talents. A writer, presenter and radio and television producer, he has worked for media such as the BBC and Boomerang. He has published a range of books in English, including the An Island Called Smith, which won him the John Morgan Travel Award. Tiffany Murray is a Welsh writer and creative writing teacher. Her novels Diamond Star Halo (2010) and Happy Accidents (2005) have been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; she has contributed to The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the Arts Council of Wales