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Jonathan Haslam

Near and Distant Neighbours

Hay Festival 2016, 

Based on a mass of newly declassified Russian secret intelligence documentation, Haslam reveals the true story of Soviet intelligence from its very beginnings in 1917 right through to the end of the Cold War. Covering both branches of Soviet espionage, civilian and military, he charts the full range of the Soviet intelligence effort and the story of its development: in cryptography, disinformation, special forces, and counter-intelligence. He shows how their greatest weapon and ironically their greatest weakness was the human factor: their ability to recruit secret agents. Haslam is the George F Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Jonathan Haslam

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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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Sabrina Ghayour and Oliver Rowe

Talking About Food

Hay Festival 2016, 

Two great international chefs discuss their taste and imagination with John Mitchinson. Ghayour follows her iconic cookbook Persiana with Sirocco: Fabulous Flavours from the East. Rowe, who trained at Moro and later opened Konstam, has written Food for All Seasons - a touching and informative culinary journey exploring the way our lives and our food are intertwined.

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Fiona Reynolds

Cambridge Series 21: The Fight for Beauty

Hay Festival 2016, 

In a world where too often, it seems, only the economy matters, Fiona Reynolds argues that beauty should shape our lives. Dame Fiona is Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and was formerly Director-General of The National Trust.

Fiona Reynolds

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Leonardo Padrón, Alonso Salazar y Daniel Titinger en conversación con Martha Orrantía

Crónicas

Cartagena 2013, 
El venezolano Leonardo Padrón, autor de la celebrada crónica El furor, sobre la campaña del político venezolano Henrique Capriles Radonski; Alonso Salazar, investigador y cronista, autor de La parábola de Pablo, sobre el el narcotraficante Pablo Escobar; y Daniel Titinger, escritor y cronista que ha publicado dos libros de perfiles y crónicas (Dios es peruano y Cholos contra el mundo), hablan con la escritora Martha Orrantía sobre este género.

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Paul Cartledge

Cambridge Series 13: Democracy, A Life

Hay Festival 2016, 

The classics super-prof explores the myths surrounding ancient and modern concepts of democracy, from its Athenian origins to the tests of Rome and the Middle Ages, and from its rebirth in C17th Britain all the way to the current state of the European Union.

Paul Cartledge

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Daniel Morden

Tales From Grimm

Hay Festival 2014, 

Daniel is one of the UK’s most popular tellers of traditional stories. Here he tells tales from the timeless collection of magical fairytales. Expect impossible quests, mysterious strangers,sudden jumps, dramatic twists, moments of high drama and low comedy…
7+ years

Daniel Morden

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Antony Sher talks to Sarah Dunant

Hay Festival 1995, 
Sher's new novel Cheap Lives is a murderous love story contrasting its protagonists' experiences of the divided country of South Africa as it strumbles towards democracy. Sher's acting roles have included The History Man on television and Richard III on stage. He has written two other novels The Indoor Boy and Middlepost - praised by The Guardian as "fearfully accomplished... peeling away skeins of history with blinding imaginative certainty."

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Clive Aslet

War Memorial: The Story of One Village’s Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003

Hay Festival 2014, 

In an intimate portrait of a single countryside community, the historian traces in vivid detail the lives of the twenty-two men and one woman from the Dartmoor village of Lydford who made the supreme sacrifice fighting for Britain in the two World Wars, the Falklands and Iraq.

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Gabriel Rolón and Boris Izaguirre with Sergio Vilela

Cartagena 2012, 
Gabriel Rolón, writer of the successful Historias de diván, is also author of Los padecientes, the bestselling fiction book by an Argentinean author in 2010-2011. Boris Izaguirre was shortlisted for the Planeta Prize in 2007 for his novel Villa Diamante. His latest published work is entitled Dos monstruos juntos. The two writers have worked for radio and participated in the making of major television programmes, Gabriel Rolón in Argentina and Boris Izaguirre in Spain. They will discuss frivolity and humour, important elements in the media, with Sergio Vilela.

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Rick Stroud and Tania Szabó talk to Francine Stock

Lonely Courage

Hay Festival 2017, 

Stroud tells the true stories of the SOE heroines who fought with the Resistance to free Nazi-occupied France. He is joined by Tania Szabó, who has also written a book about one of those agents, her mother: Young, Brave and Beautiful: The Missions of Special Operations Executive Agent Lieutenant Violette Szabó, George Cross, Croix de Guerre avec Étoile de Bronze.

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Meg Rosoff and Shappi Khorsandi talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Funny Business

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writers introduce their two delightful comic novels: Rosoff’s Jonathan Unleashed is a blisteringly funny, touching story of a man whose love life is going to the dogs. Khorsandi’s Nina is Not OK is a darkly funny coming-of-age novel.

Meg Rosoff and Shappi Khorsandi talk to Stephanie Merritt

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The Everyman Debate

The Classics

Hay Festival 1995, 
Which books do we define as classics? Whom do we include or dismiss and why? In this game of Fantasy Festival, Kaleidoscope's  Paul Vaughan chairs and open discussion about the creation of a cannon of literary classics with the panellists Dame Iris Mursoch, Professor John Bayley, publisher Peter Washington, and Daniel Johnson, Literary Editor of The Times. The discussion will be recorded for broadcast on Radio 4's Kaleidoscope on Tuesday 30th May. 

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Aneirin Karadog and Martin Daws

Bilingual Poetry, Rap and Spoken Word

Hay Festival 2015, 
Aneirin Karadog and Martin Daws – Bardd Plant Cymru and Young People’s Laureate for Wales – meet in an interactive performance and discussion, taking the audience on a bilingual journey of poetry, rap and spoken word, through anecdotes and banter. Language will be no barrier to enjoyment, and beware, as you may be called upon to become a poet yourself!
9+ years
Aneirin Karadog and Martin Daws

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Kourosh Saeb Parsy

Cambridge Series: The Future of Organ Transplantation

Hay Festival 2017, 

The consultant transplant surgeon reviews how organ transplantation is being transformed by innovations in organ donation, stem cell technology, bio-engineered tissues and machine perfusion of organs. He explores what is now possible and  discusses the ensuing ethical and legal dilemmas.

Kourosh Saeb Parsy

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Roy Hattersley

The Catholics: The Church and its People in Britain and Ireland, from the Reformation to the Present Day

Hay Festival 2017, 

The survival of Catholicism in Britain, in the face of persecution and institutionalised discrimination (‘the enemy within’ again…) is the triumph of more than simple faith. Hattersley argues that it is the victory of moral and spiritual unbending certainty. Catholicism survives because it does not compromise. It is a characteristic that excites admiration in even a hardened atheist.

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Jay Griffiths talks to Rosie Boycott

Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression

Hay Festival 2016, 

A raw and poetic account of a mind lost in madness, and how the author found her way back from the wilderness. In 2013, while completing work on her book Kith, Jay suffered a devastating, year-long episode of hypomania. She gives a lyrical and painfully honest account of that year. Lost in the depths of her illness, she eventually decided to walk the Camino de Santiago. Undertaking this ancient pilgrimage in her fragile condition against medical advice, she was determined to find a cure for her torment. Jay is the 2015-2016 Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol – Gwyl y Gelli/Creative Wales International Hay Festival International Fellow.

Jay Griffiths talks to Rosie Boycott

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Cecelia Ahern and Christopher Vick

Hay Festival 2016, 

The best-selling author of Flawed and the debut author of Kook discuss teen life, the key issues in writing YA fiction and what really matters to their readers. Chaired by HAYDAYS director Julia Eccleshare.

12+

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Daniel Bermúdez en conversación con Carlos Castillo

La gramática de la arquitectura

Cartagena 2013, 
El arquitecto Daniel Bermúdez, profesor titularde la Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño de la Universidad de los Andes y autor de edificios tan celebrados como la Biblioteca El Tintal o el Centro Cultural Biblioteca Pública Julio Mario Santo Domingo y varias veces premiado en la Bienal Colombiana de Arquitectura conversa con el escritor Carlos Castillo sobre las similitudes entre los procesos creativos de la literatura y la arquitectura, compartiendo conceptos como estructura, espacio y lenguaje.

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Hay 25: Lila Azam Zanganeh, Philipp Blom, Paul Dolan, Dinaw Mengestu y John Ralston Saul en conversación con Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2013, 
En 2012 nuestro festival en Gales cumplió 25 años y, para celebrarlo, hemos compilado una selección de veinticinco preguntas sugeridas por autores y amigos que nos parecen relevantes para el momento en que vivimos. En esta ocasión, los invitados deben responder las tres siguientes: Si te convirtieras en el líder de tu país, ¿qué es lo primero que solucionarías? La mitad de las lenguas del mundo corren peligro de desaparecer para finales de este siglo. ¿Cree que importa? Estamos creando una biblioteca de literatura, música y cine. ¿Qué libro, película y disco incluiría en ella?

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Allegra Huston talks to Rosie Boycott

Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found

Hay Festival 2010, 
When Allegra Huston was four years old, her mother was killed in a car crash. Soon afterwards, she was introduced to an intimidating man wreathed in cigar smoke – the legendary film director John Huston – with the words ‘This is your father’. At the age of twelve she was introduced to her real father, the British historian John Julius Norwich.

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Jay Griffiths

Kith

Kells 2015, 

An examination of childhood and the freedoms of space, time and the natural world, from West Papua and the Arctic to suburban western Europe.

Jay Griffiths will be the International Hay Festival Fellow for the next 12 months, visiting all our festivals around the world. Her visionary and poetic work explores her interest in nature, anthropology and art. Her books include Kith: The Riddle of the ChildscapeWild: An Elemental JourneyPip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, and her fictionalised hymn to Frida Kahlo, A Love Letter from a Stray Moon.

Jay talks to Tiarnán de Hál.

Jay Griffiths

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Antony Feltham-White and Claire Worden, chaired by Bella Bathurst

Talking About It

Hay Festival 2017, 

What do we do when the going gets roughest, and what on earth can we say? Rev LT Col Feltham-White is an army chaplain who has dealt with the full psychological cost of war both on the frontline and behind it. Worden is a farmer and campaigner whose father made an attempt on his life after the family farm had to be sold. With wisdom, humour and insight, they talk about when and how to listen.

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Ava Vidal

Stand-up

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ava’s always felt out of place: at public school, as a prison officer and a struggling teenage single mum. Luckily, the rising star of C4’s Kings Of Comedy and BBC2’s The Sack Race can laugh at her misfortunes.  She’s consistently, delightfully, funny. ‘Vidal juggles the profound and the irreverent, rapidly alternating between the two.’

Ava Vidal

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John Dougherty

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face

Winter Weekend 2014, 

The funniest, craziest book featuring bananas that you’ll ever read. Anarchic, fun and clever – a proper, funny story for children to get their teeth into. 

7+ years

John Dougherty