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Kate Raworth

Seeds of the 21st Century Economy

Hay Festival 2018, 

A successful economy in the 21st century will be one that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet - but how can it be done? Raworth explores stories from cities and enterprises worldwide that are pioneering new economic designs. What does it take to make a city regenerative? Can business be designed to distribute, rather than concentrate, the value created? Where is it happening and what are the challenges facing the front-runners? Raworth is the author of Doughnut Economics.

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2017, 

Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and twice winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum is a complete horror. He hates children, animals and fun, not to mention corn on the cob. This book is about him, an angry fairy who lives in his bathtub, Jake the dog and a little girl called Polly. Plus, there are heroes and sweets and adventures. Join to celebrate the 10th anniversary of You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum!

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Andy Stanton

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Gore Vidal, Mark Lawson

The Essential Gore Vidal

Hay Festival 2000, 
The great American novelist, historian and politico in conversation with the BBC broadcaster and writer.

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Andrew Gant

Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Andrew Gant unravels the captivating, and often surprising stories behind the origin of some of our best loved carols. Tales of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys, choirboys, monks and drunks. It is a fittingly joyous account of one of our best-loved musical traditions.

Andrew Gant

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads - A New History of the World

Winter Weekend 2015, 

From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the twentieth century, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Peter Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Peter Frankopan

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Sophy Ridge and Yvette Cooper

The Women Who Shaped Politics

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Sky News presenter introduces her book filled with empowering stories of women who have shifted the political landscape, from the Suffragettes to the present day.  She discusses sexism, resilience and opportunity with the Labour politician and former Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper.  This book went to press on the day the Daily Mail splashed the meeting between the First Minister of Scotland and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom with the headline: ‘Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it?’

Sophy Ridge and Yvette Cooper

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Rachel Dowse talks to Jane Davidson

Starling Song: Murmurations of Meaning

Hay Festival 2017, 

The 2017 INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Lecture

Often overlooked, taken for granted and sometimes even shooed away from our bird tables, the common starling is, as Rachel Dowse shows in this illustrated talk, a beautiful and inspiring bird with a long cultural and linguistic heritage. From Aristotle and Pliny, to Mozart and the Mabinogion and Peter Coates and Robert Macfarlane, the starling has inspired writers, musicians, and scientists.

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Paula Hawkins talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Into The Water

Hay Festival 2017, 

The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon.

Paula Hawkins talks to Georgina Godwin

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Marie Darrieussecq, Rupert Thomson, Louise Dean

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Broadcaster Paul Blezard discusses new fiction. Darrieussecq's White is set on and Antarctic station. Thomson's satirical fable Divided Kingdom is set here in the UK. Dean's This Human Season is set in Belfast in 1979.

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Johnnie Walker talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
From DJ-ing local dance halls, and buccaneering with Radio Caroline to his current status as Radio 2 guru, Walker has always been an adventurer in contemporary music.

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Maureen Lipman talks to Jim Naughtie

Hay Festival 2007, 
The national treasure receives the 2007 Listening Books Award, celebrating outstanding contribution to the spoken word. Chaired by LBA Trustee Jim Naughtie.

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Alan Garner

Strandloper: Man of Leaf and Golden Hood

Hay Festival 1996, 
Recognised as the key figure in the Golden Age of British Literature for his books Elidor, The Owl Service, Red Shift and The Stone Book Quartet, Garner talks about his writing and introduces his first adult novel Strandloper which explores and melds the Dreaming of the Aborigines and the ancient green magic of England

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Hanif Kureishi talks to Rosie Boycott

Fictions: The Nothing

Hay Festival 2017, 

A new tale of ageing, lust, helplessness and deception told with the trademark black humour of one of the great British novelists whose films and books include The Buddha of Suburbia, Venus, The Mother and My Beautiful Launderette. Kureishi is one of the wisest and most humane writers with an acute eye for vulnerabilities and quiet desperation.

Hanif Kureishi talks to Rosie Boycott

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Thomasina Miers talks to Rosie Boycott

Home Cook

Hay Festival 2017, 

The founder of the Mexican street food cantina Wahaca introduces her most-loved recipes; recipes that she has fed her friends and family at her always busy kitchen table, recipes made up of family classics or food inspired by her travels and her favourite food-writers and chefs.

Thomasina Miers talks to Rosie Boycott

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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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Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

A Foot in the River: Why Our Lives Change – and the Limits of Evolution

Hay Festival 2016, 

Like other species, we have a culture. But compared with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply at bewildering speed. They vary, radically and rapidly, from time to time and place to place. And the way we live – our manners, morals, habits, experiences, relationships, technology, values – seems to be changing at an ever-accelerating pace. Ultimately, no environmental conditions, no genetic legacy, no predictable patterns, no scientific laws determine our behaviour. We can imagine and re-imagine our world at will. The historian’s award-winning books include Civilizations; Millennium; 1492: The Year Our World Began, and Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

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Jenny Valentine, Annabel Pitcher and Hayley Long

Family Secrets

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join the three award-winning authors of Fire Colour One, Silence is Goldfish and Sophie Someone to discuss different ways of telling stories about families and the complications of the secrets they keep.

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Óscar Guardiola-Rivera

What if Latin America ruled the world?

Cartagena 2012, 
Philosopher and Law Lecturer at Birkbeck University in London, Óscar Guardiola-Rivera received the 2000 National Essay Prize at the Bogota International Book Fair for La otra guerra: el derecho como continuación del conflicto y lenguaje de la paz. He is also the author of El fin del capitalismo and will now present his latest work, What if Latin America Ruled the World? a work that looks at the history of the region and analyses the ‘latinamericanisation’ of the USA and the growing international influence of Latin America.
Óscar Guardiola-Rivera

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Peter Bunzl and Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Moonlocket and The Island at the End of Everything

Hay Festival 2017, 

Promising myth, adventure and mechanimals, Bunzl and Hargrave will begin an illustrated conversation in which they discuss the inspiration behind their best-selling debuts Cogheart and The Girl of Ink and Stars and introduce their new books, Moonlocket and The Island at the End of Everything.

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Jeannette Littlemore

The Way You Tell It: the benefits and drawbacks of non-literal expression in everyday life

Hay Festival 2017, 

Metaphors, metonymy, irony, hyperbole – non-literal expression is one of the primary tools for achieving economy of expression, clarity, persuasiveness, politeness and the communication of emotions. However, the potential for misunderstanding increases dramatically in situations where participants lack shared background knowledge or have significantly different views of the world. Littlemore is Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics at University of Birmingham.

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Perdita and Honor Cargill and Katy Birchall

Waiting for Callback: Take Two and The It Girl: Superstar Geek

Hay Festival 2017, 

Fame, that’s all Elektra, star of Waiting for Callback: Take Two, has ever wanted, and now she has a part in a film, but things don’t go quite to plan. Anna Huntly, star of The It Girl: Superstar Geek, has a different ambition. Join the creators of these girls as they discuss their witty and wise stories of teenage dreams and anxieties with Emily Drabble, Head of Booktrust’s children’s book promotion.

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Perdita and Honor Cargill and Katy Birchall

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Ahdaf Soueif and The Winner

The 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

The prize aims to reward the best work of literature published in the UK in any given year, regardless of form. Chair of the judges, Ahdaf Soueif, will discuss the challenge of judging fiction against non-fiction and how the jury arrived at its decision. She’ll be in conversation with the newly inaugurated winner, who will have been announced just three days previously.

Ahdaf Soueif and The Winner

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Margo Glantz en conversación con Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2015, 
Autora de más de veinticinco libros de ensayo y narrativa, Margo Glantz ha escrito, entre otros, Las genealogías, Síndrome de naufragios, Saña, Coronada de moscas y, más recientemente, Yo también me acuerdo. Entre sus galardones destacan el Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes 2004 y el Premio FIL de Literatura 2010. Además, ha traducido a autores como Georges Bataille, Tennessee Williams y Michel de Ghelderode. Conversará con la editora Margarita Valencia.

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Henry Shue talks to Philippe Sands

Fighting Hurt: Rule and Exception in Torture and War

Hay Festival 2016, 

Citing real cases including the bombing of Iraq in 1991, the Clinton Administration decision not to intervene in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, and CIA torture after 9/11, the Oxford international relations expert interrogates issues of ‘proportionality’ and ‘collateral damage’ as he examines the ethical limits of US foreign policy. He talks to the lawyer and author of Lawless World and Torture Team.

Henry Shue talks to Philippe Sands

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Fergal Keane talks to Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2007, 
A conversation about freedoms of speech and journalistic engagement with the Irish journalist, ranging from Rwanda to Stormont, Soweto to St Peter’s.