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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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Literatura para los más jóvenes: retos y desafíos.

Menena Cottin, Jean Paul Mongin, Boris Pfeiffer e Irene Vasco en conversación con Ruth Kaufman

Cartagena 2015, 
¿Cuáles son los retos a los que se enfrenta un escritor a la hora de escribir para un público infantil y juvenil? La diseñadora gráfica, ilustradora y escritora venezolana Menena Cottin, la escritora colombiana Irene Vasco, el escritor alemán Boris Pfeiffer y Jean Paul Mongin, escritor francés y editor de Les petits Platons, nos hablarán de cómo afrontan la creación de sus obras para las nuevas generaciones de lectores.

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Horatio Clare

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

Hay Festival 2017, 

More adventures for Aubrey, a small boy who can talk to animals, in this author’s new title. Now shrunk to the size of an earwig, Aubrey is helping the insects to save the world from starvation and supporting a newly arrived Ladybird family to overcome hostility from the local inhabitants. Join Horatio Clare as he discusses his fantastic new story about the world of Aubrey and his epic adventure of love, travel and insects with Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.

9+
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JP McMahon

Aesthetic Investigations Into The Culinary Field

Kells 2013, 

The celebrated chef will discuss the idea of terroir in relation to food and art history, specifically looking at how terroir not only reveals our sense of place but also how we got here.

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Bill Bryson

Britain

Hay Festival 1997, 
Anyone who's read The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Mother Tongue and Made in America knows Bryson as an achingly outrageously funny humorist. Notes From a Small Island confirms his status as a master of travel-writing, a wonderfully perceptive and acute companion over here or over there.

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Thinking Mathematically

Hay Festival 2013, 

Exploring, questioning, visualising, conjecturing, explaining, generalising, justifying…are all at the heart of mathematical thinking. Come and take part in some stimulating activities designed to develop your capacity to work as a mathematician, with Cambridge University’s Charlie Gilderdale.

9+ years

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Katie Harnett, Joe Todd-Stanton, Jim Stoten, Ben Newman

Studio Dreams

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the Nobrow magazine illustrators as they discuss their work and how the environment in which we work affects what we make. The Nobrow tenth anniversary magazine celebrates 70 different illustrators’ vision of their ideal workspaces, if the sky was the limit.

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Rhidian Brook

Fictions: The Killing of Butterfly Joe

Hay Festival 2018, 

Llew Jones wanted to see the States and write about the experience. Then he met Joe Bosco, a butterfly salesman as charismatic as he was infuriating, and they were soon hurtling across 1980s America together, caught up in an adventure that got way, way out of control. Now Llew is in jail, his friend is gone, and he has to give his side of the story if he’s ever going to get free . . . Part existential road trip, part neo-Gothic thriller, part morality tale, The Killing of Butterfly Joe is a dazzling and propulsive novel full of characters you’ll never forget. The film of Brook’s novel The Aftermath starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård comes out later this year. He talks to Peter Florence.

Rhidian Brook

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Oliver Bullough, Chibundu Onuzo, Eva Anderson

How to steal a trillion dollars

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Journalist and author Oliver Bullough brings his popular kleptoscope series to Hay to discuss why so much money is stolen from the world's poorest countries, and what we can do about it. Nigerian novelist Onuzu talks about how she put corruption at the heart of her brilliant second novel Welcome to Lagos, and Transparency International's Anderson explains why so much of that stolen money ends up in the UK.

Oliver Bullough, Chibundu Onuzo, Eva Anderson

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Marcus Sedgwick

Hay Festival 2014, 

Marcus Sedgwick has won or been nominated for over thirty awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal (four times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times). He recently won the prestigious Printz Award for Midwinterblood. He joins Daniel Hahn for a conversation about his work, in particular his latest novel, the highly acclaimed She Is Not Invisible.

12+ years (YA)
Marcus Sedgwick

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Steve Eales

Casting the Net: The Way Science is Really Done

Hay Festival 2014, 

The standard description of the scientific method is that it is primarily a negative activity, with scientists setting out to disprove the latest hypothesis. But very few real scientists have ever set out with this aim in mind. The astronomer shows that real science is often a matter of casting a net.

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Ed Vere

Max the Brave

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet Max the Brave, a funny and loveable new character from acclaimed author and illustrator Ed Vere. Join Ed as he tells you about Max’s adventures and teaches you how to draw Max as well as some of his other characters.
4+ years
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Maggie O’Farrell talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

Hay Festival 2018, 

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa novel award-winner Maggie O’Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose? She talks to the author of A Manual for Heartache and The Last Act of Love.

Maggie O’Farrell talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink

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Antony Beevor, Artemis Cooper, Edward Fox, Bettany Hughes, Joanna Lumley and Simon Schama

John Julius in the World: A Tribute to the Historian

Hay Festival 2019, 

John Julius Norwich had to withdraw from his Hay Festival event last year and died on 1 June. His family and friends offer this celebration of his work on Sicily, Venice and the Mediterranean, Byzantium and the Kings of England. With readings from his books and from his edition of his mother’s letters Darling Monster: The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper To Her Son John Julius Norwich.

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Laurence Rees

The Holocaust: A New History

Hay Festival 2017, 

Mixing extensive research and testimony from survivors with a searing analysis of the decision-making of the Nazi state, the distinguished film-maker and historian’s landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history – how, and why, did the holocaust happen?

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Floella Benjamin

Coming to England

Hay Festival 2017, 

An actress, author, producer and working peer, Benjamin is best known for her work presenting children’s TV programmes such as Play School. Join her for a truly inspiring event as she talks about her childhood memoir and the journey she made as a youngster from Trinidad to embark on a very different life with her family in England in 1960. She shows how having the courage to believe in yourself can help you tackle new challenges and overcome adversity.

9+
Floella Benjamin

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Földényi F. László talks to Bednanics Gábor

Budapest 2012, 
The art historian, literary scholar and essayist in conversation with the young literary critic, an expert on contemporary Hungarian literature.
 
Hungarian with simultaneous translation into English

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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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Craig Thomas

Worlds Not Realised - Wagner and Nietzsche

Hay Festival 1995, 
The best-selling novelist re-examines the personal and intellectual relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche, proposing the argument that Nietzsche's early philosophy was based on a misunderstanding of Wagner's music and on indebtedness to the aesthetic theories of the previous hundred years. Nietzsche emerges as a Romantic Philosopher and Wagner as the last composer of the revolutionary Enlightenment.

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John Boyne

Fictions: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Hay Festival 2017, 

Boyne’s new novel spans 80 years of Irish history. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, Cyril Avery will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home and a country. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson

The Scummy Mummies Live Show

Hay Festival 2017, 

The outrageously funny comedians cover a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories! Parental guidance: GO!

Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson

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Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan

War Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

The broadcaster and historian teams up with his wife, Canadian journalist Ann MacMillan, to present the book they wrote together about 34 people who had extraordinary experiences in wartime. They have found tales of stunning individual bravery and resilience in the face of extreme distress over the course of 150 years – from the Charge of the Light Brigade to the Syrian government’s shelling of Homs. They will give a fully illustrated PowerPoint presentation highlighting some of their most gripping stories and talk about how they came to write them.

Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan

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Horatio Clare

Winter Wayfaring

Winter Weekend 2018, 

In his extraordinary travelogue Something of his Art: Walking to Lübeck with J S Bach, Clare recreates the walk that J S Bach, then an unknown composer and organ teacher, made in the depths of winter in 1705 across Germany to Lübeck. This was the pivotal point in the young composer’s life, when he began his journey to becoming the master of the Baroque. Clare’s second 2018 publication is The Light in The Dark: a moving and lyrical evocation of a British winter and the feelings it inspires. The writer raises a torch against the darkness, illuminating the blackest corners of the season, and delving into memory and myth to explore the powerful hold that winter has on us. Chaired by Dylan Moore.

Horatio Clare

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Álvaro Enrigue, Arturo Fontaine y Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Óscar Collazos

Historias políticas.

Cartagena 2013, 
La novela política nunca ha dejado de estar de actualidad en América Latina. Tres autores que han trabajado en el género conversarán con Óscar Collazos de esos libros de ficción que reflejan, analizan y hasta proponen las políticas del continente. Álvaro Enrigue (México), Arturo Fontaine (Chile) y Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia) en conversación con el escritor Óscar Collazos.

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Orhan Pamuk talks to Maureen Freely

Hay Festival 2007, 
The 2006 Nobel Laureate, talks to his translator about his work My Name is Red, Snow and Istanbul: Memories and the City.