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Immodesty Blaize and Stephanie Theobald introduced by Julian Clary

Tease

Hay Festival 2009, 
The dazzling international showgirl superstar, Las Vegas’ ‘Reigning Queen of Burlesque’, launches her novel Tease. Theobald introduces her art-market satire A Partial Indulgence. Performance and chat.
Immodesty Blaize and Stephanie Theobald introduced by Julian Clary

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Stephen Fry in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison

An Unquiet Mind

Hay Festival 2012, 
A discussion about Dr Jamison’s definitive work on bipolarity, and the creativity explored in her Touched with Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament.

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Stephen Fry

America

Hay Festival 2009, 
Irony, Obama and our love affair with the New World, from sea to shining sea.

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Hugh Ellis, Peter Ellis, Kate Henderson, Derek Hooper, David Lock, Fiona Mannion and Diane Smith

Love, Life & Liberty

Hay Festival 2013, 

A journey through Britain’s radical tradition of utopian art and politics. The performance of music and readings spans 350 years from The Diggers to Bruce Springsteen, and captures the spirit of hope and vision that once transformed the nation. Music performed by Chris Ellis and Rosie Toll.

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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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Garry Kasparov talks to Stephen Fry

Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins

Hay Festival 2017, 

20 years ago, in May 1997, the world watched as Garry Kasparov, the greatest chess player in the world, was defeated for the first time by the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. He talks to the Hay Festival President about a watershed moment in the history of technology: machine intelligence had arrived at the point where it could best human intellect. 

It wasn’t a coincidence that Kasparov became the symbol of man’s fight against the machines. Chess has long been the fulcrum in development of machine intelligence; the hoax automaton ‘The Turk’ in the 18th century and Alan Turing’s first chess program in 1952 were two early examples of the quest for machines to think like humans a talent we measured by their ability to beat their creators at chess. As the pre-eminent chessmaster of the ’80s and ’90s, it was Kasparov’s blessing and his curse to play against each generation’s strongest computer champions, contributing to their development and advancing the field. 

Like all passionate competitors, Kasparov has taken his defeat and learned from it. He has devoted much energy to devising ways in which humans can partner with machines in order to produce results better than either can achieve alone. During the 20 years since playing Deep Blue, he has played both with and against machines, learning a great deal about our vital relationship with our most remarkable creations. Ultimately, he has become convinced that by embracing the competition between human and machine intelligence, we can spend less time worrying about being replaced and more thinking of new challenges to conquer.

Kasparov tells his side of the story of Deep Blue for the first time – what it was like to strategize against an implacable, untiring opponent – the mistakes he made and the reasons the odds were against him. And he tells his story of AI more generally, and how he has evolved to embrace it, taking part in an urgent debate with philosophers worried about human values, programmers creating self-learning neural networks, and engineers of cutting-edge robotics. 

His previous book was Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped. 

Garry Kasparov talks to Stephen Fry

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Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire

Somaliland: The African Miracle You’ve Never Heard About

Hay Festival 2017, 

This small country, tucked in the northwestern corner of the Horn of Africa, is a template for what is achievable on the continent. And it’s an antidote to the constant cycle of pessimism about Africa that dominates the Western thought on the current state of the continent.  How did the country move from famine, poverty and war to a thriving and prosperous multi-party democracy? Harper is Africa Editor at the BBC World Service and author of Getting Somalia Wrong; Mire is a Swedish-Somali archaeologist.

Rageh Omaar, Mary Harper and Sada Mire

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Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax and Monty Don

Talking About It

Hay Festival 2012, 
The President of Mind and his guests talk about depression, bi-polarity, and the language, literature and conversations that deal with issues surrounding mental health.

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Ramón Cote, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Zoé Valdés, Yolanda Reyes and Alfredo Gómez Cerdá

RCN Ministry of Education Short Story Competition: Our origins as writers

Cartagena 2010, 
The writers Ramón Cote, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Zoé Valdés, Yolanda Reyes and Alfredo Gómez Cerdá, the jury of the third RCN Ministry of Education Short Story Competition, tell us how they started writing and what keeps them writing many years after. Following the event, the young winners will receive their awards.

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Trevor Robbins, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Paul Howard-Jones and Barbara Sahakian

The Royal Society Platform 1: Learning And The Brain

Hay Festival 2013, 

How could what we know about the brain influence how we learn and teach? What are the challenges and opportunities?

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John McCarthy

You Can’t Hide the Sun: A Journey Through Israel and Palestine

Hay Festival 2013, 

Transported as a young boy by his father’s tales of Palestine, John McCarthy has always been drawn to the mystique of the Middle East. Remarkably, his first-hand experience of its brutal conflicts – he was kidnapped and held hostage in the Lebanon for five years – only strengthened his determination to return and explore its myriad complexities.

In the years since his ordeal, McCarthy has travelled through Israel and East Jerusalem, from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Bedouin encampments of the Negev Desert. His intensely moving encounters with the inhabitants of this beautiful but tormented region reveal the continuing tragedy of the Palestinians who remained in Israel after its formation in 1948 – and who still dare to think of it as home.

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Guillermo Altares, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Manuel Calderón and Christopher Domínguez

in conversation with Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2010, 
The pleasure and responsibility of reviewing books: In this event our guests, consummate readers who have also reviewed many books and authors, will give their opinion about very common and yet pertinent questions, such as the role of book reviews today, how to convey the emotions experienced in reading, how to point out shortcomings, and how to select a book out of the immense choice on offer.

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Mohammed Hassan Alwan, Jana Elhassan and Saud Alsanousi in conversation with Fadi Tofeili

Beirut 2013, 

Three finalists of the International Prize for Arab Fiction 2013 will talk to Fadi Tofeili about their recent books. With Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Kuwait’s Saud Alsanousi and Jana Elhassan from Lebanon.

Event in Arabic

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Earl H Fry, Antonio Fernández-Martos and Fidel Sendagorta talk to Marco Benito

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (T-TIP): A positive step for business between Europe and the USA

Segovia 2014, 
[56] 13.00h–14.00h, , 3 €Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University (USA) and expert in international economic agreements Earl H. Fry; the Director General of International Trade and Investment at the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness Antonio Fernández, and Fidel Sendagorta, Secretary General of US Spain Council Foundation, discuss the impact of the new T-TIP agreement on European development, with IE Law School professor and expert in international arbitration, Marco Benito.

Event in English


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Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Canadian writer discusses her 1985 dystopian masterpiece with Peter Florence.

See also event 205 and event 189

Margaret Atwood

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The Social Responsibility of Architecture

Shigeru Ban in conversation with Martha Thorne

Segovia 2010, 

Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect known worldwide for works such as the ‘Paper House’ and the ‘Paper Church’ (as a response to the earthquakes in Kobe, Japan), or the Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), speaks to Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Prize and Associate Dean for External Relations at the IE School of Architecture–IE University. Shigeru Ban has been named by Time magazine as one of the main innovators of the 21st century. The event is presented by David Venables from AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council).

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David Frost talks to Peter Florence

Frost Frost

Hay Festival 2009, 
The peerless satirist and political interviewer in conversation.

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Caitlin Moran talks to India Knight

Hay Festival 2013, 

Talk-time with the author of the fabulous How To Be A Woman and the Moranthology collection, which are both politically brilliant and outrageously funny.

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Jeremy Paxman

The Victorians

Hay Festival 2009, 
Starting out from the hugely popular masterpieces of Victorian art, the grand inquisitor challenges our assumptions about the birth of modern Britain.

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Nicholas Stern

The Guardian Sessions: Blueprint for a Safer Planet

Hay Festival 2009, 
What is the problem? What are the dangers? What can be done to reduce emissions? At what cost? How can the world adapt? And, what does all this mean for corporations, governments and individuals? Chaired by Ian Katz.


The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Rowan Williams and Simon Russell Beale

Talking Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2011, 
As part of the day's programme of conversations celebrating this year's Michael Ramsey Prize the Archbishop of Canterbury discusses the work of the world's greatest writer with one of Britain's finest actors.
Rowan Williams and Simon Russell Beale

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Niall Ferguson

The Barclays Wealth Lecture: Civilization – The West and The Rest

Hay Festival 2011, 
If the West’s ascendancy over the last 500 years is based on six ‘killer applications’ – competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic – then what happens now?
 
Read an article by Niall Ferguson www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/

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Christopher Hitchens talks to Ian McEwan

God Is Not Great

London Events 2007, 
Christopher Hitchens presents his case against religion to a London audience. He talks to Ian McEwan.

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Brian May & Elena Vidal

A Village Lost and Found

Hay Festival 2010, 
A painstaking excavation of exquisite stereo photographs from the dawn of photography transports us back in time to the lost world of an Oxfordshire village of the 1850s. Pioneering stereographer TR Williams created these powerfully atmospheric views of rural society in 1856, and here today they burst into glorious 3D life.
Brian May & Elena Vidal

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Mario Bellatin, Santiago Gamboa and Gustavo Rodríguez with Rodolfo Mendoza

Literary careers

Cartagena 2012, 
Three very different writers from contemporary Spanish-language literature attend this event to talk about their literary lives. Mario Bellatin founded the Mexican Dynamic Writers’ School and is author of Disecado. Santiago Gamboa has received the La Otra Orilla Award for his latest novel, Necrópolis. The Peruvian Gustavo Rodríguez was shortlisted for the Herralde Prize with La risa de tu madre, is a regular contributor to the magazine Etiqueta Negra and is co-founder of Proyecto Recreo, an initiative to promote reading in the schools of Peru. They will talk to the editor Rodolfo Mendoza.