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Dan Pearson

Spirit: Garden Inspiration

Hay Festival 2009, 
The garden writer explores the idea of a sense of place, illustrated with design influences as diverse as his childhood garden, the desert of southern California, the Thames houseboat moorings near Tower Bridge, the Villa d’Este, the Pantheon and a Japanese forest lodge.

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Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

Green-tech tinted glasses: how smarter agriculture can reduce farming’s footprint

Hay Festival 2017, 

Crop drones, precision pesticides, earthworm management, poultry software and GPS- directed tractors are just some of the new technologies that are revolutionising agriculture. The panel discusses agri-tech innovation helping farmers to become more efficient by using fewer resources. Browning is CEO of the Soil Association, Speller is an award-winning poultry farmer, Freestone a Linking Environment and Farming accredited farm manager.

Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

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Happy Ever After

Sally Gardner, Nick Lake and Alexia Casale

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sally Gardner and Nick Lake have won major awards for fiction – the Costa and the Printz. They are joined by newcomer Alexia Casale to talk about themes in YA fiction and whether readers need happy endings.

Sally Gardner is a highly acclaimed writer of award winning fiction such as I, Coriander, The Red Necklace and most recently the Costa-winning Maggot Moon, currently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Alexia Casale’s debut The Bone Dragon is a blend of psychological thriller and fairytale in which the boundaries between fact and fantasy are very fragile.

Nick Lake has just won the prestigious Printz award for In Darkness, also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has a highly acclaimed new novel out called Hostage Three.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear three extremely talented writers answer questions about their work, and to ask some questions of your own.

13+ years

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Baroness Helena Kennedy

Democracy: A System in Crisis

Segovia 2010, 
The work of Baroness Helena Kennedy, a lawyer and member of the House of Lords, has centred on matters related to human and civil rights, social justice and culture. Aware of the importance of the education system, she created the Helena Kennedy Foundation, an organisation that helps students of modest means. She is the author of Just Law: The Changing Face of Justice

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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William Dalrymple

The Return Of A King

Hay Festival 2013, 

The historian tells the story of the British forces as they invade Afghanistan in 1839 and re-establish Shah Shuia ul-Mulk on the throne. The British faced little opposition to the invasion but, two years later, the Afghans rose in answer to the call for jihad and ultimately consigned the British to their most humiliating military defeat of the C19th.

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Mark Tully

India - The Road Ahead

Hay Festival 2012, 
The peerless commentator on India examines the economic boom, corruption, poverty, diversity and cricket in the world’s largest democracy. Chaired by Oliver Balch, author of India Rising - Tales From a Changing Nation.

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Fernando Gaitán, Beatriz Robledo, Guadalupe Nettel, Andrés Neuman and Roberto Burgos Cantor with Juan Gossaín

RCN Ministry of Education story competition: How to tell a story

Cartagena 2011, 
The judges of the fourth RCN Ministry of Education short story competition will share their experiences and skills with the public by telling their own stories. This will be followed by the presentation of awards to the young competition winners.

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Ángel Antonio Herrera, Raúl del Pozo y Javier Villán Zapatero

Café Gijón

Segovia 2008, 
El Gran Café de Gijón en Madrid es el café literario por excelencia. Ha reunido en tertulia, durante décadas, a los más sobresalientes escritores y artistas españoles e incluso extranjeros. Umbral escribió La noche que llegué al Café Gijón, y lo eternizó en libro. Umbral homenajeó al Gijón y el Gijón le homenajea a él. Conversación de sus amigos de El Mundo; el escritor y periodista Angel Antonio Herrera, el poeta y periodista Javier Villán Zapatero y el escritor y columinista Raul del Pozo.

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Peter Hitchens

The Rage Against God

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist describes his journey from atheism to an unmodernized Christianity and Why Faith is the Foundation of Civilisation. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
Peter Hitchens

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Rob Yorke, Tim Lang and George Freeman

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum

Hay Festival 2015, 

Can we keep food affordable while paying more for it to conserve the environment? George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences (including responsibility for the Governments Agri-tech Strategy), discusses with Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London.

Rob Yorke, Tim Lang and George Freeman

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Christopher Lloyd

What on Earth Evolved: 100 Species That Changed the World

Hay Festival 2010, 
Which species have been the most successful? How do life forms adapt to a world dominated by nearly seven billion humans?

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Cosey Fanni Tutti and John Grant

Art Sex Music

Hay Festival 2017, 

The avant-garde musician, conceptual artist and pornographic model discusses her candid, taboo-breaking and fascinating autobiography with the musician John Grant.

Cosey Fanni Tutti and John Grant

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Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

Most Talked About YA Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet the authors of three of the most talked-about Young Adult novels of 2015, Read Me Like a BookThe Art of Being Normal and This is Not a Love Story. For anyone who struggles with what they feel is expected of them by family, school and society, these books will be a breath of fresh air. Relationships, identity and gender are explored in a discussion about the challenges and rewards of writing for a YA audience.
12+ years/YA
Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

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Bee Rowlatt

Talking about Jane Austen in Bagdad

Cartagena 2011, 
Bee Rowlatt, a reporter for the BBC World Service, looked for Iraqis who spoke English in order to find out about life in a Baghdad destroyed by war. That was when she found May Witwit, an English literature teacher who helped her students forget about bullets and bombs with stories about Jane Austen. Communicating by email, they became close friends despite differences in age, religion and culture. This correspondence, which was made into a book, provides a fascinating portrait of Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and also describes an ingenious plan for May to escape from Baghdad, bringing her safely back to the United Kingdom.

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Gillian Beer

Darwin and the arts

Cartagena 2010, 
Gillian Beer, fellow of Girton College, Cambridge University, who has studied Darwin’s works and their relationship with literature, reveals an unknown side of the British genius. During his youth, Darwin showed a special interest in arts that disappeared in his mature years. She investigates this matter: what happened to his aesthetic sensitivity? Did it disappear or just re-emerge under a different form in his later works? 
 
This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.
Gillian Beer

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Andrew Simms, John Sauven, Peter Myers and Lemn Sissay

nef series 3: Tick Tock, Climate Clock

Hay Festival 2012, 
How much can society and the economy change in 50 months? On current trends, that’s the time frame we are working to before the balance of risk of dangerous climate change potentially shifts against us. The Chief Executive of Greenpeace UK discusses the deadline with the co-founders of onehundredmonths.org and poet Lemn Sissay.

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Zoé Valdés, Manuel Vicent and Almudena Grandes with Juan David Correa

Memory talks

Cartagena 2010, 
Literature can be described as a means of creating memory – that is, we remember and reinvent the past, and by doing so, we make literature. To regain the past, to wonder about its impact in our present, or to question its apparent irrefutability, are matters that belong to literary memory. With Zoé Valdés, writer, poet and Member of the Order of Arts and Letters in France; Manuel Vicent, Spanish writer and winner of the Alfaguara Prize in 1999 with Sound of the Sea and the Nadal Prize in 1986 with Balada de Caín, and Almudena Grandes, author of The Frozen Heart, in conversation with the journalist Juan David Correa.

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Carol Birch talks to Peter Florence

Jamrach’s Menagerie

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011, this epic novel brings alive the smells, sights and flavours of the nineteenth century, from the docks of London to the storms of the Indian Ocean.

More about Jamrach's Menagerie...
Young Jaffy Brown never expects to escape the slums of Victorian London. Then, aged eight, a chance encounter with Mr Jamrach changes Jaffy's stars. And before he knows it, he finds himself at the docks waving goodbye to his beloved Ishbel and boarding a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. With his friend Tim at his side, Jaffy's journey will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits. 

Carol Birch talks to Peter Florence

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Blanca Berasategui in conversation with María Dueñas

Segovia 2010, 
María Dueñas has been the literary phenomenon of the year. With her novel El tiempo entre costuras she has become known as a new and subtle writer who evokes the world of the Spanish protectorate in Morocco and all the real and imagined lives at the beginning of the 20th century. Dueñas, who is also a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Murcia, will talk to Blanca Berasategui, editor in chief of El Cultural (the cultural supplement of the newspaper El Mundo). 
 
Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.
Blanca Berasategui in conversation with María Dueñas

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Paul Preston

The LSE Lecture: The Spanish Holocaust - Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

Hay Festival 2012, 
The world’s foremost historian of C20th Spain charts how and why Franco and his supporters set out to eliminate all ‘those who do not think as we do’ – some 200,000 innocent men, women and children across Spain.
 

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Anthony Giddens

The Politics of Climate Change

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Politics-as-usual won’t deal with the problems we face, while the recipes of the green movement are flawed at source.’ The eminent sociologist introduces a range of new concepts and proposals to fill in the gap, and examines in depth the connections between climate change and energy security.

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Deborah Kay Davies and Tahmina Anam talk to Ariane Koek

Fictions: Survival

Hay Festival 2011, 
True Things About Me is a novel about a woman, about risk and sex and survival. The Good Muslim is a family love story set in Bangladesh and explores the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war.

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Toni Morrison talks to Jerry Brotton

Shakespeare 450 – Desdemona

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist talks about her play written in response to Shakespeare’s Othello. Her workis an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Morrison gives voice and depth to the female characters, letting them speak and sing in the fullness of their hearts.

Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 446.

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare 3 - The Lovers

Hay Festival 2012, 
The professor of poetry lays bare Shakepeare’s depiction of boy lovers and the explorations of sex, love and marriage in the plays. With special reference to Romeo & Juliet. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Jon Ronson

Lost At Sea

Hay Festival 2013, 

In his latest curious adventures into human eccentricity the humorist investigator goes on patrol with America’s real-life superheroes, nerds a UFO convention in the Nevada Desert with Robbie Williams, and asks a robot whether it has a soul.