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Andrew Solomon talks to Rosie Boycott

Far From The Tree: A Dozen Kinds Of Love

Hay Festival 2013, 

An introduction to families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down’s syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, Solomon documents repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

Andrew Solomon talks to Rosie Boycott

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Robert Winston

Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of our Inventions

Hay Festival 2010, 
The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path toward greater power over his environment. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention? Chaired by Hilary Lawson, chair of the How The Light Gets In philosophy festival.
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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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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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Barbara Sahakian

Cambridge University Series 3 - Bad Moves: How Decision-Making Goes Wrong

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Professor of Neuroscience discusses the process of normal decision-making – our strategies, biases that affect us and influential factors. She will describe the abnormal patterns found in patients with conditions such as severe depression, Alzheimer’s and accidental brain damage. Examining how the brain can be manipulated to improve cognitive function in these patients, she will consider the use and the ethical questions of ‘smart drugs’.

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Elmer Mendoza talks to Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Segovia 2011, 
In Mexico, everything related to drug trafficking is reflected in various ways in culture, among them the Mexican “corridos”, musical numbers that narrate the story of anonymous heroes or smugglers often paid by the drug traffickers themselves. The patriarch of north Mexican literature and author of La prueba del ácido, Élmer Mendoza, will talk on the matter with Arturo Pérez-Reverte, a prolific writer of international renown whose novel La reina del sur has been translated into 27 languages and has had an unparalleled success in México and has recently been adapted for television and made a huge impact through Spanish speaking Latin America.

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Wilder Guerra, Vicenta Siosi Pino, Estercilia Simancas and José Ángel Guerra

Wayuu Fiction

Cartagena 2010, 
A look to the literary production in wayuu. With Wilder Guerra, the wayuu writer Vicenta Siosi Pino, Estercilia Simancas and José Ángel Guerra. It includes reading of texts in the original language.

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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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Molly Scott Cato and Polly Higgins

Creating A Resilient World

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is it possible to manage resources fairly and equitably? A strong local economy is important to sustainability, but how large is a local economy and how self-reliant can it be? What part does the law play in ensuring a resilient environment for all and preventing exploitation by the few? The Telegraph’s Geoffrey Lean chairs.

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Ed Balls talks to Joan Bakewell

Speaking Out

Hay Festival 2017, 

The highs and lows of life in and out of politics – from the despatch box to Strictly stage with one of Britain’s most influential and charming political figures. He’s funny, and acute about the madhouse of Parliament. Ed Balls is not currently an MP.

Ed Balls talks to Joan Bakewell

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Ted Hughes

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading by the Poet Laureate.

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Terry Jones, Gavin Pretor Pinney and Tibor Fischer join John Mitchinson

Unbound

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the ex-Monty Python writer and performer, along with cloud-guru Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Booker-shortlisted novelist Tibor Fischer and others to launch Unbound – a revolutionary new way for writers to publish new book projects by involving readers directly.
 
Find out more about the Unbound Shed at Hay this year 

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Jo Fairley, Harriet Lamb and Wolfgang Weinmann chaired by George Alagiah

The Country Living Debate: What’s Behind the Logo?

Hay Festival 2010, 
With a plethora of labelling but a woeful lack of consistent information, how are we to understand how and where our food is produced and the ethics of the companies involved? Featuring the Fairtrade Foundation, Green & Blacks and Cafédirect.
Jo Fairley, Harriet Lamb and Wolfgang Weinmann chaired by George Alagiah

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Steve McCurry talks to Tim Marlow

A Journey Along the Coffee Trail

Hay Festival 2015, 

The award-winning Magnum photographer discusses his 30-year career shooting conflicts, vanishing traditions and contemporary culture with the Artistic Director of the Royal Academy. He presents his latest book From These Hands: A Journey Along the Coffee Trail. This brand new collection documents all the important coffee-growing communities around the world. McCurry’s striking colour portraits reach beyond the physical processes, to capture the very essence of these communities: ‘This project is about coffee, but not in a literal sense. It’s about how we live, about how people interact with one another.’

Photo: Bruno Barbey

Steve McCurry talks to Tim Marlow

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MJ Hyland e Isabel Fonseca en conversación con Charlotte Higgins

Segovia 2009, 
Dos reconocidas autoras en habla inglesa, la inglesa MJ Hyland y la norteamericana de origen uruguayo Isabel Fonseca, conversan con Charlotte Higgins, escritora principal de la sección de Artes del periódico The Guardian, sobre sus últimas novelas.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Jung Chang talks to Rosie Boycott

Wild Swans, 25 years on

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author and biographer of Mao revisits the family history she wrote 25 years ago, and looks at the changes in China over that quarter century.

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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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Nicholas Stern

The British Academy Lecture

Hay Festival 2013, 

Six years on from his landmark Climate Change Report, Lord Stern thinks he underestimated the predictions of global temperature rise and that we may now be looking not at 2/3° but at 4/5°. On the up side, he sees potential for economic growth in green industries. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Simon Schama and teachers

Our Children, Our History

Hay Festival 2013, 

What kind of past is it that Michael Gove’s proposed history curriculum offers to schoolchildren and their teachers? Can it be taught? Should it be taught? And what are the consequences for our national culture and identity? The historian leads the conversation and welcomes contributions from primary and secondary school teachers.

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LSE Series. Informing the world: Journalism, Communication and New Media

Giles Tremlett and Charlie Beckett in conversation with Adam Austerfield

Segovia 2010, 
Giles Tremlett, Spanish correspondent for The Guardian, will talk to Charlie Beckett, founder of ‘Polis’ (the forum for research and debate into international journalism and society in the Media and Communications Department at LSE), about how journalism has undergone a radical change in recent years. Special attention will be paid to the journalistic style in Spain during the crisis; is Spain really different? Chaired by Adam Austerfield, president of the LSE Alumni in Spain.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Miriam Gómez Cabrera Infante en conversación con Valentí Puig

Segovia 2009, 
Miriam Gómez Cabrera Infante, viuda del Premio Cervantes Guillermo Cabrera Infante, y el periodista, crítico y escritor Valentí Puig dialogan sobre el fascinante proceso de publicación de la obra del autor cubano que Galaxia Gutenberg / Círculo de Lectores está editando. Presenta y modera Antoni Munné.

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Jeanette Winterson

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

Hay Festival 2010, 
The writer celebrates the 25th anniversary of her autobiographical novel.
Jeanette Winterson

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Alistair Darling talks to Jesse Norman

Back from the Brink

Hay Festival 2012, 
The former Chancellor discusses the state of the world economy and his one thousand days at No 11 that were dominated by RBS, Iceland, and his relationship with the bloke next door.

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Murong Xuecun

British Council Series - Caging a Monster

Hay Festival 2012, 
The outspoken Chinese cult novelist builds on his now famous ‘In my country’ Oslo speech, talking about the harder realities behind the economic miracle. Chaired by Rosie Boycott. (Subtitles with consecutive translation for Q&A)
 

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Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams

What is Consciousness?

Hay Festival 2018, 

A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans? Are we all simply machines? Do we have free will? Can we invoke an enhanced collective consciousness? Bringing together findings from science and insights from religion they unpick what it means to be conscious. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientists for her work in communication and author of Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert book, which will be launched at Hay.