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Any Hay Questions

Winter Weekend 2010, 
Six months in, the new government is trailing Labour in the polls, and its CSR is beginning to bite. Come and question the cuts and coalition with a panel which includes Jesse Norman MP, author of The Big Society, Labour Peer and chairman of the British Greyhound Racing Board Lord Lipsey, Roger Williams MP, the Hay GP and Medics4Timbuktu hero Julie Grigg, and Gwernyfed student David Jones. Dimblebyed by Peter Florence.
 
This event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Horatio Clare

Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North

Hay Festival 2018, 

A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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Alain de Botton

The Consolations of Philosophy

Hay Festival 2000, 
The naked philosopher introduces his mischievous and witty guide to the human mind and heart. He sees that we have six gurus and six concerns: Socrates on Unpopularity, Epicurus on lack of money, Seneca on frustrations, Montaigne on inadequacy, Schopenhauer on a broken heart and Nietzsche on the necessity of difficulties.

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Ben Elton, Peter Howarth

Hay Festival 2000, 
Elton has written comedy for stand-up, television with Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line, on stage with Popcorn, and a series of best-selling novels. His film adaptation of Inconceivable is premiered in London this week as Maybe Baby. Ridley Scott is filming Popcorn this Summer. He talks to the editor of Esquire.

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Jorge Lanata y Miguel Enrique Otero con Andrea Bernal

Periodismo en tiempos de cólera

Cartagena 2016, 
Los periodistas Jorge Lanata, presentador del programa de investigación Periodismo para todos, trasmitido por la televisión argentina, y Miguel Enrique Otero, director del diario El Nacional de Venezuela, dos de las voces más críticas en sus respectivos países, hablarán de la situación política en América Latina, de la libertad de expresión en el continente y del nuevo escenario político que se ha abierto en Argentina y Venezuela después de las últimas elecciones. Modera la charla Andrea Bernal, de NTN 24.

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Fabien Erlinghauser

Character Design Workshop

Kells 2015, 

Come and learn to draw with the Animation Director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea.

9–14 years
Fabien Erlinghauser

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David Lodge and Jill Paton Walsh

Hay Festival 1995, 
David Lodge is the author of Nice Work, Small World, Changing Places and Paradise News and a new novel, Therapy. "He is one of those writers you could read all day, finding something amusing or stylish or ingenious on every page" - Washington Post.
Jill Paton-Walsh's novel Knowledge of Angels was shortlisted for the Booker Prize - "an irresistible blend of intellect and passion . . . novels of ideas come no better than this sensual example" - Mail on Sunday

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Héctor Abad Faciolince en conversación con Xavi Ayen

Cartagena 2015, 
Héctor Abad Faciolince se ha convertido en una de las voces más destacadas de la literatura colombiana contemporánea gracias a libros como Tratado de culinaria para mujeres tristes, Basura y El olvido que seremos. Su última novela, La Oculta, cuenta la historia de tres hermanos descendientes de los viejos colonos que aman y al mismo tiempo odian su finca, con su vieja casa y su oscuro lago, escondida en las montañas de Antioquia.

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Anne Applebaum, John Micklethwait, Christopher Hitchens, Roy Hattersley, Mark Leonard.

The Economist Debate: History will be kinder to Bush and Blair than to Chirac and Shroeder

Hay Festival 2005, 
John Snow chairs the debate on security, democracy, diplomacy and piety in early in early twenty-first century.

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Colombia, dos visiones. William Ospina y Enrique Serrano en conversación con Alejandro Santos

Cartagena 2017, 
William Ospina (Colombia), escritor, periodista y traductor, autor de numerosos ensayos, libros de poesía y cuatro novelas, incluida la recientemente publicada El año del verano que nunca llegó; y Enrique Serrano (Colombia), escritor y filósofo, autor, entre otros, del reciente ¿Por qué fracasa Colombia?, conversan con Alejandro Santos sobre su perspectiva de la narración de la historia nacional, los sucesos históricos más importantes que la definen y las tendencias e interpretaciones que marcan el devenir nacional.

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Roy Strong

Garden Party

Hay Festival 2000, 
The prolific master of all arts trades reflects on his lifelong passion for gardens and garden writing in a scintillating and delightful hour of good talk. Strong moves on to look at the art of gardening in relation to other arts such as embroidery, cookery, history and politics.

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Peter Hain

Mandela: His Essential Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

The South African-born, anti-apartheid campaigner and politician chronicles the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, from lawyer to ANC freedom fighter, from political prisoner to President of the Rainbow Nation. He charts Madiba’s post-office humanitarian campaigns and gives an intimate and revealing portrait of the beloved global icon. The legacy is more complex, and Hain examines the state of the RSA today after Zuma’s corruption, and as Ramaphosa accedes to power. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Martin Gayford

Modernists and Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters

Hay Festival 2018, 

The development of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is the story of interlinking friendships, shared experiences and artistic concerns among a number of acclaimed artists, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Frank Bowling and Howard Hodgkin. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, many previously unpublished, with important witnesses and participants, the art critic Martin Gayford teases out the thread connecting these individual lives and demonstrates how painting thrived in London against the backdrop of Soho bohemia in the 1940s and 1950s and ‘Swinging London’ in the 1960s.

Martin Gayford

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Andy Kirkpatrick

Unknown Pleasures: Collected Writing on Life, Death, Climbing and Everything in Between

Hay Festival 2018, 

One moment Kirkpatrick is attempting a rare solo ascent of Norway’s Troll Wall, the next he is surrounded by the TV circus while climbing Moonlight Buttress with the BBC’s The One Show presenter Alex Jones. Yosemite’s El Capitan is ever-present; he climbs it alone – strung out for weeks, and he climbs it with his 13-year-old daughter Ella – her first big wall.

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Isabella Tree talks to Rosie Boycott

Wilding

Hay Festival 2019, 

In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.

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Richard Russo talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Everybody’s Fool

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer about his comedic masterpiece, a great American novel for our times. Russo returns to North Bath, the Rust Belt town first brought to unforgettable life in Nobody’s Fool.

Richard Russo talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Igor Aleksander

How to Build a Mind

Hay Festival 2000, 
How can we use the power of computers to understand how mind relates to brain? While treading on some age-old philosophical toes, its main importance is that it gives us better ways of dealing with mental infirmity. The leading expert on neural systems deomonstrates the potential of artificial consciousness.

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Erzsébet Dobos and Arcadi Espada

Nazi Budapest Viewed From The Embassy Of Spain

Budapest 2013, 

Professor Erzsébet Dobos, author of Megmenekültek, talks to celebrated journalist Arcadi Espada, author of En nombre de Franco, about the protection given to Hungarian Jews by the Spanish Embassy in Budapest during WWII.

In collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Instituto Cervantes and Fundación Lara

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Rose Tremain, Trezza Azzopardi

Hay Festival 2000, 
Reading and conversation with the author of Restoration and Evangelista's Fan, whose new novel Music and Silence about the experiences of an English musician in the Danish court of King Christiannin 1630 is a masterpiece. Tremain is joined by the new Welsh novelist, Trezza Azzopardi, whose debut The Hiding Place is set in the Maltese community of Tiger Bay. Both writers feature in the new edition of the British Council anthology of New Writing.

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Tim Birkhead

Promiscuity

Hay Festival 2000, 
The recent discovery that females of most species are promiscuous rather than monogamous raises two main questions: what is the evolutionary effect of female promiscuity on males? and what are the evolutionary benefits of female promiscuity?

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Phil George, Rachel Trezise, Tomos Owen and Friends

The Library of Wales

Hay Festival 2018, 

The hugely ambitious Parthian press project to gather in one imprint the greatest Welsh writing in English of the past 100 years has now reached 50 titles – from Raymond Williams and Margiad Evans to Rachel Trezise and Leonora Brito. Phil George leads a conversation about the scope and scale, impact and treasures of Welsh literature. What do we learn from these modern classics? What might the next 50 books be? And how might they be selected? 

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Michael Ignatieff

The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

Hay Festival 2018, 

During a three-year, eight-nation journey, Ignatieff found that while human rights is the language of states and liberal elites, the moral language that resonates with most people is one of everyday virtues: tolerance, forgiveness, trust and resilience. These ordinary virtues are the moral system of global cities and obscure shantytowns alike. A novelist and historian, Ignatieff is Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest.
Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Cressida Cowell

Dragons and Wizards

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join Cressida Cowell, award-winning author of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series. Cressida will talk about her latest book, The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic, as well as the inspirations behind all her writing, and give tips on becoming an author or illustrator.

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Scilla Elworthy

The Business Plan for Peace

Hay Festival 2018, 

Every year, the world spends about $2 trillion on wars. The total value of the global arms trade alone was at least $94.5 billion in 2014. The veteran peace campaigner suggests that establishing world peace would cost the global economy just $2 billion. She shows how everybody, from individuals in their communities to diplomats and world leaders, can realistically work together to end interminable cycles of violence and build a better society. Elworthy’s entire working life has been dedicated to building peace. She has been three times a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, and is founder of the Oxford Research Group. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Fictions: True Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation about fiction and language with two of the greatest Spanish language writers. The Impostor is Cercas’ new novel about the notorious fake Holocaust survivor, Enric Marco. With profound compassion and lacerating honesty, Cercas takes the reader on a journey not only into one man’s gigantic lie, but also into the deepest, most flawed parts of our humanity. Cercas also publishes his book of essays on the novel The Blind Spot.  Gabriel Vasquez introduces his novel The Shape of the Ruins. It takes the form of personal and formal investigations into two political assassinations. Separated by more than 30 years, the two murders at first appear unconnected, but as the novel progresses Vásquez reveals how between them they contain the seeds of the violence that has bedevilled Colombia ever since. They talk, in English, to Daniel Hahn.