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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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Jordi Soler talks to Juan Cruz

Segovia 2011, 
“There is very little that can be done against oblivion, but it is imperative to do it”, says Mexican author Jordi soler in the pages of La fiesta del oso (2009), a novel set in the Spanish Civil War narrating the fate of certain republican troops who had to abandon all and flee to France. On this occasion, Soler will present his most recent novel, Diles que son cadáveres, a surprising story in which curious characters try to find the staff of Saint Patrick that belonged to the poet Antonin Artaud. He will talk with Spanish writer and journalist Juan Cruz.

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Tina Brown talks to William Boot

Hay Festival 2010, 
The A-list editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk) discusses the future of magazines and communications, and her pioneering news reporting and opinion website The Daily Beast.
Tina Brown talks to William Boot

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Peter Schneider en conversación con Manuel Rodríguez Rivero

Mayo del 68

Segovia 2008, 
Peter Schneider, escritor aleman de la novela de culto Lenz, libro que dió voz al desencanto surgido tras la revolución de mayo del ’68, y autor de novelas que reflejan el destino de esa generación, hablará sobre su obra, sobre mayo del ’68 y sus experiencias como organizador del movimiento estudiantil en Berlín con el crítico cultural Manuel Rodríguez Rivero.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del alemán al español.

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Alan McGee talks to Dylan Jones

Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label

Hay Festival 2014, 

The charismatic Glaswegian co-founded the Creation label at the age of 23 and brought us acts like My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and, of course, Primal Scream. In Manchester the label leapt into the big time with Screamadelica and then went global with Oasis.

Alan McGee talks to Dylan Jones

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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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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2014, 

Most of us would like to be happier. Dolan defines this as experiencing more pleasure and/or purpose for longer. He describes how being happier means allocating attention more efficiently; towards those things that bring us pleasure and purpose and away from those that generate pain and pointlessness. Easier said than done, of course, and certainly easier said than thought about. But behavioural science tells us that most of what we do is not so much thought about; rather, it simply comes about. So by clever use of priming, defaults, commitments and social norms, you can become a whole lot happier without actually having to think very hard about it. You will be happier by design.

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Hannah Critchlow

Increasing Consciousness...

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the superstar neuroscientist on a voyage of conscious discovery. A 1.5 kg brain tissue mass magically produces our individual view of the world, our myriad emotions, memories, associations and thoughts that make each of our lives unique. Why are neuroscientists only able to properly probe consciousness now? And what are we yet to discover? Come with an open mind... 

Hannah Critchlow

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Steve Peters

The Chimp Paradox

Hay Festival 2015, 

The consultant psychiatrist to Liverpool FC, Sky ProCycling, Ronnie O’Sullivan and the England football team introduces The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness. Chaired by Martin Chilton.

Steve Peters

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Ian Kershaw

The End – Hitler’s Germany, 1944-45

Hay Festival 2012, 
What made Germany keep fighting when defeat was inevitable? In the end the regime had to be stamped out town by town with a level of brutality almost without precedent. The historian raises the most profound questions about the nature of the Second World War, about the Third Reich and about how ordinary people behave in extreme circumstances.

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Paul Preston

1968 en España, comienza el camino hacia la democracia

Segovia 2008, 
Paul Preston, famoso historiador británico especializado en historia contemporánea española, autor entre otros libros de las biografias de Francisco Franco y Juan Carlos I y del recientemente publicado Franco El Gran Manipulador, compartirá con nosotros su interpretación de los sucesos de mayo 68 en España y la repercusión de estos a lo largo de los años setenta en la apertura de España hacia la democracia. Paul Preston es catedrático de London School of Economics.

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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.
Robert Winston

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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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Matthew Francis and Rhian Elizabeth

Fictions – Deeply Unreliable Narrators

Hay Festival 2014, 

Hannah King is a liar, so everyone says. That means her stories of growing up in the Rhondda, as told in Six Pounds Eight Ounces by Rhian Elizabeth, must be treated with caution. Set in 1660, Matthew Francis’s The Book of the Needle is a story of religion, magic and power politics told by the King’s tailor, Arise Evans, who is charming, irritable, playful and – at least part of the time – insane. They talk to Jon Gower.

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Simon Baron-Cohen

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture: Autism and Minds Wired For Science

Hay Festival 2017, 

Autism and scientific talent are linked. Scientists have more autistic traits, mathematicians have higher rates of autism and people with autism score higher on ‘systemising’. So is autism a ‘disease’ or ‘disorder’ or is the framework of ‘neurodiversity’ a more humane and accurate lens through which to view autism?

The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human.  Baron-Cohen is a judge of the 2017 prize and Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge.

Simon Baron-Cohen

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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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Maryam d'Abo and Hugh Hudson talk with Paul Broks

Rupture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actress suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2007. Her experience inspired a film by her husband, the director of Chariots of Fire, which gives hope to those who are isolated by a condition that is not seen and therefore often misunderstood. They talk to the neuropyschologist and author of Into The Silent Land. Chaired by David Gritten. The film plays several times on Tuesday and Wednesday at Bookshop Cinema in Hay. See also 221, 231, 243, 278, 376 and 434 for screenings.

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Suzanne Matheson, William Gibbs and Peter Wakelin

Sites of Inspiration: Tintern Abbey & Llanthony Priory

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two unique exhibitions of world-renowned artworks devoted to Llanthony Priory (at Abergavenny Museum) and Tintern Abbey (at Chepstow Museum) have just opened. Windsor University’s Suzanne Matheson and William Gibbs, of Brecknock Art Trust, discuss the compelling power of these ruins and their landscapes for artists and writers from the C18th onwards. Peter Wakelin, Director of Collections and Research at National Museum of Wales, chairs.

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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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Martin Rees

Cambridge University Series 7: A Post-Human Future?

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Astronomer Royal and former Royal Society President discusses his hopes and fears for the coming decades, and speculates about more distant time-horizons, and a possible post-human era.

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Hannah Critchlow

Cambridge Series 4: Explore Your Mind

Hay Festival 2016, 

Are you willing to venture into the depths of your brain? Dr Critchlow will shock your senses, read your mind and explore how current neuroscience is shaping how we see our lives. Suitable for intrepid adventurers of all ages.

Hannah Critchlow

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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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Oliver James

Love Bombing: Reset Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat

Hay Festival 2013, 

Love Bombing is the psychologist’s very simple technique, which helps most children from three years to early teenage. Because so many parents have periods of living very busy or miserable or complicated lives, most of us need to reconnect with our children from time to time. Love Bombing does the job. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Simon Reid-Henry

Fidel and Che: A Revolutionary Friendship

Hay Festival 2009, 
The two C20th political icons met in exile in Mexcio in 1955 and forged a 12-year friendship that informed the history of Latin America.

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Lily Cole and WWF

Lily Cole’s Amazon Adventure: Q&A

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sky Rainforest Rescue ambassador Lily Cole features in a short film about her journey to the Brazilian Amazon to explore how people are making a sustainable income living from the rainforest. Join Lily to hear how she is supporting Sky and WWF to help protect 1 billion trees in the Amazon rainforest. Chaired by Andy Fryers.