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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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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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Robert Macfarlane talks to Horatio Clare

Holloway

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new book from the author of The Old Ways. In 2005 Macfarlane and Roger Deakin travelled to explore the holloways of South Dorset’s sandstone. They found their way into a landscape of shadows, spectres and great strangeness. Six years later, after Deakin’s early death, Macfarlane returned to the holloway with the artist Stanley Donwood and writer Dan Richards.

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Philippa Perry talks to Stephanie Merritt

Couch Fiction

Hay Festival 2010, 
Compelling fly-on-the wall observation in this superbly cartooned Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy.
Philippa Perry talks to Stephanie Merritt

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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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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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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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Linda Grant talks to David Aaronovitch

We Had It So Good

Hay Festival 2011, 
This is a great novel from the Orange Prize-winner; a chronicle of the baby-boomer generation that stands with the best of Roth and Lessing.We Had it So Good - Linda Grant

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Steve Jones talks to Peter Florence

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask

Hay Festival 2010, 

The brilliant geneticist and writer discusses the ins and outs of evolution, why Usain Bolt runs so fast, which of us is most likely to survive AIDS, who’s gay, who’s murderous, and what the implications are for our species of Craig Venter’s trillion dollar Synthia DNA creation.

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Philip Gross, Hamish Fyfe, Dannie Abse, Sacha Abercorn

Creative Reading

Hay Festival 2010, 
We extend the conversation about reading and writing and well-being – ‘Art is part of the answer – not as a panacea, but because art has a way of going to the hurt place and cleaning it. Some wounds may never heal but they need not remain infected’ – Jeanette Winterson.
Philip Gross, Hamish Fyfe, Dannie Abse, Sacha Abercorn

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Almudena Grandes and Olga Tokarczuk talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fiction: Europe

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two award-winning, great contemporary European novels, epic in scale and passion, which range across the C20th. The Frozen Heart is set in war-torn Spain and Russia. Primeval and Other Times chronicles a mythical Polish village.
Almudena Grandes and Olga Tokarczuk talk to Rosie Goldsmith

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AC Grayling

The Good Book

Hay Festival 2011, 
Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human, from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life, the philosopher has created a secular bible.

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Robert Kennedy Jr talks to Rosie Boycott

The Guardian Sessions: Environmental Justice

Hay Festival 2009, 
The environmental lawyer discusses his work and Pig Business an investigative documentary into the corporate takeover of pig farming and the devastating impacts this is having on our environment, local communities, small farmers, human health and animal welfare.

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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Orlando Figes, Karl Ove Knausgard, Barbara Navarro, Andrew Millar, Tiffany Murray, Aleksandar Hemon and Peter Florence.

Hay 25

Segovia 2012, 
The Hay Festival is 25 this year, and as part of the celebrations we have put 25 Questions to everyone taking part in all our 15 festivals around the world. Please join the panel to discuss three of the Questions – What would you do if you knew you would never be caught? We’re building a library of literature, music and cinema. Which one book, film and album would you contribute to it? 25 years ago, the whole world lived in fear of an Aids pandemic, the Berlin Wall divided East and Western Europe, China and Latin America were considered part of the developing world and less than 1% of the world’s population used mobile phones or computers. What changes will we see to the way we live now in 25 years’ time? 

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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Almudena Grandes in conversation with Darío Jaramillo

Cartagena 2010, 
Writer Almudena Grandes is the author of seven novels and three short story collections; her works revolve around the recent history of Spain, which she approaches in a very personal way. Her latest book is The Frozen Heart; she talks to Darío Jaramillo.

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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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Eduardo Sacheri talks to Philippe Sands

The Secret in their Eyes

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Argentinian author discusses his noir thriller that won the 2010 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English

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AC Grayling

Reading and Thinking

Hay Festival 2012, 
The philosopher talks about the conversation of humankind, the true nature of education, the candle in the dark. Our story changed when literacy extended beyond the few. Grayling explains how, and conjures the possibilities this opened up.

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Maureen Lipman

I Must Collect Myself

Hay Festival 2011, 
The writer and actress entertains with some of her Choice Cuts From a Long Shelf-Life.

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Antony Worrall Thompson, John Vidal, Steve Trent and Jeremy Ryland Langley

Save the Sea

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Environmental Justice Team take on pirate fishing.

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Nemat Shafik

Reformations 3: Policy

Hay Festival 2017, 

 The Economist Platform

The British-American economist examines the formation of policy in the post-truth world, and reconfigures how expertise is mediated and how we manage the boundaries between advisors and politicians. Shafik was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and is the incoming Director of the London School of Economics. Chaired by Zanny Minton Beddoes.

Nemat Shafik

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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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Franny Armstrong talks to Mark Lynas

Age of Stupid

Hay Festival 2009, 
The director of the hugely successful Climate Change movie discusses clips and the making of the film.

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Michael Mansfield

Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer

Hay Festival 2010, 
The motivations, preparations and cross-examinations of a campaigning barrister whose cases have included the Birmingham Six, the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, Stephen Lawrence and Jean Charles de Menezes. Chaired by John Harris.
Michael Mansfield

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent, Carrie Quinlan and Guest

The Early Edition

Hay Festival 2010, 
The comedians review the papers and mock the day’s media.