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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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John Bulmer talks to Revel Guest

The North

Hay Festival 2013, 

The photo-journalist shows and discusses his seminal 1960s reportage in b/w and colour from the industrial heartlands untouched by the Swinging Sixties.

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Julian Orbach talks to Simon Jenkins

Gwynedd: Pevsner Buildings of Wales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The architectural survey examines the treasures of north-west Wales.

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Michael Scheuer talks to Nik Gowing

Osama Bin Laden

Hay Festival 2011, 
The former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit profiles the remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable rhetorical abilities of the Saudi dissident who became America’s ‘Most Wanted’ on 11 September 2001.

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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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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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Alistair Sawday, Barbara Haddrill and Elaine Brook talk to Andy Fryers

How Green is my Money?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Can eco-friendly lifestyles be more enjoyable and healthy, better quality and actually less expensive than our current planet-guzzling habits? Alastair Sawday looks at the ‘Go Slow’ food and lifestyle movement in Italy, Barbara Haddrill tells tales of her aviation-free journey to Australia, and Elaine Brook explores how businesses themselves are cooperating to develop a radically new enterprise culture.

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Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM

One Wales: One Planet

Hay Festival 2009, 
Launch of the Welsh Assembly Government’s new Sustainable Development Scheme – One Wales: One Planet – by Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM, First Minister of Wales.

Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket.

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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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Monica Ali en conversación con David Trueba

Segovia 2009, 
La autora de Siete mares, trece ríos y Azul Alentejo conversa con David Trueba sobre literatura, guiones cinematográficos y las horas pasadas investigando en las cocinas de restaurantes londinenses para su última novela, En la cocina. David Trueba es guionista, escritor y director de cine.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Ashraf Ghani & Clare Lockhart

Fixing Failed States

Hay Festival 2008, 
A billion people live in sixty-odd states where terrorism, ethnic conflict, disease, poverty and trafficking thrive. What do we do now? Dr Ghani was Afghan Finance Minister 2002–04.

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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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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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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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Simon Blackburn

Cambridge 800 Series: Arguing about Religion – Hume Ten, Rest of World Nil

Hay Festival 2009, 
Philosophers tend to roll their eyes when scientists arrive and declaim that they have discovered either that there is a God, or that there isn’t. Blackburn shows why the current debate between militant atheists and militant theists can be improved by paying attention to David Hume.

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The Google Platform: Ory Okolloh, Dr Christian Turner and John Kampfner

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
Google’s head of Policy and Government Relations, Africa and the Freedom of Expression advocate discuss the cultural and social transformative power of the internet and new technologies. They are joined by Dr Christian Turner, former Director of the Middle East and North Africa in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Dr Turner is now British High Commissioner to Kenya.

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Niall Ferguson

Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968

Hay Festival 2016, 

No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed by some as the ‘indispensable man’, whose advice has been sought by every president from John F Kennedy to George W Bush, he has also attracted immense hostility from critics who have cast him as an amoral Machiavellian – the ultimate, cold-blooded ‘realist’. In his first volume of biography, the historian examines Kissinger’s early life (as a Jew in Hitler’s Germany, a poor immigrant in New York, a GI at the Battle of the Bulge, an interrogator of Nazis, and a student of history at Harvard) to understand his debt to the philosophy of idealism. By tracing his rise, fall and revival as an adviser to Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon, Ferguson assesses Kissinger’s contribution to the theory of diplomacy, grand strategy and nuclear deterrence.

Niall Ferguson

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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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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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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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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.

 

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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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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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Razia Iqbal, Godfrey Smith, DW Wilson and guests

Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013

Hay Festival 2013, 

We are delighted to host the announcement of the winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which will be presented by John le Carré. Judges Godfrey Smith, author of prize-winning biography George Price: A Life Revealedand Canadian short story writer DW Wilson will talk about the process of judging, and the winning writers will be in conversation with Razia Iqbal.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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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