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Roger Crowley

Empires of the Sea

Hay Festival 2009, 
In the sixteenth century the Mediterranean became the battleground for a titanic maritime struggle between Islam and Christianity. Roger Crowley brings to life this extraordinary confrontation, which set frontiers that hold to this day.

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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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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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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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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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Seamus Murphy talks to Dylan Jones

Let England Shake

Hay Festival 2012, 
The photographer was invited to make the 11 short films to accompany PJ Harvey’s groundbreaking album when she saw his film Darkness Visible. He discusses the collaboration and shows the films.

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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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Jacqueline Wilson

My Secret Diary

Hay Festival 2009, 
The beloved creator of Tracy Beaker returns to Hay to introduce her teenage memoir. 

Please be aware that there will be limited book signing at this event.

9 years +

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Geoffrey Robertson

The Index Lecture

Hay Festival 2009, 
The QC champions free speech. Chaired by Jo Glanville, Editor of Index on Censorship.

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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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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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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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Harold Evans talks to Alan Rusbridger

The Guardian Interview

Hay Festival 2010, 
The legendary journalist discusses his memoir My Paper Chase and discusses the future of journalism and publishing with the editor of The Guardian.
Harold Evans talks to Alan Rusbridger

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Peter Guest

Cardiff Series 1: The Lost City of the Legion

Hay Festival 2011, 
Find out about what has been uncovered at Caerleon from one the archaeologists investigating Isca’s ancient remains, how the discoveries were made, and why so many people have been inspired to explore one of Roman Britain’s most iconic sites for themselves.

Read more about Peter Guest and Caerleon at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11288684

For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival

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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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Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Hits Hollywood

Hay Festival 2010, 
Fresh from the bright lights of LA the writer of the superb How To Train Your Dragon series talks Toothless, trouble and Tennant. Includes film clips.
 
Family event
 
See the Blog for more details.  Cressida is also taking part in Oxfam Bookfest.

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Antony Beevor

Segovia 2009, 
El autor de La guerra civil española (2005) y Un escritor en guerra (2006), presenta su último libro El día D: la batalla de Normandía, en el que describe la batalla y el destino de soldados y civiles franceses envueltos en la contienda.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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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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David Crystal

Spell It Out: The Singular Story Of English Spelling

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is there an ‘h’ in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press, and his Flemish employees are to blame. Without a dictionary or style guide to hand in C15th Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign ears, and it stuck. The linguistics prof unearths the stories behind the rogue words that confound us, in an epic journey taking in C6th monks, French and Latin upstarts, the Industrial Revolution and the internet.

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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.

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Andrea Levy talks to Claire Armitstead

The Long Song

Hay Festival 2010, 
The new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of Small Island. ‘As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed.’
Andrea Levy talks to Claire Armitstead

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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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Vanessa Redgrave talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2011, 
A conversation with the actress and campaigner.

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Rose Tremain talks to John Mullan

The British Council Series 4; Fictions – Merivel

Hay Festival 2013, 

The novelist brings back her hero of Restoration: Robert Merivel, physician and courtier to Charles II, loved for his gift to turn sorrow into laughter, now faces the agitations and anxieties of middle age.

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Gillian Tett talks to John Harris

Fools’ Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Cata

Hay Festival 2009, 
At a Florida beach hotel in the mid 1990s a brotherhood of bankers frankenstein the concept of credit derivatives. The rest you know...