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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jeremy Bowen

Our Man in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2017, 

The BBC’s Middle East Editor returns home to bring the news from Mosul, Gaza and Jerusalem. His 25-part series for Radio 4 about the region’s history starts on 15 May. He combines first-hand accounts from the front line with analysis of the politics, economics and societies he’s reported on since he first arrived in the Gulf in 1990. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Jeremy Bowen

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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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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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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...

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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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Charlotte Rampling talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Who I Am

Hay Festival 2017, 

The actor reminisces in an intimate self-portrait, with stories and photographs from her long career – from classic movies Georgy Girl and The Night Porter to Broadchurch and The Sense of an Ending.

Charlotte Rampling talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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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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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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Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence

An Historian's Alphabet

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian, foodie, art critic, groover and broadcaster improvises on 26 subjects A–Z in conversation with Peter Florence.
Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence

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Edward Docx and Rahul Bhattacharya talk to Anita Sethi

Fictions: Hearts of Darkness

Hay Festival 2011, 
Docx's scientist finds extremes of love and horror deep in the South American jungle in his novel The Devil's Garden. In Bhattacharya's The Sly Company of People Who Care an Indian journalist ventures into the dark rainforest interior of Guyana.
The Devil's Garden - Edward Docx

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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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Ken Follett

Tolerance and coexistence

Segovia 2018, 

Follett’s third novel in the Kingsbridge Series, A Column of Fire, went straight to the No.1 position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In A Column of Fire, voices of tolerance struggle to be heard under authoritarian rule as England faces challenges from Europe. The social and political concerns of the first Elizabethan era resonate loudly in the second. Following the screening of a short film, Follett discusses with the audience how the themes of his Tudor-time novel echo in today’s political theatre.

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Vanessa Redgrave talks to Philippe Sands

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

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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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Andrew Marr

The Making of Modern Britain

Hay Festival 2010, 
History resonates with bankers, sleaze, sex and heroism From Queen Victoria to VE Day.

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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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Deborah Doane (World Development Movement) and Mike Verdin (Agrimoney)

Greenprint Forum: Bread and Circuses

Hay Festival 2011, 
With the steady abolition of regulations on commodity markets during the mid-1990s, food staples such as wheat, cocoa, sugar, meat and coffee are all now global commodities. Has this freedom to speculate in food prices enabled new investment into traditional agriculture, or has it led to unsustainable food price spikes which have little or no bearing on the real cost of food? Chaired by Geoffrey Lean.

Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.

To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office.