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Alistair Darling talks to Jesse Norman

Back from the Brink

Hay Festival 2012, 
The former Chancellor discusses the state of the world economy and his one thousand days at No 11 that were dominated by RBS, Iceland, and his relationship with the bloke next door.

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George Monbiot

How Did We Get Into This Mess?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Monbiot is one of the most vocal and eloquent critics of the current consensus; a vital, countervailing voice. He assesses the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do. He asks: how do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? And: what can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future?

George Monbiot

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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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Ted Hughes

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading by the Poet Laureate.

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MJ Hyland e Isabel Fonseca en conversación con Charlotte Higgins

Segovia 2009, 
Dos reconocidas autoras en habla inglesa, la inglesa MJ Hyland y la norteamericana de origen uruguayo Isabel Fonseca, conversan con Charlotte Higgins, escritora principal de la sección de Artes del periódico The Guardian, sobre sus últimas novelas.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Oliver Balch, Les Lumsdon, Chris Moss and Michael Kerr

The Future of Travel Writing

Hay Festival 2012, 
What can the travel writer offer in an age of Trip Advisor and Wikipedia? Are we tired of foreigners writing about other people’s places? Journalists and authors Oliver Balch and Chris Moss join Slow Travel writer Les Lumsdon. Chaired by The Telegraph’s Deputy Head of Travel.

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Irrational, The Chaotic And The Incomplete

Hay Festival 2013, 

The brilliantly entertaining and inspiring Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science explores The Mathematical Limits Of Science.

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Maarten Asscher, Patrick Neale and Antonio Ramírez

The Future of Bookshops

Segovia 2014, 
The role of bookshops is constantly under scrutiny, but what will actually happen to them in the future? Maarten Asscher, writer and head of Athenaeum, one of Holland’s major bookshops, talks to Patrick Neale, a British independent bookseller and former chairman of the Booksellers Association, and Antonio Ramírez, director of the La Central bookshops.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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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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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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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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Paolo Giordano in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2010, 
The young novelist has impressed critics and readers with The Solitude of Prime Numbers. He will talk to Héctor Abad Faciolince about this novel, his coming projects and about how to combine a PhD in particle physics with writing fiction. 

This event is in Italian. Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available.

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Jeanette Winterson

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

Hay Festival 2010, 
The writer celebrates the 25th anniversary of her autobiographical novel.
Jeanette Winterson

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Owen Sheers

Reformations 11: Men

Hay Festival 2017, 

Questions of masculinity have been at the heart of Sheers’ writing for 20 years, in his plays Mametz and The Two Worlds of Charlie F, in his fiction Resistance and  I Saw A Man, and in his poetry – most clearly in Pink Mist. In 2012 he was also artist in residence with the Welsh Rugby Union. Here he interrogates ideas of masculinity in essay form, and reimagines a man’s world. 

Owen Sheers

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Philip Kerr

Prayer

Winter Weekend 2013, 

This stand-alone novel allows Kerr, author of the Bernie Gunther thrillers, the freedom to send his imagination into some very peculiar places. Who else could make a cracking thriller out of the current debate between religion and atheism? In conversation with author and broadcaster Phil Rickman.

Philip Kerr

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Gary Younge

Who Are We – And Should it Matter in the 21st Century?

Hay Festival 2010, 
We are more alike than we are unalike. But the way we are unalike matters. To be male in Saudi Arabia, Jewish in Israel or white in Europe confers certain powers and privileges that those with other identities do not have. Identity can represent a material fact in itself. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Gary Younge

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Janet Todd

Cambridge Series: The Uncensored Jane Austen

Hay Festival 2010, 
The general editor of the nine-volume Cambridge Jane Austen talks about the novelist’s juvenilia and unpublished works.
Janet Todd

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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.
Almudena Grandes in conversation with Darío Jaramillo

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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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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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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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Evan Davis

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It

Hay Festival 2017, 

Low-level dishonesty is rife everywhere, in the form of exaggeration, selective use of facts, economy with the truth, careful drafting - from Trump and the Brexit debate to companies that tell us, ‘your call is important to us’. How did we get to a place where bullshit is not just rife but apparently so effective that it's become the communications strategy of our times?

Evan Davis

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Robert Webb talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

How Not to Be a Boy

Hay Festival 2018, 

Webb has been a male for his whole life. As such, he has been a boy in a world of fighting, pointless posturing, and the insistence that he stop crying. As an adult man, he has enjoyed better luck, both in his work as the Webb half of Mitchell & Webb as an acclaimed actor and comedian, and as author of this part memoir, part call to arms.

Robert Webb talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Philip Pullman

The Hay Library Platform

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist discusses his essay collection Dæmon Voices and his novel La Belle Sauvage with Daniel Hahn.

Philip Pullman

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Mohamed ElBaradei talks to Jon Snow

The Rotblat Lecture 2011: The Age of Deception – Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Egyptian Nobel Laureate and Presidential candidate describes his work as the lead UN weapons inspector in Iraq. Beamed in live from Cairo.