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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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Paul Preston

1968 en España, comienza el camino hacia la democracia

Segovia 2008, 
Paul Preston, famoso historiador británico especializado en historia contemporánea española, autor entre otros libros de las biografias de Francisco Franco y Juan Carlos I y del recientemente publicado Franco El Gran Manipulador, compartirá con nosotros su interpretación de los sucesos de mayo 68 en España y la repercusión de estos a lo largo de los años setenta en la apertura de España hacia la democracia. Paul Preston es catedrático de London School of Economics.

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Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

Green-tech tinted glasses: how smarter agriculture can reduce farming’s footprint

Hay Festival 2017, 

Crop drones, precision pesticides, earthworm management, poultry software and GPS- directed tractors are just some of the new technologies that are revolutionising agriculture. The panel discusses agri-tech innovation helping farmers to become more efficient by using fewer resources. Browning is CEO of the Soil Association, Speller is an award-winning poultry farmer, Freestone a Linking Environment and Farming accredited farm manager.

Helen Browning, David Speller and Jake Freestone talk to Rob Yorke

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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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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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Charlie Higson talks to Jonathan Douglas

Young Bond

Hay Festival 2008, 
To celebrate the centenary of Bond’s originator, Charlie Higson discusses recreating the superspy for a young audience.

Hay Fever 9 yrs +

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Ian Jones

Cardiff Series 4 - Motherhood and the Mind

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Perinatal Psychiatrist analyses the link between mental illness and childbirth. The connection is long established in many cultures, with suicide a leading cause of maternal death. Understanding the link between childbirth and severe psychiatric episodes will bring enormous benefits for women who suffer, and may help us understand more about the causes of mood disorders more generally.
 
In association with Cardiff University

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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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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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Susan Blackmore

Ten Zen Questions

Hay Festival 2010, 
Consciousness, memory and identity are explored through the mutual disciplines of zen practice and scientific theory.

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Peter Stead, Richard Marsden and Guto Harri talk to Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 1 – History

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this first of six conversations about Heroes and Villains the team ask does Welsh history need its heroes and villains? If so, who are they and why do they matter?
 
In association with The Western Mail

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Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Louise O’Neill and Non Pratt

Love Hurts

Hay Festival 2015, 

An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. Four fabulous writers range over many topics that concern their readers, including love. Love Hurts is a new collection of writing, edited by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, to which James and Non have both contributed. They are joined by the winner of the inaugural YA Book Prize, Louise O’Neill in what promises to be a lively conversation chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust. 

12+ years/YA
Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Louise O’Neill and Non Pratt

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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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Grahame Davies talks to Merryl Wyn Davies

The Dragon and the Crescent

Hay Festival 2011, 
Nine centuries of contact between Wales and Islam. Chaired by the Director of the Muslim Institute.

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Nick Clegg talks to Matthew d’Ancona

Politics: Between the Extremes

Hay Festival 2017, 

The former Deputy Prime Minister lifts the lid on the workings and failings of the 2010--2015 coalition government, analyses the 2017 European electoral cycle, and assesses the opportunities for the liberal centre ground of politics.

Nick Clegg talks to Matthew d’Ancona

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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.

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Eric Hobsbawm talks to Tristram Hunt

How To Change The World: Tales of Marx and Marxism

Hay Festival 2011, 
As the free market reaches its extreme limits in the economic and environmental fallout, a reassessment of capitalism’s most vigorous and eloquent enemy has never been more timely.

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Toni Morrison talks to Jerry Brotton

Shakespeare 450 – Desdemona

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist talks about her play written in response to Shakespeare’s Othello. Her workis an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Morrison gives voice and depth to the female characters, letting them speak and sing in the fullness of their hearts.

Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 446.

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Alun Davies and Janez Potocnik

Environment Or Economy: Can We Have Both?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Protecting the environment is often cited as an unaffordable luxury in these times of economic crisis. Where are the red lines and what are the compromises that are made to ensure we can restore degraded environments and degraded economies? The Welsh Government’s Natural Resources and Food Minister Alun Davies discusses with EU Environment Commissioner Potocnik. Chaired by The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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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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Rob Yorke, Tim Lang and George Freeman

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum

Hay Festival 2015, 

Can we keep food affordable while paying more for it to conserve the environment? George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences (including responsibility for the Governments Agri-tech Strategy), discusses with Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London.

Rob Yorke, Tim Lang and George Freeman

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Yasmina Khadra en conversación con Ignacio Cembrero

Segovia 2009, 
Mohammed Moulessehoul, el escritor argelino afincado en Francia, escribe bajo el seudónimo de Yasmina Khadra. Hablará con el periodista y escritor Ignacio Cembrero sobre su último libro, Lo que el día debe a la noche, el fundamentalismo religioso y su vinculación con el debate intelectual en Francia.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del francés al español

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Isabel Coixet en conversación con David Trueba

Los sonidos de Tokio

Segovia 2009, 
La última película de la directora Isabel Coixet, también se puede leer. La autora hablará sobre su último libro con el escritor, guionista y director de cine David Trueba.

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Maryam d'Abo and Hugh Hudson talk with Paul Broks

Rupture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actress suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2007. Her experience inspired a film by her husband, the director of Chariots of Fire, which gives hope to those who are isolated by a condition that is not seen and therefore often misunderstood. They talk to the neuropyschologist and author of Into The Silent Land. Chaired by David Gritten. The film plays several times on Tuesday and Wednesday at Bookshop Cinema in Hay. See also 221, 231, 243, 278, 376 and 434 for screenings.

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Horatio Clare talks to Jane Wheatley

The Prince’s Pen

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Award-winning author and contributor to Oxfam’s Ox-Travels anthology Horatio Clare introduces his striking contribution to Seren Books’ New Stories Of  The Mabinogion series, as the tale of ‘Lludd and Lefellys’ is brought sharply into a world of suicide bombers and surveillance.
Horatio Clare talks to Jane Wheatley