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Juan Gossaín in conversation with Daniel Samper Ospina

Cartagena 2011, 
The well-known writer and journalist Juan Gossaín, formerly Head of News for RCN Radio, for which he has worked for 27 years, has just published the novel La muerte de Bolatriste. He will talk about the book and about his intense career in journalism with the writer Daniel Samper, editor of Soho magazine.

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Neil MacGregor

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Hay Festival 2010, 
The British Museum director discusses his radio history that runs throughout 2010. Chaired by Mark Damazer, controller of BBC Radio 4.

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Paul Preston talks to Luis María Anson

Segovia 2011, 
Paul Preston is a specialist in contemporary Spanish history and one of the most important British Hispanists. Member of the British Academy, in 2011 he published The Spanish Holocaust, a book about the repression during the Spanish Civil War and immediately thereafter. Luis María Anson is a member of the Real Academia Española, funder of El Cultural (central supplement of El Mundo newspaper) and director of the on-line newspaper El Imparcial. They will talk about such matters as the role of the press, the monarchy or the 23-F coup d’état.

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Graydon Carter, Christopher Hitchens and Gary Younge

America

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Vanity Fair editor, author of the savagely critical What We’ve Lost, joins the Hitch and The Guardian’s US correspondent Gary Younge, who launches Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, to consider the state of the union.

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Jan Morris, Simon Armitage, DBC Pierre and Tobias Hill

Faber @ 80

Hay Festival 2009, 
We toast the 80th birthday of the blue-chip publishing house with readings by four of its star writers, chaired by publisher Lee Brackstone.

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Simon Schama, Philippe Sands, Barbara Winton

Honouring Nicholas Winton

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are proud to launch Barbara Winton’s book about her father, the 105-year-old British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Chaired by Alan Yentob.

Simon Schama, Philippe Sands, Barbara Winton

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Jasper Fforde, Cressida Cowell, Patrick Ness and Jenny Valentine

Writers' Question Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join some of the nation’s best writers for a unique opportunity to quiz them on all things writerly. The entire session will be run by you, the audience, so come prepared with lots of questions!

9 years–adult

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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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Andy McNab talks to Paul Blezard

Bravo Two Zero At Twenty

Hay Festival 2013, 

On the 20th anniversary of publication of his iconic tale of disaster and endurance in the first Iraq War, the Special Forces veteran revisits the story with new material.

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Claire Tomalin

The London Library Lecture - Charles Dickens

Hay Festival 2012, 
The peerless literary biographer examines the contradictory and unpredictable life of our greatest novelist, in this, his bi-centenary year.

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Richard Shelton

To Sea and Back

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Heroic Life of the Atlantic Salmon.
Richard Shelton

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Russell Deacon

The History of the Welsh Liberal Party

Hay Festival 2011, 
An exploration of the development of Wales’ oldest political party, some of its heroes and villains and how its more prominent members have shaped Welsh and British history, with special reference to the late Festival Vice-President and President of the European Movement in Wales, Lord Richard Livsey of Talgarth.

Find out more about Prof. Russell Deacon and read a recent article

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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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Simon Baron Cohen

Cambridge Series: Autism

Hay Festival 2010, 
The evolution of empathy: perspectives from autism and psychiatry from the distinguished Professor of Developmental Psychopathology.

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John Guy

The Children Of Henry VIII

Hay Festival 2013, 

Henry fathered four living children, Henry Fitzroy, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth, each by a different mother. Their interrelationships were often scarred by jealousy, mutual distrust, sibling rivalry, even hatred. Possessed of quick wits and strong wills, their characters were defined partly by the educations they received, and partly by events over which they had no control. Introduced by SJ Parris.

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Question Time For Young Adult Fiction Fans

Hay Festival 2013, 

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, is joined by Malorie Blackman, Melvin Burgess and Hayley Long to ask and answer all the big questions about YA.

Jonathan Douglas leads a provocative discussion around the idea of whether there are certain books that teenagers ought to read, and certain books they ought not to. He is joined by Melvin Burgess, whose multiple-award-winning novel JUNK is the seminal novel of teen addition and a modern classic. Melvin continues to attract both praise and blame with each new work, most recently The Hit.

Malorie Blackman tackles big themes in her fiction but often from an unexpected viewpoint as with the phenomenally successful Noughts & Crosses series and more recently Boys Don't Cry, a story of teenage fatherhood. Her new novel, Noble Conflict, will be published shortly.

Hayley Long, whose novel What's Up With Jody Barton has readers questioning their assumptions and their attitudes about gender, relationships and sexuality.

13+ years

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Ann Pettifor and Paul Ellis in conversation with Tony Greenham

Nef Debate 2: What if the Banks Crash Again?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Last time we came within hours of the cash machines running dry. The next crash could be bigger, is there a plan B?

The New Economics Foundation (nef) is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society
 
Further information at www.neweconomics.org/

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Giles Coren talks to Paul Blezard

How To Eat Out: Lessons From A Life Lived Mostly In Restaurants

Hay Festival 2013, 

Bad waiters, bum tables, little rip-offs, big cons, old fish, cheap meat, yesterday’s soup and tomorrow’s gastroenteritis… The splenetic humorist tells us how to avoid the lot, and even come out of it with free champagne and a dish named after you by way of apology.

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Tishani Doshi and Wendy Law-Yone talk to Peter Florence

Fiction: Migrations

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Pleasure Seekers tells of the life and love of Babo Patel from Madras and Sian Jones from Wales, and their hybrid family. The Road to Wanting chronicles the heroine Na Ga’s passage from the tribal villages of Burma to military Rangoon and the hedonism of Bangkok.
Tishani Doshi and Wendy Law-Yone talk to Peter Florence

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Zoe Heller talks to John Mullan

The Believers

Hay Festival 2009, 
The superbly entertaining new tragi-comic novel from the author of Notes From a Scandal.

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Mark Rowlands

Running With The Pack: Thoughts From The Road On Meaning And Mortality

Hay Festival 2013, 

Our memories make us who we are. But what is memory? What is it to remember a person or a place? Author Mark Rowlands grew up not far from Hay-on-Wye, but has lived much of his adult life in America. Returning to a place that is full of memories, he examines the idea of remembering through the medium of two of his books, the international bestseller The Philosopher And The Wolf, and his new book Running With The Pack.

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Simon Callow

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
The biography explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language.

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Rowan Williams talks to AN Wilson

Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s reading of the great Russian master asks us to imagine what might be possible if we – characters and readers – saw the world in another light; the light provided by faith.

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Bjorn Lomborg talks to Rosie Boycott

Smart Solutions to Climate Change: Comparing Costs and Benefits

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Danish economist discusses the likely costs and benefits of a very wide range of policy options, including geo-engineering, mitigation of CO2, methane and 'black carbon', expanding forest, research and development of low-carbon energy and encouraging green technology transfer.
 
More about Bjorn Lomborg's publications on his website

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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.