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Julian Orbach talks to Simon Jenkins

Gwynedd: Pevsner Buildings of Wales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The architectural survey examines the treasures of north-west Wales.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Miriam González Durántez

Reformations 1: The EU

Hay Festival 2017, 

In this first of the Festival's flagship 30th anniversary project sessions, the Spanish international trade lawyer re-imagines the European Union. González Durántez was previously the Middle East Adviser to the External Relations Commissioner in the European Union, having started her career as a trade negotiator at the World Trade Organisation. Chaired by Matthew d’Ancona.

Miriam González Durántez

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Simon Schama

Talking About Shakespeare: This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm, This England

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historian was set alight by Shakespeare’s muse of fire when he first saw Henry V as a child. He examines Shakespeare’s making of the myths of England. He hymns the Histories, the kings and the commoners, the band of brothers, and the spirit of Shakespeare’s greatest knight, Sir John Falstaff.

Simon Schama

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Talal Husseini and Nahla Chahal in conversation with Dalal Al Bizri

PEN Centre Lebanon: Writing In A Sectarian Society

Beirut 2013, 

What is the role of the writer in a deeply divided sectarian society? How does the writer ‘speak truth to power’ in such a society? And how does he or she contribute to the transformation of consciousness? How can writers exit their individualities and enter into a larger national space?

Event in Arabic

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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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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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Rick Wakeman talks to Phil Rickman

Grumpy Old Rock Star

Hay Festival 2009, 
The legendary Yes keyboard player is one of the great rock storytellers.

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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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Cory Doctorow and Adam Rutherford

Life: A Dialogue

Hay Festival 2017, 

How and why do we survive, and what makes us unique? A conversation between a novelist and a scientist exploring the worlds they inhabit in Doctorow’s superb new speculative fiction Walkaway and Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes.

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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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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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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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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

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Diane Wei Liang

Segovia 2008, 
La escritora china afincada en Londres, Diane Wei Liang, autora de la novela policiaca El ojo de jade, un gran éxito internacional que aúna el Pekín de hoy con la China tradicional, hablará con la periodista Carme Chaparro sobre su nueva novela Mariposas para los muertos y de su experiencia como activista en los trágicos acontecimientos de Tiananmen.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Michael Scott

Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Hay Festival 2014, 

The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the omphalos – the centre or navel – of the ancient world for more than a thousand years. Individuals, city leaders and kings came from all over the Mediterranean and beyond to consult Delphi’s oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods in gold, ivory, bronze, marble and stone; and to take part in athletic and musical competitions.

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Jane Davidson, George Marshall, Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe

Can We Change the World With Imagination?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Can climate fiction ever change minds, or does it merely confirm existing attitudes in the mind of the reader who chooses to read a book of that nature? Are more climate-related books aimed at children because their enquiring minds are supposed to be more open? Author and founder of Climate Outreach Information Network George Marshall talks to INSPIRE’s Jane Davidson, and authors Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe.

Jane Davidson, George Marshall, Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe

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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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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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Katharine Hamnett and Dilys Williams

Just Fashion

Hay Festival 2014, 

Iconic British designer and ‘Queen of Green’ Katharine Hamnett CBE is joined by Dilys Williams, Director of London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion to discuss the future of sustainability in fashion as well as offer their insights on final garments created by students during the week-long ‘Just Workshop’. Led by designers Alis Smith and Jessica Mor, the Just Workshop is held in collaboration with the Environmental Justice Foundation and Levi Strauss & Co. to provide a unique opportunity for 12 students to create ethical and sustainable garments during this five-day workshop at Hay Festival.

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