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Kate Adie talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Into Danger

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hardcore frontline journalist meets bomb disposal experts, prostitutes and politicians who put their lives on the line every day.

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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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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2014, 

Most of us would like to be happier. Dolan defines this as experiencing more pleasure and/or purpose for longer. He describes how being happier means allocating attention more efficiently; towards those things that bring us pleasure and purpose and away from those that generate pain and pointlessness. Easier said than done, of course, and certainly easier said than thought about. But behavioural science tells us that most of what we do is not so much thought about; rather, it simply comes about. So by clever use of priming, defaults, commitments and social norms, you can become a whole lot happier without actually having to think very hard about it. You will be happier by design.

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John Kampfner, Helena Kennedy, Philippe Sands, Ann Clwyd and David House

The Index on Censorship Platform: The Case of Bradley Manning

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Chief Executive of Index, the Chair of the all-party Human Rights group at Westminster and a panel of leading British lawyers dicsuss Private Bradley Manning, currently being held at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas on 24 charges, including 'aiding the enemy'. They consider the US Government’s reaction to the WikiLeaks scandal and the Rule of Law. They will be joined by David House, regular visitor to Bradley Manning since his detention.

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David Hurn and John Fuller

Writing The Picture

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Magnum photographer and the poet discuss their unique collaboration. From warm portraits of rural Wales to a drug addict shooting up in London, from a raucous hen night to a moving suite of images of the aftermath of the Aberfan disaster, photographer and poet respond to all aspects of life.

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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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David Trueba with Malcolm Otero Barral

Books and Scripts

Cartagena 2011, 
Writing for a film, writing for a book… there are more and more novelists writing scripts, and scriptwriters books. David Trueba is the author of film scripts like Los peores años de nuestra vida, Dance with the Devil, The Girl of your Dreams and Balseros; as a writer, his novels have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and he was awarded the 2008 Premio Nacional de la Crítica for his novel Learning to Lose. He talks to editor Malcolm Otero Barral about his experiences with both writing processes. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Molly Scott Cato and Polly Higgins

Creating A Resilient World

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is it possible to manage resources fairly and equitably? A strong local economy is important to sustainability, but how large is a local economy and how self-reliant can it be? What part does the law play in ensuring a resilient environment for all and preventing exploitation by the few? The Telegraph’s Geoffrey Lean chairs.

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Colin Humphreys

Cambridge Series 1: The Mystery of The Last Supper

Hay Festival 2011, 
Reconciling conflicting Gospel accounts and scientific evidence, the distinguished Cambridge physicist reveals the exact date of the Last Supper in a definitive new timeline of Holy Week.

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys CBE FREng is Professor of Materials Science and Director of Research in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He founded and directs the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride. This Centre is developing energy-efficient lighting which is so efficient it will enable the UK to close (or not build) eight power stations. He is also researching a new way to purify water in the developing (and developed) world, which will save millions of lives, and to kill hospital superbugs. 

He founded and directs the Cambridge/Rolls-Royce Centre for Aerospace Materials, which is developing next generation materials for Rolls-Royce jet engines to make them more energy efficient. He is involved in the public understanding of science, and has given public lectures on science throughout the world. He frequently appears on TV, radio and in the national and international press. He has received many national and international medals for his research. He has been the President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. On 24 June, 2010 he became the Master of the Armourers and Brasiers’ Company in London. 

In addition, he is interested in dating and reconstructing ancient historical events, particularly events recorded in the Bible. His latest book is The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus.

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John Simpson

Unreliable Sources

Hay Festival 2010, 
The BBC superheavyweight examines the media’s sometimes questionable role in shaping events and How The Twentieth Century Was Reported.

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Tom Holland

The London Library Lecture; Decline And Fall?

Hay Festival 2013, 

In AD 476, Romulus Augustulus, Emperor in line to Augustus, Trajan and Constantine, was deposed by a German chieftain. It is an event that in most history books is identified as marking the end of the Roman Empire. But did it? The historian explores whether the Romans themselves had any comprehension that their empire could possibly fall. He traces the surprisingly obdurate survival of a Roman imperial identity across the centuries, and attempts to identify a moment in history when the Roman Empire could be said definitively to have come to an end.

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Leila Abuzeyd talks to Mayte Carrasco

Literature, women and revolution: Past, present and future

Segovia 2011, 
Leila Abuzeyd, Moroccan journalist, writer, and defender of women’s rights, and Mayte Carrasco, freelance war reporter who in recent years has covered conflicts in Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Mali or Chechnya, will analyse the role that women have played in the revolutions that have spread throughout the Arab world, demonstrating their commitment to fully participating in the democratic transitions in their country, and how these have been expressed through the written word.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from Arab into Spanish.

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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 Starkey

Henry – Virtuous Prince

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian reappraises the early life of the English monarchy’s most enduring and radical icon.

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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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Patricia Fara

The Cambridge 800 Series: Science – A Four Thousand Year History

Hay Festival 2009, 
When did science begin? Who did science? How does science change?

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Michael O’Brien talks to Duncan Campbell

The Death of Justice

Hay Festival 2009, 
O’Brien’s murder conviction was overturned after he’d spent 11 years in prison. He is now a vociferous campaigner against miscarriages of justice.

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Melvin Burgess, Lucy Christopher and Anna Perera

Spinebreakers

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join teen legend Melvin Burgess as he discusses controversy, raw realism and gripping narrative with hot new talent Lucy Christopher and Anna Perera in this unique event for teens by teens.

13 years +

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Mark Lynas in conversation with Jane Davidson

Greenprint Forum: The Planet’s Limits

Hay Festival 2011, 
It is natural that we focus on individual issues within the environment; however, they are all interconnected and treating issues in isolation risks ignoring the larger impacts. Working within the ecological limits of the planet requires careful management of all resources and we have to prioritise: but what should those priorities be? Environmental campaigner and author Mark Lynas talks to Jane Davidson, former Minister for Environment (Wales) and the new Director of INSPIRE.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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Alison Smith

Tate Lecture 2: Watercolours

Hay Festival 2011, 
The curator of the blockbuster Watercolours exhibition explores the medium with illustrations from C12th illuminated manuscripts to the work of Kapoor and Emin. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Kate Adie

Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One

Hay Festival 2014, 

The journalist and historian examines the ways in which women’s lives changed during WWI and what the impact has been for women in the hundred years since. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

Kate Adie

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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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Zena el Khalil en conversación con Guillermo Altares

Segovia 2009, 
Beirut Update, el blog con el que Zena el Khalil ofreció al mundo su visión particular de la guerra en el Líbano en 2006, se convirtió en visita obligada para aquellos que buscaban entender cómo transcurría la vida cotidiana en la capital libanesa durante la contienda. Su libro Beirut, I Love You mezcla diario, autobiografía y novela en una obra que se constituye como un himno a la vida contra la barbarie de la guerra. Entrevistada por Guillermo Altares, director de Babelia y antiguo corresponsal en Líbano.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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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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John Davies

The CADW Lecture: The Making of Wales

Hay Festival 2010, 
The historian traces 200 generations of evolution of the Welsh landscape from Roman towns and Norman castles to Christianity’s craftsmen, graziers and the impacts of depression, wars and devolution.
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