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Mark Watson and Catherine O'Flynn talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: The Comedians

Hay Festival 2011, 
Watson’s Eleven is a tale of love and loss, Scrabble and six degrees of separation. O’Flynn’s Birmingham-set The News Where You Are spins around intimate absences and banal news presences.
 
 
Eleven - Mark Watson

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Welcome To The Dark Side

Gemma Malley, Caroline Green, Phil Earle

Hay Festival 2013, 

Dystopian futures, weird science, war. It’s all here. Be challenged, engaged and entertained with three uncompromising writers for young adults – Gemma Malley, Caroline Green and Phil Earle.

The three writers talk about why we love the dark side of life – at least in our stories. What would happen if everything was really awful? It seems to be our favourite topic. And some really awful stuff happens in all these books… 

Gemma Malley’s dystopian trilogy began with the much praised The Killables and is followed by The Disappeared. Citizens of The City are graded according to how ‘Pure’ they are. Those labelled ‘K’ are deemed the most deviant and are never seen again… What happens to them, and what is happening beyond the perimeter of The City?

Caroline Green’s futuristic thriller, Cracks, was published to rave reviews. It has a very likeable protagonist whose whole past is beginning to look like fiction. Could he really be the subject of a weird scientific experiment? If he can’t even believe his own memories, what can he trust?

Phil Earle’s background working with troubled teens informed his novels Being Billy and Saving Daisy – stories of young people trying to cope with big problems in their lives which touched a chord with many readers. Heroic is also a tale of troubled lives, but this time it is the lives of young soldiers fighting in Afghanistan that take centre stage, and the difficulties a family has to cope with when a much loved brother comes home a very different person to the one who left.

13+ years

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Simon Baker & Taryn Simon

Tate Lecture 1: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Tate’s new Photography Curator discusses and shows work from the new exhibition with the featured artist Taryn Simon.

For further details of the exhibition at Tate Modern see www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/tarynsimon/

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Los últimos días de Trotsky: con Leonardo Padura y Javier Rioyo

seguido de la proyección del documental Asaltar los cielos

Segovia 2009, 
El escritor cubano Leonardo Padura, autor de la celebrada serie de novelas protagonizadas por el investigador Mario Conde, describe su último trabajo, una reconstrucción del asesinato de León Trotsky. Javier Rioyo, escritor, guionista y director de cine, ha dirigido, entre otros, el documental Asaltar los cielos (1996), donde analiza el proceso que culminó con el asesinato del líder comunista.

Conversación seguido de la proyección del documental Asaltar los cielos, 96 minutos

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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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Steve Silberman

The Baillie Gifford Lecture: NeuroTribes

Hay Festival 2016, 

What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more,; and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. The winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize talks about his research and investigations. Chaired by Stuart Proffitt.

Steve Silberman

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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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Robert Peston

Who’s to Blame…

Hay Festival 2009, 
The BBC’s business editor, author of Who Runs Britain?, fingers the greedy, the incompetent and the naive who’ve led us into economic disaster.

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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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Conor Woodman

Unfair Trade

Hay Festival 2012, 
The broadcaster and former City analyst looks at how Big Business Exploits the World’s Poor – and why it doesn’t have to.

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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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Hallie Rubenhold and Ian Kelly talk to Corisande Albert

Libertines

Hay Festival 2009, 
The authors of Lady Worsley’s Whim and Casanova expose the lusts and lives of the C18th’s sexiest players.

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Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

Fictions – Memory

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two novels explore the disturbance of the past. Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing is both a detective story and a haunting depiction of dementia. The characters in Murray’s Sugar Hall probe the secret history of a Forest of Dean mansion. Chaired by Sameer Rahim.

Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

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Lewis Pugh

21 Yaks and a Speedo

Hay Festival 2014, 
What does it feel like to stand on the edge of the sea ice at the North Pole in nothing more than a Speedo swimming costume? What kind of man dives into that freezing ocean and swims a full kilometre? And why? The intrepid environmentalist, endurance swimmer and inspirational UN Patron of the Oceans has swum as far north and as far south as a body can get, as well as on the earth's highest mountain. He's learned a few things about the extremes of human nature, and our fragile blue planet, along the way. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
Lewis Pugh

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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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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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Robert Macfarlane

Cambridge Series 3 - The Old Ways

Hay Festival 2012, 
Macfarlane sets off to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drovers’ roads and seas paths that form part of a vast network of routes criss-crossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to continents beyond.
 

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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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Katherine Jenkins talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Welsh diva discusses her autobiography Time To Say Hello.

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Helen Fielding talks to Peter Florence

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Hay Festival 2014, 

What do you do when a girlfriend’s 60th birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend’s 30th? Does the Dalai Lama actually Tweet or is it his assistant? Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day? Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, Tweeting, texting and rediscovering her sexuality in what SOME people rudely and out-datedly call ‘middle age’.

Helen Fielding talks to Peter Florence

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Steve Vaughan

Cardiff Series 3 - Size Matters - Responsible Innovation and New Technologies

Hay Festival 2012, 
We can now blur the borders not only of scientific disciplines but also of what might constitute life. Nanotechnology promises better, more effective medicines, and a revolution in materials. But the risks are only partly known and, with our current scientific expertise, only partly knowable. How should we regulate the introduction of nanomaterials to the market?
 

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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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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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Simon Weston talks to Steve Corry

Life and Tales

Hay Festival 2011, 
In the first of a series of events with soldiers, politicians and journalists discussing conflict resolution, the distinguished Falklands War veteran and charity hero discusses his life and writing, choosing his desert island books, music and films.

Find out more about Simon Weston and Steve Corry

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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.
John Davies