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Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

Charles Dickens 200

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author presents an intimate portrait of her great-great-great-grandfather. Illustrated with personal memorabilia.

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Mary Ginsberg

The Art Of Influence: Asian Propaganda

Hay Festival 2013, 

Where the majority of a population is illiterate, art is the most effective way to communicate the message. The curator of the new BritishMuseum show examines propaganda ‘art’ as political communication, social cohesion and absolute control.

 

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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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Bill Nighy talks to Francine Stock

The Bookshop: Preview

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor talks about his work on the new film of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, directed by Isabel Coixet. Set in a small town in 1959 England, it is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield. With film clips.

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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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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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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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Sally Kindberg & Tracey Turner

The Comic Strip History of Space

Hay Festival 2010, 
From Star Trek to supernovas, this is science as you’ve never seen it before.  Sally and Tracey will cover Copernicus and constellations, astronauts and aliens in their super space quiz.  Get ready to create your own quirky comic strip and wow your teachers.
 
8–12 years

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Margaret Macmillan

The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War

Hay Festival 2014, 

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment – so why did it happen? Macmillan is a previous winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the International Affairs Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2014 for this book. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

Margaret Macmillan

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Philip Wilcocks, Tom MacSweeney, John Gould, Julian Lewis, Christopher Lee and Bil Loth

Island Race

Hay Festival 2011, 
Maritime experts and Navy top brass discuss the most urgent issues around the threat to the marine environment of deepwater drilling, the fisheries crisis, climate change, trade safety and piracy.

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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 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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Owen Sheers talks to Peter Florence

Resistance – The Movie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist and screenwriter previews clips from the counterfactual film of the novel launched here two years ago – a thriller set up in the Olchon Valley above Hay during the Nazi occupation of Britain.

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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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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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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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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

AntiFragility

Hay Festival 2012, 
The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand.

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Simon Singh

The John Maddox Lecture: Fermat’s Last Theorem

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘I have discovered a truly marvellous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain…’ Twenty years after a mild-mannered Englishman solved Pierre de Fermat’s 350-year-old theorem, Singh tells the true story of how mathematics’ most challenging problem was made to yield its secrets in a thrilling tale of endurance, ingenuity and inspiration.

Simon Singh

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Chris Stephens

Tate at Hay 1: Henry Moore

Hay Festival 2010, 
The curator of Tate Britain’s current exhibition of Henry Moore reveals a darker, edgier side to one of Britain’s most enduringly popular artists.

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Anthony Horowitz

The Power of Five: Necropolis

Hay Festival 2009, 
Action, adventure and ancient evil – join this stellar author to hear all about the fourth Power of Five and get the inside take on his forthcoming graphic novels and ‘Alex Rider 8’. 

10–16 years

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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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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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Michelle Harrison, Catherine Fisher and Lindsey Barraclough

Unrest, Incarceron and Long Lankin

Hay Festival 2012, 
Three hauntingly lyrical novels, drawing on fairy tales and folklore. Chilling and compelling. Chaired by Paul Blezard
 
12+ years

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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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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.