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John O’Farrell

An Utterly Impartial History of Britain

Hay Festival 2009, 
The satirist spins the story of our realm when you get 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge.

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Jasper Conran talks to Sue Crewe

Country

Hay Festival 2010, 
The designer shows and discusses his passion for country living, country style, nostalgia, landscape, interiors, detail, still life, colour, texture, shape, mood and reflection.

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Matthew Rice and Emma Bridgewater talk to Tristram Hunt

The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent

Hay Festival 2011, 
A fanfare for one of the great cities of the world’s first industrial revolution, from its C18th zenith with Wedgwood and Spode to the post-war dereliction.

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The Greenpeace Debate

Clare Short MP and Michael Codner, Director Military Service, RUSI

Hay Festival 2006, 
Is there a rationale for continuing Britain's nuclear force in the twenty-first century? Chaired by Stephen Tindale.

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John Kampfner, Lauri Kubuitsile, Lawrence Njagi

Content and Technology; digitisation, e-publishing and innovation

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
What’s the future for writing and publishing in a time of digital delivery? A revolution of access and empowerment or the collapse of the industry? Or both/neither?

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Lyn Lewis Dafis

The Photographs of Edward S Curtis: The North American Indian

Hay Festival 2010, 

A rare opportunity to view this stunning collection of early C20th photos by the celebrated American photographer Edward S Curtis.


Lyn Lewis Dafis

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Jane Davidson, Steve Evans and Mat Roberts

Slipstream Wales – Professionals: Delivery and Innovation

Hay Festival 2013, 

How do we take the individual professionals’ ideas and innovations and raise them to a country-wide scale across Wales? How could we measure the benefits, join the dots and really get organisations working together? Jane Davidson, INSPIRE Director at University of Wales, Steve Evans, Industrial Sustainability Research Director at Cambridge University, and Mat Roberts, Head of Sustainability at Landmarc Support Services, discuss with TYF’s Andy Middleton.

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Stephen Corry, Toby Nicholas and Joanna Eede

Greenprint Forum Screening: Mine – Story of a Sacred Mountain

Hay Festival 2011, 
When a giant London-based mining company came to mine India’s Niyamgiri hills for aluminium ore, the only thing standing in their way was the Dongria Kondh tribe. How did the Dongria take the company on – and win back the mountain they revere as a God? Followed by a Q&A chaired by Greenprint Director Andy Fryers.

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
 
Further reading: An interview with Stephen Corry and an article by Joanna Eede.

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Life on Air: A History of Radio 4

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Hendy talks to Rosie Goldsmith about the makers, myths and treasures of the world’s greatest talk-radio station.

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Jason Bradbury

Dot Robot: Cyber Gold

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join our favourite presenter of The Gadget Show as he introduces his new high-octane techno-thriller. Warning: may contain robots, breakdancing and gaming talk!
 
10+ years

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Robert Ferguson

The Hammer and The Cross

Hay Festival 2010, 
A radical reappraisal of the Viking conquests, their mindful violence and their relationship to Christianity and Charlemagne.
Robert Ferguson

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Joumana Haddad and Khaled al-Berry in conversation with Catalina Gómez

Literature and change

Cartagena 2012, 
Two of the literary voices that best represent contemporary culture in the Middle East are the Lebanese writer, editor and journalist, Joumana Haddad, author of the novel I Killed Scheherazade, described by Vargas Llosa as “a revealing and audacious book about women in the Arab world” and the Egyptian writer Khaled al-Berry, who is a BBC journalist working in London. He has published a number of works, as well as Life is More Beautiful than Paradise, an autobiography about his teenage years, which were spent in the service of the jihad. They will talk to Catalina Gómez about literature and change. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the IPAF

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Timothy Garton Ash

Time For Another Velvet Revolution?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Twenty years on from 1989, the eminent historian and political commentator, author of the forthcoming Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name examines the turbulent politics of Eastern Europe. Chaired by Lisa Appignanesi.

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Claudio Magris en conversación con José Andrés Rojo

Segovia 2009, 
El Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras 2004, novelista, ensayista y académico, habla con el periodista José Andrés Rojo sobre su visión de la realidad europea de los últimos veinticinco años, su vinculación con el mundo académico y su extensa obra de ficción.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del italiano al español

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Habib Selmi and Ibrahim Nasrallah in conversation with Joumana Haddad

Arab Booker Prize of Fiction: The Finalists

Cartagena 2010, 
Two of the shortlisted authors for the Arab Booker Prize in conversation with the journalist and poet Joumana Haddad, administrator of the prize. 

This event is in English and French. Simultaneous translation from English and French to Spanish available.

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Hugh Cornwell

Unplugged

Hay Festival 2013, 

The legendary Stranglers songwriter, vocalist and guitarist plays an intimate acoustic concert reworking some of his greatest hits, classic solo material and songs from his critically-acclaimed new album Totem And Taboo.

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Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

Inequality and Austerity

Hay Festival 2015, 

Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%, examines who is most harmed by these injustices and why, and what happens to those who most benefit. O’Hara, author of Austerity Bites, takes us on a journey to the sharp end of the cuts in the UK. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in its call to action, this analysis is essential for everyone concerned with social justice.

Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

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Battle of the Bands

Hay Festival 2014, 

Up and coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band. An evening of live, original music where audience and judges get to decide who is worthy of the crown. Hosted by BBC Radio Wales' Bethan Elfyn.

Battle of the Bands

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Ian McEwan

Preview: The Children Act

Hay Festival 2014, 

Ian McEwan’s recent work displays his interest in science and public affairs. His latest novels tackle climate change (Solar) and espionage (Sweet Tooth). In talks and articles he articulates a strong humanist position on the issues of the day. In a rare pre-publication conversation, he discusses his fiction in progress. His forthcoming novel highlights the ethical dilemmas when religious conviction seeks to prevent medical intervention. He talks to Raymond Tallis.

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Juan Manuel de Prada y Espido Freire en conversación con Jesús García Calero

Segovia 2008, 
Espido Freire, la autora de Melocotones Helados (Premio Planeta 1999) y Soria Moria (Premio Ateneo de Sevilla 2007), y Juan Manuel de Prada, recientemente galardonado con el premio de periodismo Joaquín Romero Murube, autor de El Séptimo Velo (Premio Biblioteca Breve 2007) y Desgarrados y Excéntricos, conversarán sobre su trabajo en los campos de la ficción y el ensayo con el periodista cultural Jesús García Calero.

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AC Grayling

Liberty in an Age of Terror

Hay Festival 2009, 
Privacy, free speech and individual autonomy, rights hard-won over centuries, are being eroded by state surveillance and data centralization. The philosopher argues for the vigorous defence of civil liberties.

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Laura Bates

Everyday Sexism 2015

Hay Festival 2015, 

The online Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day-to-day basis. It shares stories from women around the world. The founder reports on the last year’s work.

Laura Bates

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Salman Rushdie talks to Jerry Brotton

Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Hay Festival 2016, 

Inspired by the traditional wonder tales of the East, Rushdie’s new novel is a masterpiece about the age-old conflicts that remain in today’s world. Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is satirical and bawdy, full of cunning and folly, rivalries and betrayals, kismet and karma, rapture and redemption.

Salman Rushdie talks to Jerry Brotton

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Robert Llewellyn, Juliet Davenport and Kate Henderson

Good Energy Series 2: From NIMBY to IMBY

Hay Festival 2015, 

Energy generation has to take place somewhere – what would you prefer in your backyard? Is policy determined by those who shout loudest rather than those with the strongest argument? What would it take for communities to say yes rather than no to new energy developments? Robert Llewellyn is an actor, comedian and author, Kate Henderson is CEO of the Town and Country Planning Association and Juliet Davenport is founder and CEO of Good Energy. They talk to journalist and author Oliver Balch.

Robert Llewellyn, Juliet Davenport and Kate Henderson

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Michio Kaku

Physics of the Impossible

Hay Festival 2009, 
The acclaimed physicist boldly goes beyond the known limits to explore perpetual motion, invisibility, ray guns, anti-gravity and anti-matter, teleportation, cyborgs, faster than light travel, time travel, zero-point energy, and extraterrestrial life.