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Geraldine McCaughrean & Candy Gourlay

Pull Out All The Stops, Tall Story

Hay Festival 2011, 
Humour and quirkiness sit at the very heart of these two new adventures; join their authors as they reveal how they put spark into their writing. Chaired by Sarah McIntyre.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Martin Rees

Cambridge 800 Series: Cosmos – The Search for Extra Terrestrial Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Astronomer Royal celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope and the Darwin bicentenary by boldly going in search of life elsewhere.

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Tracey Thorn talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Bedsit Disco Queen

Hay Festival 2014, 

Everything But The Girl made nine albums and sold nine million records. One half of the band (with her husband Ben Watt), Thorn gives a wry look at the realities of a pop career. There are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes. Also see event 67

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Mark Borkowski and Marina Hyde talk to Paul Blezard

Hype and Glory

Hay Festival 2009, 
PR Guru and author of The Fame Formula: How Hollywood’s Fixers, Fakers and Star Makers Created the Celebrity Industry meets superstar columnist, author of Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy.

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Serena Sutcliffe en conversación con Montserrat Domínguez

Segovia 2009, 
Serena Sutcliffe, Master of Wine y experta en vinos españoles, conversará con la periodista Montserrat Domínguez. Presentado por Silvia Clemente Municio, Consejera de Agricultura y Ganadería de la Junta de Castilla y León.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español
Serena Sutcliffe en conversación con Montserrat Domínguez

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Eduardo Mendoza talks to Antonio San José

Segovia 2011, 
Eduardo Mendoza inaugurates the literary events with a chat with journalist Antonio San José. He will talk about his novel Riña de gatos. Madrid 1936, an impressive tableau of the tumultuous climate the country lived through immediately before the civil war, and takes a look at his narrative from his debut with La verdad sobre el caso Savolta.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from Spanish into English.

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Chris Stewart and Manuel Pimentel

Segovia 2006, 
Please note: This conversation is conducted entirely in Spanish.

Farmer and writer Chris Stewart, author of the international bestseller Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucía, with over a million copies sold and translated into fifteen languages, will speak in Spanish to Manuel Pimentel (writer, businessman, ex-minister and head of the Almuzara publishing group) about his delightful and surprising work.

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Marcus du Sautoy

Maths on Stage: the Dramatic Life of Numbers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Mathematics has had a surprising part to play in a number of recent theatre productions. The mathematician and broadcaster will talk about his experiences working with theatre company Complicité on A Disappearing Number and his explorations of bringing maths to the stage in a recent collaboration with actress Victoria Gould.
 

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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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Thomas Weber

Hitler’s First War

Hay Festival 2014, 

Hitler claimed in Mein Kampf that his years as a soldier in the First World War were the most formative years of his life. Weber looks at what really happened to Private Hitler and the men of the Bavarian List Regiment of which he was a member. It is a radical revision of the period of Hitler’s life that is said to have made him. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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José Manuel Caballero Bonald in conversation with Luis García Montero

Segovia 2013, 

José Manuel Caballero Bonald, Premio Cervantes 2012, speaks about all his literary work, poetry, fiction and essays with the poet Luis García Montero. Together they re-examine the latest great poetry work by the writer from Jerez Entreguerras and Oficio de lector (Seix Barral both), an essay on literatura.


Co-organized with Fundación Lara

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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead

Hay Festival 2010, 
Horrid Henry is everyone’s favourite naughty little boy! Join Francesca Simon as she talks about her latest books starring Horrid Henry, Moody Margaret and Perfect Peter and be one of the first children in the country to hear a brand new Horrid Henry story.
6–9 years

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Helena Kennedy, Angharad Davies, Gerry Hassan, Dafydd Elis Thomas – John Bercow presides

Should Scotland Be An Independent Country?

Hay Festival 2014, 

The panel members debate the question being put to voters north of Hadrian’s Wall on 18 September 2014, with the Speaker of the House of Commons in the chair. Audience participation included!

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Jung Chang talks to Razia Iqbal

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

Hay Festival 2014, 

The story of the most important woman in Chinese history. Under the Empress’s rule, the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. It was she who abolished gruesome punishments like ‘death by a thousand cuts’ and put an end to foot-binding. She inaugurated women’s liberation, and embarked on the path to introducing parliamentary elections to China.

Jung Chang talks to Razia Iqbal

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Fútbol y literatura. Eduardo Sacheri y Daniel Titinger en conversación con Daniel Samper Ospina

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos escritores con una gran afición al fútbol hablan sobre literatura y el deporte rey. El argentino Eduardo Sacheri es autor de La pregunta de sus ojos (llevada al cine como El secreto de sus ojos, ganadora del Óscar a la mejor película extranjera en 2010), y la recién públicada Papeles en el viento, un libro sobre la amistad y el fútbol. Daniel Titinger (Perú) es escritor, cronista y director del diario Depor; fue editor general de la revista Etiqueta Negra y ha publicado dos libros de perfiles y crónicas: Dios es peruano y Cholos contra el mundo. En conversación con Daniel Samper Ospina, escritor y periodista colombiano, director de la revista Soho y otro apasionado de este deporte.

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Mark Kermode

It’s Only A Movie

Hay Festival 2010, 
Cinema’s quiffed crusader takes us into the weird world of a life lived in widescreen and yarns his Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive.

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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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Tom and Henry Herbert

The Fabulous Baker Brothers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Tom is a master baker who runs the famous Hobbs House Bakery that has been the family business for five generations. His brother Henry is the acclaimed chef who runs the Hobbs House Butchery right next door. They’re fabulous.

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Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

Peaky Blinders

Hay Festival 2015, 

The screenwriter and creator of the hit gangster drama talks about the Selby family, tribal war, and the crime-world of post-war Birmingham. Knight is screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Locke. Introduced by Caryn Mandabach.

We will also be screening all six episodes of Series 2, starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, from 1pm at Richard Booths Bookshop Cinema in Hay.

Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

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Paul Nurse

The Royal Society Lecture 2: Darwin and Milton – Two Views of Creation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Nobel biologist and President of the Royal Society compares the visions of two of the Greatest Britons of all time.
 
Read a brief autobiography of Paul Nurse

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Gore Vidal talks to Adam Boulton

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary American wit, novelist and politico.

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Alannah Weston, Steve Trent and Lily Cole

Sharks And Beauty

Hay Festival 2013, 

There is a largely unknown and unseen use of sharks in the beauty trade. Addressing this issue is vital to stopping the rapid decline in shark populations and also why this is crucial in a broader context for the health of our oceans. Weston, Creative Director of Selfridges, the Environmental Justice Foundation’s Trent and model and campaigner Cole discuss.

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Poetry Gala

Cartagena 2010, 
Our traditional Poetry Gala is back with the best national and international authors: Michael Ondaatje (Canada), Luis García Montero (Spain), Zoé Valdés (Cuba/France/Spain), Ramon Cote (Colombia), Hugo Chaparro Valderrama (Colombia), William Ospina (Colombia), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Darío Jaramillo (Colombia) and Ibrahim Nasrallah (Palestine). Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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Hugh Masekela talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Guardian Sessions: Jazz Talk

Hay Festival 2009, 
The South African jazz legend discusses his music and his life.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Jerry Brotton and Adam Lowe

The Mappa Mundi In 3D

Hay Festival 2013, 

Using cutting-edge digital scanning and routing technology Factum Arte, the Mappa Mundi Trust and Hereford Cathedral have created a 3D reproduction of the 700-year-old map that is radically changing scholarship of the medieval masterpiece. Come and join us for the unveiling of the new work with its maker and his collaborator, the author of A History Of The World In Twelve Maps.