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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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Steve Jones

Is Evolution Over?

Hay Festival 2008, 
After Darwin, Utopia evolved. From Eden to Erewhon, society changed but people stayed much the same. The geneticist argues that the agents of evolution have lost their power and that—whatever happens to society— humans are stuck with what we are.

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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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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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Kate Humble

Monmouthshire Farm Humble by Nature

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Springwatch star talks about her passion for Watching Waterbirds and her new project restoring her Monmouthshire Farm.

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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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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2011, 
The star behind Lost and Found and The Heart and the Bottle gives us a rare insight into his unique illustrative style.
 
12+ years
The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers

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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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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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Simon Singh

Chiropractic and the Battle for Free Speech

Hay Festival 2010, 
The brilliantly entertaining science writer and Freedom of Speech hero talks about alternative medicine, chiropractic, his infamous libel case and the campaign for libel reform. He is the author of Trick or Treatment, The Code Book, Big Bang and Fermat's Last Theorem.

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Jane Davidson AM

Sustainable Development Charter

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing launches the Welsh Assembly Government’s charter to encourage organisations in Wales to put sustainable development at the heart of their operations. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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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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Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Larry Sanders, Niall Ferguson and Serena Kutchinsky

The Newsweek Debate: Is this the most unusual American Presidential election in history?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Just a year ago, the US Presidential race looked set to be a dull affair, dominated by two political dynasties – another Bush versus another Clinton. Now, the stage is set for one of the most unusual, and unsettling, electoral battles in American history. After Obama’s campaign of hope, we have Donald Trump’s scaremongering bid to become the Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton’s scandal-tinged final stab at the Democratic nomination. Is this really the best that the nation that calls itself the ‘world’s greatest democracy’ can do? And if the answer is yes, is it time to start looking for an alternative political system better suited to the social media age? Newsweek will dissect the chain of events that has led us here and speculate on what the future might hold for the next Commander in Chief. Joining Digital Editor, Serena Kutchinsky, will be Larry Sanders, the academic and Green Party Health Spokesperson, who is the older brother of the US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Sarah Churchwell,Professor of the Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professorial Fellow in American Literature, IES School of Advanced Study, University of London, Harvard Professor and author of Kissinger, Niall Ferguson, and Jan Halper Hayes, the Worldwide Vice President and Chairman UK of Republicans Overseas.

Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Larry Sanders, Niall Ferguson and Serena Kutchinsky

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Martin Evans

Cardiff University Lecture

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Nobel Laureate and Fellow of the Royal Society discusses his work on how to culture embryonic stem cells, the knockout mouse and the related technology of gene targeting. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
Martin Evans

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Sophia Bennett

Threads

Hay Festival 2010, 
Threads is a magical story of four friends and their amazing adventure with fashion. Whether your look is high street or vintage, Matalan or Marni the author of this fashion fairytale will lift your heart and open your eyes.
A modern day Ballet Shoes.
 
9–14 years
 
See the Blog for more details.

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David Crystal

The Little Book of Language

Hay Festival 2010, 
With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. And the charismatic Linguistics Prof is our man.
David Crystal

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Bonnie Greer, Leanne Wood, Merryn Williams, Daniel Williams and Stefan Collini

The May Day Manifesto

Hay Festival 2017, 

It is 50 years since the publication of the May Day Manifesto, edited by Raymond Williams. The manifesto reflected the growing disillusionment on the Left with what the authors argued to be the surrendering of socialist principles by the Labour Party. The panel explores the making of the manifesto and examines its relevance today.

Stefan Collini is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at the University of Cambridge, Bonnie Greer is a playwright, author and judge for this year’s Orwell Prize, Leanne Wood AM is the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Merryn Williams is a critic, poet, and daughter of Raymond Williams and Daniel G. Williams is Professor of English Literature at Swansea University.

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Andrew Simms, Bibi van der Zee, Eliane Glaser, David Boyle

nef series 2: Not the Apocalypse

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bad things are supposed to happen in 2012. But there are many ideas around that could improve our wellbeing and reduce environmental damage. Do we need to think as much about social innovation as technology? This event looks at why and how we can ‘Cancel the Apocalypse’.
 

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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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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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Alexander McCall Smith talks to Anne Robinson

A Conspiracy of Friends

Hay Festival 2011, 
The prolific, witty and endlessly inventive author discusses his career and the third in his Corduroy Mansions series of novels.
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - Alexander McCall Smith

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John Kay

The Long and the Short of it

Hay Festival 2009, 
A Guide to Finance and Investment for Normally Intelligent People Who Aren’t in the Industry. Someone, somewhere, needs to know... Chaired by financial commentator and author of Compassionate Economics Jesse Norman.

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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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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.

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