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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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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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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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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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Gail Jones, Tiffany Murray and Kishwar Desai talk to Gaby Wood

Writing as a craft

Segovia 2011, 
Gail Jones (Five Bells), Australian writer translated into nine languages and recipient of the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction; Tiffany Murray (Diamond Star Halo), British writer and professor at the University of Glamorgan, short-listed for the Wodehouse Bollinger Prize for Fiction; and Kishwar Desai (Witness the night), Indian writer living in the United Kingdon who won the Costa First Novel Award in 2010, will talk about their careers and about the craft of writing with The Telegraph journalist Gaby Wood.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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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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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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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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Bryony Gordon, Mary Riddell, Michael Deacon, Con Coughlin

The Telegraph Question Time

Hay Festival 2015, 

From Farage and the future of Europe to feminism and family life. A stellar team of Telegraph talent ­– columnists Bryony Gordon and Mary Riddell, parliamentary sketch-writer Michael Deacon, and Defence Editor Con Coughlin – tackle the great (and not-so-great) issues of the day. Come along to have your say. Chaired by Emma Barnett, the Telegraph’s award-winning women’s editor.

Bryony Gordon, Mary Riddell, Michael Deacon, Con Coughlin

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Rosie Boycott in conversation with Sarfraz Manzoor

Food and Climate Change

Cartagena 2010, 
Rosie Boycott, journalist, advisor of the Major of London on food matters and their links to climate change, and editor of the Global Observatory for the Conference of Copenhagen, reveals the connections between food production, environmental degradation and poverty. In conversation with The Guardian journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. 

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

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Siobhan Freegard, Julia Hobsbawm and Fiona Millar

In the Balance

Hay Festival 2009, 
Life, parenthood and the modern family debated by the Netmums founder and the authors of The See Saw: 100 Recipes for Work–Life Balance and The Secret World of The Working Mother.

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Paul Cartledge

After Thermopylae

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Battle of Plataea in 479 BCE is one of world history’s unjustly neglected events. It decisively ended the threat of a Persian conquest of Greece. For the Spartans, the driving force behind the Greek victory, the battle was sweet vengeance for their defeat at Thermopylae the year before. Cartledge masterfully exposes the Athenian/Spartan rivalry that ‘rewrote the history books’.

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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.

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Abdelkader Benali talks to Eric Akoto

East is West

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Moroccan-Dutch writer and journalist, a Beirut39 star, and one of the most acute and thoughtful commentators on migrations and multiculturalism discusses his travels in the Middle East with the editor of Litro.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Abdelkader Benali. See a recent interview in Litro.

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The Demention Blog

Hay Festival 2013, 

Teri Terry, Claire Merle and Julie Bertagna are Demention bloggers and writers of a particular kind of book – dark, chilling, questioning of the future. Get ready for a fascinating talk for YA fans.

Claire Merle’s The Glimpse was welcomed as a grippingly readable and deeply unsettling British dystopian thriller. Her new book The Fall will be out in June.

Teri Terry’s Slated, a dark psychological thriller, was published to great acclaim last year and has now been followed by the engrossing, fast paced Fractured.

Julie Bertagna’s award-winning Exodus is a brilliantly imagined story of love and survival in a climate-changed world. Zenith and Aurora complete this highly-acclaimed, classic dystopian trilogy.

Together, they are the Demention Bloggers. They write stories set in near futures, or different worlds. They like to unsettle and disturb their readers. They’d like to know what you think.

Duration 60 mins.

13+ years

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President Mohamed Nasheed talks to Ed Miliband

The Maldives – Dispatches from the Climate Change Frontline

Hay Festival 2010, 
The leader of one of the newest emerging democracies is committed to a 10-year carbon neutral plan for his country. He beams in by satellite for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change and building democracy in a Muslim nation. Introduced by Mark Lynas.
President Mohamed Nasheed talks to Ed Miliband

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Russell Foster and Leon Kreitzman

Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive

Hay Festival 2009, 
How do birds know when to return to their nesting grounds? What effect do the seasons have on our wellbeing, and how does the season in which we are born affect our subsequent life chances?

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Dave Gorman

America Unchained

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedian recounts his attempts to drive from coast to coast of the United States, giving money only to independent businesses.

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Philip Pullman

The Hay Library Platform

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist discusses his essay collection Dæmon Voices and his novel La Belle Sauvage with Daniel Hahn.

Philip Pullman

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Monty Don and Patrick Holden

Hay Festival 2008, 
The new President and the Director of The Soil Association talk to Sky News anchor Adam Boulton about food production, climate change, and the organic movement’s lead with local and supermarket shopping.

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Anna Barford and Daniel Dorling

Atlas of the Real World

Hay Festival 2009, 
The globe mapped not by landmass but by health, wealth, and a fascinating and revelatory variety of indices. You will never see Earth in the same light again.

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Adam Nicolson talks to Simon Jenkins

Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History

Hay Festival 2009, 
A portrait of the great English garden, created by the historian’s grandparents Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, and newly transferred to the National Trust.

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Mario Vargas Llosa y Javier Moreno

Periodismo y literatura

Segovia 2008, 
El celebrado escritor Mario Vargas Llosa y Javier Moreno, Director de El Pais, conversarán sobre el arte de contar y construir ficción, y sobre el arte de contar la realidad a través de un periódico.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés.

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John Parker

Lords of Creation

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Cambridge University Botanic Garden Director and Professor of Plant Cytogenetics brushes against near- immortality, the truth of sustainability, and the awe-inspiring aesthetic of trees.

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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.