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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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Rose Tremain

Hay Festival Press & Ox-Tales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Orange Prizewinner reads her story The Jester of Astapovo, to launch our collaboration with Oxfam and Profile Books. Introduced by Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive of Oxfam, and Mark Ellingham, publisher of the Ox-Tales stories.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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Anita Sethi

Anita’s Adventures in Wonderlands

Hay Festival 2011, 
The journalist and writer has been travelling the world for a year on a Winston Churchill Fellowship – from searching for her father’s childhood home in Kenya to six Hay Festivals and life-changing encounters in Asia, the Antipodes, the Middle East and South America. 
 
More information about her travels can be found at www.anitasethi.co.uk/travels
 
Duration 45 minutes.

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Chris Blackwell talks to Chris Salewicz

Island Records

Hay Festival 2009, 
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking label as the founder selects his jubilee tracks and stories.

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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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Jeanette Winterson

Reformations 23: Marriage

Hay Festival 2017, 

The charismatic novelist, who explores love and passion and freedom in her fiction, re-imagines the union of loving human beings.  Her books include Why Be Happy?, The Passion, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and most recently The Gap of Time.

Jeanette Winterson

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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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Alaa Abdul-Hadi, Layla El Atrash and Hyam Yared in conversation with Iman Humaydan

PEN Centre Lebanon: New Challenges

Beirut 2013, 

A conversation with staff members of the Jordanian, Egyptian, and Lebanese PEN Centres around the importance of Arab PEN Centres in the region. What are the aims, the values and the multilingual literary spaces that PEN creates, and what challenges do PEN Centres encounter in their individual countries?

Event in Arabic and French

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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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Raymond Tallis

A Defence of Wonder

Hay Festival 2012, 
Do you think philosophy is irrelevant? Think again, says the neuroscientist and philosopher.The pursuit of articulate, reflective wonder, revealing the extraordinary complex mystery of everyday life, is the key to unlocking our spirituality in a post-religious age.

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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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George Johnson

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Hay Festival 2008, 
George Johnson introduces his brilliant and clear understanding of the scientific revolutions that changed our world.

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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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Diane Reay

Cambridge Series: Education & Class

Hay Festival 2010, 
Social class and the English educational system.
Diane Reay

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Luke Harding

The Snowden Files

Hay Festival 2014, 

It began with an unsigned email: ‘I am a senior member of the intelligence community’. The award-winning investigative journalist takes up the story of the NSA whistleblower. Chaired by James Naughtie.

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Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

Brexit Britain: The State of the Union

Hay Festival 2019, 

What happens now? What’s the deal with Europe, America, Ireland, Scotland? The Shadow Brexit Secretary is on the spot. And he’s listening.

Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

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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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Eric Lampaert

Comedians’ Cinema Club

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are thrilled to welcome the inspired and hilarious improv show in which Eric and a cast of comics act out a famous movie. They’ve done Die Hard, Pretty Woman, all the Harry Potters, and for tonight they want the Hay audience to choose the movie. Let us know what you’d like them to take on – we’ll go with the best nomination on our Facebook page.

Update 15.05.15 - Film Choice is Mary Poppins.

Eric Lampaert

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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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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.