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Patrick Wright

Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War

Hay Festival 2008, 
Patrick Wright discusses his work of impressive scholarship that roots our understanding of Cold War rhetoric and attitudes deeply in the C20th. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Andrew Simms, Caroline Lucas and Charlie McConnell

Is Small Still Beautiful?

Hay Festival 2011, 
On the 100th anniversary of the birth of EF Schumacher, author of the landmark book Small Is Beautiful, Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green Party, is joined by Andrew Simms, author and Fellow of nef (the new economics foundation) and Charlie McConnell, director of Schumacher College, to ask if the message of the book is more relevant today than ever. With a personal message from Schumacher’s former colleague George McRobie. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Dan Cruickshank

The Country House Revealed

Hay Festival 2011, 
The scholar and broadcaster examines the nation’s most spectacular piles in A Secret History of the British Ancestral Home. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
The Secret History of Georgian London - Dan Cruickshank

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John Hegarty talks to Dylan Jones

Hegarty on Advertising: Turning Intelligence into Magic

Hay Festival 2011, 
Four decades of wisdom and insight from the man who put Nick Kamen into a laundrette for Levi Strauss and gave Audi the immortal Vorsprung durch Technik. He talks to the Editor of GQ.

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Adam Nicolson and Sarah Raven

Smell of Summer Grass: Pursuing Happiness – Perch Hill 1944–2011

Hay Festival 2011, 
The story of the years spent in finding and building a personal Arcadia, sometimes a dream, sometimes a nightmare, by the writer and his wife, cook and gardener Sarah Raven. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Álvaro Pombo en conversación con Juan Cruz

Segovia 2009, 
El poeta y novelista, Premio Planeta y miembro de la Real Academia de la Lengua, conversa con el periodista y escritor Juan Cruz sobre su dilatada carrera literaria; en especial sobre sus últimos trabajos, Los enunciados protocolarios (poesía) y Virginia o el interior del mundo (novela).

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés

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Neil Oliver

Vikings

Hay Festival 2013, 

As the Vikings did not write their history, we have to discover it for ourselves. The historian and broadcaster examines the myths and truths about the Scandinavian adventurers and raiders who travelled the world to build a vast empire that lasted 200 years.

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Roy Hattersley

The Great Outsider

Hay Festival 2011, 
A portrait of David Lloyd George and a study in charisma, coalition and flouting of conventions.
 
Read a review of the biography www.newstatesman.com/books/
In Search of England - Roy Hattersley

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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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Andrew Gamble, David Runciman and Glen Rangwala

Cambridge Series 14 - Is Democracy Right for the World’s Current Problems?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is democracy too short-termist to deal with the kind of issues facing the world, including the current crisis of capitalism and climate change?
 

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Eat My Shorts!

Short Films

Hay Festival 2010, 
Kick off the week with a medley of hand-picked short films, from laugh-out-loud to downright beautiful. See you at the movies!
 
Duration 30 mins.
 
This event is repeated on 5 June.
 
Family event
 
Films: Zoo Written and directed by Robin Bushell. Heartstrings Written and directed by Rhiannon Evans. Tir Nan Og Written and directed by Fursy Teyssier. Maestro Written and directed by Géza M. Tóth. Codswallop Written and directed by Greg and Myles McLeod. Animals Directed by Kristofer Ström

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Sarah Churchwell talks to Sarah Crompton

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem And The Invention Of The Great Gatsby

Hay Festival 2013, 

The inside story of F Scott Fitzgerald’s New York of 1922 with its speakeasies, high society and organised crime that was the context for the creation of his great American novel.

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Howard Jacobson talks to Peter Florence

The British Council Series 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker-winning comic master conjures his new novel Zoo Time, a book about love – love of women, love of literature, love of laughter.

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John Brewer

American Leonardo

Hay Festival 2009, 
The art historian explores the story of a single painting, La Belle Ferronnière by Leonardo Da Vinci, and shows how it reveals the intricacies of the C20th obsession with art, money and taste.

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CILIP presents Patrick Ness

The Ask & The Answer

Hay Festival 2009, 
Patrick Ness returns to Hay with the gripping sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go. In discussion with young people's librarian and CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Award judge Jake Hope.

12 years +

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Lori Anne Ferrell

The Bible and the People

Hay Festival 2009, 
From manuscripts to Gutenbergs and Gideons we trace how the Bible has been endlessly retailored to meet the changing needs of religion, politics and the reading public while retaining its special status as a sacred text.

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RS Thomas Centenary Series 2: Poems For RS

Gillian Clarke, Menna Elfyn, Mererid Hopwood, Emyr Lewis, Anna Lewis, Owen Sheers, Damian Walford Davies, Glyn Maxwell, Grahame Davies and Simon Armitage

Hay Festival 2013, 

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of RS Thomas, eleven poets have written poems in response to works of his, which will be published as a limited edition by Hay Festival Press. The gala reading is chaired by the Hay Festival International Fellow for 2012–2013 Eurig Salisbury.

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Linda Yueh

China’s Growth: The Making Of An Economic Superpower

Hay Festival 2013, 

The distinguished economist examines the inexorable growth of the world’s second largest economy as it makes the transition from central planning and faces the challenges of a developing country. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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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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Tim Quinn

Nostalgic & Hilarious Afternoon of Comic Book History

Hay Festival 2010, 
Entertaining show from the Marvel Comics editor.
Tim Quinn

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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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Michael Jacobs in conversation with Nieves Concostrina

Segovia 2010, 
Nieves Concostrina, a Spanish writer and radio presenter known for her daily anecdotes about death, will speak to the Hispanist and travel writer Michael Jacobs about the recent and controversial publication of his book The Factory of Light: Tales from my Andalucian Village. They will discuss subjects such as the confusion between fiction and reality and the emergence of the magical and the supernatural into everyday rural life.

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Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Yolanda Reyes

Cartagena 2012, 
Daniel Samper Pizano is a journalist, writer and member of the Colombian Academy of Language. Considered to be the father of investigative journalism for his work in the newspaper El Tiempo, his writings are full of sharp humour mixed with social criticism. He has won a range of prizes, including three Simón Bolívar Prizes for journalism and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University. He has also had an outstanding literary career, which includes more than 35 books published. He will talk to the writer Yolanda Reyes.

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Chris Anderson and David Sally

The Numbers Game

Hay Festival 2013, 

Football has always been a numbers game: 4-4-2, the big number 9 and 3 points for a win. But what if up until now we’ve been focusing on the wrong numbers? What if the numbers that really matter, the ones that hold the key to winning matches, are actually 2.66, 53.4, 50/50, and 0 > 1? What if managers only make a 15% difference? What if Chelsea should have bought Darren Bent? Chaired by Gooner Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Irma Kurtz

About Time: Growing Old Disgracefully

Hay Festival 2009, 
A fascinating and compassionate investigation into the art of ageing. Chaired by Revel Guest.