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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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Fiona Reynolds, Rosie Boycott, David Aaronovitch, Mat Roberts

The National Trust Debate: When It Comes To Heritage, Britons Care More About Trees Than Buildings

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Government suggestion to sell off Forestry Commission land caused a revolt in Britain. What does this say about what we really care about? What does it say about our national identity?

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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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John Gray

Gray’s Anatomy

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why is the human imagination to blame for the worst crimes of the twentieth century? Why is progress a pernicious myth? Why is contemporary atheism just a hangover from Christian faith?
John Gray

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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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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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Raymond Tallis

Hunger

Hay Festival 2009, 
To be human is to be hungry. Prof Tallis will take a biological, sociological, metaphysical, spiritual and political tour around the astonishing and disturbing metamorphoses of human hunger. Be prepared to have your soul X-rayed.

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Damian Walford Davies and Richard Marggraf Turley

Jade Corridors and Green Harpoons

Hay Festival 2009, 
A son-et-lumière performance of poetry and image, strongly themed around desire, bodies and borders with the authors of Suit of Lights and Wan-Hu’s Flying Chair.

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DUBYA

Hay Festival 2011, 
The former President of the United States will be in conservation with Philippe Sands of Time at 10pm in tha Moot. Entry is free. Time will be short. There will be a colloquy. Afterwords.

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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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Jonathan Jones

The Loves Of The Artists

Hay Festival 2013, 

A sweeping, epic history of the Renaissance artists, seen through the lens of something that perhaps occupied their thoughts and influenced their art the most…sex. Taking Donatello’s provocative reinvention of the nude as his starting point, Jones shows how the story of the Renaissance is the story of a sexual revolution. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Breakfast at Hay with Nu Fiction

Presented by Tomos Owen

Hay Festival 2009, 
An early morning start for fifteen young writers hoping to become the next big thing in literature. Tomos Owen introduces first published work from James Smythe, Tyler Keevil, Bethan Michael, Robert Vaughan Hughes, Rebecca F John, Susie Wild, Becky Hunt, LP Mackenzie, Alys Conran, Cate Matthews, Alan Kellermann, ST Owen, Michael Oliver and Nick Mellors.

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

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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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Alexander McCall Smith talks to Paul Blezard

The Dog Who Came In From The Cold

Hay Festival 2010, 
The grand master storyteller introduces the second book in the Corduroy Mansions series and The Double Comfort Safari Club, the latest investigation of the No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Daniel Pennac en conversación con José María Ridao

Segovia 2008, 
Daniel Pennac es uno de los autores contemporáneos más importantes de Francia, traducido a más de 30 lenguas. Tras iniciar su actividad literaria con libros para niños, adquirió gran popularidad, vendiendo más de un millón de ejemplares sólo en Francia gracias a las novelas de la saga en torno a la familia Malaussène, una familia que vive en el multicultural y marginal barrio de Belleville. Es autor de la célebre obra Como una novela, en el que enumera los derechos del lector. Mal de escuela es su último libro. Conversará con el escritor José María Ridao.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanea del francés al español.

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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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Jan Blake with William Pearce-Smith

Tales of the Diaspora - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
When English ships left Africa, carrying slaves bound for the plantations of Jamaica, the history, culture, and people of three regions became inextricably linked. Of African descent, born in Manchester to Jamaican parents, Jan Blake is a product of this link, to three cultures that she claims as her own, telling stories that have crossed the seas and oceans of the world.

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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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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