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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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David and Hilary Crystal

Wordsmiths and Warriors

Hay Festival 2014, 

From King Alfred and the Normans to Chaucer, Shakespeare and Wordsworth, this fabulously entertaining guide to the English language unites the warriors whose invasions transformed the language with the poets, scholars and reformers who helped create its character. 

David and Hilary Crystal

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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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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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Alan Greenspan talks to Howard Davies

London Events 2007, 
Alan Greenspan, former chairman of ‘The Fed’, in conversation with Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon

Hot Feminist

Hay Festival 2015, 

A trip through feminism, fashion, the righteous pursuit of a sexy vibe, and what it means to be a woman when you’re on the receiving end of modern media’s hilariously/bizarrely/insanely contradictory/restrictive/reductive/sometimes just straightforward revolting notions of womanhood. This isn’t about what women can’t do, this is a new-age guide to what you can do, what you can think, what you can wear and what you can wax. Gordon is the author of The Wrong Knickers.

Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon

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Mary Evans

Story Stew

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join children’s author Mary Evans for a fun, anarchic and downright daft introduction to story writing. Using a host of ingredients, a dollop of imagination and a side helping of silliness, you can learn a basic recipe that will enable anyone to write a story. That’s right. Anyone. Especially you. Back by popular demand, Story Stew helps you to write stories that leave a great taste in the imagination.
7+ years
Mary Evans

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Jeremy Strong

The Big Jam Explosion

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and laugh your socks off with the much-loved Jeremy Strong.  Full of fizzing energy and jolly jokes this event will be a hoot!

6 years +

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Stephen Ferry, Pablo Corral, William Fernando Martínez y Mauricio Lima en conversación con Ricardo Corredor Cure

La crónica fotográfica como testimonio de la realidad.

Cartagena 2013, 
Cuatro reputados fotógrafos conversarán con Ricardo Corredor Cure, director ejecutivo de la Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo. Stephen Ferry (Estados Unidos) es el autor de Violentología en el que recoge su trabajo de mas de 10 años en Colombia; Pablo Corral (Ecuador) trabajó durante muchos años para National Geographic y ahora es director del POYI para América Latina (Pictures of the Year International), un prestigioso premio de periodismo; William Fernando (Colombia) es fotógrafo de AP y está considerado como uno de los mejores reporteros gráficos colombianos; Mauricio Lima (Brasil) ganó el Wire Photograper of the Year en el 2010 y en estos momentos trabaja en varios proyectos, incluyendo el cubrimiento del conflicto en Afganistán.

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George Ferguson and Deyan Sudjic talk to Amanda Baillieu

Does recession mean the end of the Icon?

Hay Festival 2009, 
The leading British architect and the Director of the Design Museum discuss with the editor of Building Design.

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John Harrison and Gwyneth Lewis

Sailors in Bed: Travels and Journeys of Healing

Hay Festival 2014, 

Wales’ inaugural National Poet Gwyneth Lewis’ latest memoir is Two in a Boat – A Marital Voyage. John Harrison is the author of the Wales Book of the Year winner Cloud Road – A Journey Through the Inca Heartland; he recently recovered from throat cancer. Chaired by New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies.

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Tim Hunt talks to Roger Highfield

The Royal Society Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

A Life in Biology

In 2001 Sir Tim Hunt FRS was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Paul Nurse and Leland H Hartwell for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the division of cells. He talks with Roger Highfield about his Nobel Prize-winning work and his life in biology.

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Andrew Williams talks to Ed Vulliamy

In Our Name

Hay Festival 2013, 

The journalists who exposed A Very British Killing: The Death Of Baha Mousa and Bosnia: The Reckoning investigate the grotesque misconduct of war and the insidious moral corruption of everyone involved, the decay of public life, and the endemic parallels that exist with Britain’s current institutional structures.

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Jasper Conran talks to Sue Crewe

Country

Hay Festival 2010, 
The designer shows and discusses his passion for country living, country style, nostalgia, landscape, interiors, detail, still life, colour, texture, shape, mood and reflection.

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The Greenpeace Debate

Clare Short MP and Michael Codner, Director Military Service, RUSI

Hay Festival 2006, 
Is there a rationale for continuing Britain's nuclear force in the twenty-first century? Chaired by Stephen Tindale.

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Shireen Jilla and Caroline Michel, Stephen Kelman and Jo Unwin talk to Rosie Goldsmith

The First Novel – Exiled

Hay Festival 2011, 
How do you get from wanting to write to actually publishing your first novel? The authors and agent provide a study for Kelman’s ground-breaking bestseller Pigeon English and Jilla’s debut novel Exiled – a dark, dysfunctional family psychodrama, played out against the backdrop of privileged society in New York City’s Upper East Side.

Trailer for Pigeon English


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Alain de Botton talks to Viv Groskop

The Course of Love

Hay Festival 2016, 

What does it mean to live happily ever after? At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten’s friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily – it’s a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, and to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is about modern relationships and how to survive them. Playful, wise and profoundly moving, the essayist and philosopher introduces his first novel in 20 years.

Alain de Botton talks to Viv Groskop

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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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Andrew Hammond

CRYPT

Hay Festival 2012, 
Sign up to the ‘Covert Youth Paranormal Team’ before getting the full low-down on spies, horror and ghost-busting. Perfect for fans of Dr Who.  
 
10+ yrs

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David Nott talks to Rosie Boycott

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

Hay Festival 2019, 

For more than twenty-five years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones: Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur, Congo, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Gaza and Syria. He has also volunteered in areas blighted by natural disasters, such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal. Driven by both the desire to help others and the thrill of extreme personal danger, he is now widely acknowledged to be the most experienced trauma surgeon in the world. Since 2015, the foundation he set up with his wife, Elly, has disseminated the knowledge he has gained, training other doctors in the art of saving lives threatened by bombs and bullets.

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Lucy Boyd talks to Monty Don

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Kitchen Memories

Hay Festival 2013, 

This year’s foodie conversation given in the name of the River Café founder features her daughter, the chef and head gardener at the Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries Café. Her cooking and gardening experience has guided Lucy throughout her 8-year partnership with award-winning chef Skye Gyngell and nurtured a fascination for Italian vegetables and salads, herbs and edible flowers.

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James Cowan

Counter-Insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Brigadier commanded the Black Watch in Iraq and the multinational 11 Brigade in Helmand. He is now Head of Counter-Terrorism in the Ministry of Defence. Chaired by Dylan Jones, editor of GQ.

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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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Robert Mair

What’s Going On Underground: Tunnelling into the Future for our Cities

Hay Festival 2014, 

The world authority on civil and environmental engineering examines the most challenging aspects of underground work faced by the world’s most ambitious construction projects.

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Matthew Rice and Emma Bridgewater talk to Tristram Hunt

The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent

Hay Festival 2011, 
A fanfare for one of the great cities of the world’s first industrial revolution, from its C18th zenith with Wedgwood and Spode to the post-war dereliction.