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William Fiennes talks to Peter Guttridge

The Music Room

Hay Festival 2009, 
A memoir about childhood and the relationship with his older brother Richard, a magnetic presence who suffered from severe epilepsy. His energy influences the rhythms of the family and the house’s internal life, and his story inspires a journey, interwoven with loving recollection, towards an understanding of the mind.

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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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Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

The Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: East West Street

Hay Festival 2017, 

Sands’s inquiry into the origins of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity' is also a personal quest for his family in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. It won this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize. Hay Festival-goers will have heard Sands explore many of the themes of the story here over the past decade. We revisit East West Street this year to honour one of the greatest works of literature of the festival’s lifetime; a book that might be read around Europe and around the world to inform the way contemporary history is developing.

Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

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David Bellos

Is that a fish in your ear?

Hay Festival 2012, 
From foreign films to the UN Security Council, the pre-eminent multi-linguist interprets Translation and the Meaning of Everything. Chaired by Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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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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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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Julia Donaldson

The Everywhere Bear

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Julia Donaldson and friends in this unique show jam-packed with songs and readings from seven of her fabulous stories including The Everywhere Bear and The Gruffalo.

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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

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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Heather Widdows

Perfect Me!

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Professor of Global Ethics explores the idea of perfection as exhibited in contemporary ideals of beauty. She questions the ways the aspiration can be read: as an individual’s aspiration to perfect themselves (‘I want to be perfect’), as assertion of what being perfect is (‘this is what I would be if I were perfect’), and as a command which a woman feels she should obey (‘you should be perfect’).

Heather Widdows

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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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Lawrence Freedman

Mandela’s Strategy

Hay Festival 2014, 

In his widely-acclaimed book Strategy: A History, Freedman considers the history of non-violence as a deliberate strategy, from Gandhi to Martin Luther King. He extends his analysis to Nelson Mandela, considering why the South Africa leader abandoned the armed struggle and chose a path of reconciliation.

Lawrence Freedman

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Larry Sanders, Niall Ferguson and Serena Kutchinsky

The Newsweek Debate: Is this the most unusual American Presidential election in history?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Just a year ago, the US Presidential race looked set to be a dull affair, dominated by two political dynasties – another Bush versus another Clinton. Now, the stage is set for one of the most unusual, and unsettling, electoral battles in American history. After Obama’s campaign of hope, we have Donald Trump’s scaremongering bid to become the Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton’s scandal-tinged final stab at the Democratic nomination. Is this really the best that the nation that calls itself the ‘world’s greatest democracy’ can do? And if the answer is yes, is it time to start looking for an alternative political system better suited to the social media age? Newsweek will dissect the chain of events that has led us here and speculate on what the future might hold for the next Commander in Chief. Joining Digital Editor, Serena Kutchinsky, will be Larry Sanders, the academic and Green Party Health Spokesperson, who is the older brother of the US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Sarah Churchwell,Professor of the Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professorial Fellow in American Literature, IES School of Advanced Study, University of London, Harvard Professor and author of Kissinger, Niall Ferguson, and Jan Halper Hayes, the Worldwide Vice President and Chairman UK of Republicans Overseas.

Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Larry Sanders, Niall Ferguson and Serena Kutchinsky

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Jonathan Meades & Charles Fernyhough

MEMORY & PLACE

Hay Festival 2012, 
Idiosyncratic filmmaker, novelist and architecture critic Jonathan Meades in discussion with fellow novelist and child psychologist Charles Fenryhough. Meades is publishing Museum Without Walls, the product of thirty years writing and thinking about places: their ingredients, how and why they were made, their capacity to illumine the societies that inhabit them and the ideas they foment. Charles Fernyhough's new book, Pieces of Light, examines the neuroscientific basis of memory and how it makes us the people we are. Expect an intellectually no-holds-barred exploration of how we invent the outside world and it invents us. Chaired by John Mitchinson

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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.

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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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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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Ian Rankin talks to Sarah Crompton

Murder, Mood and Vinyl

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Edinburgh crime-writer, tweeter and propper-up of the Oxford Bar talks about his writing life, his passions, and reveals....xxxx (you can’t tell anyone until the day! Ed.). His latest novel is The Impossible Dead.