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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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Anna Barford and Daniel Dorling

Atlas of the Real World

Hay Festival 2009, 
The globe mapped not by landmass but by health, wealth, and a fascinating and revelatory variety of indices. You will never see Earth in the same light again.

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Dave Gorman

America Unchained

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedian recounts his attempts to drive from coast to coast of the United States, giving money only to independent businesses.

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Life on Air: A History of Radio 4

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Hendy talks to Rosie Goldsmith about the makers, myths and treasures of the world’s greatest talk-radio station.

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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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Cressida Cowell

How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury

Hay Festival 2016, 

Come, dragon tamers everywhere! Practise your Dragonese with author and illustrator Cressida Cowell, creator of the awesome How to Train your Dragon books. Learn the secrets of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third – sword-fighter, dragon whisperer and greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. The author celebrates the grand finale of this best-selling series.

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Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Before the War

Hay Festival 2016, 

A new, historical novel from the great tale-teller. Consider Vivien in November 1922. She is 24 and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - almost worse in those times - intelligent. At nearly six foot tall, she is known unkindly by her family as ‘the giantess’. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her… This is a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers and aristocrats clinging onto the past.

 

Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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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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Mary Warnock

Dishonest To God

Hay Festival 2011, 
The moral philosopher argues that to value religion as the essential foundation of morality is a profound and probably dangerous mistake. Chaired by David Aaronovitch.
 
Read more about Baroness Warnock here

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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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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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Tariq Ramadan

The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad

Hay Festival 2008, 
The charismatic scholar sets the story of the Prophet in context.

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Lisa Appignanesi talks to Benna Waites

Hay Festival 2008, 
The author discusses her landmark History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present Day with the Powys Mental Health chief.

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Michio Kaku

Physics of the Impossible

Hay Festival 2009, 
The acclaimed physicist boldly goes beyond the known limits to explore perpetual motion, invisibility, ray guns, anti-gravity and anti-matter, teleportation, cyborgs, faster than light travel, time travel, zero-point energy, and extraterrestrial life.

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Maziar Bahari talks to John Kampfner

Then They Came For Me

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Newsweek journalist left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, believing he’d return to his pregnant fiancée, Paola, in just a few days. In fact he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions while terrible threats were made to his family.
 
In association with Index on Censorship

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Miri Rubin talks to Catherine Pepinster

Mother of God –A History of the Virgin Mary

Hay Festival 2009, 
Mary’s role in the Gospels is a relatively minor one, and yet in the centuries during which Christianity established itself she emerged as a powerful, strange and ungovernable force, endlessly remade and reimagined by wave after wave of devotees, ultimately becoming ‘a sort of God’, in ways that have always made some Christians uneasy.

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Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

The Last Days of Troy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The poet introduces readings from his new play, which premières at the Manchester Royal Exchange in May. He is joined by the production’s director, his Helen of Troy and his Patroclus. ‘The Iliad is tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breathtaking humility. Everything we have come to expect of the great myths.’

Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

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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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Jonathan Savage

Why Music Education Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why a systematic music education should be at the heart of every child’s early educational experience. Examples from contemporary approaches to music education will be shared, and recent political events that have threatened these approaches will be analysed. Chaired by Martin Chilton.

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Minette Batters, Sophie Wynne-Jones, Julia Aglionby, Rob Yorke

Elements of Re-wilding: Perceptions and Prejudices

Hay Festival 2016, 

How can we ensure there is public benefit from re-wilding the countryside? Rural commentator Rob Yorke discusses big cats and beavers, food production and flood prevention with Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President; Julia Aglionby, Executive Director of the Foundation for Common Land; and Sophie Wynne-Jones, trustee of the Wales Wild Land Foundation.

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Sarah Harper

Reformations 10: Ageing

Hay Festival 2017, 

How will health improvements and a declining birth rate, economic uncertainty and political turbulence affect an ageing population in Britain and around the world? There are new challenges here for states and for individuals. How might we re-imagine lives that run four score years and ten, and longer? Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing. She is the author of How Population Change will Transform Our World. On 1 May she will be become the Director of The Royal Institution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Sarah Harper

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Jo Cartwright, Vanessa Griffiths and Trystan Edwards chaired by Justin Albert

National Trust: Off The Record

Hay Festival 2013, 

Three experts from Wales’ largest charity debate the pressing conservation issues of the day: low cost housing in green space; hydro-electric generation in Snowdonia and solar panels on our castles; heritage or hospitals in deprived areas.

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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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Owen Sheers

Pink Mist

Hay Festival 2013, 
We are thrilled to launch the publication of this verse drama with a reading by the poet. Three school friends return from Afghanistan to face the consequences of their tours, for them and the women in their lives. Drawn from interviews with wounded veterans, Pink Mist is a lyric narrative of rare dramatic and emotional intensity. Introduced by Francesca Rhydderch.

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Susana Baca, Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata and Luis Gilberto Murillo in conversation with Belisario Betancur. Introduction by José Luis Dicenta

African descent: one root, different voices

Cartagena 2012, 
Is being of African ancestry an identity? A cultural inheritance? A commitment to the future? How can reflection about the legacy that brings many Latin realities closer to their African origins be useful for accepting interculturality, that essence of our times? Unión Latina, which works hard to promote intercultural dialogue in all its forms, has the pleasure to present this debate. It will be an important moment, allowing intellectuals and experts to bring out the richness of that immaterial heritage that comes with African descent. Susana Baca, ex-minister of Culture of Peru, singer and composer; Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata, ex-minister of Culture and a manager of Manos Visibles, and Gilberto Murillo, Governor of the province of Chocó, will talk to the ex-president of Colombia and writer, Belisario Betancur. 

Co-organised with Unión Latina