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Margaret Macmillan

The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War

Hay Festival 2014, 

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment – so why did it happen? Macmillan is a previous winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the International Affairs Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2014 for this book. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

Margaret Macmillan

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Alan Macfarlane

Cambridge 800 Series: How the World Works

Hay Festival 2009, 
The sociologist asks – are there laws and tendencies in human history and culture and, if so, what are they and how do we discover them? Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Gyorgy Konrad in conversation with Adan Kovacsics

Segovia 2010, 
The Hungarian novelist and essayist Gyorgy Konrad was awarded the National Jewish Book Award in 2007 with his memoirs, A Guest in My Own Country: A Hungarian Life, in which he recounts his experience as a Holocaust survivor and as a dissident in his own country. He will talk about this work, which is published in Spain in 2010 under the title Viaje de ida y vuelta, with Adan Kovacsics, his translator into Spanish.

Simultaneous translation from Hungarian to Spanish will be provided.

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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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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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Andrew Simms talks to David Boyle

The New Economics: A Bigger Picture

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why do Modern Britons Work Harder than Medieval Peasants? …and other tales from the new economy about how the old economics got it wrong. nef Policy Director Andrew Simms discusses his latest book with co-author and journalist David Boyle.
Andrew Simms talks to David Boyle

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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.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
The satirists rip up the weekend papers.

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Lionel Shriver talks to George Alagiah

Talking Books: The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047

Hay Festival 2016, 

The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as an extreme fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon.

Lionel Shriver talks to George Alagiah

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Simon Hoggart

Send up the Clowns

Hay Festival 2012, 
Westminster’s master wit casts an amused and sceptical eye over the events of the past five years in his parliamentary sketches. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Alaa Abdul-Hadi, Layla El Atrash and Hyam Yared in conversation with Iman Humaydan

PEN Centre Lebanon: New Challenges

Beirut 2013, 

A conversation with staff members of the Jordanian, Egyptian, and Lebanese PEN Centres around the importance of Arab PEN Centres in the region. What are the aims, the values and the multilingual literary spaces that PEN creates, and what challenges do PEN Centres encounter in their individual countries?

Event in Arabic and French

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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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Melvin Burgess in conversation with Fitch O’Connell

Hay Festivalito for kids

Segovia 2010, 
The British author Melvin Burgess, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction award and the Carnegie Medal, will talk about the role of youngsters and adolescents in his novels and stories.

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Melvyn Bragg

Final Cut

Hay Festival 2010, 
The broadcaster discusses his two media projects, the BBC R4 In Our Time series, and ITV’s The South Bank Show. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Jules Hudson

Renovating Old Buildings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Practical advice and builders’ tales from the rural affairs expert and star of Escape To The Country, Britain’s Empty Homes and Britain’s Heritage Heroes.

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Sarfraz Manzoor, Marina Salandy Brown, Akshay Pathak and Thomas Minkus

What happens where phones are cheaper than books?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is the digital age a friend or foe to writers, publishers and readers across the globe? The panel includes the Director of the Bocas Litfest in Trinidad, the Delhi-based bookfair strategist and the Emerging Markets Director of The Frankfurt Bookfair.
 
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Marcus du Sautoy

A world of possibilities: The adventures of a mathematician with symmetry

Cartagena 2012, 
Symmetry is all around us. Of great importance for our interpretation of the world, this unique phenomenon indicates a dynamic relationship between objects. In chemistry and physics, the concept of symmetry explains the structures of crystals and the theory of fundamental particles; in evolutionary biology, the natural world uses symmetry in the struggle for survival; symmetry (and the rupture of it) is central in art, architecture and music. This talk offers a very special view of the concept, seen from the point of view of a mathematician. Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and has been a visiting lecturer at institutions such as the Collège de France, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute in Bonn and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A regular contributor to both written and audiovisual media, he has published The Music of the Primes (2003) and Symmetry (2008).

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

With the support of the British Council

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Matt Haig and Alyssa Brugman

Closed Doors, Open Minds

Hay Festival 2014, 

Echo Boy is the first novel for young adults from acclaimed author Matt Haig and is a poignant and beautifully-written story about love, loss and what makes us truly human, set in a future world where humans are served by ‘echoes’ – sophisticated, emotionless machines. He is joined by Alyssa Brugman whose groundbreaking novel Alex As Well is a confronting and heartfelt story of adolescent experience – of questioning identity, discovering sexuality, navigating friendships and finding a place to belong.
12+ years (YA)

Matt Haig and Alyssa Brugman

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Stephen Roche and William Fotheringham

Born to Ride

Hay Festival 2012, 
The publicatiuon of this autobiography celebrates the 25th anniversary of Roche’s incredible triple victory – the Tour de France, Giro de Italia and the World Championships. The only other cyclist ever to achieve this is the subject of Fotheringham’s new biography - Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike. They talk to Rob Penn.

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Poetry Gala

Cartagena 2011, 
Our 6th Poetry Gala includes outstanding Colombian and foreign authors: William Ospina and Hugo Chaparro (Colombia), Miguel Syjuco (the Philippines), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Andrés Neuman (Argentina), Owen Sheers (United Kingdom), Francisco Hinojosa (Mexico), Khaled Khalifa (Siria), Agustín Fernández Mallo (Spain) and Alberto Barrera Tyszka (Venezuela). Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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Susy Smith and guests

Country Living Magazine Women in Business Forum 1

Hay Festival 2013, 

What does it take to start a small rural business? Discover how to turn talent into turnover with advice from three successful entrepreneurs: Business Manager at Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) Fiona Davies, home textile designer Jan Constantine and Hay’s own Athene English of The Great English Outdoors.

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Horrid Henry

Francesca Simon

Hay Festival 2008, 
Francesca Simon tells why she created Horrid Henry, revels in his terrible antics, and lets us in on some mischievous adventures she has planned for him in the future.

Hay Fever 7 yrs +

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Laura Bates

Everyday Sexism 2015

Hay Festival 2015, 

The online Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day-to-day basis. It shares stories from women around the world. The founder reports on the last year’s work.

Laura Bates

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Tobias Jones and Paul French talk to Guto Harri

True Crime

Hay Festival 2012, 
Blood on the Altar from the author of The Dark Heart of Italy examines the murder of Eliza Claps in Potenza in 1993; Midnight in Peking - The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China investigates the profoundly shocking murder of Pamela Werner in 1937.

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Jo Brand talks to Francine Stock

The More You Ignore Me

Hay Festival 2009, 
Celebrity, coming of age and cowshit… the comedian launches the great Herefordshire novel?