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Åsne Seierstad

The Angel of Grozny

Hay Festival 2008, 
Extraordinary and harrowing reportage from undercover in Chechnya by the Norwegian author of The Bookseller of Kabul.

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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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Bryony Gordon, Mary Riddell, Michael Deacon, Con Coughlin

The Telegraph Question Time

Hay Festival 2015, 

From Farage and the future of Europe to feminism and family life. A stellar team of Telegraph talent ­– columnists Bryony Gordon and Mary Riddell, parliamentary sketch-writer Michael Deacon, and Defence Editor Con Coughlin – tackle the great (and not-so-great) issues of the day. Come along to have your say. Chaired by Emma Barnett, the Telegraph’s award-winning women’s editor.

Bryony Gordon, Mary Riddell, Michael Deacon, Con Coughlin

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Paul Zak

The Moral Molecule

Hay Festival 2012, 
The economist explains his theory that oxytocin drives our morality and is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that build and help maintain stable societies.

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Piers Bizony

One Giant Leap

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Space historian celebrates the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 with astounding images and and flight logs from the first manned mission to reach the moon.

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Gypsy Hill – Festival Party

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Shake your tail-feather to the electrifying energy generated as this 5-piece band blend authentic Balkan/Gypsy/Swing music with a touch of electronic beats, scratching and uplifting bass lines featuring DJ Kobayashi.
 
Doors open at 8.30pm
Gypsy Hill – Festival Party

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David Owen

The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations, 1906–1914

Hay Festival 2014, 

Within weeks of taking office in December 1905, British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman and his Foreign Minister Edward Grey agreed to allow the General Staff to enter into detailed talks with their French counterparts about sending an expeditionary force to France in the event of a German attack. Neither the Cabinet nor Parliament were informed…

David Owen

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John Williams

America’s Mistress: The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The first ever biography of one of the most enduring and mysterious stars of the twentieth century shows a star adrift in a bewildering new America torn apart by the Civil Rights movement. Shunned by many of her former friends, shocked by her country’s insidious racism, and with a perilously fragile sense of her own identity.

John Williams

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Alan Brooks

Pevsner’s Herefordshire

Hay Festival 2012, 
We’re delighted to launch this architectural survey of local treasures, from Kilpeck and Abbeydore to the marvels of Hereford, Leominster and Ledbury. Chaired by Simon Bradley.

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John Bird, Kate Maryon, Andy McCullough

Running Away

Hay Festival 2013, 

Every five minutes a child runs away. Every year sees around 100,000 under-16-year-old kids on UK streets. A huge percentage of homeless adults were once runaways. The Big Issue founder discusses with children's author Kate Maryon and The Railway Children’s Head of UK policy.

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An Audience with Rob Brydon

Hay Festival 2008, 
The quicksilver Welsh comedian, creator of Keith Barret and Bryn in Gavin and Stacey entertains

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Anne MacCaig, Richard Sennett and Lindsay Mackie talk to Andrew Simms

The Cafédirect Debate: The Return of the Public Realm

Hay Festival 2010, 
The banking crisis revealed the limits and potential damage of relying too heavily on the pursuit of private profit to organise society. Is it time for the public sphere to reassert itself?

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Nadine Gordimer

The Hamlin Lecture: The Image and the Word

Hay Festival 2010, 
‘In the beginning was the Word. The Word that was Creation. Its transformation into the written word came when scratched on stone, traced on papyrus, and travelled from parchment to print in Gutenberg. Now universal technology of the image threatens the book.’
Nadine Gordimer

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Alain de Botton

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and philosopher heads out into the under-charted worlds of the office, the factory, the fishing fleet and the logistics centre, ears and eyes open to the sheer strangeness of the modern workplace.

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John Adamson

The Noble Revolt

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian traces the careers and fortunes of the English noblemen who risked their lives and fortunes to overthrow Charles I.

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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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Arquitectura Sostenible: los materiales como inspiración

John Patkau en conversación con Martha Thorne

Segovia 2009, 
Conversación entre John Patkau, arquitecto y fundador del reconocido estudio internacional Patkau Architects (Vancouver, Canadá), y Martha Thorne, Directora Ejecutiva de los Premios Pritzker y Vicedecana de Relaciones Externas de la IE School of Architecture-IE University.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Heston Blumenthal talks to Jay Rayner

The Fat Duck Cookbook

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great culinary alchemist, whose Fat Duck at Bray has enjoyed three Michelin stars since 2004, talks to the Observer restaurant critic.

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Paul Theroux talks to Rosie Boycott

The Tao of Travel

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist and travel-writer celebrates his fifty years wandering the globe.

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AHEC: Wood and Modern Design

Segovia 2010, 
José María Faerna, director of the magazine Diseño Interior (Interior Design), chairs a round table in which creators of different forms of artistic expression will take part. Rafael Beneytez (architect), Jorge Palacios (sculptor) and Alberto Liévore (furniture designer) will talk about their works in wood exhibited at the Casa de los Picos and, together with Mike Snow (wood industrialist), they will analyse the contribution of this raw material to current and future design. 

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.

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Danny Quah y Alejandro Lorca en conversación con Adam Austerfield

La Crisis Global: ¿Está el sistema económico mundial fuera de control?

Segovia 2008, 
Danny Quah, Director del Departamento de Economía de London School of Economics, conversará sobre la situación global financiera con Alejandro Lorca, Catedrático de Teoría Económica y Fundamentos del Análisis Económico de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. En conversación con Adam Austerfield, Director de Proyectos de Enterprise LSE Ltd.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanea del inglés al español.

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Evelyn Schlag, Patricio Pron and Arno Camenisch talk to Cecilia Dreymüller

Segovia 2011, 
The Swiss Arno Camenisch and the Austrian Evelyn Schlag are two of the most interesting writers in the “peripheral” German speaking world. On the other hand, the Argentine Patricio Pron is doubly “peripheral” with regards to Spanish literature, but also German (which has influenced him considerably). The conversation between the three authors, moderated by the literary critic Cecilia Dreymüller, will allow to address such matters as extraterritoriality, literary periphery and the literary production centres, not only within the German speaking world.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from German into Spanish.

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Evan Davis

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It

Hay Festival 2017, 

Low-level dishonesty is rife everywhere, in the form of exaggeration, selective use of facts, economy with the truth, careful drafting - from Trump and the Brexit debate to companies that tell us, ‘your call is important to us’. How did we get to a place where bullshit is not just rife but apparently so effective that it's become the communications strategy of our times?

Evan Davis

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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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Edward St Aubyn talks to William Sieghart

Fictions – Lost for Words

Hay Festival 2014, 

WINNER OF THE 2014 BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE AWARD FOR COMIC FICTION

A fabulous comedy from the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, who presents a wickedly entertaining insight into a sniping world of literature, celebrity culture and ambition, explored through the judges and contenders of the Elysian Prize for Literature.

Edward St Aubyn talks to William Sieghart