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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

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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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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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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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HM Castor & William Osborne

VIII and Hitler’s Angel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two unique approaches to historical fiction, each with a twist of psychological thriller. Join us to talk power, secrets and courage. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas.
 
11+ years

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Simon Singh

The John Maddox Lecture: Fermat’s Last Theorem

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘I have discovered a truly marvellous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain…’ Twenty years after a mild-mannered Englishman solved Pierre de Fermat’s 350-year-old theorem, Singh tells the true story of how mathematics’ most challenging problem was made to yield its secrets in a thrilling tale of endurance, ingenuity and inspiration.

Simon Singh

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Samuel Clark & Samantha Clark

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Morito

Hay Festival 2014, 

The creators of Moro, who trained under Rose at The River Café, demonstrate and discuss their vibrant mezze and tapas food and restaurant with Sarah Crompton.

Samuel Clark & Samantha Clark

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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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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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Óscar Collazos, Ana Cristina Herreros, Pep Durán, Juan Esteban Constaín and Edmundo Paz Soldán in conversation with Juan Gossaín

RCN Ministry of Education story competition:How to tell a story

Cartagena 2012, 
The judge of the 5th RCN Ministry of Education story competition will share their experiences and skills with the public by telling their own stories. This will be followed by the presentation of awards to the young competition winners.

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Rose Tremain talks to Neel Mukherjee

Trespass

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Orange Prize-winner discusses her new novel of ancient boundaries and taboos in the Cevennes hills with the author of A Life Apart.

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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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Anna Lewis and Chris Meredith

Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2013, 

A reading from two new collections. A Scritture Giovani fellow, Lewis introduces Other Harbours; Meredith reads from Air Histories, commissioned partly about the Black Mountains for the Woollen Lines project. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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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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Cut off My Tongue

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
Having toured in Kenya, Uganda and the UK, this fiercely provocative show will leave you speechless! It rants, sweats, bellows and breaks into song and dance as it explores the truths that shape modern Africans. The show is about our beliefs, the way we behave and why. Woven into music and dance, Sitawa Namwalie's dramatised poetry is moving and frighteningly honest. It is politics -- and love -- that bites as it teases! Tickets 2000/=

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Ewan Fernie

Teaching Shakespeare And The Big Stuff

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of The Demonic: Literature And Experience examines scenes from Othello, Hamlet, The Tempest and Measure For Measure and discusses how to teach Shakespeare with imagination and intensity.

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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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Monty & Sarah Don talk to Francine Stock

Fork to Fork

Hay Festival 2009, 
A sumptuous feast of wonderful ideas for growing and preparing your own food.

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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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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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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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Germaine Greer

1968: El legado español

Segovia 2008, 
La narrativa convencional sobre los acontecimientos de mayo del 68 suele prestar poca atención al papel jugado por la filosofía anarquista a nivel ideológico y práctico. Germaine Greer hablará sobre su educación anarquista, y la importancia que el ejemplo español tuvo para ella y sus camaradas. Greer es una académica y escritora australiana de vital influencia y relevancia para el movimiento feminista; su obra La mujer eunuco (1970), traducida a más de doce idiomas) fue uno de los libros más vendidos e influyentes de la década de los Setenta. Doctora en Filosofía y Letras por la universidades de Cambridge y Sydney, actualmente es profesora de Literatura Inglesa en la Universidad de Warwick y miembro no oficial del equipo docente de Newnham College (Cambridge).

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Tan Twan Eng and Jachym Topol talk to Jo Glanville

Fictions – Ghosts

Hay Festival 2013, 

The sublime Man Asian Prize-winner and Booker-shortlisted The Garden Of Evening Mists explores Japanese atrocity and beauty in Malaya in 1949. The blackly comic The Devil’s Workshop tells the story of how a town in Belarus commemorates its concentration camp past.

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Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams

What is Consciousness?

Hay Festival 2018, 

A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans? Are we all simply machines? Do we have free will? Can we invoke an enhanced collective consciousness? Bringing together findings from science and insights from religion they unpick what it means to be conscious. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientists for her work in communication and author of Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert book, which will be launched at Hay. 

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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.