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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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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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Landry-Wilfrid Miampika y Said Messari en conversación con Abdelkader Chaui

Mirando a Africa: artes visuales

Segovia 2008, 
Said Messari, pintor, diseñador y calígrafo marroquí, y Landry-Wilfrid Miampika (Nigeria), especialista en las artes de África Subsahariana, converserán con Abdelkader Chaui, diplomático y escritor marroquí, sobre las tendencias en artes visuales en el continente africano y los retos a los que se enfrentan los creadores.

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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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Rebecca Stott, AC Grayling, Andrew Miller, Marcus Brigstocke and Tiffany Murray talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Hay 25 - The Way We Live Now 3

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this third conversation about our big anniversary project the panel discuss two of the 25 Questions:
 
Which living leaders, writers, scientists, and artists, are opening the doors of the future for humankind?
Why do we read novels?

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William Hall

Brick

Hay Festival 2015, 
Acclaimed graphic designer William Hall presents his new book Brick – a fresh, insightful and surprising look at one of the world’s most familiar and popular building materials.

From the strange remains of the Ziggurat of Ur dating from 2100 BC, to the formidable mills of the industrial revolution, the humble brick has been an architectural staple for centuries.

The world’s best architects have explored the qualities of brickwork. Alvar Aalto, Antoni Gaudí, Jørn Utzon, Frank Gehry, and Mies van der Rohe all built with the material, and bricks were integral to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for an American vernacular in his Prairie Houses.

Lesser-known newcomers have created some equally striking and memorable structures, from the stunning Winery Gantenbein – built by robotic arm – to the audacious Kantana Institute, an unprecedented vision in a Thai rainforest.
William Hall

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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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Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Carl Nichols

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: Delivering the Circular Economy

Hay Festival 2015, 

Cloudy with a chance of compost – forecasting the circular economy with the New Weather Institute. Author and campaigner Andrew Simms talks to author and journalist David Boyle and Carl Nichols, Head of WRAP Cymru.

Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Carl Nichols

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Fiona Reynolds, Simon Schama and Montagu Don

Green and Pleasant Land

Hay Festival 2010, 
The National Trust's Director General hosts this exploration of the spirit of place and the British landscape.
Fiona Reynolds, Simon Schama and Montagu Don

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Kate Raworth

Doughnut Economics

Hay Festival 2017, 

Economics is broken. It has failed to predict or prevent financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies and perpetuated austerity and poverty. The Oxford academic identifies the seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. En route, she deconstructs the character of ‘rational economic man’ and explains what really makes us tick. Raworth has worked as Senior Researcher at Oxfam, and was co-author of the UN’s Human Development Report.

Kate Raworth

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Amartya Sen

The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture: Marx and the Power of Ideas

Hay Festival 2015, 

This year’s lecture is given by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, author of The Idea of Justice and Identity and Violence – The Illusion of Destiny. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

Amartya Sen

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Marina Warner talks to László Krasznahorkai

The Winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize

Hay Festival 2015, 

The chair of judges interviews the winner of the £60,000 2015 Prize, who was announced on 19 May in London.

Born in 1954, László Krasznahorkai gained considerable recognition in 1985 when he published Satantango, which he later adapted for the cinema in collaboration with the filmmaker Bela Tarr. In 1993, he received the German Bestenliste Prize for the best literary work of the year for The Melancholy of Resistance and has since been honoured with numerous literary prizes, amongst them the highest award of the Hungarian state, the Kossuth Prize.

Krasznahorkai and his translator George Szirtes were longlisted for the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Satantango and Krasznahorkai has won the Best Translated Book Award in the US two years in a row, in 2013 for Satantango and in 2014 for Seiobo There Below. Seiobo There Below was published in the UK on 7 May by Tuskar Rock Press.

The judging panel for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize was chaired by celebrated writer and academic Marina Warner. The panel also comprised Wen-chin Ouyang, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London; acclaimed author Nadeem Aslam; novelist and critic Elleke Boehmer, who is currently Professor of World Literature in English at Oxford University; and Edwin Frank, editorial director of the New York Review Books Classics.

The judges said of Krasznahorkai’s work: ‘In László Krasznahorkai’s The Melancholy of Resistance, a sinister circus has put a massive taxidermic specimen, a whole whale, Leviathan itself, on display in a country town. Violence soon erupts, and the book as a whole could be described as a vision, satirical and prophetic, of the dark historical province that goes by the name of Western Civilisation. Here, however, as throughout Krasznahorkai’s work, what strikes the reader above all are the extraordinary sentences, sentences of incredible length that go to incredible lengths, their tone switching from solemn to madcap to quizzical to desolate as they go their wayward way; epic sentences that, like a lint roll, pick up all sorts of odd and unexpected things as they accumulate inexorably into paragraphs that are as monumental as they are scabrous and musical.’

Announcing the winner, Marina Warner commented: ‘Laszlo Krasznahorkai is a visionary writer of extraordinary intensity and vocal range who captures the texture of present day existence in scenes that are terrifying, strange, appallingly comic, and often shatteringly beautiful. The Melancholy of Resistance, Satantango and Seiobo There Below are magnificent works of deep imagination and complex passions, in which the human comedy verges painfully onto transcendence. Krasznahorkai, who writes in Hungarian, has been superbly served by his translators, George Szirtes and Ottilie Mulzet.’

Marina Warner talks to László Krasznahorkai

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Andrew Solomon

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture: Far From the Tree

Hay Festival 2015, 

The winner of the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize introduces his wise and compassionate book Far From The Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love. Ten years in the writing, it tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Chaired by Hay Festival President Stephen Fry.

Andrew Solomon

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Sabine Bahn

Cambridge 800 Series: Bringing Mental Illness Out of the Shadows

Hay Festival 2009, 
Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research’s expert discusses new developments in understanding and treating severe mental illness. Chaired by consultant psychiatrist Harriet Stewart.

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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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Marcus du Sautoy

The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2010, 
How everyday problems can be solved by maths – from smartphones and transatlantic flight to bending a ball like Beckham and predicting population growth.
Marcus du Sautoy

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Edward St Aubyn talks to Oliver James

At Last

Hay Festival 2011, 
The conclusion of the darkly humorous Melrose novels analyses society and family with clear-eyed elegance. The film of Mother’s Milk will be previewed tonight at 8.15pm with a Q&A with the director.
 
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Gerald Davies and Martin Johnes join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains of Wales 6 - Sport

Hay Festival 2012, 
Rugby players are the ultimate Welsh sporting heroes, aren’t they? What about our footballers, athletes, boxers, cyclists, snooker players, surfers and all the rest? And who are the villains? (THE Gerald Davies! – Ed..)
 
In association with The Western Mail

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Lavinia Greenlaw

The Housman Lecture 2009: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and poet, author of Minsk, Mary George of Allnorthover, and The Importance of Music to Girls gives this year’s lecture about poetry.

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Celia Rees & Sally Gardner

Vive la Revolution!

Hay Festival 2009, 
Prepare to be swept away by Celia Rees (Witch Child, Sovay) and Sally Gardner (The Red Necklace, The Silver Blade) with their tales of bold heroines, ruthless villains and the guillotine.

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The John Finnemore Sketch Show

Hay Festival 2012, 
The writer and star of Radio 4’s Cabin Pressure, regular guest on The Now Show and popper-up on Miranda, The Unbelievable Truth and That Mitchell and Webb Look, presents an hour of sketches with Simon Kane, Carrie Quinlan and Lawry Lewin.

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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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Martin Rowson

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Hay Festival 2010, 
The anarchic cartoonist grapples with Laurence Sterne and one of English literature’s most curious, complex and comic novels.
Martin Rowson

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Fiona Shaw

Artichoke Presents – Peace Camp 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor talks about her personal relationship with poetry and introduces the most romantic project in the Cultural Olympiad, which she has created with the director Deborah Warner. Peace Camp is a poignant exploration of love poetry and will take the form of a series of installations at extraordinary locations encircling the coast of the UK this summer.
 
Shaw invites you to bring along your favourite love poems and join her in a conversation about love poetry in all its many forms. Your nomination may even be included in the soundscape being specially created for Peace Camp.

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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.