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Patrick Wright

Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War

Hay Festival 2008, 
Patrick Wright discusses his work of impressive scholarship that roots our understanding of Cold War rhetoric and attitudes deeply in the C20th. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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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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John Hegarty talks to Dylan Jones

Hegarty on Advertising: Turning Intelligence into Magic

Hay Festival 2011, 
Four decades of wisdom and insight from the man who put Nick Kamen into a laundrette for Levi Strauss and gave Audi the immortal Vorsprung durch Technik. He talks to the Editor of GQ.

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Nigel Jenkins and David Pearl

Gower

Hay Festival 2010, 
A unique portrait in poetry, history and photography of the Gower peninsula, Britain’s first area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Nigel Jenkins and David Pearl

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Charles Godfray and Yadvinder Malhi

Is The Planet Full?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two of the contributors to Ian Goldin’s overview of the world’s population and resources address key issues. Malhi takes a metabolic perspective on our human-dominated planet in Bigger Than The Biosphere? Godfray examines the practicality of food production in Can the World Feed 10 Billion People (Sustainably & Equitably)?

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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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Giles Foden and Andrew Freeman

Turbulence

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Last King of Scotland talks to McKinsey’s risk expert about his novel about the D-Day landings. The fate of 2.5 million men, 3,000 landing craft and the entire future of Europe depends on the right weather conditions in the English Channel on a single day. A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing an accurate forecast five days in advance. But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics?

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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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Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

Proud

Hay Festival 2015, 

Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. It was no mere ball game. It gave him everything, except the freedom to be himself. This is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something he feared might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife, family, friends and teammates. His fear that telling the truth about his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edge. The deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His gesture has strengthened strangers, and given him a fresh perspective.

Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

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Carwyn Jones

The Sustainability Bill

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Welsh Government’s First Minister discusses how the groundbreaking Sustainability Bill, due to be ratified later this year, will affect both the public and private sectors in Wales. How will the high-level policies filter down to the day-to-day activities such as procurement and infrastructure? He talks to The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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Philippe Sands

Reformations 8: Citizenship

Hay Festival 2017, 

Where do we belong? What passport and what papers do we carry? The international human rights lawyer proposes a new form of internationalist identity, and the adoption of the Tobin Tax that would help fund a universally available Citizenship of the World. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Philippe Sands

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Ken Loach talks to Francine Stock

The 2017 Raymond Williams Lecture

Hay Festival 2017, 

The film director talks about culture and society and his style of socialist realism from his earliest 1960s television plays like Cathy Come Home to the masterpiece I Daniel Blake.

Ken Loach talks to Francine Stock

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Giles Coren rages at Paul Blezard

Anger Management for Beginners

Hay Festival 2010, 
The master of spleen vents his wrath at dogs, boy wizards, sub-editors and processed ham in the cause of laughter and sanity.
Giles Coren rages at Paul Blezard

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Peter Jukes and guests

Beyond Contempt

Hay Festival 2015, 

You know all about the phone hacking trial, don’t you? Rebekah Brooks was acquitted and Andy Coulson went to jail. But why? Why was Brooks, the public face of the phone hacking scandal, found not guilty on all charges? Why did Coulson’s expensive defense not impress reporters? What impact did Rupert Murdoch’s millons have on the trial? And why did the jurors reach the decisions they did?

Peter Jukes and guests

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Fernando Sánchez Dragó and Pepa Roma in conversation with Lourdes Ventura

Culture on television, an impossible love?

Segovia 2010, 
'What doesn’t appear on television doesn’t exist' is one of the maxims of postmodern communication culture. Why are culture, in general, and literature, in particular, marginalized fields within the audiovisual media? Journalists and writers want to open up the debate on the possibilities of seduction of culture on television and on the need to modernise and encourage the dissemination of cultural contents in the mass media.

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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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Beverley Naidoo in conversation with Fitch O’Connell

Hay Festivalito for kids

Segovia 2010, 
The South African young people’s literature author, winner of the Carnegie Medal, will talk about reality through fiction in connection with her stories and her novel Journey to Jo'burg.

This event is in English

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Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Punt, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Something's Going Funny with the Climate

Hay Festival 2015, 

Climate change is no laughing matter, but when all else fails, perhaps it’s time to take humour a bit more seriously? We really do need something to laugh about.

Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Punt, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

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Andrew Balmford

Nature’s Glass: Half Empty or Half Full?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Wild populations, their habitats, and the benefits they provide for people, are in decline. But is the situation hopeless? The Professor of Conservation Science tells stories of success from around the world to argue the case of optimism.

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Arthur Smith

My Name is Daphne Fairfax

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hilarious, scandalous and delightfully rude memoir from the comedian – ‘My name is Arthur Smith, unless there’s anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In which case, I’m Daphne Fairfax’.

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Chris Davies (Con), James Gibson-Watt (Lib Dem), Kate Heneghan (Plaid), Dan Lodge (Lab)

The Brecon & Radnor Constituency Hustings

Hay Festival 2017, 
An election Question Time for candidates in the 8 June poll, chaired by Festival Director Peter Florence. Davies (Con) is defending a 5,000 majority in this traditionally marginal Lib Dem/Con rural seat where school provision, broadband access, public transport and post-Brexit farming subsidy are among the key issues for voters.

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Jackie Morris with Kerry Andrew

The Lost Words: Live Painting

Hay Festival 2018, 

The artist, co-creator of the Book of the Year, talks about the extraordinary project to reclaim and celebrate The Lost Words whilst she paints live onstage. She is accompanied by the music and song of Kerry Andrew performing the spells. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – dandelion, otter, bramble, acorn – all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Morris and her poet-spellcaster, Robert Macfarlane, have created a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. They capture the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop, which is hosting an exhibition of Jackie’s work until 31 August 2018

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Rose McGowan talks to Laurie Penny

Brave

Hay Festival 2018, 

McGowan is a film-maker, thought leader and agent of change. Brave is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto: a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE. Laurie Penny is author of Bitch Doctrine and Everything Belongs to the Future.

Rose McGowan talks to Laurie Penny

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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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DUBYA

Hay Festival 2011, 
The former President of the United States will be in conservation with Philippe Sands of Time at 10pm in tha Moot. Entry is free. Time will be short. There will be a colloquy. Afterwords.