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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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Ruth Padel

Darwin – A Life in Poems

Hay Festival 2009, 
With sympathy and grace, the poet moves deftly between vast processes of evolution and Darwin’s personal life; between science, love and family in this homage to her great-great-grandfather.

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Catherine Tate

Shakespeare and Me

Hay Festival 2008, 
The actress talks to Fiona Lindsay.

Hay Fever 12 YRS +

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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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Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

Shakespeare’s Circle

Hay Festival 2016, 

Wells introduces his anthology of essays about the actors, playwrights and family members around the bard, throwing new light on Shakespeare’s wealth, his family and personal relationships, his working life and his social status. Wells is one the world’s greatest Shakespeare experts, editor of both the Penguin and OUP editions of his work, President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and author, most recently of Shakespeare, Sex and Love and Great Shakespeare Actors. He is joined by the great novelist and essayist, Margaret Drabble, who started her working life as an actress at the RSC, and is a contributor to Wells’ new book, The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography.

Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

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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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Peter Cocks & Keren David

Long Reach, Almost True

Hay Festival 2011, 
These two compelling writers know how to deliver their thrillers ice-cold. Join them as they talk flawed heroes, plot twists and danger. Chaired by Pete Hurley
 
12+ years Goosebumps 

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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Jaideep Prabhu chaired by John Kampfner

The Google Debates 3: The Future Of Britain In Europe

Hay Festival 2013, 

The international view of Britain’s place in Europe from the French Ambassador to Berlin, the Colombian author of When Latin America Rules The World and the Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

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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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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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Toby Faber

Fabergé’s Eggs

Hay Festival 2008, 
The extraordinary story of the masterpieces that outlived the Tsars and an empire.

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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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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?

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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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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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Carme Riera, Mario Merlino y Beatriz de Moura en conversación con Juan Mollá

Del original al lector: los retos de la traducción literaria

Segovia 2008, 
Traducir una obra original a otros idiomas supone mucho más que abrir una puerta a otras culturas, es todo un desafío. El traductor Mario Merlino, la escritora Carme Riera y la editora Beatriz de Moura (Tusquets Editores) compartirán sus experiencias sobre el mundo de la traducción con Juan Mollá, presidente del Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO). CEDRO es la entidad que defiende los derechos de autor de escritores, traductores y periodistas. En la actualidad representa a 14.523 titulares de derechos y a los autores y editores de 28 entidades similares de otros países.

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Andrew Rawnsley talks to Guto Harri

The End of the Party

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Observer journalist discusses his swingeing account of the New Labour project, and the rollercoaster relationship between politics and the media.
Andrew Rawnsley talks to Guto Harri

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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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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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John Thompson

Cambridge Series 2 - Merchants of Culture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The publisher and academic updates his landmark study of the publishing industry as it ventures into the digital age.
 

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Frederick Taylor

Exorcising Hitler

Hay Festival 2011, 
An utterly compelling and resonant study of The Occupation and Denazification of Germany – a multi-generational process of understanding, re-education and re-imagining. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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John Harvey, Louise Welsh, Peter James and Phil Rickman chaired by SJ Parris

OxCrimes 1

Hay Festival 2014, 

Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels we are thrilled to launch our third collaboration with Profile Books with a reading of three stories from this collection of short crime fictions donated by some of the greatest crime-writers in the English language.

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Julie Dodsworth, Alastair Sawday, Fiona Davies and Susy Smith

Country Living Women in Business Forum

Hay Festival 2014, 

The vintage-style homeware entrepreneur, Alastair Sawday of the eponymous 'special places to stay' enterprise, and the Women in Rural Enterprise boss give expert advice about the challenges and opportunities of setting up in business with the magazine’s editor. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

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Peter Snow

When Britain Burned The White House

Hay Festival 2014, 

In August 1814 the United States’ army is defeated in battle by an invading force just outside Washington DC. The US president and his wife have just enough time to pack their belongings and escape from the White House before the enemy enters. The invaders tuck into the dinner they find still sitting on the dining-room table and then set fire to the place.

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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