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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.

Peter Snow

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Country Living Magazine Food and Farming Discussion

Hay Festival 2008, 
Do you know where your bara brith from your cullen skink? Why regional specialties are important to the British Isles and why we need to protect them. BBC Radio 4’s Sheila Dillon hosts this debate with food writer Elisabeth Luard, Graham Cassie of Waitrose, Irene Bocchetta of Food From Britain, and Matthew O’Callaghan from the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, to support the Made in Britain Campaign.

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Rosie Boycott talks to Monty Don

Our Farm: A Year in the Life of a Smallholding

Hay Festival 2007, 
The former newspaper editor discusses her new life on her small farm and her local town’s battle with Tescos and the planners; she explores the complexities of the food chain and its frequent cruelty, the rhythms of the natural world, the healing patterns of nature and the therapeutic effects of a herd of boisterous pigs.

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Mark Haddon

The Missing Square

Hay Festival 2013, 

Mark will probably but not necessarily be talking about some or all of these things: giant tortoises, nuclear war, bats, glaciers, Benjamin Britten and the naming of craters on the moon.

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Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris

Fictions – The Master

Hay Festival 2015, 

WINNER OF THE 2015 BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION

A conversation with the prolific master storyteller whose latest books are the comic masterpiece Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party, The Novel Habits of Happiness in his Isabel Dalhousie series, the 15th Ladies No.1 Detective Agency book The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café and the gorgeously romantic The Forever Girl.

Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris

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Marian Keyes

Fictions – The Woman Who Stole My Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

Keyes’ stunning new novel The Woman Who Stole My Life is about losing the life you had and finding a better one. Her international bestselling novels include Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky and The Mystery of Mercy Close. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

Marian Keyes

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Javier Marías talks to Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Segovia 2011, 
Forty years have already elapsed since Javier Maríaspublished his first novel Los dominios del lobo, and since then this prolific writer, columnist and translator has garnered numerous international awards. A member of the Real Academia Española since 2006, he has just been bestowed with the Premio Austriaco de Literatura Europea 2011 and recently published the novel Los enamoramientos, which has been acclaimed by critics and the public. Marías talks with Juan Gabriel Vásquez, winner of the 2011 Alfaguara literary prize for El ruido de las cosas al caer.

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Geraint Talfan Davies talks to Patrick Hannan

Hay Festival 2008, 
Great and good Taffia boss (BBC Wales, WNO, Arts Council, etc.) discusses his At Arm’s Length: Recollections and Reflections on the Arts, Media and a Young Democracy.

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Presente y futuro del libro electrónico

Desde hace unos meses se habla más que nunca del libro electrónico.

Segovia 2009, 
CEDRO organiza esta mesa redonda para dar respuesta a las siguientes preguntas: ¿será aceptado por los lectores?, ¿modificará el modelo de negocio editorial?, ¿transformará el oficio de escritor?, ¿cambiará los hábitos de lectura?, ¿afectará al actual sistema de derechos de autor? Participan el autor Suso de Toro, Javier Jiménez Rubio, editor de Forcola Ediciones, e Ignacio Latasa, director de Leer-e. Moderado por Juan Mollá.

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Keith Jeffery and John Scarlett

MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909–1949

Hay Festival 2011, 
The distinguished academic discusses his history with the former Director General of MI6.

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Owen Sheers and Carolyn Hitt

Calon: A Journey To The Heart Of Welsh Rugby

Hay Festival 2013, 

This year’s Hay Festival International Fellow spent the last year as Artist in Residence with the WRU and has produced this astonishing book about sport, about myth, about nationhood and identity. He is joined by the rugby columnist, author of Wales Play In Red. Chaired by Jasper Rees, author of Bred Of Heaven.

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John Finnemore, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tiffany Murray

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2012, 
Merciless mockery of muppets and mags. Exclusive! In all Sundays...

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20 años sin Muro

Václav Beˇlohradský en conversación con Fernando Orgambides

Segovia 2009, 
El famoso filósofo y politólogo checo Václav Beˇlohradský, conversará con el periodista español Fernando Orgambides. La noche del 9 de noviembre de 1989, comenzó a desmoronarse el muro de la vergüenza, que durante muchos años había simbolizado la división Este-Oeste entre el bloque soviético y la esfera de influencia de Estados Unidos y sus aliados occidentales. En estos veinte años, el mapa de Europa no ha dejado de cambiar y el continente ha experimentado transformaciones políticas, económicas y sociales.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del checo al español

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Simon Singh

Alan Turing and Enigma

Hay Festival 2012, 
The science writer celebrates the centenary of the genius mathematician and code-breaker, who deciphered the German naval cables in WWII, and demonstrates the encryption techniques on his own, original Enigma Machine.

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Jerry Brotton

Shakespeare 450 – ‘Was Mohammed inspiréd with a dove?’

Hay Festival 2014, 

In this first of Hay Festival's 2014 sessions celebrating the 450th birthday of the playwright, the Renaissance scholar explores Shakespeare’s relationship with the Islamic world in the history plays and in his tragedies.

Jerry Brotton

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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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Angela Hobbs and Paul Cartledge talk to Bettany Hughes

The Greeks 3 – Plato

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists consider the heft and influence of The Republic and The Symposium.

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David Aaronovitch

The Fascination of Conspiracy Theories

Cartagena 2011, 
The respected journalist and Times columnist David Aaronovitch, through his latest book, Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History, introduces us to the world of conspiracy theories and their social role. The cases he analyses are fascinating, ranging from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the death of Marilyn Monroe and the assassination of President Kennedy, to Princess Diana’s fatal accident and the notion of US involvement in the attack on the twin towers. Today, the author will talk to us about why conspiracy theories arise and why they are so appealing to us. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Darian Leader and David Corfield

Why Do People Get Ill?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Case studies and cutting-edge research inform this intriguing inquiry into the unconscious processes that can make us fall ill.

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Nicholas Lowton, Rhoda Lewis, Peter Florence and Friends

Genesis

Hay Festival 2011, 
We begin a 96-hour reading of the King James Authorised Version of the Bible that will run in two 4-hour sessions daily in parish churches on either side of the border. Full listings will be online at hayfestival.org/bible. All welcome.

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Magsie Hamilton Little talks to Andrew Davies

Dancing with Darkness: Life, Death and Hope in Afghanistan

Hay Festival 2011, 
An extraordinary personal journey of understanding, from the witnessing of 7/7 in London to the heart of an Afghan community in Kabul.

All profits from the book go to www.littlebooksafghanistan.org – giving books to the most deprived children in Afghanistan.

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Joe Grice and Jay Lindop

Truths and Statistics

Hay Festival 2015, 

How do we measure how we’re doing, economically and demographically? What are the ‘facts’ about migration and the tax base, National Debt, growth, borrowing and GDP and how should they be interpreted? The Chief Economist and the Director of Population Statistics at the Office of National Statistics give us the un-spun skinny on what the numbers mean and where the truth lies… Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Joe Grice and Jay Lindop

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Steve Jones

No Need for Geniuses: Revolutionary Science in the Age of the Guillotine

Hay Festival 2016, 

Paris at the time of the French Revolution was the world capital of science. Its scholars laid the foundations of today’s physics, chemistry and biology. They were true revolutionaries, agents of an upheaval both of understanding and of politics. The Eiffel Tower, built to celebrate the Revolution’s centennial, saw the world’s first wind tunnel, first radio message and first observation of cosmic rays. Perhaps the greatest Revolutionary scientist of all, Antoine Lavoisier founded modern chemistry and physiology, transformed French farming, and hugely improved the manufacture of gunpowder. His political activities brought him a fortune, but in the end led to his execution. The judge who sentenced him claimed that “the Revolution has no need for geniuses”. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Steve Jones

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Sam Kiley & Stuart Tootal

Helmand – Two Stories

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two accounts of the Afghan conflict from a journalist and a soldier, authors of Desperate Glory: At War in Helmand with Britain’s 16 Air Assault Brigade and Danger Close: The True Story of Helmand from the Leader of 3 PARA.
Sam Kiley & Stuart Tootal

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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?