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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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Siddhartha Mukherjee talks to Claire Armitstead

The Gene: An Intimate History

Hay Festival 2016, 

The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganises our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes. Woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The cancer physician’s book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer won the Pulitzer Prize. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Siddhartha Mukherjee talks to Claire Armitstead

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Richard King, Alan McGee, Lee Brackstone

Faber Social - How Soon is Now?

Hay Festival 2012, 
King spins the discs and discusses his rollicking history The Madmen and Mavericks who made Independent Music 1975-2005 with the founder of Creation records and the author of Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll. Some soundtrack!

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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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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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Sarah Harper

The End of Population Growth?

Hay Festival 2014, 

While it is common to hear about the problems of overpopulation, might there be unexplored benefits of increasing numbers of people in the world? How can we both consider and harness the potential benefits brought by a healthier, wealthier and larger population? May more people mean more scientists to discover how our world works, more inventors and thinkers to help solve the world’s problems, more skilled people to put these ideas into practice? 

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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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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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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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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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Andy Middleton, Ben Southworth and Chris Parker

Slipstream Wales – Data Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

How can data be used to help drive behaviour change, increase performance and make radical the new normal? With speakers from the world of technology and smart data analysis. Ben Southworth, Deputy Chief Exec at Tech City Investment Organisation, Chris Parker, Head of Geovation, Ordnance Survey and chaired by TYF’s Director Andy Middleton.

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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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John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

QI’s Greatest Hits

Hay Festival 2015, 

QI’s very core is ‘the astonishing fact’: painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. To celebrate the reissue of their backlist, join us for a canter through their best-ever discoveries: Jeeves wasn’t a butler. Coffee isn’t made from beans. Woodlice drink through their bottoms. Light is invisible. Mount Everest isn’t the tallest mountain. Florence Nightingale spent 50 years in bed. There are 613 commandments in the bible. Monkeys pay to look at porn. An hour of endless fun with the QI writing team.

John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

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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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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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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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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.