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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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Neil MacGregor and Richard J Evans

Germany and Memory

Hay Festival 2016, 
A conversation with two of the world’s greatest historians. MacGregor is the former Director of the British Museum, author of the BBC Radio 4 series and books A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: Memories of a Nation. Evans, Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge University, is the leading authority on C20th Germany. His most recent book is The Third Reich in History and Memory.
Neil MacGregor and Richard J Evans

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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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Max Hastings

The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945

Hay Festival 2016, 

The journalist and war historian links tales of high courage ashore, at sea and in the air to the work of the brilliant boffins at home, battling the enemy’s technology. Most of the strivings, adventures and sacrifices of spies, Resistance, Special Forces and even of the code-breakers were wasted, Hastings says, but a fraction was so priceless that no nation begrudged lives and treasure spent in the pursuit of jewels of knowledge. The book tells stories of high policy and human drama, illuminating the fantastic machinations of secret war.

Max Hastings

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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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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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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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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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Norman Mailer talks to Dai Smith

Hay Festival 2000, 
An interview with one of the world's greatest living writers, author of The Naked and the Dead, Barbary Shore, The Executioner's Song, Harlot's Ghost, Ancient Evenings, The Time of Our Time, Oswald's Tale and The Gospel According to the Son. 'Mailer stands toe-to-toe with the heavyweights of literature, trading tale for tale.' He talks to Dai Smith.

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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 Lord & Gideon Defoe

Pirates!

Hay Festival 2011, 
The film-maker and founder of Aardman joins the author of the Pirates! series to present a tantalising glimpse of their upcoming animated collaboration. Chaired by John Cassy.
 
About the film
In The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations, Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast. The film will be released on 30 March 2012 in the UK.
 
Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. 
 
It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they do battle with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
 
The film is directed by Peter Lord, a founding partner of Aardman, director of Chicken Run (with Nick Park), and a two-time Academy Award® nominee for his short films at the company.
 
7+ years
Peter Lord & Gideon Defoe

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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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David Mitchell talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fictions – The Bone Clocks

Hay Festival 2015, 

This dazzling new novel is the kaleidoscopic story of an unusual woman’s life, a metaphysical thriller and a profound meditation on mortality and survival. And it’s brilliant. Mitchell’s previous books are Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

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David Mitchell talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Sarah Churchwell

Reformations 4: Expertise

Hay Festival 2017, 

Everyone has experience, and the deeper your experience of a given subject or area, the greater your expertise. In a culture that trumpets anti-intellectualism, how might we reconcile and re-present academic expertise and practical experience? Churchwell is professorial fellow in American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Sarah Churchwell

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Sayeeda Warsi

Reformations 9: Integration

Hay Festival 2017, 

Baroness Warsi’s book The Enemy Within identifies British Muslims as the latest in a long line of ‘others’ to be feared and demonised. The UK’s first Muslim cabinet minister explores questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of  ‘British values’ with Helena Kennedy. She proffers necessary and inconvenient truths and proposes new ways forward for British Muslims, politicians and society.

Sayeeda Warsi

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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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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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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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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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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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Anne Meikle and Gareth Wyn Jones

Slipstream Wales – Land & Nature

Hay Festival 2013, 

How business, government and community could collaborate and drive country-scale change to make Wales land and nature net-positive. WWF’s Anne Meikle and Bangor University’s Gareth Wyn Jones discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Philip Delves Broughton

What They Teach You at Harvard Business School

Hay Festival 2009, 
An insider’s account from the Cauldron of Capitalism.

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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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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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Catherine Tate

Shakespeare and Me

Hay Festival 2008, 
The actress talks to Fiona Lindsay.

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