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Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Canadian poet gives us her inversion of Homer's Odyssey, retold by Penelope and the twelve handmaids Odysseus slaughtered on his return from Troy, Dido and twenty years away from his palace.

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Roger McGough

That Awkward Age

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘At that awkward age now between birth and death…’ – the patron saint of poetry wrestles with mortality, seeks love in the launderette, perspires in the Foreign Legion, snaps Henri Cartier Bresson in Liverpool and jives in Macca’s trousers.

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Eric Hobsbawm talks to Simon Schama

The Memory of an Empire

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘A world almost entirely composed of empires 100 years ago, has gone for good and is beyond reconstruction. It should not be remembered with superior nostalgia, nor with mythologies of national liberation.’

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Simon Jenkins

The National Trust Lecture: Wales – Churches, Houses and Castles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The journalist and National Trust chairman surveys the monuments and masterpieces of Wales.

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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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David Mitchell talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

Hay Festival 2010, 
The astounding new novel by the author of Cloud Atlas is set in Japan in 1799.
David Mitchell talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Lynn Barber talks to Rosie Boycott

An Education

Hay Festival 2010, 
When the journalist was 16, she was picked up at a bus stop by an attractive older man who drew up in his sports car – and her life was almost wrecked. The movie you know...
Lynn Barber talks to Rosie Boycott

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Juan Goytisolo presentado por Andrés Sánchez Robayna

El exiliado de aquí y allá

Segovia 2008, 
Juan Goytisolo se define a sí mismo como ‘castellano en Cataluña, afrancesado en España, español en Francia, latino en Norteamérica, nesrani en Marruecos y moro en todas partes’; es autor de una extensa y variada obra narrativa y ensayística, y ha cultivado géneros como el reportaje, la literatura de viajes y las memorias. Presentado por Andrés Sánchez Robayna, leerá fragmentos de su último libro El exiliado de aquí y allá.

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Michael Vaughan

Blowing On The Ashes

Hay Festival 2013, 

The batsman, former England Test captain, Telegraph columnist and author of Calling The Shots and Time To Declare previews this summer’s Ashes series. Chaired by Tom Holland.

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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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John Sutherland and John Crace

Who's Afraid of The Classics?

Hay Festival 2011, 
What makes a classic work of literature? Just as importantly, who decides? Is a forgotten classic an oxymoron? Did Jane Austen write the same book several times over? Who reads late Henry James? Why do so many male modern novelists love Lolita? Be honest: have you read Midnight’s Children? These are issues that fascinate the superprof and the satirist. Join them for an offbeat look at the questions most writers and critics go out of their way to avoid.
 
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Denis Norden talks to Paul Blezard

Clips from a Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The grand master comedian spins yarns and anecdotes of a long, long golden age of British humour.

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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 Goodall

CADW Lecture: Medieval Castles

Hay Festival 2011, 
An ambitious and groundbreaking journey depicting the English castle and its architecture from the C11th to the C17th.

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José María Guelbenzu in conversation with José María Ridao

Remembering Albert Camus

Segovia 2010, 
Forever linked to the world of culture, José María Guelbenzu, a former publisher, sharp critic and a writer with an enormous narrative capacity, has prefaced a new edition of the complete works of Albert Camus. Guelbenzu will speak with José María Ridao, a writer, former diplomat and contributor to the newspaper El País, about the great French author, admired by both for his politically committed and deeply human work, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death.

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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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César Antonio Molina, Javier Gomá and Gabriel Albiac in conversation with Bieito Rubido

Spain Should Place More Value on its Culture

Segovia 2014, 

Spanish society’s recent massive political and economic challenges represent one of the all-time lows of Spanish culture. Glaring problems in the field of education coupled with infrequent public debates, especially on television, demonstrate the need for ‘high culture’ to be promoted more than ever. Spain’s present and Spain’s future depend to a large degree on acknowledging Spain’s past and realising what Spanish culture has to offer the rest of the world. Other problems cannot be overcome without actively promoting Spain’s great culture. Writer and politician César Antonio Molina and philosophers Javier Gomá and Gabriel Albiac talk to the Director of ABC, Bieito Rubido.

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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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Ahdaf Soueif

Reflections on Islamic Art

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist and Palfest Director introduces her international anthology of essays and responses to the astounding collection of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon

Hot Feminist

Hay Festival 2015, 

A trip through feminism, fashion, the righteous pursuit of a sexy vibe, and what it means to be a woman when you’re on the receiving end of modern media’s hilariously/bizarrely/insanely contradictory/restrictive/reductive/sometimes just straightforward revolting notions of womanhood. This isn’t about what women can’t do, this is a new-age guide to what you can do, what you can think, what you can wear and what you can wax. Gordon is the author of The Wrong Knickers.

Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon

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Razia Iqbal, Michelle de Kretser, Kamila Shamsie and Monique Roffey

Making Sense Of Place: The Use Of Fiction To Tell The Real Story

Hay Festival 2013, 

The novelists discuss the way in which fiction illuminates the history, the geography and the spirit of place.

In association with Commonwealth Writers.

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Carol Klein

Life in a Cottage Garden

Hay Festival 2011, 
A year in the Gardener’s World presenter’s garden at Glebe Cottage.
 
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Noel Kingsbury, Tim Richardson, Dan Pearson and Simon Jenkins

The C21st Garden – A place of beauty, or a home for woodlice?

Hay Festival 2009, 
How will the idea of the garden reflect our ecological concerns, our understanding of outdoor space as art, and the interface between humankind and nature?

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Robert Hutchinson

House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty

Hay Festival 2009, 
From Bosworth to the Armada the historian traces the fortunes of England’s grandest Catholic family, the Dukes of Norfolk.

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Tom Holland

In The Shadow Of The Sword - The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World

Hay Festival 2012, 
In the C6th the Near East was divided between two venerable empires - the Persian and the Roman. 100 years later one had vanished for ever and the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs - an upheaval so profound that it meant, in effect, the end of the Ancient World.