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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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Rebecca Front

Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections

Hay Festival 2014, 

A collection of delightfully witty and acutely observed stories by the comedy writer, columnist and actress – star of The Thick of It, Lewis and Nighty Night. She reads and talks to Lisa Dwan.

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Mike Hulme and Rupert Read

Philosophy, Politics and Communication

Hay Festival 2012, 
What is the best way to communicate the issues around climate change? Emotively? Politically? Scientifically? And what scope is there for making ethical judgments in our response to the evidence?

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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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James Evans

Merchant Adventurers

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the spring of 1553 three ships sailed north-east from London into uncharted waters. The scale of their ambition was breathtaking. Drawing on the latest navigational science and the new spirit of enterprise and discovery sweeping the Tudor capital, they sought a northern passage to Asia and its riches. When their ships became separated in a storm, each ship had to fend for itself. Their fates were sharply divided. One returned to England, to recount extraordinary tales of the imperial court of Tsar Ivan The Terrible. The tragic, mysterious story of the other two ships has to be pieced together through the surviving captain’s log book, after he and his crew became lost and trapped by the advancing Arctic winter.

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Steven Donziger and Patrick Alley talk to Anthea Lawson

Changing the System: Curbing Corporate Power

Hay Festival 2014, 

The lawyer who took giant US oil company Chevron to court and had them found guilty and fined billions of dollars, and who was himself successfully taken to court by Chevron under a civil racketeering suit, is joined by Patrick Alley, director of Global Witness, to discuss how tackling corporate power is a vital step to saving the environment and creating an economy that benefits everyone. Chaired by Anthea Lawson.

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John Eliot Gardiner

Music in the Castle of Heaven

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the world’s leading conductors presents his portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque – and occasionally so intemperate? Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

John Eliot Gardiner

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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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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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Jo Whiley talks to Fiona Lindsay

My World in Motion – The Seven Lives of Jo Whiley

Hay Festival 2009, 
Monday: DJ; Tuesday: Daughter; Wednesday: Icon; Thursday: Wife; Friday: Sister; Saturday: Mother; Sunday: Me. Britain’s top female DJ talks the talk.

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Karen Armstrong

Fields of Blood – Religion and the History of Violence

Hay Festival 2015, 

Karen Armstrong, former Roman Catholic nun and one of our foremost scholars of religion, speaks out to interrogate the link between religion and bloodshed.

Religion is as old as humanity: Fields of Blood goes back to the Stone Age hunter-gatherers and traces religion through the centuries, from medieval crusaders to modern-day jihadists. Today we regard faith as a personal and private matter, but for most of history faith has informed people’s entire outlook on life, and has often been inseparable from politics. Fields of Blood is a celebration of the ancient religious ideas and movements that have promoted peace and reconciliation across millennia of civilization.

Karen Armstrong

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Justin Lewis

Cardiff Series 3: Climate Change and the Media

Hay Festival 2011, 
How have the media informed – or failed to inform – our understanding of climate change? Ranging from news coverage of the environment to the role of advertising in shaping a consumer culture. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
More about Prof. Justin Lewis' research www.cardiff.ac.uk
 
For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival

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Sue Townsend talks to Sarah Crompton

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

Hay Festival 2012, 
A funny and touching novel about what happens when someone stops being the person everyone wants them to be. Britain’s funniest writer eviscerates modern family life.

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Roly Keating

The Mechanical Curator and Other Stories

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Director of the British Library browses the infinite possibilities for Libraries and Creativity in an Age of Data. ‘These are times of historic disruption in the whole global system of information and publication, and it seems right that the great knowledge institutions – with their historic remit to think and act with a view far into the future – should play a full part in shaping the changes that lie ahead.’ Chaired by Gaby Wood, Head of Books at The Telegraph.

Roly Keating

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Monty Don

Down to Earth

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The gardening writer and Gardener’s World star follows his fabulous bestseller Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs by sharing gardening wisdom from his 50 years of experience. Tips, soil and wonderful stories.

Monty Don

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Max Hastings

The London Library Annual Lecture at Hay: Finest Years – Churchill as Warlord, 1940–1945

Hay Festival 2010, 
A portrait of the Prime Minister in extremis; in triumph and tragedy, and seen here from the perspectives of Russia and America, whilst producing some of the greatest treasures of the English language. Introduced by Tom Stoppard.

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Julia Hobsbawm with Johann Hari, Mark Skipworth and Stefan Stern

EI Breakfast 3

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

Duration 45 minutes.

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Paul Theroux talks to Gaby Wood

The Last Train To Zona Verde: Overland From Cape Town To Angola

Hay Festival 2013, 

Journeying alone through the greenest continent in what he feels will be his last African journey, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Leaving the Cape Town townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the browsing cattle of the great sun-baked heartland of the savannah, he crosses the ‘Red Line’ into a different Africa.

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David Attenborough

Watching the Wild

Hay Festival 2007, 
The broadcaster reviews the techniques that have been used over the last century to bring natural history to the television screen.

This Joseph Rotblat Lecture was given in association with the WMD Awareness oganisation.
David Attenborough

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Germaine Greer

1968: El legado español

Segovia 2008, 
La narrativa convencional sobre los acontecimientos de mayo del 68 suele prestar poca atención al papel jugado por la filosofía anarquista a nivel ideológico y práctico. Germaine Greer hablará sobre su educación anarquista, y la importancia que el ejemplo español tuvo para ella y sus camaradas. Greer es una académica y escritora australiana de vital influencia y relevancia para el movimiento feminista; su obra La mujer eunuco (1970), traducida a más de doce idiomas) fue uno de los libros más vendidos e influyentes de la década de los Setenta. Doctora en Filosofía y Letras por la universidades de Cambridge y Sydney, actualmente es profesora de Literatura Inglesa en la Universidad de Warwick y miembro no oficial del equipo docente de Newnham College (Cambridge).

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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20 Years of Harry Potter Magic

Hay Festival 2017, 

In this interactive and family-friendly event, you will travel through a year at Hogwarts with Fleurble Laffalot. Discover fun facts about the first Harry Potter books as well taking part in some of the key elements of life at Hogwarts – the sorting ceremony, Quidditch, potions and transfiguration classes.

9+

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Jules Evans

Philosophy for Life - And other dangerous situations

Hay Festival 2012, 
An invitation to a dream school with a rowdy faculty that includes 12 of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives.

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Steven Fowler, Nia Davies, Zoe Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, Rhys Trimble

Gelynion: The Enemies Project

Hay Festival 2015, 

A groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry in Wales through the potential of collaboration across our two languages. Six poets have worked with one another to create original poetic works. They’ve been touring these pieces in rolling pairs around Wales, drawing in poets in each location, and inviting them to create their own collaborations. Their tour culminates here in Hay with a showcase performance and Q&A.

Steven Fowler, Nia Davies, Zoe Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, Rhys Trimble

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Rick Gekoski talks to Claire Armitstead

Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir

Hay Festival 2010, 
The book-dealer, writer and Booker judge offers a captivating account of twenty-five books drawn from the fields of literature, psychology and philosophy, and a memoir of a reading self. ‘Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.’
Rick Gekoski talks to Claire Armitstead

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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?