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Doris Lessing talks to Marianne Ponsford

Segovia 2006, 
Doris Lessing, author of The Golden Notebook, one of the world's greatest living writers, discusses her literary career with Marianne Ponsford, Director of the cultural magazine Arcadia. The author, who has been awarded numerous international literary prizes (Somerset Maugham Award from the Society of Authors, Prix Médicis, Austrian State Prize for European Literature, German Federal Republic Shakespeare Prize, Mondello Prize, Grinzane Cavour Prize, etc.), is a prolific writer and her most recent novels are The Sweetest Dream and the collection of stories The Grandmothers. She received the Príncipe de Asturias Prize in 2001.

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Frank Close

Anti Matter

Hay Festival 2009, 
The eminent particle physicist examines the reality of the great sci-fi staple catastrophe, and how it grew from the meeting point of relativity and quantum theory in the early C20th, to the discovery of the first antiparticles, cosmic rays, annihilation, antimatter bombs and antiworlds, all the way to CERN in Geneva.

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National Literacy Trust - Breakfast Seminar

Hay Festival 2012, 
The National Literacy Trust, with author Frank Cottrell Boyce, will offer a unique insight into the effective teaching of writing to primary school children in Key Stages 1 and 2. The challenges of composition make writing arguably the most difficult of literacy skills to teach and learn. This fast-paced and interactive breakfast seminar will introduce the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach which has been proven to significantly accelerate pupil progress. You will learn how to cultivate a love of words and language; develop oral storytelling skills; and help pupils internalise language patterns to become more confident writers. Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning children’s author of Millions and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again will give a reading and take part in a Q&A session on children’s writing.
 
Duration 45 mins.
 
Donations towards the National Literacy Trust on the door.

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Michael Wood

The Story of England

Hay Festival 2011, 
Fifteen hundred years of English history told through the archaeology, records and DNA of the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire. Spellbinding.
 
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Caroline Bird and Imtiaz Dharker

Hay Festival 2009, 
A reading by the poets whose most recent collections are Trouble Came to the Turnip and The Terrorist at my Table.

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Antony Beevor

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner launches his study of the D-Day landings and the liberation battles that turned the war and marked, forever, the relationship between Europe and America.

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Bonnie Greer, Leanne Wood, Merryn Williams, Daniel Williams and Stefan Collini

The May Day Manifesto

Hay Festival 2017, 

It is 50 years since the publication of the May Day Manifesto, edited by Raymond Williams. The manifesto reflected the growing disillusionment on the Left with what the authors argued to be the surrendering of socialist principles by the Labour Party. The panel explores the making of the manifesto and examines its relevance today.

Stefan Collini is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at the University of Cambridge, Bonnie Greer is a playwright, author and judge for this year’s Orwell Prize, Leanne Wood AM is the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Merryn Williams is a critic, poet, and daughter of Raymond Williams and Daniel G. Williams is Professor of English Literature at Swansea University.

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Mark Moody-Stuart

Responsible Leadership: Lessons From the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group from 1991 to 2001 and of Anglo American Plc from 2002 to 2009 discusses the realities, dilemmas and lessons to be learnt from the last 20 years of corporate engagement with sustainability, ethics and responsibility. He tells a tale of corruption and conflict, of extractive industries and intractable governments from Syria and Nigeria to Downing Street and Beijing. In a tough world, how can business do the right thing?

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Carmen Posadas, Ricardo Menéndez Salmón y Gustavo Martín Garzo en conversación con Fernando Marías

Una de monstruos

Segovia 2008, 
Es posible reinventar hoy a lose monstruos literarios de siempre? Dracula, Frankenstein, el hombre lobo... Carmen Posadas, Ricardo Menendez Salmon y Gustavo Martin Garzo han realizado el experimento y lo contaran en esta mesa moderada por Fernando Marias, director de la serie 'ternura para los monstruos' (451 Editores).

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Liz Davies talks to Francine Stock

Growing Old Outrageously

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The co-author discusses her delightful memoir of a later-life friendship and what happens when two ladies of a certain age decide to test Graham Greene’s maxim: Leap and the net will appear! This is a book for thrill-seekers, the adventurous and armchair travellers alike, a celebration of friendship, laughter and all that’s good in the world. 

Liz Davies talks to Francine Stock

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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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Caroline Lawrence

Roman Mysteries

Hay Festival 2009, 
Gladiators, togas, Latin and the odd mystery–what's not to love? Come and see the author of this hugely successful series talk about its grand finale, The Man From Pomegranate Street.

9–14 years

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Ian McEwan in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2010, 
OBE and winner of the Booker Prize with Amsterdam has stood out for decades as one of the most acclaimed and personal voices of British literature. His novel Atonement was recently adapted for the big screen with great success. McEwan is also well known for his defence of freedom of speech. He talks to Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival of Literature. 
 
This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.
Ian McEwan in conversation with Peter Florence

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Derek Draper talks to Benna Waites

Life Support

Hay Festival 2009, 
The psychotherapist makes life happier and better with his Survival Guide For The Modern Soul. Waites is a consultant psychologist.

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Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

The Last Days of Troy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The poet introduces readings from his new play, which premières at the Manchester Royal Exchange in May. He is joined by the production’s director, his Helen of Troy and his Patroclus. ‘The Iliad is tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breathtaking humility. Everything we have come to expect of the great myths.’

Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

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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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Mario Vargas Llosa

La literatura y el escritor

Segovia 2008, 
Mario Vargas Llosa, uno de los más importantes novelistas y ensayistas de Latinoamérica, escritor de grandes obras literarias como La ciudad y los perros, Conversación en la catedral, La Casa Verdey su más reciente Travesuras de la niña mala (2006), nos ofrece una conferencia sobre sus grandes temas: qué es ser escritor y sobre la creación literaria. Entre las más importantes distinciones que ha recibido, sólo entre las concedidas a la literatura en lengua española, figuran el premio Rómulo Gallegos (1967); el Príncipe de Asturias (1986), compartido con Rafael Lapesa; el Planeta (1993), con la novela Lituma en los Andes y el Cervantes (1994). Presentado por Félix Romeo, periodista cultural.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés.

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Peeling back the Mask - The Man who became Miguna Miguna

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
The book that took Kenya by storm; Miguna Miguna himself addresses the controversy behind his book.

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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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Holly Baxter

The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media

Hay Festival 2014, 

The creator of the famous blog issues a brilliantly bolshy and raucously funny rallying call to girls and women of all ages: The Vagenda asks real women everywhere to demand a media that reflects who we actually are.

Holly Baxter

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Richard Harries, Christopher Cocksworth, John Inge

King James Authorised Version 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
The trinity of bishops (Oxford, Coventry and Worcester) discuss Philemon, 1 Corinthians and Jonah.

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Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams

What is Consciousness?

Hay Festival 2018, 

A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans? Are we all simply machines? Do we have free will? Can we invoke an enhanced collective consciousness? Bringing together findings from science and insights from religion they unpick what it means to be conscious. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientists for her work in communication and author of Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert book, which will be launched at Hay. 

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Germaine Greer, Philippe Sands, John Mitchinson

Going, Going – Best of British

Hay Festival 2011, 
In three short counterblasts, festival guests champion three national treasures that are endangered by our lack of care. Greer talks about English bluebells; Sands talks about the sheikh up of football club ownership; Mitchinson mourns the quite interesting loss of lunch – a potential disaster for work and play.

All proceeds support free tickets for schools.

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Dianne Edwards talks to Francine Stock

From Ancient Hay To Gardens Today

Hay Festival 2013, 

Plants changed the face of the planet – and fossils from Hay and around the world have revealed how this happened. Edwards tells the story of these ancient plants, which led to the gardens, forests and landscapes we know today.

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Nick Kent talks to Dylan Jones

Apathy for the Devil: A 1970s memoir

Hay Festival 2010, 
The NME legend talks to the GQ editor. As apprentice to Lester Bangs, boyfriend of Chrissie Hynde, confidant of Iggy Pop, trusted scribe for Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, and early member of the Sex Pistols, he was witness to both the beautiful and the damned of this turbulent decade.
Nick Kent talks to Dylan Jones