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Elif Shafak

Charity Gala 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
Elif Shafak's contribution to the 2012 Charity Gala forms the basis for her 2013 Raymond Williams Lecture. It's about the silent G in the Turkish alphabet.

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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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Tom Anderson

Chasing Dean

Hay Festival 2010, 
Captivating travelogue in which two childhood friends from small-town Wales meet in Miami for the summer road trip of their dreams: to chase the swell of Hurricane Dean all the way up the US Eastern Seaboard in search of once-in-a-lifetime surf. Tom is Academi’s blogger in residence for Hay Festival 2010.
Tom Anderson

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Lee Child talks to Sarah Crompton

Never Go Back

Hay Festival 2014, 

The thriller writer talks about the action-packed, high-tension, mega-selling eighteenth book featuring his hero Jack Reacher.

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Noel Kingsbury

Hybrid: The History and the Science of Plant Breeding

Hay Festival 2010, 
The colourful story of plant breeding brings together traditional farmers, tribal shamans, eccentric entrepreneurs, dedicated scientists, faceless corporations, bold visionaries, obsessive nerds and the occasional charlatan.

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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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George Brinley Evans, Phil Steele and Mark Taubert talk to Hywel Francis

Before the End – Telling Your Story in Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

Two authors discuss how bereavement encouraged them to tell their own life stories against all the odds, in a society where men still often suffer silently. Historian and Professor Hywel Francis chairs Byw Nawr/Live Now, the end-of-life-care coalition in Wales. He talks to ex-miner George Brinley Evans and broadcaster Phil Steele. Taubert is a palliative and end-of-life-care consultant at Velindre Cancer Centre. They offer a clinical perspective on male depression and grief.

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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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Abigail Rokison

Shakespeare 450 – Romeo and Juliet, Interpretation and Adaptation

Hay Festival 2014, 

The eponymous lovers have become synonymous with intense young love, and the image of a young man wooing his love at a balcony is now iconic. The Shakespeare scholar will explore a range of stage productions and adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, aimed specifically at young people.

Abigail Rokison

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Dick and Dom

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Dick and Dom, authors of Slightly Naughty But Very Silly Words and their gut-splitting new handbook, Whoopee Book of Practical Jokes, for a big handful of comedy nuts and babbling guff! An interactive and very funny show which includes a practical joke master class, stuffed with gags, brilliant practical jokes and sage and onion. If this event doesn’t tickle your funny bone, you’re probably dead!
7+ years
Dick and Dom

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Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

BBC Talking Books 2: Anything is Possible

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new novel from the author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after 17 years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

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Bob Heath

‘You Say Goodbye…And I Say Hello’

Hay Festival 2013, 

The music therapist specialises in working with people at the end of their lives; he presents and discusses work created by his clients over the last 10 years. Chaired by David Barnard.

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Chris Stringer

The Royal Society Lecture 4: The Origin of Our Species

Hay Festival 2011, 
The pre-eminent palaeontologist asks: can we define modern humans, and how can we recognise our beginnings in the fossil and archaeological record? What of language, art, diet, society? Has human evolution stopped?
 
More about Chris Stringer http://royalsociety.org/
Read his related article here www.timesonline.co.uk/
Homo Britannicus - Chris Stringer

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Susan Greenfield

The Private Life of the Brain

Hay Festival 2000, 
The most intriguing function of the human brain is to generate an inner world of feeling: emotions. Greenfield shows how both positive and negative emotions are with us all the time, but varying in degree. At the extreme she suggests that these entail an abrogation of a sense of self, the individual mind. She looks at what might actually be happening in the brain when you 'lose your mind', 'blow your mind' or 'let yourself go'.

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Ha-Joon Chang

Cambridge Series 5: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

Hay Festival 2011, 
The economist turns all received wisdom about free markets, globalization and the digital revolution on its head and offers an utterly compelling alternative. Chaired by Jesse Norman of the Treasury Select Committee.
 
Read more by and about Ha-Joon Chang here

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Marius Daniel Popescu in conversation with Geoffroy Gérard

Segovia 2013, 

The Swiss poet, awarded with the Robert Walser Prize and the Cultural Prize of Literature of the canton of Vaud, for his novel La Symphonie du Loup, and Grand Prix Littéraire du Web 2012 for his latest novel Les Couleurs de l'hirondelle, speaks with the Belgian expert in communication, Geoffroy Gérard.

 

Simultaneous translation from French into Spanish.


With the collaboration of the Swiss Embassy in Spain and the Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia.

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Olga Tokarczuk talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Flights

Hay Festival 2017, 

A rare interview with the great Polish novelist, who discusses her multi-award-winning fiction Flights. Perfectly intertwining travel narratives and reflections on travel with observations on the body and on life and death, Tokarczuk guides the reader beyond the surface layer of modernity and deeper and deeper towards the core of the very nature of humankind. From the C17th, we have the story of the real Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen, who dissected and drew pictures of his own amputated leg, discovering in so doing the Achilles tendon. From the present we have the trials and tribulations of a wife accompanying her much older professor husband as he teaches a course on a cruise ship in the Greek islands, or the quest of a Polish woman who immigrated to New Zealand as a teen but must now return in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart…

Olga Tokarczuk talks to Claire Armitstead

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Simon Schama

Obama and History

Cartagena 2010, 
Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, Simon Schama is a celebrated historian who combines academic rigour with a more personal approach to historic analysis. After lecturing at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard, he moved to New York; since 1995, he has been writing about art for The New Yorker and has directed with success several programmes on art and history for the BBC. 

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Glyn Maxwell talks to Simon Armitage

On Poetry

Hay Festival 2013, 

The poet celebrates the work of the canonical poets and discusses his literary philosophy: that the greatest verse arises from a harmony of mind and body, and that poetic forms originate in human necessities – breath, heartbeat, footstep, posture.

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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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Usha Goswami

Cambridge University Series 1: Dyslexia and the Brain

Hay Festival 2015, 

How can neuroscience help us to understand the sensory processing differences that can give rise to learning difficulties like dyslexia? Goswami is Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience.

Usha Goswami

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Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

Cardiff University Series 2: In An Age of Mass Surveillance

Hay Festival 2015, 

The leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have transformed our understanding of our daily communication through social media, email and mobile phones. Scholars from Cardiff University’s research project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society will discuss the practices, implications and broader meanings of mass surveillance. Does it work? How does it work, and who and what is monitored? How does it affect civil rights? Have we been properly informed, and how should the media report? How can we protect ourselves?

Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

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Julia Donaldson & Jenny Valentine

Teen Reads

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join two of the freshest voices in the world of teen fiction as they explore character development and plot twists in Running on the Cracks (Donaldson) and The Ant Colony (Valentine).

12 years +

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Aminatta Forna y Owen Sheers en conversación con Claire Armitstead

Segovia 2008, 
La escritora y periodista Aminatta Forna (Reino Unido y Sierra Leona) y el poeta y escritor galés Owen Sheers conversarán sobre sus experiencias literarias con Claire Armitstead, editora literaria de The Guardian. Forna, que ha ambientado su última novela, El jardín de las mujeres (2006), en el África occidental, ha ganado, entre otros premios, el Hurston Wright Award for Debut Fiction en los Estados Unidos (2007). Es autora de The Devil that Danced on the Water (2002), unas memorias sobre su padre, disidente en Sierra Leona, y su familia, que fueron adaptadas a la radio por la BBC. Owen Sheers, por su parte, es uno de los poetas y escritores galeses jóvenes más aclamados y su debut en prosa, The Dust Diaries, fue declarado Welsh Book of the Year en 2005. Su primera novela, Resistencia (2008), es una historia de amor que transcurre en una Inglaterra imaginaria ocupada por los alemanes en 1944.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2010, 
The acclaimed stand-up comic for children returns to Hay. Get ready to giggle your gloves off!*
 
Family event
 
*We think socks get too much attention.