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Russell Kane

The Humorist

Hay Festival 2012, 
The brilliant comedian presents his savagely funny debut novel.

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Timothy Brook and Xiaolou Guo

China

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two views of the emerging superpower from the distinguished sinologist, author of Troubled Empire and The Confusions of Pleasure and the novelist and performer whose books include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers and UFO In Her Eyes. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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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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Christopher Hitchens

The Rights of Man

Hay Festival 2006, 
The contrarian traces the history of The Rights of Man from the publication of Part One in 1791 in London and its rapturous reception across the Atlantic. He analyses the meaning it has acquired since its creation, and its significance as the cornerstone of contemporary debates about our basic human rights.

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Ron Leshem en conversación con Eladio Mateos

seguido de la proyección de la película Beaufort

Segovia 2009, 
Evento de 1 hora seguido de proyección, con intervalo de 15 minutos

El escritor y guionista israelí Ron Leshem, ganador en 2006 del Sapir Prize, el premio literario más importante de Israel, y autor de la novela Beaufort, conversará con el periodista e investigador Eladio Mateos. Al fnalizar, se proyectará la película Beaufort, nominada al Oscar a la Mejor Película de Habla no Inglesa y ganadora del Oso de Plata a la Mejor Dirección en el Festival de Berlín.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español
 
Beaufort (2007)
Dirección: Joseph Cedar
Duración: 120 min.
Sinopsis: Película sobre la guerra que describe la vida de los soldados israelíes durante los últimos meses de permanencia en el sur del Líbano, antes de la retirada de Israel de la zona. La película nos muestra la vida cotidiana, la difícil rutina y las relaciones humanas entre los soldados de la base.

VO en hebreo, subtitulada en inglés

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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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Bharat Malkani

Capital Punishment

Hay Festival 2015, 

On the 50th anniversary of the last execution to take place in the UK, Malkani, a lecturer at Birmingham Law School, discusses why we are better off without the death penalty and why British efforts to promote the worldwide abolition of capital punishment should be supported. UN statistics suggest the five countries with the highest number of state executions annually are, in order, China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

Bharat Malkani

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Peter Lord

Aardman Animation

Hay Festival 2010, 
The co-founder of the UK’s favourite animation studio joins us for a very special hands-on event.
 
Family event

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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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Cedric Villani

Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure

Hay Festival 2015, 

The rock-star mathematician takes us on a mesmerising journey as he wrestles with a new theorem that will win him the most coveted prize in mathematics. Along the way he encounters obstacles and setbacks, losses of faith and even brushes with madness. His story is one of courage and partnership, doubt and anxiety, elation and despair. Blending science with history, biography with myth, he conjures up an inimitable cast of characters including the omnipresent Einstein, mad genius Kurt Gödel, and Villani’s personal hero, John Nash. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

Cedric Villani

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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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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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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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Derek Smith

Cambridge University Series 10: Pandemic Research and the Ethics of Creating a Deadly Flu Strain

Hay Festival 2015, 

The 1918 global flu pandemic wiped out around 50 million people. In the last 300 years there have been around three flu pandemics every century. We must constantly be on alert for the next one. Global efforts, including those of Professor Derek Smith, to understand how pandemics are caused, will help us mitigate and even prevent future pandemics. However this work has the perverse downside of also generating new, potentially deadly, viruses in the laboratory. Professor Derek Smith will talk about the ethical issues this raises. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Derek Smith

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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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Paul Silk, Graham Allen, Richard Wyn Jones

Constitutional Reform

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is the UK on the verge of breaking up? Scotland has its referendum in 2014, Wales is seeking further powers from Westminster, and local government in England is being strengthened. Silk, Commission on Devolution in Wales, Allen, Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, and Wyn Jones, Director of the Wales Governance Centre, discuss. Chaired by the BBC's Brian Meechan.

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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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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.

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Tracey Evans, Warren Fauvel, Andy Middleton

Adventures in Health

Hay Festival 2016, 

The costs of preventable physical and mental health challenges in Wales are already unmanageable and getting worse. The gross cost to the NHS of treating mental health is £7.2bn a year. There are multiple, proven links between the benefits of active time outdoors, increased wellbeing and reductions in the social cost of health solutions. Wales’ outdoor industry is poised to become a Natural Health Service that improves health with active time in nature. Evans is the CEO of The Outdoor Partnership, Fauvel is co-founder of Nudjed, which works with public health bodies aiming to effect change. Chaired by entrepreneur and adventurer Andy Middleton.

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Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mr Tom

Hay Festival 2011, 
Delve inside the covers of this touching and powerful classic as it reaches its 30th birthday. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.
 
10+ years & families

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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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Oscar Guardiola Rivera, Joanna Bourke and Costas Douzinas

The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture: The Age Of Anxieties

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this first lecture honouring our late President, three legal scholars, historians and political thinkers discuss the nature of his legacy, and the writing of modern history.

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John Sutherland and John Crace

The Two Johnnies Do Sex And Marriage: From Austen To McEwan

Hay Festival 2013, 

Can literature show us how to have a good sex life and a successful marriage? The SuperProf and the Digested Reads satirist romp through the bedrooms and letters where less is more. And where more is sometimes more too.

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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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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?