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Richard Layard and Judy Dunn talk to Rosie Boycott

A Good Childhood

Hay Festival 2009, 
Is life really more difficult for children than it was, and if so why? And how can we make it better?

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Luke Gamble

My Wild and Wonderful Friends

Hay Festival 2011, 
The vet tells the tales of his New Forest and Dorset practices.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem

Hay Festival 2011, 
The biography of the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
 
Read a review of Jerusalem

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Nikita Lalwani and Tahmima Anam talk to Ariane Koek

Fictions: Moralities

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Village pitches a British-Asian documentary maker into an open prison in India; The Good Muslim follows the divergent lives of a brother and sister in the aftermath of the 1971 Bangladesh war, and the rise of religious fundamentalism.

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Sophia Bennett

The Look

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the creator of Threads, as she talks to Lucy Peden, Features Editor at Bliss magazine in a special event about following your (secret) dreams. Sophia and Lucy will be discussing image and how to cope with life's big ups and downs like teenager Ted, the main character in her new book The Look.
 
Plus buy a ticket for this event and you get the chance to win tea with Sophia and Lucy afterwards in a VIP area!
 
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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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Rocío de Isasa, Carmen Navarro, Xavi Ayen, Violeta Monreal and Pedro de Andrés

What can we do to get more readers?

Segovia 2014, 

What resources are required to encourage people to read in Spain? How can we promote and encourage reading, and thereby ensure Spain is regarded as one of the more developed countries? Rocío de Isasa of Maeva Publishing, Carmen Navarro, Director of Escuela newspaper, author and illustratorVioleta Monreal andXavi Ayen, journalist for La Vanguardia newspaper, discuss these issues and other topics in an event chaired by the President of CEDRO, Pedro de Andrés.

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Howard Jacobson

Austen Bicentenary Series 2: Pride & Prejudice 200

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker winner celebrates the bicentenary of Austen’s great English novel, and admires the genius of her comedy and style.

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Elif Shafak

Reformations 22: Honour

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Turkish novelist reimagines the concept of honour, also the title of her 2015 novel. How has the word come to be understood in different communities? Can it be rescued from the grotesque association with the world “killing”? What might a truer application of honour mean for men and for women, for society and humanity? Chaired by A. C. Grayling

Elif Shafak

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Elif Batuman and Carolina Sanin talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Identities

Hay Festival 2017, 

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey gets involved with a cosmopolitan Serb and a Hungarian mathematician. At once clever and clueless, Batuman’s novel The Idiot shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self. From imagined worlds to lost loves, Sanin’s The Children explores the limits of isolation and intimacy, motherhood, neglect and compassion.

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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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Nicholas Ostler

The Last Lingua Franca - The Rise and Fall of World Languages

Hay Festival 2012, 
In their time, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian have each been world languages, sweeping the globe for centuries at a time. And yet they have all been displaced, just as the linguist predicts English will be. With a working knowledge of twenty-six languages, Nicholas now runs an institute for the protection of endangered languages.

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Germaine Greer

The Forgotten Tradition: The Psalms and English Poetry

Hay Festival 2011, 
Some of the greatest treasures of the English language were written for the Coverdale Bible, the Bible Shakespeare read, and the Geneva Bible that was suppressed by order of James I.

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Linde Wester

The Solace of Quantum

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is the multiverse theory? What is Entanglement? Superposition? What is quantum computing, and how does it help? You don’t have to be a quantum physicist to understand these things if you have one who can explain them to you.  And we have Linde Wester.

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Green Media?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Helen Fraser (Penguin), Jo Confino (Guardian) and Ben Stimson (Sky) talk to film-maker Sasha Norris about being whiter than white and greener than green.

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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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Anthony Horowitz, Yrsa Sigurđardóttir and SJ Parris

OxCrimes 2

Hay Festival 2014, 

Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels we are thrilled to launch our third collaboration with Profile Books with a reading of three stories from this collection of short crime fictions donated by some of the greatest crime-writers in the English language. Horowitz is the creator of Foyle’s War, the Alex Rider series and The House of Silk. Sigurđardóttir is the author of the global bestselling Thóra Gudmundsdóttir crime novels. They read and talk with the author of the Giordano Bruno books, the latest of which is Treachery.

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Anthony Horowitz, Yrsa Sigurđardóttir and SJ Parris

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Jonathon Harrington, Rosie Boycott, Colin Spedding, Christie Peacock, Denis Murphy

Food Security

Hay Festival 2011, 
What can we do? Encourage organic farming? Eat less meat? Reduce food waste? Support GM plant breeding? Grow our own?
 
A little further reading... articles by Jonathon Harrington and Christie Peacock:
 

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Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee talk to Peter Florence and Alice Key

Caspar Lee: the Book

Hay Festival 2016, 

YouTube sensation Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee discuss the power of social media and life at the heart of it, including details about their now-famous mother/son relationship. Join them in conversation with the Hay Festival Director.

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Unjust Rewards

Hay Festival 2009, 
A rigorous and profoundly shocking study Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today.

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Stevie Davies, Elena Moya Pereira, Blake Morrison

Fiction: The Past

Hay Festival 2010, 
Into Suez pitches a Welsh RAF family into Egypt in 1949; The Olive Groves of Belchite moves between the long shadows of the Spanish Civil War and the business battles of a global economy; The Last Weekend intrudes escalating rivalry and the past into a summer idyll in East Anglia. They talk to Anita Sethi.

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Thomas Penn

Winter King

Hay Festival 2012, 
It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and counter-coups. Henry VII had clambered to the top of the heap - a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who through luck, guile and ruthlessness had managed to win the throne and stay on it for sixteen years. Although he built palaces, hosted jousts, gave out lavish presents and sent ambassadors across Europe, for many he remained a usurper, a false king.
 
But Henry had a crucial asset: his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. Now, in what would be the crowning glory of his reign, his elder son would marry a great Spanish princess. On a cold November day this girl, the sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, arrived in London for a wedding upon which the fate of England would hinge...
 
In his remarkable debut, historian Thomas Penn recreates an England which is both familiar and very strange - a country that seems medieval yet modern, in which honour and chivalry mingle with espionage, realpolitik, high finance and corruption. It is the story of the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at its heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power.

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Michael Wood

Found in Translation

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the translators of this encyclopedic philosophical lexicon – The Dictionary of Untranslatables – examines some of the philosophical, literary and political terms and concepts that defy easy – or any – translation from one language and culture to another. He talks to Daniel Hahn, the national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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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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Elaine Collins, Ann Cleeves, Clare Batty and Alison O’Donnell

Shetland

Hay Festival 2016, 

The makers of the fabulous BBC crime drama discuss the characters, setting and plot, and the handling of the rape story in the third series. Exec producer Elaine Collins and script exec Clare Batty are joined by Ann Cleeves, who writes both the Shetland and Vera novels on the which the television dramas are based, and Alison O’Donnell, who plays DS Alison “Tosh” McIntosh.  Chaired by the Radio Times TV Editor, Alison Graham.

Elaine Collins, Ann Cleeves, Clare Batty and Alison O’Donnell