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Adam Nicolson

Earls of Paradise

Hay Festival 2008, 
In his arcadian exploration, the historian takes a single great family, the Earls of Pembroke - their wives, children, estates, tenants and allies - and follows their high and glamorous trajectory across three generations of change, nostalgia, ambition, resistance and war from the 1520s to the 1640s.

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Jan Zalasiewicz

The Earth After Us

Hay Festival 2009, 
What might human civilization leave behind as relics into the far geological future? The geologist envisions what extra-terrestrial aliens, exploring Earth one hundred million years from now, might uncover in their excavations.

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

What if Latin America Ruled the World?

Hay Festival 2010, 
How the South will take the North into the 22nd Century.
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

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Claudine Parrish

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Documentary: A Portrait of Liu Xiaobo – Screening

Hay Festival 2011, 
The producer of the official 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Documentary, Claudine Parrish from Blakeway Productions, introduces the screening of a potrait of the life and work of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate. Claudine will participate in a Q&A. The documentary is provided by courtesy of Nobel Media, the media company for the Nobel Foundation.
Claudine Parrish

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Hugh Thomas

The Golden Age

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Hispanist historian cross-examines The Spanish Empire of Charles V – a time of unprecedented colonial conquest and subjugation in South America. Chaired by Revel Guest.
 
Read a review of The Golden Age www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/

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Retos del mundo editorial

Rebecca Carter, Christopher MacLehose y Bill Swainson en conversación con Miguel Aguilar

Segovia 2009, 
Tres editores británicos, Rebecca Carter (Harvill Secker), Christopher MacLehose (MacLehose Press) y Bill Swainson (Bloomsbury), analizarán con Miguel Aguilar (Debate) tendencias y problemáticas significativas en el mundo editorial actual: la era digital, los libros electrónicos, el impacto de la crisis financiera en las editoriales independientes, la promoción en el Reino Unido de literatura traducida, etc. Presentado por Jorge Postigo.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Aged to Perfection

New Writing by Older People

Hay Festival 2010, 
An anthology of new work by older writers as part of the Gwanwyn Festival organized by Age Cymru. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Óscar Campillo, Pepa Bueno y Marta del Riego talk to Teresa Sanz

The media trumps ‘culture’

Segovia 2011, 
The limits between arts and disciplines have been broken, the moulds that structured branches of science or philosophical debate have been cast aside. The media has gone through a phase of hybridization and the barriers between various areas of information have been dissolved. This all matters from a global perspective and dailies such as MARCA, and magazines such as Vanity Fair and Yo Dona pick up on different elements of what is today called culture. For these media, in any case, the great challenge is still to find that magical formula that enables to communicate efficiently. Óscar Campillo (MARCA), Pepa Bueno (Yo Dona) and Marta del Riego (Vanity Fair) will address these issues. Chaired by Teresa Sanz.

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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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Graham Swift

Fictions – England and other Stories

Hay Festival 2015, 

Through the 25 stories in Swift’s most recent anthology, we are steered effortlessly from the Civil War to the present day, from world-shaking events to the secret dramas lived out in rooms, workplaces, homes. With his remarkable sense of place, he charts an intimate human geography and, in doing so, he moves us profoundly, but with a constant eye for comedy. He reads from the collection and discusses his work with Peter Florence.

Graham Swift

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Melvyn Bragg

Autobiography and Fiction

Hay Festival 2009, 
The award-winning novelist and biographer explores his book Remember Me and the ethics and practice of writing fiction that reflects real lives.

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Bettany Hughes, Tom Holland, Tim Whitmarsh, Charlotte Higgins

The Greeks 4 - Sparta vs Athens

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists balloon-debate the strengths of the two superpower city States who fought the Peleponnesian War 431-404 BC - the artistic Athenian democracy and the military oligarchy in Sparta.

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Ken Loach talks to Francine Stock

The 2017 Raymond Williams Lecture

Hay Festival 2017, 

The film director talks about culture and society and his style of socialist realism from his earliest 1960s television plays like Cathy Come Home to the masterpiece I Daniel Blake.

Ken Loach talks to Francine Stock

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Nathan Englander and Helen Simpson

Fictions – Shorts

Hay Festival 2012, 
Short stories from two stars of the genre who discuss and read from their collections What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and Collected Stories. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Oliver James, Cassandra Jardine, Judith Woods and Victoria Woodhall

How to Manage Big Family Issues of the 21st Century

Hay Festival 2011, 
Influential family journalists and authors address some of the most pressing issues facing parents today. Chaired by Susanna Reid.
 
Speaker: Oliver James – Columnist, Guardian Family and author of They F*** You Up
Focus: First in School, Last in Life? – Good and bad tactics for getting your children to work
 
Speaker: Cassandra Jardine – Features Writer, The Telegraph and author of How to Be a Better Parent
Focus: Protecting children from the evils of today
 
Speaker: Judith Woods – Parenting and Family Journalist, The Telegraph
Focus: The cost of raising a family today
 
Speaker: Victoria Woodhall – Deputy Features Editor, YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday
Focus: Issues facing families with women's roles in the workplace increasing
 
Chair: Susanna Reid – Presenter, BBC Breakfast and UK Youth Ambassador

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Guy Walters

The Real Great Escape

Hay Festival 2013, 

Squadron Leader Roger Bushell masterminded an attempt to smuggle hundreds of POWs down a tunnel built right under the noses of the guards of Stalag Luft III, a top-security prisoner-of-war camp for captured Allied airmen in Lower Silesia. Great movie. The truth is stranger and more wonderful. Chaired by Mark Skipworth.

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The American Election… We Decide

Hay Festival 2008, 
Who might we elect as leader of the free world? Jonathan Freedland chairs Spectator editor Matthew D’Ancona, Sarfraz Manzoor, author of Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock 'n' Roll, Greenpeace Director Jonathan Sauven, and Brecon & Radnor AM Kirsty Williams.

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Yann Martel talks to Jonathan Heawood

Beatrice and Virgil

Hay Festival 2010, 
The spirit of his Booker-winning Life of Pi resonates in this new novel, launched at Hay, which takes us on an imaginative odyssey in the company of a donkey and a howler monkey. Martel asks profound questions about the nature of human cruelty, kindness and the liberating power of stories.

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Rob Hopkins, Simon Forrester, Rosie Boycott and Andrew Simms

Transition Now

Hay Festival 2009, 
Frontline news from the UK’s fastest growing social experiment – the Transition Town Movement – with movement founder Rob Hopkins, Simon Forrester of Transition Towns Hay and journalist and smallholder Rosie Boycott. Chaired by nef Policy Director Andrew Simms.
 
Part of the nef series ‘Surviving the Crash’. nef is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society

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David and Harry Rich

Rich Landscapes

Hay Festival 2015, 

The multi-award-winning landscape designer brothers come straight to Hay from Chelsea. They talk to Francine Stock about their recent projects and their philosophy. ‘We believe in a fusion between landscape and architecture. An important relationship that encourages a more rounded approach to an outdoor lifestyle, creating not only beautiful but practical spaces, inspiring people to use their gardens.

Reconnecting people with nature is something we are very passionate about. With a recent increase in urbanisation, our connection with “the wild” is slowly becoming lost. We aim to give people their own patch of nature but set within a sympathetic and structured design.’

David and Harry Rich

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Books in the cloud

Segovia 2011, 
Technology has brought about new ways to access books. One of the latest trends for reading is through streaming or “in the cloud”. What does this consist? How does this affect author, publisher and reader? Alberto Olmos, writer; Manuela Lara, development and project director at Santillana Negocios Digitales, and Javier Celaya, director of Dosdoce.com. Chaired by Pedro de Andrés, president of the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO).

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Edward Davey, Tony Cocker and Jane Davidson

The Future of Energy Series 1 - Low Carbon and Economic Growth

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is it possible to have economic growth within a low carbon economy? The Secretary of State, E-ON CEO and INSPIRE Director discuss the opportunities and threats facing us as we face a changing energy world.
 

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Country Living Debate: No Cows = No Countryside

Rosie Boycott, Charlotte Hollins, Peter Kindersley, Roger Williams MP, Jane Clarke, Barbara Crowther

Hay Festival 2007, 
With 18% of us buying British food, thousands of farms have been lost and the countryside is endangered. Rosie Boycott talks to farmers Peter and Juliet Kindersley, Roger Williams MP, Charlotte Hollins of Fordhall Farms, Jane Clarke, Meat buyer for Waitrose and Barbara Crowther of the Fairtrade Foundation about the Fair Trade for British Farmers campaign, and how we can help rural Britain by changing our food-shopping habits.

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Dannie Abse

Reading

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great Welsh poet celebrates the launch of his New Selected Poems.

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Owen Sheers and Russell Celyn Jones talk to Jon Gower

Fiction: Myths

Hay Festival 2010, 
In White Ravens and The Ninth Wave the two Welsh writers re-imagine stories from the Mabinogion.

“Celyn-Jones'
The Ninth Wave
transports us to a post-climate change feudal world...a tense and evocative piece of work that maintains the fine tradition of Welsh myth-making.” The Big Issue

“Sheers makes his 20th century setting sing but holds on the otherworldliness of his source material…A spellbinding fable about male self-destructiveness and the effects of war on those who return home.” Financial Times
Owen Sheers and Russell Celyn Jones talk to Jon Gower