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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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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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Phil Rickman, Belinda Bauer, Elly Griffiths

Rural Noir: Down these mean lanes

Hay Festival 2011, 
Rickman’s Merrily Watkins series is one of the great treasures of contemporary crime fiction set in the Border Country. Bauer’s Exmoor thriller Blacklands won the CWA Gold Dagger. Griffiths’ forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway goes down the mean lanes of Norfolk. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Polly Samson and Barney Norris talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Loves

Hay Festival 2016, 

Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Samson’s second novel The Kindness explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. She’s written an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told. In Norris’ debut Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, the peace of a quiet evening in Salisbury is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small-town life.

Polly Samson and Barney Norris talk to Georgina Godwin

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Duncan Bush and Patrick McGuinness talk to Oliver Bullough

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Last Hundred Days was the most nominated/shortlisted/longlisted novel of the year (Booker, Costa, Authors' Club, Desmond Eliot Prize etc). Patrick McGuinness discusses totalitarianism, freedom of speech and literary inventions with poet and novelist Duncan Bush, author of The Genre of Silence, a 'biography' of Stalin-era Russian writer Victor Bal with 'translations' of Bal's poetry.

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Ian McEwan talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Fictions: Machines Like Me

Hay Festival 2019, 

McEwan’s new novel Machines Like Me takes place in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. Ian McEwan’s subversive and entertaining new novel poses the fundamental question: what makes us human? Du Sautoy’s new book is The Creativity Code: How AI is learning to write, paint and think.

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Alice Rawsthorn

Hello World: Where Design Meets Life

Hay Festival 2013, 

The pre-eminent design critic explores the history of design’s influence on our lives – from the macabre symbol invented by C18th pirates and one woman’s quest for the best possible prosthetic legs to the evolution of the World Cup ball. Chaired by Suzy Klein.

 

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Andrew Duff and John Keay

Beneath the Himalayas

Hay Festival 2015, 

Narendra Modi’s pilgrimage to Tibet heralds a new warmth in Sino-Indian relations, but the emerging superpowers have a long and complex history of contested priorities in the Himalayas. Keay is author of Midnight’s Descendants, a sweeping history of South Asia; Duff’s Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom tells the remarkable true story of India’s annexation of Sikkim in 1975. It’s a tale of love, intrigue and the Cold War in Asia.

Andrew Duff and John Keay

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Owen Sheers

The Raymond Williams Lecture 2014: Singing in Chains: His Sullen Art – The Poetry of Dylan Thomas

Hay Festival 2014, 

To celebrate Dylan's centenary, Owen Sheers explores the evolution of Thomas's poetic voice, from its early manifestation in his teenage notebooks, to his great mature poems of mortality and nostalgia. What is it about Thomas' poems that so caught, and continues to catch, the world's imagination? Why do so many cite classics like ‘Fern Hill’ and ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ as their favourite poems? And how did Dylan Thomas, alone at the page, go about composing these hymns of humanity which still, 100 years later, are so imbued with a timeless and universal resonance?

Owen Sheers

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Saskia Sassen, Wendy Pullan, Sara Silvestri, Max Sternberg

Cambridge series 1 - Cities and Terror

Hay Festival 2012, 
How can we reduce the risk of violence in cities, which are being extensively targeted in armed conflicts, riots and terrorist attacks?
 

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Timbuktu and Hay

Hay Festival 2008, 
Catch up with the twinning projects involving local teachers, doctors and artisans. Films, stories and chat. Chaired by Paul Blezard and introduced by the Mayor of Hay.

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Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger

Big Data

Hay Festival 2013, 

Just as water is wet in a way that individual water molecules aren’t, big data can reveal information in a way that individual bits of data can’t. The tech and business gurus show us the surprising ways that enormous, complex and messy collections of data can be used to predict everything from shopping patterns to flu outbreaks. Chaired by Stephanie Flanders.

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Lemn Sissay

Reformations 17: Care

Hay Festival 2017, 

The passionate and powerful poet re-imagines the way in which the State might raise children placed in its care. Sissay is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His foster parents placed him into care at the age of 12. He lived in care homes until he was 18. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Georgia Byng and Andy Stanton

Super Powers

Hay Festival 2008, 
Byng’s once-miserable orphan, Molly Moon, finds excitement and bizarre adventure through her hypnotic abilities. Stanton’s dastardly anti-hero Mr Gum is even more menacing and laugh-out-loud wicked with the use of his Power Crystals. The authors talk adventure, laughter and character with Jonathan Douglas.

Hay Fever 8 yrs +

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Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

A Lucky Child

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hague judge discusses his memoir of surviving Auschwitz as a young boy.
Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

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Carlos de Habsburgo-Lorena in conversation with Ramón Pérez-Maura

‘Blue Shield’ – The Red Cross of Cultural Heritage

Segovia 2013, 

Blue Shield is the organization that has watched over the safeguarding of important cultural heritage sites in Libya, Afghanistan and other places devastated by war. The Archduke Kart von Habsburg is President of this International Committee. He speaks with Ramón Pérez-Maura, the ABC Deputy Editor.



Event in Spanish.

Co-organized with ABC and in collaboration with IE University

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Rob Sykes, Jacquelin Magnay, Derek Casey and Christina Boxer

The Ethics of Major Sporting Events

Hay Festival 2011, 
As the nation builds to 2012, the panel asks:
Why do cities bid? Are the legacies fact or fallicy? Gold medals or Fools Gold? Chaired by Jim White
 
Christina Boxer is a middle distance athlete and former British & Commonwealth record holder, now retired. She competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics for Great Britain, starting in 1980, and has been a reporter for BBC Sport's athletics coverage, at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. She currently holds the position of Sports Development Manager at Birmingham University and she is also a Hereford and Worcester ambassador for London 2012 Olympics.
 
Jacquelin Magnay is Olympics Editor with The Telegraph, overseeing and coordinating all Olympic coverage for the Telegraph Media Group.
  
Rob Sykes is the Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership at The University of Worcester.

Derek Casey recently led the successful Glasgow bid to stage the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and is currently Chair of the World Leisure Organisation. He also served on the organising committee of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and was the Chief Executive of the Sports Council in the UK and of Sport Ireland from 1994–2001.

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Jerry Brotton

Reformations 14: Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of This Orient Isle asks how we understand Shakespeare in a global world when his language seems more remote than ever. Drawing on his recent involvement in international productions of Macbeth and Othello he explains how Shakespearean character and language is created through rehearsal and stage action. He concludes by arguing that schools should stop studying the plays as words on the page but instead rehearse and perform them however they can.  

Jerry Brotton

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Will Self talks to Alexander Linklater

Hay Festival 2006, 
The superverbal and imaginatively thrilling novelist and journalist launches his The Book of Dave, based around the rants of Dave Roth, a disgruntled East End taxi driver, who writes his woes down and buries them only to have them discovered 500 years later and used as the sacred text for a religion that has taken hold in the flooded remnants of London.

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Samar Yazbek talks to Jo Glanville

The View From Here

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation about new writing in the Arab world with the PEN Award-winning and Beirut 39 writer Samar Yazbek, author of A Woman In The Crossfire: Diaries Of The Syrian Revolution.

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Robert Muchamore

CHERUB's recruiting...

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author of CHERUB and Henderson’s Boys discusses a not so typical writing day and previews People’s Republic, the first in his brand new series of CHERUB adventures out in August.
 
10+ years

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Dmitry Bykov and Rachel Trezise talk to Kathryn Gray

Fiction: Small Wars and Laughter

Hay Festival 2010, 
Living Souls is a comic masterpiece set in a futuristic Russian dystopia. Sixteen Shades of Crazy imagines a contemporary South Walian Stepford-Llaregub.
Dmitry Bykov and Rachel Trezise talk to Kathryn Gray

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Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore?

Bettany Hughes

Hay Festival 2006, 
The historical quest for the most desired and destructive woman that myth has ever known.

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Gillian Clarke

The 2013 Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2013, 

The National Poet of Wales gives this year’s lecture addressing AE Housman’s own original subject of The Name And Nature Of Poetry. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence

Segovia 2006, 
The charismatic rock star and founder of Live Aid talks about music, Ireland and Africa: the G8 leaders, aid programmes and trade tariffs with Peter Florence, Director of the Hay Festival.