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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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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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Michael Pollan talks to Rosie Boycott

Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation

Hay Festival 2013, 

A rare opportunity to meet the Californian food superstar, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defence Of Food and Food Rules, as he champions the fundamentals of cooking – a defining human activity which sits at the heart of our cultures and shapes family life.

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Baltasar Garzón in conversation with Eduardo Martín de Pozuelo

Universal Justice

Segovia 2010, 
Judge Baltasar Garzón, currently an adviser at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, will talk to Eduardo Martín de Pozuelo, a writer, journalist and coordinator of the news section on terrorism at La Vanguardia newspaper, about the significance of the development of universal justice in present-day society.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.

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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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Joanna Trollope talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist explores the complexities, the sabotages, and the shifting currents of female friendship in Friday Nights.

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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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Siddhartha Mukherjee talks to Claire Armitstead

The Gene: An Intimate History

Hay Festival 2016, 

The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganises our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes. Woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The cancer physician’s book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer won the Pulitzer Prize. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Siddhartha Mukherjee talks to Claire Armitstead

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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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Julian Allwood and David MacKay talk to Andy Fryers

Sustainable Materials

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ever-growing demand for materials to support our lifestyles is not sustainable – it is time to use those materials more efficiently and explore new ways of manufacturing and production. The authors of Sustainable Materials and Sustainable Energy discuss.

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Peter Florence and guests

The 25th Anniversary Alphabet

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the festival director and a glittering galaxy of guests, each of whom will take a letter or two for a two-minute adventure. Full details of the line-up will be published online on 30 May.
 
Proceeds from the gala will fund access to the education programme for local schools

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Bridget Christie, Tony Law, James Acaster and Nish Kumar hosted by Ed Gamble

The Machynlleth Comedy Festival Showcase

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Saturday Night Showcase returns, featuring the best breaking comedians and the comet-tailed stars of our fabulous sister festival over the mountains. You’ll hear them here second!

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Don McCullin talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great photographer shows and discusses his work now collected in two books – Shaped by War and Southern Frontiers: A Journey Across the Roman Empire.

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Richard Dannatt talks to Nik Gowing

Leading from the Front

Hay Festival 2011, 
The forthright Chief of the General Staff (2006–2009) reviews his military career and the current state of the nation’s defences.
 
Read more about Richard Dannatt

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Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2008, 
The bestselling and brilliantly funny author talks about Georgia Nicolson on page and screen, with sneak peeks from the upcoming movie of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and the upcoming book, Stop in the Name of Pants.

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George Alagiah, Fiona Reynolds, Frances Osborne, Janine di Giovanni and Philippe Sands talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Hay 25 - The Way We Live Now 5

Hay Festival 2012, 
The panellists discuss another two of the Questions in our big anniversary project.
 
What can the country and the city learn from each other?
What determines what food you buy?

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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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Geoff Mulgan

The Locust And The Bee: Predators And Creators In Capitalism’s Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

The economic crisis offers an opportunity for capitalism to re-imagine itself again, to maximise efficiency, entrepreneurship and new sectors for growth. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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Roly Keating

The Mechanical Curator and Other Stories

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Director of the British Library browses the infinite possibilities for Libraries and Creativity in an Age of Data. ‘These are times of historic disruption in the whole global system of information and publication, and it seems right that the great knowledge institutions – with their historic remit to think and act with a view far into the future – should play a full part in shaping the changes that lie ahead.’ Chaired by Gaby Wood, Head of Books at The Telegraph.

Roly Keating

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David Spiegelhalter and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

The Royal Society Platform – Teenage Kicks

Hay Festival 2012, 
How do you explain teenage behaviour? What are the risks and the rewards they’re juggling?
 

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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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Helen Peters

The Secret Hen House Theatre

Hay Festival 2012, 
A heart-warming debut that will whisk you away in the spirit of The Swish of the Curtain and I Capture the Castle. A treat.
 
9+ years

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Cressida Cowell, Jeremy Strong, Ciaran Murtagh and Andy Stanton

Punny Flannel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Four fearsomely funny writers come together in a wonderfully random mish-mash look at laughs. Chaired by James Campbell.
 
7+ years

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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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Copyrights: Books and Social Networks

Segovia 2010, 
Social networks have become privileged channels of communication for publishing houses and writers. Cedro, the Spanish Centre for Reprographic Rights, organises this round table with the aim of introducing the audience to these virtual communities, in which the reader takes on a great importance. Antonio Gómez Rufo, writer, Javier Celaya, specialist in communication and new technologies, and Ana Prieto, from Ediciones SM, will take part. The event will be chaired by Juan Mollá, president of Cedro.