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Michael Ignatieff

The 2012 Raymond Williams Lecture: Culture and Politics

Hay Festival 2012, 
The 25th anniversary lecture is given by the Canadian novelist, academic and politician.
 
In association with the Open University in Wales

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David Sinden, Matthew Morgan & Guy Macdonald

An Awfully Beastly Business

Hay Festival 2010, 
Packed with action, adventure and a fair bit of villainy. Join the Beastly Boys behind The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts (RSPCB).
 
7–11 years

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The Shock Doctrine

Hay Festival 2008, 
The radical analyst Naomi Klein meticulously exposes the US policy of ‘Disaster Capitalism’ that overwhelms societies reeling from natural (tsunami) and military (Iraq) catastrophe. In conversation with Rosie Boycott.

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William Nicholson

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and screenwriter introduces his witty and acute social comedy set in a Sussex village.

'No one is perfectly happy. But when are we happy enough?' William Nicholson's new novel, The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, enters the minds and hearts of a group of 'new villagers', the people who live in the country and work in the city. It's about marriage and sex, work and money, being a parent and being a child; about life not turning out the way you hoped, and about life being richer than you dreamed. The main plot – a wife whose long-ago lover returns, to remind her how intense her feelings once were – is borrowed from past experiences of the author's wife, Virginia Nicholson, herself a writer (Singled Out). She will be on the platform with him to discuss turning real life into fiction, whether her husband understands women, and the married life of two writers.

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Patrick Cramsie

The British Library Lecture: The Story of Graphic Design

Hay Festival 2010, 
A magnificent and revelatory study of the development of graphic styles in the West, from the origins of the alphabet itself to the work of the greatest designers and scribes in history.

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Julie Grigg, Fiona Howard and the children of Hay Primary School

Hay & Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hay2Timbuktu Antenatal Project managed over 100% increase in pregnant women receiving antenatal care last year and the twinned communities won a UN-endorsed award for excellence in community linking in the fields of health and trade. Where will we go this year?

All proceeds to Medics4Timbuktu.

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Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

Hay Festival 2008, 
Psychologist Gary Marcus shows how imperfect and ill-adapted our brains really are from their hominid origins. We are prone to rages, addictions and other habits that limit our capacity for rational action in every sphere, from food to politics.

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Germaine Greer, Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti y Tomás Vrba en conversación con Juan Cruz

Segovia 2008, 
La escritora y activista Germaine Greer, la escritora y perioidista italiana Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti y el periodista checo Tomás Vrba hablarán con el periodista Juan Cruz sobre las acontencimentos que tuvieron lugar en mayo del 68 y de la repercusión de estos en sus respectivos paises.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Richard Holmes and General Sir Rupert Smith

Hay Festival 2006, 
Holmes reports from his regiment’s frontline tour of duty in Iraq, on the day-to-day experience of infantrymen in 2006 in his Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War. His experience commanding in the Gulf War, UNPROFOR and Kossovo informs The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World, Smith’s radical exploration of conflicts fought no longer as industrial absolute war, but as war ‘among the people’.

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Vicky Pryce, David Wilson and Erwin James

Some Truths About Prisons

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation about the penal system. Pryce served time for perverting the course of justice. She is the author of Prisonomics: Behind Bars in Britain’s Failing Prisons. Both former Prison Governors and now criminologists, Wilson is the author of Out of Sight Out of Mind and Pain and Retribution. They talk to Erwin James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

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NoViolet Bulawayo and Meike Ziervogel talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Elsewhere

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Zimbabwean novelist’s We Need New Names plays with the dreams and realities of leaving a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart for the paradise of the West. Ziervogel’s Magda is an uncompromising rendering of the mother-daughter relationships of the wife of Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.

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Jonny Duddle

The Pirates Next Door

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join this swash-buckling illustrator as he tells more tales of The Jolly Rogers Family, inspired by his role as an artist for Aardman’s The Pirates. Dress in your finest sea dog garms.
 
5-7 yrs

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Philip Ball

Curiosity

Hay Festival 2012, 
Curiosity is often said to drive science, but until the seventeenth century – the age of the so-called Scientific Revolution – it was regarded with suspicion and condemnation. What happened to liberate curiosity? Why did no question seem too vast or trivial to be ruled out of bounds? And what does the freedom to be curious really mean for science today?

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Tamsyn Murray

Stunt Bunny

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re delighted to introduce Harriet Houdini aka Stunt Bunny to Hay! Well, perhaps not in rabbit, but her wonderful creator will talk tricks and flips, with opera-singing poodles and giggling guinea pigs along the way.
 
5–7 years Rib Ticklers 

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Huw Bowen, Ray Karl, Ray Howell

New History of Wales 1: Celts or Britons?

Hay Festival 2011, 
In the first of five sessions debunking myths and prejudices and rewriting the history of Wales, three historians consider the deep ancestry of the nation.

Duration 45 minutes.

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David Starkey

Magna Carta

Hay Festival 2015, 

The historian examines the context of the 1215 charter and its lasting impact on democracy today.

David Starkey

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Julian Barnes talks to Claire Armitstead

Nothing to be Frightened of

Hay Festival 2008, 
The masterly novelist discusses his memoir: a meditation on death, God, his philosopher brother and French literature, with the literary editor of the Guardian.

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Álvaro Enrigue, Frank Wynne, Rosalind Harvey and Daniel Hahn

BCLT – Word for Word 1

Hay Festival 2012, 
Translators Wynne (winner of the IMPAC, Foreign Fiction Prize etc) and Harvey produce English versions of the same short story originally written in Spanish by the Mexican novelist and Bogota 39 star Álvaro Enrigue. The author and his translators discuss the nuances, divergences and creativity of their translations with the Director of the BCLT.
 
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Michael Holding talks to Matthew Engel

No Holding Back

Hay Festival 2010, 
Nicknamed ‘whispering death’ and arguably the greatest fast bowler of all time in Clive Lloyd’s legendary team, the Jamaican has become over the last twenty years one of cricket’s most incisive commentators and leaders.
Michael Holding talks to Matthew Engel

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David Vann talks to Mónica Carmona

Segovia 2011, 
David Vann is a brilliant North American novelist who received the Medicis award for the best foreign novel in 2010 for Sukkvan Island, set in a remote island in Alaska in which a father and a son fight for survival. His latest work, Caribou Island, has just been published in Spanish. In his novels Vann immerses the reader in a suffocating atmosphere, explores human relationships and questions the myth of the American dream. He will talk with Mónica Carmona, publisher of Mondadori.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Michael Jacobs talks to Horatio Clare

The Robber Of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia

Hay Festival 2013, 

Running through the heart of Colombia is a river emblematic of the fascination and tragedy of South America, the Magdalena, considered by some the most dangerous place in the world. Jacobs is captured by the FARC, has a chance encounter with Gabriel García Márquez and is brought to reflect on memory and identity, and the nature of mystery.

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Victoria Hislop talks to Paul Blezard

The Return

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ravishing Spanish Civil War romance set in Granada from the no.1 bestseller.

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Joanna Toye

The Archers – Ambridge Chronicles

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Relive some of the defining moments in Ambridge history, delving into the rich archive of its scripts, to celebrate the highs and lows that have made the world’s longest running radio serial so treasured. 

Joanna Toye

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Lisa Appignanesi talks to Hanif Kureishi

All About Love

Hay Festival 2011, 
The writer tangles with the paradoxes of love through the span of our lives – from rapturous love to love in ‘marriage’, in the family and in friendship.

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Jimmy Cobb and Richard Williams talk to Hannah Rothschild

Kind of Blue

Hay Festival 2009, 
The drummer who played with Miles Davis and Bill Evans on the seminal jazz album celebrates its 50th anniversary with the author of the forthcoming The Blue Moment: Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music. Chaired by the film-maker and Artistic Director of Brecon Jazz.