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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Helen Mountfield and Simon Schama talk to Katya Adler

The Scramble for Europe

Hay Festival 2018, 

Europe, the richest economic area in the world, faces unprecedented challenges: a protectionist US administration, Russian interventions, a Chinese leader who has defied succession planning, and the parliamentary success of the far-right in Germany, Italy and Austria. And then there’s Brexit. Something must be done. But what? And how? And by whom? The distinguished diplomat Gourdault-Montagne is now Secretary General of the French Foreign Ministry, Mountfield is a British QC, Schama is an historian. Chaired by the BBC’s Europe Editor.

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Germaine Greer

Poetry as Male Display

Hay Festival 2006, 
In her annual poetry masterclass, Greer explores the idea that 'Literature is a masculinist invention; poetry in particular is a spectacular form of male display. Women have to adapt a language which objectifies them absolutely to become the speakers, the verbal aggressors.'

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Karl Ove Knausgård in conversation with Kirsti Baggethun

Segovia 2012, 
International best-selling Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård has written autobiographical books that have sparked controversy and fascination in equal measure. His novel A Time for Everything was praised by the New York Review of Books as ‘marvellous’. He talks to his translator Kirsti Baggethun about A Death in the Family, the first of six autobiographical novels in his series My Struggle.
 
Simultaneous translation available from Norwegian into Spanish. With the collaboration of the Embassy of Norway in Spain and NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad, Fiction and Non Fiction).

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Lucy Hughes-Hallett

The Samuel Johnson Prize Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War

The biographer talks about her riveting, genre-breaking and multi-award-winning portrait of the Italian poet, fascist and utopian. Introduced by Stuart Proffitt.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

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Jonathan Boff

Sleepwalking to War? Britain in 1914 and 1939

Hay Festival 2014, 

Did Britain stumble blindly into two world wars? The war historian compares preparations for both conflicts and argues that the lessons learned from the First were crucial to survival in the Second.

 

Jonathan Boff

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Raymond Tallis, Lesley Close and Richard Harries talk to Rosie Boycott

Assisted Dying

Hay Festival 2014, 

Our panel examine the ethics and legalities of assisted dying and ask – who makes the final decision? 

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Matt Parker

Number Ninja

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Infinite Monkey Cage stand-up maths star takes an hilarious tour through the world of numbers. Expect everything from debunking number nonsense and flagrant sudoku abuse to the mysterious patterns in the locations of ancient monuments and defunct Woolworths’ stores.

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Basharat Peer

The 2010 Rotblat Lecture: Curfewed Night

Hay Festival 2010, 
A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir that won the Crossword Prize. Chaired by Jon Snow.
Basharat Peer

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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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Raymond Tallis

The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head

Hay Festival 2008, 
Raymond Tallis combines biological science and philosophical interrogation in his search of the place where our soul and consciousness reside. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Victoria Hislop talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – The Sunrise

Hay Festival 2015, 

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island’s most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city just two families, the Georgious and the Özkans, remain. The best-selling author of The Thread, The Return and The Island introduces her new novel.

Victoria Hislop talks to Georgina Godwin

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Kevin Crossley-Holland and Philip Reeve

CILIP Carnegie Celebratory Event Arthur

Hay Festival 2008, 
Kevin Crossley-Holland and Philip Reeve–both winners of the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction and both shortlisted for the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal–discuss Arthurian legend with Claire Armitstead.

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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Montagu Don and Derry Moore

Great Gardens of Italy

Hay Festival 2011, 
To appreciate a garden fully you must also know something of the food grown and eaten in the area, of the politics, religion and weather, and of the dreams for the garden’s future as well as the glories of its past.

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Frank Turner talks to Bethan Elfyn

The Road Beneath My Feet

Hay Festival 2015, 
The singer talks about his memoir. On 23 September 2005 at the Joiners Arms in Southampton, Frank Turner played his last gig with his hardcore band, Million Dead. On the laminates that listed the tour dates, the entry for 24 September simply read: ‘Get a job.’ Deflated, jaded and hung-over, Frank returned to his hometown of Winchester without a plan for the future. A thousand-and-some shows later he was headlining a sold-out gig at Wembley Arena with his band The Sleeping Souls.
Frank Turner talks to Bethan Elfyn

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Helena Attlee

The Land Where Lemons Grow

Hay Festival 2014, 

The gardening historian and travel writer embarks on extraordinary journeys through Italy, exploring the curious past and present of citrus fruit, uncovering the origins of the Mafia among Sicily’s lemon groves and meeting Orthodox Jewish citron merchants in Calabria.

Helena Attlee

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Gareth Williams

The Viking Ship

Hay Festival 2014, 

The newly-conserved Roskilde 6 ship from Denmark measures over 37 metres. It is the longest Viking ship ever discovered and forms the core of the British Museum exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend. The Vikings used their shipbuilding skills to command the sea; their famous ships permitted the exploration, the colonisation and the raids with which they built their wealth. The curator explores the evolution of their sea-going vessels and celebrates this outstanding feature of the Viking Age.

Gareth Williams

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David Safier in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2012, 
One million German readers enjoyed Bad Karma, a hilarious novel about the secret of happiness, which brought David Safier to the forefront of the European literary scene. This German author is the winner of the German Grimme and TV prizes, as well as a US Emmy Award for his career as a television screenplay writer. He has also published Jesus Liebt Mich and Plötzlich Shakespeare, a humorous novel where the author brings a smile to the reader’s face with his particular philosophy about love. He will talk to Rosie Boycott. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of Fundación Lara

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Roy Hattersley

In Search of England

Hay Festival 2010, 
An engaging and entertaining tour of the countryside in the most agreeable company.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

Hay Festival 2008, 
As the treasured picture book celebrates its fiftieth birthday the much loved author talks to Julia Eccleshare about her children’s classics–from the classroom staple When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit to the serial adventures of Mog the Cat.

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Karen Armstrong talks to Melvyn Bragg

The Great Transformation

Hay Festival 2006, 
Between 800 and 300 BC there was an explosion of new religious concepts fundamentally transforming our understanding of what it is to be human. But why did Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jeremiah, Lao Tzu and others all emerge in this 500-year span? And why do they have such similar ideas about humanity?

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Bernard Beckett and Xiaolu Guo talk to Stephanie Merritt

Story: Futures

Hay Festival 2009, 
Beckett’s Genesis creates a world where just what it means to be human is up for debate. Guo’s bracingly funny dystopia UFO in Her Eyes, a startling parable of change, imagines an uneasy future for rural China.

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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join one of the UK’s best-loved children’s writers as she introduces four brand new stories in which Henry makes his own scary movie. It promises to be ghoulishly good.
 
7+ years

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Frank Close

Nothing

Hay Festival 2013, 

The particle physicist explores the science and the history of the elusive void: from Aristotle, who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, via the theories of Newton and Einstein, to our very latest discoveries and why they can tell us extraordinary things about the cosmos.

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John Julius Norwich

The Great Cities on Earth

Hay Festival 2010, 
The historian explores metropolitan development from the dawn of civilization to the future of modernism, and from Uruk and Memphis to Tokyo and Sao Paulo.

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Simon Schama

Engineering the Holy Land

Hay Festival 2012, 
It was the Victorians who began the romance with the Holy Land that would lead to Britain becoming the mentor of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. And they did it with photographs and ordnance survey maps and dreams of the perfect waterworks for Jerusalem. The historian explains how.