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Philippe Sands talks to Jon Snow

The Joseph Rotblat Centenary Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
The QC’s Torture Team exposes the one-page memorandum signed by Donald Rumsfeld on 2 December 2002 authorising eighteen techniques of interrogation not previously allowed by the United States. Chaired by Jon Snow.

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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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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.

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Susie Orbach talks to Benna Waites

Bodies

Hay Festival 2009, 
Reconstructive surgery, eating disorder, identity crisis: the psychoanalyst dicsusses the lengths women go to around the world to conform to the western media’s notions of beauty with consultant clinical psychologist Benna Waites.

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The Economist Debate

Adam Roberts, Kathleed Newland, David Conway and Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2008, 
‘Restricting migration hinders the development of both the rich world and the poor'. Adam Roberts of The Economist, Kathleen Newland of the Migration Policy Institute, David Conway of Civitas and Trevor Phillips. Jon Snow presides. The freer movement of people may be a sure-fire way of reducing global inequality. But does it come at the cost of creating greater inequality within countries?

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Shaun Tan

Tales From Outer Suburbia

Hay Festival 2009, 
The multi-award winning Australian illustrator and writer discusses his mesmerising work, including The Arrival, Tales From Outer Suburbia and his projects with Pixar.

9 years – adult

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Lovers

Budapest 2013, 

The Professor of poetry lays bare Shakepeare’s depiction of romantic lovers and the explorations of sex, love and marriage in the plays, with special reference to Romeo & Juliet

In collaboration with Corvina Books

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Ranulph Fiennes

Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Coldest Temperatures on Earth

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Cold is a celebration of lives dedicated to researching and exploring some of the most hostile and brutally cold places on Earth. Documenting both his own explorations and those of others such as Shackleton, Cook and Amundsen, the famous adventurer and explorer reveals the chequered history of man’s attempts to discover and understand these remote areas of the planet.

Ranulph Fiennes

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Philip Parker

The Northmen’s Fury: A History of the Viking World

Hay Festival 2014, 

One summer’s day in 793, death arrived from the sea. The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings – sea-borne attackers, adventurers and traders who brought two centuries of terror to northern Europe and North America. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2015, 

Following on the success of last year, the Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE is back for part two of his now published and bestselling book Happiness by Design. Through ‘Decide, Design and Do’, he reveals the ways in which we can actually become happier without having to think too hard about it. Change what you do, not how you think, to get more pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

Paul Dolan

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Kitty Corrigan and guests

Country Living Magazine Women In Business Forum 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

Five contestants pitch their new business ideas in the Talent Tent to a panel which includes Country Living editor Susy Smith, Love-Local’s Liz Oram, textile designer Jan Constantine, film-producer Revel Guest and Women in Rural Enterprise Business Manager Fiona DaviesThe winner will receive a prize to help them take their business to the next level. The prize is a year's membership of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) and a meeting with Emma Bridgewater and tour of her factory.

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Jay Griffiths

Kith: The Riddle Of The Childscape

Hay Festival 2013, 

There are huge differences in how childhood is experienced in various cultures. One central riddle, in particular, has captured Griffiths’ imagination: Why are so many children in Euro-American cultures unhappy – and why is it that children in many traditional cultures seem happier?

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Adam Corner

Cardiff series 1: Geo-engineering – Plan B or Pandora’s Box?

Hay Festival 2012, 
From tiny particles reflecting sunlight to giant machines capturing carbon, technological fixes might be the answer to climate change. But such manipulation is riddled with social, ethical and legal problems.
 
In association with Cardiff University

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Juan Cruz in conversation with Manuel Vicent

Segovia 2010, 
As well as being a well-known journalist, Manuel Vicent is a great writer. His numerous published works have earned him several awards, amongst which the following stand out: the ‘Premio Alfaguara de Novela’ (‘Alfaguara Award for Best Novel’) in 1966 for Pascua y naranja and the ‘Premio Nadal’ award in 1987 with La balada de Caín (he had also been short-listed in this competition in 1979 for El anarquista coronado de adelfas). Vicent will discuss the craft of writing with the writer and journalist Juan Cruz, also an award-winner and author of Egos revueltos, which received the ‘Premio Comillas’ award in 2009.

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Raja Shehadeh, Horatio Clare, Oliver Bullough, Michael Jacobs

Ox-Travels 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
More meetings with remarkable travellers from the new Oxfam anthology. Chaired by Sarah Miller, editor of Conde Nast Traveller.
 

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Karen Armstrong

The Bible: The Biography

Hay Festival 2008, 
Karen Armstrong traces the gestation of the Bible to reveal a complex and contradictory document created by scores of people over hundreds of years, serving many constituencies and contexts.

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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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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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Simon Scarrow and Alex Scarrow

Roman Conquest

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two brothers go head to head in a battle of the books - Gladiator: Streetfighter and Time Riders: Gates of Rome. They’ll put your Roman knowledge to the ultimate test.
 
10+ years

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Simon Mitton

Cambridge Series 3: From Alexandria to Cambridge

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian of astronomy examines Five Books That Changed Our View of the Universe: Ptolemy's Almagest, Copernicus' De Revolutionibus, Galileo's Siderius Nuncius and Dialogo, and Newton's Principia. A facsimile of the Copernicus manuscript will be displayed.

More about Simon Mitton here 

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Richard Evans

The Art of the Album Cover

Hay Festival 2010, 
The designer and writer discusses his own iconic images for The Who, Van Morrison and The Kinks and looks at the greatest examples of the genre with John Harris.

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David Almond talks to Julia Eccleshare

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great author of Skellig, Kit’s Wilderness, Clay, The Savage and The Fire-Eater talks about his work with the Guardian’s children’s books editor.

Hay Fever 11 yrs +

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Ian McEwan talks to Juan Villoro

Segovia 2006, 
Please note: The introduction to this lecture is in Spanish. However, the rest of the conversation is conducted in English.

Mexican writer and journalist Juan Villoro talks to one of the most important contemporary British writers, Booker-winner Ian McEwan, author of works such as Amsterdam, Enduring Love, Atonement and Saturday.

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Bettany Hughes

The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life

Hay Festival 2011, 
The classicist and historian profiles the soldier, lover, democrat, philosopher, and vigorous citizen of one of the greatest capitals on earth, until his beloved Athens turned on him, condemning him to death by poison.
 
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Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

Radical

Hay Festival 2015, 

Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) where he played a leading and international role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. Arriving in Egypt the day before 9/11, his views soon led to his arrest, imprisonment and mental torture, before being thrown into solitary confinement in a Cairo jail reserved for political prisoners. There, while mixing with everyone from the assassins of Egypt’s president to Liberal reformists, he underwent an intellectual transformation and, on his release after four years, he publicly renounced the Islamist ideology that had defined his life. This move would cost him his marriage, his family and his friends as well as his personal security.

Nawaz now works all over the world to counter Islamism and to promote democratic ideals through his organisation, the Quilliam Foundation, and is standing for Parliament.

Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough