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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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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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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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Dambisa Moyo talks to Bronwen Maddox

The Prospect Platform: How The West Was Lost

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Western economies should forge closer ties with the emerging economies, rethink trade barriers, overhaul their tax systems, and address the three essential ingredients for growth – capital, labour and technology – to halt the squandered advantages of the last 50 years. Chaired by the Editor of Prospect.

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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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Ian Thompson

The Sun King's Garden

Hay Festival 2007, 
Louis XIV celebrated his many military and amorous conquests by commissioning André le Nôtre to extend his magnificent 16,000-acre gardens at Versailles.

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Margaret Anstee talks to Nik Gowing

The House on the Sacred Lake

Hay Festival 2010, 
The diplomat tells of a love affair with Bolivia that started when she was first posted there by the UN in 1960.
Margaret Anstee talks to Nik Gowing

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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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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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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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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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Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata

Hay Festival 2016, 

Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender - and spanning the twentieth century, this beautifully orchestrated novel explores the big themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness, and above all, the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime. Tremain’s award-winning fiction includes Music and Silence, The Road Home, Sacred Country, Restoration and The Colour. She talks to Peter Florence.

Rose Tremain

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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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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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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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Peter Hetherington

Whose Land is Our Land?

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Food security and housing an expanding nation should be priorities for Britain. Both are being thwarted by record land prices. In the past 10 years, farmland value has risen by almost 200 per cent - with feeding the population secondary to speculators buying up thousands of acres to avoid tax. If planning permission is given for new housing, prices may rise 50-fold - making home ownership a distant dream for many. Journalist Peter Hetherington argues that Britain needs much stronger action by the government. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

Peter Hetherington

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Dambisa Moyo

Edge of Chaos

Hay Festival 2018, 

Facing economic stagnation, inequality and the vulnerability of liberal democracies to extremism, the economist proposes an aggressive and radical re-tooling of our political system with new constraints on both elected officials and voters. Moyo argues for extending politicians’ terms so as to match better the economic cycles; for increasing minimum qualifications for candidates; for introducing mandatory voting, and for implementing a weighted voting system. Moyo’s other books include Dead Aid, Winner Take All and How The West Was Lost. Chaired by Dharshini David.

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Germaine Greer

Cartagena 2011, 
Greer is an Australian writer and academic of great importance in the feminist movement; her work The Female Eunuch (1970), was one of the most read and influential books of the seventies and Greer came to the forefront of discussions about the liberation of women. In her book, she criticises the mechanisms of the traditional nuclear family and advocates a revolutionary handover of power to women. Forty years afterwards, she talks about this work and its current relevance. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Universities of Cambridge and Sydney. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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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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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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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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Morris Gleitzman

Now

Hay Festival 2010, 
A rare chance to meet the author of the modern-day classics Once and Then, as he introduces the final installment. If you haven’t discovered him yet, here is your chance.
 
8–12 years

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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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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.