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JPR Williams talks to Peter Florence

Given the Breaks

Hay Festival 2007, 
Rugby’s greatest full-back talks about his career with his biggest fan.

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Adventures of the day-to-day and the great unknown: Mentality, spirit and passion

Mikael Strandberg in conversation with Samuel Martín-Barbero

Segovia 2010, 
Mikael Strandberg, a celebrated Swedish explorer who has travelled around over 115 countries in the last 23 years, will talk about ‘authentic’ experiences with Samuel Martín‑Barbero, associate dean of the IE Business School. Strandberg has produced internationally awarded documentaries such as Patagonia: 3.000 Kilometres by Horse, The Masaai People: 1.000 Kilometres by Foot or 58 Degrees: Exploring Siberia on Skies. He is a member of The Royal Geographical Society, The Explorers' Club, The Travellers' Club and The Long Riders’ Guild. In 2002 he was voted Explorer Hero by National Geographic.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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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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Geoff Dyer talks to William Fiennes

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist introduces his ingenious dual narrative, a story of love and yearning that plays with the boundaries of fiction.

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Simon Hoggart

The Hands of History

Hay Festival 2008, 
Guardian Sketch-writer Simon Hoggart collects his finest comic writing about Blair’s Westminster decade.

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Rob Penn – Tales from the Wild Wood

Winter Weekend 2012, 
A year ago, Rob took over the management of Strawberry Cottage Wood, 50 acres of abandoned broadleaf woodland at the entrance to the Llanthony Valley. Is man good for woods? Can woodlands pay? How can we value them in non-economic ways? The author of It’s All About The Bike will also talk to Peter Florence about Lance Armstrong, Bradley Wiggins and the best routes around the Beacons.

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Cressida Cowell

How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury

Hay Festival 2016, 

Come, dragon tamers everywhere! Practise your Dragonese with author and illustrator Cressida Cowell, creator of the awesome How to Train your Dragon books. Learn the secrets of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third – sword-fighter, dragon whisperer and greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. The author celebrates the grand finale of this best-selling series.

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Cressida Cowell

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Nick Cohen

What Do We Do Now?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Spectator and Observer journalist looks back at the General Election, and discusses the future of political alignment and the relationship between politics and the media. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Evento clausura de los debates: Juan Luis Cebrián en conversación con José María Ridao

presentado por Peter Florence, conversará con José María Ridao

Segovia 2009, 
Fundador del diario El País, miembro de la Real Academia Española, Juan Luis Cebrián, pensador, formador de opinión, es una voz libre en la España democrática. Una conversación sobre su último libro El pianista en el burdel, colección de ensayos sobre el oficio de periodista al que ha dedicado toda su vida; con el escritor y experto en asuntos internacionales José María Ridao. Publicado por Galaxia Gutenberg / Círculo de Lectores. Presentado por el director del Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés

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Chloe Aridjis, Olivier Guez and Raul Zelik in conversation with Michael Jacobs

Berliners

Cartagena 2010, 
Three writers discuss their own visions of Berlin, based on their experiences and their works; a look at the past, the present and the future of a city which is part of our shared memories. With Olivier Guez, journalist and writer, and co-author of La caída del Muro; Chloe Aridjis, author of The Book of Clouds, and Raul Zelik, writer and journalist and author of Situaciones Berlinesas. Chaired by Michael Jacobs, journalist, writer and traveller. 

This event is in French. Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available.

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Ffion Hague

The Pain and the Privilege

Hay Festival 2008, 
We launch the biographer’s study of the marriage, the scandals and the fallout from: The Women in Lloyd George’s Life.

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Christopher Domínguez, Juan Goytisolo y Andrés Sánchez

Homenaje a Octavio Paz — alguien me deletrea

Segovia 2008, 
Se cumplen ahora 10 años de la muerte de Octavio Paz, poeta y ensayista de ineludible referencia en la historia universal de la literatura y el pensamiento del siglo XX. La Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, el Hay Festival y Círculo de Lectores, la editorial de su obra completa, han querido honrar al Nobel mexicano con una doble sesión, que bajo el lema común de ‘Alguien me deletrea’, tomado de uno de sus versos, evocará la indeleble huella de su obra y su gravitación sobre el presente. Con este motivo se presenta también el volumen de carácter conmemorativo ‘Alguien me deletrea. Un decenio sin Octavio Paz’, publicado por Galaxia Gutenberg/Círculo de Lectores, y que coordinado por Aurelio Major reúne el testimonio sobre Octavio Paz de varias decenas de escritores y poetas. En la primera sesión dedicada al ensayo de Octavio Paz participarán el escritor Juan Goytisolo, el poeta y ensayista Andrés Sanchéz Robayna, y el historiador y critico literario Christopher Dominguez, quien fue miembro del consejo de redacción de la revista Vuelta en conversación con el editor Aurelio Major.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanéa del español al inglés.

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Lisa Dwan

Beside the Sea

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actress reprises her SBC triumph of Veronique Olmi’s haunting Beside The Sea about a mother who is driven to the extremes of mental and physical despair. Performance, and discussion chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

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Ben and David Crystal

The Shakespeare Dictionary

Hay Festival 2015, 

Shakespeare is the best and most creative writer of the English language of all time. He deploys the widest and most thrilling vocabulary, drawing on classical and biblical scholarship and the keenest ear for human speech ever bent. And where the words he needed didn’t exist, he invented them. The classical actor and his father, the great Linguistics professor, entertain us with the most vital language ever used.

Ben and David Crystal

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Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, Mererid Hopwood, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag and friends

The Armistice Gala

Hay Festival 2018, 

To celebrate the centenary of the Armistice of 1918, we have commissioned poets from the main protagonist nations to respond to a Great War poem from their own culture. We have poems in French, Russian, German, Welsh and several forms of English. The new poems will be read today for the first time, in the original language and in English translation alongside the works that inspired them, and other poems of the time. The full cast list will be announced on 20 May.

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Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragon Slayer

Hay Festival 2011, 
The creator of Thursday Next and Shades of Grey introduces the first in a new trilogy fizzing with energy and dry-humour.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
One of our Thursdays is Missing - Jasper Fforde

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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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Rocío de Isasa, Carmen Navarro, Xavi Ayen, Violeta Monreal and Pedro de Andrés

What can we do to get more readers?

Segovia 2014, 

What resources are required to encourage people to read in Spain? How can we promote and encourage reading, and thereby ensure Spain is regarded as one of the more developed countries? Rocío de Isasa of Maeva Publishing, Carmen Navarro, Director of Escuela newspaper, author and illustratorVioleta Monreal andXavi Ayen, journalist for La Vanguardia newspaper, discuss these issues and other topics in an event chaired by the President of CEDRO, Pedro de Andrés.

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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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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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Orlando Figes

The Whisperers – Private Lives in Stalin’s Russia

Hay Festival 2008, 
In this masterpiece of popular history Orlando Figes teases out intimate experiences from people who spent their lives regarding individuality as both subversive and dangerous.

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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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Mick Collins talks to Andy Middleton

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: The Unselfish Spirit

Hay Festival 2015, 

We have been treating the Earth as an object to be exploited, and have consequently cut ourselves off from evolving co-operatively with nature. We have to find new ways of doing, knowing and being so that we can live in harmony with all life. Mick Collins, author and occupational therapist, talks to Andy Middleton.

Mick Collins talks to Andy Middleton

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Mary Portas

Shop Girl

Hay Festival 2015, 

Retail and brand communication guru Mary Portas discusses her recently released memoir, Shop Girl, and shares her memories of growing up in Watford in the 70s and her first steps into the world of retail at Harvey Nichols and Harrods in the early 80s.

Born into a large Irish family, Mary’s childhood is full of love, laughter, fun and mischief. However when Mary is 16 tragedy strikes and her world is blown apart. New responsibilities at home mean her ambitions to act are pushed to one side. But things play out unexpectedly: after vowing she doesn’t want to work in a shop for the rest of her life Mary takes to the camp and glamour of dressing displays in Harvey Nichols and Harrods like a duck to water, and Mary, Queen of Shops is born.

She talks to Gaby Wood, the Telegraph’s Head of Books.

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Simon Schama

Talking About Shakespeare: This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm, This England

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historian was set alight by Shakespeare’s muse of fire when he first saw Henry V as a child. He examines Shakespeare’s making of the myths of England. He hymns the Histories, the kings and the commoners, the band of brothers, and the spirit of Shakespeare’s greatest knight, Sir John Falstaff.

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