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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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Gaynor Arnold and Emily Perkins talk to Ariane Koek

Story: Loves

Hay Festival 2009, 
Arnold’s Booker-shortlisted Girl in a Blue Dress is a retelling of the difficult lives of Catherine and Charles Dickens; Perkins’ award-winning Novel About My Wife is a harrowing portrait of a marriage.

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John Bulmer talks to Eamonn McCabe

Retrospective

Hay Festival 2009, 
To celebrate his major show at the Hereford Photography Festival the film-maker and photographer shows and discusses his colour work from the 60s and 70s with The Guardian photographer.

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John Pilger

Tell Me No Lies

London Events 2004, 
My Lai, Watergate, Hiroshima and Palestine. The heroic war correspondent and film-maker has collected the greatest investigative reporting of the last sixty years exposing the hidden agendas of oppressive regimes in Tell Me No Lies. He talks to Peter Florence.

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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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Peter Lord

The Pirates!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The director and stop-motion animation genius takes us behind the scenes on Aardman's swashbuckling blockbuster.

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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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Chris Meredith

Miller’s Answer: Making, Saying and the Impulse to Write

Hay Festival 2010, 
The poet and novelist sparked this lecture about the nature of creativity from Arthur Miller’s appearance at Hay in 1989. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee talk to Peter Florence and Alice Key

Caspar Lee: the Book

Hay Festival 2016, 

YouTube sensation Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee discuss the power of social media and life at the heart of it, including details about their now-famous mother/son relationship. Join them in conversation with the Hay Festival Director.

12+

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John Browne

The Glass Closet

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former BP boss, now chairman of Cuadrilla, launches his frank examination of sexuality and leadership The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good for Business. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Free to Offend?

Joan Bakewell, Madeleine Bunting, Ziauddin Sardar, Philip Hensher, Reza Aslan and Anthony Julius

Hay Festival 2006, 
How are both religious sensibility and freedom of expression to be accommodated in pluralistic societies? Is offence the price believers must pay for living in a free society? Or do those who advocate free speech have to accept that in some circumstances other beliefs and principles may have to take priority?

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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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Michael Ondaatje en conversación con Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Segovia 2008, 
Michael Ondaatje, el célebre escritor de El Paciente Inglés, conversará con Juan Gabriel Vásquez, autor de Los Informantes y Historia secreta de Costaguana, acerca de su última obra, Divisadero, y su experiencia como escritor.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanea del inglés al español.


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Diarmaid MacCulloch

A History of Christianity

Hay Festival 2010, 
An introduction to this magisterial global history of one of the world’s great religions. Chaired by John Cornwell.
Diarmaid MacCulloch

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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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The State of the Union

Hay Festival 2008, 
NY-based internationalist Shashi Tharoor hosts this conversation about American society with Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian, Matt Frei author of Only in America and Jacob Weisberg, author of The Bush Tragedy and online editor of Slate online magazine.

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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.

Mary Portas

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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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Howard Johns, Juliet Davenport, Mark Shorrock and Gareth Williams

Energy Revolution

Hay Festival 2014, 

We need a revolution in the way we both use and generate energy. Howard Johns puts forward the case for community energy systems with Mark Shorrock, founder and CEO of Swansea’s Tidal Lagoon Power scheme, Good Energy's CEO Juliet Davenport and Caplor Energy’s Gareth Williams. They discuss with Andy Fryers.

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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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Simon Hoggart

House Of Fun

Hay Festival 2013, 

The peerless sketch writer yarns 20 Glorious Years In Parliament.

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AHEC Wood and Contemporary Design Awards

Segovia 2011, 
La Casa de los Picos houses the exhibition of the short list of works in the VI AHEC Contest for Design and Manufacture for Students and will present the winners their awards. The Contest awards the students and the institutions in which they studied for coming forth with imaginative solutions to the challenges throughout the full cycle of the product development, from concept to the execution of the prototype. Following the award ceremony everyone will be invited to visit the exhibition by Sou Fujimoto, “In the clouds: the American tulipwood bar”, by Wallpaper magazine.

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Sebastian Faulks

Hay Festival 2006, 
The novelist (Birdsong, Charlotte Gray, On Green Dolphin Street) discusses his new work Human Traces with Tatler editor Geordie Greig.

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Bronwen Maddox, Mark Fitzpatrick, Thomas Friedman and Wadah Khanfar talk to Nik Gowing

The Iran Question

Hay Festival 2012, 
As the US/Israeli anxiety about Iran’s nuclear ambitions grows and further sanctions are imposed, the editor of Prospect is joined by the International Institute for Strategic Studies expert, the New York Times Foreign Affairs editor and the former DG ofAl Jazeera to analyse the situation. BBC World News Anchor Nik Gowing chairs.
 
In association with Prospect

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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