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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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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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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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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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Shami Chakrabarti

On Liberty

Hay Festival 2015, 

On 11 September 2001 our world changed. The West’s response to 9/11 has morphed into a period of ‘exception’. Governments have decided that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly. The Director of Liberty explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable and examines the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today. She talks to Susie Symes, economist and chair of 19 Princelet Street.

Shami Chakrabarti

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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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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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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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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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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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Angela Duckworth

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Hay Festival 2016, 

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit. The MacArthur Genius Award-winning psychologist shares fascinating new revelations about who succeeds in life and why. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

Angela Duckworth

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General Sir Michael Rose

Washington's War

Hay Festival 2007, 
The former UNPROFOR (Bosnia) Commander examines the parallels between the guerrilla tactics used by Washington against the British in 1775, and by the Sunni insurgents against the Allies in Iraq today.

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Tom Asbridge

The Crusades - The Siege of Acre 1189-1191

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian tells the story of the key turning-point of the Third Crusade, and the first clash of Saladin and Richard the Lionheart.

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Wojciech Jagielski in conversation with Jaime Abello

Cartagena 2012, 
Wojciech Jagielski, well known Polish journalist has published Torres de piedra, a brilliant documentary about the violent history of Chechnya. Jagielski is a specialist in Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa. He works at Gazeta Wyborcza, the most important newspaper in Poland and collaborates with BBC and Le Monde. He will talk to Jaime Abello. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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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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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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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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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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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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John Mullan

The Hay Lecture: Mansfield Park 200

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of What Matters in Jane Austen celebrates the bicentenary of the publication of Austen’s most politically engaged masterpiece.

John Mullan

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Geoff Dyer talks to Horatio Clare

Another Great Day At Sea: On Board the USS George Bush

Hay Festival 2014, 

Meeting the captain, the F-18 pilots and the dentists, experiencing everything from a man-overboard alert to the Steel Beach Party, Dyer guides us through the most AIE (acronym intensive environment) imaginable. Underlying Dyer’s efforts to overcome the disadvantages of being the oldest, tallest (actually, second tallest), and most self-conscious person on the boat is an intense fascination with the military world. 


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Gavin Hewitt

The Lost Continent

Hay Festival 2013, 

Rich in analysis and anecdote, the BBC’s Europe Editor examines the roots and routes of the economic crisis – Europe’s Darkest Hour Since World War Two.

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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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Nicholas Stern

The British Council Lecture: A Blueprint for a Safer Planet

Hay Festival 2010, 
The climate change authority talks to Rosie Boycott about Haiti, Darfur, Bangladesh and How We Can Save the World and Create Prosperity.
Nicholas Stern

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Perihan Magden and Alejandro Zambra talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions – Damage

Hay Festival 2013, 

Zambra’s Ways Of Going Home is the tragic story of the collateral damage caused by the Pinochet regime, and the burden borne by the new generation as they come to terms with their fragile history. Magden’s Ali And Ramazan pitches its two friends out of the safety of their orphanage onto the streets of Istanbul with tragic consequences.