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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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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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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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Max Hastings

The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945

Hay Festival 2016, 

The journalist and war historian links tales of high courage ashore, at sea and in the air to the work of the brilliant boffins at home, battling the enemy’s technology. Most of the strivings, adventures and sacrifices of spies, Resistance, Special Forces and even of the code-breakers were wasted, Hastings says, but a fraction was so priceless that no nation begrudged lives and treasure spent in the pursuit of jewels of knowledge. The book tells stories of high policy and human drama, illuminating the fantastic machinations of secret war.

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Mark Miodownik talks to Georgina Godwin

Stuff Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? How come concrete pours? The broadcaster and UCL Professor of Materials and Society introduces The Strange Stories Of The Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World.

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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

House Of Fun

Hay Festival 2013, 

The peerless sketch writer yarns 20 Glorious Years In Parliament.

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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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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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Jon Gower, Jeremy Moore, Tomos Williams

At Water’s Edge

Hay Festival 2012, 
As the All-Wales Coast Path opens to the public, the writer is joined by his fellow-travelling photographer and trumpeter to explore the country’s 870-mile edge, where land meets sea.

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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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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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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.
 
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Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

Muddleearth

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join us as we’re transported to Muddle Earth, where the wizards are mad and the pink hogs are stinky. Make sure you bring your Wellies of Power and Woolly Gloves of Determination.
 
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Colin McDowell talks to Jeremy Langmead

The Anatomy of Fashion: Why We Dress The Way We Do

Hay Festival 2014, 

The esteemed fashion commentator has produced a sumptuous and comprehensive study of clothing design that explains from head to toe why and how we wear what we wear. He pays brilliant and fascinating attention to how the great couturiers work with human anatomy. Come and enjoy the clothes – and his conversation with the editor-in-chief of Mr Porter.

Colin McDowell talks to Jeremy Langmead

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Young, Gifted and Published

Hay Festival 2015, 

Lucy Saxon is just 20 years old and the author of Take Back the Skies. She signed her contract with Bloomsbury when she was just 16. She’s a cosplayer, Con-goer and fangirl of all things sci-fi and fantasy. Taran Matharu’s The Summoner became a Wattpad sensation with over three million reads in three months, leading to a publishing deal with Hachette. And Helena Coggan saw her debut novel The Catalyst published at the age of only 15. Find out what makes three extraordinary young writers tick, and be inspired to write a novel before you are 20.

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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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Ann Leslie talks to Rosie Boycott

Killing My Own Snakes

Hay Festival 2009, 
Fleet Street’s finest, the doyenne of women reporters, Damed for services to journalism, talks about her life.

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Colin Thubron, Tiffany Murray, Anthony Sattin, David Shukman

Ox-Travels 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
Four Meetings with Remarkable Travellers from our new Oxfam anthology. Chaired by series editor Mark Ellingham.

Learn more about the authors: Colin Thubron, Tiffany Murray, Anthony SattinDavid Shukman

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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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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

The Index Platform – Pussy Riot

Hay Festival 2017, 

An interview with the musician and activist, who was arrested after her punk band’s 2012 performance in a Moscow cathedral. She was convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and sentenced to two years penal servitude. Nadya Tolokno now has permanent residency in Canada, from where she continues to protest human rights abuses. Introduced by Rachael Jolley.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

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Monty Don, Helen Browning, Joanna Blythman and Guests

Health, Beauty and Permanence: What is farming for?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is it possible to feed a growing world population without resorting to large-scale, industrialised processes? Does human-scale, decentralised agriculture necessarily mean lower climate change impacts. Is Small always Beautiful? Chaired by Geoffrey Lean
 

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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.
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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?