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Miriam González Durántez

Reformations 1: The EU

Hay Festival 2017, 

In this first of the Festival's flagship 30th anniversary project sessions, the Spanish international trade lawyer re-imagines the European Union. González Durántez was previously the Middle East Adviser to the External Relations Commissioner in the European Union, having started her career as a trade negotiator at the World Trade Organisation. Chaired by Matthew d’Ancona.

Miriam González Durántez

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Chris Lintott and Jon Culshaw

The Cosmic Tourist

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are surrounded by an astronomical zoo of familiar and curious objects, from asteroids and zodiacal dust to Alpha Centauri and the centre of the Milky Way. Chris Lintott discusses the many marvels of the cosmos with comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw, and takes us on a tour of the universe.

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Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

Shakespeare’s Circle

Hay Festival 2016, 

Wells introduces his anthology of essays about the actors, playwrights and family members around the bard, throwing new light on Shakespeare’s wealth, his family and personal relationships, his working life and his social status. Wells is one the world’s greatest Shakespeare experts, editor of both the Penguin and OUP editions of his work, President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and author, most recently of Shakespeare, Sex and Love and Great Shakespeare Actors. He is joined by the great novelist and essayist, Margaret Drabble, who started her working life as an actress at the RSC, and is a contributor to Wells’ new book, The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography.

Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

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Anne Wareham talks to Tim Richardson

The Bad Tempered Gardener

Hay Festival 2011, 
The story of the Veddw, the iconoclastic Monmouthshire garden she created with her husband Charles Hawes, and her provocative, anti-establishment opinions about gardening, aesthetics and conservation.

The Veddw will be open to the public this morning. Full details at veddw.com.

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Lucy Hughes-Hallet

The Pike

Hay Festival 2013, 

The story of Gabriele D’Annunzio: poet, daredevil and Fascist, who in 1919 declared himself Commandante of the city of Fiume in modern-day Croatia to establish a utopia based on his fascist and artistic ideals. It was the dramatic pinnacle to an outrageous career. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

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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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Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Troubletwisters

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join two bestselling writers (Nix with Sabriel and The Keys to the Kingdom, Williams with The Fixers and Star Wars: Force Heretic) as they introduce their brand new supernatural series. A rare treat.
 
9+ years Goosebumps 

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Malorie Blackman

Children’s Laureate Talk

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman in her final Laureate event as she discusses her award-winning books, including the bestselling Noughts and Crosses series and her most recent collection, Love Hurts. Malorie will talk about her Laureate highlights and about the legacy she hopes to leave behind. A must-see for all fans and a chance to ask Malorie all about her experience as the Children’s Laureate.
10+ years
Malorie Blackman

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Jonathan Boff

Sleepwalking to War? Britain in 1914 and 1939

Hay Festival 2014, 

Did Britain stumble blindly into two world wars? The war historian compares preparations for both conflicts and argues that the lessons learned from the First were crucial to survival in the Second.

 

Jonathan Boff

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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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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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Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

Are We All Scientific Experts Now?

Hay Festival 2014, 

How do we identify the true scientific experts? And how do we avoid false scientific‘controversies’ like the MMR debacle and Climategate? The two Cardiff University professors draw on work from Collins’ provocative new book.

 

Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

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James Naughtie talks to Corisande Albert

The Madness of July

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster introduces his first novel, a riveting espionage thriller set in 1970s Westminster at the height of the Cold War. Can’t give away much about the plot, but it’s horribly plausible and absolutely outrageous!

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Gareth Williams

The Viking Ship

Hay Festival 2014, 

The newly-conserved Roskilde 6 ship from Denmark measures over 37 metres. It is the longest Viking ship ever discovered and forms the core of the British Museum exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend. The Vikings used their shipbuilding skills to command the sea; their famous ships permitted the exploration, the colonisation and the raids with which they built their wealth. The curator explores the evolution of their sea-going vessels and celebrates this outstanding feature of the Viking Age.

Gareth Williams

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Emma Jones, Liz Daniel, Emily Penrose – Women in Business Forum

Winter Weekend 2012, 
Want to start your own business in the New Year? Meet two local successful entrepreneurs from Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages and Hay Baby childrenswear, and get the low-down on finance, marketing and social media from Enterprise Nation’s Emma Jones, author of Country Living book Turn Your Talent Into A Business. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

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Eva Gabrielsson talks to Phil Rickman

Stieg and Me - Memories of my Life with Stieg Larsson

Hay Festival 2012, 
Gabrielsson tells the story of their 30-year romance. She talks of his life-long struggle to expose Sweden’s Neo-Nazis, his fight to keep EXPO, the magazine he founded, alive, his difficult relationships with his immediate family, and the joy and relief he discovered writing the Millennium trilogy.

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Simon Singh

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The writers of The Simpsons are so fascinated by mathematics that they have drip-fed morsels of number theory into the series over the last twenty-five years – so many that they could form the basis of an entire university course. The author of The Codebook and Fermat’s Last Theorem uses specific episodes to explain concepts ranging from pi and the paradox of infinity to the origins of numbers.

Simon Singh

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Helen Skelton

Amy Wild: Amazon Summer

Hay Festival 2015, 

Join TV presenter Helen Skelton as she introduces her children’s book, the first in a new action-packed adventure series. Helen reveals how her own incredible real-life experiences and adventures have influenced her writing, from cycling to the South Pole to tightrope walking between the towers of Battersea Power Station. Amazon Summer is based on Helen’s own experiences travelling through the Amazon. Chaired by writer and broadcaster Matt Brown.

8+ years
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Tracey Evans, Warren Fauvel, Andy Middleton

Adventures in Health

Hay Festival 2016, 

The costs of preventable physical and mental health challenges in Wales are already unmanageable and getting worse. The gross cost to the NHS of treating mental health is £7.2bn a year. There are multiple, proven links between the benefits of active time outdoors, increased wellbeing and reductions in the social cost of health solutions. Wales’ outdoor industry is poised to become a Natural Health Service that improves health with active time in nature. Evans is the CEO of The Outdoor Partnership, Fauvel is co-founder of Nudjed, which works with public health bodies aiming to effect change. Chaired by entrepreneur and adventurer Andy Middleton.

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Toby Harnden

Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain’s War in Afghanistan

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Telegraph’s US editor had unprecedented access to the battalion over the last fifteen years, and specifically in the extreme conditions of Helmand in 2009. At the time of going to press the MOD has just bought and pulped the entire print run of this book. We’ll follow that story too...

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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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Sarah Winman talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions - A Year of Marvellous Ways

Hay Festival 2015, 

The author of When God was a Rabbit – selected for World Book Night 2015 – introduces her second novel. Marvellous Ways is 89 years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she’s taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She’s waiting for something – she’s not sure what, but she’ll know it when she sees it.

Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man’s last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous’ creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid. As an unlikely friendship grows between the two, can Drake give Marvellous what she needs to say goodbye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?

Sarah Winman talks to Georgina Godwin

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The Poetry Gala

Hay Festival 2006, 
Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, James Fenton, John Fuller, Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Owen Sheers and Hugo Williams, hosted by Wales’ Poet Laureate Gwyneth Lewis. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Rebecca Miller talks to Francine Stock

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and film director discusses her fiction and cinema treatments of her compelling story.

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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.