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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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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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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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Jon Ronson

So, You’ve Been Publicly Shamed…

Hay Festival 2015, 

A powerful and sometimes humorous look at the phenomenon of artificial high dramas and public shamings that are characteristic of a world dominated by social media. Why do we do it and how does it affect the shamed? Ronson was prompted into looking at public shaming after his own online identity was stolen in 2012. He met famous shamers and shamees to discover how public ridicule and vitriol can devastate the victim, and to uncover the true reasons behind the rise in public shaming.

Ronson is a documentary maker and author of many bestselling books including The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Lost at Sea and Them: Adventures with Extremists. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

Jon Ronson

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David Eagleman

Sum

Hay Festival 2010, 
The neuroscientist’s Forty Tales From the Afterlives is imaginative, witty and beautiful – a work of genius.
David Eagleman

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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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David Peace talks to Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2009, 
The cult novelist discusses his recently filmed stories The Red Riding Quartet and The Damned Utd.

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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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Olga Tokarczuk talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Flights

Hay Festival 2017, 

A rare interview with the great Polish novelist, who discusses her multi-award-winning fiction Flights. Perfectly intertwining travel narratives and reflections on travel with observations on the body and on life and death, Tokarczuk guides the reader beyond the surface layer of modernity and deeper and deeper towards the core of the very nature of humankind. From the C17th, we have the story of the real Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen, who dissected and drew pictures of his own amputated leg, discovering in so doing the Achilles tendon. From the present we have the trials and tribulations of a wife accompanying her much older professor husband as he teaches a course on a cruise ship in the Greek islands, or the quest of a Polish woman who immigrated to New Zealand as a teen but must now return in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart…

Olga Tokarczuk talks to Claire Armitstead

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Jules Evans

Philosophy For Life And Other Dangerous Situations

Hay Festival 2013, 

The philosopher imagines a dream school, which includes 12 of the greatest and most colourful thinkers the world has ever known. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives.

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Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

The Immortals

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join one of the most-loved creative partnerships in children’s fiction as they introduce the tenth and last installment of the epic Edge Chronicles.

10 years +

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Julia Donaldson

Hay Festival 2008, 
The delightful and brilliant Julia Donaldson conjures her magical children’s worlds with songs, stories and an inflatable whale.

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Vikram Seth talks to Laura Restrepo

Segovia 2006, 
Please note: The introduction to this event is in Spanish.

Colombian writer and journalist Laura Restrepo speaks to Indian writer and poet Vikram Seth about his works An Equal Music, A Suitable Boy and Two Lives.

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Cressida Cowell

Hiccup: How to Ride a Dragon Storm

Hay Festival 2009, 
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly unusual, hilarious hero.  Join the author of the brilliant How to Train your Dragon series for more swashbuckling adventures, madcap humour and of course, lots of deadly dragons.

7–10 years

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George Alagiah

Mixed Britannia

Hay Festival 2012, 
The previously untold history of Britain’s mixed-race community and the many love stories that created it. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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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.

12+ years/YA
Young, Gifted and Published

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Aurelio Martín talks to Antonio Fraguas, ‘Forges’

The world through the window of Forges

Segovia 2011, 
Each morning a new window is opened to the world through the vignette signed by Forges on the pages of the daily El País. This vision, conceived as an opinion in the purest form of journalism genre, is a powerful editorial that sometimes brings a good-natured smile and at other times an ironic one, or it moves us and triggers emotions. The graphic humourist will talk with the journalist Aurelio Martín.

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Adam Hart Davis

Science – The Definitive Visual Guide

Hay Festival 2010, 
The broadcaster introduces his study of scientific progress from the invention of the wheel to C21st climate solutions, and from ancient Greek geometry and quantum physics to the worldwide web.

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Carmen Posadas and Boris Izaguirre

Cartagena 2012, 
Carmen Posadas is the author of five novels, two biographies, more than 15 children’s books and a number of film and television screenplays. She won the Planeta Prize in 1998 for Pequeñas infamias, and has just published, together with her brother, Hoy caviar, mañana sardinas, an amusing, enjoyable tale about diplomatic life and its gastronomic side. Boris Izaguirre, the well-known Spanish TV presenter, was shortlisted for the 2007 Planeta Prize for his novel Villa Diamante and has just published Dos monstruos juntos, a novel that portrays the end of an epoch when everything, from success to absolute impunity, seemed easy. 

With the support of Fundación Lara

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Ben Curtis, Alun Withey and Tyrone O’Sullivan join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 2 – The Unsung

Hay Festival 2012, 
Miners, smelters, teachers, and Mams have been the quiet unsung heroes of Welsh history. But there have been hidden villains as well – disease, poverty, inferiority, and hypocrisy. Are these the real heroes and villains of Welsh History?
 

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Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

Radical

Hay Festival 2015, 

Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) where he played a leading and international role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. Arriving in Egypt the day before 9/11, his views soon led to his arrest, imprisonment and mental torture, before being thrown into solitary confinement in a Cairo jail reserved for political prisoners. There, while mixing with everyone from the assassins of Egypt’s president to Liberal reformists, he underwent an intellectual transformation and, on his release after four years, he publicly renounced the Islamist ideology that had defined his life. This move would cost him his marriage, his family and his friends as well as his personal security.

Nawaz now works all over the world to counter Islamism and to promote democratic ideals through his organisation, the Quilliam Foundation, and is standing for Parliament.

Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

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Mark Easton

Britain Etc

Hay Festival 2012, 
The broadcaster maps the backstory of contemporary Britain with a delightfully eccentric alphabet of meticulously researched essays that allow a park, a wedding, a beggar and a carrot all to take on new significance and deepen our understanding of our islands.

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Brian Moore and Max Davidson talk to Mark Skipworth

Man Talk

Hay Festival 2012, 
The England rugby hero and author of More Thoughts of Chairman Moore hunkers down with the author of We’ll get ’em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century That Changed Everything. The Telegraph’s Executive Editor refs.

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Emily Bell in conversation with María Elvira Bonilla

Online Journalism

Cartagena 2011, 
The journalist Emily Bell is the new director of Colombia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism in New York. She worked for 17 years on the British newspapers The Guardian and The Observer, leading the creation of their first electronic edition. An expert in digital media, Bell argues that this kind of journalism shares paramount values with the best of print journalism, but that it is essentially different in terms of distribution and format, and also in its relationship with readers. She talks to María Elvira Bonilla, editor of the digital magazine Kien y Ke.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Peak Oil and Climate Change

Jonathon Porritt

Hay Festival 2006, 
The author of Capitalism as if the World Matters assesses the implications for the way we use money while there is still time to change our systems, avoid disaster, and maintain prosperity. Porritt is programme director at Forum for the Future, and chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.