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Morgan Parry, Katie-Jo Luxton, Alun Davies and Geoffrey Lean

How Do We Value The Welsh Natural Environment?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Does putting a monetary value on Wales’ environment help to show how important it is or does it in fact diminish it? How do we fully appreciate and recognise the value of its contribution to our health, wellbeing and economy? Morgan Parry, non-exec director of National Resources Wales, RSPB Cymru’s Katie-Jo Luxton, Alun Davies, Natural Resources Minister for Wales  and The Telegraph’s Geoffrey Lean discuss.

In association with RSPB Cymru

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Ronan Bennett talks to Adriana Bebiano

Segovia 2006, 
The Irish novelist (Havoc in its Third Year, The Catastrophist), winner of several literary prizes and scriptwriter (The Hamburg Cell, Love Lives), talks about his life, his books and his personal experiences with the IRA, as well as about his latest novel set in St Petersburg in 1914, Zugzwang, published in instalments in The Observer in print and online. The academic and poet Adriana Bebiano is Assistant Professor of English and Irish Literature at the University of Coimbra.

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Frank Turner talks to Bethan Elfyn

The Road Beneath My Feet

Hay Festival 2015, 
The singer talks about his memoir. On 23 September 2005 at the Joiners Arms in Southampton, Frank Turner played his last gig with his hardcore band, Million Dead. On the laminates that listed the tour dates, the entry for 24 September simply read: ‘Get a job.’ Deflated, jaded and hung-over, Frank returned to his hometown of Winchester without a plan for the future. A thousand-and-some shows later he was headlining a sold-out gig at Wembley Arena with his band The Sleeping Souls.
Frank Turner talks to Bethan Elfyn

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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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Andrés Neuman and Ian Mount talk to Oliver Balch

The Toast of Argentina

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Argentinean novelist Neuman, one of the stand-out stars of the Bogotá 39 generation, discusses his masterpiece The Traveller of the Century - winner of the Alfaguara Prize. Mount introduces his tale of Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec in the high Andes - The Vineyard at the End of the World. Chaired by the author of Viva South America - a Journey Through a Restless Continent.
 

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Simon Armitage

The Death of King Arthur

Hay Festival 2012, 
Our poet-in-residence reads from his astounding new version of the great medieval epic of warfare and politics.

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Malorie Blackman

Hay Festival 2013, 

The multiple-award-winning creator of the classic YA series Noughts And Crosses is here to give us a preview of Noble Conflict, her powerful new thriller.

Duration 60 mins.

12+ years

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Charles Emmerson

The Future History of the Arctic

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Arctic is central to the issues which will define our C21st world: energy security and the struggle for natural resources, climate change and its uncertain speed and consequences, the return of great power competition and the remaking of global trade patterns.

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David Lodge talks to Stephanie Merritt

A Man of Parts

Hay Festival 2011, 
The comic master’s new novel about the life of HG Wells.
 
More about David Lodge. Read his recent article about HG Wells

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Gillian Clarke

Kells 2014, 

The National Poet of Wales celebrates Dylan Thomas’s centenary with readings and discusses both how the poet influenced her life and his importance to poetry in the English language everywhere.

Gillian Clarke

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Philippa Gregory talks to Giles Tremlett

Segovia 2012, 
Philippa Gregory, best-selling writer of historical novels, discusses her latest book The Red Queen with Giles Tremlett, Guardian correspondent in Spain. They share a passion for the Tudors.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. Co-organized with the British Council and the Fundación Lara.

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Doug Allan & Sue Flood

Behind the Scenes on Planet Earth

Hay Festival 2009, 
From the extremes of the Arctic winter filming polar bears in -40˚C, to the tropical shallow seas of the South Pacific, where they swam with humpback whale mothers and their newborn calves, the wildlife film-makers show their captured images.

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Penelope Leach

Contemporary Childcare: The Elephant In All Our Living Rooms

Hay Festival 2009, 
Children’s wellbeing – even survival – depends, as it always has, on somebody taking care of them every minute of every day and night. But who is to do that caring, and who should bear the costs?

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Sophie McKenzie, Michael Morpurgo, Michelle Paver and Rick Riordan

Any Questions for the Writers?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Four superstar writers for teenagers answer your questions about stories, the business of writing, and their own reading. Chaired by Wendy Cooling.

Hay Fever 9 yrs +

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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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The Etherington Brothers

Monkey Nuts

Hay Festival 2011, 
This dynamic duo (of Dandy fame) introduce us to the world’s only tap-dancing, banana-loving, rust-fighting, coconut-talking, crime-busting organisation! Join in for high fives galore and some awesome comic jamming. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers

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Sebastian Barry and Michael Cunningham

Fictions – Examined Lives

Hay Festival 2014, 

Barry’s A Temporary Gentleman is a heartbreaking portrait of Jack McNulty. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. Cunningham’s The Snow Queen follows the divergent lives of two American brothers as they search for meaning and transcendence. The authors talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

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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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Louis de Bernières and James Ellis

The Hay Poisoner

Hay Festival 2012, 
The librettist and composer preview work on their musical production about Herbert Rowse Armstrong based on Martin Beales’ book Dead Not Buried and Robin Odell’s Exhumation of a Murder. The Hay solicitor was hanged for the murder of his wife exactly 80 years ago. Their opera explores the way someone can be destroyed by human and inhuman forces, and the impact of adult machinations on children.

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Jane Brown

The Omnipotent Magician

Hay Festival 2011, 
A landscape of the great garden and nature designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Chaired by Revel Guest.
 
Read a review here www.ft.com/

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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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Raymond Tallis, Lesley Close and Richard Harries talk to Rosie Boycott

Assisted Dying

Hay Festival 2014, 

Our panel examine the ethics and legalities of assisted dying and ask – who makes the final decision? 

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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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From climate change to financial turbulence: The challenges of leadership in historical perspective

Geoffrey Parker in conversation with Rolf Strom Olsen

Segovia 2010, 
Geoffrey Parker, a distinguished historian, Hispanist and Andreas Dorpalen Professor at the Ohio State University, will talk to Rolf Strom Olsen, professor at the IE School of Arts & Humanities. Geoffrey Parker has received the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic and the Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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David Boyle

Broke: How to Survive the Middle-Class Crisis

Hay Festival 2014, 

For the first time ever, today’s middle classes will struggle to enjoy the same privileges of security and comfort that their grandparents did. Sidelined by the mega-rich, the middle classes really are under severe threat. How did this situation come about? To survive, they will have to carve a new niche for themselves.