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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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Greg Proops

The Smartest Man in the World

Hay Festival 2014, 

The comic from San Francisco, known here for his unpredictable improvisations on Whose Line Is It Anyway? brings his comedy proopcast to Hay for one night only. ‘Some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.’ Rolling Stone Magazine

Greg Proops

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Marcos Giralt Torrente in conversation with Antonio Lozano

Cartagena 2012, 
All narrative, including that which intends to imitate life, is a fiction, an artifice. Starting with that premise, in his latest novel, Tiempo de vida, Marcos Giralt Torrente deals with a universal theme: the death of one’s father. The novel won the Spanish 2011 National Narrative Prize. Winner of the 1999 Herralde Novel Prize for his novel París, his also the author of Los seres felices and contributes regularly as a literary critic to Babelia, the cultural supplement of the newspaper El País

With the support of the Spanish Embassy

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Javier Moreno with Juan Carlos Iragorri

Cartagena 2012, 
As the Director of El País since 2006, Javier Moreno has overseen the greatest transformation in the newspaper’s 35 years of existence. He has changed the design, improved the website, increased coverage of Latin America and made a commitment to greater diversity in terms of images; all this is to meet the new motto for El País: “The global newspaper in Spanish.” Regarding these recent changes and the present-day challenges of the exciting activities involved in journalism, Moreno will talk to Juan Carlos Iragorri, Washington correspondent of Semana and NTN24, and director of the Journalism Master’s created jointly by Publicaciones Semana and the University of Rosario. 

With the support of LSE (London School of Economics Enterprise)

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Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

Talking Funny

Hay Festival 2015, 

Just because you can say funny things doesn’t mean you can write funny things. Three of the best comedy writers spill the beans on what makes a good script. The writers Will Smith (The Thick of It and Veep) and Steve Punt (The Now Show, The Mary Whitehouse Experience) talk to Marcus Brigstocke.

Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

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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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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?

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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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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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Polly Samson and Barney Norris talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Loves

Hay Festival 2016, 

Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Samson’s second novel The Kindness explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. She’s written an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told. In Norris’ debut Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, the peace of a quiet evening in Salisbury is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small-town life.

Polly Samson and Barney Norris talk to Georgina Godwin

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Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

Hay Festival 2015, 

Satish Kumar, a former monk and long-term peace and environmental activist, talks us through his life: his 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, co-founding the Schumacher College, and his hopes for the future.

Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

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Paul Boland

Llanerchaeron: The Restoration Of A Lost House And Estate

Hay Festival 2013, 

Best known as the architect of BuckinghamPalace, John Nash started his career in rural Wales. This is the story of how one of his finest country houses was brought back to life. Chaired by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust, Wales.

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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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Lindsey Hilsum talks to David Aaronovitch

Sandstorm

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Channel 4 News international editor reports the fall of Gaddafi and Libya in the Time of Revolution.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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Dora Thornton and Jonathan Bate

Shakespeare 1- Staging the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
To celebrate the opening of the British Museum’s Shakespeare exhibition, their Curator of Renaissance Europe is joined by the Shakespeare scholar and author to look at the early modern world through the eyes of the playwright and his contemporaries. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill. First of three Shakespeare sessions. See also events 328 and 335
 

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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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Vikram Seth

A Summer Requiem

Hay Festival 2015, 

 ‘I have so carefully mapped the corners of my mind | That I am forever waking in a lost country...’ Seth’s new book of poems traces the immutable shifting of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both ‘gifts and harms’. Luminous, resonant and profound, these poems trace the dying days of summer, ‘the hour of rust’, when memory is haunted by loss and decay. But in the silence that follows, as the soul is cast adrift, there is also reconciliation with the transience of all things; the knowledge that there is a place, ‘changeable, that will not betray’. Seth is author of A Suitable Boy, The Golden Gate, The Rivered Earth and Two Lives. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Vikram Seth

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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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Eat My Shorts!

Hay Festival 2010, 
A medley of hand-picked short films, from laugh-out-loud to downright beautiful. See you at the movies! 
 
Duration 30 mins.
 
Family event
 
See also event HF11 on Monday 31 May.
 
Films: Zoo Written and directed by Robin Bushell. Heartstrings Written and directed by Rhiannon Evans. Tir Nan Og Written and directed by Fursy Teyssier. Maestro Written and directed by Géza M. Tóth. Codswallop Written and directed by Greg and Myles McLeod. AnimalsDirected by Kristofer Ström

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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!
 
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