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Lucy Cousins

Maisy

Hay Festival 2010, 
A rare appearance from this beloved author-illustrator with live drawing and stories from a certain little mouse who loves adventures.
 
Family event

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Alison Sinclair, Jenny Wallace and Adrian Poole

Cambridge Series 7 - Is Tragedy the Perfect Form for the Modern World?

Hay Festival 2012, 
The media and public respond to tragic events now in ways that echo age-old traditions that go back to Greek tragedy, but do classic ideas about tragedy’s purpose need revising? What are the ingredients of good tragedy today?
 

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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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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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Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

Hay Festival 2015, 

Liberated from the death camps of Auschwitz at the age of eleven, in adulthood Buergenthal became a judge at the International Court in The Hague, investigating modern day genocides. He returns to the festival with a new postscript to his memoir.

Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

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Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard and Bill Bryson

The Blink of an Eye: How I Died and Started Living

Hay Festival 2018, 

At the age of 38, a Danish scientist, wife and mother of three, is struck down by an acute bout of bacterial meningitis. She awakes from a coma in intensive care to find herself locked in, unable to show she is conscious except by blinking her eye. It becomes her only form of communication as in the months that follow, Kjærgaard's husband Peter sits beside her helping to interpret every eye movement. She struggles with every basic of life – painfully learning how to breathe, move, eat and speak again. Despite being given a five per cent chance of survival, she works intensively to recover and to achieve every small breakthrough. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Hay stage with Bill Bryson, who has called this “the most spellbinding and harrowing story I believe I have ever heard”.

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Chris Bradford

Young Samurai

Hay Festival 2012, 
Enter Samurai School and meet the real martial arts master behind this phenomenal series. Hear about the secret fighting art of ninjas and see an awesome samurai sword demonstration.
 
9+ years

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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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Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Balancing Acts

Hay Festival 2017, 

You start with a vision, and you deliver a compromise. You want a play to be challenging, ambitious, nuanced and complicated. You also want it to sell tickets. You want to make art, and you know you’re in show-business. The inside story of 12 years at the helm of The National Theatre is a story of lunatic failures and spectacular successes. Its cast includes the likes of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and, of course, William Shakespeare.

Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Robert Minhinnick

Segovia 2008, 
Robert Minhinnick es un autor galés de reconocida trayectoria internacional (ganador entre otros del UK Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem); ha publicado ocho poemarios (el último, King Driftwood) y una novela Sea Holly (2007). Robert fue el editor durante nueve años de la revista Poetry Wales y combina su labor de escritor con la de asesor experto en desarrollo sostenible para Sustainable Wales. Conversará sobre literatura, poesía y medioambiente con el director del Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Hay Festival 2013, 

Derek Landy flies in specially from Dublin to bring some awesome to Hay and share his Skulduggery genius. Sneak peek from Book 8 a definite maybe…

10+ years

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Paul Murdin

Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos

Hay Festival 2010, 
In this lavishly illustrated talk the astronomer demonstrates how human ingenuity, technological innovation and occasionally pure serendipity have expanded our knowledge beyond anything our ancestors even a generation ago could have imagined.
Paul Murdin

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Monty Don talks to Peter Florence

Eight Poems in a Garden

Hay Festival 2015, 

The gardener and writer could transform the flora of any desert island into a magical paradise, but which works of literature would he choose to accompany him? In his 2006 conversation with Sue Lawley his track to save was The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night, his book was The Collected Poems of Henry Vaughan and his luxury was the painting Hendrickje Bathing by Rembrandt…

Monty Don talks to Peter Florence

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Martin Rees

Can the Next Generation Inherit a Better World? A Scientist’s Hopes and Fears

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1902 HG Wells wrote ‘Humanity has come some way, and the distance we have travelled gives us some earnest of the way we have to go. All the past is but the beginning of a beginning; all that the human mind has accomplished is but the dream before the awakening.’ The astronomer boldly explores post-human evolution and offers a SWOT analysis of mankind’s short- and longer-term futures. He considers the risks of asteroid impact, climate change and, most worrying of all, the downsides of biotech, AI and other fast-advancing technologies. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Martin Rees

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Morris Berman

Cartagena 2012, 
Morris Berman is a renowned and innovative cultural and social critic. He has given classes at universities in Europe and the United States, and in the year 2000 his book The Twilight of American Culture was designated a “Notable Book” by The New York Times Book Review. Other published works include Dark Ages America and a trilogy about the evolution of human consciousness. His last book, A Question of Values, is a compilation of essays connected to themes that are crucial to an understanding of the structural crisis in the contemporary world. He will talk about the current situation in the United Estates.

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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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Ruth Richardson

Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and The London Poor

Hay Festival 2012, 
The academic discovered that as a young man, Dickens lived only yards away from a major London workhouse. She tells the story of the find and reveals how important the two periods spent living in this area of London were for Dickens’ writing career.

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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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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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Sarah Raven

Wild Flowers

Hay Festival 2012, 
The broadcaster, teacher, gardener and cookery writer (Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook) has travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles to find 500 of our most breathtakingly beautiful wild flowers.

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David Shelton

A Boy And A Bear In A Boat

Hay Festival 2013, 

A boy and a bear go to sea with a comic book, a suitcase and a ukulele and encounter sea monsters, ghost ships and storms in this slightly scary, surreal and funny story. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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Jennifer Gray

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Meet Atticus Grammatticus Cattypus Claw, the world’s greatest cat burglar. This tabby spells trouble. Find out all about his latest adventure Atticus Claw Settles a Score.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Jo Bell, Libby Purves and Geraint Coles talk to Mark Skipworth

The Book that Saved the Canals

Hay Festival 2014, 

Seventy years ago Tom Rolt published the book Narrowboat and sparked one of Britain’s greatest conservation movements and rescued the nation’s canals from destruction. The Daily Telegraph’sMark Skipworth discusses with journalist Libby Purves, poet Jo Bell and industrial archaeologist Geraint Coles.

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Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

Last Days of the Bus Club

Hay Festival 2014, 

It’s two decades since the author of Driving Over Lemons moved to his farm on the wrong side of a river in the mountains of southern Spain. In this latest, typically hilarious dispatch from El Valero we find Chris, now a local literary celebrity, using his fame to help his old sheep-shearing partner find work on a raucous road trip; cooking a TV lunch for visiting British chef, Rick Stein; discovering the pitfalls of Spanish public speaking; and, most movingly, visiting famine-stricken Niger for Oxfam.

Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

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Victoria Hislop talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – The Sunrise

Hay Festival 2015, 

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island’s most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city just two families, the Georgious and the Özkans, remain. The best-selling author of The Thread, The Return and The Island introduces her new novel.

Victoria Hislop talks to Georgina Godwin