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Power House

Hay Festival 2008, 
Robert Peston (Who Runs Britain?) and Peter Oborne (The Triumph of the Political Class) discuss the nature of power and influence in Britain, chaired by Robert Yates (Extreme Nation).

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Jonathan Stroud

Heroes of the Valley

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hugely popular author of the bestselling Bartimaeus trilogy introduces his new hero Halli Sveinsson to Hay and reveals the secrets behind his shocking plot-twists and razor-sharp dialogue.

10–16 years

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Iñaki Gabilondo talks to Juan Luis Cebrián

Segovia 2011, 
El fin de una época, una hoja de ruta para los nuevos periodistas is the title of the latest book published by Iñaki Gabilondo. This renowned journalist has led the audience figures for years with his morning show on Cadena SER, and on television he has headed news projects for TVE, Cuatro and CNN+. He currently presents the daily video blog La voz de Iñaki on the website of El País newspaper, and monthly the programme Iñaki on Canal+. He will talk with Juan Luis Cebrián, thinker, writer, member of the Real Academia, as well as founder and first editor of El País. His most recent book is El periodista en el burdel.

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Oliver Jeffers, Rachel Bright and Chris Haughton

Art & Illustration

Hay Festival 2014, 

Chris Haughton, Oliver Jeffers and Rachel Bright make art. Rachel is a picture book maker and commercial illustrator – and our Hay Festival illustrator this year. Oliver is an award-winning picture book maker and painter who has recently collaborated on projects with TED and U2. Chris Haughton is a rising star in art and design. Join them for a fascinating conversation about their working lives. For all design, illustration and art fans.

12+ years (YA)

Oliver Jeffers, Rachel Bright and Chris Haughton

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Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

Fictions – The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster discusses her first novel. When Elizabeth Pringle, an inspirational teacher on the island of Arran dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances.

Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

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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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Alex Scarrow

Time Riders: Doomsday Code

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join Alex for some serious time travel adventure, as he introduces the third book in his thrilling series. Take part in the interactive game show and challenge your history knowledge.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Deborah Newbold

Macbeth

Hay Festival 2011, 
A lyrical storytelling of royalty, madness and betrayal. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare and ‘the Scottish play’ from the Shakepeare’s Globe storyteller.
 
Duration 45 mins.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Anne Cottringer

Young Farmers screening

Hay Festival 2010, 
The average age of farmers in the UK is 58. Cantilupe Projects presents extracts from a documentary in progress following Herefordshire Young Farmers over a year, introducing the new generation bringing food to our tables. Farmers featured will join the Director for the Q&A.

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Tishani Doshi and Fflur Dafydd

The Women in the Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two contributors to the magnificent Seren Press project of commissioning contemporary writers to reimagine the tales of The Mabinogion talk about the women of the stories. Doshi’s book in the series is Fountainville and Dafydd’s The White Trail.

Tishani Doshi and Fflur Dafydd

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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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Lucy Hawking

Surfing the Solar System

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and join one of the stars of the science world and children's writer, Lucy Hawking, for this mind-blowing event.  Prepare to travel to galaxies far, far away.

8 years +

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David Baddiel

The Parent Agency

Hay Festival 2015, 
The author, screenwriter and comedian invites you into the hilarious world of The Parent Agency. Barry has always hated being called Barry. In fact, it’s number 2) on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) ‘being boring’ and 3) ‘always being tired’. But then one day Barry makes a fateful wish, and finds himself in a world where everything is Upside Down…
9+ years
David Baddiel

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Andrew Duff and John Keay

Beneath the Himalayas

Hay Festival 2015, 

Narendra Modi’s pilgrimage to Tibet heralds a new warmth in Sino-Indian relations, but the emerging superpowers have a long and complex history of contested priorities in the Himalayas. Keay is author of Midnight’s Descendants, a sweeping history of South Asia; Duff’s Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom tells the remarkable true story of India’s annexation of Sikkim in 1975. It’s a tale of love, intrigue and the Cold War in Asia.

Andrew Duff and John Keay

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Javier del Pino and Ramón Lobo with Aurelio Martin

Journalist by trade

Segovia 2013, 

Javier del Pino, director of A vivir que son dos días from Cadena SER, and Ramon Lobo, contributor to digital media such as Jot Down and InfoLibre, speak with Aurelio Martin, vice-president of the Federacion de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE) about the profound identity crisis in journalism.

 

In collaboration with the Asociación de la Prensa de Segovia. 

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Pepe Ribas en conversación con Bernabé Sarabia

Mayo del 68 y la década de los 70

Segovia 2008, 
Pepe Ribas, fundador de la revista Ajoblanco, la publicación alternativa más influyente en el panorama cultural español de los últimos treinta años, recupera los años de la transición en Los 70 a destajo, su último libro sobre la historia de la publicación y el ambiente que la rodeaba. Conversará sobre los eventos de mayo del 68 y la década de los 70 en España con el crítico literario y catedrático de Psicología de la Universidad Libre de Navarra, Bernabé Sarabia.

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Steve Sims talks to Michael Tavinor

Abel Clerk’s Bibel

Hay Festival 2010, 
A questioning, curious and sometimes playful poem of underlying seriousness; heart-warming, sad, violent, tender, sensuous and in sharp focus. Its 81 sections correspond to the Bible from a theologically open viewpoint, for which a narrator provides an overall continuity. Chaired by the Dean of Hereford Cathedral.
Steve Sims talks to Michael Tavinor

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Mark Jones, Charles Saumarez Smith and Simon Jenkins

National Treasure

Hay Festival 2010, 
Directors of the V&A and the Royal Academy join the Chairman of the National Trust to discuss who owns culture, and how we can all join in.

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Niall Griffiths, Cynan Jones and Christien Gholson talk to Susie Wild

Ten Pound Poms, Fish Caught in the Wind and Everything I Found on the Beach

Hay Festival 2011, 
Griffiths emigrated to Australia as a seven year old. Thirty years later he revisits and remembers why he left in the first place. Jones’s second novel Everything I Found on the Beach returns to the west Wales coast in the shape of a taut sharp thriller. Wandering American poet Gholson’s novel is about a shoal of fish and the dance troupe who once got naked at the Vatican.

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Gillian Tett

Reformations 5: Capitalism

Hay Festival 2017, 

Wall Street and The City like to operate under the flag of Adam Smith; his free market economic ideas are often considered to be a defining bedrock of capitalism. In reality, those financial capitalists today have completely forgotten the core essence of his ideas; indeed, their vision of capitalism and the modern company totally perverts them. Tett’s reformation is a call to arms for all devotees of Adam Smith – to return to his original ideas about market forces and reform that idea of capitalism in a fundamental manner. Tett is US Managing Editor of the FT and the author of The Silo Effect, Fool’s Gold and Saving the Sun. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Gillian Tett

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George Monbiot

Hay Festival 2011, 
The campaigning journalist, author of Bring On The Apocalypse, Heat and Age of Consent and star of the Left Hook tour, argues that our assessment of the risks of different energy options, from nuclear power to fossil fuels and renewables, is gravely flawed, and urgently needs to change.
Chaired by Andrew Simms of NEF.

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Karl Ove Knausgård in conversation with Jonathan Levi

Beirut 2013, 

International bestselling Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård has written autobiographical books that have sparked controversy and fascination in equal measure. His novel A Time For Everything was described by the New York Review of Books as ‘marvellous’. He talks to Jonathan Levi about his six autobiographical novels in the My Struggle series.

Event in English

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David Shukman in conversation with Andy Fryers

Reporting Live From The End of the World

Hay Festival 2011, 
The BBC’s Environment correspondent reports from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and the epicentre of the Pacific earthquake.

More about David Shukman here

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Dambisa Moyo talks to Jon Snow

Dead Aid

Hay Festival 2009, 
Western Aid is not relieving poverty and disaster in Africa. The Zambian economist analyses how the new world order of the G20 might realign trade and investment in developing worlds.

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Reza Aslan talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

How to Win a Cosmic War

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Why do they hate us?’ And who exactly are They? Al-Qaeda? Islamic nationalists? The whole Muslim world? The writer and scholar lays out a comprehensive definition of the movement behind and surrounding al-Qaeda and the like, a global ideology properly termed Jihadism.