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Toby Harnden

Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain’s War in Afghanistan

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Telegraph’s US editor had unprecedented access to the battalion over the last fifteen years, and specifically in the extreme conditions of Helmand in 2009. At the time of going to press the MOD has just bought and pulped the entire print run of this book. We’ll follow that story too...

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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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Philippe Sands talks to Jon Snow

The Joseph Rotblat Centenary Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
The QC’s Torture Team exposes the one-page memorandum signed by Donald Rumsfeld on 2 December 2002 authorising eighteen techniques of interrogation not previously allowed by the United States. Chaired by Jon Snow.

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Patrick Cramsie

The British Library Lecture: The Story of Graphic Design

Hay Festival 2010, 
A magnificent and revelatory study of the development of graphic styles in the West, from the origins of the alphabet itself to the work of the greatest designers and scribes in history.

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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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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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Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

The Edge Chronicles: The Nameless One

Hay Festival 2014, 

Stewart and Riddell return to the world of The Edge Chronicles with the first in a brand new series of adventures starring Cade Quarter. Over three million copies have been sold, and this is a must-see event for fans of the series, including live drawing throughout.
9+ years

Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

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Colin Thubron, Tiffany Murray, Anthony Sattin, David Shukman

Ox-Travels 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
Four Meetings with Remarkable Travellers from our new Oxfam anthology. Chaired by series editor Mark Ellingham.

Learn more about the authors: Colin Thubron, Tiffany Murray, Anthony SattinDavid Shukman

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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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Michael Morpurgo en conversación con Claire Armitstead

Segovia 2008, 
Michael Morpurgo es uno de los novelistas ingleses más apreciados, autor de numerosos libros para niños, algunos de los cuales se han llevado al cine y ganador de varios galardones. Durante 2003 desempeñó el cargo de ‘Children’s Laureate’, el poeta laureado de los niños. Es autor de El reino de Kensuke que en 2000 ganó el Children’s Book Award. Ha escrito una obra de teatro The Voices of Children (2008) en la que explora el concepto de la niñez y su evolución en el ultimo milenio. Conversará con Claire Armitstead, editorial literaria de The Guardian.
Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Ffion Hague

The Pain and the Privilege

Hay Festival 2008, 
We launch the biographer’s study of the marriage, the scandals and the fallout from: The Women in Lloyd George’s Life.

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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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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Reformations 6: War and Peace

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the wake of Colombia’s 2016 Peace Agreement, which put an end to more than 60 years of civil war, the philosopher and law professor reimagines our understanding of conflict, of truth, reconciliation and justice. Guardiola-Rivera is the author of What if Latin America Ruled the World?, Story of a Death Foretold and the forthcoming A New Art of War. Chaired by Helena Kennedy.

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

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The Famous Five at 75

Hay Festival 2017, 

Go on an adventure with Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary. From going on a picnic to cracking clues and solving a mystery, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog present an immersive theatre show for all the family.

6+

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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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Luke Harding talks to Orlando Figes

Mafia State

Hay Festival 2012, 
How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia is a brilliant, haunting account of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called enemies – human rights workers, Western diplomats, journalists and opposition activists.

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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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Abbas Beydoun, Wael Abd el Fattah and Rabab El Mahdi in conversation with Iskandar Habache

Co-organised with PEN Lebanon and supported by PEN International PEN International Free the Word! e

Beirut 2013, 

Does a writer have any duty to recount certain stories, to attempt to tell the truth, even? And in societies where freedom of expression is limited or censorship imposed, do such responsibilities increase? Writers from Egypt and Lebanon discuss their experiences with censorship and publishing in the region. 

Event in Arabic

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Miguel Syjuco in conversation with Beatriz de Moura

Cartagena 2011, 
The Filipino writer Miguel Syjuco put his small island in the spotlight of contemporary literature with his first novel, Ilustrado, winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize, as well as a Palanca Award, the most prestigious prize in Philippine literature. Today he will talk to the well-known editor Beatriz de Moura about this fascinating history that has captivated both the public and the critics. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

Why Does it Happen?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The sexual abuse of children by adult men is a global problem. It appears to happen in every sector of society and the exposure of paedophile rings is a daily news story. But why does it happen at all? Batmanghelidjh runs Kids Company, Kennedy is a human rights lawyer, Berelowitz is Chair, national inquiry into child sexual abuse linked to the family.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

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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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Edney Silvestre and Lavanya Sankaran talk to Jo Glanville

Fictions – Hope

Hay Festival 2013, 

Silvestre’s If I Close My Eyes Now is a prize-winning mystery set in 1960s Brazil. Sankaran’s The Hope Factory, set in Bangalore, captures the vitality and danger of a newly industrialized city and how it shapes the dreams and aspirations of two very different families.

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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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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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Annabel Pitcher and Marcus Sedgwick

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece and Midwinterblood

Hay Festival 2012, 
See two amazing writers discuss their compelling stories of love and sacrifice. Chaired by Lorna Bradbury
 
12+ years