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Ben Curtis, Alun Withey and Tyrone O’Sullivan join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 2 – The Unsung

Hay Festival 2012, 
Miners, smelters, teachers, and Mams have been the quiet unsung heroes of Welsh history. But there have been hidden villains as well – disease, poverty, inferiority, and hypocrisy. Are these the real heroes and villains of Welsh History?
 

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Jasmine Donahaye talks to Francesca Rhydderch

Finding Her Place

Hay Festival 2015, 
The poet is publishing two books this spring: the first biography of Lily Tobias, a courageous, idealistic Welsh woman who wrote compellingly about Jewish life and experience in the twentieth century; and a memoir, Losing Israel. In 2007, in a chance conversation with her mother, a kibbutznik, Donahaye stumbled upon the collusion of her family in the displacement of Palestinians in 1948. When she set out to learn the story of what happened, what she discovered challenged everything she thought she knew about the country and her family, and transformed her understanding of the place, and of herself.
Jasmine Donahaye talks to Francesca Rhydderch

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Jonathan Miller talks to Revel Guest

Polymath

Hay Festival 2014, 

A rare conversation about innovation and experience with the doctor, opera director, humorist and writer.

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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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Jon Snow talks to Rosie Boycott

London Events 2004, 
The Channel 4 News anchor and author of Shooting History discusses broadcast news, conflict and the New World Disorder with Rosie Boycott.

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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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Abbie Ross, Julia Forster and Crystal Jeans talk to Gwen Davies

Debuts

Hay Festival 2016, 

Three debut authors talk to New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies about childhood and the nostalgia of popular culture in memoir and fiction, and about getting that first book written and published. Abbie Ross’ memoir Hippy Dinners is set in north Wales; Julia Forster’s debut novel What a Way to Go is set in the Midlands; and Crystal Jeans’ novel Vegetarian Tigers of Paradise is set in Cardiff.

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The Word Wizards' Guide to Roald Dahl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Calling all Roald Dahl fans, wordsmiths and wannabe writers! Don’t be biffsquiggled. Come and join our Word Wizards as they swashboggle their way through the wonderful writing of Roald Dahl. Through games and performance we’ll find how to gobblefunk with words and hear all about the amazing new Roald Dahl Dictionary.

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Fergal Keane

Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love

Hay Festival 2018, 

After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has gone home to Ireland to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is about Irish people who found themselves caught up in the revolution that followed the 1916 Rising, in the pitiless violence of civil war in north Kerry after the British left in 1922, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present. It is the story of Keane’s grandmother Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, and how they and their neighbours took up guns to fight the British Empire and create an independent Ireland. It is the story of another Irishman, too, Tobias O’Sullivan, who fought against them as a policeman because he believed it was his duty to uphold the law of his country. He talks to Peter Florence.

Fergal Keane

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Alessandro Baricco in conversation with Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2011, 
The Italian novelist and dramatist Alessandro Baricco is one of the most widely read of today’s Italian writers. However, writing is only one of his many talents: his works for theatre are also highly regarded and he is a musician, philosophy graduate, a music critic and a journalist. With the publication of his novel Silk (1996), Baricco became a worldwide literary phenomenon. He will talk to Marianne Ponsford, director of Arcadia. 

Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available

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Simon Hoggart

The Hands of History

Hay Festival 2008, 
Guardian Sketch-writer Simon Hoggart collects his finest comic writing about Blair’s Westminster decade.

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Rebecca Miller talks to Francine Stock

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and film director discusses her fiction and cinema treatments of her compelling story.

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Javier Martin, Ramón Lobo, and Jon Lee Anderson with Cecilia Ballesteros

We want to know

Segovia 2012, 
The world economic crisis has coincided with a crisis in the media, forcing journalism to adapt to a new digital reality. The panel reflect on the potential repercussions on democracy.

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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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Clive Anderson, Monty Don and Will Cohu

Trust the Woodland

Hay Festival 2008, 
Silver-tongued barrister and tree- hugger Clive Anderson talks woods, trees, conservation and climate change with Out of the Woods author Will Cohu and Round the World in 80 Gardens writer Monty Don.

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David King and Gabrielle Walker

Hay Festival 2008, 
The former UK chief scientific advisor and the science writer present their The Hot Topic : How to Tackle Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights On. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Fergal Keane

Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist chronicles The Epic Story of the Last Great Battle of Empire. In this remote Indian village near the border with Burma, a tiny force of British and Indian troops faced the might of the Imperial Japanese Army.
Fergal Keane

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Janine di Giovanni, Alex Crawford, Rosie Boycott and guests

Marie Colvin

Hay Festival 2012, 
 Women in Journalism chair Jane Martinson hosts this appreciation of the great war journalist who died in Syria on 22 February.
 
 
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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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The Poetry Gala

Hay Festival 2006, 
Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, James Fenton, John Fuller, Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Owen Sheers and Hugo Williams, hosted by Wales’ Poet Laureate Gwyneth Lewis. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Juliet Davenport, Ed Gillespie and Special Guests

I’m An Environmentalist, Get Me Out of Here

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join host Ed Gillespie and two teams of the great and the good from the world of sustainability for this riotous and irreverent game show. Expect a heady mix of topicality, tomfoolery, ritual humiliation and randomness. No (live) insects will be hurt during the proceedings. We can’t guarantee the same for our heroic participants’ feelings, pride and reputations.

Marcus Brigstocke, Juliet Davenport, Ed Gillespie and Special Guests

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Ben Okri, Marcus du Sautoy and Elleke Boehmer

Narrative and Proof

Hay Festival 2015, 

How does narrative shape the sciences and the arts? Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road, Astonishing the Gods and The Age of Magic, is joined by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, in conversation with novelist and academic Elleke Boehmer.

Ben Okri, Marcus du Sautoy and Elleke Boehmer

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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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Howard Hodgkin talks to Simon Schama

Thames & Hudson Series

Hay Festival 2006, 
To celebrate his forthcoming retrospective at Tate Britain, and to mark the publication of the catalogue raisonnés of his paintings and prints, the artist talks to Simon Schama.

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Tracey Thorn talks to Xan Brooks

Naked at the Albert Hall

Hay Festival 2015, 

The riveting follow-up to her Bedsit Disco Queen. Part memoir, part wide-ranging exploration of the art, mechanics and spellbinding power of singing, Naked at the Albert Hall takes in Dusty Springfield, Dennis Potter and George Eliot; Auto-tune, the microphone and stage presence; The Streets and The X Factor. Including interviews with fellow artists and portraits of singers in fiction as well as Tracey’s real-life experiences, it offers a unique, witty and sharply observed insider’s perspective on the exhilarating joy and occasional heartache of singing.

Tracey Thorn talks to Xan Brooks