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Boris Izaguirre talks to Juan Cruz

Segovia 2011, 
Dos monstruos juntos is the title of Boris Izaguirre’s latest novel, presented for the first time at this festival. Patricia, Alfredo and money as well as the current crisis and millionaires are the key players of this novel set in modern day London that wants to take a look with the biting humour of a contemporary work of art. The author will talk with the journalist and writer Juan Cruz.

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John Toman

Kilvert’s Diary and Landscape

Hay Festival 2009, 
A study of the Clyro and Bredwardine curate and great Victorian diarist.

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Ketil Bjørnstad and Elif Shafak talk to Ariane Koek

Fiction: Passions

Hay Festival 2010, 
To Music plays with a pianist’s family and relationships; The Forty Rules of Love engages with the ancient Sufi mystic, Rumi, who was transformed by the whirling dervish into a passionate poet and advocate of love.
Ketil Bjørnstad and Elif Shafak talk to Ariane Koek

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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne talks to Philippe Sands

The Run-up to the Iraq War – A French Perspective

Hay Festival 2010, 
The French Ambassador to London about ambassadorial life and his role as senior foreign policy adviser to President Chirac in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Maurice Gourdault-Montagne talks to Philippe Sands

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Klaus Wagenbach y Jorge Herralde en conversación con Malcolm Otero Barral

Segovia 2008, 
Klaus Wagenbach, celebrado fundador de la editorial independiente alemana Wagenbach Verlag y experto en Kafka, y Jorge Herralde, fundador de la editorial independiente española Anagrama, conversarán con el editor Malcolm Otero Barral sobre el rol de las editoriales independientes dentro del panorama de la industria editorial y sobre sus autores favoritos.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del alemán al español.

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Terry Jones

Was Richard II a Tyrant?

Hay Festival 2008, 
With inimitable brilliance and humour Terry Jones revises the conventional history spun by Richard’s successor, and reassesses the King’s reign.

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Nicky Clayton & Mark Baldwin

The Royal Society Lecture 5: Ballet Rambert

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Scientist in Residence at the ballet company and its artistic director discuss the cross-currents between choreography and cognition. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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John Carey talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Unexpected Professor

Hay Festival 2014, 

Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, Carey’s warm and funny memoirdescribes the events that formed him: an escape from the London Blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that saw him elected, aged 40, to Oxford’s oldest English Literature professorship.

John Carey talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Jemma King, Florian Kessler and Luca Giordano

Scritture Giovani 2014: Sarajevo

Hay Festival 2014, 

Three international writers chosen with our festival partners in Italy and Germany have written stories on the theme of Sarajevo. They discuss their stories and the translations with Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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Alun Davies

Sustainably Growing Wales

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Welsh Government Minister for Natural Resources and Food is proposing to increase the focus on green growth as an alternative economic model for Wales. What does this mean in reality? And what will Wales look like in 20 years if this vision is realised, and how does this fit with the wider global economy? In conversation with the Festival’s Sustainability Director Andy Fryers.

Alun Davies

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Colum McCann and Shani Boianjiu

Fictions – Beyond Borders

Hay Festival 2013, 

McCann’s masterpiece Transatlantic is a bravura weft of stories crossing between Ireland and the New World over 200 years. Boianjiu’s contemporary novel The People Of Forever Are Not Afraid conjures three Israeli girlfriends guarding physical and personal borders. Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson.

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Javier Argüello, Cristina Grande y Ricardo Menéndez Salmón en conversación con Mal

Nuevos narradores

Segovia 2008, 
¿Hacia dónde va la nueva narrativa? ¿Cuáles son los referentes literarios y culturales que comparten los autores que, recientemente, han reclamado y conseguido un espacio propio en el panorama literario en español?. El editor Malcolm Otero Barral conversará con una selección de escritores jovenes: Cristina Grande, una de las autoras jovenes mas alabadas en el 2008 con Naturaleza Infiel;Javier Argüello, escritor de origen argentino afincado en Barcelona y autor de Siete cuentos imposibles y El mar de todos los muertos (2008) y Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, cuya quinta novela, La ofensa, ha sido galardonada premio Qwerty de Barcelona TV a la revelación literaria del 2007, Premio Librería Sintagma al mejor libro del año y elegida por la revista Quimera como major obra de narrativa del 2007.

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Virginia McKenna and Lauren St John

Born Free Foundation

Hay Festival 2015, 
For Virginia McKenna OBE, saving animals is a passion that started when she starred in Born Free and continued with the formation of the Born Free Foundation. For Lauren St John, it began with rescuing orphaned warthogs, monkeys and other wild animals on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe. They talk about their love of writing, Africa, and animals, and launch the brand new series of Born Free Foundation stories that share the message: keep wildlife in the wild! Support the Born Free charity and join Virginia McKenna and her team behind the scenes in this first book about an amazing lion rescue.
10+ years
Virginia McKenna and Lauren St John

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Minecraft

Hay Festival 2015, 
Love Minecraft? Want to know more about how to construct the most awesome builds? Come along to this session for tips and tricks from the experts on how to be a Minecraft creative genius.
7+ years
Minecraft

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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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Mark Haddon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Red House

Hay Festival 2012, 
The magical new novel from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: A family get together in a farmhouse near Hay for a week - four adults and four children with interweaving stories and history and voices.

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Francois Bizot talks to Philippe Sands

Facing The Torturer

Hay Festival 2012, 
In 1971 the author was kept prisoner for three months in the Cambodian jungle. His Khymer Rouge captor, Comrade Duch, eventually had him freed but later became one of Pol Pot’s most infamous henchmen, who personally oversaw the detention, systematic torture and execution of more than 16,000 detainees. Bizot covered Duch’s show trial, which ended in 2010, and spent time with him in prison, trying to unearth whatever humanity Duch had left. If he was going to talk to anyone, it was Bizot, whom he still referred to as his ‘friend’.

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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

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Javier Sierra, Augustín Paz and Pedro de Andrés

Book Promotion in Social Networks

Segovia 2013, 

The internet, and in particular social networks, have become an essential means for promoting new works for writers. Writers Javier Sierra and Agustín Paz, author of Me Gusta Leer (Random House Mondadori), discuss how the Spanish publishing industry is facing this phenomenon. Chaired by Pedrode Andrés, President of CEDRO.

 

Co-organised with Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO).

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Melissa Harrison and Laline Paull

Fictions – Nature

Hay Festival 2015, 

 Discover two of the most thrilling new voices in fiction. Building to an extraordinary climax over the course of one spring month, Harrison’s second novel At Hawthorn Time is both a clear-eyed picture of rural Britain, and a heartbreaking exploration of love, land and loss. Paull’s debut The Bees is set entirely in a beehive. It is the story of a heroine, Flora 717, a sanitation bee who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world. They read and talk to Mary Loudon.

Melissa Harrison and Laline Paull

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Emyr Roberts talks to Geoffrey Lean

All Change For Wales’ Countryside And Environment

Hay Festival 2013, 

On 1 April 2013 a new organisation, Natural Resources Wales, came into being, merging three existing bodies. With responsibility for ecosystems management including forestry, waterways, grants legislation, enforcement and much more, what does the new director see as the opportunities and challenges facing him? He talks to The Telegraph’s Environment Editor.

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Deborah Moggach talks to Peter Florence

Fictions – Heartbreak

Hay Festival 2013, 

The writer discusses the film adaptation of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, her screenplay for Joe Wright’s Pride And Prejudice movie and her new novel Heartbreak Hotel in which the irrepressible Russell ‘Buffy’ Buffery has upped sticks from London and moved to a decrepit B&B in rural Wales. He needs to fill the beds, and what better way than with ‘Courses for Divorces’…?

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Daniel Pick

The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts

Hay Festival 2012, 
How British intelligence in 1941 debriefed and assessed the captured Rudolf Hess, and how US agents used Freudian analysis on Hitler in an attempt to understand the psychological bases of their Nazi convictions.

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Charles Williams

Harold Macmillan

Hay Festival 2009, 
Portrait of the publisher, soldier, cuckold and politician whose Premiereship was fatally determined by the Profumo Affair.

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Jane Haynes, Martin Scurr and Kate Wood

Doctors Dissected

Hay Festival 2015, 

The authors of Doctors Dissected discuss what might be the most formative experiences, or rites of passage, on the journey to becoming a doctor. Psychotherapist Jane Haynes talks to two 'experienced' doctors, her co-author Martin Scurr and contributor Kate Wood, about these unforgettable moments in their lives. Personal, conversational and unpredictable, Doctors Dissected steals behind cultural issues into the heartlands of doctors who are drawn to a life in medicine, conducting an autopsy as to the consequences of choosing a profession in which the practitioner is constantly faced with lonely decisions that very often are a matter of life and death.

Jane Haynes, Martin Scurr and Kate Wood