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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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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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Jackie Scott

Cambridge Series: Equality

Hay Festival 2010, 
Understanding and tackling gender inequality at work and within the family at home.
Jackie Scott

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Sarah Churchwell

Reformations 4: Expertise

Hay Festival 2017, 

Everyone has experience, and the deeper your experience of a given subject or area, the greater your expertise. In a culture that trumpets anti-intellectualism, how might we reconcile and re-present academic expertise and practical experience? Churchwell is professorial fellow in American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Sarah Churchwell

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Christopher Brookmyre, Philip Kerr and MR Hall talk to Marcel Berlins

Fictions: Crimes and Misdemeanours

Hay Festival 2011, 
Brookmyre’s latest Glaswegian crime satire is Where The Bodies Are Buried. Kerr's seventh Bernie Gunther thriller is set in Cuba, a Soviet POW camp, Paris and Berlin of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Hall is the creator of the coroner Jenny Cooper and has written for Judge John Deed and Kavanagh QC.

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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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Helena Kennedy

In Defence of Democracy

Cartagena 2010, 
Baroness Helena Kennedy is a barrister and a member of the House of Lords, where she is in charge of matters related to human rights, civil rights, social justice and culture. Conscious of the importance of education, she has founded the Helena Kennedy Foundation, a trust that provides bursaries to help the most disadvantaged in society. She is author of Just Law: The Changing Face of Justice

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Favourite Book Gala

Cartagena 2010, 
Talking about their favourite books: Alfredo Gómez Cerdá (Spain), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Simon Schama (UK), Juan Cruz (Spain), Chloe Aridjis (USA / Mexico), Joanna Coles (UK), Gillian Beer (UK) and Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (Spain). Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina. 

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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David Lagercrantz

Fictions – Fall of Man in Wilmslow

Hay Festival 2015, 

The journalist introduces his fictionalised thriller about the death of Alan Turing. He is the ghostwriter of Sweden’s fastest-ever-selling book I am Zlatan Imbrahimovic, though he’s likely to top that in August with the publication of his newest novel – the authorized sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Girl With A Dragon Tattoo / Millenium series. He talks to SJ Parris.

David Lagercrantz

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Jonathan Coe and David Nobbs

Fiction: Comedy

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim is Coe’s picaresque new novel of our times. He talks about comedy and fiction with the creator of Henry Pratt and Reginald Perrin, whose latest book is Obstacles to Young Love. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Gillian Clarke

The British Council Poetry Lecture: Nothing Is Until It Has A Word

Hay Festival 2011, 
The National Poet of Wales reflects on her Laureateship, and the place of poetry in the life of the nation.
 
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Matthew d’Ancona and Sadie Jones talk to Anita Sethi

Story: Fear

Hay Festival 2009, 
D’Ancona offers his riveting suspense thriller Nothing to Fear. Jones’ The Outcast is a sustained examination of love and disillusion in a small 1950s town.

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Jon Lee Anderson en conversación con Christopher Domínguez

Segovia 2008, 
Jon Lee Anderson, uno de los grandes cronistas de The New Yorker. Empezó en 1979 como reportero del semanario peruano The Lima Times, a lo largo de su carrera, ha escrito para medios tan destacados como el New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, El País, Harper’s y Time. Entre otros, ha escrito los perfiles de Fidel Castro, Gabriel García Márquez, Augusto Pinochet, el rey Juan Carlos, Saddam Hussein y Hugo Chávez. Ha cubierto más de una decena de guerras alrededor del mundo. Conversará sobre Latinoamérica y sus retos con Christopher Domínguez, escritor, critico literario y editor de la revista Letras Libres.

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The 2008 Raymond Williams Lecture: Border Country

Hay Festival 2008, 
Dai Smith explores Williams’ relationship with the Black Mountains, landscape and storytelling. Smith is the author of Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale. Introduced by Eric Hobsbawm.

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Paul Collier

The Plundered Planet

Hay Festival 2010, 
The visionary economist proposes How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature. Chaired by Andrew Kelly.

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The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

Geoff White and Glenn Wilkinson

Hay Festival 2015, 

A unique and fascinating journey into the private life of a gadget you thought was on your side. Afterwards, you’ll never look at your phone in the same way again… The brainchild of Channel 4 News’ award-winning technology journalist Geoff White and security researcher Glenn Wilkinson: welcome to a live stage performance using cutting-edge interception technology to reveal the people, places and companies your phone is talking to behind your back – and what it’s telling them.

The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

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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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Niklas Frank talks to Philippe Sands

In The Shadow of the Reich

Hay Festival 2012, 
A remarkable interview with the writer whose father, Hitler’s lawyer, Hans Frank, was hanged at Nuremberg.
 

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Marcus Moore & Sara-Jane Arbury

Oxford Word Wizards

Hay Festival 2013, 

Get the gift of the gab and add vim to your vocab with these lively linguists. A must for budding writers!

7+ years

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Jenny Abramsky, Joan Bakewell, Katy Brand and Allison Pearson talk to Sarah Crompton

The Telegraph Question Time

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join the Telegraph panel of experts to debate politics, culture, national identity and the roles that women (and men) play. Our all-star team is ready to tackle your questions about the burning issues of the day.

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Charlotte Higgins, Niall Livingstone, Fiona Macintosh and Oliver Taplin

The Greeks 9 - Drama

Hay Festival 2012, 
What do the surviving Greek tragedies and comedies, and the information we have about their performance and audiences, tell us about the Classical world?

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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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Ben Haggarty

Tales from the World of MeZolith

Hay Festival 2010, 
Performance storytelling of stone-age horror, archaeology and myth. Tales that have shaped our ancestors’ dreams…and nightmares. With stills from the graphic novel, illustrated by Adam Brockbank.
 
10+ years

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Anna Reid

Leningrad

Hay Festival 2012, 
On 8 September 1941, 11 weeks after Hitler launched his brutal surprise attack on the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa, Leningrad was surrounded. During the 872 days of siege, blockade and bombardment as many as 2,000,000 Soviet lives would be lost. Had the city fallen, the history of the Second World War - and of the C20th - would have been very different.

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Laura Hassan, Suzanne Dean and guests talk to Gaby Wood

Judging a Book by its Cover

Hay Festival 2012, 
What makes the perfect book jacket and why might a jacket not make the cut? The Editorial Director Vintage Classics joins leading designers from across the industry to discuss the publishing process and book design.