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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.

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Jenny Uglow

A Gambling Man: Charles II

Hay Festival 2010, 
The mistresses, the Catholics, the powerplay, Plague and Fire of the charismatic Restoration monarch and his reign.
Jenny Uglow

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David Peace talks to Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2009, 
The cult novelist discusses his recently filmed stories The Red Riding Quartet and The Damned Utd.

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William Banks-Blaney

25 Dresses: Iconic Moments in Twentieth Century Fashion

Hay Festival 2015, 

The founder of the iconic vintage clothing company WilliamVintage and Global Style Ambassador to American Express introduces his history of C20th couture, told through the designers who made the dresses and the women who wore them. His talk is illustrated with slides. William Banks-Blaney is Vogue’s 'Vintage King', and the Fashion Patron of Oxfam.

William Banks-Blaney

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Martin Rowson and Jean-Pierre Filiu

After Charlie Hebdo

Hay Festival 2015, 

How do we understand and respond to what happened in Paris on 7 January? What is the nature of ‘respect’ and ‘offence’ for a satirist? The cartoonist and ‘visual journalist’ Martin Rowson discusses with the writer and Professor of Political Science, Jean-Pierre Filiu. Filiu has collaborated with the French graphic artist David B. on two volumes of Best of Enemies – a graphic history of US–Middle East relations. Chaired by Daniel Hahn, chair of the Society of Authors.

Martin Rowson and Jean-Pierre Filiu

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Steve Feasey, Mark Walden and Rohan Gavin

Geeks, Gadgets and Science Fiction

Hay Festival 2014, 

Geek out with three authors who are all keen gamers, comic book fans and gadget freaks. They have all written books that read like action movies – Mutant City, Earthfall and Knightley & Son respectively. Find out how their favourite geeky things have been a source of inspiration.
10+ years

Steve Feasey, Mark Walden and Rohan Gavin

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Harold Evans

Pictures on a Page

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist discusses his authoritative study of photo-journalism with Rosie Boycott.
Harold Evans

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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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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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Justine Picardie talks to Hannah Rothschild

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beneath the romance and lies, Picardie examines the myth-maker and couturier who conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes and the most successful fashion brand of all time.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
See a short interview with the author

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Lemn Sissay

Reformations 17: Care

Hay Festival 2017, 

The passionate and powerful poet re-imagines the way in which the State might raise children placed in its care. Sissay is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His foster parents placed him into care at the age of 12. He lived in care homes until he was 18. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Lemn Sissay

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George Alagiah

Mixed Britannia

Hay Festival 2012, 
The previously untold history of Britain’s mixed-race community and the many love stories that created it. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Michael Jacobs

Andes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The travel writer journeys 5,500 miles across seven different countries, from the balmy Caribbean to the inhospitable islands of the Tierra del Fuego along the roof of one of the world’s most fabled mountain ranges.

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Kipper & Friends

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and meet your favourite little dog Kipper, created by Mick Inkpen. Hear all about his friends, including Wibbly Pig, and join in as wonderful storyteller Liz Fost leads us in stories and songs. A party not to be missed. 
 
3+ years & families

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Robert Muchamore

Henderson’s Boys: Eagle Day

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join this thrilling author as he takes us back to World War Two where the first CHERUB adventure is about to begin.

10 years +

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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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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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Charles Handy talks to Andrew St George

The Second Curve

Hay Festival 2015, 

The bracing manifesto of a radical thinker. His books on management – including Understanding Organizations and Gods of Management – have changed the way we view business. His work on broader issues and trends – such as Beyond Certainty – has changed the way we view society.

In The Second Curve, Handy builds on a life’s work to glimpse into the future and see what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. He looks at current trends in capitalism and asks whether it is a sustainable system. He explores the dangers of a society built on credit. He challenges the myth that remorseless growth is essential.

Charles Handy talks to Andrew St George

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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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Valeria Luiselli, Nell Leyshon and Angharad Price talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions - Time

Hay Festival 2012, 
Faces in the Crowd runs two narrators - in C21st Mexico City and 1950s Philadelphia. The Colour of Milk is set on a farm in 1831. The English translation of the Welsh masterpieceThe Life of Rebecca Jones reflects a century of technological change for a farming family in the Maesglasau valley.

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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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Marcus Brigstocke talks to Andrew Simms

Changing the System: Crossing Planetary Boundaries

Hay Festival 2014, 

The comedian and broadcaster, who has witnessed the impact of climate change in the Arctic, is joined by Simms, author and campaigner with Global Witness, to discuss how close we are to crossing planetary environmental thresholds, how we got into this mess and what we need to do to get out of it.

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Niall Ferguson

The Pity of War

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian analyses the Great War and asks: was the sacrifice worth it? Was it all really an inevitable cataclysm and were the Germans a genuine threat? Was the war, as is often asserted, greeted with popular enthusiasm? Why did men keep on fighting when conditions were so wretched? Was there in fact a death wish, driving soldiers to their own destruction? In the Great War’s centenary year, the historian offers a provocative analysis: that going to war in 1914 was the biggest mistake in British history.

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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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Concurso de Cuento RCN - Ministerio de Educación: Cómo se escribe un cuento

Cartagena 2013, 
Los jurados del Concurso de Cuento RCN – Ministerio de Educación William Ospina (Colombia), Carolina Sanín (Colombia), José María Plaza (España), Miguel Torres (Colombia) y Eduardo Sacheri (Argentina), todos grandes escritores y conocedores de la tradición literaria y en especial de los cuentos, conversarán con Juan Gossaín sobre cómo escribir historias cortas. A continuación se hará entrega de un diploma a los jóvenes narradores.