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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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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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Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

The Immortals

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join one of the most-loved creative partnerships in children’s fiction as they introduce the tenth and last installment of the epic Edge Chronicles.

10 years +

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Oliver Balch talks to Georgina Godwin

Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders

Hay Festival 2016, 

After living in London and Buenos Aires, what will the journalist make of moving to Hay, a tiny, quirky town on the Welsh-English border? To help guide him, he turns to Francis Kilvert, the Victorian diarist who captured the bucolic rural life of his day. Does anything of Kilvert’s world still exist? And could a newcomer ever feel they truly belong? With empathy and humour, Balch joins in the daily routines and lives of his fellow residents. What emerges is a captivating, personal picture of country life.

Oliver Balch talks to Georgina Godwin

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Stefan Collini

Cambridge 800 Series: Criticism and the Reading Public

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature challenges the alleged decline of ‘the serious reading public’. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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From climate change to financial turbulence: The challenges of leadership in historical perspective

Geoffrey Parker in conversation with Rolf Strom Olsen

Segovia 2010, 
Geoffrey Parker, a distinguished historian, Hispanist and Andreas Dorpalen Professor at the Ohio State University, will talk to Rolf Strom Olsen, professor at the IE School of Arts & Humanities. Geoffrey Parker has received the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic and the Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Ed Thomas, Ed Talfan and David Wilson

Hinterland

Hay Festival 2017, 

The producers of the cult noir film thriller are joined by photographer David Wilson to talk about the silent character in the hit TV show: the landscapes of Ceredigion. Wilson has captured these landscapes for the new book Hinterland Landscapes and the panel will reflect on what the settings have brought to the show, and the impact the show has had on this quiet part of Wales. Chaired by Jon Gower.

Ed Thomas, Ed Talfan and David Wilson

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Gabrielle Walker

Reformations 20: Climate Change

Hay Festival 2017, 

If we’re going to win the climate war, the battle cry has to be positive. “Pain now or apocalypse later” just doesn’t cut it, and nor does “save the planet”. The climate scientist and strategist argues that it’s time to stop focusing on disaster and start pouring our energy into imagining – and creating – the promised land. Because fundamentally the planet doesn’t care what we do. This is about saving ourselves. Chaired by Jim Al-Khalili.

Gabrielle Walker

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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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Iñaki Gabilondo talks to Juan Luis Cebrián

Segovia 2011, 
El fin de una época, una hoja de ruta para los nuevos periodistas is the title of the latest book published by Iñaki Gabilondo. This renowned journalist has led the audience figures for years with his morning show on Cadena SER, and on television he has headed news projects for TVE, Cuatro and CNN+. He currently presents the daily video blog La voz de Iñaki on the website of El País newspaper, and monthly the programme Iñaki on Canal+. He will talk with Juan Luis Cebrián, thinker, writer, member of the Real Academia, as well as founder and first editor of El País. His most recent book is El periodista en el burdel.

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Alicia Giménez Bartlett talks to Fernando Delgado

Segovia 2011, 
The writer Alicia Giménez Bartlett, winner of the Premio Nadal this year for her novel Donde nadie te encuentre, will talk with the writer and journalist Fernando Delgado. They will talk about the phenomenon of the maquis, in particular of the maquis protagonist in her novel, which has become a legend in the area of the Maestrazgo.

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Anthony Browne

Hay Festival 2010, 
Find out what the Children’s Laureate has been up to and hear why picture books are for everybody, as he speaks to Julia Eccleshare.
 
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Anthony Sattin

Lifting The Veil

Hay Festival 2011, 
The travel writer explores Two Centuries of Travellers, Traders and Tourists in Egypt. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

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Emma Bridgewater

Pattern & The Secrets of Lasting Design

Hay Festival 2016, 

Emma Bridgewater’s patterns are as quintessentially British as marmalade on toast – and they have made her distinctive homewares best-sellers across the world. Her inspiration is often deeply personal – a plate of belonging to her mother’s, a favourite children’s book – and as she tells the stories of each pattern’s creation, she reveals the intricate processes of research and collaboration behind the familiar designs she has stamped on our kitchenware – and our hearts – for the past 30 years. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Emma Bridgewater

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Hywel Francis, John Gaventa, Helen Lewis, Richard Greatrex, Mair Francis

After Coal: Debate - Swansea University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

How can cultural exchange inform community regeneration?  In 1974 John Gaventa met Hywel Francis and initiated an exchange between Welsh and Appalachian coalfield communities. This work was expanded by researcher Helen Lewis, cinematographer Richard Greatrex, and community organiser Mair Francis. Tonight they discuss the benefits, pitfalls and insights gained from a long-term cultural exchange over four decades. They are in conversation with Dai Smith.


You can book this event together with events [33] and [40] at a discounted price of £12. Please call the Box Office on 01497 822629 to proceed with this offer, and we will remove the £3 booking fee.

Hywel Francis, John Gaventa, Helen Lewis, Richard Greatrex, Mair Francis

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Intelligence Squared Debate: 1968 was an ending and not a beginning

Hay Festival 2008, 
John Walsh chairs. Speakers include Rosie Boycott, Christopher Hitchens and Matthew Engel.

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Patricia Hodgson

Cambridge Series 9 - Media Freedom and the Public Interest

Hay Festival 2012, 
Phone hacking has put media regulation centre-stage. But will regulation stifle a free press? Where does the public interest really lie? Introduced by Rosie Boycott.
 

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Rachel Hewitt

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘An endlessly absorbing, lively and informative narrative that highlights the Ordnance project’s legion of draughtsmen, surveyors, dreamers and eccentrics’ – The Observer.
 
Read a full review here www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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John Polkinghorne

Cambridge Series 13: Quantum Theory

Hay Festival 2011, 
The mathematician, theoretical physicist and priest explains the strange and exciting ideas that make the subatomic world so different from the world of the every day.
 
Listen to an interview with John Polkinghorne 

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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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Martha Schwartz in conversation with Martha Thorne

Beyond bricks and mortar: Landscape, art and architecture for liveable cities

Segovia 2014, 

The well-known landscape artist Martha Schwartz, Honorary Fellow of RIBA, design consultant to the Mayor of London and lecturer at the Harvard GSD, talks to Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Prize and city planning professor.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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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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The State of the Union

Hay Festival 2008, 
NY-based internationalist Shashi Tharoor hosts this conversation about American society with Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian, Matt Frei author of Only in America and Jacob Weisberg, author of The Bush Tragedy and online editor of Slate online magazine.

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Andrew Robinson

Cracking the Egyptian Code

Hay Festival 2012, 
The first biography in English of Jean-François Champollion, the impoverished, arrogant and brilliant child of the French Revolution who made the vital breakthrough in deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphs.

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Paddy Ashdown

Game of Spies

Hay Festival 2017, 

The true story of a lethal spy triangle with three men at its centre – a brilliant, ruthless, British secret agent called Roger Landes; the Gestapo counter-espionage officer Friedrich Dohse, who was charged with finding him; and French Resistance leader André Grandclément, who was responsible for the most controversial betrayal that took place in wartime France. From 1942 until 1944 these three enemies were drawn into a lethal dance in which comrades, Allied agents and downed pilots were sold to the Germans as casually as crates of wine. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Paddy Ashdown