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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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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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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.

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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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Orlando Figes

Just Send me Word

Hay Festival 2012, 
The letters of two young Muscovites in Stalin’s Soviet Union tell A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag.

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Arnold Wesker

All Things Tire of Themselves

Hay Festival 2009, 
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the playwright knight’s first play with a magical reading of his poetry.

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Dambisa Moyo talks to Jon Snow

Dead Aid

Hay Festival 2009, 
Western Aid is not relieving poverty and disaster in Africa. The Zambian economist analyses how the new world order of the G20 might realign trade and investment in developing worlds.

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Deborah Newbold

Macbeth

Hay Festival 2011, 
A lyrical storytelling of royalty, madness and betrayal. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare and ‘the Scottish play’ from the Shakepeare’s Globe storyteller.
 
Duration 45 mins.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Beth Singler

Cambridge Series: Could and Should Robots Feel Pain?

Hay Festival 2017, 

Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence and robotics demonstrate that we are aiming towards creating something that is ‘human-like’ in various ways. What sort of experiences should these beings have? And what does the answer to that question tell us about ourselves? Anthropologist Dr Beth Singler is Research Associate on the Human Identity in an age of Nearly-Human Machines project at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

Beth Singler

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Jenny Valentine

Reformations 21: Adolescence

Hay Festival 2017, 

Valentine is the 2017 Hay Festival International Fellow, and a multi award-winning writer of YA fiction. She explores ways in which teenagers might be better understood and empowered. Her novels include Finding Violet Park and Fire Colour One. She is joined onstage by young readers to discuss her reformation of adolescence.

Jenny Valentine

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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.

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Aggie MacKenzie and Judith Wills

Cooking For Christmas

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Join Aggie (Aggie’s Family Cookbook and How Clean Is Your House) and Judith (The Food Bible) as they chat with Country Living’s Kitty Corrigan about those little Christmas challenges. From achieving the perfect roast to inspiring ideas for your leftovers.

More about Aggie's Family Cookbook
Aggie helps you to learn how to plan a week's worth of dishes, from breakfast to lunch to dinner. She gives advice on recipes to choose for days when you're busy and days when you have more time; when the whole family will eat together, when they won't and when friends are likely to drop by. There are lots of tips for saving money too, such as cooking with leftovers, clever ways to bulk out a dinner for four so that it serves six and ideas for cooking delicious dishes with cheaper ingredients. All the recipes are foolproof; for classic dishes such as Baked Chicken with Lemon, Beef Wellington, Beef and Mushroom Pie, Chocolate Fridge Cake and Apple Pie there are simple steps to show how it's done.

More about Judith Wills
Judith Wills is a British author, food and health journalist, magazine editor and columnist and has written numerous books on food and diets. Her publications include The Food Bible, The Diet Bible, The Green Food Bible, Feeding Kids and Everyday Eating for Babies and Children as well as six cookbooks.
Aggie MacKenzie and Judith Wills

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Simon Callow, Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Alexa Huang

Global Shakespeare: Protest, dissent and slipping by the censors

Hay Festival 2016, 

All over the world, Shakespeare’s plays find an audience, but often hidden within productions are thought-provoking, often controversial themes, about corruption, overthrowing power or teenage love. These areas of debate might rarely get staged, were it not for the cloak of Shakespeare’s ‘respectability’.  This session discusses how Shakespeare slips by the censors, both historically and today. Simon Callow is an actor and writer.  David Aaronovitch is a journalist who writers for The Times. Rachel Jolley is the editor of Index on Censorship. Alexa Huang teaches at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C

Simon Callow, Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Alexa Huang

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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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Lucy Hawking

Surfing the Solar System

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and join one of the stars of the science world and children's writer, Lucy Hawking, for this mind-blowing event.  Prepare to travel to galaxies far, far away.

8 years +

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Felipe Fernández-Armesto

The problem of change: Why do we live in an unstable world?

Cartagena 2011, 
Change is the universal law that governs the world. However, we don’t know how to explain it. Concentrating on the problem of social and cultural change, as a historian, Felipe Fernández-Armesto will try to explain why our living systems change, why the changes are gathering speed and to what point the laws of evolution can be applied to the study of culture. He also tackles the question: if the changes are accelerating, how will we end up? Felipe Fernández-Armesto is one of the most brilliant British historians working today and author of works such as Civilizations and 1492: The Year the World Began.

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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.
 
Family event

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Overthrow Parliament Now

Hay Festival 2009, 
Helena Kennedy, Philippe Sands and Marcus Brigstocke rip up the Westminster cabal of fraudsters, opportunists and scoundrels. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

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Frank McGuinness and Nerys Williams

Kells 2013, 

Frank McGuinness, the playwright and poet, author of The Factory Girls and the screenplay of Dancing At Lughnasa, and Nerys Williams, a native Welsh speaker and recipient of a Fulbright Scholar’s Award at UC Berkeley, whose latest book is entitled Sound Archive, read from their collections of poetry.

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Hay Festival 2016, 

From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the C20th, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University.

Peter Frankopan

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Martin Wolf

The Shifts and the Shocks

Hay Festival 2015, 

The chief economics commentator of the Financial Times explains that further shocks could be ahead for the economy because governments have failed to deal with fundamental problems in the world’s financial systems. Wolf traces the causes of the great recession to the complex interaction between globalisation, destabilising global imbalances and fragile financial systems. He argues that management of the Eurozone in particular guarantees a future political crisis and he offers far more ambitious and comprehensive plans for reform than are presently being considered. Chaired by Susie Symes.

Martin Wolf

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Steve Sims talks to Michael Tavinor

Abel Clerk’s Bibel

Hay Festival 2010, 
A questioning, curious and sometimes playful poem of underlying seriousness; heart-warming, sad, violent, tender, sensuous and in sharp focus. Its 81 sections correspond to the Bible from a theologically open viewpoint, for which a narrator provides an overall continuity. Chaired by the Dean of Hereford Cathedral.
Steve Sims talks to Michael Tavinor

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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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Anthony Sinclair

Serengeti Story: Life And Science In The World’s Greatest Wildlife Region

Hay Festival 2013, 

What happens in this great World Heritage Site biologically? How did it become a protected area? What are the historical events that have shaped its present dynamics? What will happen to it in future?

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Korky Paul

Winnie the Witch

Hay Festival 2011, 
Have fun with The World’s Greatest Portrait Painter and Dinosaur Drawer! Join Korky for an energy-filled event of quick sketching and story-book adventure.
 
5–80+ Rib Ticklers