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James Rhodes talks to Stephen Fry

Instrumental

Hay Festival 2015, 

The unanimous Supreme Court ruling today to lift the injunction on this extraordinary memoir means we are delighted and thrilled to launch the book at Hay on Saturday evening.

'Over the last five years James Rhodes has become my latest addiction...his wit on stage and concentration on the keyboard have earned him a new audience for whom classical music had always appeared stuffy and elitist. As for his life and personality – they transcend the imagination of the most vivid novelist. His story is one filled with unimaginable terrors and unconquerable triumphs. The unforgettable story of an unforgettable and remarkable man.' – Stephen Fry.

James Rhodes' passion for music has been his absolute lifeline. It has been the thread that has held him together through a life that has encompassed pain, conflict and turmoil. Listening to Rachmaninov on a loop as a traumatised teenager or discovering an Adagio by Bach while in a hospital ward – such exquisite miracles of musical genius have helped him survive his demons, and, along with a chance encounter with a stranger, inspired him to become the renowned concert pianist he is today.

This is a memoir like no other: unapologetically candid, boldly outspoken and surprisingly funny – James' prose is shot through with an unexpectedly mordant wit, even at the darkest of moments. An impassioned tribute to the therapeutic powers of music, Instrumental also weaves in fascinating facts about how classical music actually works and about the extraordinary lives of some of the great composers. It explains why and how music has the potential to transform all of our lives.

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Christopher Hitchens and Shashi Tharoor

Freedoms of Speech

Hay Festival 2006, 
Vigorous late-night debate around the Danish cartoons, David Irving, and contrarian culture. Tharoor is Under-Secretary General for Communications at the UN and a novelist. Chaired by Joan Bakewell.

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Howard Davies and Danny Quah

LSE Lecture: Banks, Booms and Busts – Where Next for the Global Economy?

Hay Festival 2009, 
The London School of Economics academics debate the financial crisis and give their views on when and how the world economy will emerge from the current collapse. Chaired by Adam Austerfield.

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David Davis and Henry Porter vs Charles Clarke and Conor Gearty chaired by Georgina Henry

The Guardian Debate: Does the Left Still Care About Liberty?

Hay Festival 2009, 
In the name of security, the Labour government has championed ID cards, data-retention, CCTV surveillance, and wide range of counter-terrorism measures. Does it add up to a fundamental assault on our civil liberties? Would the Right defend our rights any better?

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Brian May and Denis Pellerin

Diableries: 3D Stereoscopy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The astrophysicist, Queen guitarist and songwriter presents the astonishing results of his collaboration with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming with a sensational 3D screening of the C19th French visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called Enfer – Hell.

Brian May and Denis Pellerin

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Amartya Sen

The Guardian Sessions: The Impartial Spectator and The Global Mess

Hay Festival 2009, 
The distinguished Nobel Economics laureate discusses Adam Smith and the current financial crisis.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Kate Atkinson talks to Lisa Allardice

When Will There Be Good News

Hay Festival 2009, 
In a quiet corner of rural Devon, a six-year-old girl witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison. Private detective Jackson Brodie investigates. In conversation with the editor of Guardian Review.

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Robin Todd, Rosie Boycott and Patrick Mulvany

Earth – A Secure Food Supply

Hay Festival 2009, 
How can we provide a sustainable food supply sufficient to meet the needs of a growing population facing climate change? Robin Todd, Trustee of Concern Universal, Patrick Mulvany, Chair of the UK Food Group, and journalist, smallholder and Chair of London Food, Rosie Boycott.

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Jeanette Winterson

The 2016 Raymond Williams Lecture – Shakespeare 400

Hay Festival 2016, 

The novelist and essayist celebrates the work and gift of the playwright. Her latest novel The Gap of Time is a retelling of The Winter’s Tale. “A book of considerable beauty…a fine invitation into this deeply Shakespearean vision of imagination as the best kind of truth-telling” – Rowan Williams, New Statesman.

Jeanette Winterson

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Kamila Shamsie, Philip Jones, Rosie Goldsmith and guests

Writers’ Centre Norwich presents: The National Conversation, Part 5 – The Invisible Women

Hay Festival 2015, 

Why, when so many women are involved in reading, writing and publishing books, are female writers so consistently under-represented in prizes and reviews? What can be done about the problem? Join Kamila Shamsie, author of six novels including the 2015 Bailey's Prize shortlisted A God in Every Stone and Orange Prize shortlisted Burnt Shadows and Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller to discuss the gender bias in literature as well as some radical solutions as to how to fix it. A National Conversation debate chaired by Chris Gribble (Writers’ Centre Norwich).

Follow the pre-event warm-up and discussion on writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/thenationalconversation.aspx and on Twitter using #NatConv.

Kamila Shamsie, Philip Jones, Rosie Goldsmith and guests

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Orhan Pamuk en conversación con Peter Florence

Alhambra 2009, 
El Premio Nobel de Literatura 2006, del que su jurado afirmó que “ha encontrado nuevos símbolos para reflejar el choque y la interconexión de las culturas” hablará con Peter Florence, Director del Hay Festival, sobre sus novelas, su trabajo como ensayista y profesor de literatura, así como del impacto del Nobel en su carrera literaria.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Tim Minchin talks to Sarah Crompton

Words and Music

Hay Festival 2012, 
The comedian-songwriter talks about satire, love-songs and his work on the smash-hit RSC production Matilda.

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Ruby Wax talks to Rosie Boycott

Sane New World: How To Tame The Mind

Hay Festival 2013, 

The comedian, writer, performer and mental health campaigner suffered bouts of depression throughout her life. She completed her Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy at Oxford in 2012. She explores how we sabotage our sanity, how our brains work and how we can rewire our thinking – often through simple mindfulness techniques – to find calm in a frenetic world. 

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Chris Evans talks to Anne Robinson

It’s Not What You Think

Hay Festival 2010, 
The idiosyncratic and revolutionary broadcaster discusses his rollercoaster career.

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Antony Gormley talks to Tim Marlow

NEW EVENT

Hay Festival 2009, 
This summer, sculptor Antony Gormley is inviting everyone from across the UK to help create an astonishing living monument. He is asking people to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, a space normally reserved for statues of Kings and Generals. They will become an image of themselves, and part of a portrait of the United Kingdom now. Over the last 25 years, Antony has dedicated himself to an exploration of the body as a place of memory and transformation, often using his own body as his subject, tool and material. Here he talks about his work and this summer’s groundbreaking new project, One and Other.

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James Jackson

Cambridge University Series 6: Living With Earthquakes – Know Your Faults

Hay Festival 2013, 

Earthquakes in the last decade have revealed that rich nations have become resilient in terms of loss-of-life, while much smaller earthquakes have killed up to 30% of urban populations in countries that are far less well prepared. What is behind the sombre conclusion that ‘the rich pay and the poor die’?

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Ian Robertson

The Winner Effect

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Professor of Psychology analyses how and why success changes the chemistry of the brain, making us more focused, smarter, more confident – and aggressive.

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John Lloyd and Jon Canter

Afterliff

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The brilliant successor to Douglas Adams’ and John Lloyd’s 1983 classic The Meaning of Liff. A liff is a familiar object or experience that English has no words for. Afterliff corrects this disgraceful oversight: including ‘Ljubjana’ interj. – What people say to the dentist on the way out; ‘Eworthy’ adj. – Of a person: worth emailing but not worth phoning or meeting. John Lloyd is the legendary producer of Blackadder, Not The Nine O’Clock News and QI, and is joined by Jon Canter, Afterliff's co-author.

John Lloyd and Jon Canter

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Michael Morpurgo talks to Julia Eccleshare

Hay Festival 2009, 
The writer of the modern classics War Horse and Private Peaceful returns to Hay to captivate us once again with his magical style and presence.

9 years +

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Ned Boulting and William Fotheringham talk to Rob Penn

Two Wheels Good?

Hay Festival 2013, 

We review an extraordinary year for cycling – from the Olympic Velodrome to the heroes and villains of the Tour de France – with the authors of On The Road Bike: The Search For A Nation’s Cycling Soul, Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike and It’s All About The Bike: The Pursuit Of Happiness On Two Wheels.

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Luis García Montero, Darío Jaramillo and William Ospina in conversation with Ramón Cote

Poetry and Fiction – Hazy Borders

Cartagena 2010, 
Where is the border between poetry and fiction? Are they the same or are they two different ways to express the same feeling? Or is there a new form of expression that increasingly eliminates any difference between genres?

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Ian McEwan talks to Timothy Garton Ash

The British Council Series - 2

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author discusses his writing and previews his forthcoming MI5 novel Sweet Tooth.
 

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Jane Davidson, Margaret Lloyd-Jones, Stephen Moss and Derek Moore

The Language Of Conservation

Hay Festival 2013, 

How should we be talking about the crisis within our natural environment? How can we make nature as popular as sport and as politically relevant as health? Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Yolanda Reyes, Mario Mendoza and Jordi Puntí with Jaime Abello

Epoch of changes or change of epoch?

Cartagena 2012, 
“In situations like the present, there should be no space for resignation or apathy,” states Stéphane Hessel in his book Time for Outrage!. It is clear that voices calling for a regeneration of the democratic and economic system, and more participative public policies, are growing. Governments, on their side, seem increasingly dependent on the markets, and further from social needs. There is more need than ever to discuss these burning issues once again.

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Soha Ali Khan, Anupam Kher, Nandita Das and William Dalrymple talk to Nik Gowing

The British Council Series - Re:Imagine

Hay Festival 2012, 
As part of a global series of events celebrating UK-India relations an unprecedentedly superstarry Bollywood cast gather to discuss perceptions and cultural visions of C21st India with the writer and the BBC World anchor.