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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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Barbara Adam, Chris Groves, Elen Stokes, Catherine Butler

Cardiff University Series 1: Futures In The Making

Hay Festival 2013, 

How do we take care of a future world we decisively shape but may not live to see? A panel discussion on futures in the context of energy, new technologies and law. Adam and Groves from the Social Sciences Dept discuss with psychologist Butler and property lawyer Stokes.

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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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Germaine Greer talks to Martha Kearney

The Annual Hamlin Lecture: Liberation

Hay Festival 2015, 
A conversation with the teacher, writer and grand provocateur about what would make life better. ‘I’m a liberation feminist, not an equality feminist. Equality is a profoundly conservative aim and it won’t achieve anything.’
Germaine Greer talks to Martha Kearney

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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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Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James

Prisonomics

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Prisonomics provides a compelling analysis of the cost to the economy, as well as the human cost, of keeping women in prison. Convicted for taking her former husband Chris Huhne’s speeding points, Pryce uses her personal experiences and professional understanding to look at how prison works, and should work, from an economist’s perspective. She talks to journalist Erwin James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James

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Henry Marsh talks to Ian McEwan

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the country’s leading neurosurgeons reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humour that characterise a brain surgeon’s life.

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Chris Keil and Julian Preece

Memories Of Revolution

Hay Festival 2013, 

Keil’s novel Flirting At The Funeral is set against a background of global crisis and is haunted by memories of revolution and terror. Preece’s study Baader Meinhof And The Novel explores forty years of myths and conspiracy theories about the German Autumn. They talk to Gwen Davies.

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Natalie Bennett, Maggie Simmons and Rebecca Attwood

Postcards from the Frontline

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett and Maggie Simmons from WAGGGS discuss the impact of climate change on human rights around the world and how this in turn impacts on both the reality and our idea of home, with Rebecca Attwood of the Environmental Justice Foundation.

Natalie Bennett, Maggie Simmons and Rebecca Attwood

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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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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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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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Michael Reid and Jon Lee Anderson in conversation with Alejandro Santos

Latin America, A Forgotten Continent?

Cartagena 2010, 
The writer and editor of The Economist for the Americas, Mike Reid, and the New Yorker journalist, specialist on Latin America Jon Lee Anderson talk to the director of Semana, Alejandro Santos.

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Alain de Botton talks to Jerry Hall

Quality of Life

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist and thinker, author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, and Essays in Love discusses life and letters.
Alain de Botton talks to Jerry Hall

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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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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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Bettany Hughes

Divine Women

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian and broadcaster unveils the hidden history of women in religion, from dominatrix goddesses to feisty political operators and warrior empresses. She reveals what her favourite women in religion tell us about the lives of the real flesh-and-blood women of their day.

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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.
 

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Charles Freeman

AD 381: Heretics, Pagans and The Christian State

Hay Festival 2008, 
Charles Freeman narrates the end of religious pluralism and Emperor Theodosius’ ruthless establishment of Christian Orthodoxy.

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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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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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Julia Donaldson & Friends

A Jolly Jamboree

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join this beloved children’s writer and her lively cast, for stories and songs about dragons, ladybirds and cave babies. Meet Julia's latest hero The Rhyming Rabbit, and be prepared for a guest appearance by the Gruffalo himself.
 
5+ years & families

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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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Salman Rushdie, Niklas Frank, Elif Shafak, Tishani Doshi and Jim Al-Khalili talk to John Kampfner

Hay 25 - The Way We Live Now 1

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this first conversation about our big anniversary project, the panel discuss 3 of the 25 questions:
 
What freedoms are you prepared to trade for security?
If you became the leader of your country what would you fix first?
We’re building a library of literature, music and cinema. Which one book, film and album would you contribute to it?

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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