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Abbas Beydoun, Wael Abd el Fattah and Rabab El Mahdi in conversation with Iskandar Habache

Co-organised with PEN Lebanon and supported by PEN International PEN International Free the Word! e

Beirut 2013, 

Does a writer have any duty to recount certain stories, to attempt to tell the truth, even? And in societies where freedom of expression is limited or censorship imposed, do such responsibilities increase? Writers from Egypt and Lebanon discuss their experiences with censorship and publishing in the region. 

Event in Arabic

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Philippe Sands, Laurent Naouri (bass-baritone) and Guillaume de Chassy (piano)

The Great Crimes

Hay Festival 2014, 

Nuremberg, 1946. Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, prosecuting ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’; Hans Frank, Hitler’s lawyer, the defendant. Three lives, connected to events in Poland, and music that offered solace and hope. A drama about the origins of modern justice, in images, and in words and music by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Louis Aragon and Leonard Cohen.

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Niklas Frank talks to Philippe Sands

In The Shadow of the Reich

Hay Festival 2012, 
A remarkable interview with the writer whose father, Hitler’s lawyer, Hans Frank, was hanged at Nuremberg.
 

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Terry Jones, Caryn Franklin and Dylan Jones

i-D Covers 1980–2010

Hay Festival 2011, 
The founders of the iconic style and design magazine talk about its 30-year history.

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Joss Ackland talks to Fiona Lindsay

My Better Half and Me

Hay Festival 2010, 
The actor’s wife died of Motor Neurone Disease. Together they wrote a book about their life together – family, career, romance, better and worse.
Joss Ackland talks to Fiona Lindsay

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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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Miriam González Durántez

Reformations 1: The EU

Hay Festival 2017, 

In this first of the Festival's flagship 30th anniversary project sessions, the Spanish international trade lawyer re-imagines the European Union. González Durántez was previously the Middle East Adviser to the External Relations Commissioner in the European Union, having started her career as a trade negotiator at the World Trade Organisation. Chaired by Matthew d’Ancona.

Miriam González Durántez

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Chris Riddell

The Hay Library Lecture: The Laureate’s Goodbye

Hay Festival 2017, 

This will be Chris Riddell’s final public event as UK Children’s Laureate. On his appointment, he promised to show everyone how much fun they could have with a pencil, and today he will demonstrate this by live-drawing his answers to questions. Chris will pick his favourite questions to illustrate and give an insight into his world and the journey he has been on over the last two years as Laureate. The lucky questioners he picks can take their doodle-answers home as a unique piece of art from one of our greatest illustrators.

6+
Chris Riddell

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Cathy Cassidy

Coco Caramel

Hay Festival 2013, 

The bestselling girls’ favourite author is back with a brand new book in the Chocolate Box Girls series, which began with Cherry Crush.

9+ years

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Mark Brake and Jon Chase

The Science of Dr Who

Hay Festival 2012, 
Aliens and time machines, cyborgs and Daleks, Utopias and killer computers: take a journey through the fantastic worlds of The Doctor. With rap songs, scientific facts and much merriment and mirth, the author rapper duo explore the Universe of The Doctor.
 
9+ years

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Javier Moreno with Juan Carlos Iragorri

Cartagena 2012, 
As the Director of El País since 2006, Javier Moreno has overseen the greatest transformation in the newspaper’s 35 years of existence. He has changed the design, improved the website, increased coverage of Latin America and made a commitment to greater diversity in terms of images; all this is to meet the new motto for El País: “The global newspaper in Spanish.” Regarding these recent changes and the present-day challenges of the exciting activities involved in journalism, Moreno will talk to Juan Carlos Iragorri, Washington correspondent of Semana and NTN24, and director of the Journalism Master’s created jointly by Publicaciones Semana and the University of Rosario. 

With the support of LSE (London School of Economics Enterprise)

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Antonia Fraser

Mary Queen of Scots

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian marks the 40th anniversary of her groundbreaking biography masterpiece.

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Matt Whyman and Justin Richards

Adventures for Boys

Hay Festival 2008, 
The two masters of action adventure Matt Whyman (Inside The Cage) and Justin Richards (The Chaos Code) discuss books, boys, computers and code with Jonathan Douglas.

Hay Fever 9 yrs +

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Alannah Weston talks to Dylan Jones

Business Breakfast: Fashion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Creative Director of Selfridges discusses the state of the rag trade with the editor of GQ.

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Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

Slow Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 

Slow Fiction is inspired by the predella, the sequence of four or five pictures under a Renaissance altarpiece that tell the story of the annunciation, the adoration, or the pietà. If the large altarpiece painting is one moment in time, the predella shows the moments leading up to that key frame and sometimes what happens after. The artist Paul St George works with writers, translating selections of their writing into small sequences of sculptures making three-dimensional stories. Two of the first authors to be excited by this new way of bringing readers to writing are Polly Stenham, author of Hotel, and Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist: ‘To see my written words reimagined for a different audience, giving another take on the story-telling process – what we omit, what we emphasise, and what we leave behind – in a newly-configured presentation, is a true thrill.’

Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

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AC Grayling

War: An Enquiry

Hay Festival 2017, 

The philosopher challenges long-held views on just wars, ethical conduct during war, why wars occur, how they alter people and societies; and how we might reduce their frequency, mitigate their horrors and lessen the burden of their consequences.

AC Grayling

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Damian Barr, Eduardo Haldon and Aleksandar Hemon

It’s All True – Facts and Fictions

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Book Of My Lives is a love song to Sarajevo and to Hemon’s adopted Chicago; it is a heart-breaking paean to the bonds of family; it is a stirring exhortation to go out and play football. Halfon’s mesmerising stories in The Polish Boxer blur the lines between memoir and fiction. Barr’s Maggie & Me is a touching and darkly witty memoir about surviving Thatcher’s Britain; a story of growing up gay in a straight world and coming out the other side in spite of, and maybe because of, the Iron Lady. They talk to Tiffany Murray.

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Mark Watson, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Jubilee Edition 4

Hay Festival 2012, 
Scoundrels, rogues and fools - these people have no respect at all: to the Tower with them all.

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Howard Davies

The LSE Lecture: Back from the Brink

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Director of the LSE asks where next for the UK in the Global Economy? Chaired by Adam Austerfield.
Howard Davies

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Jane Haynes, Martin Scurr and Kate Wood

Doctors Dissected

Hay Festival 2015, 

The authors of Doctors Dissected discuss what might be the most formative experiences, or rites of passage, on the journey to becoming a doctor. Psychotherapist Jane Haynes talks to two 'experienced' doctors, her co-author Martin Scurr and contributor Kate Wood, about these unforgettable moments in their lives. Personal, conversational and unpredictable, Doctors Dissected steals behind cultural issues into the heartlands of doctors who are drawn to a life in medicine, conducting an autopsy as to the consequences of choosing a profession in which the practitioner is constantly faced with lonely decisions that very often are a matter of life and death.

Jane Haynes, Martin Scurr and Kate Wood

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Marcus Brigstocke, Juliet Davenport, Ed Gillespie and Special Guests

I’m An Environmentalist, Get Me Out of Here

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join host Ed Gillespie and two teams of the great and the good from the world of sustainability for this riotous and irreverent game show. Expect a heady mix of topicality, tomfoolery, ritual humiliation and randomness. No (live) insects will be hurt during the proceedings. We can’t guarantee the same for our heroic participants’ feelings, pride and reputations.

Marcus Brigstocke, Juliet Davenport, Ed Gillespie and Special Guests

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2012, 
El ruido de las cosas al caer begins with the bizarre scene of the escape and later entrapment of a hippopotamus, the last remnant of the zoo that Pablo Escobar used to flaunt his power. Juan Gabriel Vásquez, who obtained the 2011 Alfaguara Novel Prize for the work, is one of the Latin American novelists with the highest international profile. He is also author of The Informers, shortlisted for the UK’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and The Secret History of Costaguana. He will talk to Mario Jursich, editor of El Malpensante.

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Lionel Shriver talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – Big Brother

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new, savagely funny novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need To Talk About Kevin. When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn’t recognize him. The once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened?

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Val McDermid talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2010, 
Ratchet plotting of her gripping psychological thrillers has established McDermid and her Hill/Jordan detection team at the very top of crime fiction. She talks about writing, morality, crime and punishment.

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Elaine Collins, Ann Cleeves, Clare Batty and Alison O’Donnell

Shetland

Hay Festival 2016, 

The makers of the fabulous BBC crime drama discuss the characters, setting and plot, and the handling of the rape story in the third series. Exec producer Elaine Collins and script exec Clare Batty are joined by Ann Cleeves, who writes both the Shetland and Vera novels on the which the television dramas are based, and Alison O’Donnell, who plays DS Alison “Tosh” McIntosh.  Chaired by the Radio Times TV Editor, Alison Graham.

Elaine Collins, Ann Cleeves, Clare Batty and Alison O’Donnell