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AC Grayling

The Challenge of Things: Thinking Through Troubled Times

Hay Festival 2015, 

The philosopher considers the troubled times we live in, when war and conflict are never far away. While describing the dark side of modern life, he explores ways out of the habits and prejudices that threaten to trap us into conflict.

AC Grayling

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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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Roger McGough

Slapstick

Hay Festival 2009, 
If Philosophy is the Why? And Science is the How? Then Poetry is the Wow! Join one of Britain's best loved poets, as he showcases his new collection of slapstick verses.

10 years – adult

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Evento clausura de los debates: Juan Luis Cebrián en conversación con José María Ridao

presentado por Peter Florence, conversará con José María Ridao

Segovia 2009, 
Fundador del diario El País, miembro de la Real Academia Española, Juan Luis Cebrián, pensador, formador de opinión, es una voz libre en la España democrática. Una conversación sobre su último libro El pianista en el burdel, colección de ensayos sobre el oficio de periodista al que ha dedicado toda su vida; con el escritor y experto en asuntos internacionales José María Ridao. Publicado por Galaxia Gutenberg / Círculo de Lectores. Presentado por el director del Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés
Evento clausura de los debates: Juan Luis Cebrián en conversación con José María Ridao

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Tom Holland

Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom

Hay Festival 2010, 
A stunning, panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000: the age of Canute, William the Conqueror and Pope Gregory VII; of Vikings, monks and serfs; of the earliest castles and the invention of knighthood; and of the primal conflict between church and state.
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Ian Jenkins

Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art

Hay Festival 2015, 

For centuries the ancient Greeks experimented with ways of representing the human body, both as an object of beauty and a bearer of meaning. The remarkable works of art in the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition range from the abstract simplicity of prehistoric figurines to breathtaking realism in the age of Alexander the Great. The exhibition’s curator introduces the images and sculptures, with co-curator Celeste Farge.

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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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David Miliband talks to Matthew d’Ancona

Hay Festival 2011, 
The former Foreign Secretary discusses global politics and the pressing policy questions facing governments around the world with the Sunday Telegraph columnist.

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Julia Donaldson

Hay Festival 2008, 
The delightful and brilliant Julia Donaldson conjures her magical children’s worlds with songs, stories and an inflatable whale.

Hay Fever Family Event

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Hilary McKay

Caddy’s World

Hay Festival 2011, 

Hay is delighted to revisit the colourful Casson family as Hilary takes us back in time with her latest book, which once again shows the lightness of touch and warmth that has won over millions of fans. Chaired by Gaby Wood

9+ years

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Sonia Faleiro, John Julius Norwich, Peter Godwin

Ox-Travels 4

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three more Meetings With Remarkable Writers from our new Oxfam anthology.

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Daniel Pick

The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts

Hay Festival 2012, 
How British intelligence in 1941 debriefed and assessed the captured Rudolf Hess, and how US agents used Freudian analysis on Hitler in an attempt to understand the psychological bases of their Nazi convictions.

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Ian Stewart

Mathematics of Life: Unlocking the Secrets of Existence

Hay Festival 2011, 
How mathematicians and biologists are working together on the genome, picking apart the hidden complexity of animals and plants to throw fresh light on how they interact, and how changes in biological diversity affect the planet’s ecological balance. Chaired by Jesse Norman.
 
More about Ian Stewart and a review of Mathematics of Life

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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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Gerbrand Bakker and Ece Temelkuran talk to Rosie Goldsmith

BRITISH COUNCIL SERIES - Fictions, Detours

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Detour from the IMPAC Prize-winning Dutch author of The Twin is a masterpiece set in rural Wales. He is joined by the star of Turkish literature, author of Deep Mountain and the Beirut novel Sounds of Bananas.
 

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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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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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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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Minecraft

Hay Festival 2015, 
Love Minecraft? Want to know more about how to construct the most awesome builds? Come along to this session for tips and tricks from the experts on how to be a Minecraft creative genius.
7+ years
Minecraft

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Jonathan Dimbleby

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and Its People

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster travels across the eight time zones of the resurgent, energy-rich superpower meeting ordinary citizens of the land famously described by Churchill as ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’.

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Polly Toynbee & David Walker

The Verdict

Hay Festival 2011, 
Did Labour policies worsen the recession? Why did social mobility slow down on Labour’s watch? Has SureStart improved the prospects of tomorrow’s children? Does politics ever actually change anything?

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Colum McCann and Shani Boianjiu

Fictions – Beyond Borders

Hay Festival 2013, 

McCann’s masterpiece Transatlantic is a bravura weft of stories crossing between Ireland and the New World over 200 years. Boianjiu’s contemporary novel The People Of Forever Are Not Afraid conjures three Israeli girlfriends guarding physical and personal borders. Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson.

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Jonathan Stroud

Heroes of the Valley

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hugely popular author of the bestselling Bartimaeus trilogy introduces his new hero Halli Sveinsson to Hay and reveals the secrets behind his shocking plot-twists and razor-sharp dialogue.

10–16 years

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Julián Grau Santos y Daniel Mordzinski en conversación con Pablo Jiménez Burillo

Segovia 2008, 
Pablo Jiménez Burillo, Director General de la Fundación MAPFRE, conversará con los artistas de las dos exposiciones que se presentarán durante el Hay Festival Segovia — el fotografo Daniel Mordzinski, quién comentará sobre Crónica de un Festival, cerca de un centenar de imágenes captadas por Mordzinski en sus diferentes convocatorias (Cartagena de Indias, Granada, Hay-on-Wye, Segovia) — y el artista Julián Grau Santos sobre su exposicion Retratos de escritores españoles y latinoamericanos. Ambos conversarán sobre su experiencias de fotografias o retratar a escritores.

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Marcus Moore & Sara-Jane Arbury

Oxford Word Wizards

Hay Festival 2013, 

Get the gift of the gab and add vim to your vocab with these lively linguists. A must for budding writers!

7+ years