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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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Justine Picardie talks to Hannah Rothschild

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beneath the romance and lies, Picardie examines the myth-maker and couturier who conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes and the most successful fashion brand of all time.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
See a short interview with the author

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Jenny Uglow

A Gambling Man: Charles II

Hay Festival 2010, 
The mistresses, the Catholics, the powerplay, Plague and Fire of the charismatic Restoration monarch and his reign.
Jenny Uglow

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Michael Jacobs

Andes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The travel writer journeys 5,500 miles across seven different countries, from the balmy Caribbean to the inhospitable islands of the Tierra del Fuego along the roof of one of the world’s most fabled mountain ranges.

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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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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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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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Harold Evans

Pictures on a Page

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist discusses his authoritative study of photo-journalism with Rosie Boycott.
Harold Evans

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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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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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Andrew Robinson

Cracking the Egyptian Code

Hay Festival 2012, 
The first biography in English of Jean-François Champollion, the impoverished, arrogant and brilliant child of the French Revolution who made the vital breakthrough in deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphs.

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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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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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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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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
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William Fotheringham

Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling

Hay Festival 2015, 

Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. Hinault is the last ‘old-school’ champion: a larger-than-life character from a working-class background, capable of winning on all terrains, in major Tours and one-day Classics. Nicknamed ‘The Badger’ for his combative style, he led a cyclists’ strike in his first Tour and instigated a legendary punch-up with demonstrators in 1982 while in the middle of a race. Hinault’s battles with teammates Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond provide some of the greatest moments in Tour history.

Sports writer and journalist William Fotheringham is the Guardian's cycling correspondent and author of a number of books about the cycling world, including the number one bestseller Merckx: Half Man Half Bike and biographies of Fausto Coppi and Tom Simpson. 

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Tracey Thorn talks to Xan Brooks

Naked at the Albert Hall

Hay Festival 2015, 

The riveting follow-up to her Bedsit Disco Queen. Part memoir, part wide-ranging exploration of the art, mechanics and spellbinding power of singing, Naked at the Albert Hall takes in Dusty Springfield, Dennis Potter and George Eliot; Auto-tune, the microphone and stage presence; The Streets and The X Factor. Including interviews with fellow artists and portraits of singers in fiction as well as Tracey’s real-life experiences, it offers a unique, witty and sharply observed insider’s perspective on the exhilarating joy and occasional heartache of singing.

Tracey Thorn talks to Xan Brooks

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Reza Aslan talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

How to Win a Cosmic War

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Why do they hate us?’ And who exactly are They? Al-Qaeda? Islamic nationalists? The whole Muslim world? The writer and scholar lays out a comprehensive definition of the movement behind and surrounding al-Qaeda and the like, a global ideology properly termed Jihadism.

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David Peace talks to Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2009, 
The cult novelist discusses his recently filmed stories The Red Riding Quartet and The Damned Utd.

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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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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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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

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Roberto Fontanarosa

Cartagena 2006, 
Roberto Fontanarosa speaks at Hay Festival Cartagena 2006. 

Please note: This talk is conducted entirely in Spanish.

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Emma Bridgewater and Matthew Rice talk to Susy Smith

Country Living Women in Business Forum

Hay Festival 2014, 

Having It All: How to Strike a Work-Life Balance
The Country Living editor discusses one of the key entrepreneurial skills with the founders of the iconic Emma Bridgewater ceramics company.

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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.