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Charlotte Higgins

Barack Obama: The New Cicero

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of It’s All Greek To Me analyses the President’s classicist rhetoric.

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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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Nélida Piñon in conversation with Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2012, 
Nélida Piñon is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. She has received numerous awards during her long literary career, including the Juan Rulfo Literature Prize and the Rosalía de Castro Prize. She will discuss the memoir Corazón andariego, a work recalling the past with emotion, lyricism and humour. Mario Jursich, editor of El Malpensante, will talk to this great Brazilian writer and explore her literary creation.

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The 2003 Raymond Williams Lecture: Hanif Kureishi

Loose Tongues

Hay Festival 2003, 
This year's lecture is given by the novelist and filmwriter, author of The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette, The Black Album, Intimacy, My Son the Fanatic and now The Mother. Kureishi examines multi-culturalism, censorship, and the power of language used against totalitarian silences, depression and fear.

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Lorrie Moore talks to Julian Barnes

The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great American short story writer’s ferociously funny, soulful stories tell of the gulf between men and women, the loneliness of the broken-hearted and the yearned-for, impossible intimacies we crave.

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Ian McEwan talks to Stig Abell

The Deborah Rogers Foundation Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist talks about his writing and reading, and the translation of his books into film. The movie of On Chesil Beach is released on 18 May. Towards the end of this event McEwan will introduce the winner of the 2018 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award, Deepa Anappara. Her winning entry is a work of fiction called Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.  

Ian McEwan talks to Stig Abell

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Norman Stone

The Atlantic and its Enemies

Hay Festival 2010, 
The acclaimed historian offers A Personal History of the Cold War.
Norman Stone

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian takes apart the day’s papers and media.

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Suzanne O’Sullivan

It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness

Hay Festival 2015, 

A third of men and women visiting their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained. In most, an emotional root is suspected and yet, when it comes to a diagnosis, this is the very last thing we want to hear, and the last thing doctors want to say. The consultant neurologist takes us on a journey through the very real world of psychosomatic illness.

Suzanne O’Sullivan

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John Gimlette

Wild Coast: Travels on South America’s Untamed Edge

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Guianas have always defied humankind. Despite 400 years of colonial effort, they remain some of the wildest, weirdest and most beautiful lands on the continent. Chaired by Anita Sethi.

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Bettany Hughes, Alice Oswald, Madeline Miller, Tim Whitmarsh

The Greeks 5 - After Homer

Hay Festival 2012, 
The power of The Iliad and The Odyssey has endured in the literary imagination for thousands of years and still exerts a fascination for contemporary writers. Our classicists are joined by the poet (Memorial) and novelist (The Song of Achilles) who are speaking later today about their own works, which respond to the original masterpieces.

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Wadah Khanfar talks to William Sieghart

Hay Festival 2012, 
The co-founder of the Sharq Forum and the former Director General of the Al Jazeera Network reflects on the momentous changes in the Arab world, and the effect of free media and new technology across the Middle East.

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Levison Wood

Walking the Nile

Hay Festival 2015, 

The adventurer’s journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers. He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis. He traverses seven, very different, countries and comes face to face with the story of Africa. No one has ever made this journey on foot.

Please click here to prebook dinner at Relish Restaurant on site.

Levison Wood

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Dick Vs Dom

Hay Festival 2017, 
Dick and Dom are coming back to Hay, and will be having a riot on stage with their new show Dick vs Dom where
they split the crowd in half and everyone play games against one another in the audience and on stage. It’s either that or everyone will just sit in silence and have 45 mins quiet reading time together...
6+
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Tony de Saulles

Horrible Science

Hay Festival 2009, 
Science just got a lot more squishy! Join the illustrator behind this gruesomely brilliant series to learn how to doodle and cartoon all things horrid.  Don't forget your pencil!

9 years +

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Andrew Robinson

Lost Languages

Hay Festival 2009, 
Genius, obsession, delusion and rivalry in the race to unlock The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts.

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Nativel Preciado and Rosa Montero

Let’s Talk About Life

Segovia 2013, 

Nativel Preciado and Rosa Montero speak about their literary works Si yo tuviera 100.000 seguidores (Planeta) and La ridícula idea de no volver a verte (Seix Barral). Each is a profound reflection on intimacy, society, work, life and memories. Chaired by Ana Gavín.



Co-organized with Fundación Lara

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 8

Hay Festival 2009, 
The news, read for laughs by the house team.

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John Major

More than a Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years

Hay Festival 2007, 
The politician celebrates the golden ages of Gentlemen and Players, underarm bowling, the Empire, the gaming and the MCC.

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Deborah Christie talks to Rosie Boycott

Diabetes: Children, Adolescents And Their Families

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Consultant Clinical Psychologist addresses the issues arising from the fact that children and young people are increasingly among those being diagnosed with diabetes but only 1 in 6 of them succeed in controlling it, despite support from parents and professionals.

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Janne Teller talks to Marian Hens

Segovia 2011, 
Meeting with Janne Teller, Danish writer and author of the novel Nothing, a work which questions the meaning of life and the limits of tolerance that have engendered heated debates in various European countries about existential matters. The tale begins when the young Pierre Anthon leaves school when he discovers there is no point in doing anything because life has no sense.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón talks to Peter Florence

Prince of Mist

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Shadow of the Wind launches his new crossover thriller.
 
13+ years

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AKAs and the Shidas

Booklaunch

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
Muthoni Garland is joined by the Kenya Human Rights Commission.

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Raymond Tallis

NHS SOS

Hay Festival 2013, 

We know we love the NHS. It’s up there with Shakespeare and the Olympics. And we all want to improve it. Prof Tallis argues that the Government’s Health And Social Care Act will result in the death of some of the members of the audience, will cause others to suffer, and will financially ruin many more – and asks what can be done… Chaired by Julie Grigg GP.

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David Day

Antarctica

Hay Festival 2013, 

A compelling history of the southern-most continent from the C18th voyages of discovery to the fierce rivalries of today, as governments, scientists, environmentalists and oil companies compete for control. Chaired by Oliver Balch.