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TJ Clark talks to Francine Stock

Picasso And Truth: From Cubism To Guernica

Hay Festival 2013, 

The eminent art historian explores the role of space and the interior, and the battle between intimacy and monstrosity, in Picasso’s art of the 1920s and 1930s, from the Blue Room to Guernica.

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Izzeldin Abuelaish talks to Rosie Boycott

I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity

Hay Festival 2011, 
The doctor’s three daughters were killed by Israeli shells on 16 January 2009, during the IDF’s incursion into the Gaza Strip. His response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world.

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John Julius Norwich

Sicily: A Short History, From the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

Hay Festival 2015, 

The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all – and yet has properly been part of none. John Julius Norwich was inspired to become a writer by his first visit in 1961 and this study is the result of a fascination that has lasted over half a century. In tracing its dark story, he attempts to explain the enigma that lies at the heart of the Mediterranean’s largest island.

John Julius Norwich

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The Horror Panel

Hay Festival 2013, 

Chris Priestley and Jon Mayhew join newcomer Emerald Fennell to discuss why ghost stories and horror are so appealing. Chills, thrills, no frills. Bring your most horrifying questions.

11+ years

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Markus Zusak talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Book Thief

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Some important information – this novel is narrated by Death. It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.’

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Simon Schama

Rembrandt’s Eyes

Hay Festival 2019, 

350 years ago Rembrandt van Rijn died in poverty - but not obscurity - having sublimely reinvented every genre of art that he touched. Twenty years after his Rembrandt's Eyes was published Simon Schama asks what it is that makes his work so deeply moving and how did he re-make the image of humanity?

Simon Schama

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Peak Oil and Climate Change

Jonathon Porritt

Hay Festival 2006, 
The author of Capitalism as if the World Matters assesses the implications for the way we use money while there is still time to change our systems, avoid disaster, and maintain prosperity. Porritt is programme director at Forum for the Future, and chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

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Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson

The Fiery Dragon: Storytelling and Fiddle

Hay Festival 2015, 
Daniel, one of the most popular storytellers in the UK, tells traditional stories with passion, wit and gusto. Accompanied by Oliver on fiddle, he will tell a hair-raising Welsh gypsy tale featuring giants, dragons and dwarves. Storytelling for the stout of heart!
7+ years
Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson

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Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

Do it Like a Woman

Hay Festival 2015, 

From Chilean revolutionaries and Russian punks to Iranian journalists, one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation introduces inspiring stories from all around the world. Women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male.

Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

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Klaus Wagenbach y Jorge Herralde en conversación con Malcolm Otero Barral

Segovia 2008, 
Klaus Wagenbach, celebrado fundador de la editorial independiente alemana Wagenbach Verlag y experto en Kafka, y Jorge Herralde, fundador de la editorial independiente española Anagrama, conversarán con el editor Malcolm Otero Barral sobre el rol de las editoriales independientes dentro del panorama de la industria editorial y sobre sus autores favoritos.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del alemán al español.

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Jenny Valentine talks to Julia Eccleshare

Hay Festival 2008, 
Valentine’s debut novel, Finding Violet Park, won the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction. Broken Soup is set to consolidate its author’s reputation as a unique and compelling writer who can combine heart-rending tragedy, quirky characters and intriguing mystery with a masterly lightness of touch.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Favourite Book Gala

Cartagena 2010, 
Talking about their favourite books: Alfredo Gómez Cerdá (Spain), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Simon Schama (UK), Juan Cruz (Spain), Chloe Aridjis (USA / Mexico), Joanna Coles (UK), Gillian Beer (UK) and Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (Spain). Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina. 

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Charles Williams

Harold Macmillan

Hay Festival 2009, 
Portrait of the publisher, soldier, cuckold and politician whose Premiereship was fatally determined by the Profumo Affair.

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Gillian Clarke

The British Council Poetry Lecture: Nothing Is Until It Has A Word

Hay Festival 2011, 
The National Poet of Wales reflects on her Laureateship, and the place of poetry in the life of the nation.
 
Read more about Gillian Clarke

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Laura Bates, Nimko Ali, Sonia Faleiro and guests

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? Equality

Hay Festival 2015, 

Is equality law working to deliver equality for women? If not, what’s it going to take? Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism project. Nimko Ali is a social activist, an FGM survivor and campaigner, co-founder of Daughters of Eve. Journalist and writer Sonia Faleiro is the author of Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars and 13 Men.

Laura Bates, Nimko Ali, Sonia Faleiro and guests

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Michael Hayden talks to Nik Gowing

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

Hay Festival 2016, 

An unprecedented high-level, master narrative of America’s intelligence wars, from rendition and targeted killing abroad to homeland surveillance. Hayden is the only person to helm both the CIA and the NSA (National Security Agency).

Michael Hayden talks to Nik Gowing

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Will Self talks to Sarah Crown

Fictions: Phone

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are delighted to be launching the new novel by one of the most daring and incisive prose writers. Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns: from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos; from the horror of modern war, to the end of privacy, Phone is a stunning novel that combines the high-concept bravura of Self’s Great Apes and The Butt with the deep literary scope and scale of Umbrella and Shark.

Will Self talks to Sarah Crown

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Robert Hughes Lecture

Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence

Hay Festival 2000, 
This years award is made by Caroline Gascoigne, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, to the Australian writer, critic and theoris Robert Hughes. Hughes' books include the groundbreaking Shock of the New, Culture of Complaint, The Fatal Shore, American Visions, Nothing If Not Critical and his latest offering on fishing, A Jerk on One End. His writing is never less than thrilling, and has the power to explore ideas with the force of Damascene revelation. HUghes will lecture and take questions from the audience.

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Andrew Davies in conversation with Peter Florence

200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens

Cartagena 2012, 
Andrew Davies is considered to be one of the UK’s most outstanding film and TV screenplay writers. During his career, he has adapted works by great English writers, like Jane Austen (with his brilliant 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice), Charles Dickens and Shakespeare. Furthermore, he was one of the scriptwriters for the film Bridget Jones’s Diary. Davies, who has an in-depth knowledge of Dickens’ work, will talk to Peter Florence. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the British Council

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Kate Williams and Clare Clark talk to Rosie Boycott

Fictions - The New Victorians

Hay Festival 2012, 
The acclaimed historian’s steamy, seamy thriller The Pleasures of Men reveals the dark, beating heart of corrupt London during Queen Victoria’s reign; set in the Jubilee year of 1887 Beautiful Lies is a compelling tale of scandal, politics and the media.

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The 2008 Raymond Williams Lecture: Border Country

Hay Festival 2008, 
Dai Smith explores Williams’ relationship with the Black Mountains, landscape and storytelling. Smith is the author of Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale. Introduced by Eric Hobsbawm.

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Ken Elias talks to Ceri Thomas

Thin Partitions

Hay Festival 2011, 
An illustrated conversation surveying forty years of the esteemed Glynneath artist’s work with collage and photomontage.
 
Read more about Ken Elias

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Eileen Younghusband talks to Martin Chilton

One Woman’s War

Hay Festival 2015, 

Ninety-three-year-old Eileen Younghusband served as an officer in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in WW2. She decided to volunteer at the age of 18, and her mathematical abilities led to her training as a Clerk Special Duties, a vital part of the Radar chain. She found herself working in the Filter Room, the lynchpin between the coastal Radar Chain and the successful defence of Britain. She tracked the V1s over Kent and London and gave the first ‘Big Ben’ warning of a V2, which landed on Chiswick on 8 September 1944. After losing two fiancés, she eventually married; only to be posted overseas six weeks later to Second Tactical Air Force in Belgium. There she became part of a team tracking and destroying V2 launching vehicles, responsible for the devastating raids on Antwerp – the Allies’ vital port for landing troops and supplies. She tells her story to The Telegraph’s Martin Chilton.

Eileen Younghusband talks to Martin Chilton

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Ian Charlesworth and Richard Stockton

Jolly Jaunts with The Parson and The Publican

Hay Festival 2013, 

For a number of years The Parson and The Publican have travelled the highways and byways in search of refreshment for body and soul. With many years between them of accumulated wisdom on matters pertaining to pew and pump it was but a short step to committing their experiences to print. The authors have scoured Worcestershire, Herefordshire and The Wye Valley to amass these tales, which are delightfully illustrated with watercolour sketches from the brush of the Publican. Some of the places in their delightful book are well known, while others are more obscure but, never discouraged, our plucky pilgrims get out the map, freely exchange opinions and then do precisely what the driver wishes. Not for them the wonders of the 'Sat Nag'. Rather, instinct and an unwavering nose for musty hassocks, malted barley or fermented apple juice draws them ever onwards.

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George Monbiot

Hay Festival 2011, 
The campaigning journalist, author of Bring On The Apocalypse, Heat and Age of Consent and star of the Left Hook tour, argues that our assessment of the risks of different energy options, from nuclear power to fossil fuels and renewables, is gravely flawed, and urgently needs to change.
Chaired by Andrew Simms of NEF.