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Gareth Peirce

British Complicity in Torture: Can We Stop?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The lawyer examines the practice of deportation to countries that practice torture and the issues of availability of data and secret courts. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Philip Pullman, Dai Smith, Richard Davies and Jon Gower

Make Room for the Jester

Hay Festival 2011, 
We celebrate Stead Jones’ classic tale – a haunting journey from the edge of childhood into a threatening adult world – now published in the Library of Wales series.

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Hay Festival 2016, 

From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the C20th, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University.

Peter Frankopan

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Audrey Niffenegger talks to Lisa Allardice

Her Fearful Symmetry

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author discusses her delicious, ghost story follow-up to the global bestseller The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Audrey Niffenegger talks to Lisa Allardice

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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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Sam Taylor-Wood and Patrick Marber

Love You More

Hay Festival 2008, 
The YBA photographer and video artist Sam Taylor-Wood discusses and introduces her collaboration with screenwriter Patrick Marber (Closer, Asylum, Notes on a Scandal, Saturday) on a short film inspired by the Buzzcocks single of the same name. The film is a tender love-story set in the heady punk days of 1978.

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Sheila Hancock talks to Joan Bakewell

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actress and RSC Artistic Director discusses her portrait of her own marriage The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw.

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Thomas Keneally talks to Gaby Wood

Napoleon’s Last Island

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Booker-winning Australian writer launches his new novel. On the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, Napoleon spends his last years in exile. It is a hotbed of gossip and secret liaisons, where a blind eye is turned to relations between colonials and slaves. The disgraced emperor is subjected to vicious and petty treatment by his captors, but he forges an unexpected ally: a rebellious British girl, Betsy, who lives on the island with her family and becomes his unlikely friend.

Thomas Keneally talks to Gaby Wood

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Martha Schwartz in conversation with Martha Thorne

Beyond bricks and mortar: Landscape, art and architecture for liveable cities

Segovia 2014, 

The well-known landscape artist Martha Schwartz, Honorary Fellow of RIBA, design consultant to the Mayor of London and lecturer at the Harvard GSD, talks to Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Prize and city planning professor.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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La Vida Doble. Arturo Fontaine en conversación con Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2013, 
"Irene” o "Lorena” - nunca sabremos su verdadero nombre - es una combatiente de Hacha Roja, organización revolucionaria armada; Irene guarda más de un secreto. La Vida Doble es la última novela del autor chileno Arturo Fontaine, donde explora las paradojas de la sociedad chilena, adentrándose en los dilemas morales y la traición. Conversará sobre este libro, que ha sido éxito de ventas en Chile, con Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

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Peter Frankopan

Reformations 16: History

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of the magnificent book The Silk Roads proposes a new way of understanding the past and of connecting context and ideas so that we might learn the lessons of history. Frankopan is Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Peter Frankopan

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John Carey, Judy Golding and Tobias Hill

William Golding Centenary

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the Nobel Laureate’s daughter and biographer and the poet and author of The Love of Stones and The Cryptographer to celebrate the novelist whose work included Lord of the Flies, Rites of Passage, To The Ends of the Earth and The Spire.

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Kishwar Desai and Ann Patchett

Fictions: Women’s Lives

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two astounding novels explore mysteries and extremes. Desai’s Witness The Night is set in India and won the Costa First Book Prize. Orange Prize-winner Patchett’s State of Wonder is set in Brazil. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.

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Tessa Dunlop

The Bletchley Girls: War, Secrecy, Love and Loss

Hay Festival 2015, 

Dunlop weaves together the lives of fifteen women selected to work in Britain’s most secret organisation – Bletchley Park. It is their story, told in their voices; Tessa met and talked to 15 veterans, often visiting them several times. Firm friendships were made as their epic journey unfolded on paper.

The scale of female involvement in Britain during the Second World War was unmatched in any other country. From 8 million working women just over 7,000 were hand-picked to work at Bletchley Park and its outstations and soon they outnumbered the men three to one. Dunlop talks to publisher and QI elfmaster John Mitchinson.

Tessa Dunlop

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Lissa Evans talks to David Aaronovitch

Their Finest Hour and a Half

Hay Festival 2009, 
The producer of Father Ted, director of The Kumars at Number 42 and Orange Prize longlisted novelist talks about creating comedy on screen and in print.

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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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The Wisdom of Whores

Hay Festival 2008, 
Elizabeth Pisani describes how politics, ideology—and ten billion dollars a year—have bulldozed through scientific evidence and common sense and needlessly failed to fight the AIDS pandemic that has infected 70 million people worldwide. Chaired by Rachel Holmes.

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John Mitchinson and guests

Unbound Live 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

A second chance to choose what gets published by the award-winning crowd-funded Unbound publishing house as authors pitch their ideas direct to the audience in a real-life, literary Dragons’ Den. Meet comedian Katy Brand and her hilarious alter-ego Brenda Monk, hear Adrian Teal tell how utterly scandalous the C18th really was, join David Bramwell on his quest to find Utopia, and learn how everything is connected to everything else with Steve Colgan. Light poetic and extremely humorous relief from performance poet, George Chopping.

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Tom Bullough, Jay Griffiths, Toby Litt

Beacons: Stories From Our Not So Distant Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

Throughout history, writers have been spokespeople for social change, and with climate change a real threat to our society, now is no different. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Craig Calhoun

The LSE Lecture: What Threatens Capitalism Now?

Hay Festival 2014, 

What are the key factors for sustainability and change, for disruption and catastrophe? The Director of the London School of Economics considers the threats, internal and external, to global capitalism.

Craig Calhoun

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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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Roy Strong

A Little History of the English Country Church

Hay Festival 2008, 
An elegant synthesis of architecture, faith and parish community that points to a possible realigned future.

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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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Alex Bellos

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland

Hay Festival 2010, 
Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics. Open to all.
Alex Bellos

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

Early Edition 5

Hay Festival 2009, 
The team play with the papers. Much laughter, and a fair bit of news anti-management. B&R out today. That’ll be fun.