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Antonio Muñoz Molina, Josep Pons and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Translate the Music

Segovia 2013, 

As a classic ceremony to close the Hay Festival Segovia, Antonio Muñoz Molina, this year’s Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras, and the maestro Josep Pons, musical director of the Liceo, speak about the two bicentennial geniuses - Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi - in a conversation moderated by Jesús Ruiz Mantilla. The Avanti Quartet, part of the Orchestra of Castilla y León, opens and closes the event.


Co-organized with Junta de Castilla y León and Fundación Lara

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Simon Armitage

Walking Away

Hay Festival 2015, 

The poet swaps the moorland uplands of the north (Walking Home) for the coastal fringes of Britain’s south west, once again giving readings every night, but this time through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, taking poetry into distant communities and tourist hot-spots, busking his way from start to finish.

From the surreal pleasure-dome of Minehead Butlins to a smoke-filled roundhouse on the Penwith Peninsula, then out to the Isles of Scilly and beyond, Armitage tackles this personal Odyssey with all the poetic reflection and personal wit we’ve come to expect of one of Britain’s best loved and most popular writers.

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Oliver Bullough talks to Francine Stock

Let Our Fame Be Great

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist recounts the marvellous stories and testimony he encountered on his Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus, who’ve resisted Russian colonial aggression for over two hundred years.

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Joss Ackland talks to Fiona Lindsay

My Better Half and Me

Hay Festival 2010, 
The actor’s wife died of Motor Neurone Disease. Together they wrote a book about their life together – family, career, romance, better and worse.
Joss Ackland talks to Fiona Lindsay

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Ian McMillan and guests

The Verb

Hay Festival 2013, 

Barnsley FC’s poet-in-residence and Beat Poet for Humberside Police hosts a Hay edition of Radio 3’s cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performances.

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Chris Williams and Robin Barlow join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 3 – Soldiers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Waterloo, Rorke’s Drift, Mametz Wood, and the Falklands have all provided Wales with its military heroes. But what makes a Welsh military hero, and who are the villains of the piece?
 

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John Mullan

Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature

Hay Festival 2008, 
Super-Don John Mullan unmasks the disguises and deceits of writers from Jane Austen to Joe Klein.

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Karina Urbach

Go Betweens for Hitler

Hay Festival 2016, 

The untold story of how some of Germany’s top aristocrats contributed to Hitler’s secret diplomacy during the Third Reich, providing a direct line to their influential contacts and relations across Europe - especially in Britain, where they included press baron and Daily Mail owner Lord Rothermere and the future King Edward VIII.

Karina Urbach

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Justine Roberts

Mumsnet

Hay Festival 2010, 
Breakfast conversation with the founder of the iconic parenting website so assiduously courted by the politicians.
Justine Roberts

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Chad Harbach and Grace McCleen talk to Sarah Crompton

Fictions – Waterstones Eleven

Hay Festival 2012, 
Harbach’s debut baseball novel The Art of Fielding is the current holder of the heavyweight Great American Novel belt; McCleen’s The Land of Decoration is a heartbreaking story of imagination and hard reality, of good and evil, belief and doubt. Both authors have (also) been selected by Waterstones in their celebration of debut fictions.
 

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¡Que viva la música!...en nuestra formación sentimental. Antonio García Ángel, Carolina Sanín y Ricardo Silva

Cartagena 2013, 
¡Que viva la música! de Andrés Caicedo es una novela que ha marcado la formación literaria de muchos escritores y lectores de Colombia. Tres escritores colombianos, admiradores de la obra de Caicedo, Antonio García Ángel, Carolina Sanín y Ricardo Silva, conversarán sobre su importancia e impacto en las letras latinoamericanas.

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Marta Kwiatkowska

When to Trust a Robot…

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are witnessing accelerating technological advances in autonomous systems, of which driverless cars and home-assistive robots are prominent examples. We increasingly depend on decisions made by mobile autonomous robots and we interact with them socially. But how do we know when to trust a robot? And how much should the robots trust us? Kwiatowska develops automated verification techniques that ensure that computerised systems behave as expected, with applications in DNA computing, and in wearable and implantable medical devices.

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Ian Blair talks to Nik Gowing

Policing Controversy

Hay Festival 2010, 
7/7 happened on Blair’s beat as Met Commissioner, and was followed by the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. He was fired by Boris Johnson.
Ian Blair talks to Nik Gowing

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Lucy Christopher & Gill Lewis

Flyaway, Sky Hawk

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two breathtaking wildlife tales to discover and treasure.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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CJ Skuse & Matt Whyman

Zombies AND Cannibals

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two blackly comic writers talk about a zombie romcom, Dead Romantic, and a family where it’s really weird if you are not a cannibal, The Savages. Fans of Charlie Brooker and Warm Bodies, this is one for you.

Supposing you’re fed up of romantic rejection and you happen to have a chemistry genius friend? Would you think about making your own dead boyfriend? In Dead Romantic, two friends decide to have a go. Cue the best ZomRomCom around. CJ Skuse has a black and biting streak of comedy in all her fiction – Pretty Bad Things was great and Rockoholic was even better. Dead Romantic is her best yet.

Also on stage is Matt Whyman, author of the highly acclaimed Boy Kills Man, among other books. Matt is an agony uncle for Bliss and Radio 1, and he has written a darkly comic novel called The Savages. If your family were cannibals, would you really bring home a vegetarian boyfriend? Even one as handsome and charming as Jack? Probably not. Is this the first Cannibal RomCom?

CJ and Matt are bound to have a lot in common. If you like your comedy black, you’ll enjoy this one.

12+ years

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Rob Penn

The Wild Woods

Hay Festival 2013, 

A year ago, Rob took over the management of Strawberry Cottage Wood, 50 acres of abandoned broadleaf woodland at the entrance to the LlanthonyValley. Is man good for woods? Can woodlands pay? How can we value them in non-economic ways?

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Jon Lee Anderson en conversación con Christopher Domínguez

Segovia 2008, 
Jon Lee Anderson, uno de los grandes cronistas de The New Yorker. Empezó en 1979 como reportero del semanario peruano The Lima Times, a lo largo de su carrera, ha escrito para medios tan destacados como el New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, El País, Harper’s y Time. Entre otros, ha escrito los perfiles de Fidel Castro, Gabriel García Márquez, Augusto Pinochet, el rey Juan Carlos, Saddam Hussein y Hugo Chávez. Ha cubierto más de una decena de guerras alrededor del mundo. Conversará sobre Latinoamérica y sus retos con Christopher Domínguez, escritor, critico literario y editor de la revista Letras Libres.

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Hugh Ellis and Kate Henderson talk to Andy Fryers

Rebuilding Britain

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Britain faces extraordinary challenges, from climate change to growing inequality and global economics, but as a nation has no plan for the future. This unique book asks a simple question: how it can organise itself, not just for survival, but to build a fairer and a sustainable society?

Hugh Ellis and Kate Henderson talk to Andy Fryers

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Arthur Smith or possibly Daphne Fairfax hosts festival stars

Gala Cabaret

Hay Festival 2009, 
Stories, jokes, poems and improvisations in aid of education projects for young women at our new Storymoja Festival in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Philip Gross, Olivia Cole

Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2010, 
Gross won the TS Eliot Prize for The Water Table and has recently published I Spy Pinhole Eye and a collection for children, Off Road To Everywhere; Cole reads from her debut collection Restricted View.

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Roy Noble talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Noble Ways: Lay-bys in my Life

Hay Festival 2010, 
The broadcaster dubbed the Voice of Wales is a national treasure as intrinsic to life here as Snowdonia or club rugby. He yarns his career and lifestory with customary care and humour.

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Victor Gregg & Rick Stroud

Rifleman: A Front Line Life

Hay Festival 2011, 
The amazing life of the paratrooper veteran of Alamein and Arnhem, a Dresden PoW, who served in the security services during the Cold War and was witness to the falling of the Iron Curtain in 1989.

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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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Chris Goodall

Sustainability: All That Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

Building a sustainable society is perhaps the greatest test that the world’s population has ever faced. Today we have borrowed from the future by grabbing prosperity now and imposing the cost on the next generation.

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Jeremy Vine

It’s All News to Me - The Most Fun You Can Have without Laughing

Hay Festival 2012, 
The radio and tv star reflects on his 25 years as a BBC broadcaster from the Bosnian frontline to the R2 lunchtime show.