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Rose Gottemoeller

The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
President Obama’s Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security was the chief negotiator on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with the Russian Federation. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
 
In association with the Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness Programme

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Stephen King talks to Peter Florence: Part II

London Events 2006, 
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 40 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

He talks to the director of the Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

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Gordon Brown

Courage

Hay Festival 2007, 
The former Chancellor celebrates his political heroes from Martin Luther King and Aung San Suu Kyi to Bobby Kennedy and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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Tim Birkhead

The Wisdom of Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
An illustrated history of ornithology.

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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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Gillian Clarke

The Gwyn Jones Lecture: Love and War

Hay Festival 2015, 

The National Poet of Wales celebrates the centenary of Alun Lewis, with a close reading and exploration of his poems. His first volume Raiders Dawn and other Poems was published in 1942. Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets, which contains his masterpiece All Day It Has Rained was published posthumously in 1945. Introduced by Cary Archard.

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Gillian Clarke

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Daisy Hay

Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives

Hay Festival 2010, 
The communal existence of the friends and lovers revolving around Leigh Hunt, who rocked early C19th letters.
Daisy Hay

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Paddy Ashdown

Game of Spies

Hay Festival 2017, 

The true story of a lethal spy triangle with three men at its centre – a brilliant, ruthless, British secret agent called Roger Landes; the Gestapo counter-espionage officer Friedrich Dohse, who was charged with finding him; and French Resistance leader André Grandclément, who was responsible for the most controversial betrayal that took place in wartime France. From 1942 until 1944 these three enemies were drawn into a lethal dance in which comrades, Allied agents and downed pilots were sold to the Germans as casually as crates of wine. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Paddy Ashdown

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Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Oliver and the Seawigs

Hay Festival 2014, 

Set sail for an adventure with these story legends as they introduce Oliver and the Seawigs, full of giggly-but-dangerous monkeys, a near-sighted mermaid and some very BIG WIGS. Learn how to draw your own Sea Monkey and join in with the silly sea shanty chorus.
6+ years

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

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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.

Simon Armitage

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Dan Jones

The Plantagenets

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian introduces his tales of eight generations of the greatest and worst kings and queens this country has ever seen – from the White Ship to the Lionheart, bad King John to the Black Prince and John of Gaunt. This is the dynasty that invented England as we still know it today.

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Jerry Brotton

Reformations 14: Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of This Orient Isle asks how we understand Shakespeare in a global world when his language seems more remote than ever. Drawing on his recent involvement in international productions of Macbeth and Othello he explains how Shakespearean character and language is created through rehearsal and stage action. He concludes by arguing that schools should stop studying the plays as words on the page but instead rehearse and perform them however they can.  

Jerry Brotton

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Suresh Kohli in conversation with Guillermo Rodríguez

Segovia 2012, 
Suresh Kohli presents his documentary about the novel in India, entitled Magic Realism & After: Indian English Fiction 1981-2011. He is interviewed by Guillermo Rodriguez, Director of Casa de la India. Excerpts from the documentary will be screened.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. Co-organized with the Embassy of India in Spain and the Fundación Consejo España-India and Casa de la India.

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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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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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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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Alun Ffred Jones

The CADW Lecture: King Edward I’s Castles in North Wales, Now and Tomorrow

Hay Festival 2010, 
The WAG Culture Minister examines the significance of the colossal fortresses of Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris.

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Val McDermid talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2010, 
Ratchet plotting of her gripping psychological thrillers has established McDermid and her Hill/Jordan detection team at the very top of crime fiction. She talks about writing, morality, crime and punishment.

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HAY JOVEN: Mario Mendoza sobre La importancia de morir a tiempo

Cartagena 2013, 
El autor colombiano Mario Mendoza ha publicado novelas como Los hombres invisibles (2007) y libros de cuentos como La travesía del vidente, con el que en 1995 obtuvo el Premio Nacional de Literatura del Instituto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo de Bogotá. Hablará de su última novela, La importancia de morir a tiempo (2012).

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Meera Syal talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Fictions – The House of Hidden Mothers

Hay Festival 2015, 

Little India, East London: Shyama, aged 44, has fallen for a younger man. They want a child together. Meanwhile, in a rural village in India, young Mala, trapped in an oppressive marriage, dreams of escape. When Shyama and Mala meet, they help each other realise their dreams. But will fate guarantee them both happiness? The author of Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee launches her new novel.

Meera Syal talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Edith Hall

Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

Aristotle was an extraordinary thinker, perhaps the greatest in history. Yet he was preoccupied by an ordinary question: how to be happy. His deepest belief was that we can all be happy in a meaningful, sustained way – and he led by example. Life deals the same challenges in ancient Greece or the modern world. Aristotle’s way is not to apply rules, it’s about engaging with the texture of existence, and striding purposefully towards a life well lived. Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

Edith Hall

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón talks to Paul Preston

To Bury the Dead

Hay Festival 2009, 
An investigation of a brutal political murder in the Spanish Civil War and a fascinating literary feud that divided Hemingway and John dos Passos as it divides our speakers.

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Rachel Holmes and Erica Wagner

Start the Day 2

Hay Festival 2007, 
Holmes introduces The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman (Born 1789 – Buried 2002). Wagner’s debut novel Seizure is a compelling exploration of identity and adulthood. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Ben Okri talks to Anita Sethi

The Famished Road, Revisited

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist discusses his Booker-winning masterpiece, the story of Azaro, the spirit child who chooses to stay in the land of the living.