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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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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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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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Tony Badger

Cambridge University Series 8: The Lessons Of The New Deal

Hay Festival 2013, 

In 2009, as in 1933, a charismatic president succeeded a discredited one at a time of economic crisis. Obama and his advisers explicitly looked to FDR for policy models. Despite his re-election in 2012, Obama has lost control of the House, where Republicans stymie attempts to avoid the fiscal cliff. Economic recovery is partial and largely jobless. The prospects for his second term look unpromising in a highly polarised politics. Did Obama learn the right lessons from the New Deal? Chaired by Stephanie Flanders.

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Soledad Gallego-Díaz and Alfonso Armada talk to Aurelio Martín

The future of journalism

Segovia 2012, 
Soledad Gallego-Díaz, deputy editor of El País, and Alfonso Armada, director of ABC/UCM’s Master of Journalism and editor of the online magazine FronteraD, will discuss the future of journalism with Aurelio Martín, vice-president of the Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE).
 
Co-organized with the Asociación de Prensa de Segovia

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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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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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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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Khaled Khalifa and Habib Selmi in conversation with Karim Hauser

Segovia 2012, 
Two of the best known authors in Arabic, each a finalist in the Arab Prize for Arabic Fiction, the most prestigious literary prize in the Arabic language, discuss their most recent works with Karim Hauser. Kahled Khalifa (Syria) is the writer of In Praise of Hatred, a novel that tells the story of an adolescent against the background of Syria in the 1980s. Habib Selmi (Tunisia) will talk about The Scents of Marie-Claire, a novel with autobiographical elements that analyses the relationship between a Tunisian man and a French woman.
 
Simultaneous translation from Arab into Spanish. With the support of IPAF and the collaboration of Casa Arabe.

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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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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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Steve Cole

Special Agent Mummy

Hay Festival 2014, 
In a fun-filled, frantic session, Steve will reveal the loopy origins of his many creations, give story-writing tips and make plenty of atrocious jokes… It’s everything you wanted to know about space-dinosaurs, monster superheroes and time-travelling Egyptian mummies but were too afraid to ask!
7+ years
Steve Cole

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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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Sarah McIntyre

Cartoon Craziness

Hay Festival 2012, 
Meet this brilliant illustrator and learn how to invent your own cartoons. Expect pirates, monsters, princesses, dinosaurs, cowboys and, of course, Vern & Lettuce. Bring a pad and pencil.
 
5+ years

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Jackie Scott

Cambridge University Series 10: Equality

Hay Festival 2013, 

Do women need equality at home to be equal in the workplace? Scott talks to Gaby Hinsliff.

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María Dueñas and Javier Moro

Segovia 2012, 
María Dueñas and Javier Moro discuss their latest novels Misión Olvido and El Imperio Eres Tu, Premio Planeta 2011, respectively. They are this year’s best-selling authors in Spain. Chaired by Ana Gavin.
 
Co-organized with the Fundación Lara.

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Evan Davis

Made in Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
What matters is what sells and for how much – from manufacturing to technology, design and the services industries. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.
 
Read a profile of Evan Davis www.independent.co.uk/news/people/

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Jean-Claude Carrière

This is Not the End of the Book

Hay Festival 2011, 
The great French playwright and screenwriter develops the ideas in his long conversation with Umberto Eco about the future of the book in a digital age. Chaired by Alex Butterworth.

Read a brief summary of some of Jean-Claude Carriere's work

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Jenni Murray talks to Diana Quick

My Boy Butch

Hay Festival 2011, 
The broadcaster recounts her great love for Butch the chihuahua, whose arrival coincided with the devastating discovery that she had breast cancer.
 
Read more about Jenni Murray

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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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Lyn Gardner

Friends and Footlights

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the theatre critic and storyteller as she launches Olivia’s Enchanted Summer, the latest in her much-loved series. Fans of Malory Towers and Ballet Shoes will adore this.
 
9+ 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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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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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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Philip Ball

Nature’s Patterns

Hay Festival 2011, 
Scientists have found that there is a pattern-forming tendency inherent in the basic structure and processes of nature, so that from a few simple themes, and the repetition of simple rules, endless beautiful variations can arise.