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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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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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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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Edmund White talks to Damian Barr

Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Hay Festival 2014, 

The American novelist tells the tales of his fifteen years in France, where he wrote lives of Genet, Rimbaud and Proust and met le tout Paris – from Yves St Laurent and Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault.

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Helen Czerski

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is it that helps both scorpions and cyclists to survive? What do raw eggs and gyroscopes have in common? And why does it matter? The physicist explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experience, linking what makes popcorn pop to Antarctic winds, coffee stains to blood tests or ketchup bottles to aliens in space. Every thread you pull in the fabric of daily life shows you something new about the intricate patterns of our world.

Helen Czerski

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Chelsea Clinton and Devi Sridhar

Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why

Hay Festival 2018, 

Governments, NGOs and corporations collaborate across the world on campaigns to respond to global health issues such as AIDS, Ebola, SARS and malaria. But how do you regulate these PPPs (private-public partnerships)? And how do you analyse the accountability, effectiveness and sustainability of the biggest campaigns? Clinton is Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation and a Lecturer at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia. Sridhar is Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. Chaired by the science writer and climatologist Gabrielle Walker.

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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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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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Aleksandar Hemon talks to Valerie Miles

Segovia 2012, 
Hemon writes novels and short stories, frequently collaborating with magazines such as the New Yorker and with newspapers in his native Bosnia. Since the 1990s he has lived in the United States and writes in English and Bosnian. Author of The Lazarus Project, winner of National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 2008, he has published in Spanish a collection of stories Love and Obstacles. He will talk about the peculiarities of writing in two languages, with his publisher in Spanish Valerie Miles, and about his current projects.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. With the collaboration of the Embassy of the United States of America in Spain.

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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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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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Ed Stourton talks to Guto Harri

Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across The Pyrenees

Hay Festival 2013, 

The shocking, dramatic and intensely moving history of the hundreds who made the arduous and desperate climb through the Pyrenees during the Second World War. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Tim Birkhead

The Wisdom of Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
An illustrated history of ornithology.

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Fergal Keane

Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love

Hay Festival 2018, 

After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has gone home to Ireland to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is about Irish people who found themselves caught up in the revolution that followed the 1916 Rising, in the pitiless violence of civil war in north Kerry after the British left in 1922, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present. It is the story of Keane’s grandmother Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, and how they and their neighbours took up guns to fight the British Empire and create an independent Ireland. It is the story of another Irishman, too, Tobias O’Sullivan, who fought against them as a policeman because he believed it was his duty to uphold the law of his country. He talks to Peter Florence.

Fergal Keane

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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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James Hawes talks to Anita Sethi

Excavating Kafka

Hay Festival 2009, 
The satirical novelist and German scholar refashions everything we thought we knew about the C20th literary icon, including his predilection for porn.

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Jean-Christophe Victor in conversation with Jean-Jacques Beucler

The futures of the world: the parameters of change in the 21st century

Segovia 2012, 
As nations become increasingly interdependent, Jean-Christophe Victor proposes a multi-disciplinary approach to the questions of European and world demographics, macro and micro economies and the demand for energy, with suggestions on how to redefine our outlook. Chaired by Jean-Jacques Beucler.
 
Simultaneous translation from French into Spanish. Co-organized with the Institut Français of Madrid, the Embassy of France in Spain and the collaboration of AirFrance.

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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.

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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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Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver, Kirsty Gunn and Joanna Briscoe

Reader, I Married Him

Hay Festival 2016, 

In this celebration of the bi-centenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, Chevalier is joined by three fellow writers to introduce their anthology of stories inspired by Jane Eyre.

Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver, Kirsty Gunn and Joanna Briscoe

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Terri Apter and Zoe Strimpel

Cambridge University Series 14

Hay Festival 2014, 

Beyond The Script

Psychologist and writer Dr Terri Apter will address common myths about women and how to overcome them, with author Zoe Strimpel. They discuss why women’s lives are analysed in such detail, why their choices are so subject to scrutiny, and how they can resist and play with the stereotypes that define them.

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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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Charlotte Higgins

Barack Obama: The New Cicero

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of It’s All Greek To Me analyses the President’s classicist rhetoric.

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John Gimlette

Wild Coast: Travels on South America’s Untamed Edge

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Guianas have always defied humankind. Despite 400 years of colonial effort, they remain some of the wildest, weirdest and most beautiful lands on the continent. Chaired by Anita Sethi.