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John Julius Norwich

The Story of England in 100 Places

Hay Festival 2012, 
The political, cultural, social, religious and economic story of England through 100 key places you can still visit today - from Stonehenge to The Gherkin.
John Julius Norwich

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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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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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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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Michael Rosen

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Children's Laureate is a compelling and hugely entertaining performer, and one of Britain's greatest writers.

Hay Fever 7 yrs +

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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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Rosie Harding

Dementia and Vulnerability

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘You can have a dog put to sleep but my mother had to go through hell.’ End of life issues are especially difficult for people with dementia and their family carers, as the person themself is often unable to make and communicate their views in a way that would be respected by our autonomy-centred healthcare decision-making frameworks. Drawing on empirical data from a socio-legal study funded by the British Academy, Professor Rosie Harding of the University of Birmingham explores the social, ethical and legal challenges of maximising dignity for those dying with, and of, dementia.

Rosie Harding

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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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Miriam González Durántez

Made In Spain

Hay Festival 2017, 

The lawyer and Inspiring Girls champion introduces her delicious “recipes and stories from my country and beyond” in a glorious celebration of Spanish culture and cooking.

Miriam González Durántez

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Monty Don and Derry Moore

Japanese Gardens

Hay Festival 2019, 

Traditional Japanese gardens combine aesthetics with ethics, beauty with philosophy in a perfectly curated celebration of the natural world. A Japanese garden is the world in miniature: rocks represent mountains, ponds represent seas. Natural and man-made elements combine to create a garden that, while natural, is not wild. The gardener and photographer look at the traditions and culture which inform some of the most beautiful and famous gardens from all over Japan, from Kenroku-en to the Zen gardens of Tokyo and the historic beauty of Kyoto, and from the famous cherry blossom celebration hanami to the autumnal crimson magnificence of momijigari.

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OLGA TOKARCZUK in conversation with Gaby Wood

The Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

Hay Festival 2018, 

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk wins for Flights - translated into English by Jennifer Croft, who will join her onstage.

The longlist for this year's international fiction prize consists of Laurent Binet, Javier Cercas, Virginie Despentes, Jenny Erpenbeck, Han Kang, Ariana Harwicz, László Krasznahorkai, Antonio Muñoz, Christoph Ransmayr, Ahmed Saadawi, Olga Tokarczuk, Wu Ming-Yi and Gabriela Ybarra. The shortlist will be released on 12 April, and the winner will be announced on 22 May.

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Tim Marshall

Is The Phrase ‘Arab Spring’ Harmful?

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Sky News Foreign Affairs Editor discusses whether the phrase ‘Arab Spring’ is harmful to our understanding of what has been happening in the Middle East. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Charlie Ryrie

The Cut Flower Garden

Hay Festival 2009, 
Growing a dream: British garden flowers, a sustainable future for floristry?

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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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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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Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2012, 
El ruido de las cosas al caer begins with the bizarre scene of the escape and later entrapment of a hippopotamus, the last remnant of the zoo that Pablo Escobar used to flaunt his power. Juan Gabriel Vásquez, who obtained the 2011 Alfaguara Novel Prize for the work, is one of the Latin American novelists with the highest international profile. He is also author of The Informers, shortlisted for the UK’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and The Secret History of Costaguana. He will talk to Mario Jursich, editor of El Malpensante.

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Philip Ball

Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind

Hay Festival 2008, 
Philip Ball establishes Chartres’ iconic role in Europe’s history: a revolution in thought embodied in stone and glass, a philosophy made concrete through the cooperation of theologians, craftsmen and engineers.

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John Mullan, Sarah Churchwell and Colm Toíbín

Jane Austen 200

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of What Matters in Jane Austen celebrates the bi-centenary of the great novelist and talks about what defines her genius with the novelist, Colm Toíbín and Sarah Churchwell.

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Tim Winton talks to Rebecca Jones

BBC Talking Books 3: The Boy Behind the Curtain

Hay Festival 2017, 

The great novelist, author of Dirt Music and Cloudstreet, is publishing two non-fiction books. Charged with love for the huge, besieging force of Australia’s wild spaces, Island Home: A Landscape Memoir is a passionate call for their conservation. His deeply personal The Boy Behind the Curtain: Notes from an Australian Life shows how moments from his childhood and life growing up have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and literature.

Tim Winton talks to Rebecca Jones

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Jo Malone talks to Bryony Gordon

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jo Malone has created a globally renowned fragrance and beauty business and, more recently, her new brand Jo Loves. She talks about her incredible journey from modest beginnings as a teenager struggling with dyslexia and leaving school with no qualifications, to being diagnosed with breast cancer at 37 and becoming an international brand name and one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Jo Malone talks to Bryony Gordon

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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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Katharine Whitehorn

Hay Festival 2008, 
Fleet Street’s finest discusses her humorous and bittersweet autobiography Selective Memory.

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Roy Foster

Words Alone

Hay Festival 2011, 
A wonderful understanding of WB Yeats and Irish literary traditions in the C19th.

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Melinda Salisbury and Catherine Doyle

New Voices in YA Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 
Vendetta by Catherine Doyle is an intense Romeo and Juliet story that combines love, mystery and adventure. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury is a high fantasy romantic adventure set in a world that is strange and yet completely familiar. Find out about these two young writers’ paths to getting published, their influences and what the future might hold for them and their characters.
12+ years/YA
Melinda Salisbury and Catherine Doyle

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Greg Jenner

A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history Greg Jenner, historical consultant to Horrible Histories, explores the gradual and often unexpected evolution of our daily routines.

Greg Jenner