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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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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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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

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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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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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Akala

Natives: Race and Class in The Ruins of Empire

Hay Festival 2018, 

A searing modern polemic on race in the UK, from the MOBO award-winning poet, musician and outspoken political commentator, founder of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. In his memoir Natives he speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain’s racialised empire. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Akala

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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.
 
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The News From Afghanistan

Sherard Cowper-Coles, Rory Stewart and George Osborne

Hay Festival 2008, 
Our Ambassador in Kabul Sherard Cowper-Coles is joined by Rory Stewart CEO of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation and author of The Places In Between to talk to Shadow Chancellor George Osborne.

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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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Martin Davidson talks to Simon Schama

The Perfect Nazi

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian’s investigation: Uncovering My SS Grandfather’s Secret Past And How Hitler Seduced A Generation.

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Raymond Tallis

Has Physics Killed Philosophy?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Steven Hawking famously declared philosophy dead because it had not kept up with developments in modern physics. While acknowledging the spectacular achievements of contemporary science, the author of Reflections Of A Metaphysical Flaneur will argue that physics and the human race need philosophy more than ever.

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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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Simon Finch and Gabriel Range talk to Peter Florence

Death of a President

Hay Festival 2007, 
The award-winning and spectacularly controversial drama imagines the assassination of George Bush. The creators talk about verité and mockumentary style, narrative ethics and the wrath of the Republican Party. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Mark Malloch Brown talks to Jim Naughtie

The Oxfam Lecture: The Unfinished Global Revolution

Hay Festival 2011, 
National governments are no longer equipped to address complex global issues, from climate change to poverty. International organizations have not yet been empowered to step into the breach.

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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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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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Maria Wyke

Caesar: A Life in Western Culture

Hay Festival 2008, 
Maria Wyke conjures the ways in which the Roman’s life, loves and death have dominated the popular consciousness from the Vatican to Shakespeare, Bonaparte and Mussolini. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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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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Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Caroline Lucas

A People-Powered Economy

Hay Festival 2015, 

What is causing the logjam between central economic policy-makers and the energy of local economic activists? Stormy with a sunny local banking outlook – the economic forecast with the New Weather Institute. New Economic Foundation fellows and authors Andrew Simms and David Boyle discuss with Green MP Caroline Lucas.

Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Caroline Lucas

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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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Damian Walford Davies, Siwan Rosser, Carrie Smith and Tomos Owen

The Gwyn Jones Event - Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected

Hay Festival 2016, 

Contributors to a ground-breaking new book, Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected, discuss the vital presence of Wales in the work of ‘the world’s number one storyteller’. This is Dahl wonderfully defamiliarised in his centenary year through the lens of the country of his birth and early life.

Presented by The Welsh Academy 

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Simon Mayo

Hay Festival 2013, 

One of Britain’s best-loved BBC radio presenters returns with his second children’s book Itch Rocks. With elements as his gadgets, Itch has to use all his wits to escape unscrupulous enemies.


10+ years

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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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David Abulafia

The Great Sea - A Human History of the Mediterranean

Hay Festival 2012, 
For more than 3,000 years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of world civilisation. From the time of historical Troy until the middle of the C19th, human activity here decisively shaped much of the course of world history.

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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.