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Arundhathi Subramaniam, Irfan Husain and Tahmima Anam talk to John Kampfner

India / Pakistan / Bangladesh

Hay Festival 2012, 
What’s the state of Freedom of Expression on the subcontinent? How will technology affect it? And whose truths and languages can be heard?
 

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Nélida Piñon in conversation with Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2012, 
Nélida Piñon is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. She has received numerous awards during her long literary career, including the Juan Rulfo Literature Prize and the Rosalía de Castro Prize. She will discuss the memoir Corazón andariego, a work recalling the past with emotion, lyricism and humour. Mario Jursich, editor of El Malpensante, will talk to this great Brazilian writer and explore her literary creation.

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Tim Birkhead

The Wisdom of Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
An illustrated history of ornithology.

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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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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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Oliver James and Stewart Wallis

Selfish Capitalism: its consequences and what to do about it

Hay Festival 2008, 
A dialogue between Oliver James, author of Affluenza and The Selfish Capitalist, and Stewart Wallis, Director of the New Economics Foundation.

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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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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Teatime Edition 3

Hay Festival 2012, 
The press-gang sharpen their wits to slice up the news, much of which may relate to tomorrow.

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Stephanie Dalley

The Mystery Of The Hanging Garden Of Babylon

Hay Festival 2013, 

An exciting story of detection, involving legends, expert decipherment of ancient texts, and a vivid description of a little-known civilization. Recognised in ancient times as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the legendary Hanging Garden of Babylon and its location still remains a mystery steeped in shadow and puzzling myths.

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Sam Taylor-Wood and Patrick Marber

Love You More

Hay Festival 2008, 
The YBA photographer and video artist Sam Taylor-Wood discusses and introduces her collaboration with screenwriter Patrick Marber (Closer, Asylum, Notes on a Scandal, Saturday) on a short film inspired by the Buzzcocks single of the same name. The film is a tender love-story set in the heady punk days of 1978.

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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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Monika Borgmann, Abir Saksouk-Sasso and Walid Sadek in conversation with Fadi Shayya

Checkpoints of memory in a post-war city.

Beirut 2012, 
The panel investigates the possibility of critical and discursive notions of spatial production in post-war Beirut against the city’s disrupted collective memory. It discusses why and how the reproduction of urban design and architecture conforms to dominant socio-political dogmas of division, whilst art searches (and sometimes finds) freedom in expressing critical stances for and about memory, using different media. With Monika Borgmann, filmmaker and co-director of UMAM, Abir Saksouk-Sasso, architect and activist, and Walid Sadek, artist and assistant professor at AUB, chaired by Fadi Shayya, urbanist and architect.
 
Event in English

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Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Hay Festival 2013, 

They say she has been banned in Bognor and censored in Solihull. Here to hellraise in Hay for one day only, the creator of the world-conquering Georgia Nicholson and Tallulah books and Queen of Comedy – Louise Rennison – will give you a sneak preview of The Taming of the Tights.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ years

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Matt Pritchett

Matt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Telegraph’s superstar cartoonist on drawing, humour and satire.

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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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Carl Watkins

The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among The Dead

Hay Festival 2013, 

A vivid history of the macabre as the author goes in search of the ancient customs, local characters and compelling tales that illuminate how people over the years have come to terms with our ultimate fate. He discovers what a small Norfolk church has to tell us about the apocalypse; why the greatest minds of the C17th were embroiled in debate over the phantom Drummer of Tedworth; and how a nineteenth-century Welsh druid completely changed the national view of cremation.

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Tam Dalyell talks to Jim Naughtie

The Importance Of Being Awkward

Hay Festival 2013, 

The maverick and veteran MP, Father of the House, scourge of the Front Benches and opponent of wars considers his parliamentary career, spanning 43 years and 8 administrations.

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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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Archie Brown

The Rise and Fall of Communism

Hay Festival 2009, 
A monumental study of the C20th phenomenon in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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Keith Barnham

The Burning Answer

Hay Festival 2014, 

In just over three generations, we have consumed approximately half the useful oil that it took photosynthesis around two million years to produce. In two generations we have used around half our useful uranium resources. We are faced with an urgent choice, the roots of which lie in 1905 with the discovery of Einstein’s ‘other’ equation, E = hf. This little-known equation, which began the quantum revolution, could hold the key to our future survival through the generation of electricity from sunlight.

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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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Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Talking About Shakespeare: Lunatics and Lovers 3

Hay Festival 2016, 

Daniel Hahn is joined by novelists from Britain, Mexico and Colombia to celebrate the 400th anniversaries of Cervantes and Shakespeare and the stories that they have written around them.

Supported by The British Council and Acción Cultural Española

Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Gabriel Vasquez

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Rhianna Pratchett

BAFTA presents Writing Games

Hay Festival 2013, 

The representation of women both in games and the games industry has been changing over the last few years. Come and meet Pratchett, the lead writer on Tomb Raider who specialises in developing the narrative structure, humour and characterisation in games and played a key role in the reinvention of the legendary Lara Croft.

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Antonia Fraser talks to Simon Jenkins

Perilous Question

Hay Festival 2013, 

A two-year revolution saw reforming heroes of the richest and most landed Cabinet in history, against their own interests, determined to bring liberty to the country in The Drama Of The Great Reform Bill 1832.

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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