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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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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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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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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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Gareth Peirce

British Complicity in Torture: Can We Stop?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The lawyer examines the practice of deportation to countries that practice torture and the issues of availability of data and secret courts. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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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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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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Nina Stibbe and Gary Kemp

Despatches From Family Life

Hay Festival 2014, 
In 1982 Nina Stibbe, a 20-year-old from Leicester, moved to London to work as a nanny for a very particular family. It was a perfect match: Nina had no idea how to cook, look after children, or who the weirdos who called round were. And the family, busy discussing such arcane subjects as how to swear in German or the merits (or otherwise) of turkey mince, were delighted by her lack of skills. Love, Nina is the collection of letters she wrote home gloriously describing her ‘domestic’ life, the unpredictable house-guests and the cat everyone loved to hate. Nina talks to the Spandau Ballet star and actor Gary Kemp, author of I Know This Much.

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Dai Smith in conversation with Max Porter

The International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join us to celebrate ten years of the prestigious prize for writers aged 39 and under, as the 2016 Winner talks with Dai Smith, Chair of the Judging Panel and Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University. Max Porter won the award for his extraordinary book Grief is the Thing With Feathers.

Dai Smith says: “Max Porter, the judges felt, takes the common place of grief, the pall of death, the loss of loved ones, the things that we will all experience and transforms the ordinary through an extraordinary feat of imaginative prose, but prose that slips in to poetry and out again. The way it plays with the archetypal figure of Ted Hughes’ Crow is both astonishing and beguiling. It is funny, it is deeply moving and it is a book that the judges are proud to see as the winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize, in partnership with Swansea University.”

Dai Smith in conversation with Max Porter

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Tim Birkhead

The Wisdom of Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
An illustrated history of ornithology.

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Víctor Bravo Mendoza and Fredy Gutiérrez Sahaud with Wieldler Guerra

Guajira Literature, followed by a concert by the Cerrejón Symphony Orchestra

Cartagena 2011, 
An event featuring experts in literature written in La Guajira; following this there will be a concert with the Cerrejón Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra, made up of 90 young people from the Cerrejón area and other districts of La Guajira, is much more than a musical project, offering a musical education, teamwork and excellent opportunities for its members to develop as musicians and people.

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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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Diarmaid MacCulloch

Silence In Christian History

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of A History Of Christianity examines prayer, mystical contemplation, shame, evasion, and careless and purposeful forgetting. He describes the early Church’s attitude to the competing claims of silence and noise, shows how monasticism came to dominate Christian worship, and looks at the sudden eruption of noise in the Protestant reformation.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Joan Bakewell talks to Revel Guest

Fictions – She’s Leaving Home

Hay Festival 2012, 
Nureyev defects in London; Gagarin escapes the earth’s atmosphere to be the first man in Space; the Beatles escape Liverpool to seek their fortune in Hamburg. The 50s give way to the 60s in the broadcaster’s second novel.
 

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Janine di Giovanni talks to Bidisha

Ghosts by Daylight

Hay Festival 2012, 
The war correspondent tells her own story of two frontline reporters brought together and deeply damaged by war. They try to build a civilian, family life in Paris.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 4

Hay Festival 2009, 
Sub-editors and journos beware... the comedians mock facts and folly in today’s papers.

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Pamela Butchart

To Wee or Not to Wee!

Hay Festival 2016, 

Take a fresh look at Shakespeare with the Blue Peter Award-winning author  as she gives action-packed retellings of Macbeth, HamletA Midsummer’s Night Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

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