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George Monbiot

Heat

Hay Festival 2007, 
How to Stop the Planet Burning analyses the issue of carbon emission with ruthless rigour and elegant clarity. The action and commitments Monbiot proposes are politically compelling and define how we might all move forward.

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Andy McNab

Hay Festival 2006, 
A rare interview with the author of Bravo Two Zero, Firewall, Last Light and Aggressor. Chaired by Phil Rickman.

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Jamie Bartlett talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Dark Net

Hay Festival 2015, 

The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the most innovative and dangerous subcultures of the online world: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers and self-harmers, libertarians and vigilantes. Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos.

Jamie Bartlett talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Simon Wessely

Shell Shock or Cowardice? The Life and Death of Private Harry Farr

Hay Festival 2014, 

The psychiatrist was an expert in the Judicial Review of whether to issue a blanket pardon to all those (300) executed for military offences during WWI. The review focused on Harry Farr. What happened? What was the historical context? What’s changed?Chaired by the writer and medical ethicist Raymond Tallis.

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Lynsey Addario talks to Rosie Boycott

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

Hay Festival 2015, 

The frontline photographer discusses her memoir of post-9/11 photo-journalism and shows her pictures. She travels with purpose and bravery, photographing the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

Lynsey Addario talks to Rosie Boycott

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Ian Kershaw

Fateful Choices

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian recreates ten critical political and military decisions taken between May 1940, when Britain decided to fight on rather than surrender, and the autumn of 1941, when Hitler decided to destroy Europe’s Jews.

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Simon Armitage

The Poet

Hay Festival 2009, 
Reading and conversation with the poet whose recent publications include The Not Dead, Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid, Out of the Blue and Gawainand the Green Knight.

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Peter Hain and David Lipsey

Forty Years is a Long Time in Politics

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two of the most unconventional Westminster memoirs shed new, controversial and wickedly funny light on the political process. With the anti-apartheid campaigner, MP for Neath, former Leader of the House, and Secretary of State for Work and Wales, author of Outside In and the veteran Labour peer, author of An Autobiography. Chaired by Simon Mundy

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Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

The Best for Wales Project

Hay Festival 2017, 

How can we shift from ‘doing better’ to ‘doing what’s needed’ and doing it now across Wales? Best for Wales will celebrate and inspire sustainable innovation. Hill is CEO of B Lab UK; Jones is Founder of Welsh ICE and Davies is founder of Neighbourly. Chaired by maverick thinker Andy Middleton from TYF.

Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

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Richard Fortey

Survivors - The Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind

Hay Festival 2012, 
The paleontologist takes us on a journey across the globe in search of traces of evolution in creatures that have survived from long ago, from algal mats dating back two billion years to the hardy musk oxen, the last vestiges of Ice Age fauna.

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Open Mic 1

Unpublished Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join in a brand new venture to share your work with an audience. All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you'd like to read, please email boxoffice@hayfestival.com with 'Open Mic' in the title line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry. This event will be repeated (with different participants) on 5 June. Paul Blezard MCs.

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Adrian Tinniswood

Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the 17th-century Mediterranean

Hay Festival 2010, 
Tales of the C17th European renegades and Islamic sea-rovers who terrorised the Mediterranean, trading slaves from Iceland to the New World.
Adrian Tinniswood

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Mark Radcliffe talks to Tiffany Murray

Thank You for the Days

Hay Festival 2009, 
A Boys’ Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond told between the DJ’s choice of ‘Life Tracks’.

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Charlie Higson

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond series talks about his writing and the fifth instalment in his bestselling zombie adventure series, The Fallen. A writer, actor and comedian, Charlie studied gothic literature at university and is a huge fan of horror.
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Charlie Higson

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Lorenzo Silva

Segovia 2013, 

Lorenzo Silva, creator of one of the most successful thriller novel sagas in Spain, featuring the civil guards Bevilacqua and Chamorro, speaks about all his literary work with the journalist Antonio San José.


Co-organised with Fundación Lara and with the collaboration of Fundación Caja Segovia.

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Julia Neuberger

Not Dead Yet

Hay Festival 2008, 
Julia Neuberger lays out her thinking for our changing demography with A Manifesto for Old Age. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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Howard Jacobson, Maggie Ross, Roy Strong

King James Authorised Version – Genesis, Psalms, Revelations

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three of the hugest and most contentious books are on the table for this Good Read conversation. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Kim Wilkie

Led by the Land

Hay Festival 2012, 
The radical landscape designer surveys 20 years of his work, from the restoration of the Villa La Pietra in Florence to the strategic masterplan for the World Heritage Site at the Solovetski Archipelago.

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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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Jonathan Dimbleby

Destiny In The Desert: The Road To El Alamein, The Battle That Turned The Tide

Hay Festival 2013, 

Dimbleby describes the political and strategic realities that lay behind the battle of November 1942 which inspired one of Churchill’s most famous aphorisms – ‘This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning’.

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Juanita León, Rodrigo Pardo, María Teresa Ronderos y Daniel Samper Pizano en conversación con Jaime Abello

Investigaciones periodísticas

Cartagena 2013, 
El periodismo de investigación requiere rigor, pasión y valentía a partes iguales. Tres grandes periodistas colombianos, Juanita León, directora de La silla vacía; Rodrigo Pardo, de RCN; María Teresa Ronderos, directora de VerdadAbierta.com; y Daniel Samper Pizano, padre del periodismo investigativo en Colombia a través del trabajo que desempeño en El Tiempo, conversan con Jaime Abello, director general de Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo.

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Hew Strachan talks to Richard Norton-Taylor

The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective

Hay Festival 2014, 

The wars since 9/11, both in Iraq and Afghanistan, have generated frustration and an increasing sense of failure in the West and the blame has been attributed to poor strategy. Strachan, one of the world’s leading military historians, reveals how these failures resulted from a fundamental misreading and misapplication of strategy itself. He argues that the wars since 2001 have not in reality been as ‘new’ as has been widely assumed and that we need to adopt a more historical approach to contemporary strategy in order to identify what is really changing in how we wage war.

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Rosanna Davison

Eat Yourself Beautiful

Kells 2015, 

Rosanna Davison talks about how she came to study nutrition. She gives us the skinny on her own diet and lifestyle, and shares her top tips from her new book Eat Yourself Beautiful on cutting out sugar and including more fruit and vegetables in your diet.

Photo by Miki Barlok

Rosanna Davison

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Landmarc 100 Workshops

Professionals – Delivery and Innovation: Workshop 1

Hay Festival 2013, 

How do professionals across all sectors develop the survival skills for a resilient future? As part of the Landmarc 100 Innovations Scheme, this is the third in a series of open invitation workshops, conversations and presentations designed to inspire applicants, tackle the big issues of sustainability, and take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

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George Marshall talks to Oliver Balch

Talking Climate – From Research to Practice

Hay Festival 2017, 

A fresh approach to climate change communication: five core principles for public engagement that can propel climate change discourse out of the margins and into the mainstream. Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.