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Digby Jones

Fixing Business

Hay Festival 2017, 

The entrepreneur examines the relationship between business, government and society. He discusses Britain in a post-Brexit world, Donald Trump’s America, and the ‘elephant in the boardroom’ – executive pay.  Lord Jones was Director General of the CBI. In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment. He talks to Jesse Norman.

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Stanley Greenberg

Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders

Hay Festival 2009, 
As a hired gun strategist, the seasoned pollster and political consultant recounts his work with Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Ehud Barak, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Nelson Mandela.

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Louis de Bernières talks to Anita Sethi

Notwithstanding

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist conjures the depth, texture and wealth of an English village in this delightful weft of tales.
Louis de Bernières talks to Anita Sethi

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Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

Do it Like a Woman

Hay Festival 2015, 

From Chilean revolutionaries and Russian punks to Iranian journalists, one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation introduces inspiring stories from all around the world. Women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male.

Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

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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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William Dalrymple

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty; Delhi 1857

Hay Festival 2007, 
Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty, found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj’s Stalingrad: the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Building St Pauls

Hay Festival 2008, 
James WP Campbell describes not just the feats of Christopher Wren, but the work of the quarrymen, stonemasons, carpenters and craftsmen who collaborated on Britain’s most imposing cathedral.

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John Hare

Shadows Across the Sahara

Hay Festival 2007, 
A 100-day, 1500-mile journey with camels from Lake Chad to Tripoli accompanied by a Chinese scientist, a 77-year-old Kenyan rancher, warring tribesmen and Gaddafi’s secret police.

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Sana Krasikov and Emily Perkins

Shorts

Hay Festival 2009, 
A reading of world-class short stories from Krasikov’s collection One More Year, and a new story from Perkins, author of Not Her Real Name.

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Liz Pichon

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Hay Festival 2012, 
Tom Gates is a master of excuses, expert doodler, comic story writer extraordinaire. His wonderful creator returns to Hay to introduce the brand new episode, Everything’s amazing (sort of). Bring a pad and pencil.
 
Duration 45 mins.   7+ years

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Alan Weisman

The World Without Us

Hay Festival 2008, 
Alan Weisman asks how the world would change if human beings vanished from the earth right now, for good. What would the planet be like in a day, a week, a month…a millennium?

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Sarah Dunant talks to Helena Kennedy

Sacred Hearts

Hay Festival 2010, 
In Renaissance Ferrara the convent of Santa Caterina is filled with noble women who are married to Christ because many cannot find husbands outside. Enter sixteen-year-old Serafina, ripped by her family from an illicit love affair, howling with rage and hormones and determined to escape.

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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.

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Sam Llewellyn

The Minimum Boat

Hay Festival 2010, 
Jaunty breakfast date with the nautical thriller writer, who promotes the minimalist boating lifestyle – whilst poking gentle fun at the expensive, complicated, ostentatious forms of sailing.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Sam Llewellyn

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Daniel Swift

Shakespeare’s Common Prayers: The Book Of Common Prayer And The Elizabethan Age

Hay Festival 2013, 

The prayer book’s history is one of passionately contested revision and of manic sensitivity to a verb or a turn of phrase. In the book’s ambiguities and fierce contestations, Swift argues, William Shakespeare found the ready elements of drama. Tracing the prayer book’s lines and motions through As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Measure For Measure, Othello, and particularly Macbeth, he redirects scholarly attention to the religious heart of Shakespeare’s work and time.

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Korky Paul

Winnie’s Dinosaur Day

Hay Festival 2013, 

Winnie The Witch gets involved in a prehistoric adventure with a rather surprised Triceratops, brought to life with Korky Paul’s high-energy live drawing.

5+ years

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Anthony Julius

Trials of the Diaspora

Hay Festival 2010, 
The lawyer traces A History of Anti-Semitism in England from the bloody medieval persecutions and the invention of the Blood Libel, through the literary canon, to contemporary anti-Zionism.
Anthony Julius

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Jonathan Sacks talks to Ed Stourton

Future Tense

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Chief Rabbi discusses his vision for the future of Judaism, Jewish life and Israel for the twenty-first century.

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Jon Gower and Fflur Dafydd

Story: Islands

Hay Festival 2009, 
Dafydd’s haunting novel Twenty Thousand Saints evokes life on the blessed island of Bardsea. Gower’s debut novel in Welsh, Dala’r Llanw, conjures stories set in Buenos Aires, Oakland and Cardiff. They trade stories, compare notes on island life and travel between two languages. Chaired by Elan Closs Stephens.

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Melvyn Bragg

Fictions – Grace And Mary

Hay Festival 2013, 

Visiting his ageing mother Mary in her nursing home by the sea, the protagonist of this new novel sets out to recreate their buried family history, delving into the secrets and silences of Mary’s fractured childhood as he imagines the life of her spirited mother, Grace.

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Elanor Dymott and Maria Semple talk to Mary Loudon

Fictions - Missing Women

Hay Festival 2012, 
Every Contact Leaves a Trace is a love story and a murder mystery set in Oxford; Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is a comic portrait of Seattle life from the scriptwriter of Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development.

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Helena Attlee

Italian Gardens

Hay Festival 2007, 
Five centuries of high Italian style from Petrarch and the Medici, to the picturesque masterpieces of the C19th, and the angular modernism of today.

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Boris Spassky talks to Ronan Bennett

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary Grand Master discussed Russian and Soviet chess culture, the psychology of the game, and the 1972 Reykjavik Match of the Century World Championships in which he lost his title to Bobby Fisher.

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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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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 7

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians read the papers for laughs.