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LSE Director to speak at Hay Festival

LSE's Director Howard Davies is to give a lecture at this year's Hay Festival on Friday 25 May.

The Hay Festival, sponsored by The Guardian newspaper, is a celebration of writing and ideas held each year in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. It attracts international speakers, alongside authors, musicians and comedians.

Howard Davies will be launching Reading the Future: the LSE Hay lecture series. This is a new lecture series which will see a number of LSE staff contributing to the Hay festival and its 'sister' festivals in Segovia, Spain, in September and in Cartagena, Colombia, in January 2008.

Howard Davies will give this inaugural lecture on the growth of China. 

Before becoming LSE Director in 2003, Howard Davies was chairman of the Financial Services Authority. He sits on the boards of two Chinese regulatory bodies. He also edited The Chancellors' Tales (Polity, November 2006) which tells the story of how the British economy has been managed over the last 30 years, through a series of lectures, originally given at LSE, by former chancellors of the exchequer. This March saw the publication of another book based on lectures given at LSE by former foreign secretaries, called British Diplomacy: foreign secretaries reflect (Politicos' Publishing, March 2007).


Contact Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7582


The Segovia Festival is held in September. LSE professors Paul Preston and John Gray have been confirmed as speakers at this event.

Howard Davies is chairman of the 2007 Man Booker prize. He is a regular reviewer for the Times and THES and has a monthly diary column in Management Today. For a full biography, see Howard in the media|

LSE has double degree and academic partnerships arrangements with Peking University and Fudan University, and is to be the base for a new Confucius Institute for Business, London.

14 May 2007