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  • Battle of the Bands

    Battle of the Bands

    Up and coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band. An evening of live, original music where audience and judges get to decide who is worthy of the crown. Hosted by BBC Radio Wales' Bethan Elfyn.

    Hay Festival 2014, Thursday 22 May 2014, 8pm - The Telegraph Stageaudio available

  • Helena Attlee

    The Land Where Lemons Grow

    Helena Attlee

    The gardening historian and travel writer embarks on extraordinary journeys through Italy, exploring the curious past and present of citrus fruit, uncovering the origins of the Mafia among Sicily’s lemon groves and meeting Orthodox Jewish citron merchants in Calabria.

    Hay Festival 2014, Friday 23 May 2014, 2.15pm - Elmley Foundation Stageaudio available

  • Jonathan Boff

    Sleepwalking to War? Britain in 1914 and 1939

    Jonathan Boff

    Did Britain stumble blindly into two world wars? The war historian compares preparations for both conflicts and argues that the lessons learned from the First were crucial to survival in the Second.

     

    Hay Festival 2014, Friday 23 May 2014, 2.15pm - The Oxfam Mootaudio available

  • Toby Wilkinson

    The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt’s Past and Present

    Toby Wilkinson

    The award-winning Egyptologist tells a story of ancient gods, pharaohs, emperors, adventurers, archaeologists and historians whose fates were all entwined with the river. Chaired by Paul Greatbatch.

    Hay Festival 2014, Friday 23 May 2014, 5pm - The Oxfam Mootaudio available

  • Brian May and Denis Pellerin

    Diableries: 3D Stereoscopy

    Brian May and Denis Pellerin

    The astrophysicist, Queen guitarist and songwriter presents the astonishing results of his collaboration with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming with a sensational 3D screening of the C19th French visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called Enfer – Hell.

    Hay Festival 2014, Friday 23 May 2014, 6.15pm - Elmley Foundation Stageaudio available

  • Alan Watson

    The Science of the Singing Voice

    Alan Watson

    How does the larynx produce sound? How does it control the pitch of the voice? And how are the throat and mouth manipulated to alter vocal register and quality? The wonders of the human voice – from the lost sound of the castrato voice and the ethereal tones of Mongolian throat singers to Bryn Terfel shaking the rafters of St David’s Hall. With sound recordings, video clips, animations and images. 

    Hay Festival 2014, Friday 23 May 2014, 6.15pm - Starlight Stageaudio available

  • Juan José Ibarretxe

    How To Change a Country: An Exclusive Hay Masterclass by the Basque President

    Juan José Ibarretxe

    The Basque Country in the early 1980s was a nation beset by conflict, its economy in ruins. Three decades later and it’s a nation at peace and second only to Luxembourg in Europe’s prosperity stakes. And all this with an equality index on a par with Scandinavia. Come and hear how they did it from the man who led the country from the opening of the Guggenheim to the eve of ETA’s lasting ceasefire. What are the lessons for other countries? You may be surprised… Chaired by Adam Price.

    Hay Festival 2014, Friday 23 May 2014, 6.15pm - The Oxfam Mootaudio available

  • Al Murray/The Pub Landlord Double Bill

    Al Murray/The Pub Landlord Double Bill

    Listen to an evening with the phenomenal comedian.

    Part 1: Watching War Films With My Dad

    In the first part Al discusses his passion for history with James Holland. Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two. They didn’t go to football; they went to battlefields. Because like so many of his generation whose childhood was all about Airfix, Action Man and Where Eagles Dare, he grew up in the cultural wake of the Second World War…

    Part 2: The Pub Landlord – The Only Way Is Epic

    In the second part Al brings his legendary stand-up character to Hay Festival. Britain’s most irrepressible inn-keeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery.

    “An exceptional balancing act. Performing in his short-sleeved white shirt, with a working beer pump behind him, Murray’s interaction with his crowd remains one of the wonders of the comedy world…satire with scope and a real sting.” The Times

    “It’s wickedly witty stuff, and the knowledge that Murray is in fact a staunch, rather high-born Europhile with an MA in modern history makes this outwardly boorish satire on British provincialism more seductive still – right down, in fact, to the occasional guilt-ridden moment of doubt as to exactly what it is you’re laughing at.” The Telegraph

    Hay Festival 2014, Friday 23 May 2014, 7.45pm - The Tata Tentaudio available

  • Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

    Are We All Scientific Experts Now?

    Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

    How do we identify the true scientific experts? And how do we avoid false scientific‘controversies’ like the MMR debacle and Climategate? The two Cardiff University professors draw on work from Collins’ provocative new book.

     

    Hay Festival 2014, Friday 23 May 2014, 7.45pm - Starlight Stageaudio available

  • Roy Bailey, Billy Bragg and friends

    A Concert for Tony Benn: The Writing on the Wall

    Roy Bailey, Billy Bragg and friends

    A tribute to the politician, diarist and orator recreates one of his great Hay evenings with a rallying anthology of great songs and speeches of dissent and protest.

    Hay Festival 2014, Friday 23 May 2014, 9.30pm - The Telegraph Stageaudio available

  • The Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

    The Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

    The winning author of the £10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for the best work of contemporary fiction in translation, Arab writer Hassan Blasim, discusses his book with judge Boyd Tonkin, The Independent’s Senior Writer and Columnist. Hassan Blasim won the prize for his second short story collection The Iraqi Christ, translated by Jonathan Wright and published by Comma Press.

    Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 24 May 2014, 9am - The Oxfam Mootaudio availablevideo available

  • Edward St Aubyn talks to William Sieghart

    Fictions – Lost for Words

    Edward St Aubyn talks to William Sieghart

    WINNER OF THE 2014 BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE AWARD FOR COMIC FICTION

    A fabulous comedy from the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, who presents a wickedly entertaining insight into a sniping world of literature, celebrity culture and ambition, explored through the judges and contenders of the Elysian Prize for Literature.

    Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 24 May 2014, 10am - The Oxfam Mootaudio available

  • Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

    Fictions – Memory

    Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

    Two novels explore the disturbance of the past. Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing is both a detective story and a haunting depiction of dementia. The characters in Murray’s Sugar Hall probe the secret history of a Forest of Dean mansion. Chaired by Sameer Rahim.

    Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 24 May 2014, 10am - Good Energy Stageaudio available

  • Peter Snow

    When Britain Burned The White House

    Peter Snow

    In August 1814 the United States’ army is defeated in battle by an invading force just outside Washington DC. The US president and his wife have just enough time to pack their belongings and escape from the White House before the enemy enters. The invaders tuck into the dinner they find still sitting on the dining-room table and then set fire to the place.

    Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 24 May 2014, 11.30am - The Tata Tentaudio available

  • Jerry Brotton

    Shakespeare 450 – ‘Was Mohammed inspiréd with a dove?’

    Jerry Brotton

    In this first of Hay Festival's 2014 sessions celebrating the 450th birthday of the playwright, the Renaissance scholar explores Shakespeare’s relationship with the Islamic world in the history plays and in his tragedies.

    Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 24 May 2014, 11.30am - Elmley Foundation Stageaudio available

  • Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman

    Fictions – Interesting Times

    Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman

    Harkaway’s Tigerman and Haider Rahman’s In The Light of What We Know are superb novels of huge scale and imagination that range across the turbulent contemporary world, exploring loyalties, friendship and redemption. They discuss their stories with Olivia Cole.

    Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 24 May 2014, 11.30am - Good Energy Stageaudio available

  • Michael Wood

    Found in Translation

    Michael Wood

    One of the translators of this encyclopedic philosophical lexicon – The Dictionary of Untranslatables – examines some of the philosophical, literary and political terms and concepts that defy easy – or any – translation from one language and culture to another. He talks to Daniel Hahn, the national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

    Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 24 May 2014, 11.30am - The Oxfam Mootaudio available

  • Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

    An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

    Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

    An intimate and personal decoding of the nature and nurture of the famous and infamous geneticist, author of The Selfish Gene, Unweaving the Rainbow, The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker.

    Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 24 May 2014, 1pm - The Tata Tentaudio availablevideo available

  • Matthew d’Ancona and guests

    In It Together

    Matthew d’Ancona and guests

    Two days after the European elections and a year from the next UK General Election, the journalist gives us the skinny on the state of the coalition government. Will Boris get a seat? Will Dave’s set club together with Nigel? Will Nick be Deputy PM forever?

    Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 24 May 2014, 1pm - Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stageaudio available

  • Robert Mair

    What’s Going On Underground: Tunnelling into the Future for our Cities

    Robert Mair

    The world authority on civil and environmental engineering examines the most challenging aspects of underground work faced by the world’s most ambitious construction projects.

    Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 24 May 2014, 1pm - Elmley Foundation Stageaudio available

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