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Robert McCrum

Globish

Hay Festival 2010, 
The editor and writer re-examines the linguistic power of the Anglo-American imperium, and stacks up his C21st equation: English + Microsoft = Globish.

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Paul Nieuwenhuis

Cardiff Series 4: The Car of the Future

Hay Festival 2011, 
The car is clearly not sustainable now, but can it adapt or evolve, or will it have to go, as some have suggested? How will we use it and how will it be made? Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival

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Anne Michaels talks to Claire Armitstead

Story: The Winter Vault

Hay Festival 2009, 
The poet and novelist introduces her new novel, which weaves great historical moments with the quiet and intense intimacy of private lives and griefs.

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John Julius Norwich

Sicily: A Short History, From the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

Hay Festival 2015, 

The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all – and yet has properly been part of none. John Julius Norwich was inspired to become a writer by his first visit in 1961 and this study is the result of a fascination that has lasted over half a century. In tracing its dark story, he attempts to explain the enigma that lies at the heart of the Mediterranean’s largest island.

John Julius Norwich

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A Poetry Reading for Josephine Hart

Hay Festival 2011, 
We'll be holding a Poetry Reading in tribute to our friend and champion of poetry, who died yesterday.
 
Bob Geldof reads Yeats and Keats, Lisa Dwan reads Heaney, Peter Florence reads Wilfred Owen. More readers will be announced tomorrow.

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Rachel Lewis and Polly Ghazi

The Low Carbon Diet

Hay Festival 2007, 
What we all can do towards carbon reduction, offset trading and getting fit for the planet.

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Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Hay Festival 2015, 

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats with this reading of his poetry.

Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

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Marian Keyes

This Charming Man

Hay Festival 2008, 
‘Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married’…

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Tim Smit

The Eden Project at Ten

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and join us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cornwall’s iconic centre for horticulture and biodiversity with its director.

Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 
Learn more about the Eden Project www.edenproject.com

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Bernardo Atxaga y Ignacio Martínez de Pisón en conversación con Luis Alemany

Segovia 2008, 
Bernardo Atxaga, el galardonado autor de Obabakoak y El hijo del acordeonista, y Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, autor de más de una docena de obras, entre las que destacan las novelas Carreteras secundarias y Dientes de leche, conversarán con el periodista Luis Alemany y leerán fragmentos de sus respectivas obras.

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Ben Goldacre

Bad Science

Hay Festival 2008, 
Satirist and doctor Ben Goldacre exposes fakery, pseudoscience and quackery in consumer marekting and in the media. Chaired by Rachel Holmes.

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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.
12+ years (YA)

Charlie Higson

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Bruno Ganz talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Hay Festival 2008, 
The peerless Swiss actor’s films include Wings of Desire, Downfall, Nosferatu, Strapless and Bread and Tulips.

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Julian Baggini

The Ego Trick

Hay Festival 2011, 
Are you still the person who lived fifteen, ten or five years ago? Fifteen, ten or five minutes ago? What and who is the real you? Does it remain constant over time and place, or is it something much more fragmented and fluid?

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Amrita Narlikar

Cambridge Series 10: The Rise of New Powers and the Challenges of Global Trade Governance

Hay Festival 2011, 
No good deed goes unpunished: the WTO’s timely response to accommodate the new powers – Brazil, China and India – at the heart of its decision-making has created new opportunities but also generated unanticipated new problems. What insights can be learnt about the rise of new powers within the WTO and other multilateral organizations?
 
Read more about Amrita Narlikar and the Centre for Rising Powers

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Liz Pichon

Oodles of Doodles

Hay Festival 2011, 
Meet Tom Gates – master of excuses, expert doodler and comic story writer extraordinaire. His journal (The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – obviously!) is pretty awesome and his creator is going to show you how yours can be too. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Michael Holroyd

A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers

Hay Festival 2011, 
The biographer (George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, Augustus John) discusses the treasure-trove of hidden lives, uncelebrated achievements and family mysteries in this masterly inquiry into the biographer’s art.

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Wendy Scase

The Vernon Manuscript - An e-Reader on Parchment

Hay Festival 2012, 
The medievalist examines the origins and purpose of the unique Vernon Manuscript, an astonishing treasury of literature written in the dialect of the West Midlands over 600 yeas ago, and shows how it changes the story of English.
 

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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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Charlie Higson

The Sacrifice

Hay Festival 2013, 

The fourth in the nail-biting series described as ‘Lord Of The Flies With Zombies’ is every bit as tense, bloody and action-packed as fans could wish.

13+ years

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Signe Johansen

The Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking

Hay Festival 2011, 
Scandilicious treats. The young chef is steeped in Scandinavian traditions and modern British cuisine, having worked for Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck at Bray.
 
Find out more about Signe Johansen at her website

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John Crace & John Sutherland

The Two Johnnies

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Guardian’s master satirist and the Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature indulge in a little light flyting, roasting, and joshing at the expense of literary pretension and solemnity. This event may be recorded and used in evidence for blackmail.

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Jeremy Leggett, Mark Lynas and David Miliband

Greening Britain

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author of Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and The Global Energy Crisis is joined by Lynas (Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet) and the Secretary of State for the Environment. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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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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Tristram Hunt

Ten Cities That Made an Empire

Hay Festival 2014, 

Citing Boston, Bridgetown, Dublin, Cape Town, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Bombay, Melbourne, New Delhi and Liverpool, the historian charts the processes of exchange and adaptation that shaped the colonial experience and, in turn, transformed the culture, economy and identity of the British Isles.

Tristram Hunt