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Andrew Davies Masterclass

South Riding

Hay Festival 2011, 
The screenwriter analyses key scenes in his adaptation of Winifred Holtby’s great Virago classic in conversation with Peter Florence.

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Jonathan Porritt, Claire Fox, Ed Gillespie and Martin Wright

Sustainability in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

How does the green movement best respond to the collapse of the liberal consensus and the defunding of the American EPA? Is it a useful slap in the face to a movement that may have become a little too comfortably ensconced in the mainstream? Veteran environmentalist Jonathan Porritt joins Claire Fox from the Institute of Ideas and sustainability expert Ed Gillespie to talk with Forum for the Future’s Martin Wright.

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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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John Major

More than a Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years

Hay Festival 2007, 
The politician celebrates the golden ages of Gentlemen and Players, underarm bowling, the Empire, the gaming and the MCC.

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Jerry Brotton

Band of Brothers: Shakespeare’s Agincourt, 1599

Hay Festival 2015, 
On the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Jerry Brotton shows how Shakespeare’s Henry V now defines how we see this momentous event in English history. The play is often regarded as a straightforward celebration of English nationalism, the story of England’s tiny ‘band of brothers’ defeating the overwhelming might of the French. Brotton questions this assumption by recreating the historical moment in which Shakespeare wrote his play, with military disaster in Ireland, Queen Elizabeth’s power in decline, and the Essex Rebellion just about to engulf her. He argues that the result allows politicians on the left and the right to lay claim to the play and its account of Agincourt, along the way explaining how Olivier, Branagh and Spielberg are all part of the story.
Jerry Brotton

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Claire Wilcox

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Hay Festival 2015, 

The curator of the V&A’s spring blockbuster exhibition introduces the visionary body of work of one of fashion’s most inspiring and adventurous spirits. ‘People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality,’ – Alexander McQueen. Chaired by Tamsin Blanchard.

Claire Wilcox

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Atinuke

Traditional African Tales

Hay Festival 2013, 

Atinuke, author of the Anna Hibiscus and No 1 Car Spotter books is also a Nigerian storyteller. Don’t miss the chance to share her stories.

7+ years

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Malorie Blackman talks to Jonathan Douglas

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author of the Noughts and Crosses series and Dangerous Realities, introduces her Unheard Voices: An Anthology of Stories and Poems to Commemorate the Bicentenary Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

Hay Fever 8 yrs +

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Michael Wood

The Other Versions

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian looks at Athelstan, Wycliffe, Tyndale and the other, earlier versions of the Bible that informed the King James Authorised Version.

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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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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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Green Dragons’ Den 4

Hay on Earth 4

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from the earlier Hay on Earth workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project. 

Jane Davidson AM, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing will announce the four winning projects from the previous four Hay on Earth workshops.

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

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Peter Horrocks, AC Grayling, Sarah Churchwell and Karen Usher

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? The Best Universities

Hay Festival 2015, 

More people are going to university in Britain than ever before, and they’re paying to do so. But are the institutions themselves fit for purpose? How could they be better? Horrocks is the new Vice Chancellor of the Open University, Grayling is Master of the independent New College of the Humanities in London, Churchwell is Professor for the Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA, Usher is the co-leader of the newest university in Britain, the New Model in Technology and Engineering in Hereford.

Peter Horrocks, AC Grayling, Sarah Churchwell and Karen Usher

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Chris Ellis, Rosie Toll, Hugh Ellis, Kate Henderson and guests

Land of Promise

Hay Festival 2015, 

An exploration, through words and music, of Britain’s radical utopian tradition. This rich legacy of hope was the dominant strand of political thought for five centuries, but in the last 40 years we have stopped asking the question: how are we going to live? With a cast of actors, musicians and authors Land of Promise aims to reignite our utopian aspirations for a better Britain.

Chris Ellis, Rosie Toll, Hugh Ellis, Kate Henderson and guests

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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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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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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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Jonathan Edwards and Paul Henry

My Family and Other Superheroes | Boy Running: A Reading

Hay Festival 2015, 

Leaping from the pages, jostling for position alongside the Valleys mams, dads, and bamps, and described with great warmth, the superheroes in question are a motley crew: Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, Ian Rush, Marty McFly, a bicycling nun, and a recalcitrant hippo. Other poems focus on the crammed terraces and abandoned high streets where a working-class and Welsh nationalist politics is hammered out. This is a post-industrial Valleys upbringing reimagined through the prism of pop culture and surrealism. Edwards marries an authentic colloquial voice with sound technique to produce poems that recognize the exotic in everyday life, and a first collection that, remarkably, has won the Costa Prize for Poetry 2014.

Henry’s new collection explores a marital break-up, his childhood in Aberystwyth, and in the final sequence we meet 'Davy Blackrock': washed-up songwriter and modern day alter ego of Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock), alias David Owen (1720–1749), the blind, 18th century harpist and composer who fell asleep on a hill and dreamt the famous song which bears his name.

Jonathan Edwards and Paul Henry

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Piedad Bonnet in conversation with Luis García Montero

Segovia 2013, 

The Colombian poet, novelist and playwright Piedad Bonnet speaks with the poet Luis García Montero about her latest book Lo que no tiene nombre (Alfaguara), in which she deals with pain, death and resignation when writing about her son Daniel’s suicide.


Co-organized with the Embassy of Colombia in Spain

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Jeremy Clarkson talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2008, 
Top writer talks cars and opinions.

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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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Larry Sherman talks to Dennis O’Connor

Cambridge Series 11 - Intelligent Policing

Hay Festival 2012, 
Crime prevention tends to be driven by emotion rather than an objective consideration of the facts. How can evidence-based policing reduce crime? Chaired by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

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Peter Bazalgette talks to Bryony Gordon

The Empathy Instinct

Hay Festival 2017, 

Empathy is the power of understanding others, imaginatively entering into their feelings. It is a fundamental human attribute without which mutually co-operative societies cannot function. In a revolutionary development, we now know who has it, who lacks it and why. With the MRI scanner, we are mapping the human brain. This is a new frontier that reveals a host of beneficial ideas for childcare, teens challenged by the internet, the justice system, decent healthcare, tackling racism and resolving conflicts.

Peter Bazalgette talks to Bryony Gordon

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Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment about its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true and that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Penrose is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists.

Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

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Barbara Erskine and Phil Rickman

And did those feet?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Time’s Legacy explores the legend that the young Jesus Christ came to Glastonbury to study with the Druids. The Bones of Avalon has Elizabethan astrologer John Dee dispatched to the mystical West Country town to find the alleged bones of King Arthur, missing since the Reformation.