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Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth? Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation, Big Issue founder John Bird and Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler find reasons to be cheerful about climate change and its opportunities to reframe our lives.

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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.
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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.

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Sam Llewellyn

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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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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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Owen Sheers talks to Alex Clark

Fictions – I Saw a Man

Hay Festival 2015, 

The event that changed all of their lives happened on a Saturday afternoon in June, just minutes after Michael Turner – thinking the Nelsons’ house was empty – stepped through their back door.

Moving from London and New York to the deserts of Nevada, Sheers’ new novel is a brilliant exploration of violence, guilt and attempted redemption, written with the pace and grip of a thriller. He takes the reader from close observation of the domestic sphere to some of the most important questions and dilemmas of the contemporary world.

Sheers is a poet and playwright whose latest works include the National Theatre of Wales’ Mametz, the award-winning poem Pink Mist and Calon.

Owen Sheers talks to Alex Clark

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John Julius Norwich and Patricia Hodge

Darling Monster

Hay Festival 2014, 

Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, Jazz Age society darling and actress of stage and screen. Sharing the letters she wrote to her only son, John Julius Norwich discusses the dazzling life his mother led as the original ‘It’ girl. He’s joined by the actress who played Lady Diana in the original 1970s TV drama, to bring to life some of the most moving and entertaining of the letters.

John Julius Norwich and Patricia Hodge

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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.

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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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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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Galina Timchenko, Mikhail Zygar, Oliver Bullough and guests talk to Nataliya Vasilyeva

We Need To Talk About Putin

Hay Festival 2015, 

Timchenko is the executive editor of the independent news platform Meduza. Zygar is the editor-in-chief of TV RAIN, Russia’s only independent television channel. Bullough is author of The Last Man in Russia and Let Our Fame Be Great and has reported over the last two years from the Ukraine. Vasiliyeva writes about press freedom and politics for Associated Press in Moscow.

Galina Timchenko, Mikhail Zygar, Oliver Bullough and guests talk to Nataliya Vasilyeva

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Tras los pasos de Darwin. Con Steve Jones

Segovia 2009, 
Este año se cumplen doscientos años del nacimiento de Charles Darwin. El biólogo Steve Jones, cabeza del Departamento de Biología de la UCL (Londres) y catedrático de genética, explica la relevancia del trabajo de Darwin, al que considera el fundador de la biología moderna.

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Tras los pasos de Darwin. Con Steve Jones

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Bettany Hughes

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Hay Festival 2017, 

The historian tells the story of the three-in-one great cities of Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul, which has long been the gateway between East and West. Archaeologists have measured 42 layers of human inhabitation here on the Bosphorus over the past 6,000 years. It has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires and, for many years, was known simply as The City.

Bettany Hughes

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Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

Sober: Football. My Story. My Life

Hay Festival 2017, 

The great Arsenal and England defender explains the struggles he’s faced to stay sober for 20 years and why he set up Sporting Chance, the charity which provides treatment and support for sports stars suffering from addictions. He gives his incisive thoughts on England’s continued failings in major tournaments and assesses why Arsenal has struggled to repeat the title-winning formula of his own time there.

Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

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Jason and Daniel Freeman

Paranoia: The 21st Century Fear

Hay Festival 2009, 
Terrorism, child-abduction, lone gunmen, David Blunkett… what’s not to worry? And what should we do about it? Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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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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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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Kenan Malik

The Quest for a Moral Compass

Hay Festival 2014, 

Engaging and provocative, Malik confronts some of humanity’s deepest questions. Where do values come from? Is God necessary for moral guidance? Are there absolute moral truths? He also brings morality down to earth, showing how, throughout history, social needs and political desires have shaped moral thinking. He provides a history of the world told through the history of moral thought, and a history of moral thought that casts new light on global history. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Kenan Malik

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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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Sarah Arrowsmith

Mappa Mundi: Hereford’s Curious Map

Hay Festival 2015, 

Who made the Mappa Mundi? How and why? Arrowsmith looks at the map through the eyes of a medieval visitor to the cathedral. She explains how a map that is very unfamiliar to us, with East rather than North at the top, populated with semi-human figures who may have four eyes or one foot and beasts like the defecating Bonnacon, would have made complete sense. You could tell your children the story of your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, point out the winding trail taken by Moses and the Israelites and tell the Bible stories illustrated there and elsewhere. Or you could impress other bystanders with your knowledge of Alexander’s campaigns and the three races of Ethiopians illustrated near the map’s edges.

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Sarah Arrowsmith

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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.

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Sioned Davies talks to Revel Guest

The Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the new translation into English of the greatest Welsh literary work. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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Sarah McIntyre

Cartoon Creations

Hay Festival 2011, 
Hurrah! We’ve got our hands on this inspired illustrator and comics creator for a whole hour. So come and meet her cartoon friends and learn super-secret tips on how to invent your own characters. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
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John Mullan: What Matters In Jane Austen

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Austen’s brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction.