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Thomas Keneally talks to Alastair Niven

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Australian Booker winner (Schindler’s Ark) discusses his work and his new novel The Widow and her Hero.

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Brian Paddick talks to Rosie Boycott

Line of Fire

Hay Festival 2008, 
The inside story of the Met from the Brixton riots to Jean Charles de Menezes, from its most senior openly gay officer, now a Liberal politician.

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Clive Oppenheimer

Cambridge Series 9: Eruptions That Shook The World

Hay Festival 2011, 
The volcanologist explores geological, historical and archaeological records to ask how volcanic eruptions have shaped the trajectory of human society through prehistory and history. He looks at the evidence for volcanic cataclysm and considers how we can prepare ourselves for future catastrophes.

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Lisa Bortolotti

Optimism and Success

Hay Festival 2017, 

Can delusional beliefs and distorted memories have redeeming features? Psychologists have consistently found that we are more optimistic than is warranted by the evidence. This form of ‘unrealistic optimism’ leads to mild distortions of reality but it has been shown to contribute to good mental health, motivation and productivity. Bortolotti is Professor of Philosophy at University of Birmingham.

Lisa Bortolotti

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Ben Crystal

Springboard Shakespeare – Macbeth

Hay Festival 2013, 

The actor and writer conducts a workshop masterclass working with Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Ideal for students and teachers. Numbers limited.

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Daniel Blythe

How to write Dr Who

Hay Festival 2012, 
Discover how to pen the exciting and dangerous worlds with the creator of Shadow Runners.
 
12+ years

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Gordon Corera talks to Guto Harri

The Art Of Betrayal

Winter Weekend 2011, 
The British Secret Service has been cloaked in secrecy and shrouded in myth since it was created a hundred years ago. A unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality behind the fiction.

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From the defining period of the early Cold War through to the modern day, MI6 has undergone a dramatic transformation from a gung-ho, amateurish organisation to its modern, no less controversial, incarnation. Gordon Corera reveals the triumphs and disasters along the way. For the first time, it is possible to draw a picture of what spies really get up to. Corera draws on the first-hand accounts of those who have spied, lied and in some cases nearly died in service of the state. They range from spymasters to the agents they ran, from the families of Britain's spies to their sworn enemies. Most of these accounts are drawn from interviews conducted by the author; many have chosen to speak on the record for the first time. From the Congo to Moscow, from Tehran to Hanoi, from post-war Vienna to the back streets of London, these are the voices of the people who have worked on the front line of Britain's secret wars. And the truth is often more remarkable than the fiction.

Gordon Corera talks to Guto Harri

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Colin Tudge

The Secret Life of Trees

Hay Festival 2008, 
Biologist Colin Tudge reveals trees as the key to humanity’s evolutionary past—and our future.

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Kate Williams

Becoming Queen

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian uncovers the machinations, repressions and rebellions of the young Victoria in her accession to the English throne.

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Chris Morgan Jones talks to Marcel Berlins

Fictions – Spying And Thrilling

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new thriller writer tipped as one of le Carré’s heirs discusses his Iranian industrial espionage story The Jackal’s Share.

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Rageh Omaar talks to George Osborne

Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Somali-born journalist discusses his own experience, and that of other British Muslims with the shadow Chancellor.

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David Remnick

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

Hay Festival 2010, 
The New Yorker editor narrates and analyses this defining story of American history.

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Jim Saunders

Hay: Landscape, Literature and the Town of Books

Hay Festival 2014, 

Jim Saunders has lived and worked for 25 years in the border country around Hay. In this, his third book, he homes in on the town itself, along with the landscapes, literature and people of this most beautiful part of Britain.

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Jake Arnott talks to Peter Guttridge

Story: The Devil’s Paintbrush

Hay Festival 2009, 
Scandal, black magic and Islamic revolution on the battlefields of Sudan and the backstreets of Edinburgh teem around the character of Brit hero Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald.

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Michael Freeman

Travel photography: the tea route

Cartagena 2012, 
A British photographer who loves travel, he has published more than 100 books and has carried out reports for important magazines. Michael Freeman spent two years exploring and documenting one of the world’s longest and oldest trade routes: the tea route. The result: 300 pages with photos and text on the thrilling story of how tea was transported by horse for more than 3,000 kilometres from southwest China through Tibet. A photographic journey through history, culture, politics and covering a little known part of China. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Balancing Acts

Hay Festival 2017, 

You start with a vision, and you deliver a compromise. You want a play to be challenging, ambitious, nuanced and complicated. You also want it to sell tickets. You want to make art, and you know you’re in show-business. The inside story of 12 years at the helm of The National Theatre is a story of lunatic failures and spectacular successes. Its cast includes the likes of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and, of course, William Shakespeare.

Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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World Class Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rosie Goldsmith introduces three of the biggest contemporary novels: Philip Hensher’s The Northern Clemency, Manil Suri’s Indian birth- of-a-nation The Age of Shiva, and the Argentinian masterpiece Alan Pauls' The Past.

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Peter Melchett and Julian Rose

Heart to Heart 2007: Farming for a Future

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Penrhos Trust’s annual symposium on organic food production is led by the Soil Association’s pioneering agronomists.

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Oliver James

Office Politics

Hay Festival 2013, 

The psychologist cuts a fascinating exposé of modern office life and suggests How To Thrive In A World Of Lying, Backstabbing And Dirty Tricks.

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Beast Quest

Hay Festival 2013, 

Adam Blade brings the Beast Quest adventures to life – and gives us a glimpse of the excitement to come in brand new Sea Quest.

7+ years

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Philip Mansel

Cities of the Levant - The Past for the Future

Hay Festival 2012, 
One of the world’s top experts on Constantinople and the Mediterranean looks at the great cities of bygone empires and the dynamic urban centres of today.

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In the Green Corner 3

Hay Festival 2008, 
Eco-firebrand George Monbiot in his final conversation with the audience about global sustainability and political accountability.

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Dry Store Room No.1

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paleontologist Richard Fortey conjures the eccentric people, ancient artefacts and ultra-modern technology that makes The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum.

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Jackie Morris

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join one of Wales’ most acclaimed artists for an intimate illustration masterclass.

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Michael Berkeley

The Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The composer and broadcaster discusses AE Housman’s original subject The Name and Nature of Poetry.