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Stephen Marshall and Nick Cohen

What's Left?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Two searing and brilliantly entertaining examinations of Liberalism here and in America, from eco-shopping to Iraq, with Marshall’s Wolves in Sheeps Clothing and Cohen’s What’s Left? How Liberals Lost Their Way. Chaired by Palash Dave.

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Louise Gray, Steve Ormerod and Tony Davies talk with Katie-Jo Luxton

The Nature of Brexit: challenges and opportunities for wildlife and farming

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 2016 over 50 organisations came together across the UK to produce and publish the second State of Nature report. It shows that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The long-term future of farming is at stake if the natural systems on which it is based are depleted. Our panel looks at what the next 30 years could look like if the natural environment was placed at the centre of farming policies post-Brexit. Poet Martin Daws will open and close this event.

Louise Gray, Steve Ormerod and Tony Davies talk with Katie-Jo Luxton

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Huw Bowen, Katharine Olson, Chris Evans

New History of Wales 4: Global Nation

Hay Festival 2011, 
Isolated provincials or a global people? Where is Wales in the world?

Duration 45 minutes.

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John McNally

Infinity Drake

Hay Festival 2014, 

Weird science facts combine with one key question: ‘what would Clarkson do?’ in this highly engaging session introducing sci-fi adventure series Infinity Drake, a debut from scriptwriter John McNally.
10+ years

John McNally

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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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Clive Gifford and Anil Seth

Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing and Believing

Hay Festival 2015, 
Astound your eyes and boggle your brain, as award-winning author Clive Gifford and neuroscientist Anil Seth take you on a journey through fascinating optical illusions and the science behind them. They talk to Martin Chilton.
9+ years
Clive Gifford and Anil Seth

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Laura Cumming

A Face To The World: On Self-Portraits

Hay Festival 2010, 
In this lavishly illustrated talk the Observer art critic investigates the drama of the self-portrait from Dürer, Rembrandt and Velázquez to the present day, considering what these images reveal about the artist’s innermost self and how they relate to us all in strange and intimate ways.

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John Kampfner

Freedom for Sale: How We Made Money and Lost Our Liberty

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why is it that so many people around the world appear willing to give up freedoms in return for either security or prosperity? Chaired by Francine Stock.
John Kampfner

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Ulinka Rublack

Cambridge Series 14: Dressing Up – Cultural identity in Renaissance Europe

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian will show why clothes made history and history can be about clothes. Her research imagines the Renaissance afresh by considering people’s appearances: what they wore, how this made them move, what images they created, and how all this made people feel about themselves.
 
Read a review of Dressing Up www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/

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Faraj Bayrakdar talks to Shenaz Kedar

Writers and the Middle East

Hay Festival 2012, 
Exiled writers from Syria and Iran discuss their work and the upheavals in the Middle East with the manager of the Writers’ Centre Norwich City of Refuge programme.
 
In partnership with the Writers Centre Norwich and International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)

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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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Qué es la felicidad. Con Paul Dolan

Cartagena 2013, 
Todos deseamos ser más felices. A veces parece que conseguirlo requiere mucho esfuerzo. Y otras veces ni siquiera sabemos qué es eso de sentirse mejor. Así, ¿no sería estupendo tener una idea clara de lo que es la felicidad y cómo alcanzarla? Y, ¿no sería incluso mejor si pudiéramos ser más felices sin tener que cambiar nuestra vida? En A Head For Happiness (Una mente para la felicidad), Paul Dolan explora todos estos asuntos. Paul Dolan es profesor de Ciencias del Comportamiento en el Departamento de Política Social en la London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Qué es la felicidad. Con Paul Dolan

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William Nicholson

Rich & Mad

Hay Festival 2010, 
First love, first sex and everything in between.

‘...a tender, moving, unexpected and intelligent take on family life, sibling relationships, mid-life angst and, above all, first love...’ Observer
 
13+ years

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Richard Fortey

Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth

Hay Festival 2008, 
The palaeontologist introduces his scintillating long view of evolution and cataclysm.

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Cees Nooteboom and Antonio Muñoz Molina

Segovia 2014, 

Dutch poet, novelist, essayist, translator and hispanist Cees Nooteboom, and Spanish author and 2013 Prince of Asturias Literature award-winner Antonio Muñoz Molina discuss their work.

Event in Spanish


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Andrew Davies

War and Peace

Hay Festival 2016, 

The legendary screenwriter talks to Peter Florence about the craft of screenplay and the challenges of scale and intimacy in his six-part BBC television adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel.

Andrew Davies

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Richard Dawkins talks to Rosie Boycott

The God Delusion

Hay Festival 2007, 
The geneticist eviscerates religion, intelligent design, and the idea of a supreme being.

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Amit Chaudhuri talks to Oliver Balch

Calcutta: Two Years In The City

Hay Festival 2013, 

A personal account of two years spent in one of the least-known but greatest cities on Earth. Using the historic elections of 2011 as a fulcrum, Chaudhuri looks back to the C19th, when the city burst with a new vitality, and towards the C21st when – utterly changed – it seems to be on the verge of another turn.

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OLGA TOKARCZUK in conversation with Gaby Wood

The Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

Hay Festival 2018, 

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk wins for Flights - translated into English by Jennifer Croft, who will join her onstage.

The longlist for this year's international fiction prize consists of Laurent Binet, Javier Cercas, Virginie Despentes, Jenny Erpenbeck, Han Kang, Ariana Harwicz, László Krasznahorkai, Antonio Muñoz, Christoph Ransmayr, Ahmed Saadawi, Olga Tokarczuk, Wu Ming-Yi and Gabriela Ybarra. The shortlist will be released on 12 April, and the winner will be announced on 22 May.

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Olivia And The Great Escape

Hay Festival 2013, 

Lyn Gardner’s popular series set in the Swan Academy is perfect for theatre and circus lovers and aspiring performers.

9+ years

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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.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

Sarah Arrowsmith

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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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Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant and Beyond

Hay Festival 2015, 
The brilliant series created by Derek Landy has sales to date of five million copies worldwide and left fans heartbroken as it ended with The Dying of the Light. Derek has recently revealed that his next book, Demon Road, will be out later this year and is the first in a YA trilogy of supernatural thrillers. Come along and find out more.
11+ years
Derek Landy

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Mark Urban

The Tank War: The Men, The Machines And The Long Road To Victory

Hay Festival 2013, 

The 5th Royal Tank Regiment were on the front line throughout WW2 in Africa as part of the Desert Rats, before returning to Europe for the Normandy landings. Wherever they went, the notoriety of the ‘Filthy Fifth’ grew – they revelled in their reputation for fighting by their own rules.

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Peter Sawyer

The Wealth Of Anglo-Saxon England

Hay Festival 2013, 

How did the Anglo-Saxons obtain the treasure that tempted Vikings to raid England frequently in the C9th and again between 980 and 1018? The historian traces the trade routes across Europe for silver, and reveals a highly urbanised, wealthy Anglia. Chaired by Jasper Rees.