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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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Michael Berkeley

The Housman Lecture

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

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Joumana Haddad talks to Malcolm Otero Barral

Segovia 2011, 
The young Lebanese writer Joumana Haddad is one of the most multi faceted authors in the Middle East. Aside from being a poet, translator and journalist, she manages the IPAF literary awards (the Arab world’s Booker), is the literary editor of the An Nahar newspaper and edits the Arab magazine Jasad. Her work I killed Scheherazade has been translated into six languages and described by Mario Vargas Llosa as “a revealing and audacious book about women in the arab world”. Haddad, who in 2010 received the Blue Metropolis Award for Arab literature in Montreal, will talk to Malcolm Otero Barral, publisher at Barril & Barral.
 
Event in Spanish
Joumana Haddad talks to Malcolm Otero Barral

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David Trueba in conversation with Félix Romeo

My favourite films

Segovia 2010, 
The writer David Trueba has been a film enthusiast from a very young age and moreover, as a creator, he has explored different aspects of this trade working as a director, a scriptwriter and even as an actor. In this event he will speak to the writer Félix Romeo, author of Amarillo, about his favourite films and clips of some of the scenes will be shown.

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Vivien Norris, Matt Whyman and Claire Armitstead

Bibliotherapy for Families

Hay Festival 2007, 
The child psychologist running the pioneering Gwent Health Trust scheme to use self-help books in mental health cases is joined by children’s novelist and agony uncle Matt Whyman and Guardian Literary Editor Claire Armitstead to discuss how books can help parents and children with the struggles they face.

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Venetia Williams, Revel Guest, Elizabeth Haycox and Tiffany Murray

Crossing Borders

Hay Festival 2014, 

A wide-ranging conversation about ambitions and opportunities with several of the remarkable women living and working here in the Border Country as profiled by writer Julia Gregson and photographer Alex Pownall in their book Crossing Borders. Horse trainer Venetia Williams has won over £1m in prize-money this year. Revel Guest is a film-maker and chair of the Hay Festival. Elizabeth Haycox is the owner of Richard Booth’s Bookshop and a Trustee of Hay Castle. Tiffany Murray is a novelist, author of Diamond Star Halo. The session will include a tribute to the late Jean Miller.

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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

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Carlos Velázquez en conversación con César Silva Márquez

Xalapa 2013, 
Carlos Velázquez (México) es autor del recién publicado libro de crónicas El karma de vivir al norte. Carlos ha escrito además La Biblia Vaquera y La marrana negra de la literatura rosa, libros de relatos con gran éxito de crítica y público. Conversa con César Silva Márquez.

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Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

A Monster Calls

Hay Festival 2016, 

Described by John Green as “an insanely beautiful writer”, the award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy has just completed the screenplay for a major motion picture of A Monster Calls. Join him and enjoy a first preview of scenes from the film.

12+
Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

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Martin Rees

The Royal Society Lecture 3: From Here To Infinity

Hay Festival 2011, 
The astronomer revisits the subject matter of his 2010 Reith Lectures, boldly exploring the challenges facing science in the C21st.

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Martín Caparrós: ‘Contra el cambio’

Segovia 2011, 
Martín Caparrós, Argentinian journalist and writer who has headed the magazines El Porteño, Babel, Página/30, Sal y Pimienta and Cuisine & Vins, and has published, among other works, No velas a tus muertos (1986), La historia (1999) and Una luna (2009), will on this occasion present his most recent book, Contra el cambio. This interesting essay is a journey through ten countries that have been affected by climate change and reflects on the ecology, the place of nature in our society and the ideology of conservationism.

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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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Helen Peters

The Farm Beneath the Water

Hay Festival 2015, 
Helen Peters is author of The Secret Hen House Theatre and its sequel, The Farm Beneath the Water. As well as sharing the story of how Hannah has to save the family farm with her theatrical talents, she explains how her real-life experiences growing up on a family farm inspire her stories and how she turns the farm itself into a ‘character’ in her novels – with lots of authentic mud-squelching, pig-oinking, and chicken-clucking happening in the background.
7+ years
Helen Peters

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Steve Benbow

The Urban Beekeeper

Hay Festival 2012, 
The visionary beekeeper started his first beehive ten years ago on the roof of his tower block in Bermondsey and today runs 30 sites across the city. His bees live atop Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Fortnum & Mason and the National Portrait Gallery, and he supplies honey to the Savoy tearooms, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. His bees forage in parks, cemeteries, along railway lines and in windowboxes, and because of the diversity of the plants and trees in the city, produce far richer honey and greater yields than they would in rural areas.

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Julia Hobsbawm with David Aaronovitch, Peter York, Allison Pearson and Douglas Alexander

EI Breakfast 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

Duration 45 minutes.

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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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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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Monica Ali talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

In the Kitchen

Hay Festival 2009, 
The new novel from the author of Brick Lane opens with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and then peels back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot that exists below.

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Howard Jacobson en conversación con Enrique de Hériz

Segovia 2009, 
Algunos lo llaman “el Philip Roth inglés”, pero la obra de Howard Jacobson va más allá de esta comparación. Enrique de Hériz, creador de la célebre Mentira y de la reciente Manual de la oscuridad, conversa con el autor sobre cómo escribir ficción y sobre su última novela, Un Acto de Amor.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Julia Golding

Cat Royal

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tough auditions, the world plunging into crisis, lives and fortunes under threat. Welcome to Cat Royal and the 1790s.  Come and meet the pirates, slaves and slaveowners on this Caribbean adventure... Costumes, quizzes and prizes for all who dare set sail with Julia Golding.

10 years +

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John Gray

The Immortalization Commission

Hay Festival 2011, 
The great and terrible implication of Darwin’s ideas was that natural selection made humans into animals like any other, doomed one day to disappear from the face of an uncaring Earth. The refusal to follow this logic and to insist instead on our immortality resulted in a series of experiments that carry on to the present day, some of which ravaged whole countries and some of which generated more private forms of pain.

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Fireman Sam

Happy Birthday, Sam!

Hay Festival 2012, 
It's time for a Pontypandy party to celebrate Sam and Hay turning 25 together. Meet your favourite fireman and hear all about his exciting adventures from the fabulous storyteller Liz Fost.
 
3+ yrs

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Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Long and Winding Road

Hay Festival 2017, 

The third volume of Alan Johnson's bestselling and award-winning memoirs takes us to the corridors of Westminster and lifts the lid on the life of a hard-working constituency MP in the first Blair administration.

Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Mike Hulme

Why We Disagree About Climate Change

Hay Festival 2010, 
From the standpoints of science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and development the UEA Prof explains why we disagree about climate change and shows how it can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
Mike Hulme

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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