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Richard Davenport-Hines

Titanic Lives

Hay Festival 2012, 
Who were the 1,500 people who died on 14 April 1912 in the Arctic waters? A floating microcosm of Edwardian society - Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew.

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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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Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

Good Energy Series 3: Where Are All The God Damn Operas?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Arts have played a major role in changing views around gender, racial equality, poverty, etc. – but what have they done to change views about climate change? What role should the Arts play in telling stories, raising awareness and challenging the status quo? Smith – co-founder of Emergence, Neal – author and theatre-maker, and Davenport – director of Good Energy discuss with Marcus Brigstocke.

Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

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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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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.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Rachel Lewis and Polly Ghazi

The Low Carbon Diet

Hay Festival 2007, 
What we all can do towards carbon reduction, offset trading and getting fit for the planet.

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Marcus Brigstocke talks to Peter Florence

God Collar

Hay Festival 2011, 
A special preview of the comedian’s book questioning atheism, faith and the meaning of life.

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Andrew Roberts

The World on Fire

Hay Festival 2009, 
Just how close did the Nazis come to winning the Second World War? The award-winning historian examines the reasons for their defeat.

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Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

Memory and Mental Time Travel

Hay Festival 2015, 

Memories are not only about the past; they also affect the future. Nicola and Clive, a scientist and a fine artist respectively, explore the complex relationships between memory and human experience. Join them for a fascinating discussion incorporating science, literature, magic and dance.

Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

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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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Alexander McCall Smith talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
The creator of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency celebrates the eighth novel in the series, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive.

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Lewis Wolpert talks to Rosie Boycott

You’re Looking Very Well: The Surprising Nature of Getting Old

Hay Festival 2011, 
Why must we age? And how should we cope with our physical decline?
 
Read a recent interview with Lewis Wolpert http://newhumanist.org.uk/

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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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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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Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

The Size of Herefordshire

Hay Festival 2017, 

Among the bravest fighters for the Amazon rainforest are the Wampis people from Peru.  They’re supported by the Size of Herefordshire, a local group, who are just back from visiting them and join us with photographs, films and stories.

Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

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Helena Attlee

Gardens of Wales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The writer features her favourite Welsh gardens, illustrated by photographer Alex Ramsay.

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The Schools Crisis and After

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Golden Valley in Herefordshire has just survived an attempt to ‘rationalise’ its schools network. Can village life survive at all in the C21st? How vital is education to its future? Headmaster Chris Barker hosts a debate to launch a new magazine: How Gold is Our Valley. All welcome.

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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.

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Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

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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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Chang-Rae Lee and Santiago Roncagliolo talk to Ariane Koek

Fiction: Investigations

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Surrendered is an epic of war and redemption set in Korea, Italy and America. Red April is a classic noir thriller set in Lima, and won the Alfaguara Prize.
Chang-Rae Lee and Santiago Roncagliolo talk to Ariane Koek

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David Crystal

Begat

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Linguistics Prof plays with the extraordinary impact and influence of the King James Bible on the English language.
 
Read more about David Crystal

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Robin Waterfield

Why Socrates Died

Hay Festival 2013, 

Socrates’ trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization. The picture we have of it – created by his immediate followers and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since – is that a noble man was put to death in a fit of folly by the ancient Athenian democracy. But an icon, an image, is not reality.

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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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Frank Cottrell Boyce and Joe Berger

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Hay Festival 2012, 
A turbo-charged new adventure for Ian Fleming’s fantastical flying car, with the fabulous author of Millions and Framed and the artist behind Bridget Fidget and Berger & Wyse.
 
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The Extra Virgin Kitchen

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Susan Jane White is a specialist cook, food columnist with The Sunday Independent, former President of Oxford University’s Gastronomy Society, author of current bestselling cookbook The Extra Virgin Kitchen and a popular broadcaster on healthy eating. For a fraction of the price of a GP appointment, Susan Jane White will motivate you to embark on your own journey to glowing health on a diet free of wheat, sugar and dairy.

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