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Chinese Whispers

Nick Broomfield interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai

Hay Festival 2008, 
Nick Broomfield, director of the cockle-pickers film Ghosts, interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai about her searing book The True Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour.

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Matthew Syed

Bounce: Becks, Tiger, Mozart and the Science of Success

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist uses neuroscience, psychology, sex and economics to explain how champions are made.

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Roger Bootle talks to Bob Ayling

The Trouble With Markets

Hay Festival 2010, 
A conversation with one of the few economists to correctly forecast the downturn.
Roger Bootle talks to Bob Ayling

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Simon Wessely

The Mental Health Of The UK Armed Forces After Iraq And Afghanistan: Myths And Realities

Hay Festival 2013, 

It’s now ten years since the invasion of Iraq, and the UK Armed Forces have been fully engaged in a decade of war. What has been the mental health impact? If you listen to many media accounts you might conclude that nearly everyone who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan ends up in a psychiatric clinic, on the streets or in prison. But what are the facts? What do we know about the actual impact of deployment now, and what can we expect in the future?

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David Owen talks to John Kampfner

In Sickness and in Power

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Owen talks to John Kampfner about Illness in Heads of Government During the Last 100 Years.

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Fintan O’Toole

The 2019 Christopher Hitchens Lecture: Heroic Failure

Hay Festival 2019, 

O’Toole examines how trivial journalistic lies became far-from-trivial national obsessions; how the pose of indifference to truth and historical fact has come to define the style of an entire political elite; how a country that once had colonies is redefining itself as an oppressed nation requiring liberation; the strange gastronomic and political significance of prawn-flavoured crisps; the dreams of revolutionary deregulation and privatisation that drive Arron Banks, Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg; and the silent rise of English nationalism, the force that dare not speak its name. O’Toole is an investigative journalist, historian, biographer, literary critic and political commentator. His acclaimed columns on Brexit for the Irish Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books have been awarded both the Orwell Prize and the European Press Prize. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Fintan O’Toole

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Sarah Bakewell

How to Live

Hay Festival 2010, 
A portrait of the greatest of French men of letters – A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer.
Sarah Bakewell

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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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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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Marcus du Sautoy

How to Count to Infinity

Hay Festival 2018, 

The mathematician discovers how the ancient Babylonians used their bodies to count to 60 (which gave us 60 minutes in the hour), how the number zero was only discovered in the seventh century by Indian mathematicians contemplating the void, why in China going into the red meant your numbers had gone negative, and why numbers might be our best language for communicating with alien life. But for millennia, contemplating infinity has sent even the greatest minds into a spin. Then at the end of the 19th century mathematicians discovered a way to think about infinity that revealed it is a number that we can count. They also found that there are an infinite number of infinities, some bigger than others…

Marcus du Sautoy

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Julia Hobsbawm, Sophie Radice, David Aaronovitch, Chris Parry

Editorial Intelligence

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media and comment of the day.

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Josephine Hart talks to Fiona Shaw

Story: The Truth About Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
This is not a tale about romantic, idealised love, the kind that comes with soaring strings and sweeping gestures, but about a more dangerous kind of love: real, raw love, the sort of passion that can neither be controlled nor packaged.

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Stephen Anderton

Christopher Lloyd: His Life at Great Dixter

Hay Festival 2011, 
The gloriously eccentric and opinionated ‘Christo’ was probably the greatest C20th English plantsman, and his East Sussex garden is a national treasure.

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Wendy Cope

Family Values

Hay Festival 2011, 
From a motorway service area to her ambivalent relationship with religion, from childhood and love to ageing, the poet covers a wide range of experience in her new collection.
 
Read more about Wendy Cope www.contemporarywriters.com/

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John Crace and John Sutherland

The Two Johnnies Do Emma

Hay Festival 2015, 

Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece was published 200 years ago by John Murray. Our awareness of her heroine’s limitations is one of the great joys of the book. The Guardian’s Digested Read satirist is joined by UCL’s Emeritus Professor of English, John Sutherland – co-author of The Connell Guide to Jane Austen’s Emma, Lives of the Novelists and How To Be Well Read – to celebrate the book.

John Crace and John Sutherland

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Ali Sparkes

Unleashed

Hay Festival 2013, 

Action fans will enjoy this in-depth session about the pulse-pounding series starring teengers with special powers.

9+ years

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Javier del Pino, Tomás Alcoverro y Giles Tremlett en conversación con Aurelio Martín

Cronistas del planeta

Segovia 2008, 
Los corresponsales tienen la habilidad de profundizar tanto en el conocimiento del lugar en el que trabajan, que terminan sabiendo más que muchos nativos. Reunidos por la Asociación de la Prensa de Segovia, que convoca el prestigioso premio de periodismo en memoria de Cirilo Rodríguez (la voz que narró en España la llegada del hombre a la luna) hablarán de su experiencia Javier del Pino, de la Cadena SER en Washington y colaborador de El País, el decano de los corresponsales españoles, Tomás Alcoverro, corresponsal de La Vanguardia en Oriente Próximo, con sede en Beirut, y Giles Tremlett, corresponsal de The Guardian en España y colaborador habitual de The Economist.

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Toby Wilkinson

The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt’s Past and Present

Hay Festival 2014, 

The award-winning Egyptologist tells a story of ancient gods, pharaohs, emperors, adventurers, archaeologists and historians whose fates were all entwined with the river. Chaired by Paul Greatbatch.

Toby Wilkinson

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Tristram Hunt

The Frock-Coated Communist

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels, huntsman and author of The Communist Manifesto.

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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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Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist introduces her exquisitely written childhood memoir. Tremain grew up in post-war London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. The girl known then as Rosie and her sister Jo spent their days longing for their grandparents’ farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream. But when Rosie is ten years old, everything changes. She and Jo lose their father, their London house, their school, their friends and – most agonisingly of all – their beloved Nanny, Vera, the only adult to have shown them real love and affection. But slowly the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the 1950s into a place of inspiration and mischief, of loving friendships and dedicated teachers, where a young writer is suddenly ready to be born.

Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

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Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Matt Stadlen

Listening to the Animals: Becoming the Supervet

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Supervet recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world. We meet the animals that paved the way, from calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs.

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Simon Armitage

Seeing Stars

Hay Festival 2010, 
The poet introduces his new collection.
Simon Armitage

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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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Simon Scarrow

Gladiator: Son of Spartacus

Hay Festival 2013, 

Roman history through the eyes of Marcus, newly freed from slavery, whom Julius Caesar tasks with overthrowing a rebel army. Third in the series from the Number 1 bestselling author.

10+ years