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Mohsin Hamid and Owen Martell talk to Jon Gower

Fictions – Metropolis

Hay Festival 2013, 

Hamid follows The Reluctant Fundamentalist with How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia – a vivid and emotionally absorbing tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. It steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by youths all over ‘rising Asia’. Martell’s new novel is set in New York, June 1961. The Bill Evans Trio, featuring twenty-five year old Scott LaFaro on bass, play a series of concerts at the Village Vanguard that will go down in musical history. Shortly afterwards, LaFaro is killed in a car accident and Evans disappears. Intermission tells the story of what happens next.

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Simon Blackburn and Chris Blackhurst

Cambridge University Series 4: Do Nice Guys Finish Last – Or First?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Trust in British public life has now reached catastrophically low levels for parliament, the press, the banks, the police and the NHS. Just as the National Rifle Association in the USA claims that the solution to gun crime lies in more guns, our government preaches that the cure for decline in trust lies in less public service and more profit motive...

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David Crystal

Glamorous Grammar

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Language Prof’s Hay lectures are legendary feats of erudition and humour. His latest book is Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar.

David Crystal

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Tobias Jones, Jackie Morris and Zaffar Kunial

Staying Rooted – Tree Charter Series 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

A connection with trees and woods helps people find inspiration, inner calm and mental balance. Author and journalist Tobias Jones and poet Zaffar Kunial are both featured in Arboreal, a Common Ground collection of woodland writing. They are joined by the illustrator Jackie Morris to discuss the role of trees and woods in finding inspiration and mental balance in our lives.  

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Gwernyfed Cluster Schools Showcase

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join pupils from a range of local schools as they sing their hearts out.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Donations towards the Gwernyfed Cluster School Music Fund.

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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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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

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Anthony Giddens

The Politics of Climate Change

Hay Festival 2012, 
The economist examines the political will and practicalities needed to address the global problems of climate change and energy security. Chaired by Peter Oborne.

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The Etherington Brothers

Comic Capers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Back by popular demand, this dynamic duo will have you penning your very own storyboards and comic strips in seconds. 
 
9+ years

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Janet Todd

Jane Austen and Money

Hay Festival 2013, 
Jane Austen knew the value of money, what it could and could not buy. ‘A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of,’ says a charming but tainted character.  Austen marketed herself as a solitary writer, but great wealth could only come from the professions, trade and speculation-- from which women were barred.  The books display bitterness at women’s dependence on men but also ambivalence over any female control of money. 

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Anne-Marie Imafidon

Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat. Why The Future is Girl-Led

Hay Festival 2017, 

Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers. Come and meet one of the world’s most inspiring and brilliant mathematicians, co-founder of Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

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Philip Gross and Valerie Coffin Price

A Fold in the River

Hay Festival 2015, 

A beautiful collaboration between TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Philip Gross and visual artist Valerie Coffin Price. Gross once lived on the banks of the River Taff in Wales and his journals are the source for the powerful poems. Price revisited the walking route along the river, from which evolved the prints and drawings that accompany the poems.

Philip Gross and Valerie Coffin Price

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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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Patrick Barkham

Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals

Hay Festival 2011, 
A joyful celebration of the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly.

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Professor Robert Winston

Utterly Amazing Science

Hay Festival 2016, 
From rocket launches to erupting volcanoes, magnets and electricity, and forces in motion, Winston explains what makes the world go round. Utterly Amazing Science won The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2015 and captures the imagination of children and adults alike with mind-blowing information.
8+
Professor Robert Winston

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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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Iain Sinclair

The Gwyn Jones Lecture: Unstitching The Borderland

Hay Festival 2011, 
A consideration (and celebration) of the concept of borderland, that mysterious fold in the map. Geography. Literature. Myth. Language. The peculiar pleasure of facing in two directions at one time.
 
 Profile of Iain Sinclair
 
Iain Sinclair website: www.iainsinclair.org.uk

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Roger Crowley

City of Fortune - How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire

Hay Festival 2012, 
A magisterial history charting the rise and fall of the world’s superpower city from the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 to the calamitous news that the Portuguese had pioneered a sea route to India.

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Gillian Tett talks to Nik Gowing

The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything in its Place Isn’t Such a Bright Idea

Hay Festival 2016, 

Ever since civilised society began, we have felt the need to classify, categorise and specialise. It can make things more efficient, and help give the leaders of any organisation a sense of confidence that they have the right people focusing on the right tasks. But it can also be catastrophic, leading to tunnel vision and tribalism. Most importantly it can create a structural fog, with the full picture of where an organisation is heading hidden from view.  Tett uses an anthropological lens to explore how individuals, teams and whole organisations often work in silos of thought, process and product. With examples drawn from a range of fascinating areas – from the New York Fire Department and Facebook to the Bank of England and Sony – these narratives illustrate not just how foolishly people can behave when they are mastered by silos but also how the brightest institutions and individuals can master them. Tett is US Managing Editor of the FT.

Gillian Tett talks to Nik Gowing

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Maya Jasanoff

Liberty's Exiles

Hay Festival 2011, 
Extraordinary tales of the defeated individuals who left America after the British departed in 1783 to seek refuge elsewhere in the British Empire. Chaired by writer and critic Michael Prodger.
 
Read more about Maya Jasanoff and her work http://history.fas.harvard.edu/

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Chris Hunter talks to Peter Florence

Extreme Risk

Hay Festival 2010, 
Sandhurst, Bosnia, Belfast and Israel: the making of one of Britain’s best counter-terrorist bomb disposal operators, who was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his work in Iraq.

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Luke Johnson

Start it Up!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The chairman of Risk Capital Partners Ltd, who has run and owned many of the most successful companies in the UK, shares his thinking about Why Running Your Own Business is Easier Than You Think. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed, business editor of The Telegraph.

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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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Susan Golombok

Cambridge Series 4 - The C21st Family

Hay Festival 2012, 
Gay fathers, single mothers by choice and donor siblings: Professor Golombok will talk about what really counts for children who grow up in new family forms.
 
In association with Cambridge University

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Margaret Anstee talks to Daniel Hahn

An Unlikely Spanish Don: The Life And Times Of Professor John Brande Trend

Hay Festival 2013, 

The extraordinary life of Cambridge’s first professor of Spanish; an undergraduate peer of Keynes and Rupert Brooke, he fought at Ypres before falling in love with Spain in the ’20s and ’30s, where he became a close friend of Manuel de Falla, Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel.