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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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Anne Robinson, Rosie Boycott, Gaby Wood and Kitty Corrigan

Women in Journalism

Hay Festival 2011, 
New research shows the media is getting more male, even in the areas of features and lifestyle. Why? How?

Duration 45 minutes.

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David Vann and David Bezmozgis talk to Jon Gower

Fictions: Great American Novels

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two of America’s brightest and best: Vann’s Alaskan novel Caribou Island is a beautiful portrait of marriage and dreams. Bezmozgis’ The Free World is a tragic and comic tale of passage from Communist Russia to the West.
 
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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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John Julius Norwich

The London Library Platform: The Popes

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian surveys the rich and controversial history of the papacy from St Peter to Benedict XVI today.
John Julius Norwich

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Michael Holroyd

A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers

Hay Festival 2011, 
The biographer (George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, Augustus John) discusses the treasure-trove of hidden lives, uncelebrated achievements and family mysteries in this masterly inquiry into the biographer’s art.

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Charles Chesshire

Japanese Gardens

Hay Festival 2007, 
The garden designer explains the influence of Shinto, Chinese art and Zen Buddhism on the development of this distinctive garden style.

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Hay Festival Foundation Gala 2

Speeches That Changed the World - Live Readings

Hay Festival 2019, 

This second of this year’s gala readings celebrates the power of persuasion and words. From calls to arms to demands for peace, this performance captures the voices of prophets and politicians, rebels and tyrants, soldiers and statesman. Speeches' is inspired by Simon Sebag Montefiore’s new book which will be published in October and by the two great Penguin speeches anthologies edited by Brian MacArthur, who died in March this year, and to whom this event is dedicated. 

The full cast will be announced on the day.

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Abigail Brundin

Cambridge University Series 14: Only A Pen Can Ease My Pain

Hay Festival 2013, 

In C17th Italy, the number of girls and young women entering convents rose rapidly as dowries became increasingly expensive. Not all the girls went willingly and some left powerful written accounts of their experiences.


Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Graham Swift

Making an Elephant: Writing from Within

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Booker-winner offers a varied and brilliantly realised version of a writer’s life, work and friends. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Matthew d’Ancona and guests

In It Together

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two days after the European elections and a year from the next UK General Election, the journalist gives us the skinny on the state of the coalition government. Will Boris get a seat? Will Dave’s set club together with Nigel? Will Nick be Deputy PM forever?

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John Gray

The Soul of a Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom

Hay Festival 2015, 

We flatter ourselves about the nature of free will. And yet the most enormous forces – biological, physical, metaphysical – constrain our every action. Instead of embracing our condition we battle against it, with everyone from world conquerors to modern scientists dreaming of a ‘human dominion’ almost comically at odds with our true state. The philosopher talks to Francine Stock.

John Gray

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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

Hay Festival 2018, 

We often joke that teenagers don’t have brains. For some reason, it’s socially acceptable to mock people in this stage of their lives. The need for intense friendships, the excessive risk taking and the development of many mental illnesses – depression, addiction, schizophrenia – begin during these formative years. Drawing upon cutting-edge research in her London laboratory, the neuroscientist explains what happens inside the adolescent brain, what her team’s experiments have revealed about our behaviour, and how we relate to each other and our environment as we go through this period of our lives. She shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity – one that should be acknowledged, nurtured and celebrated. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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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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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Hay Festival 2008, 
Director Mark Herman introduces clips from the forthcoming movie and does Q&A with the novelist John Boyne.

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AL Kennedy talks to Jon Gower

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses her awesome account of a second world war Lancaster tail-gunner, Day, which won the Costa Book of the Year.

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Paul Nieuwenhuis

Cardiff Series 4: The Car of the Future

Hay Festival 2011, 
The car is clearly not sustainable now, but can it adapt or evolve, or will it have to go, as some have suggested? How will we use it and how will it be made? Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
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Laurent Binet and Simon Mawer talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – The Mission

Hay Festival 2012, 
The winner of the Prix Goncourt HHhH is a thriller about two Czech parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich - chief of the Nazi secret services; The Girl Who Fell From The Sky parachutes an SOE spy into Occupied France to reconnect with a nuclear physicist in Paris.

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Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment about its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true and that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Penrose is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists.

Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

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Clare Jacob, Ceri Radford and Amy Sackville talk to Peter Florence

The First Novel

Hay Festival 2011, 
The challenge of starting out met in three ways: Jacob’s Ophelia in Pieces charts the fall and rise of a young lawyer; Radford (who attended the Festival’s Beacons Project when she was at school) conjures a comic gem of a life-crisis in A Surrey State of Affairs; Sackville’s award-winning The Still Point is an intriguing family story set across a hundred years.

Duration 45 minutes.

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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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Huw Bowen, Chris Williams, Huw Pryce

New History of Wales 2: Wales – Nation, Region, Province, Principality

Hay Festival 2011, 
Where is Wales and what is Wales? What’s the relationship with England, Europe and the world?


Duration 45 minutes.

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Crime Pays

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paul Blezard meets the authors of two of the whitest-knuckle reads of the year. Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 tracks a serial killer at the height of Stalin’s Terror. Philip Kerr’s latest mystery A Quiet Flame sends Bernie Gunther to Peron’s Argentina.

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Robert Muchamore and Mark Walden

Hay Festival 2008, 
The adults in charge of CHERUB and HIVE, the Higher Institute of Villainous Education discuss the good, the bad and the acronym with Jonathan Douglas.

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Caroline Lucas

Honourable Friends

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the NHS to corporate tax evasion, from climate change to immigration, Honourable Friends? tells the story of five years in Westminster and offers bold and practical suggestions for a fairer British political system. Caroline Lucas is MP for Brighton Pavilion. She was the leader of the Green Party from 2008 to 2012 and was voted MP of the Year in 2014. Caroline talks to Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

Caroline Lucas