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Catherine Fletcher

The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de Medici

Hay Festival 2016, 

Swansea University Series

From dazzling palaces and Tuscan villas to the treacherous backstreets of Florence and the corridors of papal power, the story of Alessandro’s spectacular rise, magnificent reign and violent demise takes us deep beneath the surface of power in Renaissance Italy – a glamorous but deadly realm of spies, betrayal and vendetta, illicit sex and fabulous displays of wealth, where the colour of one’s skin meant little but the strength of one’s allegiances meant everything. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Catherine Fletcher

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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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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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Philip Mansel

Cities of the Levant - The Past for the Future

Hay Festival 2012, 
One of the world’s top experts on Constantinople and the Mediterranean looks at the great cities of bygone empires and the dynamic urban centres of today.

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Ciaran Murtagh

Hay Festival 2012, 
The star of CBBC’s The Slammer returns to Hay for comedy, capers and magic carpet antics with his brand new adventure Genie in Training.
 
7+years

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Sadakat Kadri talks to Helena Kennedy

Heaven on Earth

Hay Festival 2012, 
A timely and eye-opening investigation into one of the most disputed but least understood topics of recent times - the history and reality of shari’a law.

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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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World Class Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rosie Goldsmith introduces three of the biggest contemporary novels: Philip Hensher’s The Northern Clemency, Manil Suri’s Indian birth- of-a-nation The Age of Shiva, and the Argentinian masterpiece Alan Pauls' The Past.

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian takes apart the day’s papers and media.

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Sadie Jones and Miguel Syjuco talk to Ariane Koek

Fictions: Interesting Times

Hay Festival 2010, 
Small Wars follows the brilliant debut The Outcast with a compelling love and war story set in Cyprus. Ilustrado won the Man Asian Literary Prize and covers a large and tumultuous historical period of the Philippines. ‘It is ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and effervescent with humour.’
Sadie Jones and Miguel Syjuco talk to Ariane Koek

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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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Matt Dickinson

Mortal Chaos

Hay Festival 2012, 
Ever wanted to climb Everest? Or film a heart-stopping adventure? Join the author of this gripping thriller for an edge-of-your-seat event. Matt was also the fifth British climber to summit the North Face of Everest!
 
10+ years

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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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Michael Morpurgo in conversation with Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Director of Hay Festival talks to the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful. They discuss in particular his latest book Flamingo Boy, set during the Second World War in the Camargue region of France. The book is inspired by his grandson.

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Stuart Prebble talks to Tam Dalyell

Secrets Of The Conqueror: The Untold Story Of Britain’s Most Famous Submarine

Hay Festival 2013, 

As a young TV producer Prebble scooped the story of how HMS Conqueror came to sink the Belgrano. He has waited thirty years to reveal what else he discovered about the sub’s secret activities.

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Mark Lowery

Socks Are Not Enough

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this hilarious tale of teen angst, discovering his parents are secret nudists is just one of the cringe-making events Mike Swarbrick has to deal with. A very funny new writer for teens.

Duration 45 mins.

13+ years

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Ha-Joon Chang

Cambridge University Series 5

Hay Festival 2014, 

Economics, A User’s Guide

What is economics? How does the global economy work? Many economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, have their strengths, weaknesses and blind spots. By ignoring received wisdom and exposing the myriad forces that shape our financial fate, Chang provides the tools that every responsible citizen needs to understand – and address – our current economic woes.

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Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

The Woman who Changed Her Brain

Hay Festival 2012, 
The pioneer of neuroplasticity was born with severe learning disabilities. Undaunted, she used her strengths to develop brain exercises to overcome her neurological deficits. She has gone on to change countless lives and inspire Miraculous Transformations from the Frontier of Brain Science.

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Gordon Newman in conversation with Peter Florence

Segovia 2010, 
The British television producer and writer, best known for the series Law and Order, Judge John Deed and The Nation’s Health, based on some of his written works, will talk to Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, about his books and television series.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Michael Tavinor

Saints and Sinners of the Marches

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Dean of Hereford pitches Ethelbert, Dubricius, Clodock against Herbert Armstrong, Roger Mortimer, Hugh Depenser and a fantastic cast of both and in-betweens.

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Jon Sopel in conversation with Jim Naughtie

If Only They Didn’t Speak English: Notes from Trump’s America

Hay Festival 2018, 

It's taken 18 months for a TV reality star to go from laughing-stock to leader of the free world. The BBC’s North America Editor has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as ‘a beauty’ by none other than Donald Trump. Sopel sets out to answer our questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division and increasingly perverse beliefs. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

Jon Sopel in conversation with Jim Naughtie

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Fiammetta Rocco, Boyd Tonkin, Daniel Hahn and Gaby Wood

The Man Booker International Prize for 1988

Hay Festival 2017, 

A jury of Man Booker alumni judge who might have won a version of their new prize in the first year of the Hay Festival. It was really an exceptionally good year for translated fiction that could have shortlisted Haruki Murakami: Hear the Wind Sing; Isabel Allende: Eva Luna; Gabriel García Márquez: Love in the Time of Cholera; Primo Levi: The Wrench; Ismail Kadare: Chronicle in Stone; José Saramago: Baltasar and Blimunda. #nopressurethen2017

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Austin J Stevens talks to Hannah Rothschild

The Last Snakeman

Hay Festival 2007, 
Meet the intrepid South African wildlife photographer and his reptilian friends. Charmed by Hannah Rothschild.

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Joan Bakewell

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture: Is Life Worth Living? It Depends on the Liver!

Hay Festival 2016, 

The chair of the Wellcome Book Prize jury reflects on how we share what we know, and how science progresses. The shortlist for this year’s prize is The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss, It’s All In Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan, Playthings by Alex Pheby, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink and NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman. The winner is announced on 25 April.

Joan Bakewell

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Karina Urbach

Go Betweens for Hitler

Hay Festival 2016, 

The untold story of how some of Germany’s top aristocrats contributed to Hitler’s secret diplomacy during the Third Reich, providing a direct line to their influential contacts and relations across Europe - especially in Britain, where they included press baron and Daily Mail owner Lord Rothermere and the future King Edward VIII.

Karina Urbach