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John Irving

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist gives a preview reading from his work-in-progress.

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Tristram Hunt

The World, by Design: The Victoria & Albert Museum in an age of Brexit, BRICS and Netflix

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new Director of the V&A explores the role of culture and curation in a world turning on a new axis, where intelligence is artificial and some pots are still priceless; where a common wealth of resources and makers can fashion global treasures.

Tristram Hunt

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George Monbiot

In the Green Corner 1

Hay Festival 2008, 
In the first of a series of conversations with the audience, the captivating author of Bring on the Apocalypse: Six Arguments for Global Justice discusses a global or environmental topic arising from the day’s news.

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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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Martin Vander Weyer talks to John Mitchinson

Fortune’s Spear

Hay Festival 2012, 
The intriguing and compelling Story of the Blue-Blooded Rogue Behind the Most Notorious City Scandal of the 1920s.

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James Treasure-Evans and Gareth Williams

A Stitch In Time

Hay Festival 2013, 

There are many simple, low-cost ways to reduce the human and financial cost of natural disasters such as floods. What are they, and how can we finance these vital climate change defences? Concern Universal’s James Treasure-Evans is joined by Gareth Williams of Caplor Energy. Chaired by The Telegraph’s Louise Gray.

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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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Meriel Larken talks to Revel Guest

The Ship, The Lady and The Lake

Hay Festival 2012, 
The recovery and restoration of the steamboat Yavari, built on the Thames 150 years ago, then dismantled and carried in thousands of pieces 12,500 ft up the Andes to Lake Titicaca - where she was used by traders until 1985.

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David Edgar

The 2014 Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

With illustrations ranging from Shakespeare to Sheridan, from Caryl Churchill and Howard Brenton to Oscar Wilde and Brian Friel, playwright David Edgar explores the poetry of plays.

David Edgar's plays include Destiny, Nicholas Nickleby, Pentecost and Written on the Heart for the RSC, and The Shape of the Table, Albert Speer and Playing with Fire for the National Theatre. He founded Britain's first postgraduate course in playwriting studies (at the University of Birmingham in 1989) and is the author of How Plays Work.

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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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Christopher de Bellaigue and Gilles Kepel talk to Abdul Rehman-Malik

Enlightenment and Jihad

Hay Festival 2017, 

Bellaigue tells the forgotten stories of key figures and reformers of Islam’s past 200 years in The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason; from Egypt’s visionary ruler Muhammad Ali to brave radicals such as Iran’s first feminist Qurrat al-Ayn. Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West by Gilles Kepel is the explosive account of the radicalisation of a segment of Muslim youth that led to the 2016 atrocities at Bataclan and in Nice, and of the failure of governments in France and across Europe to address it.

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Gurinder Chadha

Chaired by Hannah Rothschild

Hay Festival 2008, 
An interview with the film director of Bhaji on the Beach, Bend it like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice. and the forthcoming adaptation of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

Hay Fever 12 yrs+

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Kyung-Sook Shin and Jaishree Misra

Fictions: Mothers and Daughters

Hay Festival 2011, 
A special preview reading of the beautiful and multi-million-selling Korean novel Please Look After Mother spinning four perspectives on the central character Son-yo, a mother and wife. And introducing the Keralan bestseller of Indian revelation A Scandalous Secret. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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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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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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Monty Don and Derry Moore

Japanese Gardens

Hay Festival 2019, 

Traditional Japanese gardens combine aesthetics with ethics, beauty with philosophy in a perfectly curated celebration of the natural world. A Japanese garden is the world in miniature: rocks represent mountains, ponds represent seas. Natural and man-made elements combine to create a garden that, while natural, is not wild. The gardener and photographer look at the traditions and culture which inform some of the most beautiful and famous gardens from all over Japan, from Kenroku-en to the Zen gardens of Tokyo and the historic beauty of Kyoto, and from the famous cherry blossom celebration hanami to the autumnal crimson magnificence of momijigari.

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Rageh Omaar talks to George Osborne

Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Somali-born journalist discusses his own experience, and that of other British Muslims with the shadow Chancellor.

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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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Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cartagena 2014, 
Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2011 por El ruido de las cosas al caer, presenta su último trabajo, Las reputaciones, donde narra la historia de Samanta Leal, de 35 años, que con mentiras se introduce en la casa de Javier Mallarino, el mejor caricaturista político de Colombia, para rogarle que le ayude a recordar lo sucedido en esa misma casa 28 años atrás. En conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

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Oliver Jeffers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Award-winner Jeffers returns to Hay Festival to entertain his many fans with stories and live drawing from his recent titles including A Child of Books, as well as giving an insight into his future titles. A  Child of Books is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Fiction Award.

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Oliver Jeffers

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Hector Abad Faciolince talks to Rosie Boycott

Oblivion

Hay Festival 2011, 
A heartrending, exquisitely-written memorial to the author’s father, Hector Abad Gomez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987.

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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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Colm Tóibín and Rawi Hage talk to Stephanie Merritt

Story: Migrations

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tóibín’s Brooklyn is a beautifully rendered story of an Irish woman venturing migration to the New World in the 50s. Lebanese novelist Hage takes his protagonist from his childhood in a war-torn Arab country, to his current life in the smoky émigré cafes of his new city in Cockroach.

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Julian Bell

Mirror of the World: A New History of Art

Hay Festival 2008, 
Julian Bell introduces his brilliant global perspective, pulling together connections across continents and cultures.