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Stewart Pollens

Stradivari

Hay Festival 2010, 
The tools, techniques and flourishes of the greatest violin-maker of all time – Antonio Stradivari of Cremona (1644–1737).
Stewart Pollens

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Our Betty

Liz Smith talks to Sandi Toksvig

Hay Festival 2006, 
From the WRENS, the plastic bag factory, her first film with the young Mike Leigh, and on through a glittering career (pretty much every Dickens and The Royle Family), the actress has remained wonderfully amused.

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Amit Chaudhuri talks to Oliver Balch

Calcutta: Two Years In The City

Hay Festival 2013, 

A personal account of two years spent in one of the least-known but greatest cities on Earth. Using the historic elections of 2011 as a fulcrum, Chaudhuri looks back to the C19th, when the city burst with a new vitality, and towards the C21st when – utterly changed – it seems to be on the verge of another turn.

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David Ross

Mayhem in the Marches - Ambushes, Battles and Sieges of the Civil War

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian recounts the C17 conflicts in Herefordshire and the Marches: Hopton Castle massacre, the destruction of Brampton Bryan, the battle at Stokesay, the siege of Cwm Hir Abbey, and Lingen’s Last Stand for King Charles in Radnorshire after the battle of Preston in 1648.

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Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo

King James Authorised Version 3

Hay Festival 2011, 
In this third Good Read session on the Bible the writers enjoy The Song of Solomon, Job and Ecclesiastes.
 
More by and about today's authors: Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo

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Axel Scheffler

Pip & Posy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The beloved illustrator of The Gruffalo joins us to launch the adorable Pip & Posy:The Big Balloon. Storytelling, live-drawing and a very special visit from best friends Pip and Posy. A complete treat.
 
Duration 45 mins.  3-5 years  

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Peter Sawyer

Vikings

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this sumptuously illustrated lecture the historian asks: were the Vikings, as contemporary description had it, a ‘valiant, wrathful and purely pagan people’ who swept in from the sea to plunder and slaughter? Or, in the words of a Manx folksong, ‘ware-wolves keen in hungry quest’, who lived and died by the sea and the sword? Or were they unusually successful merchants, extortionists and pioneer explorers?

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Deborah Moggach

A Festival Exclusive Preview: Something to Hide

Hay Festival 2015, 

The first sight of the new novel which will be published later in the summer from the author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever. Something to Hide is a warm, witty and wise thriller about the unexpected twists that later life can bring. Moggach is one of the most engaging and entertaining writers and festival speakers. She introduces the complicated loves and agonies of her story, which ranges across four continents, and might even be persuaded to drop some gems about the forthcoming film of Tulip Fever, adapted by Tom Stoppard. She talks to Peter Florence.

Deborah Moggach

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Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Talking About Shakespeare: Lunatics and Lovers 3

Hay Festival 2016, 

Daniel Hahn is joined by novelists from Britain, Mexico and Colombia to celebrate the 400th anniversaries of Cervantes and Shakespeare and the stories that they have written around them.

Supported by The British Council and Acción Cultural Española

Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Gabriel Vasquez

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Mark Watson

The Knot

Hay Festival 2013, 

The comedian and novelist reads from his pitch-perfect tragicomedy of ordinary – and not so ordinary – family life.

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Ghislaine Wood

The V&A Lecture: British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

Hay Festival 2012, 
To coincide with the V&A’s major exhibition, the curator will explore the shifting nature of Britain’s design culture over the last 60 years.
 

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Niall Ferguson

Beyond the History Boys

Hay Festival 2007, 
The future of the past in print and on screen by the firebrand historian and broadcaster.

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Sergio Renán en conversación con Fernando Méndez-Leite

seguido de la proyección de la película La tregua

Segovia 2009, 
Evento de 1 hora seguido de proyección, con intervalo de 15 minutos

El actor y director de cine y teatro argentino Sergio Renán conversará con el crítico de cine Fernando Méndez-Leite sobre la relación entre cine y literatura, particularmente sobre las novelas de Mario Benedetti Gracias por el fuego y La tregua, llevadas al cine por Renán.

La tregua (1974)
Dirección: Sergio Renán; Duración: 108 min.
Sinopsis: En la vida gris, sin alegrías ni esperanzas de un viudo cincuentón, irrumpe el amor. Un amor profundo y pudoroso por una joven compañera
de trabajo que transforma su rutina en emoción y belleza.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés

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Kevin Greenbank and Annamaria Motrescu

Cambridge Series 11: The Reel Raj – Cinefilm and Audio Archive

Hay Festival 2011, 
An overview of the digital holdings of the Centre of South Asian Studies and their potential in the teaching of British and South Asian imperial history. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.
 
More information about Annamaria Motrescu's research and Kevin Greenbank

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Emerald Fennell

Monsters

Hay Festival 2016, 

Emerald Fennell, author and Call the Midwife star talks about her new book: A blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet. Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as the beautiful seaside town might seem. The body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat. It is established that the woman was murdered. Most are shocked and horrified. But there is somebody who is not - a twelve-year-old girl. She is delighted; she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his mother, and they start investigating together. Oh, and also playing games that re-enact the murders. Just for fun, you understand...

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Tomatito and Jorge Pardo

The ¨duende¨ of jazz

Segovia 2013, 

The guitar player Tomatito needs no introduction for flamenco lovers; just as the saxophonist and flute player Jorge Pardo needs no introduction for jazz fans. In this dialogue between flamenco and jazz Mairena and Miles Davis, Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin go hand in hand. The fusion of both passions is moderated by José Manuel Bravo and José Luis Rupérez.

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Martin Parr talks to Dylan Jones

The Non-Conformist

Hay Festival 2014, 

Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography, recognised as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. He’s recently published two photographic books that span his long career, Martin Parr and The Non-Conformists, which includes his portrayal of the community of Hebden Bridge.

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Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

Good Energy Series 3: Where Are All The God Damn Operas?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Arts have played a major role in changing views around gender, racial equality, poverty, etc. – but what have they done to change views about climate change? What role should the Arts play in telling stories, raising awareness and challenging the status quo? Smith – co-founder of Emergence, Neal – author and theatre-maker, and Davenport – director of Good Energy discuss with Marcus Brigstocke.

Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

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Lynsey Addario talks to Rosie Boycott

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War

Hay Festival 2015, 

The frontline photographer discusses her memoir of post-9/11 photo-journalism and shows her pictures. She travels with purpose and bravery, photographing the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

Lynsey Addario talks to Rosie Boycott

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Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

Memory and Mental Time Travel

Hay Festival 2015, 

Memories are not only about the past; they also affect the future. Nicola and Clive, a scientist and a fine artist respectively, explore the complex relationships between memory and human experience. Join them for a fascinating discussion incorporating science, literature, magic and dance.

Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

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David Nicholls and David Trueba talk to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist and screenwriter discusses his utterly compelling and funny twenty-year love story One Day (shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction) and the process of its adaptation for the screen. Trueba introduces his contemporary masterpiece about three generations of a Madrid family and the arrival of an Argentinian footballer, Learning to Lose.
David Nicholls and David Trueba talk to Peter Florence

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Hugh Kennedy

The Great Arab Conquests

Hay Festival 2007, 
How, within a generation, Arab armies had overrun Persian and Byzantine civilizations and created an empire that reached from Spain to China.

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Sarah Arrowsmith

Mappa Mundi: Hereford’s Curious Map

Hay Festival 2015, 

Who made the Mappa Mundi? How and why? Arrowsmith looks at the map through the eyes of a medieval visitor to the cathedral. She explains how a map that is very unfamiliar to us, with East rather than North at the top, populated with semi-human figures who may have four eyes or one foot and beasts like the defecating Bonnacon, would have made complete sense. You could tell your children the story of your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, point out the winding trail taken by Moses and the Israelites and tell the Bible stories illustrated there and elsewhere. Or you could impress other bystanders with your knowledge of Alexander’s campaigns and the three races of Ethiopians illustrated near the map’s edges.

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Sarah Arrowsmith

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James Sommerin

Michelin Wales: The Crown at Whitebrook

Hay Festival 2010, 
Trained at Farleyer House, the chef won his first Michelin star in 2007 which he has retained ever since. He talks to John Mitchinson.
James Sommerin

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Mal Peet talks to Daniel Hahn

Life: An Exploded Diagram

Hay Festival 2012, 
The acclaimed writer talks about his latest coming-of-age story, set against the backdrop of the Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. This intensely personal story sees history, passion and fear intertwine to astonishing effect.
 
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