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Clive Oppenheimer

Cambridge Series 9: Eruptions That Shook The World

Hay Festival 2011, 
The volcanologist explores geological, historical and archaeological records to ask how volcanic eruptions have shaped the trajectory of human society through prehistory and history. He looks at the evidence for volcanic cataclysm and considers how we can prepare ourselves for future catastrophes.

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Marcus du Sautoy

How to Count to Infinity

Hay Festival 2018, 

The mathematician discovers how the ancient Babylonians used their bodies to count to 60 (which gave us 60 minutes in the hour), how the number zero was only discovered in the seventh century by Indian mathematicians contemplating the void, why in China going into the red meant your numbers had gone negative, and why numbers might be our best language for communicating with alien life. But for millennia, contemplating infinity has sent even the greatest minds into a spin. Then at the end of the 19th century mathematicians discovered a way to think about infinity that revealed it is a number that we can count. They also found that there are an infinite number of infinities, some bigger than others…

Marcus du Sautoy

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Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write

Hay Festival 2017, 

Mahfouz introduces her vibrant anthology with two of her star contributors. Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.

Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

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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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Maggie O’Farrell and Barbara Trapido talk to Claire Armitstead

Fiction: Readers’ Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hand That First Held Mine is a tale of love and motherhood; Sex and Stravinsky conjures dreaming, exotica and the mesh of life.

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Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Landmarc/Slipstream Debate

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Earlier this year a group of senior business leaders, third sector innovators and participants from government came together in Cardiff to launch a major new opportunity for Wales. Find out how this combines Natural Capital and Social Value to create a step change in both thinking and delivery for all sectors in Wales and join in the discussions in this open event.

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Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

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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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Helen Rappaport

Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ninety years on, and just as the recently discovered bodies of Alexei and Mariya are re-interred with the family in St Petersburg, Helen Rappaport reviews the murder of the Russian imperial family. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Valerie Grove and Frances Osborne

Private Lives

Hay Festival 2008, 
Valerie Grove introduces her biography of the irrepressible John Mortimer and Frances Osborne profiles her great-grandmother The Bolter: Idina Sackville—The Woman Who Scandalised 1920s Society and Became White Mischief ’s Infamous Seductress.

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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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Anne Michaels talks to Claire Armitstead

Story: The Winter Vault

Hay Festival 2009, 
The poet and novelist introduces her new novel, which weaves great historical moments with the quiet and intense intimacy of private lives and griefs.

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Peter Korn

Why We Make Things and Why it Matters

Hay Festival 2015, 

An introspective and revealing look at the nature of the creative process. This is not a ‘how to’ book in any sense: Peter Korn wants to get at the ‘why’ of craft in particular and the satisfactions of creative work in general to understand their essential nature. Korn is a furniture-maker and is founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Peter Korn

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Robert McCrum

Globish

Hay Festival 2010, 
The editor and writer re-examines the linguistic power of the Anglo-American imperium, and stacks up his C21st equation: English + Microsoft = Globish.

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Alun Withey

Medicine In Medieval Wales

Hay Festival 2013, 

What was it like to be ill in medieval Wales? What remedies did people use and to whom did they turn for treatment? Chaired by Jasper Rees.
Jasper Rees is author of Bred Of Heaven.

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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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Frieda Hughes

The Name and Nature of Poetry The Housman Lecture 2008

Hay Festival 2008, 
Given by the poet whose collections include Stonepicker Waxworks and Forty-Five.

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Heart to Heart 2008

Terry Jones, Martin Orbach and Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2008, 
Python and gastro-pioneer Terry Jones joins Abergavenny Food Festival founder Martin Orbach and broadcaster Jon Snow to discuss marketing for small farmers.

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Marc Morris

A Great and Terrible King

Hay Festival 2009, 
A magisterial account of the Plantagenet ruler Edward I, conqueror of Wales, Hammer of the Scots.

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Julia Hailes, Ben Law, Janet Cotterell

Greening Buildings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Grand Designs icon Ben Law discusses a more sustainable approach to buildings with Passivhaus expert Janet Cotterell and Green Consumer guru, Julia Hailes. Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

 

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Marian Keyes

This Charming Man

Hay Festival 2008, 
‘Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married’…

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Anthony Holden

The Housman Lecture 2015: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2015, 

This year’s lecture is given by the editor of the best-selling and fabulous anthology Poems That Make Grown Men Cry. 100 men – distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theatre and human rights – confess to being moved to tears by poems that haunt them. Representing twenty nationalities and ranging in age from their early 20s to their late 80s they admit to breaking down when ambushed by great art, often in words as powerful as the poems themselves.

Anthony Holden

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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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Start the Day

Hay Festival 2008, 
Daniel Start explores the best lakes, rivers and waterfalls for Wild Swimming. In This Little Britain Harry Bingham hymns the eccentricities of the countries that gave the world football, Shakespeare, Churchill and Yorkshire pudding.

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Ben Cort

Monstersaurus

Hay Festival 2012, 
What do you get if you mix together bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and strawberry jelly? It’s time to get inventing with the bestselling team behind Aliens and Dinosaurs Love Underpants. Plus a visit from a very special intergalactic guest.
 
3+ years

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John Lewis-Stempel talks to Kitty Corrigan

Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field

Hay Festival 2015, 

What really goes on in the long grass? Lewis-Stempel offers a hymn to pastoral beauty with an intimate account of an English meadow’s life from January to December. He records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-making of summer and grazing in autumn, and the lives of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren, the skylark brood and the curlew pair.

John Lewis-Stempel talks to Kitty Corrigan