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Menna Elfyn talks to Dafydd Elis Thomas

Hay Festival 2008, 
The poet and playwright, whose latest bilingual collection is Perffaith Nam/Perfect Blemish, discusses her work.

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Neil Jordan talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Mistaken

Hay Festival 2011, 
The film-maker (The Crying Game, Michael Collins) and writer (The Past, Sunrise With Sea Monster) discusses his haunting and thrilling new novel about identity, duality and loss.

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Globalisation & Technology

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
Writers Hari Kunzru (Transmission and Gods Without Men) and Jonathan Ledgard (Giraffe and Submergence) talk to Dayo Forster about their persepctives on the modern world we live in.

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Juan Carlos Botero

The Art of Fernando Botero

Cartagena 2012, 
Juan Carlos Botero, journalist, writer and son of Fernando Botero, will present El arte de Fernando Botero, a book that looks at the artistic career of this great Colombian painter. He will show some examples of his pictorial work using slides, and will inquire into the artist’s work.

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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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Jerry Brotton

Band of Brothers: Shakespeare’s Agincourt, 1599

Hay Festival 2015, 
On the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Jerry Brotton shows how Shakespeare’s Henry V now defines how we see this momentous event in English history. The play is often regarded as a straightforward celebration of English nationalism, the story of England’s tiny ‘band of brothers’ defeating the overwhelming might of the French. Brotton questions this assumption by recreating the historical moment in which Shakespeare wrote his play, with military disaster in Ireland, Queen Elizabeth’s power in decline, and the Essex Rebellion just about to engulf her. He argues that the result allows politicians on the left and the right to lay claim to the play and its account of Agincourt, along the way explaining how Olivier, Branagh and Spielberg are all part of the story.
Jerry Brotton

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Amanda Foreman talks to Philip Bobbitt

A World on Fire

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian looks at the American civil war and the role of the Britons caught up on both sides of the conflict.
 
More by and about Amanda Foreman www.guardian.co.uk/profile/amanda-foreman
 
 
 

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Ian Cobain

Cruel Britannia: A Secret History Of Torture

Hay Festival 2013, 

The official line is clear: the UK does not ‘participate in, solicit, encourage or condone’ torture. And yet, the evidence is irrefutable: when it comes to dealing with potential threats to our national security, the gloves always come off. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

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Sarah Churchwell

The 2018 Raymond Williams Lecture: Behold America

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer and academic offers a history of America First, one of Donald Trump’s campaign slogans. Although popular wisdom attributes the phrase to Charles Lindbergh and the isolationist America First Committee of 1940-1941, in fact the expression has a longer, and darker, history than that, a story of nativism and the Ku Klux Klan, of 100 % Americanism and isolationism, and of a homegrown fascism that America continues to pretend “can’t happen here.”

Sarah Churchwell

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Ed Mayo talks to Julia Hobsbawm

Consumer Kids

Hay Festival 2009, 
How Big Business is Grooming our Children for Profit.

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Don Paterson

Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Hay Festival 2011, 
The poet gives his own illuminating commentary on Shakespeare’s poetry. Chaired by Ben Crystal.

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George Marshall talks to Oliver Balch

Talking Climate – From Research to Practice

Hay Festival 2017, 

A fresh approach to climate change communication: five core principles for public engagement that can propel climate change discourse out of the margins and into the mainstream. Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

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Anthony Sattin

Florence & Flaubert

Hay Festival 2010, 
The wonderful story of two young people on the same Nile cruise in 1849, both liberated by exposure to Egypt. She, Florence Nightingale, visited the temples and monuments; he, Gustave Flaubert, visited the brothels and harems. Chaired by Sarah Miller.

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Jay Rayner

The Man Who Ate the World: In Search of the Perfect Dinner

Hay Festival 2009, 
Breakfast with the great gourmet and food writer. Cafédirect coffee will be served.

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Horatio Clare and Fflur Dafydd talk to Gwen Davies

New Stories from the Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two new tales spun around the classic Welsh myths: Clare’s The Prince’s Pen asks who are the outsiders, the infidels, and who is the enemy within? Dafydd’s The White Trail transforms the medieval Arthurian myth of Culhwch and Olwen into a C21st quest for love and revenge.
 

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Karl Miller

Tretower to Clyro

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great essayist examines the writings about the Black Mountains by local writers such as Francis Kilvert and Raymond Williams.

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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.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

Sarah Arrowsmith

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Tony Juniper

What Nature Does for Britain

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the peat bogs and woodlands that help to secure our water supply, to the bees and soils that produce most of the food we eat, Britain is rich in ‘natural capital’. For years we have damaged the systems that sustain us under the illusion that we are keeping prices down, through intensive farming, drainage of bogs, clearing forests and turning rivers into canals. As the ecologist shows, there are better ways to meet our economic needs.

Tony Juniper

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Joumana Haddad talks to Malcolm Otero Barral

Segovia 2011, 
The young Lebanese writer Joumana Haddad is one of the most multi faceted authors in the Middle East. Aside from being a poet, translator and journalist, she manages the IPAF literary awards (the Arab world’s Booker), is the literary editor of the An Nahar newspaper and edits the Arab magazine Jasad. Her work I killed Scheherazade has been translated into six languages and described by Mario Vargas Llosa as “a revealing and audacious book about women in the arab world”. Haddad, who in 2010 received the Blue Metropolis Award for Arab literature in Montreal, will talk to Malcolm Otero Barral, publisher at Barril & Barral.
 
Event in Spanish

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Meghnad Desai

LSE Lecture 1: The Rediscovery of India

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘How an old civilisation became a new nation after four thousand years of history and four centuries’ engagement with Europe; why it has succeeded as a democracy and why it is a miracle economy.’
 
More information about Meghnad Desai in this online profile

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Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

What if Money Grew on Trees…?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Consider a world where gold is worthless, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted?

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Iain Hutchison: What’s in a Face?

Segovia 2010, 
From face transplants to plastic surgery, facial reconstruction surgeon Ian Hutchison will talk about the challenges, and identity-related and ethical questions arising from such innovative work. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 3

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians read the papers for laughs.

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Graeme Gibson

The Bedside Book of Birds

Hay Festival 2006, 
Folktales, stories and excerpts from a naturalist's journal where creation myths, recipes, and the most stunning illustrations lace Gibson's own graceful and erudite essays telling of the pleasure, fear, confusion, or hope that birds inspire, and their imperiled place in nature.

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Misha Glenny

McMafia: Crime Without Frontiers

Hay Festival 2008, 
Misha Glenny investigates the global crime boom - Bombay gangs, sex slavery in Israel, Canadian dope, Nigerian investment scams, Brazilian cyber-crime. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.