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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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Phil Grabsky and Tom Morris

Adaptation

Hay Festival 2011, 
Theatre director Tom Morris has been the creative force behind two of the most fantastic stage adaptations of recent times – the National Theatre’s War Horse and Bristol Old Vic’s Swallows and Amazons. Tom will be in conversation with film-maker Phil Grabsky, director of award-winning films such as In Search of Beethoven, The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan and also the behind-the-scenes documentaries Making War Horse and Swallows and Amazons at the Bristol Old Vic, where he worked closely with Tom for broadcast on More4. Clips of both documentaries will be shown.
 
See Phil Grabsky's blog

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Max Hastings talks to Anne Robinson

Did You Really Shoot the Television?

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist discusses his new family memoir.

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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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James Attlee

Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight

Hay Festival 2011, 
Moonlight and its meanings, from the kitsch to the sublime – in the modern world, the ancient world, in art, books, music and in science.

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Jeremy Strong

The Cartoon Kid

Hay Festival 2011, 
Wham-bam-jelly-and-jam! I think it’s about time you became a superhero, don’t you? Join the comic maestro behind The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog and My Brother’s Hots Cross Bottom as he introduces his brand new series.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Joris Luyendijk

Hello Everybody! One Journalist’s Search for Truth in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2010, 
But the more he witnesses, the less he understands as again and again the media favours those stories that will confirm and reinforce the oversimplified beliefs of the West.
Joris Luyendijk

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Lisa Jones, Ian Jones and Clare Dolman

Exploring the Poles: In Search of a Deeper Understanding of Bipolar Disorder

Hay Festival 2016, 

University of Worcester Series

Our ability to treat bipolar disorder is hampered by the limits of our understanding of its causes. In conversation with Clare Dolman of Bipolar UK, The Professors of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry who lead the Bipolar Disorder Research Network explore the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. They consider factors that can lead to both mania and depression, and examines recent and future advances in the treatment of this mental illness.

Lisa Jones, Ian Jones and Clare Dolman

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Greg Hannon and Josephine Bunch talk to Ed Cervantes-Watson

New Perspectives on Beating Cancer Sooner

Hay Festival 2017, 

Thanks to a £35 million investment from Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge, Hannon’s and Bunch’s teams of scientists are forming international research collaborations to map tumours at a level of detail that has never previously been imaginable. Using cutting edge biology, chemistry and even astrophysics, they are tackling the challenge from two angles: Bunch is building a ‘Google Maps’ of cancer, whilst Professor Hannon’s use of virtual reality will allow scientists, doctors and patients to walk within tumours. These new perspectives could transform how we understand and treat all types of cancer. Cervantes-Watson is CRUK’s Director of Funding Innovation.

Greg Hannon and Josephine Bunch talk to Ed Cervantes-Watson

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Jessie Childs

God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Catholics of Elizabethan England did not witness a golden age. Their Mass was banned, their priests were outlawed, their faith was criminalised. In an age of assassination and Armada, those Catholics who clung to their faith were increasingly seen as the enemy within. It is a tale of dawn raids and daring escapes, stately homes and torture chambers, ciphers, secrets and lies. Chaired by SJ Parris.

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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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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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Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis talk to Andy Fryers

Rebuilding Britain

Hay Festival 2015, 

Britain faces extraordinary challenges, from climate change to growing inequality and global economics, but as a nation has no plan for the future. This unique book asks a simple question: how can it organise itself, not just for survival, but to build a fairer and more sustainable society? The Town and Country Planning Association’s Henderson and Ellis talk to the Hay on Earth Director.

Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis talk to Andy Fryers

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Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment about its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true and that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Penrose is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists.

Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

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Jon Ronson

Hay Festival 2008, 
The humorist selects and riffs on the best bits from his Guardian columns, collected and published as What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness.

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Thelma Schoonmaker talks to Simon Schama

A Life in Film

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the film editor who has worked with Martin Scorsese for forty years. Her credits include Hugo, Gangs of New York, and Goodfellas. She has won three Oscars – for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. She was married to the late film director Michael Powell.

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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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Francine Stock, Tim Robey, William Nicholson and Bruce Robinson

Nobody’s Perfect: Golden Words From the Silver Screen

Hay Festival 2015, 

What makes a great screenplay? Structure? Dialogue? Can it take us places a novel can’t reach? Francine Stock of The Film Programme, Tim Robey, The Telegraph film critic, Oscar-winning (Gladiator) playwright of Mandela, Shadowlands and Les Miserables, Bill Nicholson and the legendary director and screenwriter of Withnail and I, Jennifer 8 and The Rum Diaries debate the strengths of their favourite film scripts and recommend a top ten screenplays of all time list. To join the conversation and make your own arguments for favourite movie scripts, please post on Hay Festival’s Facebook page or Twitter @hayfestival #nobodysperfect.

Francine Stock, Tim Robey, William Nicholson and Bruce Robinson

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Pamela Butchart

To Wee or Not to Wee!

Hay Festival 2016, 

Take a fresh look at Shakespeare with the Blue Peter Award-winning author  as she gives action-packed retellings of Macbeth, HamletA Midsummer’s Night Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

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Pamela Butchart

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Danielle Fuller

Citizen Reader

Hay Festival 2013, 

Fuller studies the phenomenon of mass participation in reading events, through book clubs, city reads, festivals and online reading communities.

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Matilde Asensi talks to Montserrat Domínguez

Segovia 2012, 
Matilde Asensi’s novel La Conjura de Cortes brings to a close the trilogy based on Spain’s Golden Age, in which Catalina Solís has to make her way through life as a man, Martin Ojo de Plata, in Spanish-speaking America. She talks to Montserrat Domínguez, director of the Huffington Post in Spain.
 
Co-organized with the Fundación Lara.

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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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Dai Smith talks to Guto Harri

In The Frame

Hay Festival 2011, 
From Rhondda heroes chasing the American dream to rioters staking a claim in their society this is a powerful alternative history of C20th South Wales, offered from the personal viewpoint of the cultural historian.
 
Read more about Dai Smith

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Rob Penn

It’s All About The Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

Hay Festival 2011, 
This is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike of perfect components – parts that set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty – and of how the bicycle has changed the course of human history.

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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.