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Chris Ellis, Rosie Toll, Hugh Ellis, Kate Henderson and guests

Land of Promise

Hay Festival 2015, 

An exploration, through words and music, of Britain’s radical utopian tradition. This rich legacy of hope was the dominant strand of political thought for five centuries, but in the last 40 years we have stopped asking the question: how are we going to live? With a cast of actors, musicians and authors Land of Promise aims to reignite our utopian aspirations for a better Britain.

Chris Ellis, Rosie Toll, Hugh Ellis, Kate Henderson and guests

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Helen Czerski

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is it that helps both scorpions and cyclists to survive? What do raw eggs and gyroscopes have in common? And why does it matter? The physicist explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experience, linking what makes popcorn pop to Antarctic winds, coffee stains to blood tests or ketchup bottles to aliens in space. Every thread you pull in the fabric of daily life shows you something new about the intricate patterns of our world.

Helen Czerski

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Stephen Harding and Brian Goodwin

Gaia and Climate Change

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Schumacher College lecturers explore how Gaia has sequestered excess CO2 over millenia, and why bacteria are essential for the formation of both clouds and continents. If we are going to have a habitable home in the future we need solutions as complex and elegant as the conditions that give us life.

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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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Robin Hanbury-Tenison

The Oxford Book of Exploration

Hay Festival 2010, 
The adventurer gathers the words of those who changed the world through their pioneering search for new lands, new peoples and new experiences, from Vasco de Gama, Magellan and Cook to Thesiger and Livingstone.

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Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

Do it Like a Woman

Hay Festival 2015, 

From Chilean revolutionaries and Russian punks to Iranian journalists, one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation introduces inspiring stories from all around the world. Women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male.

Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

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Pamela Butchart

Blue Peter Best Story Award Winner

Hay Festival 2015, 
Pamela will share the brilliantly bonkers world of Izzy in a lively session based on her book The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award. The latest in the series is My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat.
7+ years
Pamela Butchart

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Martin Kemp

La Bella Principessa

Hay Festival 2010, 
The story of how his team pieced together the evidence, detailed historical research and technical analysis to uncover the New Masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci in October 2009.
Martin Kemp

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Richard Holmes

Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Romantic biographer floats across the world following the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, from the first heroic experiments of the Montgolfiers in the 1780s to the tragic attempt to fly a balloon to the North Pole in the 1890s.

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Lisa Forrell talks to Revel Guest

Madame Ida Preview Screening and Q&A

Hay Festival 2011, 
The director previews her short movie about the last day in the life of Ida Rubinstein, the dazzling star of the Ballets Russes, and one of the 20th century’s most extraordinary figures.
 
Find out more about Lisa Forrell's current projects, read review and see her project archive www.lisaforrell.com/

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Susie Dent

Words of the Year

Hay Festival 2009, 
Do you know your kettlebell from your knork? Countdown’s cult language guru parses the patois.

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Andrea Wulf

The Brother Gardeners

Hay Festival 2008, 
Andrea Wulf tells the tale of the C18th friends who fired the origins of modern horticulture in her magnificent study Botany, Empire and the Birth of An Obsession.

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Karlin Lillington, John Maher, TJ McIntyre and John Kampfner

Blog And Be Damned: Social Media And Libel In Ireland

Kells 2013, 

What constitutes fair comment, as opposed to defamation, on social media and should the standard be the same as for traditional media? Is the freedom inherent in social media threatened by the chilling effect of potential claims for libel? To what extent should tweeters and bloggers be as aware of the dangers of libel as are professional journalists? Karlin Lillington of The Irish Times, barrister John Maher, TJ McIntyre, Lecturer in Law at University College Dublin, and Google’s John Kampfner discuss with Myles Dungan.

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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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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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Gerry Gilmore

Cambridge Series 12: Past, Present and Infinite Future?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Was there anything before the beginning? Why does science claim to know the apparently unknowable? Where do I come from? What do we know about the infinite future?

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Hisham Matar talks to Bronwen Maddox

Fiction: Anatomy of a Disappearance

Hay Festival 2011, 
When a loved one disappears how does their absence shape the lives of those who are left? The Booker-shortlisted (In the Country of Men) Libyan-born novelist in conversation with the editor of Prospect.
 
Read a review of Anatomy of Disappearance

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Henry Worsley

In Shackleton’s Footsteps

Hay Festival 2011, 
A homage in travel and spirit to Ernest Shackleton one hundred years after the peerless leader and explorer ventured to the South Pole and returned. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

Duration 45 minutes.

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DBC Pierre

Kells 2013, 

The Booker Prize-winning author makes a rare public appearance to discuss his life and work with Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

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Roland Emmerich talks to Francine Stock

Anonymous – Screening

Hay Festival 2011, 
The director discusses and previews clips from his forthcoming historical thriller, which stars Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave. John Orloff’s script plays with the intrigues of the Elizabethan court and the age-old authorship debate surrounding the works of William Shakespeare.

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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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Kirmen Uribe and Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Félix Romeo

Segovia 2010, 
The Basque poet and writer Kirmen Uribe, winner of the ‘Premio Nacional de Narrativa’ (‘National Narrative Award’) in 2010, and Santiago Roncagliolo, chosen at Bogotá39 as one of the most promising young writers in Latin American literature, will talk to the critic and writer Félix Romeo about their latest published novels, Bilbao-Nueva York-Bilbao, by Uribe, and Tan cerca de la vida, by Roncagliolo.

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Myrrha Stanford-Smith talks to David Crystal

The Great Lie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The octogenarian novelist’s first novel features a young buck getting tangled in webs of spies, actors, intrigue and adventure in Christopher Marlowe’s London.

Duration 45 minutes.

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Mandalit del Barco, Mario Murillo and Daniel Alarcón with Ricardo Corredor Cure

The radio and its possibilities

Cartagena 2012, 
The tradition of narrative radio developed in the United States (particularly on public radio), which explores the spoken word’s potential and the possibility of developing this kind of story in Spanish-speaking America, using the new digital tools, will be the subject of conversation among Mandalit del Barco, National Public Radio correspondent in the US; Mario Murillo, head of Hofstra University’s Department of Radio, Television and Film; and Daniel Alarcón (author of, among others, El rey siempre está por encima del pueblo), selected by Bogotá39 as one of the best young Latin American novelists and executive producer of Radio Ambulante. They will talk to Ricardo Corredor Cure, executive director of the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (New Ibero-American Journalism Foundation). 

Co-organised with the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano and Radio Ambulante with the support of the Fundación PROA and Tenaris Tubocaribe

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Julian Orbach

Market Halls: The Civic Cinderellas

Hay Festival 2013, 

The architectural historian and Pevsner Guide author gives an illustrated talk about these most workaday public spaces. Followed by an update on the Heritage Lottery-supported Hay Cheesemarket project by Director Juliet Noble and Heritage Activities Manager Clare Purcell.