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Bettany Hughes

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Hay Festival 2017, 

The historian tells the story of the three-in-one great cities of Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul, which has long been the gateway between East and West. Archaeologists have measured 42 layers of human inhabitation here on the Bosphorus over the past 6,000 years. It has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires and, for many years, was known simply as The City.

Bettany Hughes

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Vanessa Redgrave

A World I Loved

Hay Festival 2011, 
A reading from Wadad Makdisi Cortas’ haunting and beautiful memoir of Lebanon and the Middle East.

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Johnny O'Brien

Time-twists And Tudors

Hay Festival 2011, 
Jack Christie is back in The Day of Deliverance, but can he foil the plot to assassinate Elizabeth I? Travel back in time and for the ultimate espionage challenge. Have you got what it takes?
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Philip Ardagh

Grubtown Tales

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join the much-loved creator of Eddie Dickens as he introduces his exceptionally silly new series. With raining cows, giant (strawberry) jellies and knitted houses there’s sure to be giggles galore.

7–10 years

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Sean Pidgeon

Finding Camlann

Hay Festival 2013, 

A romantic quest to find the real King Arthur focuses here in Hay in this mining of deepest myth and compelling literary sleuthing.

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Misha Glenny

DarkMarket: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of McMafia explores three fundamental threats facing us in the C21st: cyber-crime, cyber-warfare and cyber-industrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars fighting an ever-morphing, super-smart new breed of criminal.

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Trevor Fishlock

Getting to know the Ladies: The Davies Sisters of Llandinam

Hay Festival 2014, 

The story of C20th philanthropists Gwendoline and Margaret Davies of Llandinam, who amassed possibly the world’s greatest private collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and then gave it to the people of Wales. Chaired by Tim Marlow.

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Rob Penn

The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Rob Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. Journeying from Wales and Ireland across Europe to the USA, he finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. He chronicles how the urge to appreciate trees still runs through us like grain through wood.

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Adam Parr

The Art Of War: Five Years In Formula One

Hay Festival 2013, 

A graphic novel that gives a unique insight into the world of motor sport, from the former CEO of the Williams F1 Team.

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Gavin Pretor Pinney

Hay Festival 2012, 
Dolphins, elephants, UFOs, even Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Murray…they’re all here in this beautiful, hilarious collection of clouds photographed around the world by members of The Cloud Appreciation Society. Selected and introduced by the winner of Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.
 

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Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

Bletchley and Enigma

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historians reveal unknown secrets of Bletchley’s wartime operation and the Enigma, and discuss the code-breaking challenges we face in today’s rapidly changing and technologically complex world. McKay is the author of the bestselling The Lost World of Bletchley Park and Bletchley Park - The Secret Archives. Bletchley Park’s Enigma expert, Thomas Briggs, brings a genuine, working Enigma machine to the Festival.

Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

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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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Monty Don and Derry Moore

Paradise Gardens

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrates Heaven on Earth. The gardener Monty Don and acclaimed photographer Derry Moore set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world. From the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain to a Mughal garden in Bradford, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, they present a glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth.

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Elif Shafak

Reformations 22: Honour

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Turkish novelist reimagines the concept of honour, also the title of her 2015 novel. How has the word come to be understood in different communities? Can it be rescued from the grotesque association with the world “killing”? What might a truer application of honour mean for men and for women, for society and humanity? Chaired by A. C. Grayling

Elif Shafak

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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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Sue Townsend talks to Anne Robinson

Adrian Mole – The Prostate Years

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great comic creation is now 39 [and a quarter], in debt and in trouble, and wondering whether the only one who can save him now is Dr Pandora Braithwaite, BA, MA, PhD, MP and Junior Minister in the Foreign Office…

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Hywel Francis, John Gaventa, Helen Lewis, Richard Greatrex, Mair Francis

After Coal: Debate - Swansea University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

How can cultural exchange inform community regeneration?  In 1974 John Gaventa met Hywel Francis and initiated an exchange between Welsh and Appalachian coalfield communities. This work was expanded by researcher Helen Lewis, cinematographer Richard Greatrex, and community organiser Mair Francis. Tonight they discuss the benefits, pitfalls and insights gained from a long-term cultural exchange over four decades. They are in conversation with Dai Smith.


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Hywel Francis, John Gaventa, Helen Lewis, Richard Greatrex, Mair Francis

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Nick Stern talks to Alok Jha

The British Academy Lecture: Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change

Hay Festival 2015, 

The risks and costs of climate change are worse than estimated in the landmark Stern Review in 2006; and far worse than implied by standard economic models. The science warns of the dangers of neglect; the economics and technology show what we can do and the great benefits that will follow; an examination of the ethics points strongly to a moral imperative for action. Why are we waiting? Chaired by the science correspondent of ITV News.

Nick Stern talks to Alok Jha

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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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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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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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Owen Sheers in conversation with Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2011, 
Prize-winning poet and writer Owen Sheers is one of Britain’s most promising young writers. The Poetry Book Society has included him as one of 20 poets making up the New Generation. His first novel, Resistance, has already been translated into eight languages and a film version is to be released soon. In conversation with The Telegraph’s literary editor, Gaby Wood, he will talk about this fascinating and addictive story which plays with an alternative reality in which Great Britain has been defeated and invaded by the Nazi Army; clips from the film will be shown. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Claire Wilcox

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Hay Festival 2015, 

The curator of the V&A’s spring blockbuster exhibition introduces the visionary body of work of one of fashion’s most inspiring and adventurous spirits. ‘People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality,’ – Alexander McQueen. Chaired by Tamsin Blanchard.

Claire Wilcox

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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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Mahmood Mamdani

Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Ugandan-born scholar weighs the claims of counter-insurgency and genocide and examines the reporting and understanding of the Sudanese conflicts.