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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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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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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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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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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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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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Michael Pawlyn

Architecture and Biomimicry

Hay Festival 2009, 
As part of the ‘RIBA Trust International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change’ Programme.

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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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Peter Bazalgette talks to Bryony Gordon

The Empathy Instinct

Hay Festival 2017, 

Empathy is the power of understanding others, imaginatively entering into their feelings. It is a fundamental human attribute without which mutually co-operative societies cannot function. In a revolutionary development, we now know who has it, who lacks it and why. With the MRI scanner, we are mapping the human brain. This is a new frontier that reveals a host of beneficial ideas for childcare, teens challenged by the internet, the justice system, decent healthcare, tackling racism and resolving conflicts.

Peter Bazalgette talks to Bryony Gordon

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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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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.

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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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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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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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HAY JOVEN: Eugenia Rico sobre El fin de la raza blanca

Cartagena 2013, 
La escritora española Eugenia Rico, ganadora del Premio Azorín 2002 (con La muerte blanca) y finalista del Premio Primavera 2004 (con La edad secreta), hablará sobre su último trabajo, el libro de relatos El fin de la raza blanca.

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Rachel Hewitt

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

Winter Weekend 2010, 
‘An endlessly absorbing, lively and informative narrative that highlights the Ordnance project's legion of draughtsmen, surveyors, dreamers and eccentrics' – The Observer.
Rachel Hewitt

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Lemn Sissay

Reformations 17: Care

Hay Festival 2017, 

The passionate and powerful poet re-imagines the way in which the State might raise children placed in its care. Sissay is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His foster parents placed him into care at the age of 12. He lived in care homes until he was 18. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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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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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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Jerry Brotton

Reformations 14: Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of This Orient Isle asks how we understand Shakespeare in a global world when his language seems more remote than ever. Drawing on his recent involvement in international productions of Macbeth and Othello he explains how Shakespearean character and language is created through rehearsal and stage action. He concludes by arguing that schools should stop studying the plays as words on the page but instead rehearse and perform them however they can.  

Jerry Brotton

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Tim Winton talks to Rebecca Jones

BBC Talking Books 3: The Boy Behind the Curtain

Hay Festival 2017, 

The great novelist, author of Dirt Music and Cloudstreet, is publishing two non-fiction books. Charged with love for the huge, besieging force of Australia’s wild spaces, Island Home: A Landscape Memoir is a passionate call for their conservation. His deeply personal The Boy Behind the Curtain: Notes from an Australian Life shows how moments from his childhood and life growing up have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and literature.

Tim Winton talks to Rebecca Jones

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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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David Edgerton

Britain’s War Machine

Hay Festival 2011, 
The compelling new history shows WWII in a new light, showing Britain as far from the plucky underdog, but as a wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests and sitting at the heart of a global production system.
 
Read a recent review of Britain's War Machine

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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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Stuart Maconie talks to Paul Blezard

Hope and Glory

Hay Festival 2012, 
Starting with the death of Queen Victoria, to the Battle of the Somme and the General Strike, and on to the docking of the Empire Windrush and Bobby Moore raising the Jules Rimet trophy, the broadcaster chooses a defining moment in our nation’s story from each decade of the last century and explores its legacy today.