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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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Terence Blacker and Derek Hewitson

Let’s Misbehave! The Songwriters’ History of Love, Lust and Loathing

Hay Festival 2012, 
If you want to know what’s really been going on in the hearts and beds of men and women over the past century or so, it’s songs that will tell the true story…

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Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

Sober: Football. My Story. My Life

Hay Festival 2017, 

The great Arsenal and England defender explains the struggles he’s faced to stay sober for 20 years and why he set up Sporting Chance, the charity which provides treatment and support for sports stars suffering from addictions. He gives his incisive thoughts on England’s continued failings in major tournaments and assesses why Arsenal has struggled to repeat the title-winning formula of his own time there.

Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

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John Harrison talks to Kathryn Gray

Antarctica - Forgotten Footprints

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award-winning author of Cloud Road presents his history of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the Weddell Sea, introducing the merchantmen, navy men, sealers, whalers and aviators who, with scientists and adventurers drew the first ghostly maps of the white continent.

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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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Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones

BBC Talking Books 4: Days Without End

Hay Festival 2017, 

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and in which they are complicit. But when a young Indian girl crosses their path, Thomas and John must decide on the best way of life for them all in the face of dangerous odds. Barry’s novel won the 2016 Costa Book of the Year award. His previous fiction includes The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture.

Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones

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Anne Enright talks to Anita Anand

Fictions – The Green Road

Hay Festival 2015, 

A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion – a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them. The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.

The Man Booker-winning novelist (The Gathering) is addicted to the truth of things. Sentence by sentence, there are few writers alive who can invest the language with such torque and gleam, such wit and longing – who can write dialogue that speaks itself aloud, who can show us the million splinters of her characters’ lives then pull them back up together again, into a perfect glass.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books.

Photo: Hugh Chaloner

Anne Enright talks to Anita Anand

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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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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.
 
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Geoff Dyer talks to Gaby Wood

Zona - A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room

Hay Festival 2012, 
A homage to Tarkovsky’s masterpiece Stalker, cut with clips; and a mesmerising account of a writer’s obsession with cinema.

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David Wilson

Wales: A Photographer’s Journey

Hay Festival 2013, 

Taking the audience on a spectacular, enchanting journey across Wales and its glorious landscape, Wilson uses photos from the book to talk about his work, his inspirations and how to set about capturing the perfect image. Chaired by Carolyn Hitt.

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Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2007, 
The bestselling and brilliantly funny author talks about Georgia Nicolson on page and screen, with sneak peeks from the upcoming movie of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and the upcoming book, Stop in the Name of Pants.

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Bill Davies, Chris Monaghan, Penny Darbyshire, David Shaw and Toby Hooper

Enemies of the People? - University of Worcester Series 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

Judges have blocked Presidential executive orders in the US and corrected the legality of the Prime Minister’s parliamentary Article 50 procedures in the UK. What should the constitutional role of the courts be in maintaining a proper balance of power in a modern democracy? Professor Penny Darbyshire is from Kingston Law School, Bill Davies is Head of the School of Law and Chris Monaghan is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Worcester, David Shaw is the former Chief Constable of West Mercia Police and they are joined by retired judge, Toby Hooper QC.

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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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Edward Hirsch en conversación con Jonathan Bastian

Leer poesía

Cartagena 2013, 
Edward Hirsch es un poeta y crítico norteamericano que cautivó al público con el aclamado ‘bestseller’ How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry (Cómo leer un poema y enamorarse de la poesía), en el que acercaba el placer de la poesía a los lectores. Autor de ocho compilaciones de poemas y seis libros sobre poesía, actualmente Hirsch es el presidente de la John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Su último trabajo en español es la antología Aligeren la Oscuridad. El periodista Jonathan Bastian le entrevistará sobre su dedicación a la escritura lírica.

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MG Harris and Jamie Anderson

Gemini Force 1

Hay Festival 2015, 
In Beyond Gemini Force One, MG Harris and Jamie Anderson present an audio-visual tour of the background, design and influences behind GF1. This is your chance to hear all the behind-the-scenes publishing secrets, including the exciting story of how the worldwide community of Thunderbirds fans helped to bring the final Gerry Anderson project to the page.
8+ years
MG Harris and Jamie Anderson

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Concern Universal Youth Debate

The Carbon Question

Hay Festival 2012, 
Should an individual’s carbon emissions be limited to 2 tonnes per year by 2050? This is the internationally agreed safe limit in order to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change. But how should these limits be shared out? How could limits be policed? Do governments have any rights to impose limits on citizens? Or should we just take the risk and adapt to the impacts? Join our panel of sixth formers for a debate. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 
(14+yrs)
 
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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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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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Simon Horobin

Chaucer’s Language

Hay Festival 2013, 

Assuming no previous linguistic knowledge or familiarity with Middle English, Horobin introduces us to the wonders of Chaucer’s language and the importance of reading him in the original, rather than modern translation.

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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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Austin J Stevens talks to Hannah Rothschild

The Last Snakeman

Hay Festival 2007, 
Meet the intrepid South African wildlife photographer and his reptilian friends. Charmed by Hannah Rothschild.

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Graham Robb

The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author made plans to cycle the legendary Via Heraklea. It was an ancient path that took him deep into the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science. Gradually, a lost map revealed itself, of an empire constructed with precision and beauty across vast tracts of Europe. Oriented according to the movements of the Celtic sun god, the map had been forgotten for almost two millennia.

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Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist introduces her exquisitely written childhood memoir. Tremain grew up in post-war London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. The girl known then as Rosie and her sister Jo spent their days longing for their grandparents’ farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream. But when Rosie is ten years old, everything changes. She and Jo lose their father, their London house, their school, their friends and – most agonisingly of all – their beloved Nanny, Vera, the only adult to have shown them real love and affection. But slowly the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold world of the 1950s into a place of inspiration and mischief, of loving friendships and dedicated teachers, where a young writer is suddenly ready to be born.

Rose Tremain talks to Peter Florence

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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.