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Axel Scheffler

Posy and Pip: The New Friend

Hay Festival 2017, 

Pip and Posy are the best of friends – most of the time. And they are always having adventures. Axel Scheffler, illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, introduces his delightful new series about the dramas of toddler life. Join him for stories, drawing and the opportunity to meet two very special surprise guests.

3+
Axel Scheffler

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Ian Bostridge talks to Tom Service

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

Hay Festival 2015, 

Franz Schubert’s Winterreise is one of the most powerful and enigmatic masterpieces in Western culture. One of the work’s finest interpreters, Bostridge, focuses on the context, resonance and personal significance of a work that is possibly the greatest landmark in the history of Lieder. He unpicks the enigmas and subtle meaning of each of the twenty-four songs to explore for us the world Schubert inhabited, bringing the work and its world alive for connoisseurs and new listeners alike.

Ian Bostridge talks to Tom Service

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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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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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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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Chris Hunter talks to Peter Florence

Extreme Risk

Hay Festival 2010, 
Sandhurst, Bosnia, Belfast and Israel: the making of one of Britain’s best counter-terrorist bomb disposal operators, who was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his work in Iraq.

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Green Valleys

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ever wondered about making your own green energy and selling it back to the National grid for a profit? Ben Fogle introduces the inspirational Green Valleys – Wales’ entry to the million pound Big Green Challenge Competition – who have done just that.

Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket.

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Chris Yates

How to Fish

Hay Festival 2007, 
A celebration of the joys of sitting on a riverbank with rod and line.

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Andrew Miller talks to Jon Gower

Pure

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist discusses his Costa Award-winning Pure. Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it.

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Thomas Buergenthal, Brian Leveson, Richard Goldstone talk to Philippe Sands

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? International Law

Hay Festival 2015, 

Four internationally acclaimed jurists discuss which rights might be argued into a new charter for the C21st. Buergenthal serves as a judge at the ICJ in the Hague; Goldstone served as a prosecutor at the ICT after running the Goldstone Commission in South Africa; Leveson is President of the Queens Bench Division and chaired the public inquiry into press ethics in the UK; Sands is Professor of Law at UCL.

Thomas Buergenthal, Brian Leveson, Richard Goldstone talk to Philippe Sands

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Charles Jencks

The Architecture of Hope

Hay Festival 2015, 

The architect introduces the Maggie’s Centres, a revolutionary building project providing new cancer caring centres designed by some of the world’s greatest architects that offer a fresh approach to both architecture and health. Complementary to NHS hospitals, they present an environment that is welcoming, risk-taking, aesthetic and life affirming; and with their commitment to the other arts, including landscape, they bring in the full panoply of constructive means.

Charles Jencks

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Lawrence Krauss

The Greatest Story Ever Told...So Far

Hay Festival 2017, 

Krauss takes us on a tour of science and the brilliant personalities who shaped it, often against political and religious indoctrination, enduring persecution and ostracism. He explains our current understanding of nature and the struggle to construct, and then to understand the greatest theoretical edifice ever assembled: the Standard Model of Particle Physics.  Krauss is the author of the classic A Universe From Nothing and The Physics of Star Trek.

Lawrence Krauss

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Julian Barnes y Mario Vargas Llosa en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Siempre Flaubert

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos grandes escritores contemporáneos, el británico Julian Barnes, ganador de premios como el Booker Prize (Reino Unido), el Prix Fémina (Francia) o el David Cohen Prize (Reino Unido); y el escritor peruano más internacional, el premio Nobel Mario Vargas Llosa, reflexionan sobre su compartida admiración por Gustave Flaubert, el autor francés más universal. Conversan con Marianne Ponsford, directora de Arcadia.
Julian Barnes y Mario Vargas Llosa en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

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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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Emma Rothschild

Family Histories and Social Networks

Hay Festival 2015, 

An exploration of C18th social networks looking at the Johnstone family, the Scottish siblings at the heart of her book The Inner Life Of Empires, and an interconnected group of French families in the first ‘age of information’. Rothschild is Professor of History and Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Emma Rothschild

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Frank Gardner talks to Peter Florence

Crisis

Hay Festival 2016, 

The renowned BBC Security Correspondent, author of Blood and Sand, launches his debut novel, a hi-tech thriller that involves South American drug cartels and a terrorist attack on London.

Frank Gardner talks to Peter Florence

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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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Andrew Weale

Nora: The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate

Hay Festival 2012, 
Nora Fatima Buffet is a little greedy-guts. Join her creator for a revoltingly rumbustious event of rhymes and rockets.
 
5-7 years

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Emily Maitlis talks to Hannah MacInnes

Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Newsnight presenter takes us behind the camera and onto the newsroom floor: “The things that are said on camera are only part of the story. Behind every interview there is a backstory. How it came about. How it ended. The compromises that were made. The regrets, the rows, the deeply inappropriate comedy. Making news is an essential but imperfect art. It rarely goes according to plan.

I never expected to find myself wandering around the Maharani of Jaipur’s bedroom with Bill Clinton or invited to the Miss USA beauty pageant by its owner, Donald Trump. I never expected to be thrown into a provincial Cuban jail, or to be drinking red wine at Steve Bannon’s kitchen table or spend three hours in a lift with Alan Partridge. I certainly didn’t expect the Dalai Lama to tell me the story of his most memorable poo. 

The beauty of television is its ability to simplify. That’s also its weakness: it can distil everything down to one snapshot, one sound bite. Then the news cycle moves on.”

Emily Maitlis talks to Hannah MacInnes