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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Antifragile

Hay Festival 2013, 

The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How To Live In A World We Don’t Understand.

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Chris Laoutaris

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle That Gave Birth to The Globe

Hay Festival 2015, 

In November 1596 a woman signed a document which would nearly destroy the career of William Shakespeare… Who was the woman who played such an instrumental, yet little known, role in Shakespeare’s life? Never far from controversy when she was alive – she sparked numerous riots and indulged in acts of bribery, breaking-and-entering, and kidnapping – Elizabeth Russell has been edited out of public memory, yet the chain of events she set in motion would be the making of Shakespeare as we all know him today.

Chris Laoutaris

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Dolores Redondo, Andreu Martìn and Rosa Ribas

Round table debate on crime novels

Segovia 2013, 

Dolores Redondo, El guardian invisible (Ed. Destino), Andreu Martín, Cabaret Pompeya (Ed. Siruela) and Sociedad Negra (Ed. RBA), and Rosa Ribas, Don de lenguas (Ed. Siruela) read passages from their own works and also speak, analyse and debate about the genre and the profession of writing. Chaired by Teresa Sanz, contributor to El Mundo.

 

With the collaboration of Fundación Lara and Biblioteca Nacional de España.

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Tim Winton talks to Alex Clark

Fictions – Eyrie

Hay Festival 2014, 

Tom Keely has lost his bearings and cut himself off. He intends to keep it that way, until one day he runs into some neighbours: a woman from his past and her introverted young boy…The author of Cloud Street, Dirt Music and the memoir Land’s Edge launches a heart-stopping novel written with breathtaking tenderness. It asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing. 

Tim Winton talks to Alex Clark

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Hugh Aldersey Williams

Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements

Hay Festival 2011, 
A wondrous tour and cultural history of the elements. Popular chemistry as a dazzling entertainment.

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Harold Pinter

The PEN Reading

Hay Festival 1997, 
The playwright reads from his own work.

P.E.N. is an international organisation of playwrights, poets, essayists and novelists who defend and champion free speech throughout the world.

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Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers

River Café at Twenty

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Hammersmith restaurant, whose creative visionaries, Gray and Rogers, and kitchen alumni (Oliver, Fearnley-Whittingstall, Clark & Clark, etc). have changed the way we eat in Britain. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

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James Campbell

Boyface

Hay Festival 2014, 
The children’s comedian talks about his hilarious children’s book Boyface and the Quantum Chromatic Disruption Machine. Boyface Antelope is the son of a stripemonger. What’s a stripemonger? Well, it’s someone who rearranges patterns of course! Giggles guaranteed.
Duration 45 minutes
8+ years
James Campbell

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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Hay Festival 2011, 
The hilarious and inspiring story of one man’s unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book. A comic masterpiece.

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Jonathon Porritt - The World We Made

THE JOSEPH ROTBLAT LECTURE

Hay Festival 2014, 

The environmentalist presents a credible, positive vision of our planet that is green, fair, connected and collaborative and reveals how it is possible to reach a genuinely sustainable world by 2050. He describes the key events, technological breakthroughs and lifestyle revolutions that will transform our planet. Chaired by Rosie Boycott

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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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Ed Vere

Bedtime for Monsters

Hay Festival 2011, 
What if a monster were looking for a you-shaped bedtime snack? GULP! Fear not, the brilliant creator of Chick, Mr Big and Banana! returns to Hay with so much energy even the biggest of tummy rumbles will be silenced.
 
3–5 years Goosebumps 

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Tale of Two Treasures

Hay Festival 2013, 

Fiendish foes are after the treasure and all manner of tricks, traps and medieval puzzles are in store for Sir Charlie.

5+ years

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Jan Blake with Kouame and Raymond Sereba

The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and the Lion of Manding – Part 1

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire in West Africa, is one of the most exciting birth-of-a-hero tales in the world. Featuring hunters, kings, prophecy, a buffalo woman, a jealous first wife, curses, insults, and acts of honour, this passionate and inspiring tale is the beloved story of the origin of a nation. Part 2 tomorrow - see event 393.

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Christina Lamb, Helena Kennedy, Rachael Jolley and Joan Bakewell

The War on Women

Hay Festival 2017, 

In a tribute to the late frontline journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts and her posthumously-published book, a panel of three exceptional and indefatigable heroes talk to Joan Bakewell about The War on Women. Lamb is the Foreign Correspondent of The Sunday Times and the author of Farewell Kabul and The Girl from Aleppo. Kennedy is a world-renowned Human Rights lawyer. Jolley is editor of Index on Censorship.

With thanks to Nick Guthrie

Christina Lamb, Helena Kennedy, Rachael Jolley and Joan Bakewell

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Shaun Hill talks to Matthew Norman

True Taste Chefs of Wales 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Michelin-starred chef-patron of the legendary Walnut Tree near Abergavenny, in conversation with the food critic of The Daily Telegraph.

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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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The Media and Carbon Reduction

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Executive Editor of The Guardian, Jo Confino, and Sky Communications Director Matthew Anderson discuss how their respective organizations are dealing withcarbon reduction and sustainability.

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Robert Scourfield

The Inaugural Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture – The Buildings of Wales: Powys

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Detailing all the buildings of significance in the historic counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire, this final volume of the Pevsner Buildings of Wales series details hill-forts, ruined castles, medieval churches, manor houses and industrial buildings. In conversation with Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.


Due to popular demand, a repeat of this event will take place on Sunday 1 December at 3.30pm – please see event 52.

Robert Scourfield

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Chrissie Gittins

The Humpback’s Wail

Hay Festival 2010, 
Making cream cakes for pop stars, sweet-smelling pirates and postcards from bathrooms: anything is possible in poetry. Come and hear one of the brightest children’s poets, fresh from CBBC’s Poetry Pie.
 
7+ years

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Maisy Mouse

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join in storytelling, songs and games for a fun-filled time with your favourite mouse.

Duration 45 mins.

3–7 years

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Mark Wallinger talks to Alastair Sooke

Hay Festival 2012, 
The artist and 2007 Turner Prize-winner’s work is not only brilliantly accessible and witty, but also conscientious and politically incisive.

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Tony Wrigley chaired by George Monbiot

Cambridge Series 6: Opening Pandora’s Box – A New Look at the Industrial Revolution

Hay Festival 2011, 
Eminent economic historian Professor Sir Tony Wrigley explains how fossil fuel allowed the Industrial Revolution to continue and sustained economic growth to occur. He explains why all previous industrial revolutions foundered, and why this one has opened Pandora's Box, releasing previously unknown new forces: massively greater standards of living and unprecedented environmental and social perils.

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Hugh Ambrose talks to Francine Stock

The Pacific

Hay Festival 2010, 
The writer discusses and shows clips from his gripping story following the intertwined odysseys of four US Marines and a US Navy carrier pilot within the Pacific theatre during World War II. Certificate 15.

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Ali Sparkes

S.W.I.T.C.H.

Hay Festival 2011, 
Boy or insect? Josh and Danny are in big bug trouble! Come and hear how to write creep crawly adventures and why you might want to think twice before squishing ants in the future.
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer