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Tom Holland

Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the republic collapsed. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. Augustus, their new master, called himself “the divinely favoured one”. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, mother of Nero, manoeuvring to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital.

Tom Holland

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Michael Rosen

Jelly Boots/Uncle Gobb

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jelly Boots is a riotous celebration of words – silly words, funny words, new words, old words, words you only use in your own family and the very best words in the right order. Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads is the second uproarious Uncle Gobb adventure. Join Michael Rosen for an introduction to these and others of his much-loved and amazing stories.

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Michael Rosen

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Catherine Fieschi, Simon Hoggart, and Oliver James

The Demos Debate: Hearts and Minds

Hay Festival 2008, 
Catherine Fieschi, Simon Hoggart, and Oliver James explore how emotions operate in the political sphere, or affect issues like citizenship, which are normally thought of in terms of impartial rationality.

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian takes apart the day’s papers and media.

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David Nicholls and David Trueba talk to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist and screenwriter discusses his utterly compelling and funny twenty-year love story One Day (shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction) and the process of its adaptation for the screen. Trueba introduces his contemporary masterpiece about three generations of a Madrid family and the arrival of an Argentinian footballer, Learning to Lose.
David Nicholls and David Trueba talk to Peter Florence

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Rebecca Miller talks to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Past And Present

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee and Personal Velocity introduces the twin tales of C18th Paris and C21st New York in her new novel Jacob’s Folly, to consider the hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, and the collision of fate and free will.

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Don Paterson talks to Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2011, 
A conversation with the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, whose latest award-winning collections have been Rain, Orpheus, Nil Nil and God’s Gift To Women.

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Roman Krznaric

How To Start An Empathy Revolution

Hay Festival 2014, 

The popular philosopher from The School of Life believes that empathy – the imaginative act of stepping into another person’s shoes and viewing the world from their perspective – is a radical tool for social change and should be a guiding light for the art of living.

Roman Krznaric

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Simone Cuff

Could Viruses Be Good For You? - Cardiff University Series 1

Hay Festival 2017, 

We all know that ’flu is bad for you. And Ebola. And Zika.  Why on earth are there so many viruses that cause such terrible diseases? And what does current research teach us about the fascinating rabbit-hole that is the world of virology?

Simone Cuff

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Julian Clary and David Roberts

The Bolds to the Rescue

Hay Festival 2016, 

The comedian/entertainer/writer and award-winning illustrator introduce you to their latest book, a brand new adventure about a family of hyenas living in an ordinary suburban street.  An unmissable event packed with wildly hilarious readings in Julian’s unique style, together with live drawing from David.

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Melissa Cole

Let Me Tell You About Beer

Hay Festival 2015, 

An hour of beer tasting with one of Britain’s most entertaining connoisseurs.

The author of Let Me Tell You About Beer is living the beer dream. Not only does she write extensively about the world's favourite drink, she also works with chefs to create beer and food extravaganzas in venues as diverse as Michelin-starred restaurants to local pubs, and is invited to judge at beer competitions from London to Brussels and Amsterdam to America.

Her reputation for having a fine palate and fun approach to all things brewed also translates to actually making beer, and some of her collaborative beers have gone on to become huge successes for the breweries Melissa made them with, never profiting herself.

Melissa Cole

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Sigrid Rausing talks to Oliver Bullough

Everything is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 1993–4 abandoned watchtowers dotted the coast line. The huge fields of the Lenin collective farm were lying fallow, waiting for claims from former owners, fleeing war and Soviet and Nazi occupation. The anthropologist reflects on history, political repression, and the story of the minority Swedes in the area.

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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.
 
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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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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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Mick Ebeling

Not Impossible: Technology for the Sake of Humanity

Hay Festival 2015, 

Project Daniel was launched in January 2014 in Sudan with the establishment of the world’s first 3D-printing prosthetic limb lab, creating artificial limbs for victims of war.

As Mohammed Ali Humanitarian of the Year and named in the Top 50 Most Creative People 2014, Mick Ebeling is the founder and driving force of Not Impossible; making DIY, accessible, tech-based solutions for people around the world and powerfully telling those stories to inspire others to do the same.

Mick Ebeling

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Colin Javens talks to Oliver Balch

Dream Drive Love

Winter Weekend 2013, 

After a serious spinal injury at the age of 19, Colin’s life was drastically changed forever, and the dreams he had intended to pursue then seemed impossible. But rather than despairing and accepting the limitations of his wheelchair, he chose a path of quiet determination – and has since driven across the world, encountered endless adventures and found friendship, laughter and love.

There will be a charity collection following the event.

Colin Javens talks to Oliver Balch

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Daniel Morden

Secret Tales from Wales

Hay Festival 2017, 

This writer tells ancient folktales with the wit of a stand-up and the turn of phrase of a poet. Come and be enthralled as he launches his latest collection. Expect secrets, riddles, mysterious strangers, awful jokes and beautiful lies.

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Daniel Morden

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John Bulmer

Wind of Change

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1962 the pioneering Sunday Times photographer embarked on a project to photograph the profound social and political changes sweeping across the world, from the slow disintegration of the Middle East, the early collapse of the Communist bloc and the rise of African nationalism, to the totalitarianism of China and North Korea, and the disparities of wealth and poverty in the Americas. Fifty years on, he shows his photogaphs and discusses them with filmmaker Corisande Albert.

John Bulmer

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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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John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

Politics and the Arts

Hay Festival 2014, 

How should culture be valued by politicians? What does it contribute to the GDP and Britain’s sense of identity? Tusa, the former Barbican chief, is the author of Pain in the Arts. Norman, a director of Hay Festival and the Roundhouse, is writing Soul Food – The Conservative Case for the Arts. Lammy was Minister for the Arts in the last Labour government and is a prospective candidate for London Mayor. Kampfner is Director of the Creative Industries Federation. Chaired by Liz Hunt.

John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

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Terri Apter

Cambridge Series: Sisters

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Sister Knot discusses Why We Fight, Why We’re Jealous and Why We’ll Love Each Other No Matter What. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.
Terri Apter

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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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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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Kate Humble talks to Miles Jupp

Friend For Life: The Extraordinary Partnership Between Humans and Dogs

Hay Festival 2016, 

The wildlife broadcaster and smallholder uses her journey with her sheepdog puppy Teg to frame her examination of this very special relationship. Written with warmth and love, and packed full of stories about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs, this event is a joy for anyone with a four-legged friend. In conversation with host of The News Quiz, Miles Jupp.

Kate Humble talks to Miles Jupp