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Richard Overy

The Morbid Age

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian examines Britain Between the Wars – a time of great anxiety, resonant today, and the fear that the West was facing a possibly terminal crisis of civilization.

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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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Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

Born to be Wilde

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor previews clips from his forthcoming film about Oscar Wilde’s last days The Happy Prince and of Yentob's imagine… BBC documentary film about his life and work. One of Hollywood’s most wickedly gifted storytellers; Everett is the author of Vanished Years and Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.
 
The Happy Prince is released on 15 June. Photo by Wilhelm Moser.
Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

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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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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, THIS IS A REPEAT OF EVENT 20.

Robert Scourfield

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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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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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Myrrha Stanford-Smith talks to David Crystal

The Great Lie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The octogenarian novelist’s first novel features a young buck getting tangled in webs of spies, actors, intrigue and adventure in Christopher Marlowe’s London.

Duration 45 minutes.

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Johnny O'Brien

Time-twists And Tudors

Hay Festival 2011, 
Jack Christie is back in The Day of Deliverance, but can he foil the plot to assassinate Elizabeth I? Travel back in time and for the ultimate espionage challenge. Have you got what it takes?
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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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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Yoani Sánchez en conversación con Jon Lee Anderson

Cartagena 2014, 
La periodista cubana Yoani Sánchez lleva desde 2007 documentando la vida en Cuba a través de su blog Generación Y. Galardonado con el Premio de Periodismo Digital Ortega y Gasset que otorga el diario español El País, el blog de Yoani es el más visitado del país y es regularmente traducido por un equipo de voluntarios a catorce lenguas. Conversa con el periodista y escritor Jon Lee Anderson sobre su trabajo diario por la libertad de expresión. Patrocinado por kienyke.com
Yoani Sánchez en conversación con Jon Lee Anderson

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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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David Reynolds talks to James Naughtie

Cambridge Series: America and the challenges of ‘popular’ history

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of the BBC Radio 4 series and book America, Empire of Liberty discusses how to present academic history to a general audience.
David Reynolds talks to James Naughtie

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Jane Shilling talks to Sarah Crompton

The Stranger in the Mirror

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘I looked in the mirror one morning, and saw the face of a stranger. Who was she, this haggard, bun-faced woman with the softening jawline, the downturned mouth, the world-weary air of a woman who hasn’t had what she wanted from life, and knows she isn’t going to get it now? Why, it was no one else but me, myself and I.’

Duration 45 minutes.
 

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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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Sibylla Brodzinsky y Max Schoening en conversación con María Teresa Ronderos

Tirando Piedras a la Luna: Narrativas de Colombianos Desplazados por la Violencia.

Cartagena 2013, 
Voice of Witness (McSweeney’s Books) es una colección de libros sobre derechos humanos centrada en las historias personales de aquellos que sufren como resultado de crisis humanitarias. El libro Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence (Tirando piedras a la luna: Historias de colombianos desplazados por la violencia) reúne los testimonios en primera persona de colombianos de muy diversas procedencias que se han visto afectados por el conflicto armado. Sibylla Brodzinsky y Max Schoening, los editores, conversarán con la periodista colombiana María Teresa Ronderos, directora de VerdadAbierta.com, sobre los protagonistas involuntarios de una situación que todavía afecta a Colombia.

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Lucy Worsley

Lady Mary

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the historian for the dramatic and captivating story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce, told through the eyes of their daughter, Lady Mary. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get a princess out of jail.

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David Olusoga

Black and British: A Forgotten History

Hay Festival 2018, 

Drawing on new genealogical research, original records and expert testimony, the historian and broadcaster reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination, Elizabethan ‘blackamoors’ and the global slave-trading empire. He shows that the great industrial boom of the 19th century was built on American slavery, and that black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of both World Wars. Black British history is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation. Chaired by Amol Rajan.

David Olusoga

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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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Cinnamon Press Presents New Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
The launch of Holly Howitt’s brilliantly inventive debut collection of ‘micro-fictions’ Dinner Time and the novella The Fugitive Three by award- winning poet and short story writer Mike Jenkins; they are joined by Kate North, author of the startlingly original Eva Shell.

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Tahmima Anam talks to George Alagiah

Talking Books: The Bones of Grace

Hay Festival 2016, 

Born in Bangladesh, Anam grew up in Paris, New York City and Bangkok. Anam’s debut novel, A Golden Age, centres on the Bangladesh Liberation War and was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the conflict. The novel won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Anam’s next book, The Good Muslim, explores the after-effects of war and examines the conflicts within modern-day religion and family. She will be discussing her newest work The Bones of Grace, a tragic love story which traverses continents and communities and delves into larger themes like the importance of family history and reconciliation.

Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 4

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

Tahmima Anam talks to George Alagiah

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Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the acclaimed actress and anthologist for a sizzling reading of some of the joyous, magical and humorous poems from her anthology. In a dazzling display of poetry, the show journeys through a calendar year, with poems celebrating events such as Martin Luther King Day and the first day of Spring before ending with Michael Rosen’s The Car Trip.
Sir Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney of Poldark will be performing alongside Allie Esiri.

Chris Riddell will be live drawing the event. 
Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney will be performing poems. 

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Allie Esiri

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Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

The Index Debate: Diss My Mother: Expect a Punch

Hay Festival 2015, 

What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer?

Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

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Roy Ackerman, Edwina Currie, Ed Richards and Alan Yentob

The Society of Authors Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Media moguls, independents and watchdogs pick over the bones of the Reithian ideals.

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Nick Harkaway talks to Georgina Godwin

The Blind Giant

Hay Festival 2013, 

An age of isolation, warped communication, disintegrating community, where unfiltered and unregulated information pours relentlessly into our lives, destroying what it means to be human; or an age of marvels, where there is a world of wonder at our fingertips? Ultimately, the choice is ours – engage with the machines that we have created, or risk creating a world designed for corporations and computers rather than people.