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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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Tallulah Swirls Theatre Company

When Eggy Met Peggy

Hay Festival 2012, 
What happens when the lonely egg sat on a wall meets the sparkling pea from under that huge pile of mattresses? Join Eggy and Peggy the pea, a rock-n-rolling raspberry and cha-cha-cha-ing carrots in this funny and original twist on The Princess And The Pea.
 
3+ years

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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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Leslie Phillips talks to John Walsh

Hello

Hay Festival 2007, 
The national treasure receives the 2007 Listening Books Award, celebrating outstanding contribution to the spoken word. Chaired by LBA Trustee Jim Naughtie.

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Averil Cameron

Byzantine Matters

Hay Festival 2014, 

Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization, often reducing it to a poor relation of Rome and the rest of the classical world. Cameron suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilisation into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods.

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David Mitchell and Tiffany Murray

Fictions – Halloween Comes Early

Hay Festival 2015, 

A late-night reading of ghost stories as Mitchell previews his new story to be published in October, Slade House, and Murray reads from her acclaimed Sugar Hall. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

David Mitchell and Tiffany Murray

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Fumiya Iida

Cambridge Series 7: Robot Intelligence Versus Human Intelligence

Hay Festival 2016, 

How intelligent (or otherwise) are robots? Is it a good thing that they can steal our jobs? And will robots ever take over the world? Dr Iida is a Lecturer in Mechatronics at Cambridge.

Fumiya Iida

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Clive James

Cultural Amnesia

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Australian polymath maps his influences and heroes who’ve formed contemporary civilization, from Satchmo to Kafka.

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Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

The Sorrows of Mexico

Hay Festival 2017, 

Veering between carnival and apocalypse, Mexico has in the past ten years become the epicentre of the international drug trade. The so-called war on drugs has been a brutal and chaotic failure: more than 160,000 lives have been lost. The drug cartels and the forces of law and order are often in collusion; corruption is everywhere. Life is cheap, and inconvenient people – the poor, the unlucky, the honest or the inquisitive – become the ‘disappeared’, leaving not a trace behind. In September 2015, more than 26,798 were officially registered as ‘not located’. Yet people in all walks of life have refused to give up. Hernandez gives a chilling account of the ‘disappearance'” of 43 students. Cacho describes what it’s like to live every day as a journalist under threat of death.

Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

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Tara Westover talks to David Runciman

Educated

Hay Festival 2018, 

Westover’s memoir Educated is fast achieving the status of a contemporary classic. She grew up in a remote corner of the American West preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government she didn’t exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At 16 Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from the Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.

Tara Westover talks to David Runciman

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Niall Ferguson

Beyond the History Boys

Hay Festival 2007, 
The future of the past in print and on screen by the firebrand historian and broadcaster.

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Jesse Norman

Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet

Hay Festival 2013, 

A compelling analysis and portrait of the C18th theorist, subversive and founder of modern conservatism, from the 2012 Parliamentarian of the Year. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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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.

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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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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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Jon Ronson

Hay Festival 2008, 
The humorist selects and riffs on the best bits from his Guardian columns, collected and published as What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness.

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Peter Hain

Back to the Future of Socialism

Hay Festival 2015, 

What’s gone wrong with capitalism and how should governments respond? Did Big Government or Big Banking cause the global financial crisis? Is the answer austerity or investment in growth; untrammelled market forces or regulating for the common good? Hain revisits Anthony Crosland’s classic text and presents a stimulating political prospectus for today.

Peter Hain

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DBC Pierre

Kells 2013, 

The Booker Prize-winning author makes a rare public appearance to discuss his life and work with Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

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Gerry Stembridge

Kells 2013, 

The writer, director and actor, co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his novels, The Effect of Her and Unspoken, his tales of Ireland in the 60's and 70's.

‘Extraordinarily vivid, knowing and satisfyingly irreverent’ – John Banville. ‘Gerry Stembridge is an outstanding Irish artist’ – Irish Independent.

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Rowan Williams, Neil MacGregor and friends

The Michael Ramsey Prize Lunch

Hay Festival 2013, 

The presentation of the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing, hosted by the former Archbishop of Canterbury and the Director of the British Museum.

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Kate Raworth, David Pitt-Watson and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

Money, Money, Money–How to Use it For Good

Hay Festival 2017, 

How do we make better use of finance and money, turning it into a force for societal and environmental good? Renegade economist Kate Raworth, responsible investment and business expert David Pitt-Watson, and CEO of Good Energy, Juliet Davenport discuss possible futures for pension funds, stock markets, bitcoin and cash.

Kate Raworth, David Pitt-Watson and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

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Max Hastings

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War, 1914

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian offers a wide-ranging chronicle of the politics and military action of 1914. Hastings gives a blistering critique of German and Austrian aggression in the run-up to war, and a new vision of the first months of the conflict. He describes how the French Army marched into action amid virgin rural landscapes in uniforms of red and blue, led by mounted officers, with flags flying and bands playing. 

Max Hastings

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Eric Hobsbawm: The Age of Extremes

The Raymond Williams Lectures

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Historian Eric Hobsbawm talks to Dai Smith about his histroy of the Twentieth Century. "It takes far greater gifts - and far greater nerve - to simplify and scintillate than to criticise and to complicate. This book displays both these admirable qualities in abundance." - New Society.

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Brendan Simms

Europe: The Struggle For Supremacy, 1453 To The Present

Hay Festival 2013, 

The story of Europe’s constantly shifting geopolitics and the peculiar circumstances that have made it both so impossible to dominate, and also so dynamic and ferocious. It is the story of a group of highly competitive and mutually suspicious dynasties, but also of a continent uniquely prone to interference from ‘semi-detached’ elements, such as Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Britain and (just as centrally to Simms’ argument) the United States. chaired by Jonathan Derbyshire.

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Rolf Srom-Olsen in conversation with Lucy Kellaway

Sense and Nonsense in the Office

Segovia 2012, 
Lucy Kellaway, management columnist at the Financial Times, author of the novel In Office Hours (Penguin) and commentator on the BBC World Service business programme Business Daily talks to Rolf Strom-Olsen, expert in contemporary history and professor of humanities at IE University and IE Business School.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. Co-organized with IE University.