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Francis Pryor

The Birth of Modern Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ranging over topics as diverse as the birth of modern agriculture, the growth of towns and cities, and the development of roads, canals and railways, the historian takes us on A Journey into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 to the Present. Chaired by Michael Prodger.
 
Read an article about Francis Pryor www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/
 
 
 

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Timothy Brook

Vermeer’s Hat

Hay Festival 2011, 
A work of compelling brilliance that maps the rapidly expanding C17th world and the dawn of the global age through the work of one of its greatest painters, from the beaver-trappers of Canada and the silver mines of the Americas to Delft itself and the China seas.

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Joanna Nadin & Tamsyn Murray

Ghosts, Gossip & Glee

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the lovely authors of Buttercup Mash and My So-Called Phantom Lovelife for a chat about their new characters Buttercup Jones and Skye Thackery.
 
10+ years Rib Ticklers

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Robert Wyatt talks to Simon Reynolds

presented by Domino Recording Co.

Hay Festival 2007, 
Wyatt’s distinctive and emotive voice is instantly recognisable as an instrument of compassion, integrity and, occasionally, righteous indignation. His last studio album Cuckooland was nominated for the Mercury Prize.

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Everything Will Be Fine (and other lies I tell myself)

Hay Festival 2013, 

Cathy Brett’s stylish, funny and thought-provoking graphic novels include Verity Fibbs and Scarlett Dedd. The design lecturer and former fashion illustrator will tell you how she does it.

Duration 60 mins.

13+ years

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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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David O’Doherty and Chris Judge

Danger is Everywhere

Hay Festival 2015, 
Do you enjoy enjoyment? Do you find danger dangerous? Come and join award-winning comedian David O’Doherty and illustrator Chris Judge for a hilarious lesson in Dangerology. Inspired by the notebooks of the enigmatic and ultra-cautious Dangerologist, David and Chris prepare you for many of life’s dangers through Docter Noel Zone’s unique BSTs (Basic Safety Tips) and many other useful acronyms. Come and discover what to do if a shark comes out of the loo or a volcano erupts underneath your house. Perfect for worriers, young and old.
7+ years
David O’Doherty and Chris Judge

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Tarzan: The Savage Lands

Hay Festival 2013, 

Andy Briggs brings the Tarzan stories and the Congo alive for a new generation of readers with fascinating research material and a great story.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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Simon Scarrow

Fictions – Medieval History

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sword And Scimitar is set in 1565, Malta: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation.

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Kiran Desai and Stevie Davies talk to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Indian novelist discusses her 2006 Man Booker-winning novel The Inheritance of Loss. Davies introduces her beautiful and politically passionate The Eyrie. They talk to The Guardian's Literary Editor.

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Andrew Scull

Madness in Civilisation

Hay Festival 2015, 

A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine examines the human encounter with Unreason in all its manifestations, the challenges it poses to society and our responses to it. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

Andrew Scull

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Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Landmarc/Slipstream Debate

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Earlier this year a group of senior business leaders, third sector innovators and participants from government came together in Cardiff to launch a major new opportunity for Wales. Find out how this combines Natural Capital and Social Value to create a step change in both thinking and delivery for all sectors in Wales and join in the discussions in this open event.

Free but ticketed

Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

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Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

Misogynation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Everyday Sexism founder reflects on the true scale of the challenge to our aspirations to equality. From Weinstein to Westminster, from banter to consent, and from the President’s Club to equal pay, she makes a passionate argument for stepping back, opening our eyes and allowing ourselves to address the bigger picture.

She talks to the writer Owen Sheers, author of The Men You'll Meet.

Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

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Tishani Doshi in conversation with Malcom Otero Barral

Segovia 2010, 
The prize-winning Indian poet Tishani Doshi, who made her debut as a novelist with The Pleasure Seekers (recently published in Spanish as Los buscadores de placer), will talk to the publisher Malcom Otero Barral about the influence of her Indo-Welsh origins on her novel and about the experience of her first foray into the field of novel writing.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Daniel Morden

Greek Myths

Hay Festival 2013, 

Acclaimed storyteller Daniel Morden will bring the Greek myths to life and draw you into the world of Midas, Orpheus, Demeter and Persephone and more.

Duration 45 mins.

8+ years

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Andy Rouse

RSPB Cymru Lecture

Hay Festival 2011, 
The charismatic and irreverent superstar wildlife photographer talks about his work and shows some of his astounding images.

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Irving Finkel

The Ark Before Noah

Hay Festival 2014, 

One day in 2008 a member of the public brought a cuneiform tablet into the British Museum. Flood expert Dr Irving Finkel reveals how decoding the symbols on this 4,000-year-old piece of clay enable a radical new interpretation of the Noah’s Ark myth.

Irving Finkel

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Ian Goldin talks to Bronwen Maddox

Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of our New Renaissance

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great names of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Copernicus, Raphael and Michelangelo were the mark of an age that saw a rush of discovery, the breaking down of barriers of ignorance and a newly connected world both politically and economically. Today we have better education and resources, the rate of innovation is doubling every year and there are great leaps in science, trade, migration and technology. Goldin argues that the results this time could be greater, but the world faces many of the same dangers as Renaissance man: warring ideologies, fundamentalism, climate change and pandemic.

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Lucy Cooke

The Power of Sloth

Hay Festival 2014, 

Take a break and kick back with the author of The Power of Sloth, a celebration of the slowest, most chilled animal there is! Amazing pictures and sloth facts – you’ll be a Sloth expert in no time.

6+ years

Lucy Cooke

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Mansoura Ez Eldin, Habib Selmi and Khaled Khalifa in conversation with Fadi Tofeili

Writers and witnesses

Beirut 2012, 
These three finalists of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction are living through remarkable changes in their own countries. They join us to share thoughts about literature, social change and the role of writers, and to tell us about their recent work. Mansoura ez eldin (egypt) was shortlisted for the 2010 Arabic Booker Prize for her acclaimed second novel Beyond Paradise. She also runs the book review section of the distinguished egyptian literary magazine Akhbar al-Adab. Habib Selmi (Tunisia) has published eight novels, four of which have been translated into French with Actes Sud, and two into German. His novel The Scents of Marie-Claire was shortlisted for the 2009 IPAF, with an english translation published by Arabia Books in 2010; his book The Women of al-Basateen was also shortlisted for the IPAF in 2012. Khaled Khalifa (Syria) attracted worldwide media attention with his 2006 novel In Praise of Hatred (Madih al-Karahiya) which was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Chaired by Fadi Tofeili, editor of Portal 9.
 
Event in Arabic
With the support of IPAF

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Victoria Hislop talks to Lisa Dwan

The Thread

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist discusses her epic Greek romance set across C20th Thessaloniki. Hislop is the best-selling author of The Island, The Return and One Cretan Evening.

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Peter Snow

To War With Wellington

Hay Festival 2011, 
A profile of Britain’s greatest military commander From the Peninsula to Waterloo. Chaired by Michael Prodger.

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Javier Cercas

The Raymond Williams Lecture: The Anatomy of a Moment

Hay Festival 2011, 
In February 1981, just as Spain was finally leaving Franco’s dictatorship and during the first democratic vote in parliament for a new prime minister, Colonel Tejero and a band of right-wing soldiers burst into the Spanish parliament and began firing shots. Only three members of Congress defied the incursion and did not dive for cover. The pre-eminent Spanish novelist discusses the relationship between history and fiction. Chaired by Jon Gower.
 
Read a recent interview with Javier Cercas www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jun/15/fiction.culture

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David Beerling

Fossil Forests and Climate Crisis

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paleoclimatology Prof David Beerling, author of Emerald Planet, examines the impact of mankind’s fossil fuel burning on climate change, and maps the action needed to arrest the damage done.

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Lisa Jones, Ian Jones and Clare Dolman

Exploring the Poles: In Search of a Deeper Understanding of Bipolar Disorder

Hay Festival 2016, 

University of Worcester Series

Our ability to treat bipolar disorder is hampered by the limits of our understanding of its causes. In conversation with Clare Dolman of Bipolar UK, The Professors of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry who lead the Bipolar Disorder Research Network explore the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. They consider factors that can lead to both mania and depression, and examines recent and future advances in the treatment of this mental illness.

Lisa Jones, Ian Jones and Clare Dolman