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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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Anthony Giddens

Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Reform in Europe for its 500 million citizens must go far beyond stabilising the euro, formidable and fraught though that task may be. Introducing an array of new ideas, Giddens suggests this is the time for a far-reaching rethink of the European project as a whole.

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James Campbell

Comedy For Kids

Hay Festival 2015, 
Back by popular demand, it’s James Campbell, with a show for children over six, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. James might or might not discuss scooters, Scottish country dancing and what we’ll do with all these gregarious giraffes.
6+ years
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Min Jin Lee and Julianne Pachico talk to Lena de Casparis

Fictions: Scale

Hay Festival 2017, 

Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko is an epic tale of identity and survival and love, set across four generations of a Korean family in Japan. Julianne Pachico’s stories collected as The Lucky Ones explore the riveting lives and stories of a huge range of people caught up in the violence of Colombia’s guerrilla insurgencies. They talk to Lena de Casparis of Elle magazine.

Min Jin Lee and Julianne Pachico talk to Lena de Casparis

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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.

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Vanessa Redgrave

A World I Loved

Hay Festival 2011, 
A reading from Wadad Makdisi Cortas’ haunting and beautiful memoir of Lebanon and the Middle East.

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Juliet Davenport, Sanjeev Gupta, David Phillips and Mark Linder

Close to the Brink: Our Energy Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

A UK energy crisis is looming. 38 Gigawatts is going off-line and only 18GW is currently available to replace it. That includes Hinkley Nuclear and Swansea Tidal Bay. With climate change requiring a low-carbon future, where will our energy come from? Davenport is CEO of Good Energy, Gupta is owner of Uskmouth Power Station, Phillips is National Grid's UK Generator and Asset Compliance Manager and Linder is Energy Futures Partner at Bell Pottinger PR.

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Julian Orbach

Market Halls: The Civic Cinderellas

Hay Festival 2013, 

The architectural historian and Pevsner Guide author gives an illustrated talk about these most workaday public spaces. Followed by an update on the Heritage Lottery-supported Hay Cheesemarket project by Director Juliet Noble and Heritage Activities Manager Clare Purcell.

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Abi Morgan talks to Francine Stock

Screenwriter

Hay Festival 2012, 
An interview with the screenwriter of Shame, The Iron Lady, The Hour and Birdsong.

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Catrin Stewart and Fflur Dafydd talk to Jon Gower

The Library Suicides

Winter Weekend 2015, 

The film adaptation of Fflur Dafydd’s bestselling novel Y Llyfrgell, (The Library), starring Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella), is an offbeat thriller set in the National Library of Wales. The film, directed by Euros Lyn (Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Daredevil), explores the secrets and lies at the heart of storytelling. The author and actress discuss the film and show clips with journalist and writer Jon Gower.

Catrin Stewart and Fflur Dafydd talk to Jon Gower

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Peter James talks to Marcel Berlins

Roy Grace is 10

Hay Festival 2014, 

We celebrate ten years of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, the hero of Peter James’ mega-selling crime thriller novels, and launch his latest adventure Want You Dead.

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Ben Cort

Aliens in Underpants

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the star illustrator of this series, and enjoy a visit from a very special extraterrestrial guest. Sport your best pants over your clothes - there will be prizes!
 
5-7 years

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Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

Sex, Lies and Brain Scans

Hay Festival 2017, 

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has proved to be game-changing for understanding the brain. Through fMRI, patients in a persistent vegetative states have been able to communicate, and unconscious biases have been uncovered. Join Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald as they explore how this technique could be used, and abused, in the future. Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge; Gottwald is a PhD student.

Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

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Sue Birtwistle talks to Richard Eyre

Adaptation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The producer of both Pride & Prejudice and Cranford reveals the challenges and delights of bringing Elizabeth Gaskell’s much-loved Cranford stories to the screen.

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Marina Lewycka, Patience Agbabi, David Herd and Anna Pincus

Fictions: Refugee Tales

Hay Festival 2016, 

Offered as a modern day reworking of The Canterbury Tales, this book brings together the stories of 14 refugees whose voyage to the UK has not been a journey of spiritual salvation, rather one of sheer, physical survival. The tales are retold by writers including Marina Lewycka and Patience Agbabi, and the tales are edited by the poet and teacher David Herd and Anna Pincus of the Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group.

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Harry Belafonte

Sing Your Song – Screening

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor, singer and Civil Rights activist introduces a screening of Susanne Rostock’s documentary about his life. Followed by Q&A with Francine Stock. US 2011 (107')
 

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Nicky Clayton

Cambridge Series 16: The Ape On Your Bird Table

Hay Festival 2011, 
Crows are as smart as apes. They manufacture tools, they are socially sophisticated, and they plan where to cache tomorrow’s breakfast. These findings have led to a re-evaluation of avian cognition, and resulted in a theory that intelligence evolved independently in apes and crows.

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Richard Suggett

From Castell Cricieth to Penarth Fawr

Hay Festival 2012, 
The architectural historian celebrates the poets and carpenters of late-medieval Wales.
 

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Michelle de Kretser and Amy Sackville talk to Lisa Dwan

Fictions – Boy Meets Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

De Kretser’s Questions Of Travel conjures people displaced by love and longing, and by disaster. It is infused with wit, imagination, and a deep understanding. Sackville’s Orkney plays out a curiously-matched honeymoon couple on a remote island in the north.

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Kevin Crossley Holland

Bracelet of Bones

Hay Festival 2011, 
The captivating author of the Arthur trilogy returns to Hay with his new Viking Saga. Chaired by Peter Florence.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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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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Lisa Jardine

Poetry and a Sense of History: Diving into the Wreck

Hay Festival 2006, 
In the 2006 Housman Lecture, the biographer and broadcaster argues that in every age poetry has the capacity to take us beyond our intellectual limitations in our grasp of our relationship to our history. She takes as her example Adrienne Rich's Diving into the Wreck and suggest that Rich's exploration of history and gender still has the power to make us think deeply.

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Michael Pawlyn

Architecture and Biomimicry

Hay Festival 2009, 
As part of the ‘RIBA Trust International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change’ Programme.

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Tariq Ramadan

Islam: The Essentials

Hay Festival 2017, 

Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women’s rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is – or is not. Here’s an introduction to the basics from the Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Tariq Ramadan

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Bill Oddie

Bill Oddie Unplucked

Hay Festival 2015, 

From a less-than-satisfactory press trip to the Galapagos Islands to encounters with orcas in Argentina and Iceland and an invisible tiger in India, the former Goodie and Springwatch presenter gives a humorous take on some of his experiences animal- and bird-watching around the world.

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