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Monty Halls

The Fisherman's Apprentice

Hay Festival 2012, 
The story of our fishermen's fight for survival, told from firsthand experience. Accompanying the BBC 2 series of the same name, Monty spends a year working as a fisherman from Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall, the last defiant outpost of Britain's traditional fishing industry. Through relentless labour of working on his own boat and the drama of great spiralling storms, Monty experiences a way of life that is quietly dying. Exploring the impact of industrial scale trawling on our small-scale fishing industry, with consumer advice on how we can save it and sustain it for the future, this is the story of British fishing today.

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Roger Lovegrove

Islands Beyond The Horizon

Hay Festival 2013, 

The naturalist explores some of the remotest places on earth, examining the islands’ biodiversity and the impact of human habitation on their wildlife and ecosystems.

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Beast Quest Duel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Calling all courageous questors! Six mystical beasts are guarding magical golden armour for the evil wizard Malvel. Help the good wizard Aduro solve cryptic puzzles in this interactive event and free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell. Exclusive goodies await the valiant.
 
7+ years

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The Media and Carbon Reduction

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Executive Editor of The Guardian, Jo Confino, and Sky Communications Director Matthew Anderson discuss how their respective organizations are dealing withcarbon reduction and sustainability.

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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Hay Festival 2011, 
The hilarious and inspiring story of one man’s unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book. A comic masterpiece.

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Tahmina Anam & Sonia Faleiro talk to Rosie Boycott

It’s All True

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beautiful Thing, one of the most original works of non-fiction from India in years, is a vivid and intimate portrait of one reporter’s journey into the dark, pulsating and ultimately damaged soul of Bombay.

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Derek Niemann

Birds In A Cage

Hay Festival 2013, 

The remarkable untold story of a group of POWs who, through a shared love of birds, overcame hunger, hardship and boredom to bring purpose and dignity to their lives behind barbed wire. Under the gaze of Nazi guards, they founded a secret bird-watching society, and their legacy lives on in institutions such as the RSPB and the British Wildlife Trust.

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Hanif Kureishi talks to Tiffany Murray

Budapest 2012, 
The playwright, novelist (The Buddha of Suburbia, Something to Tell You) and film-maker (The Mother, The Black Album, My Son the Fanatic, Venus) discusses his work with the author of Diamond Star Halo.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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David Howell

Out of the Energy Labyrinth

Hay Festival 2007, 
Thatcher’s former Energy Secretary (1979–1981) argues that the climate change debate is on the wrong track to a low carbon future and that energy security is the worldwide key.

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 6

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

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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.

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Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge

Magna Carta Uncovered

Hay Festival 2015, 

The 1215 Runnymede Charter was both radical, in the way subjects tried to limit the power and conduct of government, and conservative, in following the form of Anglo Saxon Charters and trying to return government to the ways of early Norman and Angevin kings. The QC and the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales examine what brought King John to the table, and the impact it’s had on the law of the land.

Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge

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Tom Fletcher talks to Katrin Bennhold

Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age

Hay Festival 2016, 

In the next hundred years, the world will need to deal with the same amount of social development witnessed in the past 43 centuries – the rebirth of the city state, the battle for new energy, disappearing borders, the desire of the world’s people to move to developed nations. The former ambassador explores the core principles of a progressive C21st foreign policy: how to balance interventionism and national interest, and to use global governance to achieve national objectives. He discusses smart power, soft power and the new interventionism alongside lessons from the most notorious leaders and diplomats across the world including Talleyrand, Kissinger, Mandela and the Kennedys.

A former frontman, teacher, boxer and salesman, at 36 Tom Fletcher became the youngest senior British ambassador for 200 years. He pioneered using new technology to connect with people across a Middle East in upheaval. He is now a Professor of International Relations, and a campaigner for global education, the creative industries and coexistence.

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Cricket

Shehan Karunatikala, Kamila Shamsie and Khademul Islam chaired by Sandip Roy

Dhaka 2012, 
Shehan Karunatikala's novel Chinaman is about a legendary cricketer; Kamila Shamsie is a member of the Author's Cricket Club, and Khademul Islam is a lifelong fan of the sport. They talk about the allure of the game with Sandip Roy.

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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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Katherine Quarmby

Scapegoat – Why We Are Failing Disabled People

Hay Festival 2011, 
The campaigning journalist traces the history of disability and our discomfort with disabled people, from Greek and Roman culture through the Industrial Revolution and the origins of Britain’s asylum system to the eugenics movement and the Holocaust, ‘Ugly Laws’ and ‘Community Care’.

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Alan Kitching talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

A Life in Letterpress

Hay Festival 2016, 

Kitching is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. Spanning more than 50 years, his new, lavishly illustrated monograph leads us from Kitching’s first typographical experiments under the auspices of mentor Anthony Froshaug to his iconic creations at The Typography Workshop. It showcases his most colourful and expressive pieces, including his prolific work for the Guardian, the National Theatre, British Library, Tate Modern, Penguin Books and Royal Mail. He talks to Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Oliver Jeffers

Hay Festival 2014, 
Enjoy live drawing and storytelling with Oliver Jeffers. Born in Australia, raised in Belfast, Oliver now lives in Brooklyn and brings some NYC cool to Hay while celebrating the 10th anniversary of How To Catch a Star, and a brand new Hueys book, None the Number, in which the Hueys have an important question about counting…
6+ years
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Conspiracies

Anis Ahmed and Mohammed Hanif talk to Sameer Rahim

Dhaka 2012, 
Mohammed Hanif is the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes, a dark, funny novel about the assassination of Ziaul Haque. Anis Ahmed's debut collection, Good Night, Mr Kissinger features a man faced with opportunity to kill Henry Kissinger. Moderated by The Telegraph, UK's Sameer Rahim.

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Emily Perkins and Jhumpa Lahiri

Hay Festival 2008, 
The dazzling New Zealand writer launches her compelling Novel About My Wife. The Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer Lahiri launches her new collection Unaccustomed Earth. Chaired by Ariane Koek of the Arvon Foundation.

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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.

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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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Susan Gathercole

Cambridge Series 5: Working Memory in the Here and Now

Hay Festival 2016, 

Working memory allows us to hold information in mind. How does this influence our everyday lives? Professor Gathercole is Unit Director at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

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Roy Hattersley

The Devonshires

Hay Festival 2013, 

The story of the Cavendish family and the first eight Dukes of Devonshire is the story of England. From 1381, when Sir John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England, was killed during the Peasant’s Revolt, to 1906, when the Duke of Devonshire’s resignation brought down the Tory government, the family’s fortunes and misfortunes mirrored the life of the nation.

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Revel Guest in conversation with Richard Cruz

Caballo de Batalla / War Horse

Segovia 2012, 
Revel Guest, chair of the Hay Festival and producer of the film War Horse based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, in conversation with Richard Cruz, the stunt co-ordinator and horse master who trained the horses for the film. Chaired by Carlos del Amo, editor of entertainment at Agencia Efe.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.