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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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Anabel Inge talks to Sameer Rahim

The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion

Hay Festival 2017, 

Many young British women are actively choosing to embrace Salafism’s (or Wahhabism’s) literalist beliefs and strict regulations, including heavy veiling, wifely obedience and seclusion from non-related men. How do these young women reconcile such demands with their desire for university education, fulfilling careers and loving relationships? Drawing on more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork in London, Inge examines the attractions of Salafism.

Anabel Inge talks to Sameer Rahim

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Laura Bates

Plan International UK: Because I am a Girl

Hay Festival 2017, 

The global children’s charity introduces the world’s biggest campaign for girls’ rights. The founder of the Everyday Sexism project shares her story and talks about barriers facing girls today in the UK and around the world: from online trolling to period poverty and gender stereotypes. Join the conversation and explore what it means to be a girl today.

Laura Bates

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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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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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Bodyguard: Hostage

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Chris Bradford, author of the bestselling Young Samurai books introduces his brand new series, Bodyguard, aimed at fans of Cherub and Alex Rider.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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Shaun Hill talks to Matthew Norman

True Taste Chefs of Wales 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Michelin-starred chef-patron of the legendary Walnut Tree near Abergavenny, in conversation with the food critic of The Daily Telegraph.

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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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Norman Foster, Elena Ochoa Foster, Mauricio Vicent and David Trueba

Segovia 2014, 

The publishing house Ivorypress presents its latest book Havana, Autos and Architecture which is inspired by various trips British architect Norman Foster made to Havana, the capital of Cuba. It also focuses on the Cuban passion for classic cars. This event features Mauricio Vicent,who wrote the book, film director David Trueba, architect Norman Foster and the founder and director of Ivorypress, Elena Ochoa Foster.


Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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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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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Antifragile

Hay Festival 2013, 

The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How To Live In A World We Don’t Understand.

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Bryan Webb

Michelin Wales: Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Chef-patron, formerly of Hilaire in London, was awarded his first Michelin star this year. He introduces some of his signature dishes.
Bryan Webb

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Tony Juniper talks to Rosie Boycott

How many lightbulbs does it take to change the planet?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Director of Friends of the Earth presents his 95 ways to save the planet with missionary zeal.

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Charity Gala

Hay Festival 2008, 
Festival favourite Sandi Toksvig MCs this year’s Variety rattle-bag of ideas, arguments, stories and poetry. Full line-up will be announced on 24 May.

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Lyndall Gordon with Emily Woof

Lives Like Loaded Guns

Hay Festival 2010, 
The biographer sees the great poet as ‘a soul at white heat’ as she explores Emily Dickinson and her family’s feuds. With readings by actress Emily Woof.

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Nicky Gumbel talks to Dylan Jones

Alpha Male

Hay Festival 2014, 

Over the last twenty years, the vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton has developed the Alpha Course into one of Christianity’s biggest successes. He discusses his faith and mission with the editor of GQ.

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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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Ian Bostridge talks to Tom Service

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

Hay Festival 2015, 

Franz Schubert’s Winterreise is one of the most powerful and enigmatic masterpieces in Western culture. One of the work’s finest interpreters, Bostridge, focuses on the context, resonance and personal significance of a work that is possibly the greatest landmark in the history of Lieder. He unpicks the enigmas and subtle meaning of each of the twenty-four songs to explore for us the world Schubert inhabited, bringing the work and its world alive for connoisseurs and new listeners alike.

Ian Bostridge talks to Tom Service

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Hani Shukrallah, Tom Fletcher and Elham Saudi in conversation with Samir Elbahaie

Google Debates 2; From Dictatorship To Democracy: A Not-so-easy Journey

Beirut 2013, 

The end of a dictatorship is always something to be celebrated, but how do you move from an authoritarian regime to a democratic society? Hani Shukrallah (Egypt), Tom Fletcher (UK) and Elham Saudi (Libya) discuss the ‘road to democracy’ with Samir Elbahaie (Egypt).

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Melvyn Bragg

William Tyndale

Hay Festival 2018, 

On the morning of 6 October 1536, a frail scholar was taken from a dungeon in the castle at Vilvoorde, just north of Brussels. Armed guards kept the crowds at bay as he was led through the streets of the small town. He was to be burned. He was allowed a few moments of prayer. As a priest, prayer had been the keystone of his faith. After the brief pause, he walked up the steps to be tied to the cross. As he waited for the flames, he called out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” This was Willi Tyndale, the man whose translation of the New Testament and much of the Old Testament was to bring about more profound changes to the English-speaking world over the next five centuries than the works of any other man in its history.

Melvyn Bragg

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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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Frank Close

Neutrino

Hay Festival 2011, 
What are these most enigmatic particles in the universe? And how may they have shaped the balance between matter and anti-matter?

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Anne Sebba and Juliet Nicolson talk to Lorna Bradbury

Not the Queen of England

Hay Festival 2012, 
The authors of the biography That Woman - The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and the novel Abdication look at the characters and events that eventually led to the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Matt and Dave

Yuck

Hay Festival 2010, 
Get ready for a total gross-out with the creators of the muckiest, yuckiest, naughtiest tales EVER!
 
6–10 years