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Alec Ryrie

Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World

Hay Festival 2017, 

500 years ago, Martin Luther challenged the authority of the Pope with a radical new vision of what Christianity could be. The revolution he set in motion has toppled governments, upended social norms, and transformed millions of people’s understanding of their relationship with God. In his dazzling global history charting five centuries of innovation and change, Ryrie makes the case that the world we live in was indelibly shaped by Protestants.

Alec Ryrie

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Richard Wyn Jones, Guy Lodge and Charlie Jeffery

Cardiff University Series 4; England And Its Two Unions

Hay Festival 2013, 

With an increasingly distinct English identity and growing demand for the political recognition of Englishness, this conversation examines English views about both the unions – UK and EU – and considers whether either or both remain sustainable. Wyn Jones, Director of Wales Governance Centre, leads a discussion with IPPR’s Guy Lodge and Charlie Jeffery, Director of Academy of Government at Edinburgh University.

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Geza Vermes

Searching for the Real Jesus

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Scrolls scholar examines perceptions of Jesus Christ through the prism of contemporary cultural representations – from The Da Vinci Code and Mel Gibson’s The Passion to Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth.
Geza Vermes

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The Great Big Animal Quiz

Hay Festival 2012, 
Do you know why bees dance or the colour of a giraffe’s tongue? Come and give yourself a noggin workout - there are prizes to be won. Bring pad and pencil. Hosted by quizmasters extraordinaire Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow.
 
8+ years

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Mark Redknap talks to Sian Lloyd

Discovered in Time

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Keeper of Archaeology at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales talks to the BBC journalist, examining the relationship between casual or amateur archaeologists and the role of museums and curators in shaping the national ‘story’.
 
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Emily Gravett

Wolf Won't Bite!

Hay Festival 2011, 
A whistle-stop tour of the two-time Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator’s favourite creations; from her adventurous meerkat to her three new cheeky little circus pigs.
 
5–7 years

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Rosa Freedman and Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

Law in the Time of Cholera: Resolving the Dispute between Haiti and the United Nations - University of Birmingham Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

UN peacekeepers are bound, at the very least, to do no harm. But what happens when the peacekeepers bring untold suffering to those they are sent to protect? In 2010 a contingent of Nepalese peacekeepers brought cholera into Haiti, a country where the disease had not existed for more than 100 years. More than 800,000 people have been infected and more than 9,000 have died. Yet no remedies have been made available to the victims, and the UN has relied on legal immunity to resist any claims being brought to court.  Freedman and Lemay-Hebert are Senior Lecturers at Birmingham University’s Law School and International Development Department.

photo courtesy of Justin Griffiths-Williams

Rosa Freedman and Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

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Liz Pichon

Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky

Hay Festival 2014, 

This brilliant and bestselling creation is laugh-out-loud funny, from the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Tom Gates is back in a brand new must-read adventure. Not to be missed!
9+ years

Liz Pichon

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Luciano Floridi

The Royal Society Platform: The Fourth Revolution

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere Is Reshaping Human Reality

As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects. We are all becoming integrated into an ‘infosphere’. Personas we adopt on social media, for example, feed into our real lives so that we begin to live in ‘onlife’. Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution. Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Timandra Harkness.

Luciano Floridi

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Diane Coyle

GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History

Hay Festival 2014, 

Why did the size of the US economy increase by three percent on one day in mid-2013? Or Ghana’s balloon by 60 percent overnight in 2010? Why did the UK financial industry show its fastest expansion ever at the end of 2008 – just as the world’s financial system went into meltdown? The answers to all these questions lie in the way we define and measure national economies around the world: Gross Domestic Product.

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Margaret Atwood

The Tent

Hay Festival 2006, 
A conversation and reading from her new short story collection.

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Gerry Gilmore

Cambridge Series 12: Past, Present and Infinite Future?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Was there anything before the beginning? Why does science claim to know the apparently unknowable? Where do I come from? What do we know about the infinite future?

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Peter Furtado talks to Oliver Balch

Histories Of Nations: How Their Identities Were Forged

Hay Festival 2013, 

An extraordinary illustrated synthesis of essays by the world’s leading historians about their own countries’ forging of identities. Each one attempts to define the characteristics that embody its sense of nationhood. The countries, large and small, have been selected to represent every continent and every type of state, and range from mature democracies to religious autocracies and one-party states.

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Geekhood And Geek Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

Former actor Andy Robb and former model Holly Smale are seriously geeky at heart. Hear about their books Geekhood and Geek Girl and discover where you figure on the geek spectrum.

9+ years

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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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Emma Barrett and Sian Williams talk to Rajan Datar

Risk and Resilience

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about risk and resurgence. Barrett is the co-author of Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits, which examines what we can learn from people who embrace high-risk work and life and are attuned to survival. Sian Williams, one the nation’s most trusted broadcasters, is also a trauma assessor. She is the author of Rise: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma (embargoed until 30 May).

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Jan Blake with Kouame and Raymond Sereba

The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and the Lion of Manding – Part 1

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire in West Africa, is one of the most exciting birth-of-a-hero tales in the world. Featuring hunters, kings, prophecy, a buffalo woman, a jealous first wife, curses, insults, and acts of honour, this passionate and inspiring tale is the beloved story of the origin of a nation. Part 2 tomorrow - see event 393.

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José María Beneyto and Gianni Buiquicchio in conversation with José Manuel Calvo

What is the future of democracy in Europe?

Segovia 2013, 

The economic crisis has shown the fragility of institutions and the need for stronger citizen participation.  It has also demonstrated a generation of civil society aware of the importance of European culture and of defending human rights. José María Beneyto, writer, lawyer and vice-president of the European Council, deals with these topics with the President of Venice Commission, Gianni Buiquicchio, in a conversation moderated by José Manuel Calvo, subdirector and chief of Op-Ed in EL PAÍS.


Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.


Co-organized with European Council.

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Claudia Piñeiro, Mario Mendoza and Santiago Gamboa with Juan David Correa

How to tell a crime

Cartagena 2012, 
Claudia Piñeiro, winner of the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize 2005, is author of Betibú, a story that focuses on the investigation of a crime while painting a picture of Argentina. Mario Mendoza is author of Apocalipsis, a journey through the byways of body and spirit. Santiago Gamboa won the 2009 La Otra Orilla Prize for Necrópolis, a work that describes a universe immersed in violence and destruction. They will talk to the journalist Juan David Correa.

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Matthew Stevens, Louise Miskell and Sam Blaxland talk with Martin Johnes

Welsh Legends…Or Are They Myths?

Hay Festival 2017, 

The panel questions three of the big legends in Wales. They start with the image of medieval Wales as a nation conquered by England and then briefly set free by Owain Glyndwr. Stevens argues that the Welsh were a people rather than a single nation and that Glyndwr was no national redeemer. The second legend is modern Wales as a land made by coal. Miskell looks at how Welsh industry was far more diverse than this in the late 19th century. The third legend is the idea of Wales as a victim of Conservative oppression. Blaxland shows how the Tories have always enjoyed a strong base of Welsh support and argues that they were key architects of the devolved Welsh state.

Matthew Stevens, Louise Miskell and Sam Blaxland talk with Martin Johnes

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Ben Okri

Wild

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Booker Prize-winning author of The Famished Road presents his first book of poems for 13 years. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Sara Kestelman, Jonjo O'Neill, Clemency Burton-Hill, Sean McCann and Peter Florence

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: The Shakespeare Show, Live!

Hay Festival 2016, 

An hour of the most important speeches and sonnets written by the greatest writer of all time.

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Robin Hanbury-Tenison

The Oxford Book of Exploration

Hay Festival 2010, 
The adventurer gathers the words of those who changed the world through their pioneering search for new lands, new peoples and new experiences, from Vasco de Gama, Magellan and Cook to Thesiger and Livingstone.

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Charlie English

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2017, 

A medieval centre of learning, Hay’s twin-town was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology to astronomy. When al-Qaeda–linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. This is their story. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Cartes Postales from Greece

Hay Festival 2017, 

The beloved, bestselling author’s new novel is illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind. Hislop’s other Greek novels include The Island and The Thread.

Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith