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Bill McGuire

Waking The Giant

Hay Festival 2012, 
How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 

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Carolin Crawford

Cambridge Series 12 - Turbulence: the Birth and Death of Stars

Hay Festival 2012, 
The astronomer explores the science behind the glorious and complex nebulae that inhabit interstellar space.
 
In association with Cambridge University

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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.

Please click here to prebook dinner at Relish Restaurant on site.

Bill Oddie

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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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Doris Lessing talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2007, 
The writer’s latest novel The Cleft imagines a mythical society free from men.

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Annalena McAfee and Esther Freud talk to Rosie Boycott

Fictions: Insiders

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Spoiler is a dark satire of the newspaper industry set in 1997 written by the founding editor of Guardian Review. Freud’s Lucky Break is a magical chronicle of a generation of drama students in their quest for glittering prizes.
 
Read more about Annalena McAfee and Esther Freud

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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.

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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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Hay Festival Authors

Authors & Authorities: Who Do We Trust?

Kells 2013, 

Are the main institutions that structure our lives still trustworthy? The media, the church, major financial institutions – and politicians’ confidence in these institutions – are in serious decline. Hay Festival authors including Francine Stock, Gabriel Rosenstock and Lisa Dwan discuss with Google’s John Kampfner.

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Helen Fulton

Troy in Wales: Commemorating the Past in Medieval Britain

Hay Festival 2014, 

In medieval Wales, the Trojan legend became a symbol of Wales’ independent past before its colonisation by the Norman and English kings. This illustrated lecture by one of Britain’s leading medievalists reveals the nationalist agenda behind the Welsh version of the Troy story.

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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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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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Lord Butler talks to Philippe Sands QC

Power Inquiry 2

Hay Festival 2007, 
A conversation about governance with the country’s senior civil servant, and author of the Butler Inquiry, into the intelligence relating to Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

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Nicholas Parsons

How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedy legend presents a delightful portrait of the nonsensical genius and creator of The Owl and the Pussycat, The Jumblies and The Dong with the Luminous Nose.

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Mark Thompson

A Down To Earth Guide To The Cosmos

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Stargazing Live presenter takes us on a journey through space, tackling the key concepts of astronomy and unlocking the secrets of the sky, from the origins of our Universe to the ever-evolving techniques used to explore deep space. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq

Hay Festival 2008, 
Award-winning journalist Patrick Cockburn presents a revelatory portrait of the much demonised Iraqi power- broker and leader of the Mehdi militia.

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Marcus Berkmann

A Shed of One’s Own - Midlife Without The Crisis

Hay Festival 2012, 
An hilarious book about male midlife, from the inimitable humorist - author of Rain Men and Zimmer Men.

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Wings & Co: The Fairy Detective Agency

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sally Gardner and David Roberts talk and draw their way through the latest case, Operation Bunny.

6+ years

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The Story of God

Robert Winston

Hay Festival 2006, 
The eminent medic and broadcaster discusses the relationship between religion and science from primitive times to our multi-faith world.

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Jan Zalasiewicz

The Planet in a Pebble: A Journey into Earth’s Deep History

Hay Festival 2011, 
Many events in the earth’s ancient past can be deciphered from a pebble: volcanic eruptions; the lives and deaths of extinct animals and plants; the alien nature of long-vanished oceans; and transformations deep underground, including the creations of fool’s gold and of oil...

Read a review of The Planet in a Pebble

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Richard Perceval Graves

The 2010 Housman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2010, 
This year’s lecture is given by the historian and biographer of Robert Graves, TE Lawrence and AE Housman.
Richard Perceval Graves

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Peter Fallon and Vona Groarke

Kells 2013, 

Poet, editor and publisher, founder of The Gallery Press, Peter Fallon reads poems from his published works alongside award-winning poet Vona Groarke, whose collections include Spindrift, Juniper Street and Flight.

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Holly Webb

The Water Horse

Hay Festival 2015, 
When the waters start to rise, flooding the streets of Venice and causing chaos, Princess Olivia realizes that only her magic can prevent disaster befalling the city. Join bestselling author Holly Webb as she introduces her new book and takes you on a magical tour of historic Venice.
7+ years
Holly Webb

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Nigel Kennedy in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill

Hay Festival 2015, 

In an informal pre-concert interview, the violinist talks about his approach to music, his Polish band, his 1732 violin made by Carlo Bergonzi of Cremona, jazz, Villa and Vivaldi.

45 mins
Nigel Kennedy in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill

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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.