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Norma Percy talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Can TV Make History?

Hay Festival 2011, 
A discussion with the pre-eminent international affairs documentary film-maker whose meticulous work includes The Death of Yugoslavia, Iran and the West, Israel and the Arabs, Elusive Peace and The Fall of Milosevic.
 

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Martin Kemp

Art in History 600BC–2000AD

Hay Festival 2015, 

Art has always been part of history. But we often think of it as outside history. When we look at a painting by Raphael, Rembrandt or Rubens it speaks to us directly, but it’s also an historical document, part of a living world. The Oxford art historian takes us on an extraordinary trip through art, from devotional works to the revolutionary techniques of the Renaissance, from the courtly Masters of the C17th through to the daring avant-garde of the C20th and beyond.

Martin Kemp

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Simon Pearson

The Great Escaper

Hay Festival 2014, 

Roger Bushell was ‘Big X’, mastermind of the mass breakout from Stalag Luft III in March 1944, immortalised in the Hollywood film The Great Escape. Through exclusive access to his private papers – as well as fascinating new research from other sources – journalist Pearson has now written the first biography of this iconic figure. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Christopher Lloyd

Magna Carta and the Story of Freedom

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Christopher Lloyd on an epic ride through eight centuries in the fight for freedoms and liberties, from the sealing of Magna Carta by King John in 1215, to the present day. Using a giant eight-metre-long timeline, Christopher will stop off at 10 key moments in the last 800 years, showing how today’s ideas of freedom and liberty have emerged through time.
8+ years
Christopher Lloyd

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HAY JOVEN: Javier Cercas en conversación con Guido Tamayo

Cartagena 2013, 
El escritor español Javier Cercas, ganador del Premio Nacional de Narrativa 2010, hablará sobre su última novela, Las leyes de la frontera, con el escritor Guido Tamayo.

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Simon Thirsk and Tessa Hadley

Fictions: Dragons

Hay Festival 2011, 
Hadley’s The London Train is a remarkable portrayal of a man and woman whose lives collide on the Cardiff to London train. In Thirsk’s Not Quite White, the young Jon Bull is sent by Westminster to Wales’ last remaining Welsh-speaking town to see why all attempts to bring it into the twenty-first century have failed. Chaired by Anita Sethi.

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Simon Schama, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jennifer Clement, Andrés Neuman, Cristina Fuentes

Gabriel García Márquez, 1927–2014

Hay Festival 2014, 

Celebrating the life and work of the Colombian writer, founder of the Foundation for New Journalism, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, News of a Kidnapping and Love in the Time of Cholera. He won the Nobel Prize in 1982 and was the Patron of Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias.

Simon Schama, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jennifer Clement, Andrés Neuman, Cristina Fuentes

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Paulo Coelho talks to Mick Brown

Hay Festival 2002, 
A rare opportunity to meet the author of The Alchemist, The Devil and Miss Prym, The Fifth Mountain, By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, and Veronika Decides to Die. The Brazilian novelist talks to Mick Brown, author of The Spiritual Tourist.

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Cressida Cowell

Dragon Training and The Wizards of Once

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Festival favourite author/illustrator returns to talk about How to Train Your Dragon, and give the Hay audience a sneak peek of her first new project in 18 years. Fantasy, magical adventure The Wizards of Once will be published in September. Cressida will read an exclusive extract and show illustrations. The ‘world-conquering’ How to Train Your Dragon (also a film and TV series) has sold eight million copies worldwide and is on Hay’s list of 30 books for 30 years. Unmissable!

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Cressida Cowell

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Afua Hirsch talks to Amy Ansell

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Hay Festival 2018, 

Where are you really from? You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking you where you are from? Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.

Ansell is Dean of Liberal Arts at Emerson College, and author of New Right, New Racism: Race and Reaction in the United States and Britain.

Afua Hirsch talks to Amy Ansell

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Alison and Laurence Matthews

Zoom Control

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Reimagine life and work and look again at your preconceptions. Learn to spot Trojan Horse assumptions by looking at the really big picture. It’s liberating, simple and inspiring – and might unlock a saner future. ‘Hopeful, realistic and original’ – Rowan Williams.

Alison and Laurence Matthews

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Cow Girl

Hay Festival 2014, 

Home is where the herd is. Cow Girl is a dairy-inspired debut set in Wales, from Giancarlo Gemin. A heartwarming tale of friendship, community, family…and cows. You won’t see the bovine beasts in quite the same way ever again.
9+ years

Cow Girl

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David Reynolds

Cambridge University Series 3: The Great War and the Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2014, 

Re-examining the differing impacts of WWI on Britain, Ireland and the United States, The Long Shadow throws light on the whole of the last century and demonstrates that the First World War is a conflict from which Britain, more than any other nation, is still recovering.

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Andrew Robinson

Sudden Genius? Mozart and Marie Curie

Hay Festival 2011, 
Insight into two of the ten arts and sciences lives featured in his revelatory study of The Gradual Path to Creative Breakthroughs. Robinson is also the author of the Genius book in the Very Short Introductions series.

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Jonny Duddle

Gigantosaurus

Hay Festival 2014, 

Bonehead, the dino-kid lookout, raises so many false alarms that when the scary Gigantosaurus really appears, his friends may not believe him… High-energy fun from the exuberant Jonny Duddle.
4+ years

Jonny Duddle

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David Beerling

Fossil Forests and Climate Crisis

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paleoclimatology Prof David Beerling, author of Emerald Planet, examines the impact of mankind’s fossil fuel burning on climate change, and maps the action needed to arrest the damage done.

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Rose Tremain

Fictions – The American Lover

Hay Festival 2015, 

The award-winning novelist, author of Restoration, The Road Home, Music and Silence, and The Colour, awakens the senses in this diverse collection of short stories. In her precise yet sensuous style she lays bare the soul of her characters– the admirable, the embarrassing, the unfulfilled, the sexy and the adorable – to uncover a dazzling range of human emotions and desires. She reads, and talks to Peter Florence.

Rose Tremain

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Jo Smith

The Shape We’re In: Building Good Mental and Emotional Health

Hay Festival 2016, 

University of Worcester Series

The hyper-accelerated culture of the C21st presents many challenges for our mental and physical wellbeing. The consultant clinical psychologist explores positive strategies for handling life’s challenges, from taking care of your physical health to building strong relationships with those around you and developing coping strategies for negative moments.

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Chris Woods and Chris Hunter talk to Oliver Bullough

Homeland Security?

Hay Festival 2015, 

How are wars conducted today? What happens when you only see your enemy onscreen or driving past an IED? And what effect does digital warfare have on the long-term security of the West? Woods is the author of Sudden Justice – America’s Secret Drone Wars. The investigative journalist charts the deployment of the CIA Predator drones for targeted counterterrorism killings in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. He challenges with damning evidence the assertion that drones minimize civilian casualties and are ‘the most precise weapon ever invented’. Major Hunter is the author of Eight Lives Down and Extreme Risk. He was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his work in Iraq as a bomb disposal operative.

Chris Woods and Chris Hunter talk to Oliver Bullough

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Sol Campbell talks to Jasper Rees

Not a Normal Memoir

Hay Festival 2014, 

The authorised biography of the Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender is a frank and often blistering account of a life lived between the soaring heights of celebrity football and the despairing depths of personal trauma. He talks to the author of Wenger.

Sol Campbell talks to Jasper Rees

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Julia Golding

Magical Creatures, Perilous Pirates

Hay Festival 2012, 
The super-star scribbler of The Glass Swallow, the Companions Quartet and the Cat Royal series takes us on a whistle stop tour of her fantastical worlds. With hints and tips on how to write your own fantasy adventures along the way.
 
9+ yrs

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Mark Hudson

Titian: The Last Days

Hay Festival 2010, 
Towards the end of his life the artist didn’t finish his paintings. Created with the fingers as much as the brush, the last paintings are imbued with a sense of final desperate effort – a rawness and immediacy that weren’t to be seen again in art for centuries. How did it come to this? And what happened to the paintings?
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Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Transport Futures

Hay Festival 2017, 

Spowers is the Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple, whose goal is simple – to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport. Spowers, Clancy and their team have created Rasa, a super-efficient, hydrogen-powered car. They are joined by Will Vaughan, CEO of Hereford Pedicabs and Cargo, who provide financially and environmentally sustainable services by bike – including parcel delivery, trade waste recycling, inner city advertising and pedicab hire.

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

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Robbert Dijkgraaf

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton replays and updates his predecessor, Abraham Flexner’s classic 1939 treatise, which describes a great paradox of scientific research: the search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs.

Robbert Dijkgraaf

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Animal Adventures

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sarah Lean’s debut A Dog Called Homeless went down a storm with Morpurgo fans. Learn how she creates her stories and join in with some ideas of your own.

8+ years