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TJ Hughes in conversation with Simon Jenkins

Wales's Best One Hundred Churches

Hay Festival 2007, 
Often in a landscape spiritually charged, Welsh churches tell us about medieval times, the Age of Saints that came before, and of the pagan Celtic times before that.

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Ben Shephard

The Long Road Home

Hay Festival 2010, 
Surprisingly early in the Second World War – long before an Allied victory was assured – people began to plan for its aftermath, haunted by memories of what had happened a generation earlier when millions more civilians were killed by disease and starvation after the conflict was over.

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Bill Davies, Chris Monaghan, Penny Darbyshire, David Shaw and Toby Hooper

Enemies of the People? - University of Worcester Series 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

Judges have blocked Presidential executive orders in the US and corrected the legality of the Prime Minister’s parliamentary Article 50 procedures in the UK. What should the constitutional role of the courts be in maintaining a proper balance of power in a modern democracy? Professor Penny Darbyshire is from Kingston Law School, Bill Davies is Head of the School of Law and Chris Monaghan is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Worcester, David Shaw is the former Chief Constable of West Mercia Police and they are joined by retired judge, Toby Hooper QC.

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Jerry Brotton

Reformations 14: Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of This Orient Isle asks how we understand Shakespeare in a global world when his language seems more remote than ever. Drawing on his recent involvement in international productions of Macbeth and Othello he explains how Shakespearean character and language is created through rehearsal and stage action. He concludes by arguing that schools should stop studying the plays as words on the page but instead rehearse and perform them however they can.  

Jerry Brotton

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Rosie Boycott

Reformations 13: Food

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our food system is in crisis: soaring rates of obesity and diet related ill-health, environmental degradation and escalating greenhouse gas emissions as well as record levels of waste which deny food to the hungry. How do we create a system that enables all citizens to eat affordable, healthy food regardless of where they live and what they earn?  Could Brexit create a solution? Is a Food Act an answer?  Boycott proposes a complete reimagining of how we farm, how we shop and how we eat. Rosie Boycott chairs the Mayor of London’s food policy unit. Chaired by Dan Saladino, presenter/producer of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

Rosie Boycott

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Margaret Atwood

The Waterstone's Lecture

Hay Festival 1995, 
To celebrate the publication of her first collection of new poetry for over a decade, the Canadian writer talks about her writing and the Genesis of her poems in Morning in the Burned House, which draw on classical and popular myth and the more personal concerns of love and the death of her father. "Atwiid brings all the violence of mythology into the present world...she is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent... who pits herself against the ordered, too clean world like an arsonist" - Michael Ondaatje."

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Raffaello Pantucci

We Love Death as You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Terrorists

Hay Festival 2015, 

As Mohammed Siddique Khan led his group of fellow-believers into London on the morning of 7 July 2005 it is unlikely that they were thinking much beyond the immediate impact of their actions. Driven by anger at the West’s treatment of Muslims worldwide, ideas fed to them by foreign extremists, and a sense of extreme rejection of the society in which they were born, they sought to reshape the world in an image they thought would be pleasing to God. Pantucci offers an insight into the motivations behind Khan and his group, as well as the hundreds of young British Muslims who have been drawn by jihadist ideas to fight on battlefields at home and abroad. Pantucci is Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

Raffaello Pantucci

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Shireen Jilla and Mark Watson talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – Couples

Hay Festival 2015, 

Jilla explores friendships unravelling and ravelling as old university friends set out on a Kalahari journey in The Art of Unpacking your Life. Graham, the concierge of Watson’s novel Hotel Alpha, has been behind the front desk since the day the hotel opened and has witnessed every stage of its history. Chaz, the founder’s blind adopted son, has almost never ventured outside its walls. Both of them view the Alpha as their sanctuary, the place that gives them everything they need. But both of them must now accept that the Alpha no longer offers them the life they most want…

Shireen Jilla and Mark Watson talk to Georgina Godwin

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Dan Smith and Paul Dowswell

Big Game and Bomber

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nail-biting tension and compelling storytelling feature in both these books, delivering an edge-of-the-seat reading experience. Dan Smith’s Big Game, recently brought to the big screen, stars a young hero hunting in a Finnish wilderness, who stumbles upon an escape pod from a burning airplane. Soon he and the President of the United States are on the run from terrorists. Paul Dowswell’s Bomber is the meticulously-researched story of a young gunner in WW2 whose dreams of flying turn into nightmares as the Nazis sweep over Europe and war rages. Share the thrills and the tension, and get some top writing tips from these two masters of their craft.
10+ years
Dan Smith and Paul Dowswell

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Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow

Action Dogs

Hay Festival 2012, 
When killer cats are clawing for world domination it’s time to unleash man’s best friend. Join this dastardly duo to discover all about killer kitty Katmanchew and the brave Action Dogs with gadgets galore to hand (or paw).
 
8+ years

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Monty Don and Derry Moore

Paradise Gardens

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrates Heaven on Earth. The gardener Monty Don and acclaimed photographer Derry Moore set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world. From the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain to a Mughal garden in Bradford, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, they present a glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth.

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Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

Misogynation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Everyday Sexism founder reflects on the true scale of the challenge to our aspirations to equality. From Weinstein to Westminster, from banter to consent, and from the President’s Club to equal pay, she makes a passionate argument for stepping back, opening our eyes and allowing ourselves to address the bigger picture.

She talks to the writer Owen Sheers, author of The Men You'll Meet.

Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

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Albert Mazibuko

SONGLINES SERIES 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
Albert Mazibuko of Ladysmith Black Mambazo talks to Simon Broughton

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William Cohan

Money and Power

Hay Festival 2011, 
The skinny on Goldman Sachs – heavily embargoed until publication. Hmmm.

Duration 45 minutes.

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Oliver James

Creating a Sane Society

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author of Affluenza, How Not To F*** Them Up and Britain on the Couch examines what effect ‘the new austerity’ may have on the ways in which people perceive themselves, their aspirations, relationships and professional lives.

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Roy Strong talks to Peter Florence

Self Portrait As A Young Man

Hay Festival 2013, 

The makings of the man from a North London suburb into one of the most charismatic, voluptuary sensibilities of the C20th arts world. Strong has a revolutionary style of museum directing, ahead-of-trend fashion elegance, a wicked diary style and an inspiring way with history.

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Yuval Noah Harari

The Sapiens Secret of Success: How Humans Conquered the World

Hay Festival 2015, 

How did humans turn themselves from insignificant African apes into the rulers of planet earth? Our secret of success is that we are the only animals that can talk about things that exist purely in our own imagination, such as gods, nations, money, and human rights.

Yuval Noah Harari

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Peter James talks to Marcel Berlins

Roy Grace is 10

Hay Festival 2014, 

We celebrate ten years of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, the hero of Peter James’ mega-selling crime thriller novels, and launch his latest adventure Want You Dead.

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John Swenson-Wright

Cambridge University Series 11

Hay Festival 2014, 

North Korea: The Perennial Crisis State

What does North Korea want? The Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House talks about the developing crisis surrounding the government rhetoric and the military activities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

John Swenson-Wright

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Cathy Cassidy

Hay Festival 2014, 
The much-loved author introduces the newest delicious addition to The Chocolate Box Girls series: Sweet Honey. Cathy is an award-winning author who writes about difficult subjects in a touching yet humorous way – and offers tips on friendship, daydreaming and chocolate.
8+ years
Cathy Cassidy

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Gary Northfield

The Big Draw

Hay Festival 2015, 
Gary Northfield, cartoonist for The Phoenix, Beano, Dandy and Horrible Histories, is joined by special guests to stage a Big Draw with plenty of noisy audience interaction.
7+ years
Gary Northfield

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Louis de Bernières talks to Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses A Partisan’s Daughter, his superb 1970s love story about a bored husband and a Yugoslav Scheherazade.

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Devi Sridhar

Governing Global Health

Hay Festival 2017, 

Governments, NGOs and corporations collaborate across the world on campaigns to respond to global health issues such as AIDS, Ebola, SARS and malaria. But how do you regulate these PPPs (private-public partnerships)? The Edinburgh academic and her co-author, Chelsea Clinton, analyse the accountability, effectiveness and sustainability of the biggest campaigns. Chaired by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.

Devi Sridhar

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Mike Figgis talks to Ariane Koek

Digital Film-making

Hay Festival 2007, 
The director (Leaving Las Vegas, The Sopranos, Timecode) teaches aspiring cineastes how to get the best from easily available digital technology.

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Dragomán György talks to Kollár Árpád

Budapest 2012, 
The award-winning translator and novelist discusses his works A pusztítás könyve (The Book of Destruction) and A fehér király (The White King).
 
Hungarian with simultaneous translation into English