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Richard Greatrex talks to David Gritten

StillFilm

Hay Festival 2012, 
The BAFTA-winning cinematographer (Shakespeare in Love, A Knight’s Tale) shows and discusses his 17-minute re-imagining of Owen Sheers’ novel Resistance captured in still photographs.

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Gill Lewis and Julia Green

Animal Adventures

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Gill Lewis, bestselling author of Skyhawk and Moonbear, and novelist Julia Green as they talk about their new books, Scarlet Ibis and Seal Island. They share lots of interesting animal facts and stories about how animals bring people together in some very special places.
7+ years

Gill Lewis and Julia Green

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Leila Guerriero en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Evento Gatopardo. Crónicas de América Latina.

Cartagena 2015, 
Leila Guerriero es periodista, editora de la revista Gatopardo para el Cono Sur, directora de la colección Mirada Crónica de Tusquets Argentina y autora de aclamados libros de crónica periodística como Frutos extraños o Una historia sencilla. El periodista Felipe Restrepo Pombo es director de Gatopardo y autor de libros como 16 retratos excéntricos, en el que recopila entrevistas a destacadas personalidades de la cultura contemporánea. Juntos charlarán sobre el nuevo periodismo latinoamericano y sus experiencias en la revista Gatopardo.

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Ben Salfield, Jon Salfield and Simon Stanton

Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the first of two fusion concerts at Hay on Friday 30 May, the world music ensemble play a concert of exciting works that tap into the Middle Eastern heritage of the lute and the driving rhythms of Flamenco. The two virtuosi brothers on lute and guitar are joined by Stanton’s exquisite percussion, creating a spectacular sound palette for this East–West fusion of classical traditions and contemporary improvisation.

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John Humphries talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1998, 
The BBC Today Programme's hard man inquisitor discusses dialogue, the language of politics, and Michael Heseltine's hair with the BBC World anchor presenter.

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Simone Cuff

Could Viruses Be Good For You? - Cardiff University Series 1

Hay Festival 2017, 

We all know that ’flu is bad for you. And Ebola. And Zika.  Why on earth are there so many viruses that cause such terrible diseases? And what does current research teach us about the fascinating rabbit-hole that is the world of virology?

Simone Cuff

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Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

The Lost Words

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The creators of this year’s most staggeringly beautiful book read and present their collaboration. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – dandelion, otter, bramble, acorn – all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Macfarlane and Morris offer a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustrations by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

The Lost Words is our Hay Festival Book of the Year 2017

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Katrine Marçal

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?

Hay Festival 2015, 

When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life ‘economic man’. But every night Adam Smith’s mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that’s because their labour is worth less. How could it be otherwise? Marçal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.

Katrine Marçal

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Tiffany Jenkins

Keeping Their Marbles

Hay Festival 2016, 

The fabulous collections housed in the world’s most famous museums are trophies from an imperial age. Now the countries from which these treasures came would like them back. The Greek demand for the return of the Elgin Marbles is the tip of an iceberg that includes claims for the Benin Bronzes from Nigeria, sculpture from Turkey, scrolls and porcelain taken from the Chinese Summer Palace, textiles from Peru, the bust of Nefertiti, Native American sacred objects and Aboriginal human remains. Jenkins investigates why repatriation claims have soared in recent decades and shows that sending artefacts back will not achieve the desired social change nor repair the wounds of history. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Tiffany Jenkins

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David Crystal

By Hook or by Crook: A Journey in Search of English

Hay Festival 2007, 
The vaudevillian Linguistics Prof browses Britain celebrating the treasures of our language and culture.

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Adam Nicolson

The Gentry

Hay Festival 2012, 
The writer introduces his sweeping, epic history of England told through the stories of 14 families down 700 years.

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Simon Blackburn talks to Rosie Boycott

Cambridge University Series 7

Hay Festival 2014, 

Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love

Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in others. The vain are by turns annoying or absurd, offending us whether they are blissfully oblivious or proudly aware of their behaviour. But are narcissism and vanity really as bad as they seem? Can we avoid them even if we try?

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Archie Miles

The British Oak

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Archie Miles has been a professional photographer for forty years. With an abiding passion for the British landscape, he has carved a specialist niche in the world of trees. He has written and photographed eight books on the subject and his latest, The British Oak, is a stunning reflection of Archie’s particular love of our ancient oak trees, profiling fifty of the most famous in Britain and celebrating the diverse array of fascinating stories and historic associations that have made them so remarkable.

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Francisco Montaña, Beatriz Helena Robledo, Jairo Buitrago y José María Plaza en conversación con Ricardo Silva

Literatura para niños y jóvenes, ¿un género menor?

Cartagena 2013, 
En una entrevista en la BBC, el escritor británico Martin Amis afirmó que "solo una lesión cerebral haría que escribiera literatura infantil". A lo que añadió: "La ficción es libertad y nunca escribiría sobre algo que me obligara a hacerlo en un registro más bajo del que puedo". Estos escritores reflexionarán sobre este comentario y hablarán de los retos de escribir en este género.

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John Boyne talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

This House Is Haunted

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist introduces his new novel. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night…

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Laura Dockrill

Darcy Burdock

Hay Festival 2013, 

Voted one of the top ten literary talents by The Times, this uniquely gifted young artist who ‘writes, draws and talks’ is here to perform and read from her first book for young readers.

9+ years

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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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John Campbell, Anthony Howard

Margaret Thatcher

Hay Festival 2000, 
The award-winning biographer of Edward Heath and Aneurin Bevan discusses his radical study of the early years and political career of the millionaire's wife who challenged for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 1975, and rediscovered the value of her roots above the grocer's shop in Grantham. Campbell analyses the clarity of ambition and the ruthless determination of the woman who became one of the most dominant political leaders of the twentieth century.

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Melvyn Bragg

Fiction: Now is the Time

Hay Festival 2016, 

A fictional recreation of the biggest rebellion in English history, the Peasants’ Revolt of May 1381. The plague had returned, the king’s coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax had been introduced but was widely evaded. A large force of common people entered London demanding freedom, equality and the uprooting of Church and State.

Melvyn Bragg

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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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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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Ross Welford and Christopher Edge

Science and Wonder

Hay Festival 2016, 

The brilliant Ross and Christopher explore the wonder of science as a way to explain some of the mysteries of the world in their books, Time Travelling with a Hamster and The Many Worlds of Albie Bright.

8+

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Lydia Monks and Alex T Smith

Hay Festival 2014, 

Mungo, a cheeky monkey, and Claude, a rather stylish dog, are brought to life alongside a host of colourful characters in this live drawing session with two of our favourite illustrators. Paper and pencils provided so everyone can join in.
5+ years

Lydia Monks and Alex T Smith

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Claire Garabedian

Using the Creative Arts to Help People With Dementia to Live Well - University of Worcester Series 1

Hay Festival 2017, 

There are estimated to be 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Garabedian is a musician and a researcher within the Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester. She discusses ways in which the creative arts can help unlock memories and encourage communication.

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Thomas Asbridge

The Greatest Knight

Hay Festival 2015, 

The historian draws upon an array of contemporary evidence, including the C13th biography, to present a compelling account of the life and times of William Marshal, from rural England to the battlefields of France, the desert castles of the Holy Land and the verdant shores of Ireland. He lays bare the brutish realities of medieval warfare and the machinations of the royal court. Asbridge draws us into the heart of a formative period of our history when the West emerged from the Dark Ages and stood on the brink of modernity. It is the story of one remarkable man, the birth of the knightly class to which he belonged, and the forging of the English nation. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Thomas Asbridge