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Alison Weir

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obssession

Hay Festival 2017, 

The second novel in the popular historian’s Six Tudor Queens series mines the story of Anne Boleyn, the young woman who changed the course of history. Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game.

Chaired by Phil Rickman.

Alison Weir

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Edith Grossman in conversation with Daniel Hahn

Why Translation Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

The doyenne of literary translators, the English voice of García Márquez, Cervantes, Vargas Llosa and Roncagliolo discusses her craft.

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Jeremy Swift and Robin Hanbury Tenison

Is there any future for nomads?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The travel writers and Saharan experts discuss the ways of life endangered by modernity. Chaired by Colin Thubron.

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Homero Aridjis

Hay Festival 2008, 
The eminent Mexican writer ("Eyes to See Otherwise", "1492 The Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castille"), environmentalist and diplomat talks about his lifelong crusade to save the Monarch butterfly, which migrates every year from Canada to overwinter in Mexico's oyamel forests.

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Tom Hansell

After Coal: Screening - Swansea University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

What happens when fossil fuels run out? How do communities and cultures survive? After Coal profiles inspiring individuals who are building a new future in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky and South Wales. Stories of coalfield residents who must create new careers illustrate the challenge of creating a sustainable future. Introduced by the film’s director.

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Charles Jencks

The Architecture of Hope: Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres

Hay Festival 2010, 
Since the mid-1990s an exciting building project has been underway, new cancer caring centres that offer a fresh approach in architecture and health.
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Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses and Dr Who

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join Malorie Blackman as she reflects on her time as Children’s Laureate and her extraordinary writing career to date – from her groundbreaking and unforgettable Noughts & Crosses series and BAFTA winning story Pig-Heart Boy to her writing for Doctor Who. Malorie will talk about her inspirations and her writing tips, and will give a sneak preview of her new novel Crossfire, out later this year. Malorie will speak to Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust.  

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Helen Rappaport

Magnificent Obsession

Hay Festival 2012, 
Victoria, Albert and the Death That Changed the Monarchy.

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Virginia Nicholson

Millions Like Us

Hay Festival 2011, 
The social historian examines the decade that revolutionised gender relations in C20th Britain in her Women’s Lives in War and Peace, 1939–1945.

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Alfred Brendel

A Pianist’s A–Z: A Piano Lover’s Reader

Hay Festival 2014, 

The legendary musician shares the insights and experience of his sixty-year career with Clemency Burton-Hill. ‘This book distils what, at my advanced age, I feel able to say about music, musicians, and matters of my pianistic profession.’

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Jay Griffiths

Imagine the World

Hay Festival 2015, 

Griffiths will be the International Hay Festival Fellow for the next 12 months, visiting all our festivals around the world. Her visionary and poetic work explores her interest in nature, anthropology and art. Her books include Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape, Wild: An Elemental Journey, Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, and her fictionalised hymn to Frida Kahlo, A Love Letter to a Stray Moon. She talks to Peter Florence.

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StoryBoard and Young Film Academy

Eureka Movie Project

Hay Festival 2012, 
Following last year’s fabulous launch at Hay Fever, the ground-breaking collaboration: a major motion picture, made for kids by kids is back. Let loose your wildest ideas for the big screen, and the Eureka moment could be yours.
 
Duration 75 mins.   9+ years

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John Haynes

Letter to Patience

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Costa Poetry Award-winner reads from his book-length poem in iambic pentameter, set in Patience’s Parlour, a small, mud-walled bar in northern Nigeria in 1993, and he talks to Owen Sheers.

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Patrick Barkham

Coastlines

Hay Festival 2015, 

Barkham reflects on the long campaign to protect our shoreline from tidal erosion and human damage. He weaves together fascinating tales about every aspect of the coast – from ancient conquests and smugglers’ routes, to exotic migratory birds and bucket-and-spade holidays – to tell a more profound story about our island nation and the way we are shaped by our shores. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Charlotte Scott

Talking About Shakespeare: Of Ghosts and Witches

Hay Festival 2016, 

What’s Macbeth without the witches? Quite possibly the play Shakespeare wrote. Macbeth was not published until after Shakespeare’s death and it is highly likely that it was his great contemporary Thomas Middleton who wrote most of the supernatural scenes. The Goldsmiths Shakespeare scholar will consider the role of the witches in Macbeth; their lasting legacy of psychosexual drama and the problems of ‘normal’ in a play that features a homicidal thane, a woman who wants to be unsexed, and a collection of bearded women babbling on a heath. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Nicholas Edwards talks to Vincent Kane

Opera House Lottery

Hay Festival 1998, 
Lord Crickhowell discusses his experience of chairing the Cardiff Bay Opera House project to build Zaha Hadid's new theatre with the BBC Wales television presenter.

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Erica Whyman talks to Francine Stock

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC discusses her current production. As a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and his great legacy, the production features local amateur companies in all 12 regions and nations of the UK playing Shakespeare’s Mechanicals alongside the professional cast. Erica shares her thoughts as the tour concludes in Cardiff and Belfast, and the company prepares to return to Stratford-upon-Avon for a final run featuring performances from all the amateur companies.

Erica Whyman talks to Francine Stock

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Sergio Ramírez, Martin Caparrós and Cristian Alarcón with Jaime Abello Banfi

Tribute to Tomás Eloy Martínez: Journalism as narrative

Cartagena 2011, 
The last day of the 2010 Cartagena Hay Festival was saddened by the death of the Argentinean writer Tomás Eloy Martínez in Buenos Aires. The Hay Festival pays homage to him with the participation of his colleagues and followers from the FNPI, Gabriel García Márquez’s Foundation for New Latin American Journalism, who will assess his work and his example as a master of literary reporting and the author of great novels inspired by journalism.

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George Monbiot

In the Green Corner 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
Eco-firebrand George Monbiot develops his conversation with the audience about global sustainability and political accountability.

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Leslie Ann Goldberg

Algorithms and their Limitations

Hay Festival 2016, 

Many of our everyday activities, such as looking up information on the internet and journey planning, are supported by sophisticated algorithms. Some of our online activities are supported by the fact that we don’t have good algorithms for some problems: the encryption scheme that supports the privacy of credit cards in online transactions is believed to be secure precisely because there is no known fast algorithm for factoring large numbers. The Oxford Computer Science Professor explains a little of what we know about the limitations of algorithms, and also the famous P vs NP problem. This is the most important open problem in computer science and is one of the seven Millennium Problems of the Clay Mathematics Institute, which has offered a million-dollar prize for its solution.

Leslie Ann Goldberg

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Peter Mandler

Cambridge Series 6: Does Education Cause Social Mobility? If not, What Does?

Hay Festival 2016, 

It’s common sense that the best stimulus to social mobility is education. But the facts of the past 50 years – a period of unprecedented social mobility – suggest that people may be just as mobile however much or little education they have.  So what does cause social mobility, if not education?  And what, if anything, can governments do to promote it?

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Newport Red Cross Writers

Welcome to Wales

Hay Festival 2016, 

Amidst the numbers and summits of the refugee crisis, the voices of those who have fled conflict and persecution can be lost. Join us for readings from women across the world who have sought protection in the UK and learnt English with the British Red Cross in South Wales, where they have been writing about their experiences. Sharing their stories from the point of departure to their arrival in Britain, they write eloquently about the asylum system and life in the UK.

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Patrick McCabe, Glenn Patterson, Hanan Al-Shaykh

The Crack

Hay Festival 1995, 
Two leaders of Ireland's astonishing literary renaissance read and discuss their work with the Lebanese novelist Hanan Al-Shaykh, author of Beirut Blues. The Dead School is the new novel from Patrick McCabe, the award-winning author of the The Butcher Boy. Patterson is the author of Burning Your Own, Fat Lad and now Black Night At Big Thunder Mountain.

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Chris Stewart: Three Ways to Capsize a Boat

Segovia 2010, 
Chris Stewart, the author of the celebrated book Driving Over Lemons, will speak about his new work, Three Ways to Capsize a Boat, based on nautical themes. However, this will just be the starting point to find, along winding routes, the hidden mysteries and beauties of the world of agriculture.

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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.

Archie Miles