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Elif Shafak talks to William Sieghart

Fictions: Three Daughters of Eve

Hay Festival 2017, 

Shafak’s new book confirms her status as one of the world’s greatest novelists. Set in Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal.

Elif Shafak talks to William Sieghart

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Raymond Tallis

The Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

Tallis is inspired by EM Forster’s thought that ‘Death destroys a man but the idea of it saves him’. He looks back on his world from the standpoint of his future corpse. He reflects on the senses that opened up his late world, the elements they reveal, the distances, divisions and intimacies of space, the multifarious activities that occupied his days; his possessions, his utterances, his relationship to others, the extinguished flame that was his self, his journey towards the end, and his afterlife either side of the grave.

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Raymond Tallis

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Peter Florence

The Pity of War

Hay Festival 2015, 

A performed reading of the play about Wilfred Owen, who died in action on 4 November 1918 having written some of the greatest war poetry in the English language. The play is edited from Owen’s poems and letters and tells his story from the outbreak of war when he was teaching in provincial France. Owen joins up and is drafted straight into the realities of trench warfare on the frontline; he is invalided back to hospital in Edinburgh where he meets Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon before returning to his men in France, where he wins the Military Cross. Owen’s writing was savagely critical of church and state, and hugely compassionate towards the soldiers sacrificing their lives: ‘All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the poet must be truthful.’

Peter Florence

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Adele Nozedar

Great British Sweets

Winter Weekend 2014, 

A gloriously indulgent celebration of our Great British love affair with sweet-making and good old-fashioned confectionery. From peardrops to humbugs, honeycomb confections to liquorice, coconut ice to sugar mice, Nozedar gives us the rich history of these classic sweets along with over fifty easy-to-follow recipes for how to make them at home.

There will be a vodka sherbet tasting at this event.

Adele Nozedar

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Wojciech Jagielski talks to Guillermo Altares

Segovia 2011, 
The prestigious Polish journalist Wojciech Jagielski has just published Torres de piedra, a brilliant feature on the recent historical violence in Chechnya. Jagielski, a specialist in the Caucus, Central Asia and África, works for the leading Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, as well as contributing for the BBC and Le Monde. He already had Una oración por la lluvia and Un buen lugar para morir published in Spain, and on this occasion will provide his independent vision and deep knowledge of the Asian region to present his new work in the company of Guillermo Altares, editor of Elpais.com.

Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Nikalas Catlow, Tim Wesson and YOU!

Hay Festival 2012, 
What happens when aliens meet a mad scientist under the ocean, or secret agents take on giant slugs in the jungle? Well, that’s up to you… Bring a pad and pencil.
 
7+ years

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Andres Neuman, Clare E. Potter and Richard Gwyn

The Other Tiger

Hay Festival 2017, 

Gwyn has edited a magnificent anthology of Contemporary Latin American Poetry, fabulously translated into English. The poems are at once exotic and other, yet recognisably drawing on a poetic tradition that includes Nobel prize-winners Octavio Paz and Pablo Neruda. They conjure big landscapes and moments of tenderness, celebrate the individual but also engage with the politics of many repressive regimes in Latin and South America. He is joined for a reading by the Argentinian writer Andres Neuman and the Welsh poet Clare Potter.

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Frances Borzello

The Naked Nude

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this illustrated lecture the art historian explores our obsession with the human body and compares the classical perfection of the nude with the raw, intensely human representation of the C20th and C21st. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

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Richard and Daniel Susskind

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

Hay Festival 2016, 

In a digital society we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the C20th.  The Oxford thinkers explain how “increasingly capable systems’, from tele-presence to artificial intelligence will bring fundamental change in the way that the practical expertise of specialists is made available in society. The authors argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of the best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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Mob Mentality or People Power?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Zittrain, author of The Future of the Internet - and How To Stop It, Lee Siegel, author of Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob, and Emily Bell, the Director of Digital Content, Guardian News and Media, ask: is the web a force for good?

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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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CJ Busby

Frogspell

Hay Festival 2013, 

Discover more about Max and Olivia and their pet dragon Adolphus as they help protect King Arthur from dastardly plots. Find out how to create a spell using ‘magical’ words.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Mark Haddon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Pier Falls

Hay Festival 2016, 

An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A 30-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. The author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Red House plays out his dark and wild imagination in his first collection of short stories.

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Emily Bell, Richard Sambrook, Tony Phillips and guests

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? A Free Press

Hay Festival 2015, 

Do we need a First Amendment? What’s the best we can argue for in terms of independence, regulation, ownership, and authority? Bell is a member of the Scott Trust and Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism; Sambrook was Director of the BBC World Service and now runs Cardiff School of Journalism. Tony Phillips is Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, World Service. Chaired by Jon Snow.

Emily Bell, Richard Sambrook, Tony Phillips and guests

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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.

You can book this event together with events [39] and [40] at a discounted price of £12. Please call the Box Office on 01497 822629 to proceed with this offer, and we will remove the £3 booking fee.

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Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

Inequality and Austerity

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%, examines who is most harmed by these injustices and why, and what happens to those who most benefit. O’Hara, author of Austerity Bites, takes us on a journey to the sharp end of the cuts in the UK. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in their call to action, this event is essential for everyone concerned with social justice.

Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

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Jay Griffiths talks to Horatio Clare

A Love Letter to a Stray Moon

Hay Festival 2014, 

Frida Kahlo transformed the emotional and physical pain of her life into art. Her paintings make visible the invisible, interior experiences of many women. They speak of loss, loneliness, her struggle to have children, her lovers, a bus accident that shattered her body and spirit. But they are also full of passion and warmth, each canvas a defiant celebration of what it is to be human. The author of Pip Pip – A Sideways Look at Time, Wild ­– An Elemental Journey and Kith – The Riddle of the Childscape reimagines Kahlo’s life and art in a passionate prose poem.

Jay Griffiths talks to Horatio Clare

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Susan Molyneux Hodgson, Julie Hill and Dale Sanders

The Royal Society Platform: We Need To Talk About Gene Tech

Hay Festival 2017, 

Why does public debate and policy treat the application of genetic technology differently when we are discussing medicine and food? Why is our concept of what is ‘natural’ so controversial and the idea of GM food so alarming? Scientists and sociologists come together with Daniel Davis to discuss what’s being ventured and how it is perceived.

Susan Molyneux Hodgson, Julie Hill and Dale Sanders

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Brenda Maddox

Freud's Wizard: The Enigma of Ernest Jones

Hay Festival 2007, 
The amazing tale of the brilliant and sexually voracious Welsh psychoanalyst who rescued Sigmund from Vienna in 1938.

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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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William Nicholson

Fictions – The Lovers of Amherst

Hay Festival 2015, 

William Nicholson’s new novel, The Lovers of Amherst, interweaves the stories of a young, contemporary researcher into the life and work of the reclusive American poet, Emily Dickinson, with that of the poet’s milieu during a turbulent period in the 1880s. The story from the past revolves around an illicit love affair conducted by Emily Dickinson’s married brother, in which the poet colluded. The theme stems from William Nicholson’s long-standing fascination with Emily Dickinson’s work as well as his interest in the wellsprings and consequences of erotic passion. Nicholson’s plays include Shadowlands and Life Story. He co-wrote the script for the film Gladiator and he has scripted Les Misérables and Mandela. Emily Dickinson’s poetry will be read by actress Lisa Dwan.

William Nicholson

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Simon Schama

The Power of Art

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘The power of the greatest art is the power to shake us into revelation, and rip us from our default mode of seeing … We don’t look at a face, a colour, a sky, a body in the same way again.’

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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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Fay Bound Alberti

This Mortal Coil

Hay Festival 2016, 

The way the body moves, feels, breathes, and engages with the world has been viewed very differently across times and cultures. For centuries, we were believed to be composed of souls that were part of the body and inseparable from it. Now we exist in our heads, and our bodies have become the vessels for that uncertain and elusive thing we call our true selves. The way we understand the material structure of the body has also changed radically over the centuries. From the bones to the skin, from the senses to the organs of sexual reproduction, every part of the body has an ever-changing history, dependent on time, culture, and place. Fay Bound Alberti is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in History at Queen Mary University of London.

Fay Bound Alberti

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Jancis Robinson

The Oxford Companion To Wine

Hay Festival 2016, 

Now revised for its fourth edition, Jancis Robinson’s wine book has achieved legendary status, winning every major wine writing award, because it’s properly authoritative and utterly captivating. She talks about and tastes a selection of wines provided by Tanners of Hereford.

Jancis Robinson