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Gwyneth Lewis and Niall Griffiths

New Stories from the Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two more new versions of the Welsh mythologies. Lewis spins the tale of Blodeuwedd, the woman made of flowers, into a sci-fi setting in The Meat Tree. Griffiths conjures an Iraq-bound squaddie and a Cardiff gangsta in The Dreams of Max and Ronnie.

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Green Dragons Den Final 3 – Sustainable Work and Travel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books and a chance to win £10,000 for their project.
 

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Jenny Uglow

The Pinecone

Hay Festival 2013, 

The story of Sarah Losh – forgotten Romantic heroine, antiquarian, architect and visionary. In the church in Wreay, her masterpiece, there are carvings of ammonites, scarabs and poppies; an arrow pierces the wall as if shot from a bow; a tortoise-gargoyle launches itself into the air. And everywhere there are pinecones, her signature in stone. The church is a dramatic rendering of the power of myth and the great natural cycles of life and death and rebirth. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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Terry Eagleton

The Meaning of Life?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Prof ranges across literature and philosophy, and comes up with some answers of his own.

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Matthew Engel

Engel’s England

Hay Festival 2015, 

England is the most complicated place in the world. And, as the journalist and humorist travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that’s just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity.

He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county – from Yorkshire’s broad acres to the microdot of Rutland – Engel always finds the unexpected. Chaired by Justin Albert.

Matthew Engel

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Marie-Elsa Bragg

Reformations: Christmas

Winter Weekend 2017, 
Novelist and priest Marie-Elsa Bragg re-examines Christmas through the image of Mary. A powerful influence for over 2000 years which continues to affect our views of women, the feminine and spirituality today. In light of liberation theology, feminism and interfaith relations, Marie-Elsa proposes a new debate about Mary and the sacred for issues we face today. 
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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Young Stalin

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian investigates the development of the charismatic cobbler’s son, who was hailed as a poet, trained as a priest, and became a consummate politician and murderous psychopath.

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James Clackson

Cambridge University Series 14: Migration and Language: Ancient Perspectives

Hay Festival 2015, 

What can we learn from the ancient Romans and Greeks about the impact of migration on language? And how is this relevant to contemporary concerns about immigration and language change?

James Clackson

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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2017, 

The illustrator discusses and demonstrates his working practice.  This event is aimed at students and young artists.

Oliver Jeffers

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Rachel Lowe and Gemma Modinos

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2018, 

From planetary exploration and micro-sensors to tropical disease and psychosis, two Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science. Lowe’s research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine involves understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. Modinos’ work at King’s College London attempts to understand the neural mechanisms of emotion and stress response in schizophrenia. Chaired by Hannah Critchlow.

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Tim Spector

The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat

Hay Festival 2016, 
Drawing on the latest cutting-edge science, Spector explores the hidden world of the microbiome, and demystifies the common misconceptions about nutrition. Only by understanding what makes our microbes tick and interact with our bodies can we take steps to improve our health by increasing the diversity of microbe species living in our guts.
 
Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and Director of the TwinsUK Registry. Since 2014 he has been leading the largest UK's largest open-source science project, British Gut to understand the microbial diversity of the human gut.
 
 
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David Cordingly

The Spanish Gold

Hay Festival 2011, 
The true story of the C18th Governor of the Bahamas and his mission to clean up the high seas – Woodes Rogers and the Pirates of the Caribbean.

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John Crace, John Sutherland, Clemency Burton-Hill and Marcus Brigstocke

The Two Johnnies do Hamlet!

Hay Festival 2017, 

An irreverent, delightful and wickedly clever insight into Shakespeare’s greatest play, with a spectacular performance of their abridged version. Sutherland is Emeritus Professor of English at UCL; Crace is the Digested Read satirist and writes the parliamentary sketch for The Guardian.

John Crace, John Sutherland, Clemency Burton-Hill and Marcus Brigstocke

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Dui Banglar Shahitter Halchal

Dhaka 2012, 
Syed Shamsul Haq, Hassan Azizul Haq and Debesh Ray discuss Bangla fiction from both sides of the border. Chaired by Prothom Alo's Sajjad Sharif.

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Thomas Steinbeck talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author talks about his Nobel Prize-winning father and his own new short story collection Down to a Sunless Sea.

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Louis de Bernières and Ilone Antonius

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist reads from A Partisan’s Daughter and performs Serbian and Eastern European music, some Dylan and some classical tunes with his instrumental partner.

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Jonathan Dimbleby

The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Battle of the Atlantic was crucial to victory in the Second World War. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed. Mass hunger would have consumed Britain, and the Allied armies would have been prevented from joining in the invasion of Europe. There would have been no D-Day. Using fascinating contemporary diaries and letters, from the leaders and the sailors on all sides, Dimbleby maps the human stories, the intelligence breakthroughs and the strategic daring of this turning point in European history.

Jonathan Dimbleby

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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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Gabriel Rosenstock

Kells 2013, 

Údar/aistritheoir breis is 160 leabhar é Gabriel Rosenstock, dánta, haiku, úrscéalta, leabhair do dhaoine óga, drámaí, gearrscéalta, aistí agus eile ina measc.

Haiku master Gabriel Rosenstock will conduct a bilingual haiku workshop in Irish and English. Rosenstock's Irish translation of the haiku of Jack Kerouac, sioc maidine/morning frost, was recently launched at the Dublin Writers Festival. Internationally known as a poet and haikuist, Rosenstock's titles include Haiku Englightenment and Haiku, The Gentle Art of Disappearing (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Come and learn how to write and enjoy haiku.

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Secret Treasures of Ancient Egypt

Hay Festival 2016, 

Step back in time and explore the amazing lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus with the help of Xanthe Gresham Knight, one of the core Storytellers for the British Museum. Enjoy incredible tales of submerged deities and treasures and discover how these fantastic cities were rediscovered.

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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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Archie Miles

The British Oak

Hay Festival 2014, 

The British oak is the iconic tree of Britain and its people. The specialist tree writer and photographer explores the environmental, cultural and economic aspects of oak, and reveals remarkable images and anecdotes of our greatest trees past and present.

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Olivia Laing

To The River: A Journey Beneath The Surface

Hay Festival 2011, 
To The River is the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One midsummer week, over sixty years later, Olivia Laing walked Woolf’s river from source to sea. The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape – and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love.

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Dexter Dias talks to Tom Clark

The Ten Types of Human

Hay Festival 2017, 

We want to believe that there are some things we would never do. We want to believe that there are other things we always would. But how can we be sure? What are our limits? Do we have limits? The human rights lawyer examines the best and worst of our capabilities.

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Lila Azam Zanganeh y Marcos Giralt Torrente en conversación con Valerie Miles

Xalapa 2012, 
Lila Azam Zanganeh (Irán/Francia) es autora de El encantador: Nabokov y la felicidad, un estudio muy personal de la obra del gran novelista desde el punto de vista de una lectora enamorada del autor. Marcos Giralt Torrente (España), autor de Tiempo de vida y El fi nal del amor, nos habla de amores en otras variantes. En conversación con la editora Valerie Miles.