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Simon Wright talks to Carolyn Hitt

True Taste Chefs of Wales 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
The True Taste 2010–11 Champion from the Carmarthenshire restaurant Y Polyn was formerly the editor of the AA restaurant guide.

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AL Kennedy and Segun Afolabi

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
Kennedy’s new novel Day is a masterpiece. It’s ‘about’ war and peace, and the human condition. It enriches readers’ lives. Afolabi’s debut novel Goodbye Lucille brilliantly explores the world of European immigrants and outcasts. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Closing

Dhaka 2012, 
Featuring Tagore's dance-drama "Shapmochon", by Pallavi Dance Centre. Followed by closing words by Professor Aniuzzaman, President of Bangla Academy, and Motiur Rahman, editor of Prothom Alo.

Our festival comes to an end with the soulful ballads of esoteric philosopher-poet Lalon Shah, featuring Arif Baul.

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Kate Saunders

Five Children on the Western Front

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join the Costa Award-winning author to hear all about her sequel to E. Nesbit’s classic Five Children and It stories. Witty, tender and full of insights into life, love and politics, this is a brilliant book in its own right as well as a worthy tribute. Find out about Kate’s inspirations for the book and her love for the original novels. She talks to literary critic Julia Eccleshare.
9+ years
Kate Saunders

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Julia Hobsbawm

Networking for Shy People

Hay Festival 2014, 

The founder of Editorial Intelligence and Professor of Networking at the Cass Business School conducts an open workshop to help develop this essential business skill. Her latest publication is Fully Connected – A Look Ahead to Working and Networking in 2020.

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Enrique Vila-Matas en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Xalapa 2012, 
Valeria Luiselli, escritora y crítica literaria, conversa con el escritor español Enrique Vila-Matas, autor de más de una veintena de títulos traducidos a casi treinta idiomas y creador de un particular y refinado estilo literario admirado internacionalmente. El último trabajo del autor es Aire de Dylan.

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Chris Parry talks to Guto Harri

Down South

Hay Festival 2012, 
Fascinating and deeply alarming, Down South: A Falklands War Diary is an intimate story of heroism, extreme weather and chaos.

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Peter Stothard, Peter Godwin and Tinashe Mushakavanhu

Classic Book Club: White Man in Africa

Hay Festival 2007, 
The TLS editor is joined by Godwin, author of Mukiwa, and the brilliant Zimbabwean novelist Mushakavanhu to discuss Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Wole Soyinka talks to Alastair Niven

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Nigerian Nobel Laureate, ferocious and heroic champion of freedom of speech, discusses his plays, novels and poetry with the Director of Cumberland Lodge.

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Azar Gat

War in Human Civilisation

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Professor of National Security asks: why do people go to war? Is it rooted in human nature or is it a late cultural invention? How does war relate to the other fundamental developments in the history of human civilization?

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Simon Thurley

The Building of England: How the History of England Has Shaped Our Buildings

Hay Festival 2014, 

From awe-inspiring Norman castles to the homes we live in, Thurley explores how the architecture of this small island influenced the world. He tells the fascinating story of the development of architecture and the advancements in both structural performance and aesthetic effect. Chaired by Justin Albert.

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Catherine Rayner

Hay Festival 2015, 
Have fun counting with Abigail and search for new smells with Smelly Louie in this friendly interactive event with an award-winning writer and illustrator. There is live drawing between storytelling, and children get the chance to create their own masterpieces with Catherine’s help.
5+ years
Catherine Rayner

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Brian Keenan talks to Andrew Marr

Hay Festival 1995, 
The former hostage, and author of An Evil Cradling, talks to the Independant's Chief Political Commentator, and 1995 Commentator of the Year about his reading, and his enthusiasm for the poetry of his fellow Irishman Padriac Fiace, author of ruined of Ruined Pages.

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Simon Garfield

Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. The timetable arrives by steam train. A woman designs a 10-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister becomes stuck in the same four minutes for ever. Garfield offers a vivid and compelling exploration of the ways we have perceived, contained and saved time over the past 250 years. Chaired by Olivia Cole.

Simon Garfield

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John Gurdon

Cambridge University Series 6: Cloning Stem Cells – A Modern Medicine Revolution

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Nobel Prize-winning developmental biologist was among the first to challenge the idea that a cell’s fate was irreversibly determined. His demonstration that the nuclei of differentiated cells could be ‘reprogrammed’ has ultimately led to successful cloning of mammals, and has provided the basis for much of modern stem cell research.

John Gurdon

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Tony Parsons talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Murder Bag

Hay Festival 2014, 

The bestselling novelist launches his new crime series. Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter’s Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Cometh Detective Max Wolfe…

Tony Parsons talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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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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Lara Faraway

Fairythorn Tales

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

If you believe in fairies, this is the event for you. Find out more about how to spot a fairy, join in a potion-making session and design and make your own fairy wings.

Duration 45 mins. Places limited.

6+ years

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Robin Hanson

The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

Hay Festival 2017, 

A dazzling vision of the future. Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or ‘ems’: scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer and you have a robot brain but recognisably human. Applying decades of expertise in physics, computer science and economics, Hanson uses standard theories to paint a detailed picture of a world dominated by ems. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

Robin Hanson

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Dieter Helm talks to Horatio Clare

Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet

Hay Festival 2015, 

The trailblazing economist, author of The Carbon Crunch, shows the commonly held view that environmental protection poses obstacles to economic progress to be false. He explains why the environment must be at the very core of economic planning. He presents the first real attempt to calibrate, measure and value ‘natural capital’ from an economic perspective and goes on to outline a stable new framework for sustainable growth.

Dieter Helm talks to Horatio Clare

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Zoë Wilcox and Julian Harrison

Talking About Shakespeare: Showing Shakespeare in the Library

Hay Festival 2016, 

The curators of the two landmark exhibitions of the 400th anniversary celebrations share their treasures at Hay – from First Folios and the now famous handwritten plea for refugees, to Vivien Leigh’s Titania costume and some of the richest theatrical memorabilia of the last 400 years.

Zoë Wilcox and Julian Harrison

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Two Giants

Dhaka 2012, 
Fakrul Alam, Rafiqul Islam and Sitakant Mahapatra discuss the two iconic figures of Bangla literature, Rabidranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Accompanied by vocalists Audity Mohsin and Khairul Anam Shakil. Chaired by Anisuzzaman.

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Carmen Posadas talks to Marta Robles

Segovia 2011, 
Carmen Posadas will talk to the journalist Marta Robles about her latest novel, Invitación a un asesinato. Social satire, ever present in Posadas work, becomes a hilarious tribute to the great writers of mystery novels when the victim herself invites her murderers.
 
An interpreter for sign language will be available.

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Ellie Sømme

Another Man’s Shoes

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ellie’s father Sven and uncle Jacob, both leading scientists, led the XU Norwegian Resistance movement against the Nazi occupation in WW2. She tells a mesmerising story of espionage and heroism illustrated with artefacts and documents as she traces the survival of the XU all the way through the Cold War until 1988.

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Gail Rebuck, Ed Victor and friends chaired by Francine Stock

When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone - Screening and Discussion

Hay Festival 2012, 
In "When I Die" Philip Gould shares his thoughts and insights as he confronts his impending death from oesophageal cancer. How do we approach death whilst embracing life? How can we change the conversation around death and palliative care for the terminally ill? Please share this film and join the conversation #WhenIDie. Philip believed that for the terminally ill and those close to them, there can be moments of joy, resolution and inspiration just as intense as those of fear, discomfort and sadness.
 
Filmed during the last 2 weeks of Philip's life, this intimate portrait reveals his quest to find purpose and meaning in what he called "The Death Zone". He had been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in 2008 and was given three months to live in the summer of 2011. Philip Gould's book, "When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone" is published in the UK by Little Brown. Proceeds from the book will go to the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Fund (donations tohttp://www.justgiving.com/nogcf ) and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity (donations to http://www.royalmarsden.org/philipgould )
 
DIRECTOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER : Adrian Steirn EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Matthew Freud & Elisabeth Murdoch PRODUCER: Nicola Howson ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Harriet Pratten DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Damon Hyland VIDEO EDITOR: Benjamin Haskins CINEMATOGROPHY: Richard Gregory, Oran O'Reilly, James Suter COLOUR: Leon Visser GRAPHICS: Zee Muller BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOGRAPHY: Gary Van Wyk SCREENWRITER: Andy Ellis PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Emily Forbes