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Colin Jones talks to Hannah Rothschild

Smile Revolution

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jones mixes cultural investigation, art appreciation and dental history in an ingenious and wonderfully entertaining account of how we only learned to really smile in Revolutionary France. Colin Jones is Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London. He talks to Rothschild, winner of the Wodehouse Prize and chair of the National Gallery.

Colin Jones talks to Hannah Rothschild

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Nick Mansfield

Buildings of the Labour Movement

Hay Festival 2014, 

This fascinating survey ranges from the communal buildings of the early nineteenth-century political radicals, Owenites and Chartists, through Arts and Crafts influenced socialist structures of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods to the grand union ‘castles’ of the mid-twentieth century.

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Steve Herington talks to Mathew Engel

Bob Cole The Runner

Hay Festival 2016, 

Bob Cole from Herefordshire was the long-distance Olympian who never got the chance to prove it. Eccentric and solitary, he competed on the professional circuit and was proclaimed world champion, but forever banned from the Olympics. Herington, author of a new biography, discusses the amazing story of a forgotten hero from the Chariots of Fire era.

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Oliver James

Creating a Sane Society

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author of Affluenza, How Not To F*** Them Up and Britain on the Couch examines what effect ‘the new austerity’ may have on the ways in which people perceive themselves, their aspirations, relationships and professional lives.

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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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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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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
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Marc Rees, Owen Morgan Roberts, Owen Griffiths and Owen Sheers

Now The Hero - Preview

Hay Festival 2018, 
 
Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero is an immersive theatrical experience that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey through three intertwining narratives of war; from Celtic history, the First World War, and today’s conflicts.  Marc Rees’ bold production was inspired by Frank Brangwyn’s rejected WW1 memorial paintings, the exuberant British Empire Panels, housed in Swansea’s Guildhall.

Also drawing upon an epic poem and an intimate portrait of a serving Swansea soldier, Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero brings the stories of war to life but counterpoints the tragic telling with hope.  At its heart is a site specific  Requiem, realised from a collaboration between the late Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhansson and Owen Morgan Roberts; with a libretto by BAFTA nominated writer Owen Sheers. Artist Owen Griffiths (Arts Council of Wales Creative Ambassador) will also join the conversation to discuss his contribution to the project – the creation of an edible landscape and harvest gathering, as featured in Brangwyn's paintings.

Rees introduces the concepts of Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero and discusses Sheers’ response to the ancient Celtic poem Y Gododdin; Roberts’ interpretation of this in musical form in a specific setting; and Griffiths unique interpretation of paintings as war memorials in contemporary landscape.

 Chaired by Jasper Rees.

Now The Hero is the highlight in Wales for the final year of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Marc Rees, Owen Morgan Roberts, Owen Griffiths and Owen Sheers

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Ian Rankin talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rebus series.

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Ingo Schulze, David Safier, Andrés Neuman, Martín Solares, Sergio Ramírez, Guadalupe Nettel and many others

Favourite Book Gala

Cartagena 2011, 
Ingo Schulze, David Safier, Andrés Neuman, Martín Solares, Sergio Ramírez, Guadalupe Nettel, Jorge Franco, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Julio César Londoño, Tomás González, Michelle Paver, David Trueba, Fernando Quiroz and Tommy Wieringa

Some of our guests tell us about the book that has had greatest impact on them as readers. Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Taboos

Dhaka 2012, 
Writer Audity Falguni, actress and director Nandita Das, poet Arundhati Subramanium, and playwright Sharbari Zohra Ahmed discuss taboos, erotica and writing the unspeakable. Chaired by Firdous Azim.

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Frank Uekötter talks to Mark Lynas

Chernobyl 30 Years On: Making Sense of a Nuclear Disaster – University of Birmingham Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Chernobyl is as much a symbol of nuclear risks as a distraction from other problems: some 70 years into the age of nuclear power, we do not have a single reactor that would have a chance without huge public subsidies. Nor do we have words for, or even a proper picture of, those who suffered most from Chernobyl and Fukushima: the people who clean up. Now that Britain is banking on a nuclear revival we need to learn about the long path to a new generation of reactors. Uekötter is a Reader in Environmental Humanities at University of Birmingham. He talks to journalist and author Mark Lynas.

Frank Uekötter talks to Mark Lynas

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Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Elmer Day

Hay Festival 2016, 

Celebrate everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, on the very first Elmer Day. Listen to the wonderful stories about Elmer, and share in the funny adventures he and his friends get up to. Come dressed in your brightest clothes.

3+
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

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Iwan Rhys Morus

Why The History of Science Matters

Hay Festival 2017, 

Science sometimes looks like a rather forbidding activity, carried out behind closed doors by mysterious, white-coated individuals, speaking their own incomprehensible language. But at the most basic level, the quest to understand the world around us is a fundamentally human activity. Science belongs, and has belonged, to all of us – and we all have a responsibility for it. That is what the history of science shows – and that’s why it matters very much indeed. Morus is the author of The Oxford Illustrated History of Science.

Photo: Marie Curie

Iwan Rhys Morus

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Tristan Gooley

How To Read Water: Clues, Signs & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea

Hay Festival 2016, 

From wild swimming in Sussex to way-finding off Oman via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, Gooley draws on his own pioneering journeys to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers and oceans. He shows us the skills we need to read the water around us. Gooley is the author of The Natural Navigator and The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs. Chaired by Laura Powell, Features Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph and author of The Unforgotten.

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Edward and Robert Skidelsky

How Much Is Enough?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Arguing from the premise that economics is a moral science, the Skidelskys trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to Keynes and the present, and show how our lives over the past half century have strayed from that ideal.

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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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Hay 25: The Way We Live Now

Dhaka 2012, 
Our panelists answer 3 of the Hay Anniversary questions:

25 years from now climate change will have created over 100 million refugees; where should they go?
What can the country and the city learn from each other?
Please teach us something important that you know.

Featuring Rizwana Hasan, award-winning environmental lawyer, Sara Hossain, barrister and human rights activist, Eurig Salisbury, Welsh Children's Laureate, novelist Kamila Shamsie, and Korvi Rakshand, youth motivator and founder of JAAGO. Chaired by Peter Florence, Director, Hay Festivals.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Hay Festival 2008, 
John Boyne retells the story of Captain Bligh from the point of view of his 14-year-old cabin boy. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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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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James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

The Art of Dining

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the exquisite craftsmanship and elegance of silverware and porcelain in a tour of social history with National Trust experts James Rothwell, author of Silver for Entertaining and Patricia Ferguson author of Ceramics: 400 Years of British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces Chaired by Simon Murray.

James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

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James Holland

Ladybird Experts: The Battle of Britain

Hay Festival 2017, 

The war historian explains the different challenges faced by the RAF and the Luftwaffe in 1940, the technologies of the planes and, above all, the skill, bravery and endurance of the airmen engaged in a contest that was of critical importance to the outcome of the Second World War.

Suitable for young readers 8+ and historians
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Claire Vaye Watkins and John Wray talk to Laura Powell

Fictions: Other Worlds…

Hay Festival 2016, 

Gold Fame Citrus is the debut novel from the winner of the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. In a dystopian, apocalyptic vision, desert sands have laid waste to south-west America and challenge the resilient to survive. The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the C20th. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar ‘Waldy’ Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back. Laura Powell is Features Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph and her debut novel, The Unforgotten, was recently published.

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George Alagiah

A Home from Home: From Immigrant Boy to English Man

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Sri-Lankan-born broadcaster and writer views the issues of racism and multiculturalism in his adopted Britain.

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Commonwealth Writers Conversation

Dhaka 2012, 
A panel chaired by Godfrey Smith, the award-winning writer from Belize, explores how artists can participate in the mechanisms which affect our lives and what participatory governance really means. With writer Farah Ghuznavi, entrepreneur Kamal Quadir, activist Shireen Huq and photographer Shahidul Alam.