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John Bird

Hay Festival 2008, 
The heroic Big Issue founder yanks on the bootstraps in his The 10 Keys to Success. He talks to Paul Blezard.

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Arnand Tucker, David Nicholls and Blake Morrison

Preview: And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Director Tucker introduces clips from his forthcoming film and discusses the adaptation with the screenwriter and the poet/journalist on whose memoir the movie is based.

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Hugo Mercier

The Enigma of Reason: A New Theory of Human Understanding

Hay Festival 2017, 

Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. But if reason is so useful, why didn’t it also evolve in other animals? If it is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Mercier’s provocative and brilliant suggestion is that reason helps us justify our beliefs and actions to others, convince them through argument and evaluate the justifications and arguments that they address to us.

Hugo Mercier

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Laureates

Dhaka 2012, 
Syed Shamsul Haq is one of our greatest living poets. He discusses his body of work with National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke. Chaired by Kaiser Haq.

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Ken Russell and Brenda Maddox talk to Jaci Stephen

Hay Festival 1995, 
Maddox's D. H. Lawrence: The Married Man won the 1994 Whitbread Biography Prize. Ken Russell has filmed Lawrence's novels Women in Love, The Rainbow, and Lady Chatterley. They talk to the Mirror's television critic about the language and images of the books and films.

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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.

Irish language event

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The Perfect Coole Swan Afternoon Tea

Kells 2014, 

You may thank Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, for the revolution that is ‘afternoon tea’ – back in the early nineteenth century she complained of feeling peckish, so the solution was a pot of tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.

Join Coole Swan and chef Shane Smith to explore some traditional and not-so-traditional Afternoon Tea treats. Presented by John Healy from RTÉ's The Restaurant.

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Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

I Need a Wee!

Hay Festival 2015, 
The creators of Barry, the Fish with Fingers and Norman, the Slug with the Silly Shell share their latest book I Need A Wee and assist you in making your very own character from the book using nothing other than…a toilet roll!
3+ years
Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

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John Guy

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years

Hay Festival 2016, 

History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power. But the reality, especially during her later years, was not as simple. In 1583 Elizabeth is 50 and beyond childbearing age, but her greatest challenges are still to come: the Spanish Armada; the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; and relentless plotting among her courtiers. The pre-eminent Tudor historian presents a gripping and vivid portrait of Elizabeth’s life and times –often told in her own words (“You know I am no morning woman”) and reveals a monarch who is fallible, increasingly insecure and struggling to lead Britain. The London theatre, however, was thriving.

John Guy

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Artemis Cooper

Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

Hay Festival 2017, 

Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923-2014) wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. The biographer examines the life of the author of The Cazalet Chronicle, her marriages to the naturalist Peter Scott and the novelist Kingsley Amis, as well as her turbulent relationships with Cecil Day-Lewis, Arthur Koestler and Laurie Lee. Cooper’s biography depicts a woman trying to make sense of her life through her writing, as well as illuminating the literary world in which she lived.

Artemis Cooper

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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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Mark Neale, Kingsley Aikins, Rachel Minto, Guto Harri

The Power of Diaspora – a Positive Force in a Post-Brexit Britain

Hay Festival 2018, 

The British government’s own analysis of the economic impact of Brexit forecasts a fall in gross domestic product of 9% for Wales. The role of non-resident Welsh people (the Welsh Diaspora) and their soft power, in bringing new wealth and prosperity to Wales, is of huge importance and could be transformational. With global engagement changing the fortunes of nations and exerting huge influence over many aspects of public life and economic development, it’s time Wales got serious about diaspora. Mark Neale, CEO and founder of Mountain Warehouse, Kingsley Atkins, the founder and CEO of Ireland’s Diaspora Matters, and Rachel Minto, an EU expert based at Cardiff University, talk to Guto Harri.

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Louis de Bernières talks to Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses A Partisan’s Daughter, his superb 1970s love story about a bored husband and a Yugoslav Scheherazade.

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Swat! A Fly’s Guide To Staying Alive

Hay Festival 2014, 
How does a house-fly survive the dangers in life, such as being eaten by animals or killed by humans? Mike Barfield shares their insect survival secrets with us. Scientifically accurate and great fun for any child who enjoys death, destruction, peril and poo.

7+ years
Swat! A Fly’s Guide To Staying Alive

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Dominic Lieven

Cambridge University Series 18: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia

Hay Festival 2015, 

'As much as anything, World War I turned on the fate of Ukraine...' The decision to go to war in 1914 had catastrophic consequences for Russia. The result was revolution, civil war and famine in 1917–20, followed by decades of Communist rule. Dominic Lieven explains why this suicidal decision was made and explores the world of the men who made it. But by looking at the origins and results of the First World War from a mostly Russian angle he also offers a radically different view of why Europe descended into disaster, overturning assumptions about the war's causes and consequences in a way that still has major implications for world history down to the present day. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Dominic Lieven

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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
James Holland

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Jonathan Safran Foer talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Fictions: Here I Am

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new novel about modern family lives by the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. “Jacob and Julia Bloch are about to be tested: By Jacob’s grandfather, who won’t go quietly into a retirement home. By the family reunion, that everyone is dreading. By their son’s heroic attempts to get expelled. And by the sexting affair that will rock their marriage…"

Jonathan Safran Foer talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Brian Eno en conversación con Georgina Godwin - Versión española

Cartagena 2015, 
Brian Eno es uno de los músicos más innovadores de las últimas décadas. Ha publicado numerosos discos en solitario y en colaboración con otros músicos. Ha producido además algunos de los mejores álbumes de David Bowie, Coldplay, Devo y U2, entre otros. Destaca también como artista visual, activista político y escritor. En 2014 lanzó dos últimos trabajos junto con Karl Hyde: Someday World y High Life. Hablará sobre su trayectoria y los libros que más han influido en su vida con la periodista Georgina Godwin.

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Ruth Rendell talks to Stephanie Merritt

Hay Festival 2007, 
The great psychological thriller and crime writer discusses her work.

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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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Philippe Claudel in conversation with Guadalupe Nettel

Cartagena 2011, 
This winner of the 2007 Prix Goncourt, with Brodeck’s Report, is one of the most translated and internationally renowned French authors. In 2008, his debut as film director, Il y a longtemps que de t’aime (I’ve Loved You So Long), was released; it received the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film. He will talk to the Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel. 

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

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Jeremy Bowen talks to John Harris

Hay Festival 2007, 
The frontline correspondent discusses the nature of his work, humanely and mesmerically examined in War Stories, from El Salvador and Lebanon to Afghanistan, Rwanda and the Middle East.

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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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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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Paul Cartledge

Herodotus 2500

Hay Festival 2017, 

The classicist celebrates the spectacular anniversary of the birth of the ‘father of history’. Herodotus was a great, infinitely curious investigator and a digressive storyteller, whose Histories are the source of so much of what we know of the ancient world. Cartledge is AG Leventis Professor Emeritus of Greek Culture at Cambridge. His many books include The Greeks; Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed The World; After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars; The Spartans.

Paul Cartledge