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It’s The Sun What Won It

Hay Festival 2008, 
Designer and campaigner Katharine Hamnett hosts this informal debate about alternative energy sources with Paul Brown discussing the latest nuclear options, and FoE boss Tony Juniper on the latest developments with CSP— concentrating solar power.

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Ben Okri

Kells 2015, 

Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road, Astonishing the Gods and The Age of Magic, reads from his recent work and talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

Photo by Daniel Mordzinski

Ben Okri

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Richard J. Evans

The British Academy Lecture 2 - The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914

Hay Festival 2017, 

Drawing on a lifetime of thinking about 19th-century Europe, the pre-eminent historian re-evaluates this remarkable era bounded by the Battle of Waterloo and the outbreak of World War I. Charting overwhelming cultural, political and technological change, he highlights how Europe dominated the rest of the world as never before or since.

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Ewan Fernie, Simon Palfrey and Tom de Freston

A reading of Macbeth, Macbeth - University of Birmingham Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Macbeth, Macbeth is by Fernie and Palfrey, with stunning original pictures by de Freston.  The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams of national revival, smaller lives are seeding. In the ruins of Dunsinane, the Porter tries to keep his three young boys safe from the nightmare of history. In a nunnery deep in Birnam Wood, a girl attempts to forget what she lost in war. Flitting between them, a tortured clairvoyant shakes with the knowledge of what’s to come. An unprecedented collaboration between two leading Shakespeareans, Macbeth, Macbeth sparks a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare’s darkest play.

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Fernando Quiroz, Conrado Zuluaga y Ramón Cote en conversación con Gustavo Tatis

Homenaje a Álvaro Mutis:

Cartagena 2014, 
Varios escritores y amigos del recientemente fallecido Álvaro Mutis conversan sobre su obra y legado literario. Daniel Mordzinski, el fotógrafo de los escritores, proyectará un video-homenaje con fotos inéditas del autor.

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The Concern Universal Youth Debate

Who Needs Our Aid Most?

Hay Festival 2011, 
In the light of the DFID reassessment of budget priorities, how should we target our overseas aid? India and China where there is most poverty, or Somalia and Libya?
 
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Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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John Kampfner and guests

Full STEAM Ahead

Hay Festival 2016, 

How should we value the Arts in the schools curriculum? What do we learn from putting on plays, playing in bands, painting and dancing? The CEO of the Creative Industries Federation and his guests challenge the government’s focus on STEM subjects and examine the place of culture in British education and the national economy.

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John Julius Norwich

The Middle Sea

Hay Festival 2007, 
The history, culture, heroes and wonders of the Mediterranean world.

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Chris Riddell

Hay Festival 2015, 
Wildly inventive and richly entertaining, Chris Riddell is the genius behind a vast range of children’s books that children and adults revisit time and time again. There’s Alienography, the Ottoline and Goth Girl series, and for older readers The Graveyard Book, and The Sleeper and the Spindle, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris. He also illustrated The Edge Chronicles and Russell Brand’s Pied Piper of Hamelin. He has twice won the coveted Greenaway Medal and still manages to produce political cartoons for The Observer. See him in action in a live drawing tour around the wonderful world of Chris Riddell.
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Chris Riddell

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Baaba Maal

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Senegalese musician and UN emissary talks about the medical, social and educational challenges facing Africa in the new millennium.

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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.

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Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

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Chief Nyamweya

Comics Take Over the World

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Comics and animation entrepreneur Chief Nyamweya explores the many unexpected lessons learned while trying to re-invent an industry in Kenya. Chief is best known for the prolific crime-fiction comics Roba (syndicated daily in The Star newspaper) and Emergency - both of which popularized the Kenya Noir style of art characterized by abundant use of black ink, high contrasts and dark themes.

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Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

Perfect

Hay Festival 2017, 

Author and zoologist Nicola Davies and illustrator/artist Cathy Fisher introduce swifts – amazing birds that sleep and eat on the wing and never stop flying. Learn how to look out for them, listen for their cries and how to tell if they might be nesting where you live. Help Cathy draw a swift, see how she made the stunning artwork for Perfect, and listen to a story about how swifts helped a boy to understand his new baby sister.

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Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

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Felipe Fernandez Armesto

Pathfinders

Hay Festival 2008, 
Romance, conquest and adventure in a breathtaking global history of exploration, from mankind’s first migrations out of East Africa to Columbus, the Silk Road and the building of empires.

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Kate Fletcher talks to Andy Fryers

Fashion: Craft of Use

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rather than continually making more clothes using more materials, there should be a greater emphasis on how clothes can be repaired, adapted and upcycled. The Professor of Sustainability, Design and Fashion at University of the Arts London presents an inspiring manifesto for improving durability and resourcefulness in the fashion industry.

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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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Denis Murphy, Helen Woodfield and Graham Brookes

Feeding The Nine Billion

Hay Festival 2018, 
The Earth’s population is expected to grow to 9.7 billion over the next 33 years, and that’s a huge exponential growth rate. We only hit our first billion total in 1800. All in all, it adds up to a lot of mouths to feed, especially when you consider the vast hunger issues that certain parts of the world face today. How can this be done both sustainably and reliably without destroying our planet? Do we ‘simply’ need to produce more food? Or is it more important to sort out distribution networks, develop new technological solutions to keeping food fresh, and cut down on waste? Denis Murphy is Professor of biotechnology at University of South Wales, Helen Woodfield is a lecturer at Cardiff University's School of Biosciences and Graham Brookes is an agricultural economist. Chaired by Jonathon Harrington.

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Ursula Martin, Hannah Engelkamp, Gwen Davies

Three People Walk: One young woman for a cause, the second for the diversion, the toddler to pick up twigs from the path

Hay Festival 2018, 

Ursula Martin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 31 and walked around Wales to raise money for a cancer charity: she recorded the experience in One Woman Walks Wales. Hannah Engelkamp’s book and film Seaside Donkey were based on her experience travelling with this companion around Wales. Hannah’s meanders are now accompanied by her toddler, Osian, who inspired her current writing on ‘wilding’ childhood and what the ‘dériving’ and colonialist habits of infants can teach us about travel. They talk to Gwen Davies.

Ursula Martin, Hannah Engelkamp, Gwen Davies

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Hyam Yared in conversation with Nayla Tamraz

Beirut 2012, 
Hyam Yared is a poet and novelist from Beirut. She has published two books of poetry with Dar An-nahar, and two novels, L’armoire des ombres and Sous la tonnelle. Her books have received several awards, such as the Prix FranceLiban, and she was selected as one of the best young Arab writers under forty by Beirut39. Chaired by Nayla Tamraz, Head of French Literature at Saint Joseph university.
 
Event in French.
With the support of Literature Across Frontiers

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Nick Broomfield en conversación con Peter Florence

Segovia 2008, 
El director de cine Nick Broomfield, ganador de la Concha de Plata a la Mejor Dirección con La Batalla de Hadiza en el 2007, ha dirigido varios largometrajes y documentales, entre los cuales se encuentran Ghosts (2006) y Quién mató a Kurt Cobain (1998). Tras estudiar cine en el National Film and Television School, Broomfield se ha dedicado a la elaboración de películas y documentales definidos por una extensa labor de documentación y el intento de ofrecer una visión múltiple sobre los hechos narrados. Conversará con Peter Florence, Director del Festival.
Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Joe Wright

Atonement preview screening and Q & A

Hay Festival 2007, 
The director of Pride and Prejudice previews clips from his movie of Ian McEwan's novel.

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Angeles Caso talks to Ana Gavin

Budapest 2012, 
The Spanish novelist (Contra el Viento), journalist and biographer of Empress Elisabeth talks about art and life, fiction and reality.
 
With the collaboration of Instituto Cervantes and Fundacion Lara Spanish with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Simon Horobin

How English Became English

Hay Festival 2016, 

The English Language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? The Oxford Professor investigates the evolution of the English language, examining how it continues to adapt, as English continues to find new speakers and new uses. Engaging with contemporary concerns about correctness, he considers whether such changes are improvements, or evidence of slipping standards. What is the future for the English Language? Will Standard English continue to hold sway, or are we witnessing its replacement by newly emerging Englishes?

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Mamta Sagar, Sian Melangell Dafydd, Anitha Thampi and Nia Davies

Hay Mela 2: Literature Across Frontiers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Sagar is a performance poet in the Kannada language, the Keralan poet Thampi writes in Malayalam. They’ve created a multi-lingual performance translating and writing together with the Cymraeg (Dafydd) and English-language (Davies) poets from Wales.

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Peter Lord

The Tradition: A New History of Welsh Art

Hay Festival 2016, 

The distinguished art historian presents his elegant and intriguing survey of the evolution of visual art in Wales from the Renaissance to the present day, told through landscape and portrait paintings, drawings and sculptures. Chaired by Jon Gower.