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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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William Waldegrave talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

A Different Kind of Weather

Hay Festival 2015, 

A beautifully weighted memoir of political success and failure from the son of an Earl, who after Eton and Oxford found himself in cabinet and at the heart of Margaret Thatcher’s government. Just as his star was in the ascent, Waldegrave became embroiled in a scandal that tarnished his reputation but could not dampen his voracious enthusiasm for the political game.

William Waldegrave talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Judith Kerr talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fifty years of The Tiger who Came to Tea

Hay Festival 2018, 

The 94-year-old author's creation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The writer discusses its enduring appeal and her long career as a writer and illustrator with the broadcaster, musician and novelist.

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Simon Jenkins

England’s Cathedrals

Hay Festival 2017, 

Cathedrals are custodians of culture and of the rituals of civic life. They offer welfare and relieve suffering. They uplift spirits with their beauty. In a real sense they are still what they were when first built a millennium ago, a glimpse of the sublime. Illustrated lecture.

Simon Jenkins

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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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Owen Sheers talks to Francine Stock

Resistance – The Movie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist and screenwriter previews clips from the counterfactual film of the novel launched here two years ago – a thriller set up in the Olchon Valley above Hay during the Nazi occupation of Britain.

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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.

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John Mullan, Peter Florence and guests

The Books that Defined the Century

Hay Festival 2007, 
In April a panel of experts selected 50 era-defining books that mapped each decade of the C20th. We announce the Guardian readers’ top ten books of the century, and discuss what's resonating in the Noughties.

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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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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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The Massed Choirs

The Gwernyfed Minibus Concert

Hay Festival 2015, 

Talgarth Male Voice Choir are joined by Hay Community Choir and bands and choirs from schools in the Gwernyfed area. They sing a celebration concert of popular choral works to raise money for the school minibus. The concert will be compèred by Chris Davies. Please join us.

The Massed Choirs

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Emily Wilson

The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer

Hay Festival 2018, 

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey, is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. The vivid new translation, the first by a woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’. She recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature. This inaugural translation lecture is given in the name of the pre-eminent translator, whose peerless work rendering French, Danish and German literature into English ranges from Asterix to Austerlitz.  Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

Emily Wilson

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Bryony Gordon

Eat Drink Run

Hay Festival 2018, 

Bryony Gordon was not a runner. A loafer, a dawdler, a drinker, a smoker, yes. A runner, no. Yet somehow, as she began to recover from the emotional rollercoaster of laying her life bare in her mental health memoir Mad Girl, she started to realise that getting outside, moving her body and talking to others for whom life was also an occasional challenge, might actually help her. Going for a run might not banish her sadness but at least it might show that she was damn well trying to beat it, which is sometimes half the battle. As she began to run further she started to see the limitations she had imposed on her life more clearly. Why couldn’t she be a runner? Or a bungee jumper? Or a deep-sea diver? Maybe rather than sitting on the sofa watching the world go by, fulfilling your dreams was just about standing up and taking that first step.

Bryony Gordon

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The Etherington Brothers

The Greatest Comic-Making Show on Earth!

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Robin and Lorenzo for the most amazing show you’ll ever see. You’ll laugh. You’ll laugh again. Then you’ll laugh some more! And in between the chuckles the Etherington Brothers will take you on a roller coaster journey through the mystical arts of storytelling and character creation, showing you how to explore the power of your imagination. Don’t miss this high-octane show packed full of belly laughs and surprises.
6+ years
The Etherington Brothers

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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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David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

The Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam, an editor at Nature, explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works – to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers, and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.

David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

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Joe Lycett talks to Stephanie Merritt

Parsnips, Buttered: bamboozle and boycott modern life, one email at a time

Hay Festival 2017, 

This is the comedian’s first book. His first book that he’s written. He’s read loads of books. “Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.” So..

Joe Lycett talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Bronwen Maddox, Terry Burns, David Allen Green and Vicky Pryce

Brexit Britain 2: How To Do It

Hay Festival 2017, 

If the political decision is difficult, what will the practical delivery be like? How can it be done? By whom? And when? Maddox is the Director of the Institute for Government; Lord Burns was Permanent Secretary to the Treasury in the 1990s; Pryce was joint head of the Government’s Economic Service until 2010, and is the author of Greekonomics; Allen Green writes the Jack of Kent blog and is the author of Brexit: What Everyone Needs to Know.

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Bella Bathurst

Sound

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. For the next 12 years deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again. Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and – as Bella eventually did – to get it back. What does that teach you about listening and silence, music and noise? She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers; sign language, and what the deaf know about these subjects that the hearing don’t. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed.

Bella Bathurst

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Patrick Barkham

Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals

Hay Festival 2011, 
A joyful celebration of the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly.

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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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Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

The Aftermath

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist discusses his superbly controlled emotional thriller – a tale of passion, betrayal and conscience set in post-war Germany. Perfect for anyone who loved Atonement, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin or Anna Karenina.

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Elizabeth Drayson

Cambridge Series: The Moor’s Last Stand

Hay Festival 2017, 

The poignant story of Boabdil, the last Muslim king of Granada. Betrayed by his family and undermined by faction and internal conflict, Boabdil was defeated in 1492 by the forces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of the newly united kingdoms of Castile and Aragon. The Christian victory marked the completion of the long Christian reconquest of Spain and ended seven centuries in which Christians, Muslims and Jews had, for the most part, lived peacefully and profitably together in La Convivencia.

Elizabeth Drayson

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Raoul Martinez talks to William Sieghart

Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future

Hay Festival 2017, 

Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society - myths about free will, free markets, free media and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the consent-manufacturing influence of concentrated wealth and power, this far-reaching manifesto lifts the veil on the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives.

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Marion Coutts talks to Rosie Boycott

The Iceberg – Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize

Hay Festival 2015, 

A conversation with the winner of the 2015 prize. Chair of judges, Bill Bryson: 'Marion Coutts' account of living with her husband's illness and death is wise, moving and beautifully constructed. Reading it, you have the sense of something truly unique being brought into the world – it stays with you for a long time after.'

In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife. In short bursts of beautiful, textured prose, Coutts describes the eighteen months leading up to her partner's death. This book is an account of a family unit, man, woman, young child, under assault, and how the three of them fought to keep it intact. Written with extraordinary narrative force and power, The Iceberg is almost shocking in its rawness. It charts the deterioration of Tom's speech even as it records the developing language of his child. Fury, selfishness, grief, indignity and impotence are all examined and brought to light. Yet out of this comes a rare story about belonging, an 'adventure of being and dying'. This book is a celebration of each other, friends, family, art, work, love and language.

Marion Coutts talks to Rosie Boycott