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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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Trevor Cox talks to Adam Rutherford

Now You’re Talking: Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

If you’ve ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your voice is to your personal identity. We judge others not just by their words but by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent. The Professor of Acoustic Engineering explores the full range of our voice – how we speak and how we sing; how our vocal anatomy works; what happens when things go wrong and how technology enables us to imitate and manipulate the human voice.

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Michael Morpurgo and Barroux

In the Mouth of the Wolf – live drawing event

Hay Festival 2018, 

Michael Morpurgo is joined by the French illustrator of his remarkable new true story, about his two uncles, Pieter and Francis, one an airman and the other an SOE (Special Operations Executive) in the Second World War. The event will include reading by the author and live drawing by Barroux.

6+

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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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Kiss Noémi, Tóth Krisztina and Bán Zsófia talk to Péter Gerocs

Budapest 2012, 
Discussion about Literature and The Visual.
 
Hungarian with simultaneous translation into English

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Rolf Strom-Olsen talks to Georg von Habsburg, chaired by Revel Guest

Budapest 2012, 
A conversation about business, humanitarianism and world affairs with the distinguished statesmen and scholars.
 
Sponsored by IE university with the collaboration of CEU - English

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Eleanor Updale & Geraldine McCaughrean

The Last Minute & The Last Performance

Hay Festival 2013, 

Updale writes about the last minute of life for hundreds of people, and McCaughrean about a seaside theatre’s very last performance. Find out what is so absorbing about the end of things.

11+ years

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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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Super High-tech Robot Show

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ever wondered how robots work, what they do and why we even have them? Join the Science Museum as they take you on an amazing interactive journey into the world of robots. Discover how we program them, how they’re engineered and which is better – robot technology or human biology. This exciting and engaging science show features incredible live robot demonstrations and experiments that will blow your circuits.

9+

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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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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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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Young Stalin

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian investigates the development of the charismatic cobbler’s son, who was hailed as a poet, trained as a priest, and became a consummate politician and murderous psychopath.

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Colin Mayer

Firm Commitment

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Professor of Management Studies at the SaïdBusinessSchool at the University of Oxford offers a lucid and revelatory analysis of Why The Corporation Is Failing Us And How To Restore Trust In It.

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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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David Cordingly

The Spanish Gold

Hay Festival 2011, 
The true story of the C18th Governor of the Bahamas and his mission to clean up the high seas – Woodes Rogers and the Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Timothy Brook talks to Jerry Brotton

Mr Selden’s Map of China

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of Vermeer’s Hat discusses his picaresque adventure to decode an ancient map: a journey through Chinese science and folklore, the globalized spice trade, the tides of international exchange, and the disputes of the South China Sea.

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Rob Eastaway

Maths, Magic and Mystery

Hay Festival 2015, 
Rob Eastaway returns with more engaging ways to make maths more fun at home in this lively, interactive session. Entertaining and enlightening for everyone.
7+ years
Rob Eastaway

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Jung Chang talks to John Kampfner

Budapest 2012, 
The author of and biographer of Mao discusses her work and the changes China has seen in the decades since she wrote the global bestseller Wild Swans.
Introduced by Markos Kounalakis (CEU) In association with Google

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Giles Tremlett

Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen

Hay Festival 2017, 
In 1474, a 23-year-old woman ascended the throne of Castile, the largest and strongest kingdom in Spain. Ahead of her lay the considerable challenge not only of being a young, female ruler in an overwhelmingly male-dominated world, but also of reforming a major European kingdom that was riddled with crime, corruption, and violent political factionism. The historian chronicles her life of Isabella of Castile as she led her country out of the murky Middle Ages and harnessed the newest ideas and tools of the early Renaissance to turn her ill-disciplined, quarrelsome nation into a sharper, modern state with a powerful, clear-minded, and ambitious monarch at its centre.
Giles Tremlett

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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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Andy Fryers, Kate Flood, Jon O'Sullivan, Brian Donovan and Dan Courtney

The Eirgrid Debate

Kells 2014, 
What’s been happening in the environmental world during festival week? We pick through the best and worst, sort the bizarre from the banal and generally sift the global media. Our panel of festival guests discuss with Hay Festival's Sustainability Director, Andy Fryers.

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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

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Triumphs On And Off The Track

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
Moroccan-Dutch writer and marathon runner Abdelkader Benali talks with Paralympic Silver Medalist runner Francis Thuo, Paralympic Gold Medalist Mary Namancha and the British High Commissioner Rob MaCaire.

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Olivia Laing

To The River: A Journey Beneath The Surface

Hay Festival 2011, 
To The River is the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One midsummer week, over sixty years later, Olivia Laing walked Woolf’s river from source to sea. The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape – and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love.

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William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond

Hay Festival 2017, 

The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world, from the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historians.

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand