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Mark Tully

India’s Unending Journey: Finding Balance in a Time of Change

Hay Festival 2007, 
A fascinating, deeply personal account of the impact the Subcontinent has had on the life and beliefs of the broadcaster.

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Shakespeare

Dhaka 2012, 
This year, all 32 of Shakespeare's plays were staged in London's Globe Theatre, performed by theatre troupes from all over the world. Kamila Shamsie talks about Shakespeare's global appeal. Followed by a short play inspired by Hamlet, presented by Aly Zaker and directed by Sara Zaker.

Darpan is not a translation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare but a free adaptation of sorts. It is a lifting of the story out of the original play's context and rewriting it for Bangla theatre. This play, though it stems from palace intrigue, deals with the universal human ramifications of love, greed and anguish. The 'play within the play' uses the folk form elements of Bangladesh. Performed by Nagorik Natya Sampradaya.

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The RSPB Cymru Lecture: Saving Special Places

Hay Festival 2008, 
Graham Wynne talks about why the RSPB, a UK-based conservation charity, is involved in saving the Harapan Rainforest? Find out how the destruction of this special place is not only a disaster for the local people and wildlife, but also for the world's climate.

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William Boyd

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Novelist And screenwriter talks about his work and introduces his new short story collection The Destiny of Nathalie "X". Boyd's award-winning books include A Good Man in Africa, An Ice Cream War, The New Confessions, Brazzaville Beach, The Blue Afternoon. 

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Rowan Hooper

Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability

Hay Festival 2018, 

Why can some people achieve greatness when others can't, no matter how hard they try? What are the secrets of long life and happiness? The New Scientist Managing Editor takes us on a tour of the peaks of human achievement. Drawing on interviews with a wide range of superhumans as well as those who study them, Hooper assesses the science of peak potential, reviewing the role of genetics alongside the famed 10,000 hours of practice.

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Ian Mortimer talks to Phil Rickman

Time Traveller

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writer discusses his two new publications: a history book that chronicles the time of Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys and Charles II – The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain; and a dazzling time-travelling fiction, The Outcasts of Time.

Ian Mortimer talks to Phil Rickman

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Pamela Butchart and Laura James

Doggy Delights with Pugly and Pug

Hay Festival 2016, 
Pugly, star of Pugly Bakes a Cake, is a dog with aspirations and dreams. Pug, inspired by Laura James’ own dog Brian and star of Captain Pug, is a quiet stay-at-home dog, frightened of water  – until he hides in a picnic hamper and finds himself on a sea-faring adventure!
6+
Pamela Butchart and Laura James

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Joanna Yarrow and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

Good Business-Sustainable Business – Good Energy Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Are businesses better able to address environmental issues than governments and NGOs? Where does genuine motivation to act responsibly need to be backed up by regulation? And how do we ensure that businesses ensure that sustainability isn't just another PR exercise from profit-hungry executives? IKEA’s Sustainability Director, the broadcaster and author Joanna Yarrow, and Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport, talk to the Festival's Sustainability Director.

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Rob Biddulph

Blown Away

Hay Festival 2015, 
Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, kite-flying larks and new experiences in Blown Away, the very first picture book from Rob Biddulph. Join Rob for some blustery fun and arty activities.
4+ years
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Adam Henson

Like Farmer, Like Son

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Countryfile star and visionary farmer explores his bond with his life-long hero: his father, Joe. In the 1940s and ’50s Joe, the son of stage and film star Leslie Henson, chose a completely different path and decided to pursue a career as a farmer. Joe overcame a serious stammer to become a regular broadcaster on Country Matters. He became the saviour of Britain’s rare breeds and opened the world’s first Farm Park.

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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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Cat Weatherill

Bluebeard

Hay Festival 2017, 

The charismatic storyteller takes us on a journey into obsession. Inspired by Perrault’s classic Gothic horror story, it’s magnificently dark, erotic and disturbing. But it’s also fiercely life affirming – a celebration of the love of sisters and the resilience of women. This is a defiantly female version of the tale, in which the sister and mother of the bride, Eva, are given far greater prominence. Eva is awarded infinitely more emotional complexity than usual, as she explosively transforms from a victim into a survivor who will not “rake through the ashes for half burned hopes”.

With simultaneous live drawing by Chris Riddell

Cat Weatherill

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David Lodge

Deaf Sentence

Hay Festival 2008, 
Comic maestro David Lodge introduces his brilliant, elegiac novel about one man’s effort to come to terms with deafness and death, ageing and mortality.

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Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm: May Require Batteries

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

With overdue homework, overdue pocket money and a bag full of overdue newspapers, can life get any more unfair for Norm? Abso-flipping-lutely.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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Francesca Simon

The Lost Gods

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Lost Gods takes up where The Sleeping Army left off, transporting us back to Francesca Simon’s brilliantly-imagined modern Norse England. Freya has been to Hel and back but the gods are looking for celebrity…
9+ years

Francesca Simon

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The Gaia Lectures 2: In Our Hands

Hay Festival 2008, 
Friends of the Earth Director Tony Juniper shows how we can all face the big eco-problems with mass attention to simple domestic practice, from energy conservation to green business networks.

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Penny Campling and John Ballatt

The Elizabeth Bryan Hay Memorial Lecture

Hay Festival 2017, 

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till it’s Gone: Valuing the NHS

A toxic combination of anxiety, rhetoric and mechanistic solutions can lead to dangerous neglect of the human factors that require attention if the NHS is to survive and thrive as a safe, compassionate and effective service. Penny Campling and John Ballatt have decades of experience in senior roles in the NHS. They are the co-authors of Intelligent Kindness: reforming the culture of healthcare. Their work has been widely influential among clinicians, managers, policy makers and educators in healthcare. 

The Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust is a charitable trust founded in memory of the eminent paediatrician Elizabeth Bryan, whose work with families with twins, or multiple births, brought together the best of skilled medical practice with a profound commitment to the wellbeing of her patients and their families. Their central focus is on the values she placed highest herself: compassion, empathy and intelligent kindness – not only between staff and patients but among the staff of the NHS, both clinical and non-clinical.

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Steve Evans

Cambridge Series: Our Sustainable Industrial Future

Hay Festival 2017, 

Factories that forage, X-ray glasses that can see energy, why price is not value and lots of stupid stuff as well. The Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability explores how the industrial system is (slowly) changing and why free energy is ignored. He explains how to be an environmental optimist and how to love factories. Chaired by Jane Davidson.

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Mike Snook

Beyond the Reach of Empire: Wolseley’s Failed Campaign to Save Gordon and Khartoum

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the early 1880s the Mahdi unleashed a spectacularly successful jihadist uprising against Egyptian colonial rule in the Sudan. Major General Charles Gordon was despatched to evacuate Khartoum and turn the Sudan over to self-rule. The mission backfired and Sir Garnet Wolseley was sent to relieve him…

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Matthew Francis

Mabinogi

Hay Festival 2017, 

Francis’ re-telling of the first four stories of the Welsh classic is the first to situate it in poetry, and captures the magic and strangeness of this medieval Celtic world: a baby is kidnapped by a monstrous claw, a giant wades across the Irish Sea to do battle, a wizard makes a woman out of flowers, only to find she is less biddable than he expected. Permeating the whole sequence is a delight in the power of the imagination to transform human experience into works of tragedy, comedy and wonder. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Sounding It Out

A BBC Radio Drama Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Alison Hindell, the BBC’s Head of Audio Drama, in conversation with two leading writers of radio drama. Come for some tips on creating memorable stories and characters out of words and sound.

Not for broadcast.

Photo: Alison Hindell by Mark Bassett

BBC Radio Drama
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
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Andrew Simms and Richard Murphy

How Quickly Can We Change? Economics

Hay Festival 2016, 

Creeping climatic upheaval and corrosive global inequality are like two threads pulling apart civilisation’s fabric. To survive and thrive, we face an unprecedented challenge of rapid transition. But the way we live is locked-in by an economic system, dominated by finance and obsessed with growth. Andrew Simms of the New Weather Institute discusses whether orthodox economics can effect change with Richard Murphy, the architect of Corbynomics.

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Patrick Deville en entretien avec Cherif Majdalani et Fares Sassine

Beirut 2013, 

Patrick Deville a reçu le Prix Femina 2012 pour son dernier ouvrage Peste et choléra. Fondateur de la Maison des Écrivains Étrangers et Traducteurs de Saint-Nazaire (France) et grand voyageur (il a visité le Moyen-Orient, l’Afrique et l’Amérique centrale), il est l’auteur de plus de dix romans traduits dans une douzaine de langues.

Événement en français 

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Dan Green

Rebel Science

Hay Festival 2017, 

Do you think scientists are boring boffins who don’t leave the lab? Think again! The brainiacs of history spent hundreds of years breaking the rules, blowing things up and performing dangerous experiments. Come and celebrate 400 years of rebel antics. Expect plenty of silly wigs and terrible jokes. Dress up as a scientist and be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Dan Green’s Rebel Science, shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2016, which celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people.

9+
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Eric Siblin with Natalie Clein

The Cello Suites: In Search of a Baroque Masterpiece

Hay Festival 2011, 
The music critic rhapsodises about Bach and the missing manuscript of the iconic suites, and the legendary Spanish Catalan cellist Pablo Casals and his historic discovery of the music. Illustrated by the cellist Natalie Clein.