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Norman Ohler talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Blitzed

Hay Festival 2017, 

The German writer’s astounding investigation shows that the Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines – or crystal meth. Everyone from factory workers to housewives, and, crucially the troops, used drugs. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making. Hitler and his entourage took refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell.

Norman Ohler talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and guest

The Early Edition

Hay Festival 2015, 

The home team satirists read the Sunday papers.

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and guest

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Atinuke

Hay Festival 2015, 

Atinuke collects stories, writes stories and tells stories, all of which originate in Africa. You will be spellbound by Atinuke’s traditional storytelling as she conjures up the sights, sounds and hustle and bustle of life in Nigeria, where she was born.

4+ years
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Keith Ray

Offa’s Dyke and the C8th Mercian Question of Europe

Hay Festival 2016, 

At a time when migrations and borders are again central to our politics and national identity, the archaeologist looks back in time, to the creation of what was then Europe’s largest earthwork, Offa’s Dyke. He examines the role of the Mercian kingdom as a European power, and the ways in which Alfred and the Saxon kings rewrote that history. Chaired by Jesse Norman, MP for South Herefordshire, through which Offa’s Dyke approaches Hay.

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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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Tinga Tinga Tales - Screening

Hay Festival 2012, 
Discover Why Elephant Has A Trunk as we bring the much-loved animated African folk tales to the big screen. Then trot off to our Make and Take tent for your very own Tinga Tinga-inspired crafts.
 
Duration 30 mins.   3+ years.

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Sarah Bakewell talks to Francine Stock

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being & Apricot Cocktails

Hay Festival 2016, 

Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Raymond Aron. Aron opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, “You can make philosophy out of this cocktail”. The author of How To Live: A Life of Montaigne tells the story of modern existentialism as one of passionate encounters between people, minds and ideas. Weaving biography and thought, Bakewell takes us to the heart of a philosophy about life that also changed lives, and tackled the biggest questions of all: what we are and how we are to live.

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Brix Smith-Start talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Rise, The Fall, and the Rise

Hay Festival 2016, 

Brix spent ten years in the band, The Fall, before a violent disintegration led to her exit and the end of her marriage with Mark E Smith. Her story is much more than rock ’n’ roll highs and lows in one of the most radically dysfunctional bands around. Growing up in the Hollywood Hills in the 1960s in a dilapidated pink mansion, her life has taken her from luxury to destitution, from the cover of the NME to waitressing in California, via the industrial wasteland of Manchester in the 1980s.

Brix Smith-Start talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Noel Malcolm

Brunis and Brutis

Hay Festival 2015, 

Malcolm describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its hinterland by an eminent Venetian-Albanian family – among them an archbishop in the Balkans, the captain of the papal flagship at Lepanto, the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia, and a dragoman (interpreter) at the Porte – previously almost invisible to history. Through them he casts the world between Venice and Istanbul in a fresh light, illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage, slave-ransoming and the grain trade. It is a masterpiece of both scholarship and storytelling, creating a panoramic picture of interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.

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Antony Feltham-White and Claire Worden, chaired by Bella Bathurst

Talking About It

Hay Festival 2017, 

What do we do when the going gets roughest, and what on earth can we say? Rev LT Col Feltham-White is an army chaplain who has dealt with the full psychological cost of war both on the frontline and behind it. Worden is a farmer and campaigner whose father made an attempt on his life after the family farm had to be sold. With wisdom, humour and insight, they talk about when and how to listen.

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Claudia Hammond

Mind Over Money: The Psychology of Money and How To Use It Better

Hay Festival 2016, 

We know we need money. We tend to want more of it. But why do we behave the way we do with it? And why does it have such a hold on us? Award-winning BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond delves into the surprising psychology of money to show us that our relationship with the stuff is more complex than we might think. Exploring the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, biology and behavioural economics, she also reveals some simple and effective tricks that will help you think about, use and save money better: from how being grumpy helps if you don’t want to be ripped off to why you should opt for the more expensive pain relief; from how to shop for a new laptop to why you should never offer to pay your friends for favours.

Claudia Hammond

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Bernice Rubens and Ruth Rendell talk to Michele Roberts

A Good Read

Hay Festival 1995, 
Creative Reading along the lines of the popular Radio 4 programme in which writers recommend favourite books. booker winner Rubens chooses Thomas Keneally's Schindler's Ark, recent filmed by Stephen Spielberg. Rendell Recommends Samuels Butler's novel The Way of All Flesh.

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Horatio Clare

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

Hay Festival 2016, 

Horatio Clare weaves a spell-binding story of a rambunctious boy, some remarkable animals, a lot of jokes and a darkly evil magic that Aubrey must bravely defeat if he is to save his father. Peter Florence says, “This is destined to become a children’s classic”.

8+
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Sibéal Pounder and Stephanie Burgis

Bad Mermaids and The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Hay Festival 2017, 

Mermaids and dragons, popular creatures from mythology, have been given new adventures by these two authors. Join them as they discuss the fun they have had creating their characters and giving a fresh spin to traditional stories. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare

6+
Sibéal Pounder and Stephanie Burgis

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Juan Villoro en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2015, 
Premiado en sus múltiples facetas de narrador, ensayista, autor de libros infantiles y traductor de importantes obras en alemán e inglés, el mexicano Juan Villoro es además colaborador de publicaciones como La Jornada, El País, El Periódico, Letras Libres, Proceso y Reforma, entre otros. En su último libro, ¿Hay vida en la Tierra?, Villoro presenta cien relatos cortos que forman un hilarante catálogo de las paranoias, malentendidos, molestias e ilusiones que conforman la vida cotidiana.

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Mara Menzies

I knew a man called Livingstone

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Mara tells the story of the great Scottish explorer David Livingstone from the perspective of his African friends. In an extraordinary attempt to ensure his spirit rested in peace, his companions Susi and Chuma and eighty others carried the doctor’s body from the very centre of Africa to the East African coast so he could be returned to the land of his birth. The story is revealed through vibrant storytelling and music.

12+ years

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Kamal Mouzawak in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Food And The City

Beirut 2013, 

Kamal Mouzawak created the first farmers’ market in Beirut (Souk el-Tayeb), preserving both food traditions and the culture of sustainable agriculture in Lebanon, while boosting the business of small producers. His celebrated restaurant Tawlet, a model of social enterprise, is one of Beirut’s more innovative and celebrated restaurants, and he has just opened a second Tawlet restaurant in the beautiful Bekaa valley. Kamal will discuss food, its relationship to the city and its inhabitants, and how development needs to be achieved carefully when it comes to where we live and what we eat. Rosie Boycott is a journalist, writer and the chairman of London Food, part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s attempt to improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food. Followed by a tasting provided by Tawlet.

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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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Peter Johnson, Linda Bauld and Fred Scott

40 Years of Advances: how research has changed the face of cancer prevention, detection and treatment

Hay Festival 2016, 

Cancer Research UK Series

Unprecedented scientific and technological advances over the past 40 years have helped double the rate of cancer survival. Our expert panel will analyse some of the pivotal discoveries and research projects that have shaped our understanding of cancer and led to revolutionary new treatments. Find out what today’s lab work could mean for future generations. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Peter Johnson, Linda Bauld and Fred Scott

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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.
 

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Dean Buonomano

The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is time? Is our sense of time’s passage an illusion? The human brain is a complex system that not only tells time but creates it; it constructs our sense of chronological flow and enables ‘mental time travel’ - simulations of future and past events. Chaired by Raymond Tallis.

Dean Buonomano

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Helen Rappaport

Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917

Hay Festival 2017, 

Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd was in turmoil – felt nowhere more keenly than on the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt, where the foreign visitors and diplomats who filled hotels, clubs, bars and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos beneath their windows. Rappaport draws upon the diaries and letters of these international witnesses, to carry us right into the action: to see, feel and hear the Revolution as it happened.

Helen Rappaport

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James Holland

The War in the West, Volume 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941–1943: Hitler’s invasion of Russia; America’s entry into the conflict; the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany; the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic.

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Hugo Drochon

Cambridge Series 2: Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Was Diana killed by the Secret Services? Is climate change a hoax? Did man not walk on the moon? Who shot JFK? Drawing on a nationwide survey about belief in conspiracy theories, Drochon will explore what factors –religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories and what impact that has had on contemporary political events. Drochon is a political theorist and historian of modern political thought.

Hugo Drochon

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Christopher Frayling

The Yellow Peril

Hay Festival 2015, 

The cultural historian demonstrates the rise of China-phobia in popular culture with the help of some film clips. Frayling chronicles the entry of Dr Fu Manchu, known as ‘the yellow peril incarnate in one man’, into world literature a century ago and asks why the idea developed unfairly that China was a threat to Western civilization, and why such images continue to distort our image of its people. Frayling also explains how we neglect the history of popular culture at our peril if we are to understand our deepest desires and fears. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

Christopher Frayling