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Jon Lee Anderson in conversation with Ramón Lobo

Segovia 2012, 
Jon Lee Anderson, the New Yorker reporter, has published The Fall of Baghdad and Che Guevara: a Revolutionary Life. He presents his latest book, La Herencia Colonial y Otras Maldiciones. Crónicas de África, incorporating years of research in countries throughout the continent, ravaged by armed conflict and inequality, largely due in his view to the colonial division. He talks to journalist Ramón Lobo.
 
Event in Spanish.

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Földényi F. László talks to Bednanics Gábor

Budapest 2012, 
The art historian, literary scholar and essayist in conversation with the young literary critic, an expert on contemporary Hungarian literature.
 
Hungarian with simultaneous translation into English

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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The hysterical tale of a snow-line gardener from Hay Bluff and his struggle From Derelict Smallholding to Mountain Paradise.

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Teju Cole in conversation with John Sibi-Okumu

Open City

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

 

This story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11 was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Internationaler Literaturpreis. ‘A powerful and un-nerving inquiry into the human soul. Open City is ‘a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.’ – Time Magazine. John Sibi-Okumu is a Kenyan playwright (Role Play and Minister Karibu) journalist and actor best known internationally for his role in The Constant Gardener.

 

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Aarna Lakhani, Joseph Bokea and their parents

Young Talent

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Seven-year-old Aarna launches her first book Fluffy the Cat at the Storymoja Hay Festival. Eleven-year-old Joseph Bokea is working on his fantasy fiction novel. Their parents share their experiences of finding and nurturing talent in their child.


Families

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Oliver Taplin and Tim Whitmarsh

Talking about Sophocles

Hay Festival 2016, 

Sophocles stands as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, and one of the most influential on artists and thinkers over the centuries. Taplin has translated the four great tragedies in which he portrays the extremes of human suffering and emotion. Oedipus the King follows Oedipus, the “man of sorrow”, who has unwittingly chosen to enact his prophesied course by murdering his father and marrying his mother. In Aias, the great warrior confronts the harrowing humiliation inflicted upon him, while Philoctetes sees a once-noble hero nursing his resentment after ten years of marooned isolation. In Oedipus at Colonus the blind Oedipus, who has wandered far and wide as a beggar, finally meets his mysterious death. The great classicist, Oliver Taplin discusses the plays with Tim Whitmarsh, AG Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University. 

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Danny Dorling and Carl Lee

Geography, an Introduction

Hay Festival 2016, 

Channelling our twin urges to explore and understand, geographers uncover the hidden connections of human existence, from infant mortality in inner cities to the decision-makers who fly overhead in executive jets. Geography is a science that tackles all the biggest issues that face us today, from globalisation to equality, from sustainability to population growth, from climate change to advancing technology. 

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Carol Adlam and Helen Cross

Soldiers’ Art: What’s it Like to Be a Woman in the Army?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Most stories we hear about the army relate to the service of men. But one hundred years on from the formation of women’s units, front-line combat roles are made available to female soldiers. Join the National Army Museum with project partners artist Carol Adlam and writer Helen Cross, as they discuss the forgotten voices of women in the army, and how a new graphic anthology, made with female soldiers, will bring their stories to life.

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The National Museum of Wales presents Sounds Of The Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2013, 

Children get to handle dinosaur bones and other fossils, and then play with the noises dinosaurs might have made before joining in the soundtrack for an interactive reading of the museum’s Albie The Dinosaur story.

6–8 years

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Philip Ball

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics is Different

Hay Festival 2018, 

“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.” Since Niels Bohr said this many years ago, quantum mechanics has only been getting more shocking. We now realise that it’s not really telling us that “weird” things happen out of sight, on the tiniest level, in the atomic world. Rather, we can now see that everything is quantum: our everyday world is simply what quantum becomes at the human scale. But if quantum mechanics is right, what seems obvious and right in our everyday world is built on foundations that don’t seems obvious or right – or even possible. The writer Philip Ball was formerly an editor at Nature.

Philip Ball

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Philippe Sands

The PEN Hay Lecture: Words, Memory and Imagination - 1945, and Today

Hay Festival 2018, 

The human rights lawyer, author of East West Street and President of English PEN examines the state of the contemporary world in the context of the convulsive traumas of the 20th Century that resonate today across Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East. How do we find the language to tell these truths? What do we say? And how might we listen?

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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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Claudia Piñeiro in conversation with Sergio Dahbar

Cartagena 2012, 
Claudia Piñeiro won the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize for her book Las viudas de los jueves, an “implacable analysis of a social microcosm in an accelerated process of decadence,” according to José Saramago. 2010 winner of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for her novel Las grietas de Jara, she has recently published Betibú, a story that begins with the appearance of a man with his throat cut, sitting in his favourite armchair, with an empty bottle of whisky pressed to his chest and a bloody knife in his hand. She will talk to Sergio Dahbar, journalist and editor of the magazine El Librero.

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Meeting Future Energy Needs

The Eirgrid Debates 1

Kells 2013, 

More than 1.3 billion people currently lack access to electricity, while a burgeoning global middle class is demanding more. How can we meet these energy needs while still reining in greenhouse gas emissions?

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Alastair Sawday talks to Kitty Corrigan

Travelling Light: Journeys Among Special People and Places

Hay Festival 2017, 

The campaigner, publisher and wanderer has spent his life travelling: “The richer our imaginations, the richer our travel experience. We British do things one way and the Spaniards another; there are unlimited ways of doing everything. Kindness is found in unexpected places, as is eccentricity. Eccentrics are an endangered species and need as much protection as does the house sparrow.”

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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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Filip Springer

History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town

Hay Festival 2017, 

Lying at the crucible of Central Europe, the Silesian village of Kupferberg suffered the violence of the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, and World War I. After Stalin’s post-World War II redrawing of Poland’s borders, Kupferberg became Miedzianka, a town settled by displaced persons from all over Poland and a new centre of the Eastern Bloc’s uranium-mining industry. Decades of neglect and environmental degradation led to the town being declared uninhabitable, and the population was evacuated. Today, it exists only in ruins, with barely a hundred people living on the unstable ground above its collapsing mines. The journalist and photographer tells its story.

Filip Springer

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Catherine Barr, Steve Williams and Amy Husband

The Story of Life Workshop

Hay Festival 2015, 
Award-winning illustrator Amy Husband and local authors Catherine Barr and Steve Williams will take children on the extraordinary journey of evolution. You will draw, cut and colour all kinds of creatures to create your own timeline of life on Earth.
6–10 years
Catherine Barr, Steve Williams and Amy Husband

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Nicola Davies

Wildlife Adventures

Hay Festival 2014, 

The zoologist, Really Wild Show presenter and award-winning writer combines heart-stopping adventure stories with real-life conservation projects in an entertaining and informative session for all the family.
8+ years

Nicola Davies

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John Parrington talks to Daniel Davis

Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing will Transform the World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Genome editing has already been used clinically to treat AIDS patients by genetically modifying their white blood cells to be resistant to HIV. In agriculture, genome editing can be used to engineer species with increased food output, resistance to pests, drought and harsh environments. But these powerful new techniques also raise important ethical dilemmas. To what extent should parents be able to manipulate the genetics of their offspring? Can we effectively weigh up the risks from introducing synthetic life forms into complex ecosystems? Parrington is an Associate Professor in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Oxford.

John Parrington talks to Daniel Davis

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Andrew Pettie

What the Paper Said: The Telegraph Archive

Hay Festival 2015, 

Hosted by senior Telegraph journalists, stories from 24 May at key historical moments over the past 150 years are brought to life using the paper’s unique archive. From World War One and D-Day to the rise of the Suffragettes and the birth of the nuclear age; not to mention fashion through the decades and legendary stars of sport. Here is a past world documented in fascinating and revealing detail by daily reporting.

30 mins
Andrew Pettie

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Harry Mount

Amo Amas Amat and All That

Hay Festival 2007, 
Come and join a Latin primer, from the Python’s grammar lesson to Beckham’s tattoos and Virgil’s Aeneid.

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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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Adam Nicolson

The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Modern science has begun to understand sea birds: their epic voyages, their astonishing abilities to navigate for tens of thousands of miles on a featureless sea, their ability to smell their way towards fish and home. Only the poets in the past would have thought of seabirds as creatures riding the ripples and currents of the planet, though that is what the scientists are witnessing now, too. But a global tragedy is unfolding. The number of seabirds is in freefall: a 70% decline, a billion fewer now than there were in 1950.

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Siobhan Campbell, Emily Blewitt, Rhiannon Hooson and Polly Atkin

The Seren 2017 Poetry Gala

Hay Festival 2017, 

Four poets read from new collections in this poetry platform. Campbell reads from her new collection Heat Signature. Blewitt reads from her Forward-commended This is Not a Rescue. Hooson reads from her collection The Other City. Atkin reads from Basic Nest Architecture.