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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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John Julius Norwich

Four Princes

Hay Festival 2017, 

The historian conjures the supreme C16th monarchs whose empires and kingdoms shaped the modern world. He explores the schism in Christianity and the flowering of Islam in the Ottoman Empire. He shows with exquisite erudition how Henry VIII of England, Francis I of France, Charles V of Spain and Suleiman the Magnificent forged the politics, culture and religion of their time and ours.

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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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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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Helen Thomson

Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains

Hay Festival 2018, 

The neuroscientist and writer explains how the mind works – from memory to emotion, navigation to creativity, through nine extraordinary case studies.

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Martin Buckley

Grains of Sand

Hay Festival 2000, 
Images of the desert exert a powerful grip on the human imagination, from Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars and Christ's forty days in the wilderness. To open this day of adventurous travel writing, Buckley introduces the story of a unique journey: a circumnavigation of the earth via the belt of deserts, which make up one fifth of its landmass.

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The Tale Of The Gingerbread Man

Hay Festival 2013, 

An imaginative interactive telling of a much-loved classic story, which parents will enjoy as much as their children.

Duration 30 mins.

3–7 years 

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Peter Hennessy and James Jinks

The Silent Deep

Hay Festival 2016, 

The first authoritative history of the Submarine Service, the most secretive and mysterious of Britain’s armed forces, from the end of the Second World War to the present. As we come to decide whether to renew the nuclear deterrent, Hennessy and Jinks analyse the development of Britain’s submarine fleet, its capabilities, its weapons, its infrastructure, its operations and, above all – from the testimony of many submariners and the first-hand witness of the authors – what life is like on board for the denizens of the silent deep.

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Soy tu hombre. La vida de Leonard Cohen.

Sylvie Simmons en conversación con Jacobo Celnik

Cartagena 2015, 

La periodista, cantante y escritora Sylvie Simmons es autora de Soy tu hombre. La vida de Leonard Cohen, biografía oficial del celebrado músico, imprescindible para todos sus seguidores, que ha sido traducida a 15 idiomas con un enorme éxito de ventas y críticas. En este evento Simmons hablará sobre su experiencia con Cohen durante la preparación del libro e interpretará alguna de las míticas canciones de este músico acompañada de su ukelele.

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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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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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Harry Potter: Calling All Fans

Hay Festival 2015, 
Have you ever wanted to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books? Join our ‘Professor of Potter’ and his plucky assistant as they bring to life the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A fun and interactive event for all the family, whether you’re new to the books or a dedicated fan. Prizes for best costume. Certificates and postcards for keen muggles! Come and share the magic!
7+ years
Harry Potter: Calling All Fans

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Imagine the World: Afro Fusion Music Concert

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Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Featuring Nairobi’s headlining artists, this concert will leave you in a musical whirl. Kick off with the high-energy Afro fusion band Sarabi and then let Mumala and Kiu melt your dance sweat away. Phenomenal Fena will have you head-bopping and feet-tapping to soul and afro house, and the electrifying Jemedari will teach you just what jazzy hip hop is. Imagine it... we can.

 

 

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Tamasin Day Lewis

Hay Festival 2007, 
The food writer introduces her Kitchen Classics. She talks to John Mitchinson.

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Henry Marsh talks to Raymond Tallis

Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery

Hay Festival 2017, 

Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Prompted by his retirement from his full-time job in the NHS, and through his continuing work in Nepal and Ukraine, Henry has been forced to reflect more deeply about what 40 years spent handling the human brain has taught him.

Henry Marsh talks to Raymond Tallis

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Orhan Pamuk talks to Maureen Freely

Hay Festival 2007, 
The 2006 Nobel Laureate, talks to his translator about his work My Name is Red, Snow and Istanbul: Memories and the City.

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Miranda Seymour

Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 1613 a beautiful Stuart princess married a handsome young German prince. This was a love match, but it was also an alliance that aimed to weld together Europe’s two great Protestant powers. Before Elizabeth and Frederick left London for the court in Heidelberg, they watched a performance of The Winter’s Tale. In 1943, a group of British POWs gave a performance of that same play to a group of enthusiastic Nazi guards in Bavaria. When the amateur actors suggested doing a version of The Merchant of Venice that showed Shylock as the hero, the guards brought in the costumes and helped create the sets. Nothing about the story of England and Germany is as simple as we might expect. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

Miranda Seymour

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Craig Thomas

Worlds Not Realised - Wagner and Nietzsche

Hay Festival 1995, 
The best-selling novelist re-examines the personal and intellectual relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche, proposing the argument that Nietzsche's early philosophy was based on a misunderstanding of Wagner's music and on indebtedness to the aesthetic theories of the previous hundred years. Nietzsche emerges as a Romantic Philosopher and Wagner as the last composer of the revolutionary Enlightenment.

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Tony Juniper

What’s Really Happening to our Planet?

Hay Festival 2016, 

The acclaimed environmentalist and campaigner, author of What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? charts the dramatic explosion of human population and consumption and its impact on climate change and our planet.  He offers rigorous and clear analysis, and a fresh perspective on what we might do next.

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Luis García Montero en conversación con Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2015, 
El poeta y catedrático de Literatura Española Luis García Montero ha recibido diversos galardones entre los que destacan el Premio Nacional de Literatura por Habitaciones separadas y el Premio Nacional de la Crítica por La intimidad de la serpiente. Su último libro, Alguien dice tu nombre, se desarrolla en la España franquista en el verano de 1963 y cuenta la historia de León Egea, el comienzo de su carrera en la editorial Universo y cómo vive su primer amor.

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Ng’endo Mukii, Tazim Elkington, Zukiswa Wanner, Renee Mboya

Shadeism

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

The film-maker of Yellow Fever, Ng’endo Mukii chats with Tazim Elkington, Zukiswa Wanner and Renee Mboya about the shades of discrimination arising from our convoluted ideas around beauty and skin colour.

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Geordie Greig, Robert Lacey

Majesty

Hay Festival 2000, 
The editor of Tatler discusses writing about royalty and his portrait of his grandfather, Louis and the Prince, about Louis Greig, mentor and friend for 45 years to Prince Albert, Duke of York, later crowned King George VI. Robert Lacey is the biographer of The Queen Mother and Grace Kelly.

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HON

Hay Festival 1998, 
Golwyg Sgwarnoglyd ar fap dychymyg Twm Morys, sy'n eich gwahodd i ragflas o gyfresi teledu a radio mwya' pryfoclyd Cymru. Cewch groeso ar gan, cipolwg o ambell I olygfa ac yna trafodaeth rhwng Twm a John Hefin.

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Tracey Corderoy

I Want My Mummy

Hay Festival 2013, 

Not even Arthur’s dragon suit and favourite toy can cheer him up when he is separated from his mummy for the first time. Luckily help is at hand…

4+ years 

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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