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Ulrich Raulff

A Farewell to the Horse: the Final Century of our Relationship

Hay Festival 2017, 

The German journalist and writer offers an engaging and moving discussion of what horses once meant to us. Cities, farmland, entire industries were once shaped as much by the needs of horses as humans. They were sculpted, painted, cherished, admired; they were thrashed, abused and exposed to terrible danger. Tolstoy once reckoned that he had cumulatively spent some nine years of his life on horseback. And then came the 20th century, and there were just racetracks and pony clubs… Chaired by Corisande Albert.

Ulrich Raulff

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Janice Hadlow

The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians

Hay Festival 2015, 

George III wanted to be a new kind of king, one whose power was rooted in the affection and approval of his people. And he was determined to revolutionise his private life. He was sure that as a faithful husband and a loving father, he would be not just a happier man but a better ruler as well. As the children grew older, and their wishes and desires developed away from those of their father, it became harder to maintain the illusion of domestic harmony. The king’s episodes of madness undermined the bedrock of their marriage; his disapproving distance from the bored and purposeless princes, especially the dissolute Prince of Wales, alienated them; and his determination to keep the princesses at home, protected from the potential horrors of the European marriage market, left them lonely, bitter and resentful.

Janice Hadlow

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Tom Wolfe talks to Mark Lawson

Hay Festival 1999, 
The writer in conversation with the journalist Mark Lawson. Wolfe's books include the contemporary classics The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities.

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Martin Rowson

Cartoons, Offence and Religion

Hay Festival 2008, 
The cartoonist and author of Stuff and The Dog Allusion explores the boundaries of satire.

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Wendy Scase

Beyond the Bling

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Simeon manuscript is one of the most exceptional books of English literature ever made. It measures 590 x 390 mm, and is carefully copied and lavishly decorated with gold leaf on almost every page. It was made around 1400 AD. Containing songs, prayers, homilies, legends, and classic works of spiritual guidance, it is a massive compendium of literature for pious readers. Even more remarkable is that, unlike most books that survive from this period, it is written in English. Professor Scase examines the illustrations and brushwork to unlock its many secrets and disclose how, for whom and why it was made.

Wendy Scase

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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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Russell Jackson

Words, Words, Words: Speaking Shakespeare in the English-Speaking Cinema

Hay Festival 2016, 

Birmingham University Series

Film-makers are often attracted to Shakespeare’s plays with their vivid characters, exciting stories and scope for new takes on familiar subjects. But ever since the pictures started talking, the language has been a challenge both in quality and quantity; there isn’t the need for so much dialogue in a medium where showing trumps telling. Jackson has been text consultant for several feature films – including all of Kenneth Branagh’s versions of Shakespeare’s plays – and many stage productions. His books include Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema, Shakespeare Films in the Making, and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film.

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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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Miguel Ángel Aguilar in conversation with Malcolm Oterro Barral

Segovia 2013, 

The celebrated journalist and chief secretary of the Asociación de Periodistas Europeos (APE)  Miguel Ángel Aguilar speaks with the editor Malcolm Otero Barral about his latest book España contra pronóstico (Aguilar), in which he takes us through recent Spanish history from the end of Franco’s regime and the Transition to the present day.

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Fiction International

Hay Festival 2008, 
New Zealander Lloyd Jones was Booker-shortlisted for Mr Pip; Tim Winton’s Australian masterpiece Breath is a hot tip for this year. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Thomas Pakenham

The Company of Trees

Hay Festival 2016, 

The acclaimed historian shares his profound love of trees and reverence for nature, rooted in the family estate of Tullynally in Ireland. He travels to the Tibetan border in search of a particular magnolia, to Eastern Patagonia to see the last remaining giants of the Monkey Puzzle tree, while the first of the Chinese-inspired gardens at Tullynally was planted entirely with seeds from south-west China. An expedition to Tibet’s Tsangpo Gorge goes awry only to lead to a fruitful exploration of the Rongchu Valley, which yields more than 100 bags of seeds, including the Tibetan golden oak, the Tsangpo cypress and blue-stemmed maples.

Thomas Pakenham

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Abi Elphinstone

Dreamsnatcher

Hay Festival 2015, 
Abi talks about the childhood adventures that inspired her book, the magic behind the fast-disappearing Romany gypsy culture, and the wild research trips she went on to build up the Dreamsnatcher world. Passionate about outdoor adventure, Abi also shows children how to carve catapults, build dens, and throw the oracle bones…
9+ years
Abi Elphinstone

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Holly Bridge, Helen Rowe, Amelie Saintonge

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2016, 

From brain imaging and epigenetics to galaxy formation and astronomy, three Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science with author and broadcaster Gabrielle Walker.

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Beatriz Preciado en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2014, 
Filosofía y género son las especialidades de Beatriz Preciado (España), que estudió con Jacques Derrida y Ágnes Heller. Beatriz colabora en la emergencia de la teoría queer en Francia, a la que dedica su primer libro, Manifiesto contra-sexual, aclamado por la crítica francesa como el nuevo libro rojo de la teoría queer. Actualmente enseña Historia Política del Cuerpo y Teoría del Género en la Universidad de París VIII. Ha escrito numerosos ensayos, entre los que destacan Sex Design (Centre Pompidou, 2007), Multitudes queer (Multitudes, 2004) y Savoirs-Vampires@War (Multitudes, 2005). Conversará con Marianne Ponsford sobre su filosofía y trabajo.

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinkysocks

Hay Festival 2014, 
Sir Charlie is off on his most fearsome quest yet, along a treacherous track, through a spooky-wooky wood and into a deep, dark cave to…well, come along to find out. Storytelling at its best with songs, music and sound effects.
5+ years
Kristina Stephenson

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Rosamond McKitterick

Cambridge Series 17: History, Memory and Ideas About the Past

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian mines the cultural memory of the Dark Ages and shows how medieval ideas about the state echo down the ages.

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Ian Cobain

The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation

Hay Festival 2017, 

The award-winning investigative journalist takes aim at the official versions of UK history and the British establishment’s culture of secrecy. He examines key episodes – including the long denial of the existence of Bletchley Park, the time of talking to terrorists and the modern surveillance state and the convenient loopholes in the Freedom of Information Act.

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Peter Dunne

The 50 Things: Lessons for When You Feel Lost, Love Dad

Hay Festival 2017, 

As his 50th birthday dawned, Peter Dunne set out to leave a trail of metaphorical breadcrumbs for his three children, so that if they ever needed to know what their father might have had to say they would have him to hand: from compromise to compassion, and democracy to sacrifice, Dunne explores the social mores and morality of our time and tries to answer the eternal questions that line the path to peace of mind. He talks to Sarah Crown.

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Andrea Wulf

Reformations: The distinction between the arts and science

Querétaro 2017, 

The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. In order to celebrate this important milestone in Western critical thinking, we have asked a number of thinkers to give us a “reform” that would be applicable now. Andrea Wulf will talk about the traditional distinction between the arts and the sciences, proposing a reformation of this classic separation of disciplines and questioning why the imagination is not present in science. Followed by a question and answer session with Peter Florence.

Andrea Wulf

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Steven Camden

TAPE

Hay Festival 2014, 

Highly-acclaimed spoken word artist Steven Camden, aka Polarbear, will engage, entertain and provoke your creative side in a session built around his debut YA novel, TAPE.
12+ years (YA)

Steven Camden

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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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Rick Stroud

Kidnap in Crete

Hay Festival 2015, 

On a moonlit night in April 1944 a small band of fearless partisans, led by the British SOE agent Patrick Leigh Fermor, kidnapped a high-ranking Nazi general on the German-occupied island of Crete. Stroud is the author of The Phantom Army of Alamein: The Men Who Hoodwinked Rommel and The Book of the Moon. Chaired by Con Coughlin.

Rick Stroud

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Paula Byrne

The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She Is a Hit in Hollywood

Hay Festival 2017, 

A radical look at Jane Austen as you’ve never seen her – as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Byrne celebrates Britain’s favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies, time after time.

Paula Byrne

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Hugh Hunt

Cambridge Series: Refreezing the Arctic

Hay Festival 2017, 

We may want to cool the planet if (when) we fail to meet our CO2 emissions targets.  There are technologies out there almost ready to go and some sound quite scary.  Is it safe to meddle with the climate when we only have one Earth? Hunt is a Reader in the Department of Engineering. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Hugh Hunt

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Peter Hennessy talks to Alun Evans

The British Academy Platform at Hay: The UK’s Place in the World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Responding to today’s international challenges in a rapidly evolving geopolitical environment is placing new strain on the UK’s place in the world. The historian and constitutional expert assesses the challenges the UK faces in the coming years, discussing the impact of withdrawal from the EU and turning into a ‘Global Britain’ may have on the our foreign policy, security and territorial integrity.