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Ben Okri talks to Jon Gower

Budapest 2012, 
The Booker Prize winner (The Famished Road) reads and discusses his poetry and essays.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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The RSPB Cymru Lecture: Saving Special Places 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
Tim Stowe looks at the Severn Estuary and assesses the potential impact of the barrier.

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Beau Lotto

Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently

Hay Festival 2017, 

Perception is the foundation of human experience but few of us understand how our own perception works. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and perception, the world-renowned neuroscientist shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing.

Beau Lotto

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Peter Temple-Morris talks to Jim Naughtie

Across the Floor: A Life in Dissenting Politics

Hay Festival 2016, 

On 20 June 1998 Temple-Morris, Conservative MP for Leominster, crossed the floor to join his rivals on the Labour party benches. What drove a seasoned Conservative politician, one of the so-called Cambridge Mafia, with 24 years’ experience at Westminster, to change his allegiance so radically? He discusses his disillusionments and inspirations, his adventures in ‘the art of the possible’, and his colleagues on both sides of the House with the veteran BBC anchor.

Peter Temple-Morris talks to Jim Naughtie

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Harvey Goldsmith talks to Dylan Jones

Live Onstage

Hay Festival 2015, 

The legendary promoter has been at the heart of the music industry for 40 years. He talks to the editor of GQ.

Harvey Goldsmith talks to Dylan Jones

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Millie Dok and Wangari Grace

Storyhippo Storytellers

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Wangari Grace (The Forever Tree) and Millie Dok (Worms To Eat, What a Treat)

A lively, interactive session of play-songs and tales in English and Kiswahili. Be prepared to have too much fun!

Families 

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Abi Elphinstone and Emma Carroll

Writing Danger

Hay Festival 2016, 

Danger! Sometimes authors just have to be mean – characters in peril are an absolute must to drive the plot. The writers discuss the dangers faced by their characters in Strange Star and The Shadow Keeper, and why writing about danger is so thrilling.

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Aurélia Masson-Berghoff

Sunken Cities

Hay Festival 2016, 

Beneath the waters of Abukir Bay, at the edge of the Nile Delta, lie the submerged remains of the ancient Egyptian cities Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion, which sank more than a thousand years ago. They were dramatically rediscovered in the C20th and brought to the surface by marine archaeologists in the 1990s. The wealth of ancient artefacts from these excavations are now exhibited in the British Museum’s landmark exhibition. The curator tells the story of how two iconic ancient civilisations, Egypt and Greece, interacted in the late first millennium BC.

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Ben Stewart and Frank Hewetson talk to Matthew Stadlen

Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg – The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic Thirty

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Melting ice, a military arms race, the rush to exploit resources at any cost—the Arctic is now the stage on which our future will be decided. But one early September morning in 2013, 30 men and women from 18 countries - the crew of Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise - decided to draw a line in the ice and protest the drilling in the Arctic. Ben Stewart is Greenpeace's Head of Media and Frank Hewetson is one of the arrested Arctic 30.

Ben Stewart and Frank Hewetson talk to Matthew Stadlen

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Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris

Fictions: The Trick of It

Hay Festival 2018, 

The prolific Edinburgh novelist discusses the joys and travails of writing fiction – plotting, voice, tone and humour – with his fellow crime-writer. His books, in numerous series including No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Isabel Dalhousie and 44 Scotland Street, have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, in 46 languages.

Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris

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Antony Beevor, Artemis Cooper, Edward Fox, Bettany Hughes, Joanna Lumley and Simon Schama

John Julius in the World: A Tribute to the Historian

Hay Festival 2019, 

John Julius Norwich had to withdraw from his Hay Festival event last year and died on 1 June. His family and friends offer this celebration of his work on Sicily, Venice and the Mediterranean, Byzantium and the Kings of England. With readings from his books and from his edition of his mother’s letters Darling Monster: The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper To Her Son John Julius Norwich.

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Jon Lee Anderson, Alfredo Molano y Marcela Turati en conversación con Jaime Abello Banfi

Nómadas periodistas. Viajeros de la realidad

Cartagena 2015, 

Escribir crónicas y reportajes implica enfrentarse a una realidad que muchas veces se niega a tener sentido. Jon Lee Anderson, reportero estadounidense de The New Yorker; Marcela Turati, mexicana ganadora del Premio Gabriel García Márquez a la Excelencia Periodística 2014; y Alfredo Molano, cronista colombiano de El Espectador, son claros ejemplos de periodistas que viajan con los cinco sentidos alerta para narrar hechos complejos que atrapen al lector, que lo inquieten y despierten su curiosidad. ¿Cómo recorren esos territorios propios y extraños?, ¿cómo rompen barreras físicas y mentales?, ¿cómo logran historias que aunque parezcan lejanas nos tocan mucho más de lo que creemos?

Co-organizado por la Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI) y la Fundación Tenaris TuboCaribe

Jon Lee Anderson, Alfredo Molano y Marcela Turati en conversación con Jaime Abello Banfi

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Richard Fortey

The Wood From the Trees

Hay Festival 2016, 

Fortey presents his wood, deep in the Chiltern Hills, as an interwoven collection of different habitats rich in species. His attention ranges from the beech and cherry trees that dominate the wood to the flints underfoot; the red kites and woodpeckers that soar overhead; the lichens, mosses and liverworts decorating the branches as well as the myriad species of spiders, moths, beetles and crane-flies. The 300 species of fungi identified in the wood capture his attention as much as familiar deer, shrews and dormice. The great palaeontologist is the author of Fossils: A Key to the Past, The Hidden Landscape, Life: An Unauthorised Biography, Trilobite! and The Earth: An Intimate History. Chaired by Dan Davis.

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Fiona Reynolds

Cambridge Series 21: The Fight for Beauty

Hay Festival 2016, 

In a world where too often, it seems, only the economy matters, Fiona Reynolds argues that beauty should shape our lives. Dame Fiona is Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and was formerly Director-General of The National Trust.

Fiona Reynolds

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Gillian Clarke

Hay Festival 2008, 
We celebrate the accession of the new National Poet of Wales, her prose anthology At The Source, and her forthcoming poetry collection A Recipe for Water. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Ffyona Campbell

The Beat of a Different Drum

Hay Festival 1995, 
On 2nd April 1991, 24 year-old Ffyona Campbell waved goodbye to the chearing crowds in Cape Town and started walking north. Ahead lay 10,000 miles of some of the harshest, loneliest, most inhospitable wilderness on earth.
The Beat of a Different Drum is her gripping account of her extraordinary journey. Illustrated with breathtaking photos of Africa at it's most awesome, it is a story of high adventure, personal discovery and deep concern for the continent and people of Africa.

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What Did You Do In The War Mummy?

Public Discussion

Hay Festival 1995, 
Mavis Nicholson presents the stories told to her by women from all walks of life about how they lived, worked, loved and managed during the war years, and about the freedoms, the hopes and terrors, and the postwar adjustments that had to be made. Mavis hosts a discussion with audience participation. Please come along and tell your story.

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John Lewis-Stempel

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

Hay Festival 2016, 

Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the past 20 years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life. The author of The Wild Life and Meadowland tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland: from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird that eats the aphids that eat the crop. He talks to Kitty Corrigan.

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Shashi Tharoor

The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone

Hay Festival 2008, 
Diplomat and writer Shashi Tharoor maps out India’s emergence as a C21st superpower.

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Herta Müller en conversación con Philip Boehm

Cartagena 2013, 
La ganadora del Premio Nobel de Literatura 2009 es una escritora rumana de origen alemán autora de una remarcable obra de ficción y ensayística. Crítica con los regímenes totalitarios (Müller vivió bajo el régimen de Ceaucescu hasta el año 1987, cuando se exilió en Alemania), formó parte de un grupo de escritores defensores de la libertad de expresión en su país de origen y sufrió las consecuencias de la represión en carne propia perdiendo su trabajo de traductora al negarse a colaborar con la policía secreta. Su último libro en español es Todo lo que tengo lo llevo conmigo. Conversará con su traductor al inglés Philip Boehm.

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Sheila Hollins, Jane Perry, Steven Thrush, Charlotte Scott-Wilson and Veronica Wilkie

A New Vision for Our Healthcare System - University of Worcester Series 4

Hay Festival 2017, 

In a time of extreme stress for the NHS, is there another way to deliver healthcare in the UK? Should we go back to traditional roles, like matrons? Or should we innovate with new professions like Physician Associates? Which new systems can we find for dealing with an ageing population? Baroness Hollins is Emeritus Professor in Psychiatry of Disability at St George’s, University of London; Perry is Associate Head of the Institute of Health & Society at the University of Worcester; Thrush is a Consultant at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and Wilkie, is a GP and Professor of Primary Care; Charlotte Scott-Wilson is a Physician Associate Graduate.

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Rowan Pelling, Sally Gardner, Allegra Huston and Howard Jacobson

The Amorist

Hay Festival 2017, 

The editor of The Amorist magazine chairs a conversation about love and sex in fiction and asks: is erotic passion the hardest form of literary endeavour? Get one line wrong and there’s laughter, or disgust. Gardner writes erotic fiction under the pen name Wray Delaney. Delaney’s first erotic novel, An Almond for a Parrot, is set amidst the brothels of 18thcentury London. Huston is the author of Say My Name, an account of a love affair between a married woman and a much younger man, while Jacobson’s most controversial novel was The Act of Love.

Rowan Pelling, Sally Gardner, Allegra Huston and Howard Jacobson

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Atinuke

Hay Festival 2015, 
Atinuke is a mesmerising storyteller as well as the author of The No.1 Car Spotter and Anna Hibiscus series and a number of picture books. You will be spellbound as she conjures up the sights, sounds and hustle and bustle of life in Africa and brings her stories to life.
7+ years
Atinuke

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Gaia Vince talks to Adam Rutherford

Royal Society Platform: Adventures in the Anthropocene

Hay Festival 2016, 

The first female winner of The Royal Society’s book prize, Gaia Vince’s ambitious journey charts humanity’s changes on our living planet. By transforming our relationship with the natural world, humans have beckoned a new a geological age: the Anthropocene. Join Gaia as she talks to broadcaster Adam Rutherford about the stories and people that make up these earth-shifting times.

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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.