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Stella Duffy, Sara Maitland, Robert Appleby and Tim O'Brien chaired by Jim al Khalili

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

Hay Festival 2011, 
The history of science is often told through the breakthroughs and bolts-from-the-blue that change the game, shift the paradigm. Put under any scrutiny, however, the reality of scientific progress is much more gradual, complex and fortuitous.
 

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Simon Rattle talks to Tom Service

Music as Alchemy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The conductor talks to the author of Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras about his work with the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Terry Leahy

Management in 10 Words

Hay Festival 2012, 
An exclusive preview of THE top book on business strategy and leadership, by the former Tesco CEO. Chaired by the Executive Editor of The Telegraph Mark Skipworth.

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Liz Fleming-Williams & Simon Fraser with Ruth Bidgood

Gwesyn – Stillffilm

Hay Festival 2009, 
The photographer and sound recordist introduce a journey that follows the river Gwesyn from its source near the summit of Drygarn Fawr in the Cambrian Mountains to its confluence with the river Irfon in the village of Abergwesyn using source material in photographs and multi-track field recordings. The Welsh poet reads her poem ‘Film, Gwesyn’ from her book Time Being inspired by the film.

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Mario Vargas Llosa talks to Peter Florence

Nobel Series - The Dream of the Celt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Peruvian Nobel Laureate discusses his work and his new novel, which re-imagines the life of Roger Casement, the controversial hero of Irish nationalism.
 

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Christopher Dobson and Mary Dobson

Cambridge University Series 4

Hay Festival 2014, 

Alzheimer’s and Other Plagues

Plagues have changed history, stopped armies in their tracks and altered the fate of nations. Mary and Christopher Dobson outline the impact of plagues on human history and reflect on related challenges that will be faced by future generations. Their talk ranges from the plagues of antiquity and the medieval period to the recent pandemic of HIV/AIDS and includes discussion of the increasingly prevalent afflictions of ageing and affluent societies, including dementia and diabetes.

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Robert Winston

Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of our Inventions

Hay Festival 2010, 
The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path toward greater power over his environment. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention? Chaired by Hilary Lawson, chair of the How The Light Gets In philosophy festival.
Robert Winston

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Tony Curtis in conversation with Joan Bakewell

London Events 2008, 

At the height of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tony Curtis starred in Houdini and Spartacus, made comedy history with Jack Lemmon in the unforgettable Some Like It Hot, was friends with Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and James Dean, and romanced screen sirens such as Marilyn Monroe, Janet Leigh and Natalie Wood.

Sparing no ego, Tony Curtis talks to Joan Bakewell about the characters he's played and known during his illustrious career, co-stars, wives, lovers and friends. The event launches the Hollywood legend's autobiography American Prince.

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David Miliband talks to Jim Naughtie

The Eric Hobsbawm Platform: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time

Hay Festival 2018, 

We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis. Sixty-five million people are fleeing for their lives. The choices are urgent, not just for them but for all of us. What can we possibly do to help? With compassion and clarity, Miliband shows why we should care and how we can make a difference. He takes us from war zones in the Middle East to the heart of Europe to explain the crisis and to show what can be done, not just by governments with the power to change policy but by citizens with the urge to change lives. Miliband is President of the International Rescue Committee.

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Michael Morpurgo

Hay Festival 2013, 

The master storyteller and creator of War Horse tells us how true stories and real life secrets inspire his fiction, including his latest novel A Medal for Leroy.

9+ years

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Steve Jones

The Joy Of Sects

Hay Festival 2013, 

In The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold As Science the geneticist explores the shared mysteries of religion and science, from the origins of life and humankind to sex, age, death and the end of the universe. He steps aside from the noisy debate between believers and unbelievers to show how the same questions preoccupy us today as in biblical times. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Jeremy Davies, Steve Colling and Jane Davidson

Changing Consumer: Changing Language

Hay Festival 2011, 
Does the emerging language around the low carbon future and how we use energy capture our hearts and minds, convey meaning and drive change? Or leave us cold, cynical and disorientated? New research by E.ON and Onearth explores what turns on and turns off consumers when thinking about energy. Chaired by BBC environment correspondent David Shukman.

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Fernando Gaitán, Beatriz Robledo, Guadalupe Nettel, Andrés Neuman and Roberto Burgos Cantor with Juan Gossaín

RCN Ministry of Education story competition: How to tell a story

Cartagena 2011, 
The judges of the fourth RCN Ministry of Education short story competition will share their experiences and skills with the public by telling their own stories. This will be followed by the presentation of awards to the young competition winners.

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Julie Burchill talks to Katie Glass

Unbound

Hay Festival 2014, 
The writer and journalist talks about language, argument and her crowd-funded book Unchosen: at 14 Julie Burchill fell in love. Not with a boy, but 'with a whole race of people – the Jews'. The journalist and novelist has been learning Hebrew and even chose Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem, as her single record choice for Desert Island Discs.
Julie Burchill talks to Katie Glass

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Layla Al-Zubaidi, Matthew Cassel and Mohamed Mesrati talk to Jo Glanville

Writing Revolution

Hay Festival 2013, 

The editors and contributors present the best writing on the Arab revolutions from prominent journalists, activists, bloggers, academics and writers who participated in and bore witness to the ongoing uprisings and struggles.

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Richard Eyre

Shakespeare 450 – The Hollow Crown

Hay Festival 2014, 

The theatre and film director discusses his film versions of Shakespeare’s History plays, and their role both in Shakespeare’s canon and in our understanding of Britain’s identity.

Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 235

Richard Eyre

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Fernando Gaitán, Senel Paz and David Trueba with Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón

The Script: A Universal Form

Cartagena 2011, 
Television and film are based on a kind of writing called the script, which is perhaps one of the most universal forms. What is it like? What goes into making it? Why does everyone consume it? Talking about these matters will be: the Colombian Fernando Gaitán, well known scriptwriter and soap opera and television series producer; the Cuban Senel Paz, cinema scriptwriter and author; and the multi-talented David Trueba, who has experience in all facets of film making, particularly scriptwriting and direction. Chaired by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, one of the most recognised directors of his generation, with many awards to his name.

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Tina Brown talks to William Boot

Hay Festival 2010, 
The A-list editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk) discusses the future of magazines and communications, and her pioneering news reporting and opinion website The Daily Beast.
Tina Brown talks to William Boot

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Blanca Berasategui in conversation with María Dueñas

Segovia 2010, 
María Dueñas has been the literary phenomenon of the year. With her novel El tiempo entre costuras she has become known as a new and subtle writer who evokes the world of the Spanish protectorate in Morocco and all the real and imagined lives at the beginning of the 20th century. Dueñas, who is also a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Murcia, will talk to Blanca Berasategui, editor in chief of El Cultural (the cultural supplement of the newspaper El Mundo). 
 
Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.

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Brian Gambles, Patrick Arends and Ian Ward

Rewriting The Book: The Library Of Birmingham

Hay Festival 2013, 

The £189m Library of Birmingham opens in September this year, and will be the largest public library in Europe. It will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books, a gallery space, a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and two garden terraces. The Project Director, architect and the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council will discuss bringing this ambitious project to fruition.

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Jonathan Haslam

Cambridge University Series 1: Near and Distant Neighbours 1917–1989

Hay Festival 2013, 

The history of Russia’s Secret Services from the Revolution to the Fall of the Wall: the Military Intelligence, the codes and ciphers and the KGB.

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MJ Hyland e Isabel Fonseca en conversación con Charlotte Higgins

Segovia 2009, 
Dos reconocidas autoras en habla inglesa, la inglesa MJ Hyland y la norteamericana de origen uruguayo Isabel Fonseca, conversan con Charlotte Higgins, escritora principal de la sección de Artes del periódico The Guardian, sobre sus últimas novelas.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Wilder Guerra, Vicenta Siosi Pino, Estercilia Simancas and José Ángel Guerra

Wayuu Fiction

Cartagena 2010, 
A look to the literary production in wayuu. With Wilder Guerra, the wayuu writer Vicenta Siosi Pino, Estercilia Simancas and José Ángel Guerra. It includes reading of texts in the original language.

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Jennifer Potter

The Seven Flowers

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The horticultural historian and novelist considers how the lotus, lily, sunflower, rose and tulip have enflamed hearts and minds around the world. She shows how the opium poppy returned to haunt its originators in the West and how Confucius saw virtue and modesty in the orchid while the Greeks saw only sex. Above all, Potter demonstrates how these seven flowers have come to be metaphors for life, death, purity, passion, greed, envy, virtue, hope and consolation.

Jennifer Potter

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William Dalrymple

The Return Of A King

Hay Festival 2013, 

The historian tells the story of the British forces as they invade Afghanistan in 1839 and re-establish Shah Shuia ul-Mulk on the throne. The British faced little opposition to the invasion but, two years later, the Afghans rose in answer to the call for jihad and ultimately consigned the British to their most humiliating military defeat of the C19th.