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Hugo Drochon

Cambridge Series 2: Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Was Diana killed by the Secret Services? Is climate change a hoax? Did man not walk on the moon? Who shot JFK? Drawing on a nationwide survey about belief in conspiracy theories, Drochon will explore what factors –religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories and what impact that has had on contemporary political events. Drochon is a political theorist and historian of modern political thought.

Hugo Drochon

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John Emsley

The Shocking History of Phosphorus

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Rhone-Poulenc Prizewinner introduces his stunning history of this most bizarre and savage element. Newton discovered that boiling down vast quantities of urine produced small quantities of pure white phosphorus. In liquid or solid form, this then gave off an intense light that lasted for days and caused amazement. Newton, Boyle and Leibniz believed that in phosphorus they had found one of the secret substances along the road to producing the 'philosopher's stone', the goal of all alchemy, which could prolong life and turn base metal to gold.

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Ian McEwan talks to Christopher Hitchens

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Booker-winner and author of Atonement discusses his new novel Saturday. 

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Kader Abdolah talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Talking About Islam

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Iranian-Dutch writer’s previous novels include the European best-sellers The House of the Mosque and The King. He discusses his new novel The Messenger: A Tale Retold that retells the life of the prophet Mohammad and his new translation of The Qur’an.

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Michael Baigent

The Inquisition

Hay Festival 2000, 
In the Millennium year, as the Pope starts to apologise for Catholic excesses and failings, Baigent presents his history of teh In quisition, beginning with St. Dominic crossing the Pyrenees into Spain through to the holy index of forbidden books in the twentieth century. He gives a full account of how the church has tried to ring-fence its beliefs over the centuries-from full-scale violent persecution to the more subtle censorship of recent years.

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Gala de poesía

Cartagena 2013, 
Un evento ya clásico para el público del festival regresa este año con las lecturas de los autores Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua), Antonio Colinas (España), Arturo Fontaine (Chile), Edward Hirsch (Estados Unidos), Earl Lovelace (Trinidad y Tobago), Herta Müller (Rumania), Leonardo Padrón (Venezuela), Eurig Salisbury (Gales), Owen Sheers (Gales) y Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda (Colombia). Moderado por el escritor Guido Tamayo.

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Pete Brown

Miracle Brew – A Journey into the Four Ingredients of Beer

Hay Festival 2017, 

Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink on the planet, but very few people have any idea what it is made of. We all know that wine is made by fermenting pressed juice from grapes and cider comes from pressing apples but what about beer? Beer is traditionally made from four natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water, and each of these has an extraordinary story to tell. Brown is a journalist and author who specialises in making people thirsty.

Pete Brown

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Karen Goodwin, Tim Guest, Tiffany Murray, Cathy Rosario, Oliver Shelley

The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2000, 
Agents, publishers and talent-spotters should flock to hear the Millennium Class from the famous UEA Writing School, almamater to Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Owen Sheers and Trezza Azzopardi, in a gala presentation of their graduating work. You'll hear them here first.

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Tracy Chevalier, Phil Grabsky and David Bickerstaff

Girl with a Pearl Earring: The Doc and Other Treasures of the Mauritshuis

Hay Festival 2016, 

Chevalier’s best-selling novel inspired many readers to look at Vermeer’s famous painting more closely. Now she has participated in a documentary film directed by Phil Grabsky – part of the pioneering series Exhibition on Screen. How did the writer help the award-winning film-makers to bring the work to life? How has the film affected her own understanding of a painting she thought she knew well?  

Tracy Chevalier, Phil Grabsky and David Bickerstaff

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Edwina Curry talks to Keith Raffan

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of A Parlimentary Affair tells the former Tory MP and HTV political broadcaster about the sizziling tale of sex, power and intrigue in her new best-seller A Womans Place.

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ZEN Project

How do we make events sustainable?

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The ZEN project is looking into ways of reducing the impact that festivals and events have on the natural and built environment. Drop in, find out more, and share your knowledge and experiences.

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Matt Griffin

A Cage of Roots

Kells 2015, 

Kells-born author and illustrator Matt Griffin has garnered a global reputation for striking graphic work and poster design for various industries including publishing, advertising, music, film, animation and design. He discusses his first novel A Cage of Roots.

10+ years
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HAY JOVEN: Kamila Shamsie sobre Sombras Quemadas

Cartagena 2013, 
Kamila Shamsie (Pakistán) es autora de cinco novelas, entre ellas Sombras Quemadas, finalista del Premio Orange y traducida a más de veinte idiomas. Conversará sobre esta novela y su trabajo como escritora.

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Master It: How To Cook Today

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Master Chef Rory O’Connell is co-founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School and has twice won Ireland’s Chef of the Year award. Rory’s book Master It  was named one of The Guardian’s top 20 cookbooks and is winner of the André Simon Food Book Award.

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Goldie talks to Gemma Cairney

All Things Remembered

Hay Festival 2018, 

This is the story of the man born Clifford J. Price – jungle’s most streetwise ambassador who went on to collect an MBE from Buckingham Palace. As one of Britain’s most influential DJs, producers and record-label owners, Goldie’s contribution to the UK rave scene in the 1990s with Metalheadz provided the blueprint for dubstep and grime. Here is the memoir of an extraordinary life, an explosive story of abuse, revenge, graffiti, breakdancing, gold teeth, sawn-off shotguns, car crashes, hot yoga, absent fatherhood and redemption through reality TV.

Goldie talks to Gemma Cairney

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John Heilbron

Physics: From Quintessence to Quarks

Hay Festival 2016, 

How does the physics we know today, a highly professionalised enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry, link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? What is the path that leads from the old philosophy of nature and its concern with humankind’s place in the universe to modern massive international projects that hunt down fundamental particles and industrial laboratories that manufacture marvels? Heilbron is one of the most revered physicists in the world, and has written books about Galileo and Niels Bohr. Chaired by Dan Davis.

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El sentido de un final. Julián Barnes en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Cartagena 2013, 
Julian Barnes es uno de los autores más respetados de la literatura inglesa actual. Galardonado con premios como el Somerset Maugham o el David Cohen Prize for Literature, que reconoce el éxito de toda una carrera literaria, es además el único escritor británico ganador de dos de los premios literarios más importantes de Francia: el Prix Femina y el Prix Médicis. Su novela El sentido de un final, ganadora del Man Booker Prize 2011, narra con gran originalidad y misterio la historia de un hombre jubilado que tras recibir una inesperada carta comienza a indagar en sucesos acontecidos hace muchos años. En conversación con Valeria Luiselli.

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HAY JOVEN: Elsa Osorio sobre La Capitana

Cartagena 2013, 
La prolífica escritora argentina, autora de más de diez libros y finalista del prestigioso Premio Fémina con A Veinte Años, Luz, hablará sobre su última novela, La Capitana, en la que describe la historia de un personaje real.

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Trevor Cox talks to Adam Rutherford

Now You’re Talking: Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

If you’ve ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your voice is to your personal identity. We judge others not just by their words but by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent. The Professor of Acoustic Engineering explores the full range of our voice – how we speak and how we sing; how our vocal anatomy works; what happens when things go wrong and how technology enables us to imitate and manipulate the human voice.

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Ifor ap Glyn

The Empty Chair: The National Poet of Wales on Hedd Wyn

Hay Festival 2017, 

2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele. One of those who fell in battle was Ellis Humphrey Evans, the poet from Meirionnydd whose Bardic name was Hedd Wyn. He died before being announced winner of the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead. The empty chair was draped in black, and Hedd Wyn is still remembered throughout Wales, as he is in Flanders, as a potent symbol of bloodshed and loss. Ifor ap Glyn will talk about the life, work and remarkable legacy of Hedd Wyn.

Ifor ap Glyn

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Eimear McBride talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: The Lesser Bohemians

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new novel from the author of the multi-award winning A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. An 18-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study Drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. The older man has a disturbing past that the young girl is unprepared for. The young girl has a troubling past of her own. This is her story and their story. The Lesser Bohemians is about sexual passion. It is about innocence and the loss of it. At once epic and exquisitely intimate, it is a celebration of the dark and the light in love.

Eimear McBride talks to Claire Armitstead

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Roger McGough

Segovia 2014, 

A chance to listen to one of the most outstanding British poets reading a selection of his work, confirming him as a poet of many voices, hilarious and surreal. Presented by Rod Pryde, Director of the British Council in Spain.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Charles Nicholl

Screaming in the Castle: The Case of Beatrice Cenci

Hay Festival 2000, 
Beatrice Cenci was a 'goddess of beauty', a 'most pure damsel'- and a convicted murderer. The charismatic combination has assured her a place in the pantheon of Romantic heroines, most notably in Shelley's play The Cenci. But who was she, and what really happened? NIcholl, the award-winning biographer and travel writer, author of the The Reckoning, The Fruit Palace, The Creature in the Map andSomebody Else, excavates a four hundred year old mystery or murder and incest in Renaissance Rome. Screaming in the Castle is the title-piece of his new collection of essays and articles, shortly to be published in the US.

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Meera Syal

Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

Hay Festival 2000, 
The hugely versatile star of Goodness Gracious Me and author of Anita and Me introduces her hilarious new novel about Chila, a Punjabi bride, and her two best friends.

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Liam Ó Maonlaí

Kells 2014, 

Liam Ó Maonlaí is one of Ireland’s best-loved musicians and singers, both in rock and traditional music. Bono once described Liam as ‘The best white boy soul singer in the world’, and he has been also been described as one of Ireland’s best Sean Nos (traditional Irish) singers. Spanning over twenty years, Liam’s career has seen him achieve number one hits in over twenty countries, from playing with Aboriginal musicians in the Australian outback to recording with some of the world’s best-known musicians including Carlos Nunes, Donal Lunny, U2 and Van Morrison, to name but a few. A master pianist, Liam also performs on guitar, harp, tin whistle and bodhrán.

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