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The Everyman Debate

The Classics

Hay Festival 1995, 
Which books do we define as classics? Whom do we include or dismiss and why? In this game of Fantasy Festival, Kaleidoscope's  Paul Vaughan chairs and open discussion about the creation of a cannon of literary classics with the panellists Dame Iris Mursoch, Professor John Bayley, publisher Peter Washington, and Daniel Johnson, Literary Editor of The Times. The discussion will be recorded for broadcast on Radio 4's Kaleidoscope on Tuesday 30th May. 

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Imtiaz Dharker and Gillian Clarke

Poetry Reading: On Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Hay Festival 2016, 

An all-star line-up of British poets respond with their own poems to their choice of Shakespeare’s 14-line poems. They introduce and read the original sonnets and their own newly commissioned work.

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Roger Riddell

Does Foreign Aid Really Work?

Hay Festival 2007, 
An examination of the $100bn governmental, NGO and emergency aid spending, and how to make it work better.

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Leonardo Padura en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2017, 
Las obras de Leonardo Padura (Cuba) llevan décadas enganchando a los lectores con su narración exquisita y realista. Autor de novela policíaca, su personaje el comisario Mario Conde es todo un referente en el imaginario de los lectores. Padura, que también ha escrito guiones cinematográficos, es además autor de probablemente la mejor narración en ficción del histórico asesinato de León Trotski: El hombre que amaba a los perros. Conversa con Héctor Abad Faciolince.
Tras la conversación se proyectará el documental Vivir y escribir en La Habana, dirigido por Lucía López Coll, que nos muestra la vida en La Habana del escritor Leonardo Padura.
Leonardo Padura en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

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Paul Dolan, Shashi Tharoor and guests

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want?

Hay Festival 2015, 

We know that, as individuals, we often 'miswant' – that is, want things that will not improve our wellbeing. How can we miswant as citizens, policymakers, or societies? How might some of the 'good' desires also have a darker side to them? Desires around hope, choice, and achievement, for example, can all make things worse as well as better. Dolan is a Professor of Behavioural Science at LSE. Tharoor is an Indian MP with over 1 million constituents in Thiruvananthapuram, and 3 million Twitter followers.

Paul Dolan, Shashi Tharoor and guests

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Matthew Engel

That’s The Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English

Hay Festival 2017, 

Americanisms have been slyly colouring the English language for centuries and this practice must stop. Period. What d’y’all think?

Matthew Engel

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Dave Goulson

Bee Quest

Hay Festival 2017, 

A hunt for the world’s most elusive bees leads Goulson from Salisbury plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, the biologist’s wit, humour and deep love of nature make him the ideal travelling companion.

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Gina Rippon

The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience that Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain

Hay Festival 2019, 

Reading maps or reading emotions? Barbie or Lego? We live in a gendered world where we are bombarded with messages about sex and gender. On a daily basis we face deeply ingrained beliefs that your sex determines your skills and preferences, from toys and colours to career choice and salaries. The neuroscientist interrogates what this constant gendering means for our thoughts, decisions and behaviour. And what does it mean for our brains? Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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Deborah Bull, Rupert Chistiansen

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Royal Ballet's principal dancer kepy a fascinating and wittily entertaining diary of the company's work during the year of the Covent Garden closure. A Member of The Arts Council, a nutritionist and programme director of the new Clore Studio, she discusses her book Dancing Away and her insiders view of The Royal Opera House with writer Rupert Christiansen. Christiansen is the author of Visitors: Culture Shock in 19th Century Britain. The last chapter deals with the status of ballet and the foreign ballerina in the late nineteenth century London.

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Lydia Monks

Drawing with Lydia Monks

Hay Festival 2015, 
Watch as the brilliant illustrator brings the characters in some of your favourite books to life. Help her with some suggestions of your own. There will definitely be live drawing of mermaids, ladybirds, wizards – and of course Mungo Monkey.
5+ years
Lydia Monks

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Tristram Hunt

The English Civil War at First Hand

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian uses contemporary witness accounts to analyse the divisions and massacres and seismic changes wrought on the C17th British Isles.
 
Read recent articles by Tristram Hunt 

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Peter Atkins

Conjuring the Universe: The Origins of the Laws of Nature

Hay Festival 2018, 

The marvellous complexity of the Universe emerges from several deep laws and a handful of fundamental constants that fix its shape, scale, and destiny. There is a deep structure to the world which at the same time is simple, elegant, and beautiful. The University of Oxford professor asks: Where did these laws and these constants come from? And why are the laws so fruitful when written in the language of mathematics? 

Peter Atkins

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Bidisha and Michael Stewart

Bad Men and the Brontës

Hay Festival 2018, 

For almost two centuries, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights have constantly featured on lists of English literature’s most epic and affecting romances. This event brings together broadcaster Bidisha and novelist Michael Stewart to explore the real-life inspiration for the fascinating figures of Heathcliff and Rochester, examining whether they really are romantic heroes or whether the relationships in the novels show something much darker, and why, despite their flaws, they still appeal to readers today. Chaired by Remona Aly.

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Roy Strong

Scenes and Apparitions: The Roy Strong Diaries 1988-2003

Hay Festival 2017, 

The super-articulate, erudite and wickedly amusing reflections of the grand curator and historian, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A, as he moves out of the art world and London society. His vivid and intimate diaries are a treasurable record of Britain at the turn of the millennium. He talks to Corisande Albert.

Roy Strong

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Daniel Samper Ospina and Dylan Jones with Rosie Boycott

Magazines, men and rock & roll

Cartagena 2012, 
Daniel Samper Ospina is a journalist and editor with the Colombian magazine Soho. Dylan Jones has edited i-D and The Face and now edits GQ in the United Kingdom. These two journalists, who seek to identify trends and have a great understanding of the male world, will talk to Rosie Boycott, a British journalist who has worked for publications like Esquire, Daily Mail and The Sunday Telegraph. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Emma Sky talks to Oliver Bullough

The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

Hay Festival 2016, 

When an intrepid young British woman volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, she had little idea what she was letting herself in for. It was only supposed to last three months but instead spanned a decade. Sky provides unique insights into the US military, and the complexities, diversity and evolution of Iraqi society. With sharp detail, tremendous empathy and respect for those who served, The Unravelling is an intimate portrait of how and why the Iraq adventure failed despite the best and often heroic efforts of its young men and women on the ground.

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Dave Rudden

Knights of the Borrowed Dark

Hay Festival 2016, 

This debut author’s thrilling series kicks off in style as orphan Denizen Hardwick is snatched from his orphanage to fulfil his amazing destiny. Hear about the ancient order of knights who control the terrifying creatures that can grow in the dark in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.

10+

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Eamon Rafter

Building Peace Worldwide

Kells 2015, 

With a background in building relationships within conflicted communities, Eamon Rafter discusses his account of the forty-year history of the Glencree Reconciliation Centre in Co. Wicklow.

Eamon Rafter

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Eric Hobsbawm

Interview on the new Century

Hay Festival 2000, 
In the Predictions Lecture, looking at the medium term future of history, Hobsbawm analyses the crisis of the mulit-ethnic Nation State and the resurgence of nationalisims. He examines globalisation, the triumph of the free market, and our relationship to the environment. 'For sheer intelligence, Hobsbawm has no superior'. (The Guardian)

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David Cannadine

The British Academy Lecture: Victorious Century – The United Kingdom 1800-1906

Hay Festival 2018, 

To live in 19th century Britain was to experience an astonishing series of changes, of a kind for which there was simply no precedent in human experience. There were revolutions in transport, communication, work; cities grew vast; scientific ideas made the intellectual landscape unrecognisable. This was an exhilarating time, but also a horrifying one. In this lecture David Cannadine discusses his dazzling new book offering a bold, fascinating new interpretation of the British 19th century in all its energy and dynamism, darkness and vice. Professor Sir David Cannadine is President of the British Academy, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. His books include Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy and The Undivided Past. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.

David Cannadine

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Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Supertato Veggies Assemble

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author and illustrator of Barry, the Fish with Fingers and I Need a Wee! share their latest story about the amazing Supertato. Called in to save a supermarket from the reign of terror by the evil pea, Supertato must avert disaster – and he’ll need all your help!

3+

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Johnnie Walker talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
From DJ-ing local dance halls, and buccaneering with Radio Caroline to his current status as Radio 2 guru, Walker has always been an adventurer in contemporary music.

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Fergal Keane talks to Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2007, 
A conversation about freedoms of speech and journalistic engagement with the Irish journalist, ranging from Rwanda to Stormont, Soweto to St Peter’s.

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Scarlett Thomas

Dragon’s Green

Hay Festival 2017, 

Dive into The Worldquake Sequence and enjoy travelling with Effie on her journey from a School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange to the dangerous Otherworld to retrieve a magical book. The author will discuss the creation of her richly imagined fantasy world and the fabulous characters who live in it.

9+
Scarlett Thomas

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Laurent Binet en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cartagena 2015, 

El escritor y docente francés Laurent Binet ha sido internacionalmente aclamado por HHhH, libro merecedor del Premio Goncourt de primera novela, entre otros galardones. Este trabajo, posteriormente adaptado al teatro, cuenta la historia de dos miembros de la Resistencia que tienen la misión de asesinar al líder nazi Reinhard Heydrich durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, intercalando además comentarios del propio autor sobre su proceso de investigación y búsqueda de fuentes.

Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Francia