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Erica Wagner

Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

Hay Festival 2017, 

Wagner presents her riveting biography of one of the most important figures in American civil engineering history, Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge. Introduced by Philip Davies, Director of the Eccles Centre.

Erica Wagner

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Emma Carroll, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Jacob Sager Weinstein

Imaginary worlds

Hay Festival 2018, 

How do you create a world where everything is different to our own? Join three authors as they discuss the imaginative journey it takes to create alternative worlds in their books including Skychasers, The Girl of Ink and Stars and The City of Secret Rivers. Chaired by Emily Drabble, BookTrust

9+

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Matt Haig talks to Stephanie Merritt

How To Stop Time

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The author of The Radleys, The Humans and Reasons To Stay Alive talks about his glorious, rollicking time-hopping novel. How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.

Stephanie Merritt is the comedy critic of The Observer and writes historical fiction as SJ Parris.

Matt Haig talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Matt Sewell’s Spotting & Jotting Club

Hay Festival 2017, 

Discover new bird species, names and stories, and learn how to draw their markings at Matt Sewell’s Spotting & Jotting Club. Explore birdwatching guides, including Our Garden Birds and Owls, as he launches his first book specifically for children, The Big Bird Spot. Sewell, the author of the bestselling Our Garden Birds, has illustrated for The Guardian, Big Issue, and the V&A among many others.

7-11

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Sujit Sivasundaram

Cambridge Series 14: The History of Islands and Their Contribution to the Modern World

Hay Festival 2018, 

The islands of the Pacific and Indian oceans and the people who inhabited these seas are some of the most marginalised places and people in Western historical memory. Yet they played a crucial role in modern political, intellectual and cultural thought, and may be sites to watch for the future of humanity even as environmental change takes its course. Dr Sivasundaram is Reader in World History.

Sujit Sivasundaram

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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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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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Telegraph Editors

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Hay Festival 2014, 
A daily series hosted by senior Telegraph journalists discussing the day’s stories from exactly 100 years ago taken from the paper’s unique archive (republished each morning at telegraph.co.uk/ww1archive). In early summer 1914, the concerns of British readers were Home Rule for Ireland, the campaign of the Suffragettes, the exciting new worlds of motoring and aviation, the season’s new fashions and Jack Hobbs’s batting. The Great War was only weeks away – here, in fascinating detail, is the world the troops left behind. 

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Lucy Worsley

Eliza Rose

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historian and broadcaster brings the court of Henry VIII to life in her first children’s novel. Go behind the scenes and discover the friendships and intrigues at the Royal court when she tells the story of Eliza’s life as a Maid of Honour to the glamorous new Queen.

10+

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Fabien Erlinghauser

Cartoon Saloon presents: Song of the Sea

Kells 2015, 

Join Fabien Erhlinghauser for a visually stunning presentation on the process involved in creating the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea. Including behind-the-scenes clips from the soon-to-be-released film, this is a must for anyone with a passion for animation and visual storytelling.

Fabien Erlinghauser

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Daniel Bermúdez en conversación con Carlos Castillo

La gramática de la arquitectura

Cartagena 2013, 
El arquitecto Daniel Bermúdez, profesor titularde la Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño de la Universidad de los Andes y autor de edificios tan celebrados como la Biblioteca El Tintal o el Centro Cultural Biblioteca Pública Julio Mario Santo Domingo y varias veces premiado en la Bienal Colombiana de Arquitectura conversa con el escritor Carlos Castillo sobre las similitudes entre los procesos creativos de la literatura y la arquitectura, compartiendo conceptos como estructura, espacio y lenguaje.

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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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David Christian talks to Rosie Boycott

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

Hay Festival 2018, 

A majestic distillation of our current understanding of the birth of the universe, of the solar system, of the oceans, of mountains and minerals, of all life on earth and of the driving dynamics of human culture and achievement. Christian is a Distinguished Professor in History at Macquarie University in Australia and the co-founder, with Bill Gates, of The Big History Project.

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Shirley Collins talks to Stewart Lee

All in the Downs: Reflections on Life, Landscape and Song

Hay Festival 2018, 

A legendary singer, folklorist and music historian, Shirley Collins has been an integral figure in the English folk music scene for more than 60 years. In her autobiography, All in the Downs, Collins tells the story of that lifelong relationship with English folksong – a dedication to artistic integrity that has guided her through the triumphs and tragedies of her life. 

Shirley Collins talks to Stewart Lee

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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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Alexis Jenni talks to Francine Stock

The French Art of War

Hay Festival 2017, 

The French novelist introduces his masterpiece The French Art of War, which won the Goncourt Prize in 2011 and is published now in English. It’s a journey through France’s military history in Indochina, Algeria and at home. The novel is told through the eyes of a war veteran who becomes a painter, Victorien Salagnon, and the young man he teaches to paint in exchange for writing his story.

This event is part of a European Writers’ Tour, an initiative proudly delivered by EUNIC London in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature and the British Library. The programme is supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK and EUNIC Global.

In French with translation available.

Alexis Jenni talks to Francine Stock

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Bill Kissane

Nations Torn Asunder

Hay Festival 2016, 

Civil war has been a recurring feature of human societies throughout history, and an essential catalyst for major international conflict. Focusing on the numerous civil conflicts that have occurred throughout the world since the Second World War, Kissane asks what the recent social science literature adds to what we already know about civil war. The LSE professor uses insights from historical sources from the ancient Greeks onwards, to explain the extreme violent experience of so many parts of the world today. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Bill Kissane

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Alan Garner

Strandloper: Man of Leaf and Golden Hood

Hay Festival 1996, 
Recognised as the key figure in the Golden Age of British Literature for his books Elidor, The Owl Service, Red Shift and The Stone Book Quartet, Garner talks about his writing and introduces his first adult novel Strandloper which explores and melds the Dreaming of the Aborigines and the ancient green magic of England

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Frédéric Vitoux

Descubriendo a Manet

Cartagena 2015, 
El escritor y periodista Frédéric Vitoux es miembro de la Academia Francesa desde 2001 y autor de numerosas novelas, entre ellas, El libro de las diversionesLa vie
de Céline y Grand Hôtel Nelson. Recientemente ha publicado Voir Manet, un ensayo apasionado sobre la vida y secretos del pintor impresionista.

Co-organizado con la Escala Literaria de Sofitel

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Eleonora Galasso and Simon Schama

As the Romans Do: Authentic and reinvented recipes from the Eternal City

Hay Festival 2016, 

The captivating Instagram gastro star and Roman native conjures up La Dolce Vita with her recipes for earthy breakfasts, alfresco lunches and sumptuous suppers. She is joined by historian and food fanatic Simon Schama. This is table talk in flagrante!

 

Eleonora Galasso and Simon Schama

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Adam Stower

Troll and the Oliver

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Adam Stower as he shows us one story and tells us another in an hilarious case of mistaken identity which will delight young readers.
5+ years

Adam Stower

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Alastair Campbell talks to Dylan Jones

Breakfast Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2018, 
A conversation with the iconic journalist, whose diaries of his time in Downing Street during the Blair years established him as a best-seller. He has also written extensively about mental health and has just published a new thriller about football and terrorism set in the 1970s, co-written with Paul Fletcher - Saturday Bloody Saturday.
Alastair Campbell talks to Dylan Jones

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Steven Pinker

The Raymond Williams Lecture: Enlightenment Now

Hay Festival 2019, 

Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible? If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred and irrationality. Yet Pinker argues that this is an illusion – a symptom of historical amnesia and statistical fallacies. If you follow the trendlines rather than the headlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, happier, more peaceful, more stimulating and more prosperous – not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it’s the gift of a coherent and inspiring value system that many of us embrace without even realising it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress. The leading thinker shows how we can use our faculties of reason and sympathy to solve the problems that inevitably come with being products of evolution in an indifferent universe. We will never have a perfect world, but – defying the chorus of fatalism and reaction ­– we can continue to make it a better one.

Steven Pinker

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Mourad Mazouz

Momo

Hay Festival 2000, 
The internationally celebrated restauranteur introduces the Tunisian, Moroccan and Algerian gastronomic culture that informs his stunning North African food.

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David Crystal talks to Peter Florence

An Alphabet (and maybe some punctuation marks too)

Hay Festival 2018, 

An hour of glorious grammar as the fabulously entertaining language and linguistics guru plays with two-minute lectures. A is for Alphabet – why this order? O may well be Oxford Comma, but it might be Original Pronunciation... (ellipsis). What would you like to hear him explain?

David Crystal talks to Peter Florence