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Andrew Davies, Laura Lankester, Bethan Jones

Les Miserables

Hay Festival 2018, 

The screenwriter (War and Peace, Bleak House, Dr Zhivago, Pride and Prejudice) is joined by his script editor and producer to discuss the challenges of adapting Victor Hugo’s masterpiece for the screen. The six-hour series will broadcast later this year with Dominic West as Valjean, David Oyelowo as Javert and Olivia Colman as Mme Thénardier. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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William Sitwell talks to Rosie Boycott

Eggs or Anarchy

Hay Festival 2016, 

The heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food 1940-1943, really fed Britain. As a nation at war, with supply routes under attack from the Axis powers and resources scarce, it was Woolton’s job to fulfil his promise to the British people, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in particular, that there would be food on the shelves each week. He battled to outwit unscrupulous dealers on the black market streets of cities across the British Empire, persuading customs authorities to turn a blind eye to his import schemes.

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Jis y Trino en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Xalapa 2012, 
Los moneros mexicanos Jis y Trino, autores de viñetas tan conocidas como El Santos contra la Tetona Mendoza, hablan sobre su trabajo, sobre la compleja relación entre imagen y palabra; y de cómo dibujar tu propia historia. En conversación con el editor Diego Rabasa.

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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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Helen Rappaport

The Race to Save the Romanovs

Hay Festival 2018, 

On 17 July 1918, the whole of the Russian Imperial Family was murdered. There were no miraculous escapes. The former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children – Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey – were all gunned down in a blaze of bullets. On the centenary of these brutal murders, historian Helen Rappaport set out to uncover why the Romanovs’ European royal relatives and the Allied governments failed to save them.

Helen Rappaport

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Roberta Bivins

Contagious Communities: Medicine, Migration, and the NHS in Post-War Britain

Hay Festival 2016, 

It was only a coincidence that the NHS and the Empire Windrush, a ship carrying 492 migrants from Britain’s West Indian colonies, arrived together. On 22 June 1948, as the ship’s passengers disembarked, frantic preparations were already underway for 5 July, the Appointed Day when the nation’s new National Health Service would first open its doors. The relationship between immigration and the NHS rapidly attained, and has enduringly retained, huge political and cultural significance. The Warwick University historian interrogates and re-balances the political history of Britain’s response to immigration. Her current Wellcome Trust-funded work develops a People’s Encyclopaedia of the NHS and a Virtual Museum of the NHS. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Rachel Bright

The Lion Inside

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author and illustrator introduces a lion who is just a little bit different. When a mouse meets a lion it’s easy to guess who will be more afraid…or is it? Find out how this lion can overcome his fears and discover his own true bravery.

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Beast Quest

Hay Festival 2017, 

Practise your battle cries and meet the good wizard Aduro as he talks beasts, spells and adventures. Listen to tales of new beasts, watch as he casts amazing spells, and then gather all your courage to help summon Nanook, the snow monster… A fun, interactive event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Beast Quest with a sneak peek of Adam Blade’s new series, Team Hero.

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Michelle Oyen

Cambridge Series: Re-thinking Engineering with Inspiration from Nature

Hay Festival 2017, 

The bio-engineer assesses the carbon footprint of popular building materials like steel and concrete and discusses approaches for substituting new bio-inspired materials instead.

Michelle Oyen

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Jeanette Winterson

Ghost Nights and Christmas Days

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The novelist presents an evening of ancient and modern stories to meet the chill of a winter’s night. Winterson’s most recent novel was The Gap of Time, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Her new festive book is Christmas Days, 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days from which she will be reading.

Jeanette Winterson

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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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Ed Vaizey, Laura Tenison, Theo Fennell, Linda Yueh and Gaye Blake-Roberts

The Business of Creativity

Hay Festival 2018, 

Can art and business coexist, or does a drive for profit lead to the end of creative integrity? From art to literature, fashion to ceramics, four creative pioneers discuss the tensions between art and the corporate world with former Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, jewellery designer Theo Fennell, economist Linda Yueh, Jo Jo Maman Bebe founder Laura Tenison and curator at The Wedgwood Museum Gaye Blake-Roberts.

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Roy Strong

Meetings with Remarkable Women

Hay Festival 1997, 
The author's Diaries from his appointment as Director of The National Portrait Gallery in 1967 to his resignation from the V&A twenty years later do for the Arts World what Alan Clark's Diaries did for Politics. His memoirs are frank, scabrously witty, and savagely rue.

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Richard Fletcher

Bloodfued: Murder and Revenge in Anglo-Saxon England

Hay Festival 2002, 
The story of the epic North-South fued and retaliations over the murder of Uhtred, Earl of Northumbria before the court of King Canute in 1016.

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Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano

Illegal

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the authors and illustrator behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels as they present their new book Illegal and take you on an epic and heart-breaking journey across continents. Hear how their graphic novel came to be, the real-life stories behind the headlines and what it takes to make a graphic novel.

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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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Dan Crossley, Alexandra Sexton, Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Marianne Ellis and Andy Fryers

Culture-Grown Lab Meat

Hay Festival 2018, 

Culture-grown lab meat is becoming big business. It can be taking a few animal cells, feeding them nutrients, growing them in to meat and allowing them to self-renew indefinitely; or taking the fish out of fishing by helping fish cells to multiply in a brewery-like environment to create fish fillets. The benefits could be huge, not only in removing the need to kill animals but also in the reduction of methane production and water use. However, it raises lots of potential ethical concerns too. To discuss the benefits and drawbacks, Dan Crossley, Executive Director at the Food Ethics Council, farmer Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Marianne Ellis, Senior Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bath University and Alexandra Sexton, researcher at Wellcome Trust "Livestock, Environment, People' project, talk to Andy Fryers, Sustainability Director at Hay Festival.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Santiago Gamboa y Lucía Puenzo en conversación con Silvia Lemus

Pantallas de plata, la pasión de Carlos Fuentes

Cartagena 2015, 
La periodista y presentadora Silvia Lemus es además viuda del novelista mexicano Carlos Fuentes. Conversará con los escritores Juan Gabriel Vásquez y Santiago Gamboa y la directora de cine Lucía Puenzo, sobre Pantallas de plata, libro póstumo en el que Fuentes cuenta sus primeros acercamientos a las salas de proyección de la mano de su padre, su posterior deslumbramiento ante las imágenes en movimiento en la pantalla de plata, y desde ese momento, su incurable afición al cine.

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Julian Barnes

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of Flaubert's Parrot, Metroland and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters reads from and tlaks about his collection of stories Cross Channel.
"Julian Barnes, who has an exceptional following in France, seems to have done more for Anglo-French relations than anyone since Edward VII" - Sunday Telegraph.

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Anne Applebaum, John Micklethwait, Christopher Hitchens, Roy Hattersley, Mark Leonard.

The Economist Debate: History will be kinder to Bush and Blair than to Chirac and Shroeder

Hay Festival 2005, 
John Snow chairs the debate on security, democracy, diplomacy and piety in early in early twenty-first century.

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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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Judith Thurman

Secrets of the Flesh

Hay Festival 2000, 
Heavily tipped for major literary prizes, Thurman's biography of Colette is a vivid portrait of the author of the erotically reckless Claudine novels. Colette bared her breast to raucous applause in the French music-hall and became a celebrity of the lesbian demimonde. While building a reputation for hugely popular fiction, drama, memoir, critcism and scandal, Colette became the Baroness de Jouvenal, the wife of Paris's most infuential (and sexually charismatic) political journalist.

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Jenny Eclair, Paul Foot and Peter Florence

A Good Read

Hay Festival 1996, 
Festival Driector Peter Florence chairs this discussion of treasured books with comedienne Jenny Eclair and the investigative journalist Paul Foot. Eclair recommends Nell Dunn's Poor Cow. Foot recomendeds Byron's Don Juan. Florence recommendeds Graham Greene's screenplay The Third Man.

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John Julius Norwich

Shakespeare's Kings

Hay Festival 2000, 
Following his great sucuss with Byzantium, Norwich examines Shakespeare's sources for the history plays from the newly recognised Edward III to Henry VI and discusses the interviewing of history and theatre.

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Jan Dalley

Diana Mosley

Hay Festival 2000, 
Born into the celebrated Mitford family in 1910 and married at 18 to Bryan Guinness, Diana Mosley was part of a sparkling society circle which included the leading artists and intellectuals of the time. Evelyn Waugh dedicated Vile Bodies to her. Then, at the age of 22, she fell in love with Oswald Mosley and committed her life to his ideas. In Germany she was a friend to Hitler and Goebbels. By 1940 she was in a dmap cell in Holloway prison. Drawing on fresh interviews with Diana, whose views are as contrversial today as they were then, Dalley has created a revealing biography of the wife of one of the most hated politicians of the century.