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Charles Martell, Hilary Engel and Julia Blackshaw

Apple Blossom Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

Celebrating our native apples and the variety of products derived from them, by growers who care about nature and the environment. Charles Martell is known for Stinking Bishop cheese and now distils vintage spirits on his Gloucestershire farm; Hilary Engel makes cider from apples pressed by a Gypsy cob in a 17th-century mill; and Julia Blackshaw makes mellifluous juices from her organic orchard. They talk to Kitty Corrigan.

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Paul Roche

Down to Earth: Impacts from Space – Cardiff University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

What killed the dinosaurs? And should we be worried about going the same way? Astronomers regularly discover huge lumps of rock and ice hurtling past the Earth, and if some of them were to actually hit us then the effects could be terrifying, with dramatic consequences for all life on Earth. Recent near misses, and the huge airburst explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013, make this a very topical issue. The European Space Agency’s Space Ambassador for Wales spins a tale of death, destruction and dinosaurs.

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Robert Llewellyn

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Red Dwarf cult star discusses comedy and his novels The Man on Platform Five and Punchbag which is launched at the Festival.

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Jesse Norman

Adam Smith: What he Thought and why it Matters

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics'. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of 'market fundamentalism' and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness? Norman’s biography explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over the past two centuries. He shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us grasp - and address - the problems of modern capitalism. His account of Smith offers not only the first thinker to place markets at the heart of economics, but also a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture and society. Jesse Norman is MP for South Herefordshire, an historian and economist. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

Jesse Norman

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Emma Suárez en conversación con Luis Alegre

Cartagena 2016, 
La actriz española Emma Suárez ha representado papeles tan emblemáticos como el de la Condesa de Belflor en El perro del hortelano, de Pilar Miró, que le valió un Goya a la mejor actriz en 1997, o la misteriosa Lisa de La ardilla roja, dirigida por Julio Medem en 1993. Ha trabajado con directores como José Luis Borau, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Isabel Coixet y, más recientemente, Pedro Almodóvar, con quien ha trabajado en la que será su nueva película, Julieta. Con una de las carreras más sólidas del cine español, y trabajos en teatro y televisión, Emma conversará sobre su carrera actoral y sus últimos proyectos con Luis Alegre.

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Ruth Dudley Edwards talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Seven

Hay Festival 2016, 

On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the Irish Republican Brotherhood’s military council put their names to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, declaring they were the provisional government of an Ireland free from British rule. In effect, each man had knowingly signed his own death warrant. Since then, the seven have been eulogised and used as political weapons by many. To challenge the morality of the Rising was to be denounced as unpatriotic, even un-Irish. One hundred years on, however, there is an increasing recognition within Ireland that it’s time for the founding fathers to come under proper scrutiny.

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Erzsébet Dobos and Arcadi Espada

Nazi Budapest Viewed From The Embassy Of Spain

Budapest 2013, 

Professor Erzsébet Dobos, author of Megmenekültek, talks to celebrated journalist Arcadi Espada, author of En nombre de Franco, about the protection given to Hungarian Jews by the Spanish Embassy in Budapest during WWII.

In collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Instituto Cervantes and Fundación Lara

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Timothy J Jorgensen

Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation

Hay Festival 2016, 

We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety of nuclear power plants. Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation, from Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays, and pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, and Thomas Edison to the victims of the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Tracing the most important events in the evolution of radiation, Jorgensen explains exactly what it is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm.

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Martin Innes

Terrorism as a teachable moment: analysing social media to understand public reactions to the four UK attacks in 2017

Hay Festival 2018, 

Terrorist attacks are designed to 'terrorise, polarise and mobilise' their multiple audiences. In a sense, then, they function as teachable moments, where the perpetrators try to teach 'a lesson' to their 'adversaries'. At the same time, however, governments use these events to instruct the wider public about the risks that have to be managed, and how public life and values will not be modified by them. The Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute shows how by applying cutting-edge social media analytics, we can learn from past attacks about how terrorist violence tries to work.

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Sverre Lodgaard

The 2017 Rotblat Lecture: North Korea – in search of a peaceful solution

Hay Festival 2017, 

Lodgaard is one of the world’s most highly regarded authorities on weapons control. He was the Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research from 1992-1996. He examines the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with specific regard to North Korea and the USA. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

Sverre Lodgaard

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Yuval Noah Harari en conversación con Peter Florence

De animales a dioses (Sapiens). Una breve historia de la humanidad.

Cartagena 2016, 
Hace 100.000 años había por lo menos seis diferentes especies de humanos en la tierra. Hoy solo queda una: nosotros, el Homo sapiens. ¿Cómo venció nuestra especie la lucha por la dominación?, ¿por qué nuestros ancestros nómadas se unieron para crear ciudades y reinos?, ¿cómo llegamos a creer en dioses, naciones y derechos humanos; a confiar en el dinero, los libros y las leyes; y a estar esclavizados por la burocracia, los horarios y el consumismo? Y, ¿cómo va a ser el mundo en el próximo milenio? En De animales a dioses. Una breve historia de la humanidad, el catedrático de historia de la Universidad de Jerusalén, Yuval Noah Harari, explora todas estas cuestiones, apoyándose en la biología, la antropología,
la paleontología y la economía. En conversación con el fundador del Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

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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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Cees Nooteboom en conversación con Laura Restrepo

Cartagena 2014, 
Cees Nooteboom es probablemente el escritor holandés más conocido internacionalmente. Poeta, escritor y periodista, Cees es autor de una extensa obra poética y de trabajos tan celebrados como El desvío a Santiago, considerado una obra maestra de la literatura de viajes donde narra veinte años de viajes por España. En conversación con Laura Restrepo. Con el apoyo de la Dutch Literature Foundation

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William Ospina en conversación con Julio Patán

Xalapa 2013, 
William Ospina (Colombia) es poeta, ensayista, novelista y traductor. Autor de varios poemarios y libros de ensayo como Aurelio Arturo (1991) o Los nuevos centros de la esfera (2001), en 2005 comenzó a publicar la que con el tiempo se convertirá en una trilogía literaria que inició con Ursúa, novela en la que aborda la historia de Pedro de Ursúa, conquistador español fundador de la ciudad colombiana de Pamplona. La segunda novela de la serie, El país de la canela, narra los viajes al Amazonas durante el siglo XVI y fue galardonada con el Premio Rómulo Gallegos 2009. La tercera parte ha sido publicada recientemente y lleva por título La serpiente sin ojos. En conversación con Julio Patán.

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Rose Tremain, Javier Cercas

Hay Festival 2003, 
Rose Tremain introduces her new novel The Colour, a fabulous historical novel set against the background of the gold rush in New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. 'The colour' is miners' slang for gold. Cercas is the author of the hugeEuropean success The Soldiers of Salamis. At the heart of this 'true tale' are the last moments of the Spanish Civil War, during which Sanchez Mazas narrowly escapes death twice on the same day: first by firing squad and later when his hiding place is discovered by the unknown soldier, who looks him in the eye, and then, miraculously, turns and walks away. They talk to the critic Amanda Hopkinson.

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Carla Lane

Hay Festival 1995, 
Lane is the most successful woman writer of popular television comedy in Britain. Her series include Bread, The Liver Birds, Butterflies and Luv. She talks to the Broadcaster Elinor Jones about relationships, sex, motherhood, her screenwriting and her passion for animals, discussed in her autobiography Instead of Diamonds.

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Jo Brandon, Aviva Dautch, Shazea Quraishi

Poetic Responses to Gustav Klimt

Hay Festival 2018, 

Renowned painter of the exquisite and other-worldly The Kiss, Gustav Klimt is the crowning jewel in Austria’s symbolist movement. Join Brandon, Dautch and Quraishi as they present their poetic answers to Klimt’s masterpieces, specially commissioned by Bradford Literature Festival. The poets will discuss how Klimt’s work inspired their own, as well as the social and artistic context in which the paintings were created. This one-of-a-kind event marries the contemporary with the historical to mark the centenary of Klimt’s death.

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Gina Miller

Rise!

Winter Weekend 2018, 

Miller came to prominence when she successfully took the British government to the Supreme Court, challenging its authority to trigger Article 50, the formal notification to leave the EU, without parliamentary approval. Guyana-born Miller became the target of racist and sexist abuse, and physical threats. Rise is an unflinching account of what it means to stand up for justice, and for yourself, no matter what the cost. She discusses her book and why she felt compelled to write it. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Gina Miller

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The Cake Café

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Presented by Michell Darmody, owner of the famous Dublin 'Cake Café' and author of the Cake Café cook book.

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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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J. J. Armas Marcelo in conversation with Jesús Marchamalo

Segovia 2014, 

The journalist and writer J. J. Armas Marcelo presents his latest novel, Réquiem habanero por Fidel. He talks to writer and journalist Jesús Marchmalo.

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Terry Eagleton

Radical

Hay Festival 2018, 

The literary critic, famed for his wit and acute interpretations, explores the themes of his two spring publications. Radical Sacrifice revaluates the idea of sacrifice as purposed in theology and philosophy, reclaiming the act as radical politics. The re-publication of Why Marx Was Right examines the philosopher’s core ideas in the context of capitalism’s crises and communism’s collapse. Chaired by Dai Smith.

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Richard Bentall

Madness Explained

Hay Festival 2003, 
Bentall argues that we need a radically new way of thinking about psychosis and its treatment. He shows that there is no reasuring dividing line between mental health and mental illness. Severe mental disorders can no longer be reduced to brain chemistry, but must be understood psychologiaclly, as part of normal behaviour and human nature.

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Andrew Solomon en conversación con Rosie Boycott

Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse

Cartagena 2015, 
Escritor y académico especializado en psicología, política y cultura, Andrew Solomon ganó el National Book Award en 2001 y fue finalista del Pulitzer en 2002 por su libro El demonio de la depresión. En su última publicación, Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse, muestra un estudio que ha realizado con alrededor de trescientas familias que han aprendido a convivir a pesar de vivir situaciones difíciles. 

Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Estados Unidos de América
Andrew Solomon en conversación con Rosie Boycott

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Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Looking for Madeleine

Kells 2015, 

Internationally renowned investigative journalists Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (The Eleventh Day: The Ultimate Account of 9/11) return to Hay Festival Kells to talk about their 2014 bestseller Looking for Madeleine, about the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann. They discuss the overwhelming and often troubling response to the book on social media. Chaired by Myles Dungan.

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan