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Jenny Pitman

Hay Festival 2002, 
An audience with the legendary trainer of such champions as Burrough Hill Lad, Corbière, and Garrison Savannah, the first lady of horse-racing, and now first time novelist, author of the thriller On The Edge.

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Patsy Rodenburg

Voice Production Workshop

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Director of Voice at the Royal National Theatre teaches a public workshop on voice production, breathing, relaxation and how to work a text. Her best-selling books include The Need For Words, Right to Speak and now The Actor Speaks

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Flora Fraser

The Unruly Queen

Hay Festival 1996, 
At the tawdry heart of the Regency period lies the bitter mismatch of the Prince and Princess of Wales, their tattered marriage and long and courageous fight for justice that is the subject of Fraser's study of Caroline of Brunswick - "an admirably convincing portrayal of a woman who evidently had more sprit than sensibility" - Sunday Telegraph

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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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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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An Evening with Ned Sherrin

Hay Festival 1996, 
A glorious anthology of wit and tall tales from the great raconteur, broadcaster, director and compiler of Theatrical Anecdotes.

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Susan Hill, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Bate, Joanna Trollope

Books & Company

Hay Festival 2000, 
A 'live' edition of the quarterly magazine 'about books, for those who delight in them.' Three contributors, plus the Editor reveal some of the secrets of their bookshelves and share old and new favourite.

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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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Three O'Clock At Ponty

BBC Radio Wales and the Sherman Theatre present

Hay Festival 1996, 
Thirty-minute theatre, broadcast live from the Festival. WIth Richard Harrington, Rhodri Huw and Maria Pride. 
Teenage dreams and love tokens give way to adult reality in Ponty's Ynys Angharad Park.

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Claire Tomalin

Mrs. Jordan's Profession

Hay Festival 1995, 
Tomalin's books about Mary Wollstonecraft, Katharine Mansfield and Nelly Ternan have established her as Britain's foremost living biographer. At the end of the C18th Dora Jordan, the subject of her new book, was the greatest comic actress the theatre had known, adored by public and high society alike. She became the consort of the future king William IV, lived with him in domestic happiness, and bore him ten children. She died alone, in obscurity, and when a biography of William IV was published in 1884, her name did not even appear in it. What happened?

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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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Steve Jones

In The Blood

Hay Festival 1996, 
Genetics is coming uncomfortably close to the questions asked by philosophy, theology, and even politics. It deals with issues of fate, of life amd death. If everything is in the genes, what is left of free will? If man is but a glorifed ape, where is the soul? If society is just a mechanisim for ensuring that genes are transmitted, what room is there for good and evil? The Galton Professor of Genetics and Reith Lecturer explores these questions, and talks about what is really In The Blood.

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Gordon Corera talks to Rosie Boycott

Secret Pigeon Service

Hay Festival 2018, 

Between 1941 and 1944, 16,000 plucky homing pigeons were dropped in an arc from Bordeaux to Copenhagen as part of ‘Columba’ – a secret British operation to bring back intelligence from those living under Nazi occupation. The messages flooded back written on tiny pieces of rice paper tucked into canisters and tied to the legs of the birds. Authentic voices from rural France, the Netherlands and Belgium, they were sometimes comic, often tragic and occasionally invaluable with details of German troop movements and fortifications, new Nazi weapons, radar system or the deployment of the feared V-1 and V-2 rockets that terrorised London. At the centre of the story is the ‘Leopold Vindictive’ network – a small group of Belgian villagers prepared to take huge risks. They were led by an extraordinary priest, Joseph Raskin, a man whose intelligence was so valuable it was shown to Churchill, leading MI6 to parachute agents in to assist him.

Gordon Corera talks to Rosie Boycott

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Steve Jones talks to Adam Rutherford

Here Comes the Sun

Hay Festival 2019, 

Jones explores the dependency of all life and systems on Earth – ecological, biological and physical – on our nearest star. He explores the connections between those systems, and the connections between the various disciplines that study them, from astronomy to cancer prevention, from microbiology to the study of sleep. He also charts his own work and interests over fifty years against developments in a wide range of fields, showing how what was once seen as a narrow specialism has become a subject of vast scientific, social and political significance. Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College London and President of the Galton Institute.

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David Rieff en conversación con Xavi Ayén

Contra la memoria:

Xalapa 2013, 
David Rieff es un prestigioso periodista y politólogo que ha publicado durante muchos años trabajos destacados en revistas como New Republic y World Policy Journal; es autor de Un mar de muerte: Recuerdos de un hijo, en el que narra la enfermedad y muerte de su madre, Susan Sontag. Es fundador y director del departamento Crímenes de Guerra en la Universidad Americana de Washington DC; Rieff ha conocido de primera mano los efectos de los crímenes de guerra en países como Ruanda, Kosovo, Israel, Palestina, Irak y Bosnia. Su último libro, Contra la Memoria, narra precisamente su experiencia en Bosnia. Estará en conversación con Xavi Ayén. 

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Pere Estupinyà

Cartagena 2014, 
Además de químico y bioquímico, Pere Estupinyà es escritor y divulgador científico. Español residente en Nueva York, ha trabajado como periodista científico en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT) en Boston, en Institutos Nacionales de la Salud de Estados Unidos y como editor en el programa Redes de TVE. Es autor de El ladrón de cerebros (2010), Rascar donde no pica (2012), S=EX2. La ciencia del sexo (2013) y en la actualidad realiza el blog Apuntes científicos desde el MIT para el diario El País.

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Babette Cole

Laugh Out Loud

Kells 2014, 

A side-splitting session with the swashbuckling children’s author and illustrator, creator of Princess Smartypants, Dr Dog, Mummy Laid an Egg and her latest book James Rabbit and the Giggleberries. Learn how to write and illustrate a children’s picture book and join the fun!

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Peer Lachman, Vivian Moses, Steve Jones,

Feed the World? Geneticists Called to Account

Hay Festival 2000, 
In a time of famine, BSE, sheep cloning, and the depletion of the farming industry, what are the justifications for the public boycott of GM foods? What are the risks involeved in testing? What are the implications for farming here and in developing countries? Is the genetic modification of food crops by selective breeding simply one of the fundamentals of agriculture? Who benefits? How far does, and should, the public trust the scientists?

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Jeremy Dyson, Kate O'Riordan, Kathy Lette

Hay Festival 2000, 
Dyson, the lead writer for the hugely successful television comedy cult The League of Gentlemen introduces his collection of surreal short stories Never Trust a Rabbit. O'Riordan's very funny romantic comedy The Angel in the House is the story of Robert, who falls in love with Angela. He thinks she's the angel he's been waiting for. She's not an angel. She's a num. They are joined by the spunky author of Mad Cows and Altar Ego, Kathy Lette, who previews her work in progress.

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Ed Hawkins and Nicola Davies talk to Andy Fryers

Trans.MISSION 3: Extreme Weather Events

Hay Festival 2018, 

What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Ed Hawkins is a climate scientist and works for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of Reading. Ed focuses on improving predictions of climate change and its impacts. Nicola Davies is the author of more than 50 books for children: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around extreme weather events.
The Trans.MISSION project was created to bring science and culture together with the aim of communicating cutting-edge science to new audiences through new methods.
More information about the Trans.MISSION project can be found here.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Sandra Lorenzano

Xalapa 2013, 
Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2011 por El ruido de las cosas al caer, presenta su último trabajo, Las reputaciones, donde narra la historia de Samanta Leal, de 35 años, que con mentiras se introduce en la casa de Javier Mallarino, el mejor caricaturista político de Colombia, para rogarle que le ayude a recordar lo sucedido en esa misma casa 28 años atrás. En conversación con Sandra Lorenzano.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Sandra Lorenzano

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Tony Robinson, Lisa Dwan, Peter Florence and Helena Kennedy

Josephine Hart’s Poetry Hour: Poetry of the Great War

Hay Festival 2018, 
Today's programme of 30 First World War poems gives voice to the humanity, loss and suffering of the poets of the Great War. The selection includes Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est, W. B. Yeats’ An Irish Airman Foresees His Death and Rudyard Kipling’s Epitaphs of The War. For over 25 years Josephine Hart’s hugely popular Poetry Hours, founded originally as Gallery Poets in the West End, were presented at such celebrated venues as The National Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse, The New York Public Library and Harvard University, they now continue quarterly at the British Library and, annually, here at Hay, at London University and at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Josephine wrote wonderfully incisive introductions to the life and work of each poet as, like Eliot, she believed that ‘we understand the work better when we understand something of the poet’s life'.

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

Hay Festival 2019, 

The mathematician examines the nature of creativity and provides an essential guide into how algorithms work, and the mathematical rules underpinning them. He asks how much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure, and exactly what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music. Du Sautoy finds out how long it might be before machines come up with something creative, and whether they might jolt us into being more imaginative in turn. The result is a fascinating and very different exploration into both AI and the essence of what it means to be human.

Marcus du Sautoy

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Nicola Davies

The Promise

Hay Festival 2014, 

Nicola is a marvellous writer, speaker, and observer of the natural world. She reads from her beautiful new picture book The Promise, which reminds us all that the smallest actions can change our world for the better.
5+ years

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Patricia Cornwell talks to Sarah Dunant

Hay Festival 1999, 
The American Crimewriter talks about her creation, medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta.