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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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Vernon Bogdanor talks to Matthew d’Ancona

Beyond Brexit: Towards a British Constitution

Hay Festival 2019, 

Brexit has almost wholly been confined to discussions of economic consequence. But what will happen to the constitution? And what does sovereignty mean? The distinguished professor of government looks at the impact of Brexit and the constitutional consequences of Britain’s EU membership, raising the question of just how the United Kingdom is to be preserved. At the time of going to press…

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Hugh Purcell

Up Top

Hay Festival 2018, 

Up Top was the name given locally to the Mid Wales Mental Hospital above Talgarth; a double meaning like 'round the bend', which often located asylums elsewhere – out of sight and out of mind. Purcell’s hitherto untold history, based on archives and oral testimony from staff and patients, shows how mentally ill people were treated through the 20th century. At first the ‘lunatic asylums’ relied on a strict regime of fresh air and bromide. Then they became ‘mental hospitals’, trying desperate measures like leucotomy, deep sleep narcosis and electro convulsive therapy. Then the word ‘mental’ was dropped and ‘psychiatric hospitals’ moved into the era of heavy drugs and psychotherapy. Finally, community care took over.  The history of the Mid Wales’ was typical of many institutions that lie as ruined monuments to our attempts to help the mentally ill.

Hugh Purcell

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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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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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Storytelling slam

Beirut 2012, 
A night of fiction and live readings. Join us for drinks and refreshments while festival authors regale us with readings from their work. With Roman Simic (Croatia), Dalia Taha (Palestine), najwan Darwish (Palestine), Samira negrouche (Algeria), Clare Azzopardi (Malta), Miguel Syjuco (Canada/Philippines), Akram Musallam (Palestine), Paolo Giordano (Italy) and Joumana Haddad (Lebanon). Chaired by Jon Gower, writer and journalist.
 
Several languages
With the support of Literature Across Frontiers, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, Arts Council of Wales, Danish Arts Council and A.M Qattan Foundation

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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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Juan Cruz en conversación con Jorge Eduardo Espinosa

Periodismo cultural.

Cartagena 2016, 
Juan Cruz es un reconocido periodista y escritor español, que ha sido galardonado con premios como el Azorín de Novela o el Nacional de Periodismo Cultural. Ha desarrollado gran parte de su carrera periodística en el diario El País, del que hoy es adjunto a la dirección. Su último libro publicado es El niño descalzo. En conversación con Jorge Eduardo Espinosa.

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Barry Cunliffe

On the Ocean: The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from Prehistory to AD1500

Hay Festival 2018, 

While the land is familiar, even reassuring, the sea is unknown and threatening. Why, then, did humans become seafarers? Part of the answer is that we are conditioned by our genetics to be acquisitive animals: we like to acquire rare materials and we are eager for esoteric knowledge, and society rewards us well for both. And our innate inquisitiveness drives us to explore. The pre-eminent archaeologist looks at the development of seafaring on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, two contrasting seas, the Mediterranean without a significant tide, enclosed and soon to become familiar, the Atlantic with its frightening tidal ranges, an ocean without end. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Barry Cunliffe

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Steve Brusatte

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2018, 

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. One of the leading scientists of a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting edge-technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs ruled the earth for 150 million years. At a time when Homo sapiens has existed for less than 200,000 years and we are already talking about planetary extinction, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a timely reminder of what humans can learn from the magnificent creatures that ruled the earth before us. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

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Helena Kennedy talks to Laura Bates

Eve Was Shamed

Winter Weekend 2018, 

The QC forensically examines the pressing new evidence that women are still being discriminated against throughout the legal system, from the High Court (where only 21% of judges are women) to female prisons (where 84% of inmates are held for non-violent offences). In-between are the so-called ‘lifestyle’ choices of the Rotherham girls; the failings of the current rules on excluding victims’ sexual history from rape trials; battered wives being asked why they don’t ‘just leave’ their partners; the way statistics hide the double discrimination experienced by BAME and disabled women; the failure to prosecute cases of female genital mutilation… the list goes on. The law holds up a mirror to society and it is failing women.

Helena Kennedy talks to Laura Bates

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Zoë Svendsen and Paul Mason

Cambridge Series 20: Talking About Shakespeare: Shakespeare and the Emergence of Capitalism

Hay Festival 2016, 

Theatre director Zoë Svendsen and journalist and economist Paul Mason explore the theatricality of capitalism by examining what an economic analysis of Shakespeare’s plays might tell us about character and how the human is represented. Part of a new research and development project at the Young Vic, London.

Zoë Svendsen and Paul Mason

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Pat Barker and Miranda Seymour talk to Peter Kemp

The First World War in Fact and Fiction

Hay Festival 1996, 
Barker won the 1995 Booker prize for The Ghost Road, the final novel in her WW1 trilogy of Regeneration and The Eye in the Door. Seymour is the highly acclaimed biographer of Robert Graves. They talk to The Sunday Times critic Peter Kemp.

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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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Kyffin Williams' Portraits

Hay Festival 1996, 
The pre-eminent Welsh painter, internationally acclaimed for his landscape work, talks to the art critics Nicholas Usherwood and Jonathan Miles about his series of intimate portraits of friends and acquaintances painted between 1944 and 1994, published now in a book by Gomer Press.

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Jorge Perugorría en conversación con Sandro Romero Rey

Cartagena 2016, 
Jorge Perugorría (Cuba) es recordado por muchos de nosotros por sus inolvidables papeles en películas como Fresa y chocolate (dirigida por Tomás Gutiérrez Alea y Juan Carlos Tabío), Derecho de asilo, de Octavio Cortázar, o Che, de Steven Soderbergh. Actor, pintor, escultor y director de documentales, Jorge conversará sobre su extraordinaria carrera, desde los inicios en el teatro hasta sus películas más conocidas internacionalmente, con Sandro Romero Rey, autor de la reciente Memorias de una cinefilia.

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Mike Hoffmann, Monika Bohm and Emily Beech talk to Andy Fryers

Species Under Threat

Hay Festival 2018, 

Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. It is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity and a powerful tool to inform and catalyse policy change. The list provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, threats, and conservation actions. Hoffman currently heads up the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) global conservation programmes and was previously chair of the 25-member IUCN Red List Committee. Bohm is a researcher in the Species Indicators and Assessments Unit at ZSL. Emily Beech is a Conservation Officer at Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

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Liz Fost

Thunderbirds Are Go

Hay Festival 2016, 

For fans of the new TV series, an action-packed session where you can learn what it takes to become a legendary member of International Rescue. Play games, take part in secret missions and hear tales of the illustrious Tracy brothers in their courageous battles.

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Peter Jay

Road to Riches

Hay Festival 2000, 
The story of the rise and fall of whole economies and nations, and the ascent of humans as the only economical animal: as producer, consumer and accumulator of wealth.

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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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Christopher Lee, John Maddox, Eric Hobsbawm

Between the Wars

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this first of a series of conversations about major turning points in British history, the playwright and historian discusses the revolutions in science, society and industry of the 1920's and 1930's with the grandee science-writer John Maddox, and the historian and autobiographer Eric Hobsbawm.

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Humberto de la Calle y Jody Williams en conversación con Claudia Gurisatti

Cartagena 2015, 

Jody Williams fue la ganadora del Premio Nobel de la Paz 1997 por su trabajo por la prohibición internacional del uso de minas antipersonales y municiones de racimo; recientemente ha publicado sus memorias My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize. Humberto de la Calle es político y abogado, actual jefe negociador del Gobierno colombiano en los diálogos de paz con las FARC. Ambos hablarán sobre los procesos de paz con la periodista Claudia Gurisatti.

Con el apoyo del Alto Comisionado para la Paz

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Ferdia Gallagher

Cambridge Series 5: The Future of MRI

Hay Festival 2018, 

Dr Gallagher from the Department of Radiology at the University of Cambridge discusses the basis of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), how it is currently used to image cancer and what the future of oncological imaging may entail.

Ferdia Gallagher

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Dylan Jones talks to Tiffany Murray

David Bowie – A Life

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Drawn from more than 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, the editor of GQ’s fabulous oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path. With stories and music and film clips.

Dylan Jones talks to Tiffany Murray

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Norris Church Mailer, Joanne Harris, Peter Ho Davies

Hay Festival 2000, 
Start-the-Week-type conversation with three ficyion writers. Mailers brilliantly evocotive debut Windchill Summer. Joanne Harris follows her international sensation Chocolat. Ho Davies' collection Equal Love is my book of the year so far.