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Jessica Harrison-Hall

China: A History in Objects

Hay Festival 2018, 

From the earliest archaeological relics and rituals, through the development of writing and state, to the advent of empire, Harrison-Hall, head of the China section at The British Museum, charts the country's transformation from ancient civilisation to the world’s most populous nation and influential economy, showing us a myriad historical insights and cultural treasures along the way.

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Anna Jones talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Food Festival Presents: The Modern Cook’s Year

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The perfect inspiration for the festive season, The Modern Cook’s Year will show you how to make the most of seasonal produce in 250 vegetarian recipes, using simple, hugely inventive flavours and ingredients. Start of the Year: Spelt with pickled pears and pink leaves and chocolate and blood orange freezer cake; First Warm Days of Spring: Elderflower dressed broad beans and leaves with burrata and chickpea farinata with slow cooked courgettes; Herald of Spring: Spring chickpea soup with salted lemons and rhubarb and rose geranium frozen yoghurt; Summer: Smoked aubergine flatbreads and beetroot tops tart; Autumn: Orzo with tomatoes and feta and honey, lemon and coriander seed cake; Winter: Velvet squash broth with miso and soba and chocolate rye porridge with quick honey pears. “Modern, clever, beautiful” – Jamie Oliver.

Anna Jones talks to Rosie Boycott

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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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Amit Chaudhuri, Arundhati Roy, Patrick French talk to Ian Jack

An Independant India

Hay Festival 1997, 
On the 50th anniversary of Independence, Granta Editor Ian Jack hosts a discussion about contemporary Indian writing in English and its relationship with Western literature and India's other traditions.

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Richard Ford, Mavis Gallant, Robert Stone

The New Yorker Short Stories

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Literary Editior of the New Yorker Bill Buford hosts this reading and conversation with three major North American short story writers. Ford's work includes Independence Day, Wildlife, The Sportswriter and The Ultimate Good Luck. Many of Gallant's newly published Collected Stories were originally written for the New Yorker. "She is one of the great short-story writers of our time" - Michael Ondaatje. Robert Stone's Bear and His Daughter is a brilliant collection - "Stone writes like a bird, like an angel. like a circus barker, like a con man, like someone so high on pot that he is scraping his shoes on the stars" - Wallace Stegner

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Louis de Bernières and Nerys Williams

Kells 2014, 

Louis de Bernières (Imagining Alexandria) and Nerys Williams (Sound Archive) read from their latest work. Louis will also read from some of his unpublished works.

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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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Ian Buruma

Voltaire's Coconuts

Hay Festival 2000, 
Voltaire wondered why British laws could not be planted in FRance, or even Serbia, like the precious seeds of coconut trees. Karl Marx thought the English were too stupid to start a revolution. Tom Brown's Schooldays inspired Baron de Coubertin's idea of the modern Olympic Games. Buruma intrduces his stunning book. 'Witty, acute, sardonic and learned. Simply the best guide there is to two centuries of tragi-comic misunderstanding between Britain and Europe.

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Patricia Duncker, James Wood, Steven Sherrill

Hay Festival 2003, 
Duncker reads from her short stories Seven Tales of Sex and Death and introduces Sherrill's invenitve and brilliant  The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, in which the Minotaur, or M as he is known to his colleagues, is working as a line chef at Grub's Rib in the American Deep South, keeping to himself, keeping his horns down, trying in vain to put his past behind him. The first novel by the critic James Wood is The Book Against God, which introduces readers to the irrepressible presence of it's narrator, Thomas Bunting, liar, doubter, and the strangest philosopher in contemporary fiction.

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Jenny Broom

The Wonder Garden

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join the illustrator on a journey of discovery in some of the Earth’s most amazing habitats. Explore the coral on the Great Barrier Reef, experience the astonishing peaks of the Himalayas, trek through the Amazon rainforest, experience the darkest paths of the Black Forest and the dry heat of the Chihuahuan desert.  And then draw your own ‘wonder garden’.

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Jenny Broom

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Jerry Brotton, Hannah Critchlow, Catherine Fletcher and Germaine Greer

Leonardo 500

Hay Festival 2019, 

We celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of the incomparable Renaissance man – artist, scientist, inventor and lover. Brotton and Fletcher are Renaissance historians, Critchlow is a neuroscientist and Greer is a scholar and art historian. Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most inspiring figures of European history.

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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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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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Horatio Clare

Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North

Hay Festival 2018, 

A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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Steve Westaby

Fragile Lives

Hay Festival 2017, 

Examining specific cases, one of the world’s foremost surgeons offers an exceptional insight, drawn from 35 years of pioneering work, into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery.

Steve Westaby

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David Hare

'I have a go, lady, I have a go'

Hay Festival 2002, 
Since Osbourne's death eight years ago, a theatrical old guard has sought to downplay the significance of his first performed play Look Back in Anger and it's impact on the post-war world. In this inaugural lecture, Hare celebrates the originality and passion of one of the twentieth century's greatest playwrights, and takes the arguments of his critics head on.

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Helen Pickersgill, Illtud Llyr Dunsford and Luke Manifold

Eat, Drink and be Merry

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Meet three artisan producers who are reconnecting with traditional methods. Weobley Ash is reviving a taste for mutton, Charcutier Ltd draws from a farming background and research trips abroad to make a superb range of cured meats from rare breed pigs and Lucky 7 Beer Company is an exciting new entry into the craft beer revoloution. Sample each and give us your verdict. Chaired by Country Living Magazine’s Kitty Corrigan.

Helen Pickersgill, Illtud Llyr Dunsford and Luke Manifold

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Peter Frankopan

The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World

Hay Festival 2019, 

Following the Silk Roads eastwards from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In this prescient contemporary history, Peter Frankopan assesses the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power – all too often absent from headlines in the West. Chaired by Elif Shafak.

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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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Ben Elton, Peter Howarth

Hay Festival 2000, 
Elton has written comedy for stand-up, television with Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line, on stage with Popcorn, and a series of best-selling novels. His film adaptation of Inconceivable is premiered in London this week as Maybe Baby. Ridley Scott is filming Popcorn this Summer. He talks to the editor of Esquire.

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Jim Smith

Barry Loser is the best at football NOT

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Lollies winner, for a session of stories, laughs and draw-alongs. Jim will teach you how to draw Barry Loser and his mates as well as drawing live portraits of the audience.

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William Sieghart and Friends

The Poetry Pharmacy – The Hay Readings

Hay Festival 2018, 

Tried and True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul

Sometimes only a poem will do. The founder of National Poetry Day and The Forward Prize offers poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice to give comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, and that precious realisation – I'm not the only one who feels like this. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain. With readings of the poems by actors and commentary by Sieghart. 

William Sieghart and Friends

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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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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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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2018, 

A little light ridicule to start the day, as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy today.