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Owen Sheers and Pip Broughton

Poetry on Film: To Provide All People

Hay Festival 2018, 

The poet and the film-maker collaborated on the BAFTA Cymru award-winning Aberfan: The Green Hollow, an hour-long film poem about the 1966 tragedy, and are now working on To Provide for All People – a new film celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. They discuss the stories and people who feature in the new film, and the freedoms and forms of working with poetry. They preview clips of the NHS film that will be broadcast later in the summer.

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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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Jackie Collins talks to Mark Lawson

Hay Festival 1997, 
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pan Macmillan, the best-seller talks about her career and her heroine Lucky Santangelo: "if you take Lucky to the beach for sunbathing company, you may still be there reading when the moon comes up" - Cosmopolitan

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Jack Hartnell

Medieval Bodies: Life, Death and Art in the Middle Ages

Hay Festival 2018, 

Dripping with blood and gold, fetishised and tortured, gateway to earthly delights and point of contact with the divine, forcibly divided and powerful even beyond death, there was no territory more contested than the body in the medieval world. The art historian uncovers the complex and fascinating ways in which the people of the Middle Ages thought about, explored and experienced their physical selves. 

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Nicola Shulman talks to Anna Pavord

A Rage for Rock Gardening

Hay Festival 2003, 
Shulman discusses her book A Rage for Rock Gardening: The Story of Reginald Farrer, Gardener, Writer and Plant Collector. "Half poet, half botanist', as Vita Sackville West described him, he became one of the very greatset in the last great age of plant-hunters, and wrote books of unforgettable method and style. Through their influence, he did for English gardening what half a century later Elizabeth David would do for cooking, and changed it all for ever

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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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Spiritual Songs

Dhaka 2013, 

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Marie Arana y Antonio Caballero en conversación con Juan Carlos Iragorri

¿Qué pensaría Bolívar si resucitara?

Cartagena 2016, 
Los participantes conversan en torno a la figura de Simón Bolívar y reflexionan a su vez sobre el estado actual de América Latina. Con Marie Arana, periodista de The Washington Post y autora de la más reciente biografía del Libertador publicada originalmente en inglés, Bolívar - American Liberator; y Antonio Caballero, escritor y columnista de Semana, Premio Simón Bolívar en 1994 por sus caricaturas políticas y autor del reciente Comer o no comer y otras notas de cocina. Charla oderada por Juan Carlos Iragorri, director de Voces RCN y Club de prensa, de NTN24.

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Subaltern Writing

Dhaka 2013, 

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Simon Nye

Hay Festival 1998, 
The award-winning creator of the cult hit Men Behaving Badly and the new BBC2 comedy How Do You Want Me? discusses his screenwriting with Peter Florence.

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Susannah Clapp

With Chatwin

Hay Festival 1997, 
Bruce Chatwin was a traveller, a teller of tales and a connoisseur of the extraordinary. When he died in 1989 he was 48 and had completed six books. In Patagonia made him celebrated, The Viceroy of Ouidah and On the Black Hill were both made into films, The Songlines made him a best-seller, and Utz confirmed an artist at the height of his powers. Clapp edited two of Chatwin's books and her memoir of her friend is a beautiful evocation of the man feted for his looks as well as his prose, a vivid presence and absence, whose travelling led him so often here to the Black Mountains.

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Jeremy Lewis

Cyril Connolly

Hay Festival 1997, 
A portrait of the precociously brilliant, and influential literary journalist, author of The Unquiet Grave and Enemies of Promise. Connolly was an autobiographer, essayist and parodist of genius whose spectacularly fallible life makes for wonderful telling.

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Aardman’s Dan Binns and Ally Lewis talk to Andy Fryers

Trans.MISSION 2: Clean Air

Hay Festival 2018, 

What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Ally Lewis is an atmospheric chemist and works for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of York. His main research focus is air pollution and how to detect chemicals in the atmosphere. Dan Binns is a Commercials director at Aardman, the multi-award-winning studio, creators of Wallace & Gromit. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around air pollution. Chaired by Andy Fryers

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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John D. Hosler

The Siege of Acre: Saladin, Richard The Lionheart, and the Battle that decided the Third Crusade

Hay Festival 2018, 

The two-year-long siege of Acre (1189-1191) was the most significant military engagement of the Third Crusade, attracting armies from across Europe, Syria, Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Maghreb. Drawing on a balanced selection of Christian and Muslim sources, the historian introduces his account of this hard-won victory for the Crusaders, when England’s Richard the Lionheart and King Philip Augustus of France joined forces to defeat the Egyptian Sultan Saladin. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Michael Ignatieff

The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World

Hay Festival 2018, 

During a three-year, eight-nation journey, Ignatieff found that while human rights is the language of states and liberal elites, the moral language that resonates with most people is one of everyday virtues: tolerance, forgiveness, trust and resilience. These ordinary virtues are the moral system of global cities and obscure shantytowns alike. A novelist and historian, Ignatieff is Rector and President of Central European University in Budapest.
Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Jenny Valentine

Fictions: Fire Colour One

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Iris's father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn't even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world. Everything she thought she knew is up in flames. Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest's priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas... The new novel from the award-winning children’s author.

12+ years
Jenny Valentine

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Louise Doughty, Victoria Briggs

The Asham Award

Hay Festival 2005, 
We celebrate the foremost short story prize for women writes with a discussion and reading with Doughty, one of this year's judges and 2003 award-winner Briggs.

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Imágenes de la violencia/violencia de la imagen. Hourya Bentouhami, Christine Détrez y Marie-José Mondzain en conversación con Cristina Lleras

Cartagena 2017, 
Los actos violentos y sus consecuencias adquieren un cariz todavía más problemático cuando son representados sin descanso a través de imágenes que se comparten en los medios, internet o las redes sociales. ¿Cómo se puede informar y compartir responsablemente esta información? ¿Es adecuado mostrar la violencia? ¿Cuáles son los límites de lo que se debe mostrar y en qué contexto? Cristina Lleras conversa sobre este delicado y pertinente asunto con Hourya Bentouhami (Francia), filósofa y docente de filosofía política en la Universidad de Toulouse – Le Mirail; Christine Détrez (Francia), escritora, socióloga y profesora en la Escuela Normal Superior de Lyon; y Marie-José Mondzain (Francia), filósofa y directora de investigación en el CNRS.
Imágenes de la violencia/violencia de la imagen. Hourya Bentouhami, Christine Détrez y Marie-José Mondzain en conversación con Cristina Lleras

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Nigel Forde, Sarah Wardle, Deryn Rees-Jones

Poetry Live

Hay Festival 2004, 
A reading by three award-winning poets. Forde's latest collection is A Map of the Territory, Wardle's is Fields Away, Rees-Jones has just published Quiver.

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Kay Redfield Jamison talks to Marjorie Wallace

An Unquiet Mind

Hay Festival 1997, 
Dr Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness. Even while she was pursuing a glittering career in Psychiatry she was succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of here patients. Oliver Sacks said that her memoir An Unquiet Mind "stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty". She talks to the Chairman of SANE, Marjorie Wallace, the first journalist to be elected to the Royal College of Psychiatry.

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Barry Cunliffe

The Ancient Celts

Hay Festival 2018, 

Cunliffe’s classic study of the ancient Celtic world was first published in 1997. Since then huge advances have taken place in our knowledge: new finds, new ways of using DNA records to understand Celtic origins, new ideas about the proto-urban nature of early chieftains' strongholds. Cunliffe explores the archaeological reality of these bold warriors and skilled craftsmen of barbarian Europe, who inspired fear in both the Greeks and the Romans. He investigates the texts of the Classical writers and contrasts their view of the Celts with current archaeological findings.

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Pauline McLynn, Molly Jong Fast

Hay Festival 2000, 
The star of Father Ted and Alan Parker's movie Angela's Ashes, McLynn's fictional debut Something For The Weekend revolves around a Dublin Private eye stripping away layers of martial infidelities and battling with bread-making and beef Wellington. Molly Jong Fast has written a first novel about the Manhatten fast life called Normal Girl. 

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Michael Reid, Jon Lee Anderson y Moisés Naím en conversación con Juan Carlos Iragorri

¿Fracasará otra vez América Latina?

Cartagena 2016, 
Estos tres reconocidos periodistas, expertos en América Latina, debaten y reflexionan sobre las posibilidades de esta región para convertirse en una potencia económica, social y cultural, las deficiencias con las que debe luchar todavía y los obstáculos que aún le quedan por franquear. Participan Michael Reid, responsable de cubrir los temas de América Latina para The Economist y colaborador de medios como BBC Mundo y El País; Jon Lee Anderson, reportero de The New Yorker y autor de una de las biografías más relevantes del Che, Che Guevara. Una vida revolucionaria; y Moisés Naím, Premio Ortega y Gasset de Periodismo, fundador y presidente del Grupo de los Cincuenta (G50) y autor del libro El fin del poder. Dirige esta mesa de debate Juan Carlos Iragorri, director de Voces RCN y Club de prensa, de NTN24.

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Jay Griffiths in conversation with Rebecca John

Responding to the World

Winter Weekend 2015, 

What is the writer’s role in the world? Are they there to respond to events, drive change, reflect society? Join our Hay Festival International Fellow and PEN International writer and the new PENCymru’s winner of PEN International’s New Voices competition, Rebecca John. Chaired by Jon Gower.

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Dacia Viejo Rose

Cambridge Series 17: War on Culture - the Politics of Reconstructing Cultural Heritage

Hay Festival 2018, 

The destruction of cultural heritage has grabbed headlines worldwide. Does it matter? This talk will explore the dynamics of violence, reconstruction and repair that underlie these dramatic acts of destruction. Dr Viejo is a Lecturer in Heritage and the Politics of the Past.

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