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Robert Lacey

Millennium, The Year 1000

Hay Festival 2000, 
Mystery and magicians, monks, warriors and wandering merchants- people who feared an apocolypse and people who had no idea what year is was or what lay beyond the nearest valley. People felt they walked hand-in-hand with God, and envisaged him so literally that even Christians were sometimes buried with supplies for the journey to the new life in heaven.

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Clemency Burton-Hill talks to Peter Florence

Year of Wonder

Hay Festival 2018, 

The award-winning violinist presents BBC Radio 3's Breakfast, The Proms, and Young Musician of the Year. She introduces a beautiful engagement with classical music for every day of the year, whoever you are and wherever you’re from. In this session she celebrates the great sounds of spring and summer and mixes a Hay seasonal playlist.

Clemency Burton-Hill talks to Peter Florence

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Roy Noble talks to Carolyn Hitt

Down the Road and Round the Bend

Hay Festival 2018, 

Roy Noble is a Welsh legend – a consummate broadcaster, mischievous raconteur and collector of tales. His new book, launched today, is a glorious weft of fact, fiction and fancy – always moving and hilarious, elegantly told and often true. Pull up a chair…

Roy Noble talks to Carolyn Hitt

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Roy Strong

The Story of Britain

Hay Festival 1999, 
How should our history be written? The Historian andndiarist introduces his elegant and highly entertaining version of these island's past.

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History of the Graphic Novel

Dhaka 2013, 
With Rimi Chatterjee.

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Daniel Mitchard

Me and My Lightning Machine

Hay Festival 2018, 

A brief tour of lightning research, from generating powerful lightning bolts in Europe’s only university-based lightning laboratory, to the role of new materials in protecting commercial aircraft in flight from direct strikes, and to whether increased lightning due to global warming affects tree mortality in the tropics. Mitchard will bring us lots of exciting images and videos, from exploding piggy banks to the Nigerian rainforest, live Tesla coil demonstrations with music and the appearance of a tree struck nine times that survived.

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Ed Vaizey, Jean-Christophe Chopin, Annoushka Ducas, Edeline Lee, Geordie Willis

Hay Festival 2019, 

Google, Hoover, Beyoncé... Brand building has become a complex issue, one that’s moved from the concerns of big business to the everyday worries of everyone, from graduates building their LinkedIn profiles to the top echelons of soft power diplomats. An expert panel chaired by former Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey debates what makes a good brand. Ducas is a jewellery designer, creative director and founder of Links of London and Annoushka. Chopin is founder and CEO of the LandRover Born Awards and of born.com. Lee is a fashion designer whose clothes are worn by Olivia Coleman. Willis is creative director at Berry Bros & Rudd. 

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Julian Baggini

How The World Thinks

Hay Festival 2019, 

One of the great, unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered entirely separately in China, India and Ancient Greece at more or less the same time. Baggini sets out to expand our horizons, exploring the philosophies of Japan, India, China and the Muslim world, as well as the lesser-known oral traditions of Africa and Australia’s first peoples. Interviewing thinkers from around the globe, the philosopher asks: why is the West more individualistic than the East? What makes secularism a less powerful force in the Islamic world than in Europe? And how has China resisted pressures for greater political freedom?

Julian Baggini

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Charles Williams

Pétain

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Biographer introduces his life of the French military hero and national leader.

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Laura Carlin

Creativity and Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

The illustrator is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the winner of the V&A Book Illustration Award. Her work has appeared iVogue, the Guardian and the New York Times. Her books include The Promise by Nicola Davies and The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, which was awarded an honourable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category. 

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Oliver Bullough

Moneyland

Winter Weekend 2018, 

Moneyland is the secret country of the rich and unscrupulous, where they hide their wealth and prevent the rest of us from seeing it. Over the past 50 years, it has become the third largest economy in the world, and is annexing more every day. Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough explains how the City of London created this phenomenon, what damage it's doing to the world, and what we can all do about it.

Oliver Bullough

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Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Andre Vincent and Special Guest

Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2019, 

A little light ridicule, mockery and fun 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 – and driving it to splenetic fury – today.

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Sergio Cabrera y Wendy Guerra en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Del libro al largometraje

Cartagena 2015, 
Su novela Todos se van habla de la vida en Cuba en los años 70 y 80 a través de la experiencia de una niña y su paso por la infancia y la adolescencia. Este libro ha sido llevado a la gran pantalla en 2014 de la mano del director de cine y televisión colombiano Sergio Cabrera. 
Evento patrocinado por Cinecolombia

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Laura Restrepo sobre Pecado en conversación con Sara Marcela Bozzi

Cartagena 2017, 
La autora colombiana Laura Restrepo, ganadora del Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2004 por Delirio, ha recibido otros galardones tan prestigiosos como el Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 1997, otorgado por la Feria del Libro de Guadalajara (México), y el Grinzane Cavour 2006 (Italia). Conversará sobre su novela más reciente Pecado, una historia coral inspirada en el cuadro El Jardín de las Delicias de El Bosco, en el que a través de los personajes la autora reflexiona sobre los conceptos del bien y del mal, sobre los límites de la ética y sobre la condición humana.

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Arnoldo Kraus y Alberto Barrera Tyszka en conversación con Sergio Dahbar

Enfermedad y lenguaje.

Cartagena 2016, 
La literatura como medio de expresión de la enfermedad, el dolor o la muerte. Arnoldo Kraus, médico miembro del Colegio de Bioética, es autor de textos indispensables en el debate sobre la bioética, entre otros, Decir adiós, decirse adiós, Dolor de uno, dolor de todos y Recordar a los difuntos. El escritor Alberto Barrera Tyszka ha sido Premio Tusquets con la novela Patria o muerte y Premio Herralde con La enfermedad. Modera la charla Sergio Dahbar, periodista, creador de la revista El librero y editor de los sellos La hoja del Norte y Dahbar.

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Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

From Raiders to Rulers: The Vikings in Anglo-Saxon England

Hay Festival 2019, 

“Never before has such a terror appeared in Britain as we have suffered from a pagan race, nor was it thought that such an inroad from the sea could be made,” wrote the Anglo-Saxon scholar Alcuin, in response to the first major Viking raid on Lindisfarne. From these notorious early attacks at the end of the 8th century to all-out war in the time of Alfred; from the extortion of ‘Danegeld’ in the reign of Æthelstan to two decades of rule under Cnut, the Scandinavian impact on Anglo-Saxon culture and politics was enormous. In a wide-ranging overview, Eleanor Barraclough explores some of the truths behind the Vikings’ lurid reputation, and shows the evidence to be found in the rare documents on display in the British Library.

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Guy Leschziner talks to Daniel Davis

The Nocturnal Brain

Hay Festival 2019, 

What happens to our brain at night? Are we really fully asleep and if so how is it that some individuals end up doing what they do? Or can it be the case that perhaps the brain never fully goes to sleep and that in some individuals there is a disconnect between the sleeping part of their brain and the active part of their brain, so that the two become confused? The world-renowned neurologist weaves wonderful stories that highlight how sleep disorders affect the lives and health of patients and their families.

Guy Leschziner talks to Daniel Davis

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Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Channel 4 News anchor and author of Shooting History discusses broadcast news, conflict and the new world disorder with Peter Florence.

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Penny Vincenzi

Hay Festival 2000, 
A rare opportunity to meet the multi-million-selling superstar storyteller who talks about her work and her new novel of marital infidelity Almost a Crime.

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Por la ruta del esclavo en Cartagena de Indias. Conversación entre Claudia Mosquera Rosero-Labbé y Alberto Abello Vives

Cartagena 2017, 
Los sitios de memoria de la esclavitud en Cartagena se hacen visibles para mayor apropiación social y reconocimiento de los aportes de los africanos esclavizados a la cultura del Caribe ahora que esta ciudad se suma a la agenda internacional de la Ruta del Esclavo, liderada por la Unesco. Conversarán sobre esta iniciativa Claudia Mosquera-Rosero Labbé (Colombia), investigadora experta en estudios sociales y de raza, docente en el Departamento de Trabajo Social de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia y coordinadora en este país del proyecto Ruta del Esclavo; y Alberto Abello Vives (Colombia), experto en estudios del Caribe, investigador, académico, gestor y activista cultural, y autor de varios libros y ensayos.

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Jonathan Copley

Ask An Ocean Explorer

Hay Festival 2019, 

A marine biologist of over twenty years and advisor for the BBC’s Blue Planet II, Dr Jonathan Copley explains the science and wonder of the deep ocean. Combining untold history of ocean exploration and a personal account of what it’s like to be a ‘bathynaut’, diving in a mini-submarine, Copley brings to light weird and wonderful deep-sea creatures that we find ‘down there’ and explains how the oceans and their health is connected to our everyday lives.

Jonathan Copley

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Chris Bradford

Bodyguard: Fugitive

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author launches his new book, Fugitive, with a high-energy, immersive experience and live performance. Teen bodyguards Charley and Connor protect the world’s high-profile figures in the most testing of situations. But when the bodyguard is the target, who protects him or her? Learn bodyguard skills from the author (trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship) before putting these skills to the test. Will you spot the killer in the crowd?

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El exilio, las migraciones y los desplazamientos. Catherine Wihtol de Wenden y Nicole Lapierre en conversación con Camille Louis

Cartagena 2017, 
La historia de las civilizaciones y de los seres humanos puede ser también leída como una historia de migración, de migrantes y de las circunstancias que llevan a que las personas abandonen su lugar de origen. Dos expertas en la materia conversan con Camille Louis sobre los fenómenos migratorios (voluntarios, forzados, temporales), y sus causas y consecuencias. Con Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Francia), politóloga e investigadora en el Centro Nacional para la Investigación Científica (CNRS); y Nicole Lapierre (Francia), socióloga, antropóloga y directora emérita del CNRS.
El exilio, las migraciones y los desplazamientos. Catherine Wihtol de Wenden y Nicole Lapierre en conversación con Camille Louis

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El arte de las matemáticas y las matemáticas del arte

Arequipa 2015, 
Además de catedrático de matemáticas en la Universidad de Oxford, Marcus du Sautoy es escritor y divulgador científico. Ganador del premio Berwick de la London Mathematical Society en 2001, ha publicado La música de los números primosSimetría y Los misterios de los números. Du Sautoy nos desvelará los lazos que unen las matemáticas y la creación artística así como los aspectos estéticos que subyacen en esta disciplina científica.
El arte de las matemáticas y las matemáticas del arte

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Nicola Barker talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: H(A)PPY

Hay Festival 2018, 

Barker’s astonishing post-post-apocalyptic novel has just won the Goldsmith’s Prize. “Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear. Could you...might you be happy there?”

Nicola Barker talks to Georgina Godwin