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Simon Heath, Helen Gregory, Toby Whithouse

No Angels

Hay Festival 2005, 
The producers and writer of the hit Channel 4 comedy drama on sex and drugs and nurses roles.

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The Duchess of Devonshire and Charlotte Mosley

The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters

Hay Festival 2008, 
The twentieth century filtered through the correspondence of the most glamorous and controversial English literary dynasty. Debo Mitford and Diana’s niece, who edited the letters, talk to Hannah Rothschild.

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Amanda Levete

Two Museums

Hay Festival 2018, 

Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect, founder and principal of AL_A, an international design and architecture studio. She describes her approach to two exceptional urban projects – The Exhibition Road project at the V&A in London, creating a new exhibition space and re-connecting the museum to open public space on Exhibition Road; MAAT, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon is a new outward-looking museum located on the banks of the Tagus in Belém, the district from where the Portuguese great explorers set off.

Chaired by Amol Rajan.

Amanda Levete

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Paul Murdin

Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Cambridge astronomer introduces his ground-breaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand – or who have been inspired by – the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. The selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.

Paul Murdin

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Alex T Smith

Claude and Mr Penguin

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author and illustrator introduces the much-loved character of Claude and gives a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the new TV series about him. Come and learn how to draw him and meet the new detective, the star of Mr Penguin.

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Jan Zalasiewicz

Skeletons: The Frame of Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

Over half a billion years ago life on Earth took an incredible step in evolution, when animals learned to build skeletons. Using many different materials, from calcium carbonate and phosphate, and even silica, to make shell and bone, they started creating the support structures that are now critical to most living forms, providing rigidity and strength. The Leicester University palaeobiologist explores the incredible variety of the skeleton innovations that have enabled life to expand into a wide range of niches and lifestyles on the planet. Discussing the impact of climate change, which puts the formation of some kinds of skeleton at risk, he also considers future skeletons – including the possibility that we might increasingly incorporate metal and plastic elements into our own – as well as the possible materials for skeleton building on other planets.

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Miranda McKearney, Nicola Davies, Atinuke

Building Empathy Through Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

The founder of EmpathyLab, a new organisation inspired by scientific research showing that reading builds our real-life empathy, discusses how to create stories that elicit empathy in readers with the two writers. There will be an opportunity to join in empathy-boosting activities, and look ahead to national Empathy Day on 12 June.

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Anne Somerset

Unnatural Murder

Hay Festival 1997, 
In the autum of 1615 the Earl and Countess of Somerset were detained on suspicion of having murdered Sir Thomas Overbury with poisoned tarts and an enema of mercury sublimate. The arrest of the countess - one of the most beautiful women in England - and the earl - a well-known "favourite" of the homosexual monarch, James I - caused a sensation. Somerset brilliantly unravels these extraordinary events, which constituted the greatest scandel in court history.

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Julia Neuberger, Rowan Williams, Mary Loudon, Tariq Madood

Defender of Faiths

Hay Festival 1997, 
An informal open debate arguing Disestablishment of the Church of England, and the relationships between religions and the state in a multi-faith and multi-cultural Britain.

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Joan Bakewell talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
The broadcaster discusses her frank and dazzling memoir The Middle of the Bed with the broadcaster and editior.

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Familia y literatura. Marcos Giralt Torrente y Arnoldo Kraus en conversación con Yael Weiss

Querétaro 2016, 

Dos destacados autores mexicanos y uno español conversan con la editora Yael Weiss sobre la literatura que investiga y reflexiona sobre los vínculos familiares, un tema fascinante que no deja indiferente a nadie. Con Marcos Giralt Torrente (España), autor de Tiempo de vida y Arnoldo Kraus, autor del libro de relatos Quizá en otro lugar.

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Roger Penrose

Richard Feynman

Hay Festival 1998, 
Roger Penrose the author of The Emperors New Mind discusses the life and work of one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century.

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Humphrey Burton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Bernstein 100

Hay Festival 2018, 

The biographer celebrates the centenary of the birth of the versatile musical genius, America’s greatest conductor and the composer of West Side Story. Burton was given exclusive access to Bernstein’s rich legacy of letters and papers, and the book draws on hundreds of interviews with family, friends and colleagues to reveal his fascinating and complex personality. The event is chaired by Humphrey Burton’s daughter, the broadcaster and author of Year of Wonder.

Humphrey Burton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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David Crystal

Making It Up

Hay Festival 1998, 
Linguist David Crystal goes out hunting for the sources of language creativity, and finds most of them far nearer to home than most people might think.

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Elaine Brook

In Search of Shambala

Hay Festival 1997, 
Does Shangri-La really exist? An exploration of remote 'Hidden Valleys' of the Himalaya. Brook gives an insight into the spiritual ecology of the mountain people; how celebration and powerful visual imagery create harmony in relationship with self, community and wider environment.

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Rory Maclean, Rory Stewart and Peter Robb

Other Worlds

Hay Festival 2004, 
In Maclean's Falling for Icarus our intrepid adventurer sets off to Crete, where, with help from his Cretan neighbours, he attempts to build a woodhopper from scratch and make it fly. In 2001, Stewart, now Deputu Governor of a province in Iraq, set off from Heart to walk to Kabul via the mountains of Ghor in central Afghanistan. Robb's A Death in BRazil engages the politics, history and culture of South America's carnival superpower.

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Caricatura política II. Matador y Rayma Suprani en conversación con Claudia Gurissatti

Cartagena 2017, 
La agudeza y velocidad de la caricatura política, que en apenas una imagen puede resumir todo un punto de vista acerca de un suceso, es una de las maneras más efectivas de ejercer crítica. Es por eso que esta creativa actividad es a menudo perseguida en aquellos países en los que la libertad de expresión está en riesgo. Dos caricaturista de lujo conversan con Claudia Gurisatti. Rayma Suprani (Venezuela), y Matador (Colombia).

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Antártida: 25 días encerrado en el hielo. Federico Bianchini en conversación con Daniel Samper Pizano

Cartagena 2017, 
El ganador de la II Beca Michael Jacobs de crónica viajera, el argentino Federico Bianchini, presenta el libro por el que fue premiado: Antártida, donde el tiempo no pasa. Bianchini, cronista y editor de la revista Anfibia, ganador del Premio Nuevas Plumas 2010, conversará con Daniel Samper Pizano, jurado de la Beca. Al finalizar la charla se anunciará al ganador de la convocatoria de 2017.

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Michael Ignatieff

The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

Hay Festival 2004, 
The novelist and Harvard Professor of Human Rights Practice explores how a violent response to violence arguably makes us morally indistinguishable from our enimies, and confronts the political challenge of trying to win the war against terror without losing our democratic souls.

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Tom McLaughlin

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy

Hay Festival 2018, 

Imagine a school where perfection and popularity is prized above everything...what could go wrong? When the popular kids start growing extra-long spaghetti arms it's time for super nerds Tyler, Dylan, and Ashley to put their geek powers to the test and save the day. Join the author as he introduces his new series Happyville High in an event with interactive readings and an illustration workshop.

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DRIK

Dhaka 2013, 
Slideshow on Positive Light. Intro by Shahidul Alam.

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Paul Auster talks to Robert McCrum

Hay Festival 1999, 
A rare interview with the author of The New York Trilogy, Leviathan, Moon Palace and the movie Smoke. He launches his new novel Timbuktu.

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Bob Geldof talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
Dad's, debt, and rock'n'roll.

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Stephanie Merritt talks to Olivia Cole

Fictions: Gothic

Hay Festival 2018, 

While You Sleep is a pacy psychological thriller that has drawn comparisons with du Maurier, from the writer whose crime fiction appears under her pseudonym S. J. Parris. On a remote Scottish island, the McBride house stands guard over its secrets. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there. For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events. The locals want her to believe that these incidents are echoes of the McBrides’ dark past. Zoe is convinced the danger is closer at hand, and all too real – but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?

Stephanie Merritt talks to Olivia Cole

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Simon Jenkins

Builded Here

Hay Festival 2004, 
The eminent journalist considers his cultural and architectural odyssey around England's Thousand Best Homes and Churches in this illustrated lecture.