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Michael Scott

Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Hay Festival 2014, 

The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the omphalos – the centre or navel – of the ancient world for more than a thousand years. Individuals, city leaders and kings came from all over the Mediterranean and beyond to consult Delphi’s oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods in gold, ivory, bronze, marble and stone; and to take part in athletic and musical competitions.

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Katharine Hamnett and Dilys Williams

Just Fashion

Hay Festival 2014, 

Iconic British designer and ‘Queen of Green’ Katharine Hamnett CBE is joined by Dilys Williams, Director of London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion to discuss the future of sustainability in fashion as well as offer their insights on final garments created by students during the week-long ‘Just Workshop’. Led by designers Alis Smith and Jessica Mor, the Just Workshop is held in collaboration with the Environmental Justice Foundation and Levi Strauss & Co. to provide a unique opportunity for 12 students to create ethical and sustainable garments during this five-day workshop at Hay Festival.

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Richard Shelton

To Sea and Back

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Heroic Life of the Atlantic Salmon.
Richard Shelton

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Jane Davidson, George Marshall, Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe

Can We Change the World With Imagination?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Can climate fiction ever change minds, or does it merely confirm existing attitudes in the mind of the reader who chooses to read a book of that nature? Are more climate-related books aimed at children because their enquiring minds are supposed to be more open? Author and founder of Climate Outreach Information Network George Marshall talks to INSPIRE’s Jane Davidson, and authors Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe.

Jane Davidson, George Marshall, Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe

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Helen Fielding talks to Peter Florence

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Hay Festival 2014, 

What do you do when a girlfriend’s 60th birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend’s 30th? Does the Dalai Lama actually Tweet or is it his assistant? Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day? Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, Tweeting, texting and rediscovering her sexuality in what SOME people rudely and out-datedly call ‘middle age’.

Helen Fielding talks to Peter Florence

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Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall

Second-Hand Time

Hay Festival 2016, 

The 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate talks about Russia and the USSR. Her Nobel citation was for “her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

“I don’t ask people about socialism, I ask about love, jealousy, childhood, old age. Music, dances, hairstyles. The myriad sundry details of a vanished way of life. This is the only way to chase the catastrophe into the framework of the mundane and attempt to tell a story. Try to figure things out. It never ceases to amaze me how interesting ordinary, everyday life is. There are an endless number of human truths... History’s sole concern is the facts; emotions are out of its realm of interest. It’s considered improper to admit feelings into history. I look at the world as a writer, not strictly an historian. I am fascinated by people…”

This event will be conducted in Russian, with consecutive translation

Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall

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John Guy

The Children Of Henry VIII

Hay Festival 2013, 

Henry fathered four living children, Henry Fitzroy, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth, each by a different mother. Their interrelationships were often scarred by jealousy, mutual distrust, sibling rivalry, even hatred. Possessed of quick wits and strong wills, their characters were defined partly by the educations they received, and partly by events over which they had no control. Introduced by SJ Parris.

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Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence

An Historian's Alphabet

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian, foodie, art critic, groover and broadcaster improvises on 26 subjects A–Z in conversation with Peter Florence.
Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence

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Antony Beevor

Segovia 2009, 
El autor de La guerra civil española (2005) y Un escritor en guerra (2006), presenta su último libro El día D: la batalla de Normandía, en el que describe la batalla y el destino de soldados y civiles franceses envueltos en la contienda.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Edward Docx and Rahul Bhattacharya talk to Anita Sethi

Fictions: Hearts of Darkness

Hay Festival 2011, 
Docx's scientist finds extremes of love and horror deep in the South American jungle in his novel The Devil's Garden. In Bhattacharya's The Sly Company of People Who Care an Indian journalist ventures into the dark rainforest interior of Guyana.
The Devil's Garden - Edward Docx

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Lionel Shriver talks to George Alagiah

Talking Books: The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047

Hay Festival 2016, 

The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as an extreme fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon.

Lionel Shriver talks to George Alagiah

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Simon Schama

Talking About Shakespeare: This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm, This England

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historian was set alight by Shakespeare’s muse of fire when he first saw Henry V as a child. He examines Shakespeare’s making of the myths of England. He hymns the Histories, the kings and the commoners, the band of brothers, and the spirit of Shakespeare’s greatest knight, Sir John Falstaff.

Simon Schama

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Graydon Carter, Christopher Hitchens and Gary Younge

America

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Vanity Fair editor, author of the savagely critical What We’ve Lost, joins the Hitch and The Guardian’s US correspondent Gary Younge, who launches Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, to consider the state of the union.

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Kate Adie

Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One

Hay Festival 2014, 

The journalist and historian examines the ways in which women’s lives changed during WWI and what the impact has been for women in the hundred years since. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

Kate Adie

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Isabel Coixet en conversación con David Trueba

Los sonidos de Tokio

Segovia 2009, 
La última película de la directora Isabel Coixet, también se puede leer. La autora hablará sobre su último libro con el escritor, guionista y director de cine David Trueba.

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Russell Deacon

The History of the Welsh Liberal Party

Hay Festival 2011, 
An exploration of the development of Wales’ oldest political party, some of its heroes and villains and how its more prominent members have shaped Welsh and British history, with special reference to the late Festival Vice-President and President of the European Movement in Wales, Lord Richard Livsey of Talgarth.

Find out more about Prof. Russell Deacon and read a recent article

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Tony Robinson

Weird World of Wonders!

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join us for a headlong gallop through time with the Time Team presenter, as he points out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining, smelly and disgusting bits about the Egyptians and Romans. It's history, but not as we know it.
 
9+ years

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Dannie Abse talks to Dai Smith

Goodbye Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great Welsh and Jewish poet and doctor discusses his remarkable autobiography.

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Welcome To The Dark Side

Gemma Malley, Caroline Green, Phil Earle

Hay Festival 2013, 

Dystopian futures, weird science, war. It’s all here. Be challenged, engaged and entertained with three uncompromising writers for young adults – Gemma Malley, Caroline Green and Phil Earle.

The three writers talk about why we love the dark side of life – at least in our stories. What would happen if everything was really awful? It seems to be our favourite topic. And some really awful stuff happens in all these books… 

Gemma Malley’s dystopian trilogy began with the much praised The Killables and is followed by The Disappeared. Citizens of The City are graded according to how ‘Pure’ they are. Those labelled ‘K’ are deemed the most deviant and are never seen again… What happens to them, and what is happening beyond the perimeter of The City?

Caroline Green’s futuristic thriller, Cracks, was published to rave reviews. It has a very likeable protagonist whose whole past is beginning to look like fiction. Could he really be the subject of a weird scientific experiment? If he can’t even believe his own memories, what can he trust?

Phil Earle’s background working with troubled teens informed his novels Being Billy and Saving Daisy – stories of young people trying to cope with big problems in their lives which touched a chord with many readers. Heroic is also a tale of troubled lives, but this time it is the lives of young soldiers fighting in Afghanistan that take centre stage, and the difficulties a family has to cope with when a much loved brother comes home a very different person to the one who left.

13+ years

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Fiona Watt

The Rosalind Franklin Lecture: The Promise Of Stem Cells To Treat Human Disease

Hay Festival 2013, 

There has been an explosion of interest in stem cells within the scientific and medical communities and also among politicians, pharmaceutical companies, ethicists and religious groups. They may have great potential to treat diseases that cannot be cured with current medicines. But how realistic are those expectations? Chaired by Brenda Maddox.

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Eric Hobsbawm talks to Tristram Hunt

How To Change The World: Tales of Marx and Marxism

Hay Festival 2011, 
As the free market reaches its extreme limits in the economic and environmental fallout, a reassessment of capitalism’s most vigorous and eloquent enemy has never been more timely.

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Deborah Doane (World Development Movement) and Mike Verdin (Agrimoney)

Greenprint Forum: Bread and Circuses

Hay Festival 2011, 
With the steady abolition of regulations on commodity markets during the mid-1990s, food staples such as wheat, cocoa, sugar, meat and coffee are all now global commodities. Has this freedom to speculate in food prices enabled new investment into traditional agriculture, or has it led to unsustainable food price spikes which have little or no bearing on the real cost of food? Chaired by Geoffrey Lean.

Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.

To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office.

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Paul Cartledge, Bettany Hughes, Angela Hobbs and Tom Holland

The Greeks 2 - The Greek Idea

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists explore the idea of Greece - the aspirations and the concepts of civilisation, democracy, drama, virtue, victory, liberty and xenia, and discuss what the study of Classics has meant in the wider world.

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Tim Minshall

Cambridge University Series 13: Building The Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

Engineers are fantastic – they are the people who change the world. Engineers put a man on the moon, develop the internet, build skyscrapers, rebuild bodies…and so much more. Yet not many people know what engineers actually do. This talk will reveal – in just ten words – the secrets of what engineers really get up to as they work hard to build a better future for us all.

Please note this event is aimed at secondary school age children

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Ruth Brooks

A Slow Passion

Hay Festival 2013, 

When BBC Radio 4’s Material World announced a search for the UK’s top amateur scientist, the winning experiment involved one of our humblest garden pests. Ruth Brooks asked the question: Do snails have a homing instinct? The Telegraph’s Louise Gray chairs.