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Paul Muldoon & Carol Ann Duffy

Hay Festival 1996, 
Muldoon reads from his New Selected Poems 1968-1994 launched at the Festival. "One of the era's true originals" - Seamus Heaney. Duffy reads from her Selected Poems. Duffy has one of the freshest and most idiosyncratic voices speaking in English Poetry today - Times

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Peter Morgan

Fire Mountain

Hay Festival 2003, 
The award-winning Channel Four news reporter tells the stories of the volcanic eruption that wiped out St Pierre, Martinique in 1902, of the Barnum and Bailey freakshow adventures, of the sole survivor, Ludger Sylbaris and of what happend to the 'Paris of the Caribbean' when the redevelopment money started to filter in from colonial France.

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Jeremy Paxman

Start The Week

Hay Festival 1999, 
Please join Jeremy Paxman and his guests for a live broadcast of the Radio 4 flagship programme from the Festival.

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Stephen Frears in conversation with Peter Florence

Segovia 2018, 

A conversation with the legendary British film director, whose award-winning films include The Queen, Philomena, Dangerous Liaisons, Florence Foster Jenkins, My Beautiful Laundrette and Dirty Pretty Things. He talks with Peter Florence, founder and director of the Hay Festivals.

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Ben Macintyre

Hay Festival 2019, 

The author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat tells the story of Oleg Gordievsky – described by John le Carré as “the best true spy story I have ever read”. On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy for MI6. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

Ben Macintyre

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Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall talks to John Mitchinson

The River Cottage Year

Hay Festival 2003, 
The iconoclastic chef and author of The River Cottage Cookbook and The River Cottage Year talks food and country with John Mitchinson, gastronome and Publisher of QI.

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John Banville and Jim Crace

Hay Festival 1997, 
A reading and conversation with these two celebrated novelists. Banville's "brilliantly wrought and compelling" The Untouchable, is a searing self-examination by a double-agent, not unlike Anthony Blunt who questions loyalties, his ideals and his faith. Crace's Quarantine is the story of the great self-examination of Christ and his five companions fasting in the Wilderness for forty days.

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Irena Edwards, Joep de Roo and Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović with Justin Albert

National Identity and the Idea of European Unity

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join European heritage experts as they tackle questions of local loyalties in relation to the cosmopolitan ideal of world citizenship: what does this all mean for how Europeans relate to Britain today? Dr Irena Edwards is Chairman of the Czech National Trust, Joep de Roo runs the European projects Innocastle and OpenHeritage, Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović is Secretary-General of Europa Nostra. Chaired by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales and Trustee of the International National Trusts Organisation.

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Nicola Davies

The Wonder of Trees

Hay Festival 2019, 

The award-winning author and scientist invites you to celebrate trees in all their variety as she leads a journey exploring the extraordinary diversity of trees and forests. With fascinating facts and figures, Nicola will encourage children (and adults) to treasure te world’s biodiversity and give tips on how to help stop it slipping away.

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Richard King talks to Peter Florence

The Lark Ascending: The Music of the British Landscape

Hay Festival 2019, 

Starting from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ classic ‘pastoral romance for orchestra’, King explores how Britain's history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature. The landscape we celebrate as unsullied and ripe with mystique is a living, working, and occasionally rancorous environment – not an unaffected idyll – that forged a nation's musical personality, and its dissenting traditions. He listens to the music from the far west of Wales to the Thames Estuary and the Suffolk shoreline, taking in Brian Eno, Kate Bush, Boards of Canada, Dylan Thomas, Gavin Bryars, Greenham Common and the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass to chart a new and surprising course through a familiar landscape.

Richard King talks to Peter Florence

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Mike Kenny, Eluned Morgan and Adam Price chaired by Guto Harri

Cambridge Series 11: Brexit and the Politics of National Identity in Wales and the UK

Hay Festival 2019, 

What are the Brexit implications for Wales and for the coherence of the United Kingdom? Kenny is Co-director of the British Academy’s ‘Governing England’ programme, and is a member of an external experts panel convened by the Scottish Parliament to advise on the constitutional implications of Brexit. Morgan is Welsh Government Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language. Price is leader of Plaid Cymru.

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Katie Hickman

Diplomatic Women

Hay Festival 1999, 
The novelist and travel writer explores the secret and splendidly eccentric lives of British Ambassadresses from the great years of the British Empire to the present day.

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Rafael Cadenas en conversación con Alberto Barrera Tyszka

Cartagena 2016, 
Rafael Cadenas es un veterano poeta, ensayista y profesor universitario venezolano. A lo largo de su carrera ha recibido numerosos galardones, entre ellos, el Premio FIL de Literatura en Lenguas Romances (2009) y el Premio Internacional de Poesía Federico García Lorca (2015). Su última publicación es Sobre abierto. Entrevistado por Alberto Barrera Tyszka, ganador del Premio Tusquets (2015) con la novela Patria o muerte.

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Julian Lloyd Webber

Hay Festival 1999, 
The cellist is accompanied by pianist Rebecca Woolcott

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Catherine Aiken

Cambridge Series 16: Your Granny’s Bump – How Life in the Womb Affects Future Generations

Hay Festival 2019, 

We’re constantly bombarded by advice on what pregnant women should do – but what does science really tell us about how early development impacts on future health? Aiken explores how life in the womb affects not only our children’s lifelong health and wellbeing, but maybe even our grandchildren’s too. Aiken is Honorary Consultant in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Cambridge University. Her work involves caring for women during high-risk pregnancies and researching how to improve the long-term outcomes for their babies.

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Ian Robertson talks to Carolyn Hitt

Rugby: Talking a Good Game

Hay Festival 2019, 

Ian Robertson joined the BBC during the golden age of radio broadcasting. Almost half a century after being introduced to the rugby airwaves by his inspiring mentor Bill McLaren, the former Scotland fly-half looks back on the most eventful of careers, during which he covered nine British and Irish Lions tours and eight World Cups. ‘Robbo’ is one of the great storytellers, with a wealth of insight and anecdotes about the greats of the game and its many fans – including Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Nelson Mandela. Sitting in a field in Wales, he might even be persuaded to venture some predictions for RWC in Japan.

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Literatos y cineastas. João Paulo Cuenca, Alberto Fuguet y Pedro Mairal en conversación con Pía Barragán

Cartagena 2017, 
Hay autores que son grandes aficionados al cine, otros escriben o adaptan guiones para la pantalla, algunos ejercen también de críticos literarios, y también están los escritores que dirigen películas. Pía Barragán conversa con tres autores que responden a alguno de esto modelos, todos ellos grandes amantes del séptimo arte. Con João Paulo Cuenca (Brasil), autor del libro Descubrí que estaba muerto y de la película que además protagoniza, A morte de J.P Cuenca; Alberto Fuguet (Chile), autor de la reciente novela Sudor y director de la película Invierno (2015); y Pedro Mairal (Argentina), autor de La uruguaya, obra que está adaptando al cine.

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Charles Williams

Bradman

Hay Festival 1997, 
A masterly protrait of Don Bradman, cricket's supreme batsman and Australia's greatest hero seen within the context of a time when Australia was wrestling with her definition of nationhood and social equality. "Fascinating" - The Sunday Times, "Magnificent" - The Cricketer, A recognition that Bradman is not part of a sporting history; he is part of History" - The Times

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Tom Wolfe

A Man In Full

Hay Festival 1999, 
The American writer, the winner of the 1999 Sunday Times award for Literary Excellence reads from and talks about his novel. Chaired by Geordie Greig Editor of The Sunday Times Books Section.

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Allison Pearson, D.B.C Pierre, India Knight

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award

Hay Festival 2003, 
Judge James Naughtie chairs this reading and conversation with three of the long-listed novelists. Pearson is the author of the working-mother bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It. Pierre's Vernon God Little satirises American gun culture, reality TV and media hysteria. Knight's Don't You Want Meis a single-mum sex comedy. The Wodehouse prize winner is presented with a pig named after their book, a complete set of the Everyman Wodehouse and a case of vintage Bollinger.

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Ken Loach

Hay Festival 2004, 
The great radical film-maker, director of Cathy Come Home, Kes, Raining Stones, Carla's Song and Sweet Sixteen, and his biographer Anthony Hayward talk to Francine Stock.

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Meltem Arıkan and Memet Ali Alabora talk to Filiz Çelik and Dylan Moore

Freedom Writers: Censorship in Turkey and Exile in Wales

Hay Festival 2019, 

Meltem Arıkan received the Freedom of Thought and Speech Award 2004 from the Turkish Publishers Association after the government tried to censor her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh). In 2013, her play Mi Minor was claimed by the Turkish authorities to be a rehearsal for the Gezi Park demonstrations later that year. The ensuing mob hysteria and death threats led to her leaving Turkey, where she now faces a life sentence on charges of attempting the violent overthrow of the government. Memet Ali Alabora, the play’s director, has also been charged with treason and also now lives in exile in Wales, with his wife, actress Pınar Öğün. The writer and director will discuss issues of censorship and exile as well as their work with researcher Filiz Çelik and writer Dylan Moore. 

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John Lanchester talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: The Wall

Hay Festival 2019, 

The new book by the author of Capital is a dystopian thriller set in a near-future Britain that invites comparison with Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Orwell’s 1984. Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he’s lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn’t it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life?

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Mary Warnock

Making Babies: Is there a right to have children?

Hay Festival 2003, 
Infertile hetrosexual couples have claimed the right to assisted reproduction. So too have single women, gay couples, post-menopausal women and couples who wish to delay having children for various reasons. The distinguished philosopher and Chairman of the highly charged Enquiry into Human Fertilization, examines the ethical issues.

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Helen Cross, Delia Jarrett-Macauley, Patrick O'Keeffe

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Cross' The Secrets She Keeps is a wildly ltrical tale of dark secrets in deepest Yorkshire. Jannett-Macauley's Moses, Citizen and Me tackles the issues of the Sierra Leonian civil war and the use of child soldiers. O'Keeffe has created spectacularly chilling tales set in a beguiling Irish landscape in his The Hill Road. Chaired by