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Michael Buerk talks to Rosie Boycott

The Road Taken

Hay Festival 2005, 
Through Cardiff, The Daily Mail and across the world as a BBC correspondent, with a world-chaning stop in Ethiopia.

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Herbert Girardet

Schumacher Lectures 2: Eco Cities of the Future

Hay Festival 2005, 
The new designs and technologies which could avert climate change. Introduced by Elaine Brooks.

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Louise Welsh, Mil Millington, Zoe Heller

Hay Festival 2003, 
New fiction from three astounding young writers: Heller's Notes on a Scandal tells of new teacher Sheba's illicit affair with a pupil. Millington's Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About is a cleverly plotted light satire of contemporary gender relations. In Welsh's The Cutting Room a dissolute and promiscious auctioneer comes upon a hidden collection of violent, and highly distubing, erotic photographs, and feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner.

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Markus Zusak talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Bridge of Clay

Hay Festival 2019, 

The new novel by the author of The Book Thief is about a boy caught in a current, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be. Ahead of him lies the bridge, the vision that will save both his family and himself. It will be a miracle and nothing less. At once an existential riddle and a search for redemption, this tale of five brothers coming of age in a house with no rules brims with energy, joy and pathos. Written in Markus Zusak’s distinctive style, it is a tour de force from a master storyteller of the heart.

Markus Zusak talks to Georgina Godwin

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Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Andre Vincent and Special Guest

Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2019, 

A little more 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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Armand D’Angour

Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher

Hay Festival 2019, 

Socrates is the philosopher whose questioning gave birth to the ideas of Western thought, and whose execution marked the end of the Athenian Golden Age. Yet despite his pre-eminence among the great thinkers of history, little of his life story is known. What we know tends to begin in his middle age and end with his trial and death. But what turned the young Socrates into a philosopher? The Oxford classicist presents him as an heroic warrior, an athletic wrestler and dancer, and a passionate lover. D’Angour sheds new light on the formative journey of the philosopher, finally revealing the identity of the woman who Socrates claimed inspired him to develop ideas that have captivated thinkers for 2,500 years.

Armand D’Angour

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Marc Hamer and David Barrie talk to Kitty Corrigan

Animal Wonders

Hay Festival 2019, 

A conversation with two outstanding nature writers. Although common, moles are mysterious: their habits are inscrutable, they are anatomically bizarre and they live completely alone. Marc Hamer has come closer to them than most, through both his long working life out in the Welsh countryside and his experiences of rural homelessness as a boy, sleeping in hedgerows. In How to Catch a Mole: And Find Yourself in Nature, Hamer tells his story and explores what moles, and a life in nature, can tell us about our own humanity and our search for contentment. Barrie’s Incredible Journeys shines a light on the astounding navigational skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters and moths find their way using the Earth’s magnetic field. Salmon return to their birthplace by following their noses and birds can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an entire ocean. Corrigan is a journalist and travel writer.

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Nazrul and Tagore on tolerance.

Dhaka 2013, 
Relevance of Tagore and Nazrul in contemporary times with Sonia Nishat Amin, Niaz Zaman and Kaiser Haq. Moderated by Perween Hasan.

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Jeff Green

Hay Festival 2003, 
'Stand-up's most irresistible rouge' (The Guardian) combines razor-sharp observations with an abundance of natural charm that has made him one of Britain's most popular comedians. A regular on television's Never Mind The Buzzcocks and They Think It's All Over, his live show is a freewheeling, delightful entertainment.

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Vikram Seth

An Equal Music

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading and conversation with the Indian novelist and poet, author of A Suitable Boy and The Golden Gate. His new novel, hotly tipped for the Booker prize, is An Equal Music.

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Rebecca Fraser

A People's History of Britain

Hay Festival 2004, 
Britain's story of resilience and liberty. 'Fraser has blown a tremendous blast of traditional British history - kings and quens, battles and heroines, and the sturdy people whose energy and genius made it all possible. The young will ove it, the old will have the hearts warmed, and all will learn from it.' (Paul Johnson).

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New Poetry from Eastern Europe

Hay Festival 2004, 
Taja Kramberger from Slovenia, Edward Pasewicz from Poland and Katerina Rudyenkove from the Czech Republic are among the twenty young poets featured in A Fine Line: New Poetry from East and Central Europe, just out from Arc Publications with a preface by Vaclav Havel. These poets' encounter with Western abundance gives them fresh imagery, but also grounds for amusement and irony. This is a poetry of wit and complexity, never raw but always glowing with human feeling.

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Teresa Arrieta, Orlando Mazeyra y José Luis Vargas Gutiérrez en conversación con Arthur Zeballos

Evento homenaje a Oswaldo Reynoso

Arequipa 2016, 
A unos meses del triste fallecimiento del gran escritor arequipeño Oswaldo Reynoso, varios conocedores de su obra y legado conversan con el editor Arthur Zeballos sobre su trabajo e impacto en generaciones de escritores y lectores peruanos. Con Teresa Arrieta, Orlando Mazeyra y José Luis Vargas Gutiérrez.

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Gay Writing: Fact and Fictions

Hay Festival 2004, 
Peter Burton, former literary editor of Gay Times, talks to Francis King, one of the leading British novelists of his generation whose books cover four decades of writing from Dead Letters to The Nick of Time, John Sam Jones, Stonewall Award-winner for his short fiction Welsh Boys Too and the Fishboys of Vernazza and Richard Zimler with his debut novel Hunting Midnight.

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Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers talk to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2005, 
The inspiring River Cafe chefs dicuss the textures, flavours and speed of the recepes in River Cafe Two Easy.

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David Crystal

Dying, dying, dead: Writing the obituary of languages

Hay Festival 1999, 
Half the world's languages will be dead this time next century. In this Predictions Lecture, Crystal asks why, reflects on what can be done about it, and reads extracts from a play he has written to publicise their plight.

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Nick Sharratt

Animal Pants

Hay Festival 2019, 

"Pants for iguanas and ravenous piranhas, groovy pants for gibbons, with pictures of bananas!" Come and join Nick Sharratt as he introduces his latest hilarious picture book.

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Henry Chapman

Climate Change and Wetland Archaeology

Hay Festival 2019, 

Historically often considered as worthless morasses, peat bogs cover three per cent of the world’s land surface. They are unique records of history and today they are recognised as beautiful habitats providing environmental benefits from biodiversity to climate regulation. However, they are threatened by drainage, land reclamation for agriculture and peat cutting for fuel, which has significantly reduced the extent and condition of these ecosystems on a global scale. Transforming the management of wetland, peatland and waterlogged sites is crucial. Henry Chapman is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Birmingham and is a regular guest on archaeological programmes including C4’s Time Team.

Henry Chapman

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Blitzed. Drugs in Nazi Germany. Norman Ohler in conversation with Diego Rabasa

Querétaro 2017, 

The historian Norman Ohler (Germany) is the author of Blitzed. Drugs in Nazi Germany (2016), a book that analyses the systematic and organized consumption of drugs in the army and by high officials in the 3rd Reich, from the rank and file to Hitler himself. He will talk to Diego Rabasa about this practice, widespread among the Nazis, which had historical consequences whose effects we are still living with today. 

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David Baddiel talks to Rosie Boycott

The Secret Purposes

Hay Festival 2005, 
The comedian's novel depicts the intternment of German Jewish refugees on the Isle of Man in the 1940s.

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Luis Felipe Fabre sobre poesía

Xalapa 2014, 
Poeta, ensayista, profesor y editor de la revista de arte contemporáneo Galleta China, Luis Felipe Fabre ha escrito varios libros de poesía a lo largo de su trayectoria, como Cabaret Provenza, La sodomía en la Nueva España y ha editado una antología de poesía mexicana contemporánea titulada Divino Tesoro. Galardonado con diversos premios, se le considera uno de los mejores poetas hispanohablantes de la actualidad. En este evento hablará sobre la creación de poesía y su obra.

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Peter Bazalgette talks to Mark Lawson

Billion Dollar Game

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Endemol super-exec examines the rise and rise of reality TV, and the company that changed the face of popular entertainment with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Survivor and Big Brother.

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The Roundhouse Poetry Collective

Live at Hay

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Roundhouse Poetry Collective is a group of some of the most exciting young, emerging poets in the country. Previous collective members include Jack Rooke, Caleb Femi and Cecilia Knapp. The group meets weekly to create and experiment under guidance from lead tutors Bridget Minamore (a former Poetry Collective member herself) and Cecilia Knapp. The Poetry Collective performs a mix of heartfelt, funny and challenging material, which they tour across the UK. We are delighted to present a selection of poems from this year’s collective.

The Roundhouse Poetry Collective

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The Colonel Who Would Not Repent

Dhaka 2014, 
Salil Tripathi's new bookis about the far-reaching consequences of Bangladesh's brutal birth. He is in conversation with freedom fighter A Qayyum Khan, marking the launch of his book In Bangladesh.

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Stuart McLean

Hay Festival 2005, 
The beloved Canadian broadcaster tells his enchanting Home from the Vinyl Cafe stories to Paul Blezard.