Hay Player

Robert Winston

Human Instinct

Hay Festival 2003, 
The conscious and unconscious decisions we make are deeply affected by an ancient and universal genetic programme. Our ambition and lust, our drives to compete and to co-operate are essential components of the human mind, forged among our ancestors on the African savannah. Instincts were instrumental in the evolutionary success of the species and success meant a fondness for sex and violence, for status and wealth, and a will to survive. Lord Winston is the pre-eminent professor of reproductive medicine in Britain.

Hay Player

Without Borders

Dhaka 2014, 
Urdu poet Fatema Hassan and French Indian poet and dance curator Karthika Nair recite from their work.

Hay Player

Lessons from the Slushpile

Dhaka 2014, 
Alexandra Pringle (Group Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury), Meru Gokhale (Editor-in-Chief, Literary Publishing, Random House India) and Dwight Garner (Book critic, The New York Times) discuss what they look for in new writing. Chaired by Olivia Smith.

Hay Player

Andrew Miller and Patricia Duncker

Hay Festival 1999, 
Reading and conversation with two leading authors, both of whom have chosen to write historical novels. Miller's Casanova is a portrait of the great lover set in C18th London. Duncker's James Miranda Barry tells the story of a legendary surgeon, dualist and socialite - a woman whose greatest achievement was to have passed for more than fifty years as a man.

Hay Player

Recordando a los grandes: Shakespeare, Cervantes y el Inca Garcilaso

JMG Le Clézio, Margo Glantz y Cees Nooteboom en conversación con Gaby Wood

Querétaro 2016, 

2016 es un año plagado de aniversarios relevantes dentro de la disciplina literaria puesto que se conmemora el 400 aniversario del fallecimiento de tres de los grandes de la literatura universal: Miguel de Cervantes (España), William Shakespeare (Inglaterra) y el Inca Garcilaso (Perú). La periodista Gaby Wood conversa con varios de nuestros ilustres invitados sobre el impacto e inspiración de las obras de estos autores en sus trabajos.

Hay Player

Richard Eyre talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Place to Place

Hay Festival 2019, 

The peerless theatre and film director discusses his life and his work with many of the greatest writers of this and every age. He talks about Shakespeare and language, about performance and interpretation, and he introduces and reads his debut collection of poetry.

Richard Eyre talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Hay Player

Kobi Lorai

Dhaka 2013, 
Featuring the artist from Fariq Masuds Matir Moina, Shah Alam Dewan, performing a Poothi Paath about the history of Korbani. Ainul Boyati and Rozina Dewan debate men vs. women, in a spontaneous sparring of words.

Hay Player

Cries from the Heart

Human Rights Watch Gala

Hay Festival 2005, 
A star-studded cast of Festival artists gather for this celebration performance of voices for justice.

Hay Player

Robert McCrum

Hay Festival 2005, 
P. G. Wodehouse's biographer details the life and work of the great comedian, his youth in Edwardian Britain, his golden years in Jazz-Age America and his internment in Nazi Germany.

Hay Player

Emma Carroll

When We Were Warriors

Hay Festival 2019, 
Against a dramatic World War Two background, Emma Carroll tells a thrilling story that explores how courageously and resourcefully children manage when everything in their lives falls apart. With a cast of new characters, Emma Carroll revisits settings which will be familiar to readers of her previous books such as Letters from the Lighthouse and Frost Hollow Hall.
9+

Hay Player

Fiona Ross and Sarah-Jane Arbury

Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words

Hay Festival 2019, 

Calling all human beans! Join Word Wizards Sara-Jane Arbury and Fiona Ross, and gobblefunk with Roald Dahl’s redunculously rude and rotsome words. Learn how to curse like a Giant and insult like a Trunchbull! Oodles of foulsome fun with wacky word games, mouth manglers, explosive expletives, shouting matches and whizzpopping poppyrot.

6+
Fiona Ross and Sarah-Jane Arbury

Hay Player

Frank Close

The Particle Odyssey: A Journey to the Heart of Matter

Hay Festival 2004, 
Twenty-first century scientists want to find out how the universe came to be like it is. Their experiments involve a metaphorical journey back in time to within a billionth of a second of the Big Bang and constitute the latest stage in the quest to understand the matter that makes up our Universe and the forces that govern it. Close takes us on en exhilarating tour of the subatomic world, illustrated with beautiful photographs of the tracks of subatomic particles as they speed, curve, dance or explode through cloud and bubble chambers.

Hay Player

Commonwealth Writers Conversation - The Untold Story

Dhaka 2013, 
Firdous Azim, Shuchi Karim, Faustina Pereira and Munize Manzur with Razia Iqbal. This session explores how creative expression can help women speak out about difficult topics.

Hay Player

Poetry in Dialects

Dhaka 2013, 
Recitations in our famous dialects like Chittagonian and Sylheti, to lesser known ones.

Hay Player

Robert Winder and Caroline Moorehead talk to Paul Blezard

Wicked Words

Hay Festival 2005, 
Winder's Bloody Foreigners is a wide-ranging study of British immigration from the Romans, Saxons and Huguenots to Windrush. Moorehead's Human Cargo exposes the seven-billion-dollar reade in smuggling refugees from Afghanistan, Liberia, Palestine and China.

Hay Player

Margo Glantz en conversación con Juan Carlos Valdivia

Arequipa 2016, 
La escritora, ensayista, crítica y académica Margo Glantz (México) fue galardonada con el prestigioso Premio Iberoamericano de Narrativa Manuel Rojas 2015. Miembro de número de la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua, también ha recibido otros galardones como el Premio Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz por su novela El rastro (2003), el Premio Xavier Villaurrutia por su novela Síndrome de naufragios (1984) y el Premio fil de Literatura en Lenguas Romances (antes Juan Rulfo). La autora de la celebrada Las genealogías, ávida tuitera y hablante más que solvente de varios idiomas, cuenta entre sus últimos trabajos con Coronada de moscas, Yo también me acuerdo y el reciente Por breve herida. En conversación con Juan Carlos Valdivia.
Margo Glantz en conversación con Juan Carlos Valdivia

Hay Player

Sue Shepard

Seeds of Fortune: A Great Gardening Dynasty

Hay Festival 2003, 
For over a century and across five generations, the Veitch family pioneered the introduction of humdreds of new plants into gardens, conservatiories and houses, including the first ever orchid hybrid. They helped start the Royal Horticultural Society and the Chelsea Flower Show. Shepard tells their story.

Hay Player

On the Move

Dhaka 2013, 
Delwar Hussain, Lotte Hoek and Safia Azim on societies in flux. With Razi Ahmed.

Hay Player

Humza Arshad

Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties

Hay Festival 2019, 

Comedian Humza Arshad introduces his latest character creation, Humza Khan aka Little Badman, the star of a hilarious new series for children full of mischief, adventure and evil aunties. Named ‘the most influential Asian of his generation’, Humza Arshad is an ambassador for YouTube’s Creators for Change and is passionate about using creativity and comedy to inspire youngsters from all backgrounds.

9+

Hay Player

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. 

Hay Player

Paul Martin and Anja Shortland talk to Oliver Bullough

Badlands and Business

Hay Festival 2019, 

Martin is one of the world’s most experienced security experts. His book The Rules of Security shows how the threats to our security today are complex and continually evolving. Criminals, hackers, terrorists and hostile foreign states continually find new ways of staying one step ahead of us, while we are continually creating new vulnerabilities as we adopt new technologies and new ways of working. Shortland is a Reader in Political Economy specialising in Somali piracy. Her book Kidnap: Inside The Ransom Business investigates the strange trade of hostage-taking and asks: What would be the ‘right price’ for your loved one – and can you avoid putting others at risk by paying it? What prevents criminals from maltreating hostages? And why would kidnappers release a potential future witness after receiving their money? Bullough is author of Moneyland.

Hay Player

John Julius Norwich

Venice, Paradise of Cities

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Most Serene Republic of Venice, after more than a thousand years, was killed off by Napoleon in 1797. What happened then? The city was kicked around like a football between France and Austria until finally becoming part of a united Italy in 1866. And yet, sad as she was, Venice attracted Byron, John Ruskin, Henry James, Robert Browning, Richard Wagner and many others.

Hay Player

Steve Bell

Guardian Breakfast 4: The Cartoonist

Hay Festival 2005, 
The savage satirist who fixed Dubya in The Apes of Wrath discusses the art of political cartoon.

Hay Player

Simon Thurley

The Lost Buildings of Britain

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Head of English Heritage re-examines Britain's oldest monastery at Glastonbury, desecrated during the Reformation, the elegant Palace of Whitehall, home to the Tudor and Staurt kings, Nottingham Castle, Millbank Penitentiary, Fonthill Abbey and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Hay Player

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.