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Lecture by Wade Davis

Indigenous wisdom

Arequipa 2017, 

All cultures are a response to the same question: what does it mean to be human and alive? The anthropologist and National Geographic Society resident explorer, Wade Davis, winner of a Samuel Johnson Prize, celebrates the wisdom of indigenous cultures in his latest book, The Wayfinders. From the sailors who settled in the Pacific ten centuries before Christ, to Borneo, where a nomadic way of life survived. In this way, the author encourages appreciation of cultural diversity.

Lecture by Wade Davis

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Roy Strong

The Elizabethan Image: An Introduction to English Portraiture, 1558–1603

Hay Festival 2019, 

The historian presents a lavish introduction to the Elizabethan aesthetic. Beginning with the great portrait of the Queen in grand procession with her Garter Knights, Strong explores chivalry, the changing structure of society, the complexities of imagery and heraldic symbols, and the richness of the Elizabethan imagination. Significantly, these paintings were personal commissions by private individuals and not for public viewing, so they speak volumes about the people who commissioned, painted and saw them. Strong was Director of the National Portrait Gallery 1967–1973 and of the Victoria & Albert Museum 1974–1984.

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Rory Bremner

Hay Festival 2005, 
The satirist and political scourge examines the post-election state of the nation articulated in his collaboration with the two John, Fortune and Bird, You Are Here. He talks to James Naughtie.

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Matt Collings

Matt's Old Masters

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Y(oung) B(ritish) A(rtists) prophet and Channel 4 art critic turns his ironic gaze and entering pen on the greatest of the 'proper' painters of the past: Titan, Rubens, Velazquez and Hogarth. Who's radical now?

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Julia Eccleshare, Bali Rai, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three of the country's best authors and the Guardian's Children's Books Editor argue the case for their favourite children's classic. Come along to hear which books inspired them, and why.

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Kate Mosse, Emily Angle, Tim Wright

Writers at Work: The Writer Online

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three experts show how to use the net, from research and masterclass support to publication, interactivity and multi-media narrative. Mosse is the creator of Orange Labyrinth, the online writing community. Angle edits the BBC Get Writing website. Wright is the writer-in-residence of Nottingham Trent University's NESTA-funded writersforthefurtue.com.

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Sting

Hay Festival 2005, 
The songwriter and bass player discusses his work and his memoir Broken Music with David Sinclair.

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Gabrielle Walker in conversation with Peter Florence

Hay Festival Reforms: the politics of climate change

Arequipa 2017, 

The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. So, we have asked a number of thinkers to present new reforms on matters that are relevant today. Gabrielle Walker, a Doctor of Chemistry from Cambridge University and presenter of the BBC programme Planet Earth Under Threat, proposes a change of approach to the “climate war”, considering a positive perspective for tackling the problem.

Gabrielle Walker in conversation with Peter Florence

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Bill Sutherland

Cambridge Series 7: Rethinking Decision-making in a Post-truth World

Hay Festival 2019, 

Sutherland, who holds the Miriam Rothschild Chair in Conservation Biology at the Department of Zoology, Cambridge University, will describe attempts to make global evidence available to all, to improve the effectiveness of experts and to change attitudes toward the use of evidence. 

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Danijela Zunec Brandt, Marina Mansilla, Rosa Lynas and David Woollcombe

Rescue Mission: Planet Earth 25

Hay Festival 2019, 

The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro produced a document called Agenda 21, a blueprint for saving Planet Earth. For the next two years, thousands of children and young people from almost 100 countries worked together in an extraordinary effort to design, write and illustrate a youth version of Agenda 21, called Rescue Mission Planet Earth. Twenty-five years later, we discuss the impacts, legacy and future of the actions undertaken and the key people involved. Rescue Mission editor Danijela Zunec Brandt, Global Optimism’s Marina Mansilla, local school strike organiser, Rosa Lynas and Peace Child International’s David Woollcombe talk to Andy Fryers.

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Doris Lessing

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author of The Golden NotebookThe Good Terrorist and African Laughter was awarded the David Cohen British Literature Prize in 2001. She introduces her new set of four stories, The Grandmothers.

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Liniers en conversación con Daniel Jiménez Quiroz

Arequipa 2016, 
El dibujante Liniers (Argentina) es el admirado autor de la viñeta Macanudo, que se publica en países como Argentina o España, Liniers además ha realizado varias portadas para el New Yorker y es uno de los dibujantes más importantes e influyentes del momento. Conversará con Daniel Jiménez Quiroz sobre su trabajo.

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Jerry Brotton

'Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' Shakespeare and Islam.

Hay Festival 2004, 
The scholar will explore relations between the Islamic East and the Christian West during the sixteenth century. Brotton will reveal that the contemporary understanding of Islam was far more complex than has been realised, as suggested in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaires.

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David Starkey

Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

Hay Festival 2004, 
The charismatic and meticulous historian focuses on Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, on translation of love letters and the schism with Rome. The scholarship is thrilling, the gossip is salacious and true, but the genius is in the telling of the tale.

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Sgrin Cymru Screening/Q & A

Five award-winning Sghorts

Hay Festival 2005, 
The DM Davies Award is the largest short film prize in Europe and is presented at the Cardiff Screen Festival. Berwyn Rowlands will show five award-winning films and talk with previous award-winning film-makers Chris Forster and Arwel Gruffudd.

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Cat Weatherill

The Real Princess

Hay Festival 2005, 
In celebration of the Hans Christian Anderson bicentenary, the much loved waever of tales relates one of his most famous stories. One cold and rainy night a girl arrives at the castle gates, claiming to be a princess. But is she really royal? Only a pea will tell.

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Guillermo Arriaga in conversation with Laura Revuelta

Querétaro 2017, 

The novelist and screenwriter, Guillermo Arriaga, renowned for his work on the scripts for Amores perros, 21 Grams and Babel, presents his latest novel, El salvaje, which tells the parallel stories of Juan Guillermo, a teenage orphan with a desire for revenge, and Amaruq, a man obsessed with the persecution of a wolf in the icy lands of the Yukon. In conversation with Laura Revuelta.

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Dylan Moran and Ash Atalla talk to Daisy Goodwin

Talkback Comedy Situations

Hay Festival 2004, 
The star and writer of Channel 4's Black Books and the producer of The Office talk about their comedy to the television producer Diasy Goodwin.

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Ben Hamilton-Baillie

Shared Space

Hay Festival 2005, 
The inspirational traffic, transport and design consultant is causing a revolution in urban planning and is set to radically improve the way we live and move around.

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Autobiographical Forays

Dhaka 2013, 

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Benjamin Zephaniah

Hay Festival 2004, 
The mesmerising vegan, rastfarian dub/rap poet performs for a young and family audience.

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Joselo Rangel in conversation with Rulo

Querétaro 2017, 

Music and literature go together in the work of Joselo Rangel (Mexico), member of and guitarist with the legendary rock group Café Tacuba, whose songs are in Spanish. Author of the book of short stories One Hit Wonder (2015) and an astute journalist, Joselo will talk to Rulo about his double life as a rock star and writer.

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Fiona Mozley and Lisa McInerney in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2018, 

Fiona Mozley is an Irish author finalist for the ManBooker Prize with her debut novel Elmet. Lisa McInerney is an Irish writer, author of Glorious Heresies and The Blood Miracles, and winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. They will talk about their work with Peter Florence, founder of the Hay Festival.

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Fiona Maine

Cambridge Series 14: Beyond Words – Exploring the Magic of Visual Texts

Hay Festival 2019, 

What is the potential of complex, ambiguous, wordless picture books and short films as springboards for children’s critical and creative discussions about the world and how we live together in it? Fiona Maine is a lecturer in literacy education at Cambridge University.

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Kevin Crossley-Holland

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author of the spellbinding Arthur trilogy talks about bringing historical stories to life for young readers. King of the Middle March is an action-packed tale of war, romance, murder, power, politics and the medieval conflict between Christianity and Islam.