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Maarten Asscher, Patrick Neale and Antonio Ramírez

The Future of Bookshops

Segovia 2014, 
The role of bookshops is constantly under scrutiny, but what will actually happen to them in the future? Maarten Asscher, writer and head of Athenaeum, one of Holland’s major bookshops, talks to Patrick Neale, a British independent bookseller and former chairman of the Booksellers Association, and Antonio Ramírez, director of the La Central bookshops.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Michio Kaku

Physics of the Impossible

Hay Festival 2009, 
The acclaimed physicist boldly goes beyond the known limits to explore perpetual motion, invisibility, ray guns, anti-gravity and anti-matter, teleportation, cyborgs, faster than light travel, time travel, zero-point energy, and extraterrestrial life.

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Diana Uribe in conversation with Juan Gossaín

Cartagena 2012, 
The historian and philosopher Diana Uribe, known for her radio programme La Historia del Mundo and the audiobooks Historia de las civilizaciones and Historia de las Independencias, has been named as the Best Latin American Historian by the European Union. She will talk about the variety of cultures in Colombia with the writer and journalist Juan Gossaín. 

With the support of Cerrejón

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Jon Gower in conversation with Mary-Ann Constantine, Phil George and David Anderson

The Story of Wales

Hay Festival 2012, 
How the nation has been formed by the land, and how the country has connected with the world. Jon Gower chairs a discussion spanning 30,000 years with an historian, a TV programme maker and the Director of The National Museum of Wales.

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Matthew Rice and Emma Bridgewater talk to Tristram Hunt

The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent

Hay Festival 2011, 
A fanfare for one of the great cities of the world’s first industrial revolution, from its C18th zenith with Wedgwood and Spode to the post-war dereliction.

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Mark Kermode

It’s Only A Movie

Hay Festival 2010, 
Cinema’s quiffed crusader takes us into the weird world of a life lived in widescreen and yarns his Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive.

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Michael Morpurgo

An Elephant in the Garden

Hay Festival 2011, 
The nation’s favourite storyteller joins us to look at his latest gem. Limited signing. 
 
7+ years & families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
 
Michael regrets that due to an injury he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring along your camera and get a photo with him.

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Jeremy Hardy

Hay Festival 2009, 
Hilarious deadpan wit from the News Quiz star in his stand-up show.

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AC Grayling

Liberty in an Age of Terror

Hay Festival 2009, 
Privacy, free speech and individual autonomy, rights hard-won over centuries, are being eroded by state surveillance and data centralization. The philosopher argues for the vigorous defence of civil liberties.

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Ian Stewart

Professor Stewart’s Hoard of Mathematical Treasures

Hay Festival 2010, 
From Pythagoras and Fermat to how to extract a cherry from a cocktail glass, the real reason you can’t divide anything by zero and some tips for making money by proving the obvious.
Ian Stewart

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Fútbol y literatura. Eduardo Sacheri y Daniel Titinger en conversación con Daniel Samper Ospina

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos escritores con una gran afición al fútbol hablan sobre literatura y el deporte rey. El argentino Eduardo Sacheri es autor de La pregunta de sus ojos (llevada al cine como El secreto de sus ojos, ganadora del Óscar a la mejor película extranjera en 2010), y la recién públicada Papeles en el viento, un libro sobre la amistad y el fútbol. Daniel Titinger (Perú) es escritor, cronista y director del diario Depor; fue editor general de la revista Etiqueta Negra y ha publicado dos libros de perfiles y crónicas: Dios es peruano y Cholos contra el mundo. En conversación con Daniel Samper Ospina, escritor y periodista colombiano, director de la revista Soho y otro apasionado de este deporte.

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Tishani Doshi, Rhian Edwards, Arundhathi Subramaniam

Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2012, 
Three of the emerging generation of poetry superstars read from their new collections - Everything Begins Elsewhere, Clueless Dogs, and Where I Live.

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Glyn Williams

Arctic Labyrinth

Hay Festival 2010, 
From the Tudor ice-breakers to modern nuclear subs, The Quest for the Northwest Passage charts the heroism and ingenuity of our search to find a naval route over the top of North America that would open up the fabulous wealth of Asia to British merchants.
Glyn Williams

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Marcus du Sautoy

Maths on Stage: the Dramatic Life of Numbers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Mathematics has had a surprising part to play in a number of recent theatre productions. The mathematician and broadcaster will talk about his experiences working with theatre company Complicité on A Disappearing Number and his explorations of bringing maths to the stage in a recent collaboration with actress Victoria Gould.
 

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Ben Cooper, Hilary Boulding, Sarah Dennehy, John Rostron

Music Industry Question Time

Hay Festival 2013, 
Come and ask about working in the music industry, what gets airtime, music and social networking, great gigs, favourite genres, playlists and what’s going to be hot in the next few months. With the Controller of Radio 1, the Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Music Programmer of Perth Festival and Hay Festival’s music advisor and the CEO of the Welsh Music Foundation and Director of Cerdd Cymru, who will be delivering WOMEX in Cardiff this year. Chaired by 6 Music’s Gideon Coe
 

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Magnus Mills talks to Alice Jones

Screwtop Thompson

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist reads from and discusses his story collection. 'Magnus Mills' unerringly sharp eye for human foibles combines with a dry deadpan wit to create comic genius.' The Independent. He talks to The Independent Deputy Arts Editor.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Magnus Mills

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Julian Clary talks to Fiona Lindsay

Devil in Disguise

Hay Festival 2009, 
The new comedy thriller from the peerless entertainer. ‘They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer…’

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Mohammed Hanif and Suzanne Joinson talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions - Collisions

Hay Festival 2012, 
Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a glorious story of second chances, thwarted ambitions and love in unlikely places, set in the febrile streets of downtown Karachi. Worlds, religions and eras collide between London and an ancient Silk Route city in A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar.

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Damian Walford Davies and Samantha Wynne Rhydderch

Icebound/Spellbound - from Antarctica to East Anglia

Hay Festival 2012, 
The two poets locate you in the bootprints of Captain Scott, then at the black heart of the witch trials of Civil War Suffolk. Reading from Banjo and Witch they bring trial, defiance and trauma to life in dramatic form, taking you into terra incognita – one physical, the other psychological, both deadly.

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Jeremy Greenstock talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2010, 
The former British Ambassador to the UN and UK representative to Iraq gave devastating evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry on WMDs.
Jeremy Greenstock talks to Philippe Sands

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David Millar talks to Jeremy Whittle

Racing Through The Dark

Hay Festival 2011, 
The cyclist was a Tour de France stage-winner who got banned for doping. He is now a part-owner of the Garmin-Chipotle team and a key figure of the World Anti-doping Agency’s athletes committee. He talks to his co-writer and author of Bad Blood.

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Alan Watson

The Science of the Singing Voice

Hay Festival 2014, 

How does the larynx produce sound? How does it control the pitch of the voice? And how are the throat and mouth manipulated to alter vocal register and quality? The wonders of the human voice – from the lost sound of the castrato voice and the ethereal tones of Mongolian throat singers to Bryn Terfel shaking the rafters of St David’s Hall. With sound recordings, video clips, animations and images. 

Alan Watson

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Jack Straw talks to Peter Florence

Last Man Standing

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation with the plumber’s mate, lawyer, politician and memoirist, who spent 13 years at the heart of the New Labour government. He was Foreign Secretary at the time of 9/11 and the Iraq War.

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Dave Gorman

America Unchained

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedian recounts his attempts to drive from coast to coast of the United States, giving money only to independent businesses.

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Steve Silberman

The Baillie Gifford Lecture: NeuroTribes

Hay Festival 2016, 

What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more,; and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. The winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize talks about his research and investigations. Chaired by Stuart Proffitt.

Steve Silberman