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Ed Balls talks to Joan Bakewell

Speaking Out

Hay Festival 2017, 

The highs and lows of life in and out of politics – from the despatch box to Strictly stage with one of Britain’s most influential and charming political figures. He’s funny, and acute about the madhouse of Parliament. Ed Balls is not currently an MP.

Ed Balls talks to Joan Bakewell

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John Kampfner, Lauri Kubuitsile, Lawrence Njagi

Content and Technology; digitisation, e-publishing and innovation

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
What’s the future for writing and publishing in a time of digital delivery? A revolution of access and empowerment or the collapse of the industry? Or both/neither?

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Claudio Magris en conversación con José Andrés Rojo

Segovia 2009, 
El Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras 2004, novelista, ensayista y académico, habla con el periodista José Andrés Rojo sobre su visión de la realidad europea de los últimos veinticinco años, su vinculación con el mundo académico y su extensa obra de ficción.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del italiano al español

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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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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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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

AntiFragility

Hay Festival 2012, 
The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand.

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Charlotte Hill, Justin Davis-Smith, Chloe Donovan and Caroline Killeavy

Bridging the Volunteer Age Gap

Hay Festival 2014, 

The younger generation often gets a bad rap and yet around a third of young people volunteer regularly. What does society need to do to make use of its greatest asset – its youth – to inspire the next generation of community activists? Charlotte Hill (Step Up To Serve), Justin Davis-Smith (NCVO) and Chloe Donovan (Chair of the Canal and River Trust's youth advisory panel) discuss with Caroline Killeavy from the Canal and River Trust.

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Diane Reay

Cambridge Series: Education & Class

Hay Festival 2010, 
Social class and the English educational system.
Diane Reay

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Timothy Garton Ash

Time For Another Velvet Revolution?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Twenty years on from 1989, the eminent historian and political commentator, author of the forthcoming Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name examines the turbulent politics of Eastern Europe. Chaired by Lisa Appignanesi.

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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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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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Jeremy Hardy

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

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Lyn Lewis Dafis

The Photographs of Edward S Curtis: The North American Indian

Hay Festival 2010, 

A rare opportunity to view this stunning collection of early C20th photos by the celebrated American photographer Edward S Curtis.


Lyn Lewis Dafis

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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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Life on Air: A History of Radio 4

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Hendy talks to Rosie Goldsmith about the makers, myths and treasures of the world’s greatest talk-radio station.

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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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Daniel Davis

The John Maddox 2018 Lecture: The Beautiful Cure

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author of The Compatibility Gene introduces the revolutionary new science of the immune system with its breakthrough medical cures. He discusses how stress, sleep and ageing affect our health. “As David Attenborough opens our goggling eyes to the natural world without, so Daniel Davis brings us face to face with the stunningly clever and, yes, beautiful world within” – Stephen Fry. Davis is Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester.

Chaired by the Adam Rutherford, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science.

Daniel Davis

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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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James Shapiro talks to Jerry Brotton

Talking About Shakespeare: 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Samuel Johnson Prize-winning author of 1599 offers an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare’s most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. 1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, is a fraught one for England. Plague returns. There is surprising resistance to the new king’s desire to turn England and Scotland into a united Britain. And fear and uncertainty sweep the land and expose deep divisions in the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot.

James Shapiro talks to Jerry Brotton

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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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Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall

Second-Hand Time

Hay Festival 2016, 

The 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate talks about Russia and the USSR. Her Nobel citation was for “her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

“I don’t ask people about socialism, I ask about love, jealousy, childhood, old age. Music, dances, hairstyles. The myriad sundry details of a vanished way of life. This is the only way to chase the catastrophe into the framework of the mundane and attempt to tell a story. Try to figure things out. It never ceases to amaze me how interesting ordinary, everyday life is. There are an endless number of human truths... History’s sole concern is the facts; emotions are out of its realm of interest. It’s considered improper to admit feelings into history. I look at the world as a writer, not strictly an historian. I am fascinated by people…”

This event will be conducted in Russian, with consecutive translation

Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall

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Battle of the Bands

Hay Festival 2014, 

Up and coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band. An evening of live, original music where audience and judges get to decide who is worthy of the crown. Hosted by BBC Radio Wales' Bethan Elfyn.

Battle of the Bands

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Jason Bradbury

Dot Robot: Cyber Gold

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join our favourite presenter of The Gadget Show as he introduces his new high-octane techno-thriller. Warning: may contain robots, breakdancing and gaming talk!
 
10+ years

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Gail Jones, Tiffany Murray and Kishwar Desai talk to Gaby Wood

Writing as a craft

Segovia 2011, 
Gail Jones (Five Bells), Australian writer translated into nine languages and recipient of the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction; Tiffany Murray (Diamond Star Halo), British writer and professor at the University of Glamorgan, short-listed for the Wodehouse Bollinger Prize for Fiction; and Kishwar Desai (Witness the night), Indian writer living in the United Kingdon who won the Costa First Novel Award in 2010, will talk about their careers and about the craft of writing with The Telegraph journalist Gaby Wood.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Philip Glass in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2011, 
Philip Glass’s work is some of the must outstanding music written in the second half of the 20th century. This renowned composer and musician, linked to the minimalist and postminimalist tradition, has composed for the soundtracks of films such as Koyaanisqatsi, The Hours and Notes on a Scandal, creating operas and orchestral versions of albums such as David Bowie’s Heroes. He will talk to Peter Florence about experimental, avant-garde music for all. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available