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John O’Farrell

An Utterly Impartial History of Britain

Hay Festival 2009, 
The satirist spins the story of our realm when you get 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge.

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Jerry Brotton and Adam Lowe

The Mappa Mundi In 3D

Hay Festival 2013, 

Using cutting-edge digital scanning and routing technology Factum Arte, the Mappa Mundi Trust and Hereford Cathedral have created a 3D reproduction of the 700-year-old map that is radically changing scholarship of the medieval masterpiece. Come and join us for the unveiling of the new work with its maker and his collaborator, the author of A History Of The World In Twelve Maps.

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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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Gore Vidal talks to Adam Boulton

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary American wit, novelist and politico.

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Poetry Gala

Cartagena 2010, 
Our traditional Poetry Gala is back with the best national and international authors: Michael Ondaatje (Canada), Luis García Montero (Spain), Zoé Valdés (Cuba/France/Spain), Ramon Cote (Colombia), Hugo Chaparro Valderrama (Colombia), William Ospina (Colombia), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Darío Jaramillo (Colombia) and Ibrahim Nasrallah (Palestine). Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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Hugh Masekela talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Guardian Sessions: Jazz Talk

Hay Festival 2009, 
The South African jazz legend discusses his music and his life.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Paul Nurse

The Royal Society Lecture 2: Darwin and Milton – Two Views of Creation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Nobel biologist and President of the Royal Society compares the visions of two of the Greatest Britons of all time.
 
Read a brief autobiography of Paul Nurse

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Luke Harding

The Snowden Files

Hay Festival 2014, 

It began with an unsigned email: ‘I am a senior member of the intelligence community’. The award-winning investigative journalist takes up the story of the NSA whistleblower. Chaired by James Naughtie.

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Martin Evans

Cardiff University Lecture

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Nobel Laureate and Fellow of the Royal Society discusses his work on how to culture embryonic stem cells, the knockout mouse and the related technology of gene targeting. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
Martin Evans

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Sophia Bennett

Threads

Hay Festival 2010, 
Threads is a magical story of four friends and their amazing adventure with fashion. Whether your look is high street or vintage, Matalan or Marni the author of this fashion fairytale will lift your heart and open your eyes.
A modern day Ballet Shoes.
 
9–14 years
 
See the Blog for more details.

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Anna Lewis and Chris Meredith

Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2013, 

A reading from two new collections. A Scritture Giovani fellow, Lewis introduces Other Harbours; Meredith reads from Air Histories, commissioned partly about the Black Mountains for the Woollen Lines project. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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AC Grayling

The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind

Hay Festival 2016, 

What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd could stand and watch the execution of a king? In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mindset, Descartes’ dualism presented an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief. By the end of that tumultuous century “the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity” had irrevocably taken place.

AC Grayling

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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2011, 
The star behind Lost and Found and The Heart and the Bottle gives us a rare insight into his unique illustrative style.
 
12+ years
The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers

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Robert Ferguson

The Hammer and The Cross

Hay Festival 2010, 
A radical reappraisal of the Viking conquests, their mindful violence and their relationship to Christianity and Charlemagne.
Robert Ferguson

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David Crystal

The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

Hay Festival 2016, 

To launch his delightful and life-changing book on oracy and eloquence, the linguistics professor reveals the tricks of the trade about how to make a speech that’ll wow a wedding, ace an interview or rouse an army. Along the way he analyses Barack Obama’s rhetorically near-perfect Yes We Can speech, and shows how a command of language and delivery can win hearts and minds.

David Crystal

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James Holland

Normandy ’44

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian looks at both D-Day itself and the wider 77-day campaign and challenges some of the many myths that have arisen. In the 70th anniversary year, he draws on the perspectives and experiences of those who were there, as well as the latest academic thinking and his practical knowledge of the battlefield and the equipment used.

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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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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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The Demention Blog

Hay Festival 2013, 

Teri Terry, Claire Merle and Julie Bertagna are Demention bloggers and writers of a particular kind of book – dark, chilling, questioning of the future. Get ready for a fascinating talk for YA fans.

Claire Merle’s The Glimpse was welcomed as a grippingly readable and deeply unsettling British dystopian thriller. Her new book The Fall will be out in June.

Teri Terry’s Slated, a dark psychological thriller, was published to great acclaim last year and has now been followed by the engrossing, fast paced Fractured.

Julie Bertagna’s award-winning Exodus is a brilliantly imagined story of love and survival in a climate-changed world. Zenith and Aurora complete this highly-acclaimed, classic dystopian trilogy.

Together, they are the Demention Bloggers. They write stories set in near futures, or different worlds. They like to unsettle and disturb their readers. They’d like to know what you think.

Duration 60 mins.

13+ years

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Monty Don and Patrick Holden

Hay Festival 2008, 
The new President and the Director of The Soil Association talk to Sky News anchor Adam Boulton about food production, climate change, and the organic movement’s lead with local and supermarket shopping.

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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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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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Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Hay Festival 2017, 

A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism and the inextricable link between class and race, the journalist offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Jonathan Jones

The Loves Of The Artists

Hay Festival 2013, 

A sweeping, epic history of the Renaissance artists, seen through the lens of something that perhaps occupied their thoughts and influenced their art the most…sex. Taking Donatello’s provocative reinvention of the nude as his starting point, Jones shows how the story of the Renaissance is the story of a sexual revolution. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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David Crystal

The Little Book of Language

Hay Festival 2010, 
With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. And the charismatic Linguistics Prof is our man.
David Crystal