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Eat My Shorts!

Short Films

Hay Festival 2010, 
Kick off the week with a medley of hand-picked short films, from laugh-out-loud to downright beautiful. See you at the movies!
 
Duration 30 mins.
 
This event is repeated on 5 June.
 
Family event
 
Films: Zoo Written and directed by Robin Bushell. Heartstrings Written and directed by Rhiannon Evans. Tir Nan Og Written and directed by Fursy Teyssier. Maestro Written and directed by Géza M. Tóth. Codswallop Written and directed by Greg and Myles McLeod. Animals Directed by Kristofer Ström

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Siobhan Freegard, Julia Hobsbawm and Fiona Millar

In the Balance

Hay Festival 2009, 
Life, parenthood and the modern family debated by the Netmums founder and the authors of The See Saw: 100 Recipes for Work–Life Balance and The Secret World of The Working Mother.

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Alexander McCall Smith talks to Anne Robinson

A Conspiracy of Friends

Hay Festival 2011, 
The prolific, witty and endlessly inventive author discusses his career and the third in his Corduroy Mansions series of novels.
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - Alexander McCall Smith

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Neil Oliver

Vikings

Hay Festival 2013, 

As the Vikings did not write their history, we have to discover it for ourselves. The historian and broadcaster examines the myths and truths about the Scandinavian adventurers and raiders who travelled the world to build a vast empire that lasted 200 years.

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Steve Jones

Is Evolution Over?

Hay Festival 2008, 
After Darwin, Utopia evolved. From Eden to Erewhon, society changed but people stayed much the same. The geneticist argues that the agents of evolution have lost their power and that—whatever happens to society— humans are stuck with what we are.

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John Kay

The Long and the Short of it

Hay Festival 2009, 
A Guide to Finance and Investment for Normally Intelligent People Who Aren’t in the Industry. Someone, somewhere, needs to know... Chaired by financial commentator and author of Compassionate Economics Jesse Norman.

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Rose Tremain

Hay Festival Press & Ox-Tales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Orange Prizewinner reads her story The Jester of Astapovo, to launch our collaboration with Oxfam and Profile Books. Introduced by Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive of Oxfam, and Mark Ellingham, publisher of the Ox-Tales stories.

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George Johnson

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Hay Festival 2008, 
George Johnson introduces his brilliant and clear understanding of the scientific revolutions that changed our world.

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Simon Singh

Chiropractic and the Battle for Free Speech

Hay Festival 2010, 
The brilliantly entertaining science writer and Freedom of Speech hero talks about alternative medicine, chiropractic, his infamous libel case and the campaign for libel reform. He is the author of Trick or Treatment, The Code Book, Big Bang and Fermat's Last Theorem.

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John Williams

America’s Mistress: The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The first ever biography of one of the most enduring and mysterious stars of the twentieth century shows a star adrift in a bewildering new America torn apart by the Civil Rights movement. Shunned by many of her former friends, shocked by her country’s insidious racism, and with a perilously fragile sense of her own identity.

John Williams

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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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Horatio Clare and Isabel Fonseca talk to Peter Florence

Migrations

Hay Festival 2009, 
The award-winning author of Running for the Hills follows the swallow’s migration and makes a life-changing odyssey on an epic journey from South Africa to South Wales in A Single Swallow. Fonseca, author of Attachment, discusses her classic study of Romany life Bury Me Standing.

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Alicia Foster, Francesca Rhydderch and Joanna Rossiter

Fictions – In The War

Hay Festival 2013, 

Warpaint by Alicia Foster is a compelling tale of truth and lies, tragedy and black comedy, loosely based on the lives of four painters of the time. The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter is a haunting and moving novel about a mother and a daughter, caught between a tsunami and a war. In Francesca Rhydderch’s The Rice Paper Diaries, four interweaving accounts relate the intimate havoc wrought by military conflict on individual lives. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.

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Eric Lampaert

Comedians’ Cinema Club

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are thrilled to welcome the inspired and hilarious improv show in which Eric and a cast of comics act out a famous movie. They’ve done Die Hard, Pretty Woman, all the Harry Potters, and for tonight they want the Hay audience to choose the movie. Let us know what you’d like them to take on – we’ll go with the best nomination on our Facebook page.

Update 15.05.15 - Film Choice is Mary Poppins.

Eric Lampaert

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Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata

Hay Festival 2016, 

Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender - and spanning the twentieth century, this beautifully orchestrated novel explores the big themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness, and above all, the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime. Tremain’s award-winning fiction includes Music and Silence, The Road Home, Sacred Country, Restoration and The Colour. She talks to Peter Florence.

Rose Tremain

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Peter Hennessy, Ruth Scurr, Leanne Wood, Rosie Boycott

Magna Carta 800 - What Do We Want?: A New Kind of Politics

Hay Festival 2015, 

Is six-party politics here to stay? Is first-past-the-post a bulwark against extremism? What’s the value of a campaign promise in a coalition context? International broadcaster Nik Gowing chairs. Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary’s; Scurr lectures in Politics at Cambridge; Wood is leader of Plaid Cymru; Boycott is Food Advisor to the Mayor of London.

Peter Hennessy, Ruth Scurr, Leanne Wood, Rosie Boycott

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John Harvey, Louise Welsh, Peter James and Phil Rickman chaired by SJ Parris

OxCrimes 1

Hay Festival 2014, 

Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels we are thrilled to launch our third collaboration with Profile Books with a reading of three stories from this collection of short crime fictions donated by some of the greatest crime-writers in the English language.

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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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Jane Davidson AM

Sustainable Development Charter

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing launches the Welsh Assembly Government’s charter to encourage organisations in Wales to put sustainable development at the heart of their operations. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Ian Rankin talks to Sarah Crompton

Murder, Mood and Vinyl

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Edinburgh crime-writer, tweeter and propper-up of the Oxford Bar talks about his writing life, his passions, and reveals....xxxx (you can’t tell anyone until the day! Ed.). His latest novel is The Impossible Dead.

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Tim Quinn

Nostalgic & Hilarious Afternoon of Comic Book History

Hay Festival 2010, 
Entertaining show from the Marvel Comics editor.
Tim Quinn

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Susana Baca, Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata and Luis Gilberto Murillo in conversation with Belisario Betancur. Introduction by José Luis Dicenta

African descent: one root, different voices

Cartagena 2012, 
Is being of African ancestry an identity? A cultural inheritance? A commitment to the future? How can reflection about the legacy that brings many Latin realities closer to their African origins be useful for accepting interculturality, that essence of our times? Unión Latina, which works hard to promote intercultural dialogue in all its forms, has the pleasure to present this debate. It will be an important moment, allowing intellectuals and experts to bring out the richness of that immaterial heritage that comes with African descent. Susana Baca, ex-minister of Culture of Peru, singer and composer; Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata, ex-minister of Culture and a manager of Manos Visibles, and Gilberto Murillo, Governor of the province of Chocó, will talk to the ex-president of Colombia and writer, Belisario Betancur. 

Co-organised with Unión Latina

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Juan Manuel de Prada y Espido Freire en conversación con Jesús García Calero

Segovia 2008, 
Espido Freire, la autora de Melocotones Helados (Premio Planeta 1999) y Soria Moria (Premio Ateneo de Sevilla 2007), y Juan Manuel de Prada, recientemente galardonado con el premio de periodismo Joaquín Romero Murube, autor de El Séptimo Velo (Premio Biblioteca Breve 2007) y Desgarrados y Excéntricos, conversarán sobre su trabajo en los campos de la ficción y el ensayo con el periodista cultural Jesús García Calero.

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Simon Pearson

The Great Escaper

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Roger Bushell was ‘Big X’, mastermind of the mass breakout from Stalag Luft III in March 1944, immortalised in the Hollywood film The Great Escape. Through exclusive access to his private papers – as well as fascinating new research from other sources – journalist Pearson has now written the first biography of this iconic figure. 

Simon Pearson

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Habib Selmi and Ibrahim Nasrallah in conversation with Joumana Haddad

Arab Booker Prize of Fiction: The Finalists

Cartagena 2010, 
Two of the shortlisted authors for the Arab Booker Prize in conversation with the journalist and poet Joumana Haddad, administrator of the prize. 

This event is in English and French. Simultaneous translation from English and French to Spanish available.