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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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Diane Reay

Cambridge Series: Education & Class

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

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Chris Blackwell talks to Chris Salewicz

Island Records

Hay Festival 2009, 
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking label as the founder selects his jubilee tracks and stories.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rosie Boycott in conversation with Sarfraz Manzoor

Food and Climate Change

Cartagena 2010, 
Rosie Boycott, journalist, advisor of the Major of London on food matters and their links to climate change, and editor of the Global Observatory for the Conference of Copenhagen, reveals the connections between food production, environmental degradation and poverty. In conversation with The Guardian journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. 

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

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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.

Reni Eddo-Lodge

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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.

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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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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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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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Andrew Gamble, David Runciman and Glen Rangwala

Cambridge Series 14 - Is Democracy Right for the World’s Current Problems?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is democracy too short-termist to deal with the kind of issues facing the world, including the current crisis of capitalism and climate change?
 

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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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Jeremy Strong

The Big Jam Explosion

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and laugh your socks off with the much-loved Jeremy Strong.  Full of fizzing energy and jolly jokes this event will be a hoot!

6 years +

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The Greenpeace Debate

Clare Short MP and Michael Codner, Director Military Service, RUSI

Hay Festival 2006, 
Is there a rationale for continuing Britain's nuclear force in the twenty-first century? Chaired by Stephen Tindale.