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David and Hilary Crystal

Wordsmiths and Warriors

Hay Festival 2014, 

From King Alfred and the Normans to Chaucer, Shakespeare and Wordsworth, this fabulously entertaining guide to the English language unites the warriors whose invasions transformed the language with the poets, scholars and reformers who helped create its character. 

David and Hilary Crystal

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Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

Shakespeare’s Circle

Hay Festival 2016, 

Wells introduces his anthology of essays about the actors, playwrights and family members around the bard, throwing new light on Shakespeare’s wealth, his family and personal relationships, his working life and his social status. Wells is one the world’s greatest Shakespeare experts, editor of both the Penguin and OUP editions of his work, President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and author, most recently of Shakespeare, Sex and Love and Great Shakespeare Actors. He is joined by the great novelist and essayist, Margaret Drabble, who started her working life as an actress at the RSC, and is a contributor to Wells’ new book, The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography.

Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

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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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Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

Peaky Blinders

Hay Festival 2015, 

The screenwriter and creator of the hit gangster drama talks about the Selby family, tribal war, and the crime-world of post-war Birmingham. Knight is screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Locke. Introduced by Caryn Mandabach.

We will also be screening all six episodes of Series 2, starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, from 1pm at Richard Booths Bookshop Cinema in Hay.

Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

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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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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 Cowan

Counter-Insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Brigadier commanded the Black Watch in Iraq and the multinational 11 Brigade in Helmand. He is now Head of Counter-Terrorism in the Ministry of Defence. Chaired by Dylan Jones, editor of GQ.

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Andrew Hammond

CRYPT

Hay Festival 2012, 
Sign up to the ‘Covert Youth Paranormal Team’ before getting the full low-down on spies, horror and ghost-busting. Perfect for fans of Dr Who.  
 
10+ yrs

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John Parker

Lords of Creation

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Cambridge University Botanic Garden Director and Professor of Plant Cytogenetics brushes against near- immortality, the truth of sustainability, and the awe-inspiring aesthetic of trees.

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Rosie Boycott, Benedict Allen and Anne MacCaig chaired by Steve Trent

No Place Like Home

Hay Festival 2010, 
In 2008 20 million people were forced to abandon their homes as a result of climate-related disasters. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to human rights – what are the possible solutions?
 
We apologise but due to circumstances beyond our control Bianca Jagger can no longer attend.

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Shireen Jilla and Caroline Michel, Stephen Kelman and Jo Unwin talk to Rosie Goldsmith

The First Novel – Exiled

Hay Festival 2011, 
How do you get from wanting to write to actually publishing your first novel? The authors and agent provide a study for Kelman’s ground-breaking bestseller Pigeon English and Jilla’s debut novel Exiled – a dark, dysfunctional family psychodrama, played out against the backdrop of privileged society in New York City’s Upper East Side.

Trailer for Pigeon English


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Jan Blake with William Pearce-Smith

Tales of the Diaspora - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
When English ships left Africa, carrying slaves bound for the plantations of Jamaica, the history, culture, and people of three regions became inextricably linked. Of African descent, born in Manchester to Jamaican parents, Jan Blake is a product of this link, to three cultures that she claims as her own, telling stories that have crossed the seas and oceans of the world.

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Tim Hunt talks to Roger Highfield

The Royal Society Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

A Life in Biology

In 2001 Sir Tim Hunt FRS was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Paul Nurse and Leland H Hartwell for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the division of cells. He talks with Roger Highfield about his Nobel Prize-winning work and his life in biology.

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Adam Nicolson talks to Simon Jenkins

Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History

Hay Festival 2009, 
A portrait of the great English garden, created by the historian’s grandparents Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, and newly transferred to the National Trust.

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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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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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President Mohamed Nasheed talks to Ed Miliband

The Maldives – Dispatches from the Climate Change Frontline

Hay Festival 2010, 
The leader of one of the newest emerging democracies is committed to a 10-year carbon neutral plan for his country. He beams in by satellite for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change and building democracy in a Muslim nation. Introduced by Mark Lynas.
President Mohamed Nasheed talks to Ed Miliband

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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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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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Daniel Pennac en conversación con José María Ridao

Segovia 2008, 
Daniel Pennac es uno de los autores contemporáneos más importantes de Francia, traducido a más de 30 lenguas. Tras iniciar su actividad literaria con libros para niños, adquirió gran popularidad, vendiendo más de un millón de ejemplares sólo en Francia gracias a las novelas de la saga en torno a la familia Malaussène, una familia que vive en el multicultural y marginal barrio de Belleville. Es autor de la célebre obra Como una novela, en el que enumera los derechos del lector. Mal de escuela es su último libro. Conversará con el escritor José María Ridao.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanea del francés al español.

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Anna Beer

Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot

Hay Festival 2008, 
The biographer celebrates the 400th anniversary of the author of Paradise Lost, probably the most politically and religiously engaged poet in the English language. Chaired by author and SBC Literature & Spoken Word director Rachel Holmes.

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Andrew Williams talks to Ed Vulliamy

In Our Name

Hay Festival 2013, 

The journalists who exposed A Very British Killing: The Death Of Baha Mousa and Bosnia: The Reckoning investigate the grotesque misconduct of war and the insidious moral corruption of everyone involved, the decay of public life, and the endemic parallels that exist with Britain’s current institutional structures.

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Anna Barford and Daniel Dorling

Atlas of the Real World

Hay Festival 2009, 
The globe mapped not by landmass but by health, wealth, and a fascinating and revelatory variety of indices. You will never see Earth in the same light again.

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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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RS Thomas Centenary Series 2: Poems For RS

Gillian Clarke, Menna Elfyn, Mererid Hopwood, Emyr Lewis, Anna Lewis, Owen Sheers, Damian Walford Davies, Glyn Maxwell, Grahame Davies and Simon Armitage

Hay Festival 2013, 

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of RS Thomas, eleven poets have written poems in response to works of his, which will be published as a limited edition by Hay Festival Press. The gala reading is chaired by the Hay Festival International Fellow for 2012–2013 Eurig Salisbury.