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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.

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Simon Singh

The John Maddox Lecture: Fermat’s Last Theorem

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘I have discovered a truly marvellous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain…’ Twenty years after a mild-mannered Englishman solved Pierre de Fermat’s 350-year-old theorem, Singh tells the true story of how mathematics’ most challenging problem was made to yield its secrets in a thrilling tale of endurance, ingenuity and inspiration.

Simon Singh

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Luis Moreno-Ocampo talks to Philippe Sands

The Guardian Sessions: Justice

Hay Festival 2009, 
An interview with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, who recently made the first ever indictment of a serving Head of State when he filed charges against Omar al-Bashir of Sudan.

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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Howard Jacobson talks to Peter Florence

The British Council Series 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker-winning comic master conjures his new novel Zoo Time, a book about love – love of women, love of literature, love of laughter.

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Rob Penn, Jill Butler and Justin Albert

Woodland Trust Series 1: The Country Living Debate – Why Aren’t Special Trees Valued Like Monuments?

Hay Festival 2015, 

A Victorian urinal and the Beatles’ childhood home have been given national protection, but there is no legal safeguard for our ancient trees. The broadcaster, Woodland Trust expert and director of the National Trust in Wales discuss whether buildings receive greater recognition than the landmarks of the natural world. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Rob Penn, Jill Butler and Justin Albert

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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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Steve Jones

Darwin’s Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England

Hay Festival 2009, 
Darwin wrote six million words, in nineteen books and innumerable letters, on topics as different as dogs, barnacles, insect-eating plants, orchids, earthworms, apes and human emotion. Together, they laid the foundations of modern biology.

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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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Heather Widdows

Perfect Me!

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Professor of Global Ethics explores the idea of perfection as exhibited in contemporary ideals of beauty. She questions the ways the aspiration can be read: as an individual’s aspiration to perfect themselves (‘I want to be perfect’), as assertion of what being perfect is (‘this is what I would be if I were perfect’), and as a command which a woman feels she should obey (‘you should be perfect’).

Heather Widdows

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Samuel Clark & Samantha Clark

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Morito

Hay Festival 2014, 

The creators of Moro, who trained under Rose at The River Café, demonstrate and discuss their vibrant mezze and tapas food and restaurant with Sarah Crompton.

Samuel Clark & Samantha Clark

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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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Fiona Reynolds, Rosie Boycott, David Aaronovitch, Mat Roberts

The National Trust Debate: When It Comes To Heritage, Britons Care More About Trees Than Buildings

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Government suggestion to sell off Forestry Commission land caused a revolt in Britain. What does this say about what we really care about? What does it say about our national identity?

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Raymond Tallis

Hunger

Hay Festival 2009, 
To be human is to be hungry. Prof Tallis will take a biological, sociological, metaphysical, spiritual and political tour around the astonishing and disturbing metamorphoses of human hunger. Be prepared to have your soul X-rayed.

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Lori Anne Ferrell

The Bible and the People

Hay Festival 2009, 
From manuscripts to Gutenbergs and Gideons we trace how the Bible has been endlessly retailored to meet the changing needs of religion, politics and the reading public while retaining its special status as a sacred text.

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Breakfast at Hay with Nu Fiction

Presented by Tomos Owen

Hay Festival 2009, 
An early morning start for fifteen young writers hoping to become the next big thing in literature. Tomos Owen introduces first published work from James Smythe, Tyler Keevil, Bethan Michael, Robert Vaughan Hughes, Rebecca F John, Susie Wild, Becky Hunt, LP Mackenzie, Alys Conran, Cate Matthews, Alan Kellermann, ST Owen, Michael Oliver and Nick Mellors.

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

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Roy Hattersley

The Great Outsider

Hay Festival 2011, 
A portrait of David Lloyd George and a study in charisma, coalition and flouting of conventions.
 
Read a review of the biography www.newstatesman.com/books/
In Search of England - Roy Hattersley

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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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Lawrence Freedman

Mandela’s Strategy

Hay Festival 2014, 

In his widely-acclaimed book Strategy: A History, Freedman considers the history of non-violence as a deliberate strategy, from Gandhi to Martin Luther King. He extends his analysis to Nelson Mandela, considering why the South Africa leader abandoned the armed struggle and chose a path of reconciliation.

Lawrence Freedman

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Kathleen Turner talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The actress (Body Heat, War of the Roses, Romancing the Stone) talks about her life, loves and movies, wittily recounted in her memoir Send Yourself Roses.

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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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Bonnie Greer, Leanne Wood, Merryn Williams, Daniel Williams and Stefan Collini

The May Day Manifesto

Hay Festival 2017, 

It is 50 years since the publication of the May Day Manifesto, edited by Raymond Williams. The manifesto reflected the growing disillusionment on the Left with what the authors argued to be the surrendering of socialist principles by the Labour Party. The panel explores the making of the manifesto and examines its relevance today.

Stefan Collini is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at the University of Cambridge, Bonnie Greer is a playwright, author and judge for this year’s Orwell Prize, Leanne Wood AM is the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Merryn Williams is a critic, poet, and daughter of Raymond Williams and Daniel G. Williams is Professor of English Literature at Swansea University.

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Giles Coren rages at Paul Blezard

Anger Management for Beginners

Hay Festival 2010, 
The master of spleen vents his wrath at dogs, boy wizards, sub-editors and processed ham in the cause of laughter and sanity.
Giles Coren rages at Paul Blezard

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John Harrison and Gwyneth Lewis

Sailors in Bed: Travels and Journeys of Healing

Hay Festival 2014, 

Wales’ inaugural National Poet Gwyneth Lewis’ latest memoir is Two in a Boat – A Marital Voyage. John Harrison is the author of the Wales Book of the Year winner Cloud Road – A Journey Through the Inca Heartland; he recently recovered from throat cancer. Chaired by New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies.

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Chris Anderson and David Sally

The Numbers Game

Hay Festival 2013, 

Football has always been a numbers game: 4-4-2, the big number 9 and 3 points for a win. But what if up until now we’ve been focusing on the wrong numbers? What if the numbers that really matter, the ones that hold the key to winning matches, are actually 2.66, 53.4, 50/50, and 0 > 1? What if managers only make a 15% difference? What if Chelsea should have bought Darren Bent? Chaired by Gooner Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Beverley Naidoo in conversation with Fitch O’Connell

Hay Festivalito for kids

Segovia 2010, 
The South African young people’s literature author, winner of the Carnegie Medal, will talk about reality through fiction in connection with her stories and her novel Journey to Jo'burg.

This event is in English