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John Brewer

American Leonardo

Hay Festival 2009, 
The art historian explores the story of a single painting, La Belle Ferronnière by Leonardo Da Vinci, and shows how it reveals the intricacies of the C20th obsession with art, money and taste.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
The satirists rip up the weekend papers.

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Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Larry Sanders, Niall Ferguson and Serena Kutchinsky

The Newsweek Debate: Is this the most unusual American Presidential election in history?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Just a year ago, the US Presidential race looked set to be a dull affair, dominated by two political dynasties – another Bush versus another Clinton. Now, the stage is set for one of the most unusual, and unsettling, electoral battles in American history. After Obama’s campaign of hope, we have Donald Trump’s scaremongering bid to become the Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton’s scandal-tinged final stab at the Democratic nomination. Is this really the best that the nation that calls itself the ‘world’s greatest democracy’ can do? And if the answer is yes, is it time to start looking for an alternative political system better suited to the social media age? Newsweek will dissect the chain of events that has led us here and speculate on what the future might hold for the next Commander in Chief. Joining Digital Editor, Serena Kutchinsky, will be Larry Sanders, the academic and Green Party Health Spokesperson, who is the older brother of the US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Sarah Churchwell,Professor of the Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professorial Fellow in American Literature, IES School of Advanced Study, University of London, Harvard Professor and author of Kissinger, Niall Ferguson, and Jan Halper Hayes, the Worldwide Vice President and Chairman UK of Republicans Overseas.

Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Larry Sanders, Niall Ferguson and Serena Kutchinsky

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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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Michael Jacobs in conversation with Nieves Concostrina

Segovia 2010, 
Nieves Concostrina, a Spanish writer and radio presenter known for her daily anecdotes about death, will speak to the Hispanist and travel writer Michael Jacobs about the recent and controversial publication of his book The Factory of Light: Tales from my Andalucian Village. They will discuss subjects such as the confusion between fiction and reality and the emergence of the magical and the supernatural into everyday rural life.

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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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Ben Barry

Cambridge Series: The Body

Hay Festival 2010, 
What is the impact of body diversity in the modelling world, on the high street, in the classroom and on the couch? Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Ben Barry

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Michael Deeley talks to Matthew Field

Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

Hay Festival 2009, 
The A-list producer of The Italian Job, Blade Runner and The Deer Hunter tells his tales from a life in film.

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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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Simon Hoggart

Send up the Clowns

Hay Festival 2012, 
Westminster’s master wit casts an amused and sceptical eye over the events of the past five years in his parliamentary sketches. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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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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Jules Hudson

Renovating Old Buildings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Practical advice and builders’ tales from the rural affairs expert and star of Escape To The Country, Britain’s Empty Homes and Britain’s Heritage Heroes.

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Melvyn Bragg

Final Cut

Hay Festival 2010, 
The broadcaster discusses his two media projects, the BBC R4 In Our Time series, and ITV’s The South Bank Show. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Alan Macfarlane

Cambridge 800 Series: How the World Works

Hay Festival 2009, 
The sociologist asks – are there laws and tendencies in human history and culture and, if so, what are they and how do we discover them? Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2010, 
How everyday problems can be solved by maths – from smartphones and transatlantic flight to bending a ball like Beckham and predicting population growth.
Marcus du Sautoy

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Åsne Seierstad

The Angel of Grozny

Hay Festival 2008, 
Extraordinary and harrowing reportage from undercover in Chechnya by the Norwegian author of The Bookseller of Kabul.

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Susy Smith and guests

Country Living Magazine Women in Business Forum 1

Hay Festival 2013, 

What does it take to start a small rural business? Discover how to turn talent into turnover with advice from three successful entrepreneurs: Business Manager at Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) Fiona Davies, home textile designer Jan Constantine and Hay’s own Athene English of The Great English Outdoors.

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Tobias Jones and Paul French talk to Guto Harri

True Crime

Hay Festival 2012, 
Blood on the Altar from the author of The Dark Heart of Italy examines the murder of Eliza Claps in Potenza in 1993; Midnight in Peking - The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China investigates the profoundly shocking murder of Pamela Werner in 1937.

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Julia Donaldson

The Everywhere Bear

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Julia Donaldson and friends in this unique show jam-packed with songs and readings from seven of her fabulous stories including The Everywhere Bear and The Gruffalo.

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Fiona Reynolds, Simon Schama and Montagu Don

Green and Pleasant Land

Hay Festival 2010, 
The National Trust's Director General hosts this exploration of the spirit of place and the British landscape.
Fiona Reynolds, Simon Schama and Montagu Don

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Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

Hay Festival 2010, 
Take a risk and discover what you should be reading this summer. We don’t know who will appear at this event yet, but they’ll be one step away from joining previous prizewinners such as Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness and Meg Rosoff. Participating writers announced in May at: www.hayfestival.com/hayfever. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.
 
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Fernando Sánchez Dragó and Pepa Roma in conversation with Lourdes Ventura

Culture on television, an impossible love?

Segovia 2010, 
'What doesn’t appear on television doesn’t exist' is one of the maxims of postmodern communication culture. Why are culture, in general, and literature, in particular, marginalized fields within the audiovisual media? Journalists and writers want to open up the debate on the possibilities of seduction of culture on television and on the need to modernise and encourage the dissemination of cultural contents in the mass media.

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Country Living Magazine Food and Farming Discussion

Hay Festival 2008, 
Do you know where your bara brith from your cullen skink? Why regional specialties are important to the British Isles and why we need to protect them. BBC Radio 4’s Sheila Dillon hosts this debate with food writer Elisabeth Luard, Graham Cassie of Waitrose, Irene Bocchetta of Food From Britain, and Matthew O’Callaghan from the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, to support the Made in Britain Campaign.

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Lavinia Greenlaw

The Housman Lecture 2009: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and poet, author of Minsk, Mary George of Allnorthover, and The Importance of Music to Girls gives this year’s lecture about poetry.

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Giles Foden and Andrew Freeman

Turbulence

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Last King of Scotland talks to McKinsey’s risk expert about his novel about the D-Day landings. The fate of 2.5 million men, 3,000 landing craft and the entire future of Europe depends on the right weather conditions in the English Channel on a single day. A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing an accurate forecast five days in advance. But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics?