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Martin Amis

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist reflects on September 11, his travels with Tony Blair, and the war in Iraq, as collected in The Second Plane.

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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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Mary Warnock

Dishonest To God

Hay Festival 2011, 
The moral philosopher argues that to value religion as the essential foundation of morality is a profound and probably dangerous mistake. Chaired by David Aaronovitch.
 
Read more about Baroness Warnock here

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent, Carrie Quinlan and Guest

The Early Edition

Hay Festival 2010, 
The home team satirists read the Sunday papers.

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Rt Rev V Gene Robinson

The 2008 President’s Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Bishop of New Hampshire, whose homosexuality threatens the schism of the Anglican Church discusses The State of the Communion. Chaired by Stephen Bates, author of God’s Own Country: Power and Religion in the USA.

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Nam Le and Fflur Dafydd talk to Kathryn Gray

Hay Festival 2009, 
Hay's two fiction highlights of 2008 are Le’s short stories The Boat which won the Dylan Thomas Award and Dafydd’s English reworking of her award-winning Cymraeg novel Twenty Thousand Saints. They talk to NWR editor Kathryn Gray.

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Contemporary Architecture: From the iconization to the recycling of the city

Iñaki Ábalos in conversation with Llàtzer Moix

Segovia 2010, 
Presentation by Francisco Serrano. How to move from the phenomenon of spectacular architecture to a model of the city which, rooted in its past, can be reconsidered as a meaningful space for the contemporary citizen. The professor of architecture Iñaki Ábalos and the critic Llàtzer Moix embody two voices demanding, from their respective disciplines, a return to order.

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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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Cathy Cassidy

Sweet Stories

Hay Festival 2010, 
Join this fab author for a chat about best friends, day-dreaming and...cake! And catch a sneak peek of her brand new series Cherry Crush, out in the autumn.
 
9–14 years

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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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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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Marcus du Sautoy

A world of possibilities: The adventures of a mathematician with symmetry

Cartagena 2012, 
Symmetry is all around us. Of great importance for our interpretation of the world, this unique phenomenon indicates a dynamic relationship between objects. In chemistry and physics, the concept of symmetry explains the structures of crystals and the theory of fundamental particles; in evolutionary biology, the natural world uses symmetry in the struggle for survival; symmetry (and the rupture of it) is central in art, architecture and music. This talk offers a very special view of the concept, seen from the point of view of a mathematician. Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and has been a visiting lecturer at institutions such as the Collège de France, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute in Bonn and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A regular contributor to both written and audiovisual media, he has published The Music of the Primes (2003) and Symmetry (2008).
 
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
 
With the support of the British Council
Marcus du Sautoy

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Jo Cartwright, Vanessa Griffiths and Trystan Edwards chaired by Justin Albert

National Trust: Off The Record

Hay Festival 2013, 

Three experts from Wales’ largest charity debate the pressing conservation issues of the day: low cost housing in green space; hydro-electric generation in Snowdonia and solar panels on our castles; heritage or hospitals in deprived areas.

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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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Sarah Churchwell talks to Sarah Crompton

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem And The Invention Of The Great Gatsby

Hay Festival 2013, 

The inside story of F Scott Fitzgerald’s New York of 1922 with its speakeasies, high society and organised crime that was the context for the creation of his great American novel.

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Shorts: Animation

Screening

Hay Festival 2010, 
A cracking collection of animated short films from the UK and beyond. Imaginative, moving, often funny and unfailingly brilliant. Yellow Sticky Notes (Jeff Chiba Stearns), The Pearce Sisters (Mick Jackson & Luis Cook), Niebla – ‘Fog’ (Jordi Codina, Maria del Mar Hernández & Emilio Ramos), Father and Daughter (Michael Dudok de Wit), Flogging Molly ‘Float’ (Karni & Saul), El Empleo – ‘The Employment’ (Patricio Gabriel Plaza & Santiago Grasso), Pigeon Impossible (Lucas Martell), John and Karen (Matthew Walker), Operator (Matthew Walker).
Shorts: Animation

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Julian Clary talks to Fiona Lindsay

Devil in Disguise

Hay Festival 2009, 
The new comedy thriller from the peerless entertainer. ‘They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer…’

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Richard Dawkins

Science in the Soul

Hay Festival 2018, 

The uncompromising and passionate rationalist calls on us to insist that reason take centre stage and that gut feelings, even when they don’t represent the stirred, dark waters of xenophobia, misogyny, or other blind prejudice, should stay out of the voting booth. He investigates a number of issues, including the importance of empirical evidence, and decries bad science, religion in the schools, and climate-change deniers. Dawkins has equal ardour for ‘the sacred truth of nature’ and renders with typical virtuosity the glories and complexities of the natural world. When so many highly placed people still question the fact of evolution, Dawkins asks what Darwin would make of his own legacy - 'a mixture of exhilaration and exasperation'– and celebrates science as possessing many of religion’s virtues – 'explanation, consolation, and uplift' – without its detriments of superstition and prejudice. Chaired by LBC's Matt Stadlen.

Richard Dawkins

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Maziar Bahari talks to John Kampfner

Then They Came For Me

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Newsweek journalist left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, believing he’d return to his pregnant fiancée, Paola, in just a few days. In fact he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions while terrible threats were made to his family.
 
In association with Index on Censorship

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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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Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon

Hot Feminist

Hay Festival 2015, 

A trip through feminism, fashion, the righteous pursuit of a sexy vibe, and what it means to be a woman when you’re on the receiving end of modern media’s hilariously/bizarrely/insanely contradictory/restrictive/reductive/sometimes just straightforward revolting notions of womanhood. This isn’t about what women can’t do, this is a new-age guide to what you can do, what you can think, what you can wear and what you can wax. Gordon is the author of The Wrong Knickers.

Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon

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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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Minette Batters, Sophie Wynne-Jones, Julia Aglionby, Rob Yorke

Elements of Re-wilding: Perceptions and Prejudices

Hay Festival 2016, 

How can we ensure there is public benefit from re-wilding the countryside? Rural commentator Rob Yorke discusses big cats and beavers, food production and flood prevention with Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President; Julia Aglionby, Executive Director of the Foundation for Common Land; and Sophie Wynne-Jones, trustee of the Wales Wild Land Foundation.

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Lisa Jardine

The 2009 Raymond Williams Lecture: Culture & Society

Hay Festival 2009, 
Williams’ Culture and Society became a cult book for liberal practitioners and critics in the humanities throughout the 1960s and 70s. The Professor of Renaissance Studies looks at his dreams and ambitions for mass culture, and the vital role of literature in the democratic process, and asks whether there is something important to be learned from his cultural analysis today.

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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.