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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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AC Grayling

The Form of Things

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘Humankind’s great conversation with itself about what is best in life involves reading, thinking, conversing, learning, enjoying, judging, being sceptical, being open-minded – and, in bad times, maintaining trust in all that these endeavours prove to be valuable.’

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Mario Vargas Llosa y Javier Moreno

Periodismo y literatura

Segovia 2008, 
El celebrado escritor Mario Vargas Llosa y Javier Moreno, Director de El Pais, conversarán sobre el arte de contar y construir ficción, y sobre el arte de contar la realidad a través de un periódico.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés.

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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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The Keep

The Genius of the Marches

Hay Festival 2016, 

An entertainment: a constellation of writers, artists and photographers of the Welsh Marches celebrate the first issue of The Keep, Hay’s new literary and arts magazine, with an evening of readings, stories and pictures, under the editorial baton of Iain Finlayson.

With Owen Sheers, Ben Rawlence, Nina Lyon, Jasper Fforde, Soma Ghosh, Oliver Balch, Tom Bullough, Dix and Marsha Arnold.

The Keep

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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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Alexander McCall Smith talks to Paul Blezard

The Dog Who Came In From The Cold

Hay Festival 2010, 
The grand master storyteller introduces the second book in the Corduroy Mansions series and The Double Comfort Safari Club, the latest investigation of the No1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

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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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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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Monty & Sarah Don talk to Francine Stock

Fork to Fork

Hay Festival 2009, 
A sumptuous feast of wonderful ideas for growing and preparing your own food.

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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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Ewan Fernie

Teaching Shakespeare And The Big Stuff

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of The Demonic: Literature And Experience examines scenes from Othello, Hamlet, The Tempest and Measure For Measure and discusses how to teach Shakespeare with imagination and intensity.

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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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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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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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Carl Bernstein, Jaime Abello, William Sieghart and Perihan Magden chaired by John Kampfner

The Google Debates 1: The Future Of The Free Press

Hay Festival 2013, 

With Leveson on hold in the UK, what does press regulation look like in the rest of the world? Abello is Director of Gabriel García Márquez’s Latin American Journalism Foundation, Sieghart is the Chair of Forward Thinking, and Magden is a columnist for the newspaper Taraf who was tried and acquitted of ‘threatening Turkey’s unity or the integrity of the state.’

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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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Mary Evans

Story Stew

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join children’s author Mary Evans for a fun, anarchic and downright daft introduction to story writing. Using a host of ingredients, a dollop of imagination and a side helping of silliness, you can learn a basic recipe that will enable anyone to write a story. That’s right. Anyone. Especially you. Back by popular demand, Story Stew helps you to write stories that leave a great taste in the imagination.
7+ years
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John Adamson

The Noble Revolt

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian traces the careers and fortunes of the English noblemen who risked their lives and fortunes to overthrow Charles I.

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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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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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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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John Gray

Gray’s Anatomy

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why is the human imagination to blame for the worst crimes of the twentieth century? Why is progress a pernicious myth? Why is contemporary atheism just a hangover from Christian faith?
John Gray

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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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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.