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Robert Macfarlane talks to Horatio Clare

Woodland Trust Series 3: Landmarks

Hay Festival 2015, 

Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather. The author of The Old Ways, Mountains of the Mind and The Wild Places shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape, and a vital means of coming to love it.

Robert Macfarlane talks to Horatio Clare

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Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig and guests

What Do We Want?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Eight hundred years after a gang of barons met in a tent by a river, which Rights do we want to fight for today? A fortnight after what looks like a rough old election, let’s dream about what a better world might look like and talk about how that might be achieved.

The festival President hosts this first in a Magna Carta series of twenty events at Hay Festival 2015, and is joined by international guests to discuss equalities.

Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig and guests

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John Sulston, Martin Evans, Michael Morgan chaired by Robin McKie

The Guardian and Wellcome Trust Science Debate: Ten Years of the Human Genome

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Nobel Laureates who pioneered work on sequencing the human genome and stem cell research ponder on a decade of discovery and what’s yet to come, with the former Chief Executive of the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus. Chaired by Robin McKie, the Observer's Science Editor.
John Sulston, Martin Evans, Michael Morgan chaired by Robin McKie

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Christopher Hitchens

Hitch 22

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great contrarian returns to Hay to launch his memoir of Confessions and Contradictions.
 
Christopher Hitchens

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Tom Stoppard talks to Peter Florence

The London Library at Hay

Hay Festival 2010, 
A conversation with the playwright (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Jumpers, Arcadia, Rock ‘n’ Roll) and screenwriter (Professional Foul, Brazil, Shakespeare in Love).

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Sinead Cusack, Rupert Evans and Jeremy Irons

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour; The Poetry Of The Great War

Hay Festival 2013, 

Actors read Josephine’s programme featuring the work of Owen, Yeats, Sassoon and many others. Introduced by Francine Stock.

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Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Francine Stock

One Planet, One Medicine, One Love

Hay Festival 2016, 
Pioneering surgeon Professor Fitzpatrick, Channel 4’s The Supervet, founder of Fitzpatrick Referrals and founding partner of Surrey University’s new school of veterinary medicine, has a radical vision: Humans and animals share genetic, physiological, environmental and even emotional bonds. For a sustainable future should they not share medicine, too? What are the practical and moral implications of being a ‘Humanimal’?


Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Francine Stock

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Evan Harris, Joan Smith and Marcus Brigstocke vs Jo Glanville and Catherine Bennett

Press Regulation

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the light of what we know from part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry and from the trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, Hacked-Off campaigners debate the issue of how to regulate the press with the CEO of English PEN and the Observer columnist.

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Rob Lowe talks to Mariella Frostrup

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Hollywood star of The West Wing and Brothers & Sisters makes some new friends...

If you are based in London and might be there in the week before Hay, Rob Lowe will be appearing at the Royal Geographical Society on 25 May. Please book through www.intelligencesquared.com/events/rob-lowe
Rob Lowe talks to Mariella Frostrup

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Eric Hobsbawm and Niall Ferguson

After Versailles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The two historians discuss the Versailles Treaty of 1919 and its influence on the world today. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

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Juan Gossaín and David Sánchez Juliao

Vallenato and Stories

Cartagena 2010, 
David Sánchez Juliao, many-time winner of the National Prize for Short Stories, and the writer and star journalist of RCN, Juan Gossaín, analyse the lyrics of the vallenato.

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Paul Roberts

Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum

Hay Festival 2013, 

An exploration of the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two cities on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The plaster-cast bodies of the victims are the most vivid and shocking reminders of the horrific event that made Pompeii famous, but who were these men, women and children so cruelly frozen in time?

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Women

Hay Festival 2015, 

The inspiring and provocative writer and scholar talks about Juliet, Beatrice, Ophelia, Cleopatra, Ann Hathaway and the Dark Lady of the Sonnets with festival director Peter Florence.

Germaine Greer

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John Niven talks to James Dean Bradfield

Merthyr Rock Presents: The Second Coming

Hay Festival 2011, 
JC is back, in NY and looking to reach the people through a TV talent contest. The satirist is in conversation with the Manic Street Preacher.

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Desmond Tutu

The Hamlin Lecture

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu’s voice will always be the voice of the voiceless,’ – Nelson Mandela.

Raising money for African charities, our two local Cathedrals, and St Mary's Hay

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Michael Palin talks to John Crace

Travelling to Work

Hay Festival 2016, 

An interview with the treasured actor, writer, traveller and diarist.

Michael Palin talks to John Crace

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Peter Hitchens and Johann Hari

A Rational Debate About Drugs

Hay Festival 2015, 

It’s 100 years since drugs were first banned, and drug use and drug crime have continued to grow steadily across the world. What are people addicted to? Are any of the policies adopted around the world based on scientific data? Are any of them working? Hari is the author of Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War Against Drugs; Hitchens is the author of The War We Never Fought. Chaired by Hernando Alvarez, editor of BBC Mundo.

Peter Hitchens and Johann Hari

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Hugh Dennis talks to Marcus Brigstocke

Britty Britty Bang Bang

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Now Show and Outnumbered star muses on a self-confident, pluralist Olympic Britain – a country where a major politician can dangle helplessly from a zip wire like a discarded straw dolly and gain in popularity, and whose Jubilee Queen can send herself up and then descend by parachute.

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Carol Ann Duffy talks to Gillian Clarke

Hay Festival 2009, 
A conversation with the great poet.

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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry

Hay Festival 2014, 

Celebrate Horrid Henry’s 20th birthday with the bestselling author. Discover what led her to create everyone’s favourite naughty boy. Step into the world of Horrid Henry and relive 20 years of hilarious adventures with Horrid Henry’s Krazy Ketchup, the brand new Horrid Henry story. With a special appearance by Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross.

6+ years

Francesca Simon

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Alain de Botton

Religion for Atheists

Hay Festival 2012, 
The essayist suggests that the supernatural claims of religions are entirely false, but that religions have much to teach the secular world.

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Brian Cox

The Royal Society Lecture 1: Wonders of the Universe

Hay Festival 2011, 
The laws of light, gravity, time, matter and energy that govern us here on Earth are the same as those applied throughout the Universe. Chaired by Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society.

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Gerald Scarfe, Brian Griffiths and Paul Gravett talk to Simon Grant

Tate @ Hay 2: Rude Britannia – Comic Art

Hay Festival 2010, 
To coincide with Tate Britain’s historic survey of satire, from Gillray to Viz, we bring together a great cartoonist, a comic historian and an artist to discuss the form.

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Carl Bernstein

Hay Festival 2013, 

The legendary journalist who broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post discusses the second-term Obama administration, and the resonant American anniversaries of Gettysburg (150), the end of the Vietnam War (40) and JFK's assassination (50) with Peter Florence.

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David Tickner, Homero Aridjis, Lyla Mehta and Daniela Schmidt

Water – The Basics of Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
How will climate change affect biodiversity and the way we manage freshwater supplies and the oceans as a resource? David Tickner, Head of WWF’s Freshwater Programme, Homero Aridjis, poet, Head of the Group of 100 and Mexico's Ambassador to UNESCO, Lyla Mehta of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Daniela Schmidt, Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.