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Heston Blumenthal talks to Jay Rayner

The Fat Duck Cookbook

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great culinary alchemist, whose Fat Duck at Bray has enjoyed three Michelin stars since 2004, talks to the Observer restaurant critic.

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Carwyn Jones

The Sustainability Bill

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Welsh Government’s First Minister discusses how the groundbreaking Sustainability Bill, due to be ratified later this year, will affect both the public and private sectors in Wales. How will the high-level policies filter down to the day-to-day activities such as procurement and infrastructure? He talks to The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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Patrick Ness and Matt Haig

Fictions – Transformations

Hay Festival 2013, 

Wise, romantic, magical and funny, Ness’ The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love. In Haig’s The Humans Professor Andrew Martin of CambridgeUniversity solves the world’s greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Chaired by Tanya Seghatchian.

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Catherine Tate

Shakespeare and Me

Hay Festival 2008, 
The actress talks to Fiona Lindsay.

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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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David Owen

The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations, 1906–1914

Hay Festival 2014, 

Within weeks of taking office in December 1905, British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman and his Foreign Minister Edward Grey agreed to allow the General Staff to enter into detailed talks with their French counterparts about sending an expeditionary force to France in the event of a German attack. Neither the Cabinet nor Parliament were informed…

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Robert Mair

What’s Going On Underground: Tunnelling into the Future for our Cities

Hay Festival 2014, 

The world authority on civil and environmental engineering examines the most challenging aspects of underground work faced by the world’s most ambitious construction projects.

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Andre Geim talks to Roger Highfield

The Royal Society Platform: Random Walk to Graphene

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 2010 Sir Andre Geim FRS was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his groundbreaking work on the material graphene. More unusually, he’s also known for inventing an adhesive tape based on geckos and for levitating live frogs. Geim talks about his prize-winning work and how his atypical approach to science and life led him to it.

Andre Geim talks to Roger Highfield

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An Audience with Rob Brydon

Hay Festival 2008, 
The quicksilver Welsh comedian, creator of Keith Barret and Bryn in Gavin and Stacey entertains

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Anne MacCaig, Richard Sennett and Lindsay Mackie talk to Andrew Simms

The Cafédirect Debate: The Return of the Public Realm

Hay Festival 2010, 
The banking crisis revealed the limits and potential damage of relying too heavily on the pursuit of private profit to organise society. Is it time for the public sphere to reassert itself?

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Rosie Boycott talks to Monty Don

Our Farm: A Year in the Life of a Smallholding

Hay Festival 2007, 
The former newspaper editor discusses her new life on her small farm and her local town’s battle with Tescos and the planners; she explores the complexities of the food chain and its frequent cruelty, the rhythms of the natural world, the healing patterns of nature and the therapeutic effects of a herd of boisterous pigs.

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Screening: Parked

Kells 2015, 

A multi-award-winning first feature by Kells-based director Darragh Byrne, starring Colm Meaney as a man down on his luck who moves back to Ireland and, living in his car, befriends a young man and a music teacher. Introduced by the director, with Jacqueline Kerrin and Dominic Wright from Ripple World Pictures. Film starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan with Milka Ahlroth.

‘Possibly the gentlest, sweetest movie about junkies and homelessness you’re ever likely to see, Darragh Byrne’s stripped-down debut brims with charm. Packing two terrific turns and an offbeat spirit, this coming-of-middle-age comedy is an unexpected treat.’ – Total Film.

Screening: Parked

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Germaine Greer

1968: El legado español

Segovia 2008, 
La narrativa convencional sobre los acontecimientos de mayo del 68 suele prestar poca atención al papel jugado por la filosofía anarquista a nivel ideológico y práctico. Germaine Greer hablará sobre su educación anarquista, y la importancia que el ejemplo español tuvo para ella y sus camaradas. Greer es una académica y escritora australiana de vital influencia y relevancia para el movimiento feminista; su obra La mujer eunuco (1970), traducida a más de doce idiomas) fue uno de los libros más vendidos e influyentes de la década de los Setenta. Doctora en Filosofía y Letras por la universidades de Cambridge y Sydney, actualmente es profesora de Literatura Inglesa en la Universidad de Warwick y miembro no oficial del equipo docente de Newnham College (Cambridge).

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Javier Marías talks to Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Segovia 2011, 
Forty years have already elapsed since Javier Maríaspublished his first novel Los dominios del lobo, and since then this prolific writer, columnist and translator has garnered numerous international awards. A member of the Real Academia Española since 2006, he has just been bestowed with the Premio Austriaco de Literatura Europea 2011 and recently published the novel Los enamoramientos, which has been acclaimed by critics and the public. Marías talks with Juan Gabriel Vásquez, winner of the 2011 Alfaguara literary prize for El ruido de las cosas al caer.

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Stephen King talks to Peter Florence: Part I

London Events 2006, 
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over forty books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

He talks to the director of the Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

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Dan Snow

Death or Victory

Hay Festival 2010, 
The maritime historian provides a riveting account of the death of General Wolfe and The Battle of Quebec and the Birth of Empire.

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Martin Rowson

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Hay Festival 2010, 
The anarchic cartoonist grapples with Laurence Sterne and one of English literature’s most curious, complex and comic novels.
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Mark Haddon

The Missing Square

Hay Festival 2013, 

Mark will probably but not necessarily be talking about some or all of these things: giant tortoises, nuclear war, bats, glaciers, Benjamin Britten and the naming of craters on the moon.

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Andrew Balmford

Nature’s Glass: Half Empty or Half Full?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Wild populations, their habitats, and the benefits they provide for people, are in decline. But is the situation hopeless? The Professor of Conservation Science tells stories of success from around the world to argue the case of optimism.

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Cut off My Tongue

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
Having toured in Kenya, Uganda and the UK, this fiercely provocative show will leave you speechless! It rants, sweats, bellows and breaks into song and dance as it explores the truths that shape modern Africans. The show is about our beliefs, the way we behave and why. Woven into music and dance, Sitawa Namwalie's dramatised poetry is moving and frighteningly honest. It is politics -- and love -- that bites as it teases! Tickets 2000/=

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The John Finnemore Sketch Show

Hay Festival 2012, 
The writer and star of Radio 4’s Cabin Pressure, regular guest on The Now Show and popper-up on Miranda, The Unbelievable Truth and That Mitchell and Webb Look, presents an hour of sketches with Simon Kane, Carrie Quinlan and Lawry Lewin.

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AHEC: Wood and Modern Design

Segovia 2010, 
José María Faerna, director of the magazine Diseño Interior (Interior Design), chairs a round table in which creators of different forms of artistic expression will take part. Rafael Beneytez (architect), Jorge Palacios (sculptor) and Alberto Liévore (furniture designer) will talk about their works in wood exhibited at the Casa de los Picos and, together with Mike Snow (wood industrialist), they will analyse the contribution of this raw material to current and future design. 

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.

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Gerald Davies and Martin Johnes join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains of Wales 6 - Sport

Hay Festival 2012, 
Rugby players are the ultimate Welsh sporting heroes, aren’t they? What about our footballers, athletes, boxers, cyclists, snooker players, surfers and all the rest? And who are the villains? (THE Gerald Davies! – Ed..)
 
In association with The Western Mail

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John Thompson

Cambridge Series 2 - Merchants of Culture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The publisher and academic updates his landmark study of the publishing industry as it ventures into the digital age.
 

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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