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Sabrina Mahfouz, Owen Sheers, Marcus Brigstocke, David Buckland and Mark Shorrock

Art in the Environment

Hay Festival 2014, 

Art is not always just for art’s sake: it has long been used as way of exploring, communicating and engaging people as well as bringing people together. Writers Mahfouz, Sheers and Brigstocke, and Cape Farewell director Buckland, discuss vision, ethics, imagination and integrity. They are joined by Mark Shorrock from the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, who is unveiling the first of two international art commissions.

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Keith Jeffery and John Scarlett

MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909–1949

Hay Festival 2011, 
The distinguished academic discusses his history with the former Director General of MI6.

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Frederick Taylor

Exorcising Hitler

Hay Festival 2011, 
An utterly compelling and resonant study of The Occupation and Denazification of Germany – a multi-generational process of understanding, re-education and re-imagining. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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MG Harris

The Joshua Files

Hay Festival 2009, 
Mayan mystery, fast-paced thrills and nail-biting adventure. If you haven’t discovered the Joshua Files yet, now is your chance – miss it if you dare.

10 years +

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Nigel Jenkins and David Pearl

Gower

Hay Festival 2010, 
A unique portrait in poetry, history and photography of the Gower peninsula, Britain’s first area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Nigel Jenkins and David Pearl

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Polly Samson and Gaynor Arnold talk to Sarah Crompton

Fictions: Shorts

Hay Festival 2011, 
A reading and discussion about the art of the short story with two outstanding writers of the form. Samson’s collection is Perfect Lives, Arnold’s is Lying Together.
 
Read more about Polly Samson and Gaynor Arnold 

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Michael Dobson

Shakespeare 2: Tragedy

Hay Festival 2012, 
Why do theatregoers enjoy watching people die? And why do modern audiences still prefer their destined corpses to speak in Elizabethan English? The Director of The Shakespeare Institute considers the persistence of Shakespearean tragedy, focusing on Richard II, Othello and King Lear. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
 

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Richard King, Alan McGee, Lee Brackstone

Faber Social - How Soon is Now?

Hay Festival 2012, 
King spins the discs and discusses his rollicking history The Madmen and Mavericks who made Independent Music 1975-2005 with the founder of Creation records and the author of Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll. Some soundtrack!

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The Duchess of Rutland talks to Corisande Albert

Belvoir Castle

Hay Festival 2010, 
The story of one of Britain’s great Regency houses told by its owner as A Thousand Years of Family Art and Architecture.
The Duchess of Rutland talks to Corisande Albert

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Landry-Wilfrid Miampika y Said Messari en conversación con Abdelkader Chaui

Mirando a Africa: artes visuales

Segovia 2008, 
Said Messari, pintor, diseñador y calígrafo marroquí, y Landry-Wilfrid Miampika (Nigeria), especialista en las artes de África Subsahariana, converserán con Abdelkader Chaui, diplomático y escritor marroquí, sobre las tendencias en artes visuales en el continente africano y los retos a los que se enfrentan los creadores.

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Nicholas Lowton, Rhoda Lewis, Peter Florence and Friends

Genesis

Hay Festival 2011, 
We begin a 96-hour reading of the King James Authorised Version of the Bible that will run in two 4-hour sessions daily in parish churches on either side of the border. Full listings will be online at hayfestival.org/bible. All welcome.

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Noel Kingsbury

Hybrid: The History and the Science of Plant Breeding

Hay Festival 2010, 
The colourful story of plant breeding brings together traditional farmers, tribal shamans, eccentric entrepreneurs, dedicated scientists, faceless corporations, bold visionaries, obsessive nerds and the occasional charlatan.

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Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

Green World Question Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of High Tides discusses Obama’s eco-practice, the latest developments in Climate Change study, nuclear power and the role of individuals and NGOs.

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell

The Royal Society Lecture: Astronomy and Poetry

Hay Festival 2012, 
There is a surprising amount of poetry with an astronomical theme. The celebrated astrophysicist, discoverer of radio pulsars asks: What areas have grabbed poets and how have they handled the topics?
 

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Ned Beauman and Gong Ji-Young

Fictions – Others

Hay Festival 2014, 

In Glow Beauman conjures a contemporary conspiracy with global repercussions that converges on one small flat above a dentist’s office in Camberwell. Gong Ji-Young’s Our Happy Time is a redemptive love story from Korea’s rising star novelist – Yujeong is a beautiful, bright and wealthy suicide attempter, Yunsu a convicted murderer on death row. The authors talk to Ted Hodgkinson.

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Jo Whiley talks to Fiona Lindsay

My World in Motion – The Seven Lives of Jo Whiley

Hay Festival 2009, 
Monday: DJ; Tuesday: Daughter; Wednesday: Icon; Thursday: Wife; Friday: Sister; Saturday: Mother; Sunday: Me. Britain’s top female DJ talks the talk.

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John Barrow

The Artful Universe Expanded

Hay Festival 2011, 
A look at some of the unexpected ways in which the structure of the Universe, its laws, its environments, and above all its underlying mathematical structure imprints itself on our thoughts, our aesthetic preferences, and our views about the nature of things.

Read more about John Barrow 

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Fiona Shaw

Artichoke Presents – Peace Camp 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor talks about her personal relationship with poetry and introduces the most romantic project in the Cultural Olympiad, which she has created with the director Deborah Warner. Peace Camp is a poignant exploration of love poetry and will take the form of a series of installations at extraordinary locations encircling the coast of the UK this summer.
 
Shaw invites you to bring along your favourite love poems and join her in a conversation about love poetry in all its many forms. Your nomination may even be included in the soundscape being specially created for Peace Camp.

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Julia Hobsbawm with Johann Hari, Mark Skipworth and Stefan Stern

EI Breakfast 3

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

Duration 45 minutes.

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David and Harry Rich

Rich Landscapes

Hay Festival 2015, 

The multi-award-winning landscape designer brothers come straight to Hay from Chelsea. They talk to Francine Stock about their recent projects and their philosophy. ‘We believe in a fusion between landscape and architecture. An important relationship that encourages a more rounded approach to an outdoor lifestyle, creating not only beautiful but practical spaces, inspiring people to use their gardens.

Reconnecting people with nature is something we are very passionate about. With a recent increase in urbanisation, our connection with “the wild” is slowly becoming lost. We aim to give people their own patch of nature but set within a sympathetic and structured design.’

David and Harry Rich

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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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Edward St Aubyn talks to Oliver James

At Last

Hay Festival 2011, 
The conclusion of the darkly humorous Melrose novels analyses society and family with clear-eyed elegance. The film of Mother’s Milk will be previewed tonight at 8.15pm with a Q&A with the director.
 
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Justin Lewis

Cardiff Series 3: Climate Change and the Media

Hay Festival 2011, 
How have the media informed – or failed to inform – our understanding of climate change? Ranging from news coverage of the environment to the role of advertising in shaping a consumer culture. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
More about Prof. Justin Lewis' research www.cardiff.ac.uk
 
For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival

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David Starkey

The Very Model of a Modern Monarchy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian scrutinises The House of Windsor.

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Ian McEwan talks to John Mullan

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses On Chesil Beach and Atonement.