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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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Frances Ashcroft

The Spark of Life

Hay Festival 2012, 
The physiologist gives a spectacular account of the body electric, showing how, from before conception to the last breath we draw, electrical signals in our cells are essential to everything we think and do. She takes in vampire bats, Viagra, chilli peppers and Mary Shelley.
 

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Eric Hobsbawm talks to Simon Schama

The Memory of an Empire

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘A world almost entirely composed of empires 100 years ago, has gone for good and is beyond reconstruction. It should not be remembered with superior nostalgia, nor with mythologies of national liberation.’

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Elif Shafak, Anna Funder, Zaiba Malik and Helena Kennedy compèred by Sandi Toksvig

Free Speech Cabaret Gala

Hay Festival 2011, 
Shafak talks about her life as a female novelist in Turkey. Samuel Johnson Prize-winner Funder introduces her forthcoming novel based on the true story of anti-Nazi campaigners in the 1930s. Malik talks about her dual British and Muslim identity. The Human Rights barrister discusses freedom of speech and the Rule of Law. 
 
More about Elif Shafak, Zaiba Malik and Helena Kennedy
 
All proceeds to support the Hay Festival B39 project in Beirut

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Jacqueline Wilson talks to Julia Eccleshare

The Hay Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great Jacqueline Wilson, the most-borrowed children’s author from libraries, reveals the inspiration behind her latest book, Rent a Bridesmaid. She discusses her inspiration and love of books with the HAYDAYS Director.

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Jacqueline Wilson talks to Julia Eccleshare

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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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Anne Meikle and Gareth Wyn Jones

Slipstream Wales – Land & Nature

Hay Festival 2013, 

How business, government and community could collaborate and drive country-scale change to make Wales land and nature net-positive. WWF’s Anne Meikle and Bangor University’s Gareth Wyn Jones discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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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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Simon Jenkins

The National Trust Lecture: Wales – Churches, Houses and Castles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The journalist and National Trust chairman surveys the monuments and masterpieces of Wales.

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Joann Fletcher

Cleopatra the Great

Hay Festival 2008, 
Joann Fletcher profiles the last and greatest Egyptian Pharoah-politician, mother, scholar and icon. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

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Noel Kingsbury, Tim Richardson, Dan Pearson and Simon Jenkins

The C21st Garden – A place of beauty, or a home for woodlice?

Hay Festival 2009, 
How will the idea of the garden reflect our ecological concerns, our understanding of outdoor space as art, and the interface between humankind and nature?

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Richard Holmes

The Age of Wonder

Hay Festival 2009, 
The pre-eminent biographer surveys the great golden age of Darwin, Newton, Cook and How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science.

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Larry Lamb talks to George Lamb

Mummy’s Boy

Hay Festival 2011, 
The cult actor (Gavin & Stacey, East Enders) talks to his DJ son.
 
Read a recent interview with Larry Lamb www.scotsman.com/features/

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Carme Riera, Mario Merlino y Beatriz de Moura en conversación con Juan Mollá

Del original al lector: los retos de la traducción literaria

Segovia 2008, 
Traducir una obra original a otros idiomas supone mucho más que abrir una puerta a otras culturas, es todo un desafío. El traductor Mario Merlino, la escritora Carme Riera y la editora Beatriz de Moura (Tusquets Editores) compartirán sus experiencias sobre el mundo de la traducción con Juan Mollá, presidente del Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO). CEDRO es la entidad que defiende los derechos de autor de escritores, traductores y periodistas. En la actualidad representa a 14.523 titulares de derechos y a los autores y editores de 28 entidades similares de otros países.

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Peter Lord & Gideon Defoe

Pirates!

Hay Festival 2011, 
The film-maker and founder of Aardman joins the author of the Pirates! series to present a tantalising glimpse of their upcoming animated collaboration. Chaired by John Cassy.
 
About the film
In The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations, Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast. The film will be released on 30 March 2012 in the UK.
 
Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. 
 
It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they do battle with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
 
The film is directed by Peter Lord, a founding partner of Aardman, director of Chicken Run (with Nick Park), and a two-time Academy Award® nominee for his short films at the company.
 
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Peter Lord & Gideon Defoe

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Sue Townsend talks to Sarah Crompton

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

Hay Festival 2012, 
A funny and touching novel about what happens when someone stops being the person everyone wants them to be. Britain’s funniest writer eviscerates modern family life.

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Carol Klein

Life in a Cottage Garden

Hay Festival 2011, 
A year in the Gardener’s World presenter’s garden at Glebe Cottage.
 
More information and a review of Life in a Cottage Garden
 
 
 

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John Sutherland and John Crace

Who's Afraid of The Classics?

Hay Festival 2011, 
What makes a classic work of literature? Just as importantly, who decides? Is a forgotten classic an oxymoron? Did Jane Austen write the same book several times over? Who reads late Henry James? Why do so many male modern novelists love Lolita? Be honest: have you read Midnight’s Children? These are issues that fascinate the superprof and the satirist. Join them for an offbeat look at the questions most writers and critics go out of their way to avoid.
 
More by and about John Sutherland and John Crace

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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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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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Mike Hulme and Rupert Read

Philosophy, Politics and Communication

Hay Festival 2012, 
What is the best way to communicate the issues around climate change? Emotively? Politically? Scientifically? And what scope is there for making ethical judgments in our response to the evidence?

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Lynn Barber talks to Rosie Boycott

An Education

Hay Festival 2010, 
When the journalist was 16, she was picked up at a bus stop by an attractive older man who drew up in his sports car – and her life was almost wrecked. The movie you know...
Lynn Barber talks to Rosie Boycott

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Michael Vaughan

Blowing On The Ashes

Hay Festival 2013, 

The batsman, former England Test captain, Telegraph columnist and author of Calling The Shots and Time To Declare previews this summer’s Ashes series. Chaired by Tom Holland.

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José María Guelbenzu in conversation with José María Ridao

Remembering Albert Camus

Segovia 2010, 
Forever linked to the world of culture, José María Guelbenzu, a former publisher, sharp critic and a writer with an enormous narrative capacity, has prefaced a new edition of the complete works of Albert Camus. Guelbenzu will speak with José María Ridao, a writer, former diplomat and contributor to the newspaper El País, about the great French author, admired by both for his politically committed and deeply human work, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death.

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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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