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John Goodall

CADW Lecture: Medieval Castles

Hay Festival 2011, 
An ambitious and groundbreaking journey depicting the English castle and its architecture from the C11th to the C17th.

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Denis Norden talks to Paul Blezard

Clips from a Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The grand master comedian spins yarns and anecdotes of a long, long golden age of British humour.

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David Crystal

The Perils of Being a Linguist

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Word Prof casts a humorous eye over a career of dangerous encounters – kidnapping and assassination, assault and murder, bribery and corruption, belly-dancers and red-light districts, revolutions and spies.

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Razia Iqbal, Michelle de Kretser, Kamila Shamsie and Monique Roffey

Making Sense Of Place: The Use Of Fiction To Tell The Real Story

Hay Festival 2013, 

The novelists discuss the way in which fiction illuminates the history, the geography and the spirit of place.

In association with Commonwealth Writers.

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Julie Dodsworth, Alastair Sawday, Fiona Davies and Susy Smith

Country Living Women in Business Forum

Hay Festival 2014, 

The vintage-style homeware entrepreneur, Alastair Sawday of the eponymous 'special places to stay' enterprise, and the Women in Rural Enterprise boss give expert advice about the challenges and opportunities of setting up in business with the magazine’s editor. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

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Eric Lampaert

Comedians’ Cinema Club

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are thrilled to welcome the inspired and hilarious improv show in which Eric and a cast of comics act out a famous movie. They’ve done Die Hard, Pretty Woman, all the Harry Potters, and for tonight they want the Hay audience to choose the movie. Let us know what you’d like them to take on – we’ll go with the best nomination on our Facebook page.

Update 15.05.15 - Film Choice is Mary Poppins.

Eric Lampaert

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Subverting the Media

Hay Festival 2008, 
Nick Davies, author of Flat Earth News, Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, and Editorial Intelligence chief Julia Hosbawm talk to Matthew Engel about what really goes on in newsrooms and why our papers are the way they are.

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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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Jasper Fforde talks to Paul Blezard

Shades of Grey

Hay Festival 2010, 
The master of inventive, fantastical comedy introduces his brilliant satire of colour-tyranny and freedom.

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Peter Lord

Aardman Animation

Hay Festival 2010, 
The co-founder of the UK’s favourite animation studio joins us for a very special hands-on event.
 
Family event

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Ahdaf Soueif

Reflections on Islamic Art

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist and Palfest Director introduces her international anthology of essays and responses to the astounding collection of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Anthony Kenny

Should old Aquinas be forgot—or is philosophy perennial?

Hay Festival 2008, 
The author of The Rise of Modern Philosophy, wonders.

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Darian Leader and David Corfield

Why Do People Get Ill?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Case studies and cutting-edge research inform this intriguing inquiry into the unconscious processes that can make us fall ill.

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Steven Donziger and Patrick Alley talk to Anthea Lawson

Changing the System: Curbing Corporate Power

Hay Festival 2014, 

The lawyer who took giant US oil company Chevron to court and had them found guilty and fined billions of dollars, and who was himself successfully taken to court by Chevron under a civil racketeering suit, is joined by Patrick Alley, director of Global Witness, to discuss how tackling corporate power is a vital step to saving the environment and creating an economy that benefits everyone. Chaired by Anthea Lawson.

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Joe Grice and Jay Lindop

Truths and Statistics

Hay Festival 2015, 

How do we measure how we’re doing, economically and demographically? What are the ‘facts’ about migration and the tax base, National Debt, growth, borrowing and GDP and how should they be interpreted? The Chief Economist and the Director of Population Statistics at the Office of National Statistics give us the un-spun skinny on what the numbers mean and where the truth lies… Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Joe Grice and Jay Lindop

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Robert Hutchinson

House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty

Hay Festival 2009, 
From Bosworth to the Armada the historian traces the fortunes of England’s grandest Catholic family, the Dukes of Norfolk.

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Rosa Beltrán, Julio César Londoño, Fernando Quiroz and Francisco Hinojosa with Guido Tamayo

Love, adultery and other truths

Cartagena 2011, 
Emotional relationships, their misunderstandings and certainties, infidelity, the search for pleasure, falling in love and out of it, etc. will be matters for discussion by our guests. With investigator and writer Rosa Beltrán; Julio César Londoño, whose latest work, ¿Por qué es negra la noche?, deals with geniuses, the body, sex and words; the writer Fernando Quiroz, whose most recent novel is Como un bolero, and the writer Francisco Hinojosa, who tells the stories he loves to both children and adults. Chaired by the writer and journalist Juan David Correa.

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Bobette Buster

Do Story: How To Tell Your Story So The World Listens

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Pixar story consultant and film-maker offers practical advice on how to shape your story and why an emotional connection is key.

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Owen Sheers and Carolyn Hitt

Calon: A Journey To The Heart Of Welsh Rugby

Hay Festival 2013, 

This year’s Hay Festival International Fellow spent the last year as Artist in Residence with the WRU and has produced this astonishing book about sport, about myth, about nationhood and identity. He is joined by the rugby columnist, author of Wales Play In Red. Chaired by Jasper Rees, author of Bred Of Heaven.

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Charles Godfray and Yadvinder Malhi

Is The Planet Full?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two of the contributors to Ian Goldin’s overview of the world’s population and resources address key issues. Malhi takes a metabolic perspective on our human-dominated planet in Bigger Than The Biosphere? Godfray examines the practicality of food production in Can the World Feed 10 Billion People (Sustainably & Equitably)?

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Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

The Last Days of Troy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The poet introduces readings from his new play, which premières at the Manchester Royal Exchange in May. He is joined by the production’s director, his Helen of Troy and his Patroclus. ‘The Iliad is tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breathtaking humility. Everything we have come to expect of the great myths.’

Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

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Cassandra Clare

Hay Festival 2012, 
The sensationally successful author touches down in Hay to chat about her thrilling Mortal Instruments saga and launch the latest episode.
 
12+ years

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One-stop Literary Festival

Craig Brown, Eleanor Bron, and imaginary friends

Hay Festival 2006, 
'If there were a Parodist Laureate, Craig Brown would step up unchallenged to the title' – The Observer. In this, his own one-stop literary festival, Brown conjures up forgotten works by, among many others, WG Sebald, Graham Greene, Jeanette Winterson, Martin Amis and Jilly Cooper. 'We love Craig Brown!' – Sir Elton John.

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Martin Amis en conversación con Peter Florence

Segovia 2009, 
El escritor británico vuelve a Segovia, esta vez para mostrarnos su labor como ensayista y comentarista, analizando a través de sus escritos los sucesos más importantes de los últimos treinta años; muchos de estos artículos estan recogidos en su libro The Second Plane, el cual será publicado próximamente en español. Conversará con Peter Florence, director del Hay Festival.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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César Antonio Molina, Javier Gomá and Gabriel Albiac in conversation with Bieito Rubido

Spain Should Place More Value on its Culture

Segovia 2014, 

Spanish society’s recent massive political and economic challenges represent one of the all-time lows of Spanish culture. Glaring problems in the field of education coupled with infrequent public debates, especially on television, demonstrate the need for ‘high culture’ to be promoted more than ever. Spain’s present and Spain’s future depend to a large degree on acknowledging Spain’s past and realising what Spanish culture has to offer the rest of the world. Other problems cannot be overcome without actively promoting Spain’s great culture. Writer and politician César Antonio Molina and philosophers Javier Gomá and Gabriel Albiac talk to the Director of ABC, Bieito Rubido.