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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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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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Ian McEwan talks to John Mullan

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

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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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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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Graham Swift

Fictions – England and other Stories

Hay Festival 2015, 

Through the 25 stories in Swift’s most recent anthology, we are steered effortlessly from the Civil War to the present day, from world-shaking events to the secret dramas lived out in rooms, workplaces, homes. With his remarkable sense of place, he charts an intimate human geography and, in doing so, he moves us profoundly, but with a constant eye for comedy. He reads from the collection and discusses his work with Peter Florence.

Graham Swift

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Amartya Sen

The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture: Marx and the Power of Ideas

Hay Festival 2015, 

This year’s lecture is given by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, author of The Idea of Justice and Identity and Violence – The Illusion of Destiny. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

Amartya Sen

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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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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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Gerry Fox Q&A with Hannah Rothschild

Preview Screening: Mother’s Milk

Hay Festival 2011, 
We’re thrilled to be screening a preview of the feature film of Edward St Aubyn’s novel by award-winning documentary maker and artist Gerry Fox. It stars Jack Davenport, Diana Quick, Adrian Dunbar, Maggie Tyzack and Anabel Mullion. Followed by Q&A with the director.
 
Find out more at www.gerryfox.com/about

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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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Barbarians

Terry Jones

Hay Festival 2006, 
This isn't the imperial version of the Caesars' conquests, this is the story of Roman history as seen by the Britons, Gauls, Germans, Hellenes, Persians and Africans. And suddenly the Romans don't look at all familiar...

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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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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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Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

Peaky Blinders

Hay Festival 2015, 

The screenwriter and creator of the hit gangster drama talks about the Selby family, tribal war, and the crime-world of post-war Birmingham. Knight is screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Locke. Introduced by Caryn Mandabach.

We will also be screening all six episodes of Series 2, starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, from 1pm at Richard Booths Bookshop Cinema in Hay.

Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

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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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Geraint Talfan Davies talks to Patrick Hannan

Hay Festival 2008, 
Great and good Taffia boss (BBC Wales, WNO, Arts Council, etc.) discusses his At Arm’s Length: Recollections and Reflections on the Arts, Media and a Young Democracy.

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Jeremy Thomas talks to Francine Stock

Kon-Tiki

Hay Festival 2013, 

The great Oscar-winning producer (The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Crash, Bad Timing) discusses and screens clips from his new film based on Thor Heyerdahl’s epic 1947 journey across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa-wood raft.

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Juan Antonio Masoliver, Alberto Ruy Sánchez y Jason Wilson en conversación con Alfonso Alegre

Homenaje a Octavio Paz — alguien me deletrea

Segovia 2008, 
En esta segunda sesión del homenaje dedicado a Octavio Paz y su poesía participarán el escritor Alberto Ruy Sánchez, el poeta y crítico literario Juan Antonio Masoliver y el catedrático Jason Wilson en conversación con el poeta y ensayista Alfonso Alegre.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanéa del español al inglés.

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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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Angela Hobbs and Paul Cartledge talk to Bettany Hughes

The Greeks 3 – Plato

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists consider the heft and influence of The Republic and The Symposium.

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Sarah Harper

The End of Population Growth?

Hay Festival 2014, 

While it is common to hear about the problems of overpopulation, might there be unexplored benefits of increasing numbers of people in the world? How can we both consider and harness the potential benefits brought by a healthier, wealthier and larger population? May more people mean more scientists to discover how our world works, more inventors and thinkers to help solve the world’s problems, more skilled people to put these ideas into practice? 

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Andrew Keen and Robert Phillips talk to Sarah Churchwell

What’s the Question?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Keen’s incisive critique The Internet is Not the Answer traces the development of the net through the waves of start-ups and the rise of the big data companies to the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity. He shows how the Web has had a deeply negative effect on our culture, economy and society. Phillips’ Trust Me, PR is Dead asks whether we can ever really trust companies and their stories in an age when technology not only allows transparency, but demands it. Keen is executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast and the author of Digital Vertigo and The Cult of the Amateur. Phillips was CEO of Edelman, the world’s largest PR company, before leaving to set up Jericho Chambers.

Andrew Keen and Robert Phillips talk to Sarah Churchwell

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Chris Stringer

The Royal Society Lecture 4: The Origin of Our Species

Hay Festival 2011, 
The pre-eminent palaeontologist asks: can we define modern humans, and how can we recognise our beginnings in the fossil and archaeological record? What of language, art, diet, society? Has human evolution stopped?
 
More about Chris Stringer http://royalsociety.org/
Read his related article here www.timesonline.co.uk/
Homo Britannicus - Chris Stringer

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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.’