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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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Nadine Gordimer

The Hamlin Lecture: The Image and the Word

Hay Festival 2010, 
‘In the beginning was the Word. The Word that was Creation. Its transformation into the written word came when scratched on stone, traced on papyrus, and travelled from parchment to print in Gutenberg. Now universal technology of the image threatens the book.’
Nadine Gordimer

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Richard Platt

Would You Believe...

Hay Festival 2010, 
...Marzipan contains cyanide! ...Cobwebs stop wounds bleeding! Discover even more amazing facts about the world in what can only be described as QI for kids.
 
9+ years

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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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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 Attenborough

Watching the Wild

Hay Festival 2007, 
The broadcaster reviews the techniques that have been used over the last century to bring natural history to the television screen.

This Joseph Rotblat Lecture was given in association with the WMD Awareness oganisation.
David Attenborough

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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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Oscar Pantoja, Tatiana Córdoba y Felipe Camargo Rojas en conversación con Ricardo Silva

Gabo en cómic.

Cartagena 2013, 
El libro Gabo - Memorias de una vida mágica cuenta, a través de la novela gráfica, cómo se entrelazan la vida y la obra del escritor colombiano más universal, Gabriel García Márquez. Con el lenguaje trepidante del cómic y un ritmo cercano al mejor cine contemporáneo, se cuenta la historia del Nobel y de su trabajo. Oscar Pantoja es novelista y escritor de ficción, ganador del Premio de Novela Alejo Carpentier y del Premio Nacional de Cinematografía del Ministerio de Cultura por su película El último cuento de Edgar Allan Poe. Tatiana Córdoba es maestra en Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Javeriana y trabaja como ilustradora para firmas comoMaloka, Bacánika, Dinero o El Malpensante. Felipe Camargo Rojas es maestro en Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Javeriana; su primer libro, El señor solitario y la anciana incomunicada, ha sido publicado recientemente. En conversación con el escritor Ricardo Silva.

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Chris Davies (Con), James Gibson-Watt (Lib Dem), Kate Heneghan (Plaid), Dan Lodge (Lab)

The Brecon & Radnor Constituency Hustings

Hay Festival 2017, 
An election Question Time for candidates in the 8 June poll, chaired by Festival Director Peter Florence. Davies (Con) is defending a 5,000 majority in this traditionally marginal Lib Dem/Con rural seat where school provision, broadband access, public transport and post-Brexit farming subsidy are among the key issues for voters.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee talks to Claire Armitstead

The Gene: An Intimate History

Hay Festival 2016, 

The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganises our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes. Woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The cancer physician’s book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer won the Pulitzer Prize. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Siddhartha Mukherjee talks to Claire Armitstead

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Bruce Robinson talks to William Sieghart

They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

Hay Festival 2016, 

The iconoclastic writer and director of the classic Withnail & I returns to London in a decade-long examination of the most provocative murder investigation in British history. He finally solves the identity of the killer known as Jack the Ripper.

Bruce Robinson talks to William Sieghart

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Aminatta Forna and James Meek talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – Scale

Hay Festival 2013, 

Forna’s The Hired Man is a powerful novel about the indelible effects of war and the memories which stir beneath the silence of a quiet Croatian town. Meek’s The Heart Broke In is a rich, ambitious family drama of love, death and money in the era of gene therapy and internet exposés.

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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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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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Justin Hill

Shield Wall

Hay Festival 2011, 
Gripping fiction that reclaims the Saxon history of Ethelred, Edmund and Harold from the Norman conquerors by a multi-award-winning novelist.

More about the author www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/

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Alain de Botton

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and philosopher heads out into the under-charted worlds of the office, the factory, the fishing fleet and the logistics centre, ears and eyes open to the sheer strangeness of the modern workplace.

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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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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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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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David Starkey

The Very Model of a Modern Monarchy

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

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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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David Mitchell talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fictions – The Bone Clocks

Hay Festival 2015, 

This dazzling new novel is the kaleidoscopic story of an unusual woman’s life, a metaphysical thriller and a profound meditation on mortality and survival. And it’s brilliant. Mitchell’s previous books are Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

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David Mitchell talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow

The Raymond Williams Dialogue: The Ideas That Make Us

Hay Festival 2015, 

A classicist and a neuroscientist explore the Ancient Greek words Liberty, Comedy, Charisma, Xenia, Wisdom and Peace and travel both forwards and backwards in time, investigating how these ideas have been moulded by history and have made an impact on history and the human experience. Hughes is the author of Helen of Troy – Goddess, Whore and The Hemlock Cup. Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientist for her work in communication.

Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow

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Peter Barron, Nik Gowing, Linda Yueh and Benedict Brogan chaired by Francine Stock

The Google Debates 2: The Future Of News

Hay Festival 2013, 

In a world of instant record, global publication and media turmoil, what and who is the future of news? Google’s Barron is joined by the BBC World anchor and author of Skyfull Of Lies Gowing, China expert Yueh, and Brogan, The Telegraph’s Deputy Editor.

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Liz Davies talks to Francine Stock

Growing Old Outrageously

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The co-author discusses her delightful memoir of a later-life friendship and what happens when two ladies of a certain age decide to test Graham Greene’s maxim: Leap and the net will appear! This is a book for thrill-seekers, the adventurous and armchair travellers alike, a celebration of friendship, laughter and all that’s good in the world. 

Liz Davies talks to Francine Stock