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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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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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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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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2010, 
Back by popular demand! Join the comedic creator of Lamonic Bibber for a weird, wacky, one-in-a-million event. Giggles guaranteed.
 
6–9 years

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James Mayhew

Katie comes to Hay

Hay Festival 2012, 
Step through the frames of some magical masterpieces in this fantastic introduction to art.
 
5+ years

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Sarah Harper

Reformations 10: Ageing

Hay Festival 2017, 

How will health improvements and a declining birth rate, economic uncertainty and political turbulence affect an ageing population in Britain and around the world? There are new challenges here for states and for individuals. How might we re-imagine lives that run four score years and ten, and longer? Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing. She is the author of How Population Change will Transform Our World. On 1 May she will be become the Director of The Royal Institution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Sarah Harper

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David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

Hay Festival 2015, 
David Almond’s latest novel A Song for Ella Grey is a brilliant retelling of the Orpheus myth by way of contemporary Tyneside. Sarah Crossan uses both poetry and prose to tell her stories, most recently in Apple and Rain. They are joined by Jenny Valentine who previews her eagerly-awaited new novel Fire Colour One, a highly original story with an extraordinary twist. These three acclaimed writers talk about how they pack such an emotional punch into their novels.
12+ years/YA
David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

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John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

QI’s Greatest Hits

Hay Festival 2015, 

QI’s very core is ‘the astonishing fact’: painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. To celebrate the reissue of their backlist, join us for a canter through their best-ever discoveries: Jeeves wasn’t a butler. Coffee isn’t made from beans. Woodlice drink through their bottoms. Light is invisible. Mount Everest isn’t the tallest mountain. Florence Nightingale spent 50 years in bed. There are 613 commandments in the bible. Monkeys pay to look at porn. An hour of endless fun with the QI writing team.

John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

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Jeanette Winterson

Reformations 23: Marriage

Hay Festival 2017, 

The charismatic novelist, who explores love and passion and freedom in her fiction, re-imagines the union of loving human beings.  Her books include Why Be Happy?, The Passion, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and most recently The Gap of Time.

Jeanette Winterson

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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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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

The Golden Door: Letters to America

Hay Festival 2012, 
The wickedly funny travel-writer, TV and restaurant critic ranges under the endless skyway uncovering truths and mythologies about America and Americans.

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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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Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Canadian poet gives us her inversion of Homer's Odyssey, retold by Penelope and the twelve handmaids Odysseus slaughtered on his return from Troy, Dido and twenty years away from his palace.

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Neil MacGregor and Richard J Evans

Germany and Memory

Hay Festival 2016, 
A conversation with two of the world’s greatest historians. MacGregor is the former Director of the British Museum, author of the BBC Radio 4 series and books A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: Memories of a Nation. Evans, Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge University, is the leading authority on C20th Germany. His most recent book is The Third Reich in History and Memory.
Neil MacGregor and Richard J Evans

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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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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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Tom Holland

In The Shadow Of The Sword - The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World

Hay Festival 2012, 
In the C6th the Near East was divided between two venerable empires - the Persian and the Roman. 100 years later one had vanished for ever and the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs - an upheaval so profound that it meant, in effect, the end of the Ancient World.

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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

AA Gill is Further Away

Hay Festival 2011, 
Travels and food and stories with the iconoclastic journalist.

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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.
 
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Ron Leshem en conversación con Eladio Mateos

seguido de la proyección de la película Beaufort

Segovia 2009, 
Evento de 1 hora seguido de proyección, con intervalo de 15 minutos

El escritor y guionista israelí Ron Leshem, ganador en 2006 del Sapir Prize, el premio literario más importante de Israel, y autor de la novela Beaufort, conversará con el periodista e investigador Eladio Mateos. Al fnalizar, se proyectará la película Beaufort, nominada al Oscar a la Mejor Película de Habla no Inglesa y ganadora del Oso de Plata a la Mejor Dirección en el Festival de Berlín.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español
 
Beaufort (2007)
Dirección: Joseph Cedar
Duración: 120 min.
Sinopsis: Película sobre la guerra que describe la vida de los soldados israelíes durante los últimos meses de permanencia en el sur del Líbano, antes de la retirada de Israel de la zona. La película nos muestra la vida cotidiana, la difícil rutina y las relaciones humanas entre los soldados de la base.

VO en hebreo, subtitulada en inglés

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Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

Proud

Hay Festival 2015, 

Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. It was no mere ball game. It gave him everything, except the freedom to be himself. This is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something he feared might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife, family, friends and teammates. His fear that telling the truth about his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edge. The deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His gesture has strengthened strangers, and given him a fresh perspective.

Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

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Cressida Cowell

How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury

Hay Festival 2016, 

Come, dragon tamers everywhere! Practise your Dragonese with author and illustrator Cressida Cowell, creator of the awesome How to Train your Dragon books. Learn the secrets of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third – sword-fighter, dragon whisperer and greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. The author celebrates the grand finale of this best-selling series.

6+
Cressida Cowell

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John Eliot Gardiner

Music in the Castle of Heaven

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the world’s leading conductors presents his portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque – and occasionally so intemperate? Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

John Eliot Gardiner

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Mark Townsend with Kenny & John Meighan

Point Man

Hay Festival 2012, 
The point man leads the patrol into battle, the first to face ambushes, hidden bombs and snipers. In 2007 and 2008, 20-year-old Kenny Meighan was the longest-serving point man in Helmand province. But returning to his hometown in Essex, where prospects are bleak and his father still suffers from the nightmares of his own war experience, Kenny's struggle is far from over.

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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.