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Abigail Rokison

Shakespeare 450 – Romeo and Juliet, Interpretation and Adaptation

Hay Festival 2014, 

The eponymous lovers have become synonymous with intense young love, and the image of a young man wooing his love at a balcony is now iconic. The Shakespeare scholar will explore a range of stage productions and adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, aimed specifically at young people.

Abigail Rokison

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Max Hastings

The London Library Annual Lecture at Hay: Finest Years – Churchill as Warlord, 1940–1945

Hay Festival 2010, 
A portrait of the Prime Minister in extremis; in triumph and tragedy, and seen here from the perspectives of Russia and America, whilst producing some of the greatest treasures of the English language. Introduced by Tom Stoppard.

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George Brinley Evans, Phil Steele and Mark Taubert talk to Hywel Francis

Before the End – Telling Your Story in Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

Two authors discuss how bereavement encouraged them to tell their own life stories against all the odds, in a society where men still often suffer silently. Historian and Professor Hywel Francis chairs Byw Nawr/Live Now, the end-of-life-care coalition in Wales. He talks to ex-miner George Brinley Evans and broadcaster Phil Steele. Taubert is a palliative and end-of-life-care consultant at Velindre Cancer Centre. They offer a clinical perspective on male depression and grief.

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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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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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Rick Gekoski talks to Claire Armitstead

Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir

Hay Festival 2010, 
The book-dealer, writer and Booker judge offers a captivating account of twenty-five books drawn from the fields of literature, psychology and philosophy, and a memoir of a reading self. ‘Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.’
Rick Gekoski talks to Claire Armitstead

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Germaine Greer

1968: El legado español

Segovia 2008, 
La narrativa convencional sobre los acontecimientos de mayo del 68 suele prestar poca atención al papel jugado por la filosofía anarquista a nivel ideológico y práctico. Germaine Greer hablará sobre su educación anarquista, y la importancia que el ejemplo español tuvo para ella y sus camaradas. Greer es una académica y escritora australiana de vital influencia y relevancia para el movimiento feminista; su obra La mujer eunuco (1970), traducida a más de doce idiomas) fue uno de los libros más vendidos e influyentes de la década de los Setenta. Doctora en Filosofía y Letras por la universidades de Cambridge y Sydney, actualmente es profesora de Literatura Inglesa en la Universidad de Warwick y miembro no oficial del equipo docente de Newnham College (Cambridge).

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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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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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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Anne MacCaig, Richard Sennett and Lindsay Mackie talk to Andrew Simms

The Cafédirect Debate: The Return of the Public Realm

Hay Festival 2010, 
The banking crisis revealed the limits and potential damage of relying too heavily on the pursuit of private profit to organise society. Is it time for the public sphere to reassert itself?

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Andy Stanton, Jeremy Strong, Tamsyn Murray

Punny Flannel

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three of the world’s (yes, we said world’s!) funniest children’s writers come together in a wonderfully random mish-mash look at laughs. Chaired by the hilarious James Campbell.
 
7+ years & families Rib Ticklers 

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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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Mark Lynas, Philip Ball and guests

Sacred Cows Make The Best Beefburgers

Hay Festival 2013, 

Challenging firmly-held beliefs is not to be undertaken lightly. However, it is crucial in all walks of life if societies are to develop and be capable of meeting new challenges. Author and campaigner Mark Lynas and renowned science writer Philip Ball discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Cut off My Tongue

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
Having toured in Kenya, Uganda and the UK, this fiercely provocative show will leave you speechless! It rants, sweats, bellows and breaks into song and dance as it explores the truths that shape modern Africans. The show is about our beliefs, the way we behave and why. Woven into music and dance, Sitawa Namwalie's dramatised poetry is moving and frighteningly honest. It is politics -- and love -- that bites as it teases! Tickets 2000/=

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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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Olga Tokarczuk talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Flights

Hay Festival 2017, 

A rare interview with the great Polish novelist, who discusses her multi-award-winning fiction Flights. Perfectly intertwining travel narratives and reflections on travel with observations on the body and on life and death, Tokarczuk guides the reader beyond the surface layer of modernity and deeper and deeper towards the core of the very nature of humankind. From the C17th, we have the story of the real Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen, who dissected and drew pictures of his own amputated leg, discovering in so doing the Achilles tendon. From the present we have the trials and tribulations of a wife accompanying her much older professor husband as he teaches a course on a cruise ship in the Greek islands, or the quest of a Polish woman who immigrated to New Zealand as a teen but must now return in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart…

Olga Tokarczuk talks to Claire Armitstead

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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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Patricia Duncker, Stephanie Tillotson, Sian Melangell Dafydd, Catherine Merriman and Jane Aaron

Honno 25

Hay Festival 2012, 
Key Honno authors and editors debate the past, present and future of Welsh women's writing as part of the Silver Jubilee celebration of the Welsh independent women’s press.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED

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Robert Llewellyn, Jesse Norman, Fiona Howarth, Mike Hawes and Tony Whitehorn

Electric Vehicles: How Low Can We Go?

Hay Festival 2018, 
With reductions in air pollution, managing climate change and improving fuel security becoming more urgent, how is government policy meeting these priorities and what are vehicle manufacturers doing to design vehicles that help to achieve the same goals? How do we plan for the future in a society which has been so reliant on the internal combustion engine car? Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Jesse Norman, Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Fiona Howarth is the CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles and Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai UK. Chaired by TV presenter, author and electric vehicle expert Robert Llewellyn.

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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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Paul Dolan

Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life

Hay Festival 2019, 

Happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on a variety of studies ranging over wellbeing, inequality and discrimination to bust the common myths about our sources of happiness. He shows that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting fulfilment. Some of these might involve not going into higher education, choosing not to marry, rewarding acts rooted in self-interest and caring a little less about living forever. By freeing ourselves from the myth of the perfect life, we might each find a life worth living. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Usha Goswami

Cambridge University Series 1: Dyslexia and the Brain

Hay Festival 2015, 

How can neuroscience help us to understand the sensory processing differences that can give rise to learning difficulties like dyslexia? Goswami is Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience.

Usha Goswami

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Ben and David Crystal

The Shakespeare Dictionary

Hay Festival 2015, 

Shakespeare is the best and most creative writer of the English language of all time. He deploys the widest and most thrilling vocabulary, drawing on classical and biblical scholarship and the keenest ear for human speech ever bent. And where the words he needed didn’t exist, he invented them. The classical actor and his father, the great Linguistics professor, entertain us with the most vital language ever used.

Ben and David Crystal

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Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

The Rule of Law

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the Director of Public Prosecutions at a time when the death of Ian Tomlinson, Leveson, Huhne, Redknapp, Summer rioters and the Lawrence trials have generated unprecedented interest in the law.

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CHINA with Sabotage Sister

Hay Festival 2011, 
Multi-media performance by poet, film-maker and novelist Xiaolou Guo and her syndicate.
 
Find out more about Xiaolou Guo on her website