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Tom Anderson

Chasing Dean

Hay Festival 2010, 
Captivating travelogue in which two childhood friends from small-town Wales meet in Miami for the summer road trip of their dreams: to chase the swell of Hurricane Dean all the way up the US Eastern Seaboard in search of once-in-a-lifetime surf. Tom is Academi’s blogger in residence for Hay Festival 2010.
Tom Anderson

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Noel Kingsbury, Tim Richardson, Dan Pearson and Simon Jenkins

The C21st Garden – A place of beauty, or a home for woodlice?

Hay Festival 2009, 
How will the idea of the garden reflect our ecological concerns, our understanding of outdoor space as art, and the interface between humankind and nature?

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Peter Falk talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
The treasured Hollywood actor yarns his comedy career and the iconic TV role of Columbo in his autobiography, called, of course, Just One More Thing.

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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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Richard Harries, Christopher Cocksworth, John Inge

King James Authorised Version 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
The trinity of bishops (Oxford, Coventry and Worcester) discuss Philemon, 1 Corinthians and Jonah.

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Linda Parry

The V&A Lecture: William Morris Textiles

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this lecture, sumptuously illustrated with images of William Morris’ work collected at the V&A, Parry provides new insight into the embroideries, printed and woven textiles, carpets and tapestries produced by Morris & Co.

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James Evans

Merchant Adventurers

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the spring of 1553 three ships sailed north-east from London into uncharted waters. The scale of their ambition was breathtaking. Drawing on the latest navigational science and the new spirit of enterprise and discovery sweeping the Tudor capital, they sought a northern passage to Asia and its riches. When their ships became separated in a storm, each ship had to fend for itself. Their fates were sharply divided. One returned to England, to recount extraordinary tales of the imperial court of Tsar Ivan The Terrible. The tragic, mysterious story of the other two ships has to be pieced together through the surviving captain’s log book, after he and his crew became lost and trapped by the advancing Arctic winter.

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Steven Fowler, Nia Davies, Zoe Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, Rhys Trimble

Gelynion: The Enemies Project

Hay Festival 2015, 

A groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry in Wales through the potential of collaboration across our two languages. Six poets have worked with one another to create original poetic works. They’ve been touring these pieces in rolling pairs around Wales, drawing in poets in each location, and inviting them to create their own collaborations. Their tour culminates here in Hay with a showcase performance and Q&A.

Steven Fowler, Nia Davies, Zoe Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, Rhys Trimble

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Martin Rees, Tahmima Anam, Helena Kennedy and Joan Bakewell talk to Anita Anand

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 2

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this second conversation about our big anniversary project the panel discuss two of the 25 Questions:
 
Do you think we are reaching a point at which technological 'progress' kills the spirit and what we are, or will it liberate us all?
 
25 years ago, the whole world lived in fear of an aids pandemic, the Berlin wall divided east and Western Europe, China and Latin America were considered part of the developing world and less than 1% of the world’s population used mobile phones or computers. What changes will we see to the way we live now in 25 years time?

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Rolf Heuer

The John Maddox Lecture; A Year At CERN

Hay Festival 2013, 

This year’s keynote science lecture is given by the Director General of CERN on the last 12 months that has seen the laboratory receiving accolades around the world for the ‘discovery of the year’, with some pundits even renaming the American national holiday Higgsdependence Day, in honour of the particle whose identification was announced to the world on 4 July 2012. Followed by a discussion with physicists Frank Close and Tara Shears.

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Karen Armstrong

Fields of Blood – Religion and the History of Violence

Hay Festival 2015, 

Karen Armstrong, former Roman Catholic nun and one of our foremost scholars of religion, speaks out to interrogate the link between religion and bloodshed.

Religion is as old as humanity: Fields of Blood goes back to the Stone Age hunter-gatherers and traces religion through the centuries, from medieval crusaders to modern-day jihadists. Today we regard faith as a personal and private matter, but for most of history faith has informed people’s entire outlook on life, and has often been inseparable from politics. Fields of Blood is a celebration of the ancient religious ideas and movements that have promoted peace and reconciliation across millennia of civilization.

Karen Armstrong

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William Boyd talks to Peter Florence

Waiting for Sunrise

Hay Festival 2012, 
A story of passions and deceptions set between Freud’s Vienna and the intelligence services of wartime London from the author of Any Human Heart and Restless.

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Susan Greenfield

The Private Life of the Brain

Hay Festival 2000, 
The most intriguing function of the human brain is to generate an inner world of feeling: emotions. Greenfield shows how both positive and negative emotions are with us all the time, but varying in degree. At the extreme she suggests that these entail an abrogation of a sense of self, the individual mind. She looks at what might actually be happening in the brain when you 'lose your mind', 'blow your mind' or 'let yourself go'.

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Russell Kane

The Humorist

Hay Festival 2012, 
The brilliant comedian presents his savagely funny debut novel.

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Celia Rees and Melvin Burgess

This is Not Forgiveness and Kill All Enemies

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two taut psychological dramas from the leading lights of young adult fiction. Join them to talk truth and darkness. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
 
14+ years

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Holly Baxter

The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media

Hay Festival 2014, 

The creator of the famous blog issues a brilliantly bolshy and raucously funny rallying call to girls and women of all ages: The Vagenda asks real women everywhere to demand a media that reflects who we actually are.

Holly Baxter

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Julia Donaldson & Jenny Valentine

Teen Reads

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join two of the freshest voices in the world of teen fiction as they explore character development and plot twists in Running on the Cracks (Donaldson) and The Ant Colony (Valentine).

12 years +

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Aminatta Forna y Owen Sheers en conversación con Claire Armitstead

Segovia 2008, 
La escritora y periodista Aminatta Forna (Reino Unido y Sierra Leona) y el poeta y escritor galés Owen Sheers conversarán sobre sus experiencias literarias con Claire Armitstead, editora literaria de The Guardian. Forna, que ha ambientado su última novela, El jardín de las mujeres (2006), en el África occidental, ha ganado, entre otros premios, el Hurston Wright Award for Debut Fiction en los Estados Unidos (2007). Es autora de The Devil that Danced on the Water (2002), unas memorias sobre su padre, disidente en Sierra Leona, y su familia, que fueron adaptadas a la radio por la BBC. Owen Sheers, por su parte, es uno de los poetas y escritores galeses jóvenes más aclamados y su debut en prosa, The Dust Diaries, fue declarado Welsh Book of the Year en 2005. Su primera novela, Resistencia (2008), es una historia de amor que transcurre en una Inglaterra imaginaria ocupada por los alemanes en 1944.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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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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Elif Shafak

Charity Gala 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
Elif Shafak's contribution to the 2012 Charity Gala forms the basis for her 2013 Raymond Williams Lecture. It's about the silent G in the Turkish alphabet.

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Jackie Morris

Queen of the Sky

Hay Festival 2015, 

The amazing story of Ffion Rees and the peregrine falcon she rescued from the sea off the remote coast of west Wales. It’s the story of how Ffion nursed the falcon back to life and back to the wild, and about the bond that grew between the two. Beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings, sketches and magnificent paintings in watercolour and gold leaf by Jackie Morris.

Jackie Morris

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Roly Keating

The Mechanical Curator and Other Stories

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Director of the British Library browses the infinite possibilities for Libraries and Creativity in an Age of Data. ‘These are times of historic disruption in the whole global system of information and publication, and it seems right that the great knowledge institutions – with their historic remit to think and act with a view far into the future – should play a full part in shaping the changes that lie ahead.’ Chaired by Gaby Wood, Head of Books at The Telegraph.

Roly Keating

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Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata

Hay Festival 2016, 

Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender - and spanning the twentieth century, this beautifully orchestrated novel explores the big themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness, and above all, the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime. Tremain’s award-winning fiction includes Music and Silence, The Road Home, Sacred Country, Restoration and The Colour. She talks to Peter Florence.

Rose Tremain

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The Future of Eden

Hay Festival 2008, 
Eco superhero Tim Smit dreams the potential of his Eden Project with Rosie Boycott.

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Joumana Haddad and Shereen El Feki talk to Joan Bakewell

Sex And The Citadel

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two compelling views of sex and gender in the Middle East. In Superman Is An Arab, her sequel to I Killed Sheherezade, Haddad examines the patriarchal system and machismo that continues to dominate in the Arab world. Sex is entwined in religion and tradition, politics and economics, gender and generations, so it makes the perfect lens for examining the region’s complex social landscape in El Feki’s study of Intimate Life In A Changing Arab World.