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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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Tom Holland

Herodotus: The Histories

Hay Festival 2014, 

The classicist introduces his translation of the first work of history, a work that tells us much of what we know about the ancient world. Herodotus was an endlessly curious man, and gathered information about the world around him from as many people and places as he could investigate. Whether it was the pyramids of Egypt, the cannabis habit of the Scythians, the flora and fauna of Arabia or the table dancing of the Athenian aristocracy, he was fascinated by them all. His accounts of the great battles of Marathon and Thermopylae, of Salamis and Plataea, retain to this day a matchless epic quality.

Tom Holland

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Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

BBC Talking Books 2: Anything is Possible

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new novel from the author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after 17 years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

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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.
 
More by and about John Sutherland and John Crace

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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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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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Dan Snow

Death or Victory

Hay Festival 2010, 
The maritime historian provides a riveting account of the death of General Wolfe and The Battle of Quebec and the Birth of Empire.

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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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Bob Heath

‘You Say Goodbye…And I Say Hello’

Hay Festival 2013, 

The music therapist specialises in working with people at the end of their lives; he presents and discusses work created by his clients over the last 10 years. Chaired by David Barnard.

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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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Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

Cardiff University Series 2: In An Age of Mass Surveillance

Hay Festival 2015, 

The leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have transformed our understanding of our daily communication through social media, email and mobile phones. Scholars from Cardiff University’s research project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society will discuss the practices, implications and broader meanings of mass surveillance. Does it work? How does it work, and who and what is monitored? How does it affect civil rights? Have we been properly informed, and how should the media report? How can we protect ourselves?

Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

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Marius Daniel Popescu in conversation with Geoffroy Gérard

Segovia 2013, 

The Swiss poet, awarded with the Robert Walser Prize and the Cultural Prize of Literature of the canton of Vaud, for his novel La Symphonie du Loup, and Grand Prix Littéraire du Web 2012 for his latest novel Les Couleurs de l'hirondelle, speaks with the Belgian expert in communication, Geoffroy Gérard.

 

Simultaneous translation from French into Spanish.


With the collaboration of the Swiss Embassy in Spain and the Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia.

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Lee Child talks to Sarah Crompton

Never Go Back

Hay Festival 2014, 

The thriller writer talks about the action-packed, high-tension, mega-selling eighteenth book featuring his hero Jack Reacher.

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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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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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Ian McEwan talks to John Mullan

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

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Cassandra Clare

Hay Festival 2012, 
The sensationally successful author touches down in Hay to chat about her thrilling Mortal Instruments saga and launch the latest episode.
 
12+ years

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David Nutt, Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera, Álvaro Enrigue and David Aaronovitch

Drugs - Without the Hot Air

Hay Festival 2012, 
A discussion about Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs for individuals and society. The neuropsychopharmacologist was fired from the ACMD by Home Secretary Alan Johnson for analysing the relative drug harms. He is joined by the Ambassador of Colombia, whose President Santos publicly aired the possibility of legalization in January at Hay Festival Cartagena, and the Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue.

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Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

Hay Festival 2015, 

Satish Kumar, a former monk and long-term peace and environmental activist, talks us through his life: his 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, co-founding the Schumacher College, and his hopes for the future.

Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2015, 

Following on the success of last year, the Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE is back for part two of his now published and bestselling book Happiness by Design. Through ‘Decide, Design and Do’, he reveals the ways in which we can actually become happier without having to think too hard about it. Change what you do, not how you think, to get more pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

Paul Dolan

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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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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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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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Dick and Dom

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Dick and Dom, authors of Slightly Naughty But Very Silly Words and their gut-splitting new handbook, Whoopee Book of Practical Jokes, for a big handful of comedy nuts and babbling guff! An interactive and very funny show which includes a practical joke master class, stuffed with gags, brilliant practical jokes and sage and onion. If this event doesn’t tickle your funny bone, you’re probably dead!
7+ years
Dick and Dom

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David Starkey

Magna Carta

Hay Festival 2015, 

The historian examines the context of the 1215 charter and its lasting impact on democracy today.

David Starkey