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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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Anthony Kenny

Should old Aquinas be forgot—or is philosophy perennial?

Hay Festival 2008, 
The author of The Rise of Modern Philosophy, wonders.

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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.

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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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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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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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Carol Klein

Life in a Cottage Garden

Hay Festival 2011, 
A year in the Gardener’s World presenter’s garden at Glebe Cottage.
 
More information and a review of Life in a Cottage Garden
 
 
 

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Bettany Hughes

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Hay Festival 2018, 
Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. From the Qur'an to Shakespeare, this city with three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – resonates as an idea and a place, and overspills its boundaries, real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between East and West, it has served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. For much of its history it was known simply as The City, but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a story. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect magazine.
Bettany Hughes

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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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Andrew St George and Edward Davis

The Navy Way

Hay Festival 2012, 
The senior service’s contemporary history with the author of The Royal Navy Way of Leadership and the Commandant General Royal Marines and Commander Amphibious Forces, whose book Operation Herrick - Helmand details the latest Afghan tour.

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Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Hay Festival 2012, 
The star illustrator behind the phenomenally successful series takes a blood-curdling look at history from the Savage Stone Age to the Barmy British Empire via the Measly Middle Ages and Slimy Stuarts.
 
9+ years

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dambisa Moyo

Edge of Chaos

Hay Festival 2018, 

Facing economic stagnation, inequality and the vulnerability of liberal democracies to extremism, the economist proposes an aggressive and radical re-tooling of our political system with new constraints on both elected officials and voters. Moyo argues for extending politicians’ terms so as to match better the economic cycles; for increasing minimum qualifications for candidates; for introducing mandatory voting, and for implementing a weighted voting system. Moyo’s other books include Dead Aid, Winner Take All and How The West Was Lost. Chaired by Dharshini David.

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Thomas Keneally talks to Gaby Wood

Napoleon’s Last Island

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Booker-winning Australian writer launches his new novel. On the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, Napoleon spends his last years in exile. It is a hotbed of gossip and secret liaisons, where a blind eye is turned to relations between colonials and slaves. The disgraced emperor is subjected to vicious and petty treatment by his captors, but he forges an unexpected ally: a rebellious British girl, Betsy, who lives on the island with her family and becomes his unlikely friend.

Thomas Keneally talks to Gaby Wood

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Dianne Edwards talks to Francine Stock

From Ancient Hay To Gardens Today

Hay Festival 2013, 

Plants changed the face of the planet – and fossils from Hay and around the world have revealed how this happened. Edwards tells the story of these ancient plants, which led to the gardens, forests and landscapes we know today.

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Elif Shafak, Anna Funder, Zaiba Malik and Helena Kennedy compèred by Sandi Toksvig

Free Speech Cabaret Gala

Hay Festival 2011, 
Shafak talks about her life as a female novelist in Turkey. Samuel Johnson Prize-winner Funder introduces her forthcoming novel based on the true story of anti-Nazi campaigners in the 1930s. Malik talks about her dual British and Muslim identity. The Human Rights barrister discusses freedom of speech and the Rule of Law. 
 
More about Elif Shafak, Zaiba Malik and Helena Kennedy
 
All proceeds to support the Hay Festival B39 project in Beirut

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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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The Duchess of Rutland talks to Corisande Albert

Belvoir Castle

Hay Festival 2010, 
The story of one of Britain’s great Regency houses told by its owner as A Thousand Years of Family Art and Architecture.
The Duchess of Rutland talks to Corisande Albert

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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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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.