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Richard Madeley talks to Raj Persaud

Fathers and Sons

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster sits down with the psychiatrist to analyse his agonising family memoir.

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Luke Gamble

My Wild and Wonderful Friends

Hay Festival 2011, 
The vet tells the tales of his New Forest and Dorset practices.

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Germaine Greer

The Forgotten Tradition: The Psalms and English Poetry

Hay Festival 2011, 
Some of the greatest treasures of the English language were written for the Coverdale Bible, the Bible Shakespeare read, and the Geneva Bible that was suppressed by order of James I.

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Norman Davies

The History Of Half-Forgotten Europe

Winter Weekend 2011, 
How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? Europe’s history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now vanished. Norman Davies peers through the cracks in mainstream history writing and listens to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries.
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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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David Crystal

Think on my Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language

Hay Festival 2008, 
The vaudevillian linguistics professor celebrates the most inventive and gifted wordsmith of all time.

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William Dalrymple & Vidya Shah

British Council Series - The Last Mughal (Concert Version)

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author and the celebrated North Indian singer celebrate the bygone era of India's last Mughals, bringing to life a world of emperors, poets, courtesans, politics, bayonets, intrigue and love through word and music.
 

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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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Eduardo Arroyo in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

My Words, Others’ Words

Segovia 2013, 

Artist, writer, acute analyst, astonishing instigator, aware of what surrounds him, original, unclassifiable, Eduardo Arroyo is internationally recognised as one of the greatest exponents of Spanish culture. He speaks with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla about art, politics and history. As a voluntary exile Arroyo has been a witness to the civil uprising in Paris in May 68 and to the diatribes of the eternal Italy which he experienced in the seventies until his return to the establishment rocking ¨movida¨ in Spain. He is still a witness to the current Spain, with all of its wounds. They will read their texts.

 

Co-organised with the Biblioteca Nacional de España, with the collaboration of Fundación del Banco Sabadell.

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Marcus Sedgwick and Cliff McNish

Demons and Angels

Hay Festival 2008, 
Marcus Sedgwick uses ancient myths and traditions as the base for his lyrical vampire novel My Swordhand is Singing. Cliff McNish uses angels of both darkness and light to explore teenage morality and fragility in his latest, breathtaking Angel. They talk to Paul Blezard.

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Stevie Davies, Elena Moya Pereira, Blake Morrison

Fiction: The Past

Hay Festival 2010, 
Into Suez pitches a Welsh RAF family into Egypt in 1949; The Olive Groves of Belchite moves between the long shadows of the Spanish Civil War and the business battles of a global economy; The Last Weekend intrudes escalating rivalry and the past into a summer idyll in East Anglia. They talk to Anita Sethi.

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Tom Holland and Paul Cartledge

The Greeks 1 - Herodotus

Hay Festival 2012, 
The C5th BC Father of History, who pioneered the systems of ‘inquiry’, holds a mirror up to our own concerns about East and West. Herodotus has an almost modern fascination with the variety of human culture.
 
The first of 13 sessions exploring the wonders of Ancient Greece, as part of our commitment to Britain's Olympic year.

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Tim Jackson

Prosperity Without Growth

Hay Festival 2010, 
In the advanced economies ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness and may even impede it. The sustainability adviser provides a credible vision of how human society can flourish – within the ecological limits of a finite planet.
Tim Jackson

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Bob Geldof in conversation

Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence …and rock ’n’ roll

Hay Festival 2011, 
The sixth in a series of conversations over the last twenty years with the musician, campaigner and businessman focuses on song-writing, the environment and African trade.

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Joseph Stiglitz & Linda Bilmes

The $3 Trillion War

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Nobel Economist and his co-author audit The True Cost of the War in Iraq. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Andrew Mottram

The God Boxes

Hay Festival 2009, 
Until the Reformation churches were huge multi-functional spaces. There was no other centre. No pubs. No civic centres or courts. Everything happened in the parish church. Then it all got stuck. The church became a ‘God box’ full of pews. The radical Director of Ecclesiastical Property Solutions discusses the role of church buildings in their communities today.

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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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John van Wyhe

Will the real Alfred Russel Wallace please stand up?

Hay Festival 2014, 

The independent discovery of evolution by natural selection by Darwin and Wallace is one of the most famous episodes in the history of science. Wallace’s story has been told many times in recent years, but almost always by amateurs rather than historians. Alarmingly, almost everything you have heard about Wallace is wrong. The image of a cheated working-class hero whitewashed from history by the patrician Darwin and his establishment supporters may be irresistible, but it is also pure myth.

John van Wyhe

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Carmen Posadas, Ricardo Menéndez Salmón y Gustavo Martín Garzo en conversación con Fernando Marías

Una de monstruos

Segovia 2008, 
Es posible reinventar hoy a lose monstruos literarios de siempre? Dracula, Frankenstein, el hombre lobo... Carmen Posadas, Ricardo Menendez Salmon y Gustavo Martin Garzo han realizado el experimento y lo contaran en esta mesa moderada por Fernando Marias, director de la serie 'ternura para los monstruos' (451 Editores).

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Samir El-Youssef and Brian Chikwava chaired by Georgina Godwin

Story: Migrations

Hay Festival 2009, 
Caine Prize-winner Chikwava’s Harare North is an original and brilliant tale of illegal immigration into London. El-Youssef’s The Illusion of Return displaces his Palestinian characters to America and to London.

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Alex de la Iglesia en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2013, 
El director, productor y guionista español, autor de películas como El Día de la Bestia, La Comunidad o la reciente La Chispa de la Vida, es además un creador de gran influencia dentro del mundo del cine internacional. Fue director de la Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias de España entre el 2009 y el 2011 y participa regularmente en la escena pública, a menudo apoyando causas e impulsando las industrias culturales. Acualmente está finalizando su última película Las Brujas de de Zugarramurdi.

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David Spiegelhalter

Cambridge Series 6 - Are you taking a Risk or a Chance? Trying to put numbers on uncertainty.

Hay Festival 2012, 
We continually get warned about the risks around us, but the upside of uncertainty is chance and opportunity. The Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk will show how to weigh luck, both bad and good. Chaired by Greg Davies
 

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Pascale Petit

What The Water Gave Me

Hay Festival 2010, 
The poet reads her new collection, and shows the images by Frida Kahlo that inspired the poems.
Pascale Petit

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Menena Cottin y Laura Lucero Márquez en conversación con Sergio Dahbar

Cierra los ojos que vamos a ver. Una historia de motivación y amor por los libros.

Cartagena 2013, 
La escritora venezolana Menena Cottin, junto con la ilustradora Rosana Faría, ganó el Premio Nuevos Horizontes 2007 en la Feria del Libro de Bolonia con El libro negro de los colores, la historia de un niño que le explica a otro niño, invidente, cómo son los colores. La obra también fue seleccionada como uno de los diez mejores libros ilustrados del año por The New York Times. Durante la presentación del libro en México, Menena conversa con una chica invidente, Laura Lucero Márquez, presente en la audiencia. Ambas entablan amistad e intercambian cartas en lo que se convierte en una historia de superación, amistad y motivación. Ahora un libro recoge las cartas de ambas y habla de las singulares relaciones entre la escritura, la lectura, la ceguera y la capacidad de avanzar en la vida a pesar de los obstáculos. Con Menena Cottin y Laura Lucero Márquez, en conversación con Sergio Dahbar.

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Frank Close

Anti Matter

Hay Festival 2009, 
The eminent particle physicist examines the reality of the great sci-fi staple catastrophe, and how it grew from the meeting point of relativity and quantum theory in the early C20th, to the discovery of the first antiparticles, cosmic rays, annihilation, antimatter bombs and antiworlds, all the way to CERN in Geneva.