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Howard Jacobson talks to John Mullan

Shylock is My Name

Hay Festival 2016, 

With an absent wife and a daughter going off the rails, wealthy art collector and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch is in need of someone to talk to. So when he meets Shylock at a cemetery in Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, he invites him back to his house. It’s the beginning of a remarkable friendship. The Man Booker winner’s version of The Merchant of Venice bends time to its own advantage as it asks what it means to be a father, a Jew and a merciful human being in the modern world.
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Howard Jacobson talks to John Mullan

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John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

QI’s Greatest Hits

Hay Festival 2015, 

QI’s very core is ‘the astonishing fact’: painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. To celebrate the reissue of their backlist, join us for a canter through their best-ever discoveries: Jeeves wasn’t a butler. Coffee isn’t made from beans. Woodlice drink through their bottoms. Light is invisible. Mount Everest isn’t the tallest mountain. Florence Nightingale spent 50 years in bed. There are 613 commandments in the bible. Monkeys pay to look at porn. An hour of endless fun with the QI writing team.

John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

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Paul Silk, Graham Allen, Richard Wyn Jones

Constitutional Reform

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is the UK on the verge of breaking up? Scotland has its referendum in 2014, Wales is seeking further powers from Westminster, and local government in England is being strengthened. Silk, Commission on Devolution in Wales, Allen, Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, and Wyn Jones, Director of the Wales Governance Centre, discuss. Chaired by the BBC's Brian Meechan.

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Ken Loach talks to Francine Stock

The 2017 Raymond Williams Lecture

Hay Festival 2017, 

The film director talks about culture and society and his style of socialist realism from his earliest 1960s television plays like Cathy Come Home to the masterpiece I Daniel Blake.

Ken Loach talks to Francine Stock

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David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

Hay Festival 2015, 
David Almond’s latest novel A Song for Ella Grey is a brilliant retelling of the Orpheus myth by way of contemporary Tyneside. Sarah Crossan uses both poetry and prose to tell her stories, most recently in Apple and Rain. They are joined by Jenny Valentine who previews her eagerly-awaited new novel Fire Colour One, a highly original story with an extraordinary twist. These three acclaimed writers talk about how they pack such an emotional punch into their novels.
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David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

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Will Self

Hay Festival 2008, 
The spectacular satirist turns his unforgiving gaze on post-colonialism, multiculturalism, intervention, and moral relativism in the dark and brilliant novel The Butt, winner of the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians mock the news and newsmongers.

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John Sweeney talks to Guto Harri

The Church Of Fear

Hay Festival 2013, 

The investigative journalist looks Inside The Weird World Of Scientology and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation – from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind’s problems.

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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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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2011, 
Smooky palooki! This event is going to be well brilliant! Time to join Polly and Friday on another crazy adventure on the streets of Lamonic Bibber wethinks.
 
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You’re a bad man, Mr Gum - Andy Stanton & David Tazzyman

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Journalism, Women and Wars

Rosa María Calaf, Olga Rodríguez and Mayte Carrasco in conversation with Aurelio Martín

Segovia 2010, 

Rosa María Calaf, former correspondent for Spanish broadcaster TVE and president of the Barcelona International Press Centre, Olga Rodríguez, a journalist and writer who specialises in the Middle East and Mayte Carrasco, a reporter in conflict zones  (Telecinco television network and the newspaper Público) and researcher at the IECAH (Instituto de Estudios sobre Conflicto y Acción Humanitaria – Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action), will talk about journalism, women and wars with the journalist Aurelio Martín. 

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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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Solving Stonehenge: The New Key to an Ancient Enigma

Hay Festival 2008, 
Archaeological surveyor Anthony Johnson uses hi-tech analysis to nail one of the world’s great mysteries.

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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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Orsola De Castro, Jessica Bumpus, Margareta van den Bosch, Catarina Midby and Dilys Williams

Just Fashion

Hay Festival 2015, 

Pioneering fashion designer Orsola de Castro and co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day, discusses the future of sustainability in fashion with Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s former design director and now creative advisor, Jessica Bumpus from Vogue and Catarina Midby, H&M's Sustainable Fashion Advisor. They talk to Dilys Williams, Director of the London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion. The panel will also offer their insights on the final garments created by 12 students from H&M’s Garment Recycling Programme after a week-long workshop with leading designers. The workshops will have encouraged students to use and consider sustainable sourcing and techniques in the production of their garments as well as ensuring the finished product is beautifully designed and presented.

Orsola De Castro, Jessica Bumpus, Margareta van den Bosch, Catarina Midby and Dilys Williams

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Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

Proud

Hay Festival 2015, 

Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. It was no mere ball game. It gave him everything, except the freedom to be himself. This is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something he feared might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife, family, friends and teammates. His fear that telling the truth about his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edge. The deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His gesture has strengthened strangers, and given him a fresh perspective.

Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

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David Aaronovitch talks to Jon Snow

Voodoo Histories

Hay Festival 2009, 
From moon landings to the Parisian underpass and the twin towers, the journalist probes and explodes The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History.

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Stephen Anderton and Charles Hawes

Discovering Welsh Gardens

Hay Festival 2009, 
The garden writer and his photographer look at gardens ancient and strikingly modern, and how to capture them in words and pictures.

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Maggie Ross talks to Rachael Kerr

Silence

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Anglican solitary and theologian, whose Writing the Icon of the Heart has been described by Rowan Williams as ‘a really transformative book’, explains how ‘the work of silence’ can help us toward a deeper understanding of God. Duration 45 minutes.

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Bruce Robinson talks to Dylan Jones

Hay Festival 2012, 
The screenwriter and director discusses his work, from the Oscar-winning Killing Fields to his 2011 collaboration with Johnny Depp on The Rum Diary See also events 459 and 493.

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Kate Raworth

Doughnut Economics

Hay Festival 2017, 

Economics is broken. It has failed to predict or prevent financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies and perpetuated austerity and poverty. The Oxford academic identifies the seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. En route, she deconstructs the character of ‘rational economic man’ and explains what really makes us tick. Raworth has worked as Senior Researcher at Oxfam, and was co-author of the UN’s Human Development Report.

Kate Raworth

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Irvine Welsh talks to Stephanie Merritt

Trainspotting At 20

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Scottish novelist celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic book, and discusses his recently-published prequel Skagboys.

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Lisa Dwan

Not I

Kells 2013, 

Lisa reprises her performance of Samuel Beckett’s play Not I, which she performed to rave reviews earlier this year at London’s The Royal Court. Followed by Q&A session with Elizabeth Hunt.

‘It was a privilege to hear her’ – 5-star review from Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.

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Andy Middleton, Ben Southworth and Chris Parker

Slipstream Wales – Data Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

How can data be used to help drive behaviour change, increase performance and make radical the new normal? With speakers from the world of technology and smart data analysis. Ben Southworth, Deputy Chief Exec at Tech City Investment Organisation, Chris Parker, Head of Geovation, Ordnance Survey and chaired by TYF’s Director Andy Middleton.

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Alfred Brendel talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Hay Festival 2011, 
The pianist and poet discusses his life and work.
 
Further information www.alfredbrendel.com