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Dmitry Bykov and Rachel Trezise talk to Kathryn Gray

Fiction: Small Wars and Laughter

Hay Festival 2010, 
Living Souls is a comic masterpiece set in a futuristic Russian dystopia. Sixteen Shades of Crazy imagines a contemporary South Walian Stepford-Llaregub.
Dmitry Bykov and Rachel Trezise talk to Kathryn Gray

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Nicholas Ostler

The Last Lingua Franca - The Rise and Fall of World Languages

Hay Festival 2012, 
In their time, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian have each been world languages, sweeping the globe for centuries at a time. And yet they have all been displaced, just as the linguist predicts English will be. With a working knowledge of twenty-six languages, Nicholas now runs an institute for the protection of endangered languages.

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Thomas Penn

Winter King

Hay Festival 2012, 
It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and counter-coups. Henry VII had clambered to the top of the heap - a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who through luck, guile and ruthlessness had managed to win the throne and stay on it for sixteen years. Although he built palaces, hosted jousts, gave out lavish presents and sent ambassadors across Europe, for many he remained a usurper, a false king.
 
But Henry had a crucial asset: his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. Now, in what would be the crowning glory of his reign, his elder son would marry a great Spanish princess. On a cold November day this girl, the sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, arrived in London for a wedding upon which the fate of England would hinge...
 
In his remarkable debut, historian Thomas Penn recreates an England which is both familiar and very strange - a country that seems medieval yet modern, in which honour and chivalry mingle with espionage, realpolitik, high finance and corruption. It is the story of the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at its heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power.

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John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale

Questions of Truth

Hay Festival 2009, 
The distinguished scientist and theologian and his philosopher interlocutor offer 51 Responses to Questions about God, Science and Belief.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Jon Gower talk to Anita Sethi

Fiction: Transatlantic

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Secret History of Costaguana plays with a Colombian traveller’s relationship with Joseph Conrad and his Nostromo in London. Uncharted conjures the mythologising of an Argentinian woman’s journey to Cardiff.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Jon Gower talk to Anita Sethi

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Bruce Robinson talks to William Sieghart

They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

Hay Festival 2016, 

The iconoclastic writer and director of the classic Withnail & I returns to London in a decade-long examination of the most provocative murder investigation in British history. He finally solves the identity of the killer known as Jack the Ripper.

Bruce Robinson talks to William Sieghart

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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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Diana Athill talks to John Walsh

Somewhere Towards the End

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great nonagenarian publisher and memoirist Diana Athill talks to John Walsh about how the pleasure of sex ebbs, how the joy of gardening grows, how much there is to remember, to forget, to regret, to forgive—and how one faces the inevitable fact of death.

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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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Owen Sheers

The Raymond Williams Lecture 2014: Singing in Chains: His Sullen Art – The Poetry of Dylan Thomas

Hay Festival 2014, 

To celebrate Dylan's centenary, Owen Sheers explores the evolution of Thomas's poetic voice, from its early manifestation in his teenage notebooks, to his great mature poems of mortality and nostalgia. What is it about Thomas' poems that so caught, and continues to catch, the world's imagination? Why do so many cite classics like ‘Fern Hill’ and ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ as their favourite poems? And how did Dylan Thomas, alone at the page, go about composing these hymns of humanity which still, 100 years later, are so imbued with a timeless and universal resonance?

Owen Sheers

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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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UK Youth Debate

Rethinking the ways we support young people in society

Hay Festival 2012, 
The race is on to re-engage young people in building an inclusive, healthier, more equal and economically viable society. But changing times need fresh thinking and new solutions. It is essential that we find new, more effective approaches to engage young people in meaningful and relevant ways and enable their participation in building a more resilient society. This is set to be a lively panel debate as our panel of experts from a range of backgrounds explore the radical ways in which we can support young people to address the social challenges that they and future generations face. Chaired byMartyn Lewis.
 
Speakers Martyn Lewis (Chairman of YouthNet and NCVO), Shaun Bailey (Youth worker and Conservative politician) Simon Milner (Policy Director, Facebook), Emma MulQueeny (Rewired State & Young Rewired State), Josh Cope (Youth participation worker, UK Youth), Dan Sutch (Head of Development Research, Nominet Trust)

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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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Gregory Doran talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Talking About Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and this year’s Richard Dimbleby Lecturer, discusses Shakespeare’s legacy in 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death. The RSC’s celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon include two major new productions to be directed by Doran: King Lear with Antony Sher, and a ground-breaking production of The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale, in collaboration with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios.

Gregory Doran talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Roger Pedersen

Cambridge Series: Stem Cells

Hay Festival 2010, 
The neuroscientist who runs the Cambridge Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine asks what stem cells tell us about ourselves.
Roger Pedersen

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20 años sin Muro

Gabriela Adamesteanu en conversación con Olivier Guez

Segovia 2009, 
La periodista, ensayista y escritora rumana Gabriela Adamesteanu conversará con el periodista e historiador francés Olivier Guez.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del rumano, francés y checo al español

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Mark Watson with Eric Lampaert and Joel Dommett

Stand-up

Hay Festival 2011, 
The award-winning comedian headlines an evening of sparkling comedy. He really does make the world substantially better.

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David Sinden, Matthew Morgan and Guy MacDonald

Alien Invaders

Hay Festival 2012, 
Evil aliens and toxic planets…an awesome space adventure with the energetic trio behind the YUCK! series.
 
7+ years

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Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore?

Bettany Hughes

Hay Festival 2006, 
The historical quest for the most desired and destructive woman that myth has ever known.

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Raymond Tallis

The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head

Hay Festival 2008, 
Raymond Tallis combines biological science and philosophical interrogation in his search of the place where our soul and consciousness reside. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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James Cracknell and Brian Moore talk to Mark Skipworth

Sportswriters

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Telegraph’s world champions and sportswriters talk shop – rowing, rugby and Olympic ideals – with the Saturday Editor.

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Cressida Cowell, Jeremy Strong, Ciaran Murtagh and Andy Stanton

Punny Flannel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Four fearsomely funny writers come together in a wonderfully random mish-mash look at laughs. Chaired by James Campbell.
 
7+ years

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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.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers
You’re a bad man, Mr Gum - Andy Stanton & David Tazzyman

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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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Timothy Garton Ash and Slawomir Sierakowski talk to Anita Prazmowska

Solidarity, 1989

Hay Festival 2009, 
Twenty years on, leading participants and commentators assess the progress and effects of the Polish revolution.