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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Hay Festival 2011, 
The hilarious and inspiring story of one man’s unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book. A comic masterpiece.
 

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Alistair MacGowan talks to Fiona Lindsay

First Impressions

Hay Festival 2009, 
Mimicry, satire, football and Shakespeare are on the agenda for the platinum-tongued actor.

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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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Hugh Thomas

The Golden Age

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Hispanist historian cross-examines The Spanish Empire of Charles V – a time of unprecedented colonial conquest and subjugation in South America. Chaired by Revel Guest.
 
Read a review of The Golden Age www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/

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Simon Schama

The Story of the Jews

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian presents his magisterial study of the Jewish people with previews of the themes, stories and arguments that inform the second and final volume of his epic When Words Fail including the persistence of anti-semitism, even after the Holocaust and, disturbingly with gathering force, into our own times.

Simon Schama

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David Priestland

The Red Flag: Communism and the Making of the Modern World

Hay Festival 2010, 
20 years after the fall of the Wall the historian charts the mutations and movements of Communist ideas across the barricades of 1848 Europe and around the world to Latin America and Asia where the ideologies still prevail today.
David Priestland

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Tom Palmer

Football Quiz

Hay Festival 2010, 
The creator of the Football Academy and Football Detective series tests your knowledge of the beautiful game. Get ready for an awesome penalty shoot-out!
 
8–12 years

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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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Simon Schama

Engineering the Holy Land

Hay Festival 2012, 
It was the Victorians who began the romance with the Holy Land that would lead to Britain becoming the mentor of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. And they did it with photographs and ordnance survey maps and dreams of the perfect waterworks for Jerusalem. The historian explains how.

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John Kenyon

CADW Lecture 1: The Medieval Castles of Wales

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Head Librarian of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, and one of the UK’s leading authorities on castles, traces the origins of medieval castle architecture in Wales.

Duration 45 minutes.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

Hay Festival 2008, 
As the treasured picture book celebrates its fiftieth birthday the much loved author talks to Julia Eccleshare about her children’s classics–from the classroom staple When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit to the serial adventures of Mog the Cat.

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Richard Sennett

The Craftsman

Hay Festival 2008, 
The sociologist pursues a philosophical enquiry into why people work hard and take pride in what they do.

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Joumana Haddad, Adania Shibli, Youssef Rakha

Beirut39 II

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three writers selected among the best young authors in the Arab world discuss their work with Anita Sethi.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket. 
Joumana Haddad, Adania Shibli, Youssef Rakha

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Stella Rimington talks to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Spooks

Hay Festival 2013, 

lThe former MI5 chief discusses The Geneva Trap, the latest of her Liz Carlyle spy novels, and the fictions and facts of espionage.

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Digby Jones talks to Andrew Simms

Fixing Britain: The Business of Reshaping Our Nation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The former Trade Minister and CBI Director General, now firmly and widely back in the private sector while remaining an active crossbencher in the Lords, prescribes a future for industry and politics. He is joined by author and nef Fellow Andrew Simms.
Fixing Britain - Lord Digby Jones & Michael Wilson

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Esperanza Ortega and Gustavo Martín Garzo in conversation with José María Merino

Letras náufragas

Segovia 2010, 
A conversation about the work of these creators born in Castile and León, literary creation and the craft of writing.

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Roy Hattersley

In Search of England

Hay Festival 2010, 
An engaging and entertaining tour of the countryside in the most agreeable company.

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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.
Norman Davies

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Tom Watson and Martin Hickman talk to Helena Kennedy

Speak After the Beep

Hay Festival 2012, 
The relentless and crusading MP at the centre of the exposure of phone-hacking that has rocked the British Establishment discusses Leveson, privacy, the media and the Met.

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Jeremy Strong

Going For Gold

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Animal Games are coming to town, but can Streaker bring home a medal? Join this comic maestro as he introduces the sequel to his much-loved The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog.
 
7+ years

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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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Bettany Hughes, Tom Holland, Tim Whitmarsh, Charlotte Higgins

The Greeks 4 - Sparta vs Athens

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists balloon-debate the strengths of the two superpower city States who fought the Peleponnesian War 431-404 BC - the artistic Athenian democracy and the military oligarchy in Sparta.

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Country Living Debate: No Cows = No Countryside

Rosie Boycott, Charlotte Hollins, Peter Kindersley, Roger Williams MP, Jane Clarke, Barbara Crowther

Hay Festival 2007, 
With 18% of us buying British food, thousands of farms have been lost and the countryside is endangered. Rosie Boycott talks to farmers Peter and Juliet Kindersley, Roger Williams MP, Charlotte Hollins of Fordhall Farms, Jane Clarke, Meat buyer for Waitrose and Barbara Crowther of the Fairtrade Foundation about the Fair Trade for British Farmers campaign, and how we can help rural Britain by changing our food-shopping habits.

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Roy Hattersley

The Future of Socialism

Hay Festival 2009, 
The elder statesman of the Labour Party envisions a fourth way ahead. Chaired by John Harris.

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Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

Peaky Blinders

Hay Festival 2015, 

The screenwriter and creator of the hit gangster drama talks about the Selby family, tribal war, and the crime-world of post-war Birmingham. Knight is screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Locke. Introduced by Caryn Mandabach.

We will also be screening all six episodes of Series 2, starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, from 1pm at Richard Booths Bookshop Cinema in Hay.

Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence