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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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Claudine Parrish

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Documentary: A Portrait of Liu Xiaobo – Screening

Hay Festival 2011, 
The producer of the official 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Documentary, Claudine Parrish from Blakeway Productions, introduces the screening of a potrait of the life and work of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate. Claudine will participate in a Q&A. The documentary is provided by courtesy of Nobel Media, the media company for the Nobel Foundation.
Claudine Parrish

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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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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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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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Óscar Campillo, Pepa Bueno y Marta del Riego talk to Teresa Sanz

The media trumps ‘culture’

Segovia 2011, 
The limits between arts and disciplines have been broken, the moulds that structured branches of science or philosophical debate have been cast aside. The media has gone through a phase of hybridization and the barriers between various areas of information have been dissolved. This all matters from a global perspective and dailies such as MARCA, and magazines such as Vanity Fair and Yo Dona pick up on different elements of what is today called culture. For these media, in any case, the great challenge is still to find that magical formula that enables to communicate efficiently. Óscar Campillo (MARCA), Pepa Bueno (Yo Dona) and Marta del Riego (Vanity Fair) will address these issues. Chaired by Teresa Sanz.

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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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Taller con Jenny Valentine

Segovia 2009, 
Acompaña a la autora de Busco a Violet Park y ganadora del Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008; Jenny compartirá sus experiencias literarias y hablará de los personajes de sus libros y de su proceso creativo.

Para niños de entre 13 y 16 años, en inglés

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Yann Martel talks to Jonathan Heawood

Beatrice and Virgil

Hay Festival 2010, 
The spirit of his Booker-winning Life of Pi resonates in this new novel, launched at Hay, which takes us on an imaginative odyssey in the company of a donkey and a howler monkey. Martel asks profound questions about the nature of human cruelty, kindness and the liberating power of stories.

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Saskia Sassen, Wendy Pullan, Sara Silvestri, Max Sternberg

Cambridge series 1 - Cities and Terror

Hay Festival 2012, 
How can we reduce the risk of violence in cities, which are being extensively targeted in armed conflicts, riots and terrorist attacks?
 

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Cedric Villani

Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure

Hay Festival 2015, 

The rock-star mathematician takes us on a mesmerising journey as he wrestles with a new theorem that will win him the most coveted prize in mathematics. Along the way he encounters obstacles and setbacks, losses of faith and even brushes with madness. His story is one of courage and partnership, doubt and anxiety, elation and despair. Blending science with history, biography with myth, he conjures up an inimitable cast of characters including the omnipresent Einstein, mad genius Kurt Gödel, and Villani’s personal hero, John Nash. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

Cedric Villani

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Mark Beaumont talks to Rob Penn

The Man Who Cycled the World

Hay Festival 2011, 
There are some tales to tell from the young Scot’s adventure 18,000 miles around the world on two wheels in 194 days and 17 hours.

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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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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians analyse the news. No headline is safe...

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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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Owen Sheers

Screening: Poem From Llanybri

Hay Festival 2009, 
The poet and author presents a preview screening of his programme about ‘Poem From Llanybri’ by Lynette Roberts from his BBC4 series, A Poet’s Guide to Britain.

Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket.

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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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Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow

The Raymond Williams Dialogue: The Ideas That Make Us

Hay Festival 2015, 

A classicist and a neuroscientist explore the Ancient Greek words Liberty, Comedy, Charisma, Xenia, Wisdom and Peace and travel both forwards and backwards in time, investigating how these ideas have been moulded by history and have made an impact on history and the human experience. Hughes is the author of Helen of Troy – Goddess, Whore and The Hemlock Cup. Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientist for her work in communication.

Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow

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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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Martin Rees, Neil Turok and Bernard Carr

Universe or Multiverse?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The pre-eminent astronomers and cosmologists discuss how recent developments in cosmology and particle physics have led to the remarkable realization that our universe – rather than being unique – could be just one of many universes. This multiverse proposal may explain the fine-tunings which appear necessary for the emergence of life, as well as the origin of our universe. Chaired by science broadcaster Quentin Cooper.

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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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Eoin Colfer and Mark Billingham

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The old pro crime master, creator of the DI Thorne series, discusses the dark side with the ingenious creator of Artemis Fowl, who launches his first adult crime novel Plugged.
 
Plugged - Eoin Colfer

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Basharat Peer

The 2010 Rotblat Lecture: Curfewed Night

Hay Festival 2010, 
A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir that won the Crossword Prize. Chaired by Jon Snow.
Basharat Peer

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Simon Schama

Talking About Shakespeare: This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm, This England

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historian was set alight by Shakespeare’s muse of fire when he first saw Henry V as a child. He examines Shakespeare’s making of the myths of England. He hymns the Histories, the kings and the commoners, the band of brothers, and the spirit of Shakespeare’s greatest knight, Sir John Falstaff.

Simon Schama

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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