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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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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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Tony Robinson talks to Ben Crystal

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the Time Team and Blackadder star - actor, presenter, archaeology champion, children’s writer and political activist.

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Guy Walters

The Real Great Escape

Hay Festival 2013, 

Squadron Leader Roger Bushell masterminded an attempt to smuggle hundreds of POWs down a tunnel built right under the noses of the guards of Stalag Luft III, a top-security prisoner-of-war camp for captured Allied airmen in Lower Silesia. Great movie. The truth is stranger and more wonderful. Chaired by Mark Skipworth.

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Philippe Sands, Helena Kennedy and Helen Mountfield

The Retrial Of Herbert Rowse Armstrong

Hay Festival 2013, 

On 31 May 1922 the Hay solicitor was hanged, having been found guilty of murdering his wife with arsenic. To celebrate the republication of Martin Beales’ Dead Not Buried three QCs examine his conviction. You, the jury, will decide.

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John Connolly

Hells Bells: Samuel Johnson vs The Devil

Hay Festival 2014, 

Samuel Johnson – with a little help from his dachshund Boswell and a very unlucky demon named Nurd – has sent the demons back to Hell. But the diabolical Mrs Abernathy is not one to take defeat lying down. When she reopens the portal and sucks Samuel and Boswell down into the underworld, she brings an ice-cream van full of dwarfs as well. And two policemen. Can this eccentric gang defeat the forces of Evil? And is there life after Hell for Nurd?

 

10+ years

John Connolly

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David Nicholls talks to Paul Blezard

One Day

Hay Festival 2009, 
The screenwriter introduces his magical romantic-comic novel.

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Usha Goswami

Cambridge University Series 1: Dyslexia and the Brain

Hay Festival 2015, 

How can neuroscience help us to understand the sensory processing differences that can give rise to learning difficulties like dyslexia? Goswami is Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience.

Usha Goswami

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Tracy Borman

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty

Hay Festival 2016, 

Even in their most private moments, the Tudor monarchs were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. The Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces uses the personal notes from these courtier intimates to give a revelatory picture of the Tudors’ private lives.

Tracy Borman

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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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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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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

Sweet and Sour, Salt and Bitter

Hay Festival 2008, 
The passionate and incisive food critic entertains with Table Talk.

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Hanif Kureishi talks to Francesca Rhydderch

Hay Festival 2008, 
The tensions between transgression, maturity, rebellion, race, desire, family and masculinity play though the new novel Something to Tell You.

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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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Oliver James, Cassandra Jardine, Judith Woods and Victoria Woodhall

How to Manage Big Family Issues of the 21st Century

Hay Festival 2011, 
Influential family journalists and authors address some of the most pressing issues facing parents today. Chaired by Susanna Reid.
 
Speaker: Oliver James – Columnist, Guardian Family and author of They F*** You Up
Focus: First in School, Last in Life? – Good and bad tactics for getting your children to work
 
Speaker: Cassandra Jardine – Features Writer, The Telegraph and author of How to Be a Better Parent
Focus: Protecting children from the evils of today
 
Speaker: Judith Woods – Parenting and Family Journalist, The Telegraph
Focus: The cost of raising a family today
 
Speaker: Victoria Woodhall – Deputy Features Editor, YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday
Focus: Issues facing families with women's roles in the workplace increasing
 
Chair: Susanna Reid – Presenter, BBC Breakfast and UK Youth Ambassador

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Martin Amis talks to Carmen Posadas

Segovia 2006, 
Please note: The introduction to this lecture is in Spanish.

British writer Martin Amis discusses his life and work with the writer Carmen Posadas (Pequeñas infamias, Juego de niños). The author, amongst other works, of Experience, Money and London Fields, Martin Amis is considered one of the most original contemporary novelists.

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Nigel Mansell in conversation

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Formula 1 legend uniquely also won the CART World Series.

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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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Stephen Green talks to Evan Davis

Good Value

Hay Festival 2010, 
The chairman of HSBC and the British Bankers Association is also an ordained Anglican priest. He offers his Reflections on Money, Morality and an Uncertain World.

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Gary Kemp talks to Tiffany Murray

I Know This Much: From Soho to Spandau

Hay Festival 2010, 
Great music memoir from the Spandau Ballet songwriter and New Romantic star.
Gary Kemp talks to Tiffany Murray

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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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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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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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Christoph Peters and Mohammed Hanif in conversation with Jonathan Levi

Beirut 2013, 

Christoph Peters is a German author of novels and short stories. His novel Stadt Land Fluss was published in 1999, and won the ‘aspekte’ prize for the best German literary debut; it was followed by a collection of short stories in 2001, and in 2007 his first novel to be published in English, The Fabric Of Night. Mohammed Hanif (Pakistan) is a writer and journalist, author of the award-winning A Case Of Exploding Mangoes, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, and subsequently won the 2009 Commonwealth Book Prize and the 2008 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. Hanif has also written for the stage and screen, including a feature film, The Long Night (2002). They talk to writer and journalist Jonathan Levi.

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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.