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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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Bob Heath

‘You Say Goodbye…And I Say Hello’

Hay Festival 2013, 

The music therapist specialises in working with people at the end of their lives; he presents and discusses work created by his clients over the last 10 years. Chaired by David Barnard.

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John Harvey, Louise Welsh, Peter James and Phil Rickman chaired by SJ Parris

OxCrimes 1

Hay Festival 2014, 

Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels we are thrilled to launch our third collaboration with Profile Books with a reading of three stories from this collection of short crime fictions donated by some of the greatest crime-writers in the English language.

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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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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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Antony Beevor talks to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2010, 
The historian discusses his research and analysis in his award-winning body of C20th European study.
Antony Beevor talks to Claire Armitstead

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Julian Allwood and David MacKay talk to Andy Fryers

Sustainable Materials

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ever-growing demand for materials to support our lifestyles is not sustainable – it is time to use those materials more efficiently and explore new ways of manufacturing and production. The authors of Sustainable Materials and Sustainable Energy discuss.

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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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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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Hannah Critchlow

Increasing Consciousness...

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the superstar neuroscientist on a voyage of conscious discovery. A 1.5 kg brain tissue mass magically produces our individual view of the world, our myriad emotions, memories, associations and thoughts that make each of our lives unique. Why are neuroscientists only able to properly probe consciousness now? And what are we yet to discover? Come with an open mind... 

Hannah Critchlow

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Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behaviour

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Orange Prize-winning author of The Lacuna discusses her suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial set in the Appalachian Mountains. Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson.

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Ian Beck & Glenn Dakin

Secrets, Smog & Steampunk

Hay Festival 2010, 
Travel in time for gothic adventure and intrigue in Pastworld and Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
 
10+ years

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Trezza Azzopardi, Jon McGregor

Fiction: Intimacy

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Song House is about language and music, memory and place; Even The Dogs is an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society; littered with love, loss, despair and a glimpse of redemption. Chaired by Kathryn Gray.

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Quentin Letts talks to Raj Persaud

Hay Festival 2009, 
The columnist and author of 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain sits down In the Psychiatrist’s Chair.

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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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Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris

Fictions – The Master

Hay Festival 2015, 

WINNER OF THE 2015 BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION

A conversation with the prolific master storyteller whose latest books are the comic masterpiece Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party, The Novel Habits of Happiness in his Isabel Dalhousie series, the 15th Ladies No.1 Detective Agency book The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café and the gorgeously romantic The Forever Girl.

Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris

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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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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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Tony Fitzjohn talks to Ben Fogle

Born Wild

Hay Festival 2011, 
A story of passion, adventure and skulduggery on the frontline of African conservation in Kenya and Tanzania.
 
Read a review of Born Wild

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Montagu Don and Derry Moore

Great Gardens of Italy

Hay Festival 2011, 
To appreciate a garden fully you must also know something of the food grown and eaten in the area, of the politics, religion and weather, and of the dreams for the garden’s future as well as the glories of its past.

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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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Salman Rushdie talks to Mariella Frostrup

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses The Enchantress of Florence. ‘it is the hand of the master artist, past all explanation, that gives this book its glamour and its power, its humour and shock, its verve, its glory…East meets west with a clash of cymbals and a burst of fireworks’ – Guardian.

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Gary Shteyngart talks to Gaby Wood

Super Sad True Love Story

Hay Festival 2011, 
A comic love story masterpiece set in a catastrophically fallen USA, from the author of Absurdistan. Magic.
 
Read a review of Super Sad True Love Story www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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Malorie Blackman

Boys Don’t Cry

Hay Festival 2011, 
Noughts and Crosses touched us all and Hay is delighted to welcome Malorie back with her startlingly fresh look at teenage fatherhood.
 
12+ years

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Daisy Goodwin and SJ Parris talk to Diana Quick

Fictions: Period Pieces

Hay Festival 2011, 
Goodwin’s My Last Duchess is a tale of love and money as an American princess is pitched into C19th English society. Prophecy is a C16th thriller set within the sectarian espionage of Elizabeth I’s court.
My Last Duchess - Daisy Goodwin
Heresy - S. J. Parris