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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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Philip Parker

The Northmen’s Fury: A History of the Viking World

Hay Festival 2014, 

One summer’s day in 793, death arrived from the sea. The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings – sea-borne attackers, adventurers and traders who brought two centuries of terror to northern Europe and North America. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Vicky Pryce, David Wilson and Erwin James

Some Truths About Prisons

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation about the penal system. Pryce served time for perverting the course of justice. She is the author of Prisonomics: Behind Bars in Britain’s Failing Prisons. Both former Prison Governors and now criminologists, Wilson is the author of Out of Sight Out of Mind and Pain and Retribution. They talk to Erwin James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

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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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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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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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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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Dambisa Moyo

Edge of Chaos

Hay Festival 2018, 

Facing economic stagnation, inequality and the vulnerability of liberal democracies to extremism, the economist proposes an aggressive and radical re-tooling of our political system with new constraints on both elected officials and voters. Moyo argues for extending politicians’ terms so as to match better the economic cycles; for increasing minimum qualifications for candidates; for introducing mandatory voting, and for implementing a weighted voting system. Moyo’s other books include Dead Aid, Winner Take All and How The West Was Lost. Chaired by Dharshini David.

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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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Lisa Dwan

Not I

Kells 2013, 

Lisa reprises her performance of Samuel Beckett’s play Not I, which she performed to rave reviews earlier this year at London’s The Royal Court. Followed by Q&A session with Elizabeth Hunt.

‘It was a privilege to hear her’ – 5-star review from Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.

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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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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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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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Monty Don

Down to Earth

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The gardening writer and Gardener’s World star follows his fabulous bestseller Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs by sharing gardening wisdom from his 50 years of experience. Tips, soil and wonderful stories.

Monty Don

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Peter Barber and Chris Clarkson

The Mappa Mundi

Hay Festival 2010, 
A celebration of the great Medieval Map housed in Hereford Cathedral.
Peter Barber and Chris Clarkson

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Books in the cloud

Segovia 2011, 
Technology has brought about new ways to access books. One of the latest trends for reading is through streaming or “in the cloud”. What does this consist? How does this affect author, publisher and reader? Alberto Olmos, writer; Manuela Lara, development and project director at Santillana Negocios Digitales, and Javier Celaya, director of Dosdoce.com. Chaired by Pedro de Andrés, president of the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO).

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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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Peter Florence and guests

The 25th Anniversary Alphabet

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the festival director and a glittering galaxy of guests, each of whom will take a letter or two for a two-minute adventure. Full details of the line-up will be published online on 30 May.
 
Proceeds from the gala will fund access to the education programme for local schools

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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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Bridget Christie, Tony Law, James Acaster and Nish Kumar hosted by Ed Gamble

The Machynlleth Comedy Festival Showcase

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Saturday Night Showcase returns, featuring the best breaking comedians and the comet-tailed stars of our fabulous sister festival over the mountains. You’ll hear them here second!

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Samar Yazbek talks to Jo Glanville

The View From Here

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation about new writing in the Arab world with the PEN Award-winning and Beirut 39 writer Samar Yazbek, author of A Woman In The Crossfire: Diaries Of The Syrian Revolution.

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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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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2015, 

Following on the success of last year, the Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE is back for part two of his now published and bestselling book Happiness by Design. Through ‘Decide, Design and Do’, he reveals the ways in which we can actually become happier without having to think too hard about it. Change what you do, not how you think, to get more pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

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