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Michael Pollan talks to Rosie Boycott

Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation

Hay Festival 2013, 

A rare opportunity to meet the Californian food superstar, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defence Of Food and Food Rules, as he champions the fundamentals of cooking – a defining human activity which sits at the heart of our cultures and shapes family life.

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Gillian Clarke

The 2013 Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2013, 

The National Poet of Wales gives this year’s lecture addressing AE Housman’s own original subject of The Name And Nature Of Poetry. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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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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Cressida Cowell, Jeremy Strong, Ciaran Murtagh and Andy Stanton

Punny Flannel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Four fearsomely funny writers come together in a wonderfully random mish-mash look at laughs. Chaired by James Campbell.
 
7+ years

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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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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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Roger Pedersen

Cambridge Series: Stem Cells

Hay Festival 2010, 
The neuroscientist who runs the Cambridge Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine asks what stem cells tell us about ourselves.
Roger Pedersen

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Alice Rawsthorn

Hello World: Where Design Meets Life

Hay Festival 2013, 

The pre-eminent design critic explores the history of design’s influence on our lives – from the macabre symbol invented by C18th pirates and one woman’s quest for the best possible prosthetic legs to the evolution of the World Cup ball. Chaired by Suzy Klein.

 

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Rocío de Isasa, Carmen Navarro, Xavi Ayen, Violeta Monreal and Pedro de Andrés

What can we do to get more readers?

Segovia 2014, 

What resources are required to encourage people to read in Spain? How can we promote and encourage reading, and thereby ensure Spain is regarded as one of the more developed countries? Rocío de Isasa of Maeva Publishing, Carmen Navarro, Director of Escuela newspaper, author and illustratorVioleta Monreal andXavi Ayen, journalist for La Vanguardia newspaper, discuss these issues and other topics in an event chaired by the President of CEDRO, Pedro de Andrés.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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Salman Rushdie

The Festival Lecture: The Composite Artist

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist tells tales of demons, dragons and derring-do in this magnificently illustrated lecture about the 100 Indian artists who created the Hamza-nama paintings for the C16th Grand Mughal Akbar.

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Simon Garfield

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Hay Festival 2011, 
About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, and about Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi.

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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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Will Self

Hay Festival 2008, 
The spectacular satirist turns his unforgiving gaze on post-colonialism, multiculturalism, intervention, and moral relativism in the dark and brilliant novel The Butt, winner of the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians mock the news and newsmongers.

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Paul Preston talks to Elena Moya

Segovia 2011, 
Paul Preston, one of the most important British Hispanists and a specialist in contemporary Spanish history, will talk about his new book The Spanish Holocaust, Inquisition and Extermination in 20th Century Spain with Spanish author and journalist Elena Moya, writer of Los olivos de Belchite. In his new work, Preston travels to the turmoil of the 1930’s and scrupulously details the darkest chapters of the Spanish civil war and Franco’s repression thereafter with great command of the sources used.

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Melvyn Bragg and Matthew Evans

George Ewart Evans

Hay Festival 2009, 
A celebration of the centenary of the socialist and oral history pioneer who was born and raised in the former mining community of Abercynon, chaired by Hamish Fyfe.

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Timothy Garton Ash and Slawomir Sierakowski talk to Anita Prazmowska

Solidarity, 1989

Hay Festival 2009, 
Twenty years on, leading participants and commentators assess the progress and effects of the Polish revolution.

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The Intelligence Squared Debate

This House would rescind the UK invitation to the Pope

Hay Festival 2010, 
David Aaronovitch & Johann Hari vs. Helena Kennedy & Phillippe Sands

'This house would rescind the Pope's invitation to the UK'

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John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale

Questions of Truth

Hay Festival 2009, 
The distinguished scientist and theologian and his philosopher interlocutor offer 51 Responses to Questions about God, Science and Belief.

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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