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Philip Pullman

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist talks about his The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman

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Elizabeth Haycox and Paul Greatbatch, Nancy Lavin Albert and Justin Albert, Andrew Craven, Elizabeth Evans-Bevan, Lyndy Cooke and Peter Florence

Hay Castle Trust

Hay Festival 2012, 
Come and meet the Trustees and Directors of the newly-formed Hay Castle Trust and hear about the restoration and curation project of the medieval castle in the centre of Hay.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED

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Bogotá 39

Hay Festival 2008, 
Introducing the cream of new fiction from Latin America with Colombian Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s The Informers, Peruvian Santiago Roncagliolo, and Mexican Guadalupe Nettel. Chaired by Jason Wilson.

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Chris Evans talks to Anne Robinson

Memoirs of a Fruitcake

Hay Festival 2011, 
Top chat about the broadcaster’s new volume of memoirs.
Memoirs of a Fruitcake - Chris Evans

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Nick Clegg talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Deputy Prime Minister gives his first public interview, discussing The Rule of Law, Constitutional Reform and the Coalition government.

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Antonio Muñoz Molina in conversation with Justo Serna

Segovia 2010, 
Antonio Muñoz Molina, a writer and member of the 'Real Academia Española’ (Royal Spanish Academy) will talk to Justo Serna, a professor of Contemporary History at the University of Valencia and a specialist in Cultural History. They will both expound on the latest novel by Muñoz Molina, La noche de los tiempos, a personal look at the causes which led to the Spanish Civil War. 

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.

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Sandi Toksvig

The Hay Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2015, 

 A celebration of reading and books from the comedian, broadcaster and writer whose books include the novels Hitler’s Canary, Flying Under Bridges and Valentine Grey, children’s stories The Littlest Viking and The Troublesome Tooth Fairy, non-fiction best-sellers Peas & Queues and Girls Are Best and the play Bully Boy. Introduced by Sue Wilkinson.

Sandi Toksvig

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Julia Wright, Carlos Alfaro and John Vidal chaired by Andrew Simms

The Cuban ‘Surprise’

Hay Festival 2009, 
How lessons from a small, isolated island could save millions of lives in a warming world. Author Julia Wright talks with Cuban Economic Counsellor Carlos Alfaro and Guardian Environment Editor John Vidal. nef Policy Director Andrew Simms chairs.

Part of the nef series ‘Surviving the Crash’. nef is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society

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Periodismo y blogs: Arcadi Espada y Miguel Ángel Aguilar

Alhambra 2009, 
Arcadi Espada, profesor de Periodismo en la Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona, colaborador del diario El Mundo y autor, entre otras
obras, de Periodismo práctico, y Miguel Ángel Aguilar, colaborador de El País, secretario general y miembro fundador de la Asociación de Periodistas Europeos, reflexionan sobre el fenómeno de los blogs y su papel dentro del oficio periodístico.

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Steve Coogan and Stephen Frears

Philomena

Hay Festival 2014, 

Martin Sixsmith’s book Philomena has been made into a multi-award-winning film by screenwriter and actor Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, The Trip, Despicable Me) and the director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things). They talk to Alan Yentob.

Steve Coogan and Stephen Frears

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Tony Brown: The Gwyn Jones Lecture

RS Thomas Centenary Series: The Uncollected Poems Of RS Thomas

Hay Festival 2013, 

To celebrate the centenary of the great poet’s birth, the editor talks about the work involved in bringing together a selection of his uncollected work – often elusively published in obscure magazines, journals, newspapers and limited editions. This substantial volume spans the whole of RS Thomas’s career, from an early sonnet to his first wife and several Iago Prytherch poems to the powerful metaphysical meditations of his later years.

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The John Finnemore Sketch Show

Winter Weekend 2011, 
John Finnemore, writer and star of Radio 4’s Cabin Pressure, regular guest on The Now Show, and popper-up on Miranda and That Mitchell And Webb Look, presents an hour of sketches from his new Radio 4 sketch show, with Simon Kane, Carrie Quinlan and Lawry Lewin. Come and laugh your Christmas stockings off.

The John Finnemore Sketch Show

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Tim Finch, Julie Meyer and Warren East talk to Guto Harri

The Magic of Diasporas

Hay Festival 2015, 
Diaspora: a scattered population with a common origin. Diaspora engagement is changing the fortunes of nations and exerting huge influence over many aspects of public life and economic development. Moreover it is claimed that 20 non-resident Welsh people could bring wealth and prosperity to Wales. So what is, as The Economist puts it, the ‘Magic of Diasporas’? Finch – former Head of Migration at IPPR, Meyer – entrepreneur, investor and business advisor, and Warren East – newly appointed CEO of Rolls-Royce and former CEO of ARM Holdings, talk to Guto Harri.
Tim Finch, Julie Meyer and Warren East talk to Guto Harri

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Professor Howard Williamson CBE, Karen Doherty, Hilary Hodgeson, Derek Browne and Dan Sutch

UK Youth Debate: Vision, Not Division

Hay Festival 2010, 
What young people need, but schools can’t deliver. Chaired by Susanna Reid.

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

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Claudio Naranjo with Jorge Alberto Llano García

Cartagena 2012, 
Claudio Naranjo is a world expert in Gestalt therapy and one of the pioneers of Transpersonal Psychology. In his discussion with Jorge Alberto Llano García, he will talk about the path taken in recent years as regards education. His goal is to train educators in self-knowledge and spiritual transformation as has been described in the great epics of both the East, such as the Bhagavad Gita, and the West, like The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey. Claudio Naranjo is working to make education an engine for a wider transformation: that of society as a whole.

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Karen Usher, Eric Thomas, David Landsman and David Willetts

The New University

Hay Festival 2014, 

Britain needs more scientists and engineers, but can our universities deliver? Current proposals for a new university in Hereford focus on employability and economic growth via a highly innovative ‘Liberal Sciences’ approach. If you’re a parent, a teacher, an employer or just interested in the future of education, jump start your day with this lively discussion. Usher is leading the campaign for the New University, Thomas is Vice Chancellor of Bristol University, Landsman is Executive Director of Tata and Willetts is Minister for Universities.
Chaired by Hereford MP Jesse Norman.

Karen Usher, Eric Thomas, David Landsman and David Willetts

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Martin Rees, Maggi Dawn, Richard Harries

The Guardian Debate: Is Reason Always Right?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Science and logic are often held up as the only way to answer the modern world’s big questions. But is there a role for instinct, inherited wisdom, or even God? Can religion ever win the intellectual argument? Chaired by Simon Jenkins.
Martin Rees, Maggi Dawn, Richard Harries

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Daniel Kahneman

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Nobel Economics laureate explores human rationality and irrationality. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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Monty Don and Nigel

My Family and Other Dogs

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Gardeners’ World star and social media sensation will bring his human best friend onstage to talk about dogs and love and family. #woof

Monty Don and Nigel

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Bronwen Maddox, Peter Hitchens, David Aaronovitch, Johann Hari

Election 2015: How Was It For You?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Four of our leading commentators analyse the election results and their aftermath. They look at the leadership issues and futures for each of the parties.

Bronwen Maddox, Peter Hitchens, David Aaronovitch, Johann Hari

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Carlos Acosta talks to Sarah Crompton

Pig’s Foot

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Cuban dancer introduces his novel: as Oscar sets out to find his ancestral village of Pata de Puerco and the meaning of the magical pig’s-foot amulet he has inherited, the search for his country’s hidden history becomes entangled with his search for the truth about himself.

Carlos Acosta talks to Sarah Crompton

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Justine Roberts, Paul Staines, David Prescott and Jesse Norman

The Internet And The New Constituencies

Hay Festival 2013, 

How are social media, blogging and Twitter changing the way 'consumer voters' connect with politicians? The Mumsnet founder is joined by right-wing Westminster blogger Guido Fawkes, the Labour digital campaigner and the Parliamentarian of the Year to discuss the new political powers.

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The Hamlin Lecture 2012 - Harry Belafonte talks to David Lammy

My Song - An American Life

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor, singer and Civil Rights hero, who acted as a conduit between Martin Luther King and the Kennedys, launches his memoir.
 
He began as an actor—and has always thought of himself as such—but was quickly spotted in a musical, began a tentative nightclub career, and soon was on a meteoric rise to become one of the world’s most popular singers. Belafonte was never content to simply be an entertainer, however. Even at enormous personal cost, he could not shy away from activism. At first it was a question of personal dignity: breaking down racial barriers that had never been broken before, achieving an enduring popularity with both white and black audiences. Then his activism broadened to a lifelong, passionate involvement at the heart of the civil rights movement and countless other political and social causes. The sections on the rise of the civil rights movement are perhaps the most moving in the book: his close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr.; his role as a conduit between Dr. King and the Kennedys; his up-close involvement with the demonstrations and awareness of the hatred and potential violence around him; his devastation at Dr. King’s death and his continuing fight for what he believes is right.
 
But My Song is far more than the history of a movement. It is a very personal look at the people in that movement and the world in which Belafonte has long moved. He has befriended many beloved and important figures in both entertainment and politics—Paul Robeson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sidney Poitier, John F. Kennedy, Marlon Brando, Robert Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Tony Bennett, Bill Clinton—and writes about them with the same exceptional candor with which he reveals himself on every page. This is a book that pulls no punches, and turns both a loving and critical eye on our country’s cultural past.

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James Watson talks to Ian McEwan

Nobel Series - The John Maddox Lecture

Hay Festival 2012, 
Our annual science lecture is given this year by the 1962 Nobel Laureate, the author of The Double Helix, who in 1953 discovered the structure of DNA with Francis Crick. It will be chaired by Ian McEwan.

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Michael Morpurgo

The Mozart Question Concert

Hay Festival 2015, 

Author Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble (a quartet of strings). Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust. Adapted and directed by Simon Reade.

‘It is difficult for us to imagine how dreadful was the suffering that went on in the Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War. The enormity of the crime that the Nazis committed is just too overwhelming for us to comprehend. In their attempt to wipe out an entire race they caused the death of six million people, most of them Jews. It is when you hear the stories of the individuals who lived through it – Anne Frank, Primo Levi – that you can begin to understand the horror just a little better, and to understand the evil that caused it.

‘For me, the most haunting image does not come from literature or film, but from music. I learned some time ago that in many of the camps the Nazis selected Jewish prisoners and forced them to play in orchestras; for the musicians it was simply a way to survive. In order to calm the new arrivals at the camps, they were made to serenade them as they were lined up and marched off, many to the gas chambers. Often they played Mozart.

‘I wondered how it must have been for a musician who played in such hellish circumstances, who adored Mozart as I do – what thoughts came when playing Mozart later in life? This was the genesis of my story, this and the sight of a small boy in a square by the Accademia Bridge in Venice, sitting one night, in his pyjamas on his tricycle, listening to a busker. He sat totally enthralled by the music that seemed to him, and to me, to be heavenly.’ Michael Morpurgo.

8+ years
Duration 1 hour 15 minutes. No interval.
Michael Morpurgo