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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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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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Al Murray/The Pub Landlord Double Bill

Hay Festival 2014, 

Listen to an evening with the phenomenal comedian.

Part 1: Watching War Films With My Dad

In the first part Al discusses his passion for history with James Holland. Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two. They didn’t go to football; they went to battlefields. Because like so many of his generation whose childhood was all about Airfix, Action Man and Where Eagles Dare, he grew up in the cultural wake of the Second World War…

Part 2: The Pub Landlord – The Only Way Is Epic

In the second part Al brings his legendary stand-up character to Hay Festival. Britain’s most irrepressible inn-keeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery.

“An exceptional balancing act. Performing in his short-sleeved white shirt, with a working beer pump behind him, Murray’s interaction with his crowd remains one of the wonders of the comedy world…satire with scope and a real sting.” The Times

“It’s wickedly witty stuff, and the knowledge that Murray is in fact a staunch, rather high-born Europhile with an MA in modern history makes this outwardly boorish satire on British provincialism more seductive still – right down, in fact, to the occasional guilt-ridden moment of doubt as to exactly what it is you’re laughing at.” The Telegraph

Al Murray/The Pub Landlord Double Bill

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Lloyd Jones and Cynan Jones talk to Gwen Davies

New Tales From The Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new stories adapting the classical Welsh myth-tales into modern idioms engage with rugby, mental health and male identity in Lloyd Jones’ See How They Run and Scritture Giovani fellow Cynan Jones’ Blood, Bird, Snow. Cynan’s The Dig was shortlisted for the EFG Short Story Award.

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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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Yanis Varoufakis talks to Martha Kearney

And the Weak Suffer What They Must

Hay Festival 2016, 

The former Finance Minister of Greece shows that the origins of the European collapse go far deeper than our leaders are prepared to admit – and that we have done nothing so far to fix it.

Yanis Varoufakis talks to Martha Kearney

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boris Johnson

Johnson’s Life of London

Hay Festival 2012, 
The mayor, journalist and metropolitan introduces The People Who Made the City that Made the World.

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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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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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Jo Brand talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2011, 
The comedian and writer discusses her new volume of autobiography Can’t Stand Up for Sitting Down.
Jo Brand talks to Peter Florence

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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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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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Daniel Kahneman

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

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Rowan Williams and Neil MacGregor

Images of Faith – Help or Hindrance?

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation about religion and imagery with the former Archbishop and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and the Director of the British Museum, author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Shakespeare’s Restless World.

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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

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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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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.