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Rob Hopkins, Simon Forrester, Rosie Boycott and Andrew Simms

Transition Now

Hay Festival 2009, 
Frontline news from the UK’s fastest growing social experiment – the Transition Town Movement – with movement founder Rob Hopkins, Simon Forrester of Transition Towns Hay and journalist and smallholder Rosie Boycott. Chaired by nef Policy Director Andrew Simms.
 
Part of the nef series ‘Surviving the Crash’. nef is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society

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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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20 años sin Muro

Gabriela Adamesteanu en conversación con Olivier Guez

Segovia 2009, 
La periodista, ensayista y escritora rumana Gabriela Adamesteanu conversará con el periodista e historiador francés Olivier Guez.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del rumano, francés y checo al español

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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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Juan Manuel Santos, Javier Moreno, Carlos Fuentes y Sergio Ramírez

Ideas for a changing world

Cartagena 2012, 
We invite figures from the world of culture and politics to present us with a great idea for the future. We give them carte blanche, and so they can talk about any field, whether it be philosophy, physics, religion, the environment, literature, or anything else. They will talk to Alejandro Santos, director of Semana

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Arianna Huffington, John Lloyd and Deborah Moggach

We’re not done yet! What’s next for Baby Boomers?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Three of the best of the luckiest generation in history are still learning, still leading the way and still at the top of their game. They talk with Emma Soames.

Arianna Huffington, John Lloyd and Deborah Moggach

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Monty Don and Derry Moore

Paradise Gardens

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrates Heaven on Earth. The gardener Monty Don and acclaimed photographer Derry Moore set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world. From the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain to a Mughal garden in Bradford, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, they present a glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth.

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Venki Ramakrishnan

The Royal Society Lecture: Antibiotics and the Cell's Protein Factory

Hay Festival 2016, 

Venki Ramakrishnan was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry for “studies of the structure and function of the ribosome” and in 2015 became president of the Royal Society. 

We are facing a global health problem with the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. A large number of antibiotics work by preventing bacteria from making proteins, which are essential to carry out the various functions of all life. Proteins are made using instructions encoded in our genes by a large molecular machine called the ribosome. The ribosome is enormous in molecular terms, because it consists of almost half a million atoms. Solving its precise atomic structure was crucial to understand how it worked. It also showed how antibiotics bind to it and how new ones could be designed. The ribosome is also ancient and the structure provides strong evidence that it emerged from a primordial RNA world and by making proteins, helped to transform life into the form we know today.

Join Venki as he talks to Roger Highfield about his ground-breaking research. 

Venki Ramakrishnan

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Mark Beaumont talks to Rob Penn

The Man Who Cycled the World

Hay Festival 2011, 
There are some tales to tell from the young Scot’s adventure 18,000 miles around the world on two wheels in 194 days and 17 hours.

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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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Jon Ronson

So, You’ve Been Publicly Shamed…

Hay Festival 2015, 

A powerful and sometimes humorous look at the phenomenon of artificial high dramas and public shamings that are characteristic of a world dominated by social media. Why do we do it and how does it affect the shamed? Ronson was prompted into looking at public shaming after his own online identity was stolen in 2012. He met famous shamers and shamees to discover how public ridicule and vitriol can devastate the victim, and to uncover the true reasons behind the rise in public shaming.

Ronson is a documentary maker and author of many bestselling books including The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Lost at Sea and Them: Adventures with Extremists. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

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John Harrison talks to Francesca Rhydderch

1519: Journey to the End of Time

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1519 an arrogant and unscrupulous man sailed from the Caribbean with orders to find a missing Spanish expedition. He immediately set about carving himself an empire in modern Mexico, while the governor of Cuba sent a force out to kill him. Hernán Cortés explored the coast to Veracruz then struck inland, seduced by tales of a great empire rich in gold. He found the largest and best-run city on earth and reduced it to rubble.

Award-winning travel writer and historian John Harrison followed in his footsteps for four months, finding the jungle ruins and sophisticated hilltop cities which put the lie to the popular image of the Aztecs and their neighbours as bloodthirsty savages. Popular accounts always suggest Cortés was mistaken for a returning god; the truth is very different and far more interesting. Both the Spanish and the Aztecs thought that the world was coming to a close soon, and that they were pleasing their gods in performing vital last deeds.

John Harrison talks to Francesca Rhydderch

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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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Hans Rosenfeldt talks to Tim Marlow

Bron/Broen/The Bridge

Hay Festival 2014, 

The creator of the iconic Danish-Swedish television thriller takes time out from writing the third series to discuss Saga, Martin and the long-form drama.

Hans Rosenfeldt talks to Tim Marlow

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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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Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger

Big Data

Hay Festival 2013, 

Just as water is wet in a way that individual water molecules aren’t, big data can reveal information in a way that individual bits of data can’t. The tech and business gurus show us the surprising ways that enormous, complex and messy collections of data can be used to predict everything from shopping patterns to flu outbreaks. Chaired by Stephanie Flanders.

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Ben Macintyre

Double Cross - The True Story of the D-Day Spies

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat uncovers the six extraordinary double-agents at the heart of the deception that enabled the 150,000-strong invasion force to land in Normandy on 6 June 1944.
 

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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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Simon Singh

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The writers of The Simpsons are so fascinated by mathematics that they have drip-fed morsels of number theory into the series over the last twenty-five years – so many that they could form the basis of an entire university course. The author of The Codebook and Fermat’s Last Theorem uses specific episodes to explain concepts ranging from pi and the paradox of infinity to the origins of numbers.

Simon Singh

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Shami Chakrabarti

On Liberty

Hay Festival 2015, 

On 11 September 2001 our world changed. The West’s response to 9/11 has morphed into a period of ‘exception’. Governments have decided that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly. The Director of Liberty explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable and examines the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today. She talks to Susie Symes, economist and chair of 19 Princelet Street.

Shami Chakrabarti

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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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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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Raymond Tallis

The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head

Hay Festival 2008, 
Raymond Tallis combines biological science and philosophical interrogation in his search of the place where our soul and consciousness reside. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Balancing Acts

Hay Festival 2017, 

You start with a vision, and you deliver a compromise. You want a play to be challenging, ambitious, nuanced and complicated. You also want it to sell tickets. You want to make art, and you know you’re in show-business. The inside story of 12 years at the helm of The National Theatre is a story of lunatic failures and spectacular successes. Its cast includes the likes of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and, of course, William Shakespeare.

Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill