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Antony Beevor

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner launches his study of the D-Day landings and the liberation battles that turned the war and marked, forever, the relationship between Europe and America.

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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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Adam Hart-Davis

The Book Of Time

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Philosophers, scientists and religions have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. From the Ancient Indian ghati to the latest atomic clock, Adam explores measuring time and time travel. Make time to join him.

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In The Book of Time we see how philosophers, scientists and religions have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. We see how time works in the natural world and in our own bodies and minds, and how we've tried to measure it – first with calendars, then with increasingly sophisticated devices, from the Ancient Indian ghati to the latest atomic clock. And from Aristotle to Einstein, we explore how time has been essential for scientists in their quest to understand the universe and everything in it. Not forgetting the deliciously weird world of time travel, explaining what is fact and what is fiction. This is the kind of book that you can dip into or read in depth – but either way we promise time will just fly by...
Adam Hart-Davis

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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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Polly Samson and Barney Norris talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Loves

Hay Festival 2016, 

Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Samson’s second novel The Kindness explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. She’s written an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told. In Norris’ debut Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, the peace of a quiet evening in Salisbury is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small-town life.

Polly Samson and Barney Norris talk to Georgina Godwin

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Edward Davey, Tony Cocker and Jane Davidson

The Future of Energy Series 1 - Low Carbon and Economic Growth

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is it possible to have economic growth within a low carbon economy? The Secretary of State, E-ON CEO and INSPIRE Director discuss the opportunities and threats facing us as we face a changing energy world.
 

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David Spiegelhalter and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

The Royal Society Platform – Teenage Kicks

Hay Festival 2012, 
How do you explain teenage behaviour? What are the risks and the rewards they’re juggling?
 

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Marcus Brigstocke, Saci Lloyd, Ed Gillespie and Juliet Davenport

I’m An Expert, Get Me Out of Here

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join enthusiastic host Ed Gillespie and two teams of the great and the good for this riotous and irreverent game show. Expect a heady mix of topicality, tomfoolery and randomness. No (live) insects will be hurt during the proceedings. We can’t guarantee the same for our heroic participants’ feelings, pride or reputation.

Marcus Brigstocke, Saci Lloyd, Ed Gillespie and Juliet Davenport

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Mary Portas

Shop Girl

Hay Festival 2015, 

Retail and brand communication guru Mary Portas discusses her recently released memoir, Shop Girl, and shares her memories of growing up in Watford in the 70s and her first steps into the world of retail at Harvey Nichols and Harrods in the early 80s.

Born into a large Irish family, Mary’s childhood is full of love, laughter, fun and mischief. However when Mary is 16 tragedy strikes and her world is blown apart. New responsibilities at home mean her ambitions to act are pushed to one side. But things play out unexpectedly: after vowing she doesn’t want to work in a shop for the rest of her life Mary takes to the camp and glamour of dressing displays in Harvey Nichols and Harrods like a duck to water, and Mary, Queen of Shops is born.

She talks to Gaby Wood, the Telegraph’s Head of Books.

Mary Portas

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Irvine Welsh talks to Stephanie Merritt

Trainspotting At 20

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Scottish novelist celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic book, and discusses his recently-published prequel Skagboys.

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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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Martin Rees, Neil Turok and Bernard Carr

Universe or Multiverse?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The pre-eminent astronomers and cosmologists discuss how recent developments in cosmology and particle physics have led to the remarkable realization that our universe – rather than being unique – could be just one of many universes. This multiverse proposal may explain the fine-tunings which appear necessary for the emergence of life, as well as the origin of our universe. Chaired by science broadcaster Quentin Cooper.

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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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Nathan Englander and Helen Simpson

Fictions – Shorts

Hay Festival 2012, 
Short stories from two stars of the genre who discuss and read from their collections What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and Collected Stories. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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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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Michael Jacobs talks to Horatio Clare

The Robber Of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia

Hay Festival 2013, 

Running through the heart of Colombia is a river emblematic of the fascination and tragedy of South America, the Magdalena, considered by some the most dangerous place in the world. Jacobs is captured by the FARC, has a chance encounter with Gabriel García Márquez and is brought to reflect on memory and identity, and the nature of mystery.

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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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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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David Nicholls talks to Paul Blezard

One Day

Hay Festival 2009, 
The screenwriter introduces his magical romantic-comic novel.

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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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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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Ian Thompson

The Sun King's Garden

Hay Festival 2007, 
Louis XIV celebrated his many military and amorous conquests by commissioning André le Nôtre to extend his magnificent 16,000-acre gardens at Versailles.

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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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Andrew Duff and John Keay

Beneath the Himalayas

Hay Festival 2015, 

Narendra Modi’s pilgrimage to Tibet heralds a new warmth in Sino-Indian relations, but the emerging superpowers have a long and complex history of contested priorities in the Himalayas. Keay is author of Midnight’s Descendants, a sweeping history of South Asia; Duff’s Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom tells the remarkable true story of India’s annexation of Sikkim in 1975. It’s a tale of love, intrigue and the Cold War in Asia.

Andrew Duff and John Keay

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David Priestland

The Red Flag: Communism and the Making of the Modern World

Hay Festival 2010, 
20 years after the fall of the Wall the historian charts the mutations and movements of Communist ideas across the barricades of 1848 Europe and around the world to Latin America and Asia where the ideologies still prevail today.
David Priestland