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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Lovers

Budapest 2013, 

The Professor of poetry lays bare Shakepeare’s depiction of romantic lovers and the explorations of sex, love and marriage in the plays, with special reference to Romeo & Juliet

In collaboration with Corvina Books

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Huw Bowen, Ray Karl, Ray Howell

New History of Wales 1: Celts or Britons?

Hay Festival 2011, 
In the first of five sessions debunking myths and prejudices and rewriting the history of Wales, three historians consider the deep ancestry of the nation.

Duration 45 minutes.

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David Sinden, Matthew Morgan & Guy Macdonald

An Awfully Beastly Business

Hay Festival 2010, 
Packed with action, adventure and a fair bit of villainy. Join the Beastly Boys behind The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts (RSPCB).
 
7–11 years

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Victoria Hislop talks to Paul Blezard

The Return

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ravishing Spanish Civil War romance set in Granada from the no.1 bestseller.

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Gavin Francis

Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins

Hay Festival 2013, 

One man, fourteen months, the world’s loneliest continent, minus 50°C, and the magnificent Emperor Penguins for company through a summer of perpetual sunshine into winter months of darkness.

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Christoph Peters and Mohammed Hanif in conversation with Jonathan Levi

Beirut 2013, 

Christoph Peters is a German author of novels and short stories. His novel Stadt Land Fluss was published in 1999, and won the ‘aspekte’ prize for the best German literary debut; it was followed by a collection of short stories in 2001, and in 2007 his first novel to be published in English, The Fabric Of Night. Mohammed Hanif (Pakistan) is a writer and journalist, author of the award-winning A Case Of Exploding Mangoes, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, and subsequently won the 2009 Commonwealth Book Prize and the 2008 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. Hanif has also written for the stage and screen, including a feature film, The Long Night (2002). They talk to writer and journalist Jonathan Levi.

Event in English

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Richard Dannatt talks to Nik Gowing

Leading from the Front

Hay Festival 2011, 
The forthright Chief of the General Staff (2006–2009) reviews his military career and the current state of the nation’s defences.
 
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UK Youth Debate

Rethinking the ways we support young people in society

Hay Festival 2012, 
The race is on to re-engage young people in building an inclusive, healthier, more equal and economically viable society. But changing times need fresh thinking and new solutions. It is essential that we find new, more effective approaches to engage young people in meaningful and relevant ways and enable their participation in building a more resilient society. This is set to be a lively panel debate as our panel of experts from a range of backgrounds explore the radical ways in which we can support young people to address the social challenges that they and future generations face. Chaired byMartyn Lewis.
 
Speakers Martyn Lewis (Chairman of YouthNet and NCVO), Shaun Bailey (Youth worker and Conservative politician) Simon Milner (Policy Director, Facebook), Emma MulQueeny (Rewired State & Young Rewired State), Josh Cope (Youth participation worker, UK Youth), Dan Sutch (Head of Development Research, Nominet Trust)

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Tamsyn Murray

Stunt Bunny

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re delighted to introduce Harriet Houdini aka Stunt Bunny to Hay! Well, perhaps not in rabbit, but her wonderful creator will talk tricks and flips, with opera-singing poodles and giggling guinea pigs along the way.
 
5–7 years Rib Ticklers 

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Michael Holding talks to Matthew Engel

No Holding Back

Hay Festival 2010, 
Nicknamed ‘whispering death’ and arguably the greatest fast bowler of all time in Clive Lloyd’s legendary team, the Jamaican has become over the last twenty years one of cricket’s most incisive commentators and leaders.
Michael Holding talks to Matthew Engel

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Germaine Greer, Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti y Tomás Vrba en conversación con Juan Cruz

Segovia 2008, 
La escritora y activista Germaine Greer, la escritora y perioidista italiana Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti y el periodista checo Tomás Vrba hablarán con el periodista Juan Cruz sobre las acontencimentos que tuvieron lugar en mayo del 68 y de la repercusión de estos en sus respectivos paises.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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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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Julia Donaldson

The Detective Dog

Hay Festival 2016, 

Julia Donaldson gives a first peek at Detective Dog Nell, her latest character, in a sensational all-singing, all-dancing performance. Join Julia and her friends as they introduce a dog who not only has super powers of smell but can also help children learn to read.

3+
Julia Donaldson

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Thomas Friedman

That Used To Be Us

Hay Festival 2012, 
The New York Times foreign affairs writer looks at What Went Wrong with America - and How It Can Come Back. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Andrew Edgar

Cardiff University Series 3: A Moral Conception Of The NHS

Hay Festival 2013, 

An exclusive emphasis upon efficiency leads to a fundamental misunderstanding of the true nature of a national health service. Viewed as a ‘civil association’, it is through the NHS that we, as a community, express and put into practice our sense of morality.

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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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Karen Armstrong

The Bible: The Biography

Hay Festival 2008, 
Karen Armstrong traces the gestation of the Bible to reveal a complex and contradictory document created by scores of people over hundreds of years, serving many constituencies and contexts.

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Lorrie Moore and Joshua Ferris

Fictions – American Time

Hay Festival 2014, 

In her new collection Bark the great short story writer Lorrie Moore explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls. Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love wend their way through each of these narratives. Moore’s characteristic style is always tender, never sentimental and often heartbreakingly funny. Ferris’s dazzling new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life, the certainty of death, and the importance of good oral hygiene. They talk to Ted Hodgkinson.

Lorrie Moore and Joshua Ferris

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Abigail Rokison

Shakespeare 450 – Romeo and Juliet, Interpretation and Adaptation

Hay Festival 2014, 

The eponymous lovers have become synonymous with intense young love, and the image of a young man wooing his love at a balcony is now iconic. The Shakespeare scholar will explore a range of stage productions and adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, aimed specifically at young people.

Abigail Rokison

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The Economist Debate

Adam Roberts, Kathleed Newland, David Conway and Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2008, 
‘Restricting migration hinders the development of both the rich world and the poor'. Adam Roberts of The Economist, Kathleen Newland of the Migration Policy Institute, David Conway of Civitas and Trevor Phillips. Jon Snow presides. The freer movement of people may be a sure-fire way of reducing global inequality. But does it come at the cost of creating greater inequality within countries?

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Shaun Tan

Tales From Outer Suburbia

Hay Festival 2009, 
The multi-award winning Australian illustrator and writer discusses his mesmerising work, including The Arrival, Tales From Outer Suburbia and his projects with Pixar.

9 years – adult

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Geoff Dyer talks to William Fiennes

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist introduces his ingenious dual narrative, a story of love and yearning that plays with the boundaries of fiction.

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Ffion Hague

The Pain and the Privilege

Hay Festival 2008, 
We launch the biographer’s study of the marriage, the scandals and the fallout from: The Women in Lloyd George’s Life.

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David Andress and Mike Rapport

Revolution

Hay Festival 2008, 
Two of Britain’s most brilliant historians, David Andress (1789) and Mike Rapport (1848) discuss the turning points of European history.

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Adam Corner

Cardiff series 1: Geo-engineering – Plan B or Pandora’s Box?

Hay Festival 2012, 
From tiny particles reflecting sunlight to giant machines capturing carbon, technological fixes might be the answer to climate change. But such manipulation is riddled with social, ethical and legal problems.
 
In association with Cardiff University