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Adam Nicolson

Earls of Paradise

Hay Festival 2008, 
In his arcadian exploration, the historian takes a single great family, the Earls of Pembroke - their wives, children, estates, tenants and allies - and follows their high and glamorous trajectory across three generations of change, nostalgia, ambition, resistance and war from the 1520s to the 1640s.

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Josephine Hart's Poetry Hour with Dame Eileen Atkins and Dan Stevens

The Great War Poets

Hay Festival 2007, 
The British Library's cult poetry show comes to Hay with readings from the golden generation of Great War poets, introduced by the author of Catching Life By The Throat. Readers include Dame Eileen Atkins and Dan Stevens.

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Simon Mitton

Cambridge Series 3: From Alexandria to Cambridge

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian of astronomy examines Five Books That Changed Our View of the Universe: Ptolemy's Almagest, Copernicus' De Revolutionibus, Galileo's Siderius Nuncius and Dialogo, and Newton's Principia. A facsimile of the Copernicus manuscript will be displayed.

More about Simon Mitton here 

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Helena Attlee

The Land Where Lemons Grow

Hay Festival 2014, 

The gardening historian and travel writer embarks on extraordinary journeys through Italy, exploring the curious past and present of citrus fruit, uncovering the origins of the Mafia among Sicily’s lemon groves and meeting Orthodox Jewish citron merchants in Calabria.

Helena Attlee

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Salman Rushdie talks to Mariella Frostrup

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses The Enchantress of Florence. ‘it is the hand of the master artist, past all explanation, that gives this book its glamour and its power, its humour and shock, its verve, its glory…East meets west with a clash of cymbals and a burst of fireworks’ – Guardian.

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Matt Parker

Number Ninja

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Infinite Monkey Cage stand-up maths star takes an hilarious tour through the world of numbers. Expect everything from debunking number nonsense and flagrant sudoku abuse to the mysterious patterns in the locations of ancient monuments and defunct Woolworths’ stores.

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Joanna Trollope talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist explores the complexities, the sabotages, and the shifting currents of female friendship in Friday Nights.

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Sophie Dahl

Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author reads from and discusses her recipe for the art of eating a little of what you fancy in Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Retos del mundo editorial

Rebecca Carter, Christopher MacLehose y Bill Swainson en conversación con Miguel Aguilar

Segovia 2009, 
Tres editores británicos, Rebecca Carter (Harvill Secker), Christopher MacLehose (MacLehose Press) y Bill Swainson (Bloomsbury), analizarán con Miguel Aguilar (Debate) tendencias y problemáticas significativas en el mundo editorial actual: la era digital, los libros electrónicos, el impacto de la crisis financiera en las editoriales independientes, la promoción en el Reino Unido de literatura traducida, etc. Presentado por Jorge Postigo.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Owen Sheers and Russell Celyn Jones talk to Jon Gower

Fiction: Myths

Hay Festival 2010, 
In White Ravens and The Ninth Wave the two Welsh writers re-imagine stories from the Mabinogion.

“Celyn-Jones'
The Ninth Wave
transports us to a post-climate change feudal world...a tense and evocative piece of work that maintains the fine tradition of Welsh myth-making.” The Big Issue

“Sheers makes his 20th century setting sing but holds on the otherworldliness of his source material…A spellbinding fable about male self-destructiveness and the effects of war on those who return home.” Financial Times
Owen Sheers and Russell Celyn Jones talk to Jon Gower

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Ranulph Fiennes

Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Coldest Temperatures on Earth

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Cold is a celebration of lives dedicated to researching and exploring some of the most hostile and brutally cold places on Earth. Documenting both his own explorations and those of others such as Shackleton, Cook and Amundsen, the famous adventurer and explorer reveals the chequered history of man’s attempts to discover and understand these remote areas of the planet.

Ranulph Fiennes

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Nick Cohen

What Do We Do Now?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Spectator and Observer journalist looks back at the General Election, and discusses the future of political alignment and the relationship between politics and the media. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Nick Cohen

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Jon Gower, Jeremy Moore, Tomos Williams

At Water’s Edge

Hay Festival 2012, 
As the All-Wales Coast Path opens to the public, the writer is joined by his fellow-travelling photographer and trumpeter to explore the country’s 870-mile edge, where land meets sea.

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Patrick Ness

The Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

The double Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy talks with writer and critic Damian Kelleher about the appeal of the dystopian and the fantastical in YA fiction. He also brings a sneak preview of his next YA novel, due out in the autumn.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ years

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Jenni Murray talks to Fiona Lindsay

Memoirs of a Not-So-Dutiful Daughter

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great broadcaster describes her relationship with her mother.

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

What if Latin America Ruled the World?

Hay Festival 2010, 
How the South will take the North into the 22nd Century.
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

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Atef Abu Saif and Abdallah Tayeh

Fictions – The Book of Gaza

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist Atef Abu Saif introduces his groundbreaking anthology of ten Palestinian writers who have been translated into English for the first time. Each story takes place in a different part of the Strip and provides a ‘literary map’, navigating its readers around the cities. He is joined by one of the contributing short story writers, Abdallah Tayeh. They talk to Georgina Godwin.

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Frank Close

Nothing

Hay Festival 2013, 

The particle physicist explores the science and the history of the elusive void: from Aristotle, who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, via the theories of Newton and Einstein, to our very latest discoveries and why they can tell us extraordinary things about the cosmos.

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Gillian Clarke

The 2013 Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2013, 

The National Poet of Wales gives this year’s lecture addressing AE Housman’s own original subject of The Name And Nature Of Poetry. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Jonny Duddle

The Pirates Next Door

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join this swash-buckling illustrator as he tells more tales of The Jolly Rogers Family, inspired by his role as an artist for Aardman’s The Pirates. Dress in your finest sea dog garms.
 
5-7 yrs

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Peter Hetherington

Whose Land is Our Land?

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Food security and housing an expanding nation should be priorities for Britain. Both are being thwarted by record land prices. In the past 10 years, farmland value has risen by almost 200 per cent - with feeding the population secondary to speculators buying up thousands of acres to avoid tax. If planning permission is given for new housing, prices may rise 50-fold - making home ownership a distant dream for many. Journalist Peter Hetherington argues that Britain needs much stronger action by the government. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

Peter Hetherington

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Judith Kerr

My Henry

Hay Festival 2011, 
Judith’s creations sit at the heart of every good bookshelf. Gather round as she introduces her charming new picture book and looks back on Mog, The Tiger Who Came To Tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.  
7+ years & family

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Adrian Goldsworthy

The Fall of the West

Hay Festival 2009, 
The long view of The Long, Slow Death of the Roman Empire played out in politicking, economic collapse and terrorism...

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Richard Holmes and General Sir Rupert Smith

Hay Festival 2006, 
Holmes reports from his regiment’s frontline tour of duty in Iraq, on the day-to-day experience of infantrymen in 2006 in his Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War. His experience commanding in the Gulf War, UNPROFOR and Kossovo informs The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World, Smith’s radical exploration of conflicts fought no longer as industrial absolute war, but as war ‘among the people’.

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Johnny Ball

Puzzles, Problems and Perplexing Posers

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Ball of Confusion, from Johnny Ball’s slot of the same name on Zoe Ball’s radio 2 show, will bend your mind in places it’s never been bent before. Can you keep up?

Johnny Ball