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George Brinley Evans, Phil Steele and Mark Taubert talk to Hywel Francis

Before the End – Telling Your Story in Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

Two authors discuss how bereavement encouraged them to tell their own life stories against all the odds, in a society where men still often suffer silently. Historian and Professor Hywel Francis chairs Byw Nawr/Live Now, the end-of-life-care coalition in Wales. He talks to ex-miner George Brinley Evans and broadcaster Phil Steele. Taubert is a palliative and end-of-life-care consultant at Velindre Cancer Centre. They offer a clinical perspective on male depression and grief.

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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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Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

Hay Festival 2008, 
Psychologist Gary Marcus shows how imperfect and ill-adapted our brains really are from their hominid origins. We are prone to rages, addictions and other habits that limit our capacity for rational action in every sphere, from food to politics.

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David Vann talks to Mónica Carmona

Segovia 2011, 
David Vann is a brilliant North American novelist who received the Medicis award for the best foreign novel in 2010 for Sukkvan Island, set in a remote island in Alaska in which a father and a son fight for survival. His latest work, Caribou Island, has just been published in Spanish. In his novels Vann immerses the reader in a suffocating atmosphere, explores human relationships and questions the myth of the American dream. He will talk with Mónica Carmona, publisher of Mondadori.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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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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Joanna Toye

The Archers – Ambridge Chronicles

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Relive some of the defining moments in Ambridge history, delving into the rich archive of its scripts, to celebrate the highs and lows that have made the world’s longest running radio serial so treasured. 

Joanna Toye

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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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Teens

Bryan Elsley, Jenny Valentine and Jacqueline Wilson talk to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2008, 
Screenwriter Bryan Elsley (Skins) and rising star Jenny Valentine (Finding Violet Park, Broken Soup) join Louise Rennison to explore the boundaries of writing for teenagers. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Blessing Musariri and Ethel Irene Kabwato with Menna Elfyn

Sunflowers in Your Eyes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The two Zimbabwean poets read their work and discuss the cultural and political world they work in.

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Richard Evans

The Art of the Album Cover

Hay Festival 2010, 
The designer and writer discusses his own iconic images for The Who, Van Morrison and The Kinks and looks at the greatest examples of the genre with John Harris.

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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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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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The Shock Doctrine

Hay Festival 2008, 
The radical analyst Naomi Klein meticulously exposes the US policy of ‘Disaster Capitalism’ that overwhelms societies reeling from natural (tsunami) and military (Iraq) catastrophe. In conversation with Rosie Boycott.

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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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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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Mick Collins talks to Andy Middleton

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: The Unselfish Spirit

Hay Festival 2015, 

We have been treating the Earth as an object to be exploited, and have consequently cut ourselves off from evolving co-operatively with nature. We have to find new ways of doing, knowing and being so that we can live in harmony with all life. Mick Collins, author and occupational therapist, talks to Andy Middleton.

Mick Collins talks to Andy Middleton

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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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Álvaro Enrigue, Frank Wynne, Rosalind Harvey and Daniel Hahn

BCLT – Word for Word 1

Hay Festival 2012, 
Translators Wynne (winner of the IMPAC, Foreign Fiction Prize etc) and Harvey produce English versions of the same short story originally written in Spanish by the Mexican novelist and Bogota 39 star Álvaro Enrigue. The author and his translators discuss the nuances, divergences and creativity of their translations with the Director of the BCLT.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
 

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2009, 
Forget clowns, join one of the UK's top comedians for some proper comedy for kids. Guaranteed to tickle your ribs and your fancy.

7 years +

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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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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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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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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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Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Before the War

Hay Festival 2016, 

A new, historical novel from the great tale-teller. Consider Vivien in November 1922. She is 24 and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - almost worse in those times - intelligent. At nearly six foot tall, she is known unkindly by her family as ‘the giantess’. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her… This is a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers and aristocrats clinging onto the past.

 

Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith