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Chris Morgan Jones and James Naughtie

Single Spies

Hay Festival 2016, 

Thrilling new tales of espionage from two emerging stars of the genre. An unlikely hero dives into the chaotic madness of Russia and Georgia’s deadly covert conflict, in a rapid-fire tale of corporate espionage gone awry in Morgan Jones’ The Searcher. Will Flemyng, the hero of Naughtie’s Paris Spring, is an embassy man caught up in the évenements of April 1968. For 11 years Morgan Jones worked at the world’s largest business intelligence agency. He advised Middle Eastern governments, Russian oligarchs, New York banks, London hedge funds and African mining companies. Naughtie presented the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 for 21 years, interrogating lots of the people Morgan Jones worked for. They talk to Georgina Godwin.

Chris Morgan Jones and James Naughtie

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Max Hastings

All Hell Let Loose - The World at War 1939-1945

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this magnificent war history the author emphasises the Russian front, where more than 90% of all German soldiers who perished met their fate. He suggests that the Royal Navy and US Navy were their countries’ outstanding fighting services, while the industrial contribution of the United States was much more important to Allied victory than that of the US Army.

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Antony Beevor talks to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2010, 
The historian discusses his research and analysis in his award-winning body of C20th European study.
Antony Beevor talks to Claire Armitstead

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Eat My Shorts!

Hay Festival 2010, 
A medley of hand-picked short films, from laugh-out-loud to downright beautiful. See you at the movies! 
 
Duration 30 mins.
 
Family event
 
See also event HF11 on Monday 31 May.
 
Films: Zoo Written and directed by Robin Bushell. Heartstrings Written and directed by Rhiannon Evans. Tir Nan Og Written and directed by Fursy Teyssier. Maestro Written and directed by Géza M. Tóth. Codswallop Written and directed by Greg and Myles McLeod. AnimalsDirected by Kristofer Ström

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Athene Donald

Cambridge Series: How Gender Stereotypes Damage Innovation

Hay Festival 2017, 

Children as young as six have already developed ideas about what boys and girls can ‘do’. As they progress through school further, cultural messages fix attitudes and are one part of why we have so few women engineers or male vets. Innovation, which thrives on diverse perspectives, is handicapped by the effects of such stereotyping. Our society needs to do better. Athene Donald is Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College.

Athene Donald

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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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Gary Shteyngart talks to Gaby Wood

Super Sad True Love Story

Hay Festival 2011, 
A comic love story masterpiece set in a catastrophically fallen USA, from the author of Absurdistan. Magic.
 
Read a review of Super Sad True Love Story www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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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

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Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

Are We All Scientific Experts Now?

Hay Festival 2014, 

How do we identify the true scientific experts? And how do we avoid false scientific‘controversies’ like the MMR debacle and Climategate? The two Cardiff University professors draw on work from Collins’ provocative new book.

 

Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

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Sebastian Barry and Michael Cunningham

Fictions – Examined Lives

Hay Festival 2014, 

Barry’s A Temporary Gentleman is a heartbreaking portrait of Jack McNulty. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. Cunningham’s The Snow Queen follows the divergent lives of two American brothers as they search for meaning and transcendence. The authors talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

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Simon Callow, Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Alexa Huang

Global Shakespeare: Protest, dissent and slipping by the censors

Hay Festival 2016, 

All over the world, Shakespeare’s plays find an audience, but often hidden within productions are thought-provoking, often controversial themes, about corruption, overthrowing power or teenage love. These areas of debate might rarely get staged, were it not for the cloak of Shakespeare’s ‘respectability’.  This session discusses how Shakespeare slips by the censors, both historically and today. Simon Callow is an actor and writer.  David Aaronovitch is a journalist who writers for The Times. Rachel Jolley is the editor of Index on Censorship. Alexa Huang teaches at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C

Simon Callow, Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Alexa Huang

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Kate Humble, Charlie Westhead, Alison Lea-Wilson, Nick Tonkin

Meet The Makers

Hay Festival 2015, 

How can a family business withstand the pressures from supermarkets and the demand for cheap food? Meet three producers from Neal’s Yard Creamery, Anglesey Sea Salt, and Coedcanlas Honey who discuss with broadcaster and smallholder Kate Humble what it takes to earn a slice of the pie. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Kate Humble, Charlie Westhead, Alison Lea-Wilson, Nick Tonkin

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bigger, better, grislier, crazier... No, not Andy, Mr Gum of course! Make sure you and your Snocklehead friends don't miss out.
 
7+ years

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Philip Ball

Curiosity

Hay Festival 2012, 
Curiosity is often said to drive science, but until the seventeenth century – the age of the so-called Scientific Revolution – it was regarded with suspicion and condemnation. What happened to liberate curiosity? Why did no question seem too vast or trivial to be ruled out of bounds? And what does the freedom to be curious really mean for science today?

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Kitty Corrigan and guests

Country Living Magazine Women In Business Forum 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

Five contestants pitch their new business ideas in the Talent Tent to a panel which includes Country Living editor Susy Smith, Love-Local’s Liz Oram, textile designer Jan Constantine, film-producer Revel Guest and Women in Rural Enterprise Business Manager Fiona DaviesThe winner will receive a prize to help them take their business to the next level. The prize is a year's membership of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) and a meeting with Emma Bridgewater and tour of her factory.

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Chloe Aridjis, Olivier Guez and Raul Zelik in conversation with Michael Jacobs

Berliners

Cartagena 2010, 
Three writers discuss their own visions of Berlin, based on their experiences and their works; a look at the past, the present and the future of a city which is part of our shared memories. With Olivier Guez, journalist and writer, and co-author of La caída del Muro; Chloe Aridjis, author of The Book of Clouds, and Raul Zelik, writer and journalist and author of Situaciones Berlinesas. Chaired by Michael Jacobs, journalist, writer and traveller. 

This event is in French. Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available.

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Virginia McKenna and Lauren St John

Born Free Foundation

Hay Festival 2015, 
For Virginia McKenna OBE, saving animals is a passion that started when she starred in Born Free and continued with the formation of the Born Free Foundation. For Lauren St John, it began with rescuing orphaned warthogs, monkeys and other wild animals on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe. They talk about their love of writing, Africa, and animals, and launch the brand new series of Born Free Foundation stories that share the message: keep wildlife in the wild! Support the Born Free charity and join Virginia McKenna and her team behind the scenes in this first book about an amazing lion rescue.
10+ years
Virginia McKenna and Lauren St John

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Vikram Seth talks to Laura Restrepo

Segovia 2006, 
Please note: The introduction to this event is in Spanish.

Colombian writer and journalist Laura Restrepo speaks to Indian writer and poet Vikram Seth about his works An Equal Music, A Suitable Boy and Two Lives.

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Melvyn Bragg

Autobiography and Fiction

Hay Festival 2009, 
The award-winning novelist and biographer explores his book Remember Me and the ethics and practice of writing fiction that reflects real lives.

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Tom Asbridge

The Crusades - The Siege of Acre 1189-1191

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian tells the story of the key turning-point of the Third Crusade, and the first clash of Saladin and Richard the Lionheart.

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Mavis Nicholson talks to Sarah Crompton

What Did You Do in the War, Mummy?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The broadcaster has interviewed women from lumber-jills and landgirls to undercover spies and entertainers about the new freedoms, the make-do and mend, the hopes and the fears, as well as the post-war adjustments they had to make.

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Perihan Magden and Alejandro Zambra talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions – Damage

Hay Festival 2013, 

Zambra’s Ways Of Going Home is the tragic story of the collateral damage caused by the Pinochet regime, and the burden borne by the new generation as they come to terms with their fragile history. Magden’s Ali And Ramazan pitches its two friends out of the safety of their orphanage onto the streets of Istanbul with tragic consequences.

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Edna O’Brien

Byron in Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Irish novelist is a perfect match for the subject of her biography, the heroic Romantic poet. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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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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Orson Welles – Hello Americans

Simon Callow

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actor introduces the second volume of his biography taking the American wunderkind through the career-disaster years from Citizen Kane to Macbeth.