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Robert Muchamore

Henderson’s Boys: Eagle Day

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join this thrilling author as he takes us back to World War Two where the first CHERUB adventure is about to begin.

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Edney Silvestre and Lavanya Sankaran talk to Jo Glanville

Fictions – Hope

Hay Festival 2013, 

Silvestre’s If I Close My Eyes Now is a prize-winning mystery set in 1960s Brazil. Sankaran’s The Hope Factory, set in Bangalore, captures the vitality and danger of a newly industrialized city and how it shapes the dreams and aspirations of two very different families.

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James Naughtie talks to Corisande Albert

The Madness of July

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster introduces his first novel, a riveting espionage thriller set in 1970s Westminster at the height of the Cold War. Can’t give away much about the plot, but it’s horribly plausible and absolutely outrageous!

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Andrew Simms, Carolyn Steel and Tom Andrews

The Great Transition in Food and Farming

Hay Festival 2012, 
This year we’re going to stop waiting and start changing. The Great Transition Campaign, of which the Soil Association is a supporter, is running a series of events leading up to the Earth Summit, asking the question ‘What if?’ Our contribution to this debate: What if our cities produced our food?
 
Supported by The Soil Association

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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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The Etherington Brothers

Monkey Nuts

Hay Festival 2011, 
This dynamic duo (of Dandy fame) introduce us to the world’s only tap-dancing, banana-loving, rust-fighting, coconut-talking, crime-busting organisation! Join in for high fives galore and some awesome comic jamming. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
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John Polkinghorne

Cambridge Series 13: Quantum Theory

Hay Festival 2011, 
The mathematician, theoretical physicist and priest explains the strange and exciting ideas that make the subatomic world so different from the world of the every day.
 
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Rachel Hewitt

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘An endlessly absorbing, lively and informative narrative that highlights the Ordnance project’s legion of draughtsmen, surveyors, dreamers and eccentrics’ – The Observer.
 
Read a full review here www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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Doug Allan & Sue Flood

Behind the Scenes on Planet Earth

Hay Festival 2009, 
From the extremes of the Arctic winter filming polar bears in -40˚C, to the tropical shallow seas of the South Pacific, where they swam with humpback whale mothers and their newborn calves, the wildlife film-makers show their captured images.

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Jonathan Boff

Sleepwalking to War? Britain in 1914 and 1939

Hay Festival 2014, 

Did Britain stumble blindly into two world wars? The war historian compares preparations for both conflicts and argues that the lessons learned from the First were crucial to survival in the Second.

 

Jonathan Boff

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Julián Grau Santos y Daniel Mordzinski en conversación con Pablo Jiménez Burillo

Segovia 2008, 
Pablo Jiménez Burillo, Director General de la Fundación MAPFRE, conversará con los artistas de las dos exposiciones que se presentarán durante el Hay Festival Segovia — el fotografo Daniel Mordzinski, quién comentará sobre Crónica de un Festival, cerca de un centenar de imágenes captadas por Mordzinski en sus diferentes convocatorias (Cartagena de Indias, Granada, Hay-on-Wye, Segovia) — y el artista Julián Grau Santos sobre su exposicion Retratos de escritores españoles y latinoamericanos. Ambos conversarán sobre su experiencias de fotografias o retratar a escritores.

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Sharmila Tagore talks to Jaime Chávarri, followed by the screening of the film ‘Devi’

Segovia 2011, 
The legendary Indian actress and great-granddaughter of Rabindranath Tagore, Sharmila Tagore, who was recently recognised for her lifetime achievements by the prestigious IIFA awards in Toronto, and Spanish film director Jaime Chávarri, who is currently working on full length feature which will be shot in India, will discuss the influence Tagore has exerted on the art film culture in India. At the end of the event the film Devi will be screened.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish
 
‘Devi’ (1960, 93 min, Bengal), by Satyajit Ray
The story of this film, set in rural Bengal in the 1860’s, centres on Doyamoyee, whose father-in-law Kalikinkar Roy, sees in dreams as the embodiment of the goddess Kali, to whom he is devoted. His belief spreads through the community who start to regard the character as a transformation of the goddess, an idea that she herself ends up believing.

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Gillian Cross

Where I Belong

Hay Festival 2010, 
Join the author of Wolf and Tightrope as she investigates the darker side of fashion. Supermodels, secrets and Somalia will all be on the agenda as she talks to a humanitarian expert from the Oxfam team.
 
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Intelligence Squared Debate: 1968 was an ending and not a beginning

Hay Festival 2008, 
John Walsh chairs. Speakers include Rosie Boycott, Christopher Hitchens and Matthew Engel.

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Gareth Williams

The Viking Ship

Hay Festival 2014, 

The newly-conserved Roskilde 6 ship from Denmark measures over 37 metres. It is the longest Viking ship ever discovered and forms the core of the British Museum exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend. The Vikings used their shipbuilding skills to command the sea; their famous ships permitted the exploration, the colonisation and the raids with which they built their wealth. The curator explores the evolution of their sea-going vessels and celebrates this outstanding feature of the Viking Age.

Gareth Williams

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Gregory Doran talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Talking About Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and this year’s Richard Dimbleby Lecturer, discusses Shakespeare’s legacy in 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death. The RSC’s celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon include two major new productions to be directed by Doran: King Lear with Antony Sher, and a ground-breaking production of The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale, in collaboration with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios.

Gregory Doran talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Borrowed Time

Hay Festival 2008, 
Roy Hattersley tells The Story of Britain Between the Wars—of economic crisis, cultural and Olympic triumph, political disaster and the rise and rise of Winston Churchill.

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Richard Dawkins

Science in the Soul

Hay Festival 2018, 

The uncompromising and passionate rationalist calls on us to insist that reason take centre stage and that gut feelings, even when they don’t represent the stirred, dark waters of xenophobia, misogyny, or other blind prejudice, should stay out of the voting booth. He investigates a number of issues, including the importance of empirical evidence, and decries bad science, religion in the schools, and climate-change deniers. Dawkins has equal ardour for ‘the sacred truth of nature’ and renders with typical virtuosity the glories and complexities of the natural world. When so many highly placed people still question the fact of evolution, Dawkins asks what Darwin would make of his own legacy - 'a mixture of exhilaration and exasperation'– and celebrates science as possessing many of religion’s virtues – 'explanation, consolation, and uplift' – without its detriments of superstition and prejudice. Chaired by LBC's Matt Stadlen.

Richard Dawkins

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

The Index Platform – Pussy Riot

Hay Festival 2017, 

An interview with the musician and activist, who was arrested after her punk band’s 2012 performance in a Moscow cathedral. She was convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and sentenced to two years penal servitude. Nadya Tolokno now has permanent residency in Canada, from where she continues to protest human rights abuses. Introduced by Rachael Jolley.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

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Fergal Keane

Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist chronicles The Epic Story of the Last Great Battle of Empire. In this remote Indian village near the border with Burma, a tiny force of British and Indian troops faced the might of the Imperial Japanese Army.
Fergal Keane

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Paul Murdin

Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos

Hay Festival 2010, 
In this lavishly illustrated talk the astronomer demonstrates how human ingenuity, technological innovation and occasionally pure serendipity have expanded our knowledge beyond anything our ancestors even a generation ago could have imagined.
Paul Murdin

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Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata

Hay Festival 2016, 

Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender - and spanning the twentieth century, this beautifully orchestrated novel explores the big themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness, and above all, the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime. Tremain’s award-winning fiction includes Music and Silence, The Road Home, Sacred Country, Restoration and The Colour. She talks to Peter Florence.

Rose Tremain

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Hugh Dixon

Inside The National Trust

Hay Festival 2010, 
A study in property management with the curator of Seaton Delaval Hall, one of the greatest National Trust houses, just acquired.
Hugh Dixon

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Jon Ronson

So, You’ve Been Publicly Shamed…

Hay Festival 2015, 

A powerful and sometimes humorous look at the phenomenon of artificial high dramas and public shamings that are characteristic of a world dominated by social media. Why do we do it and how does it affect the shamed? Ronson was prompted into looking at public shaming after his own online identity was stolen in 2012. He met famous shamers and shamees to discover how public ridicule and vitriol can devastate the victim, and to uncover the true reasons behind the rise in public shaming.

Ronson is a documentary maker and author of many bestselling books including The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Lost at Sea and Them: Adventures with Extremists. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

Jon Ronson

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Jenny Uglow

A Gambling Man: Charles II

Hay Festival 2010, 
The mistresses, the Catholics, the powerplay, Plague and Fire of the charismatic Restoration monarch and his reign.
Jenny Uglow