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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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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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Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Hay Festival 2015, 

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats with this reading of his poetry.

Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

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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.

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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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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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Simon Scarrow and Alex Scarrow

Roman Conquest

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two brothers go head to head in a battle of the books - Gladiator: Streetfighter and Time Riders: Gates of Rome. They’ll put your Roman knowledge to the ultimate test.
 
10+ years

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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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Susie Orbach talks to Benna Waites

Bodies

Hay Festival 2009, 
Reconstructive surgery, eating disorder, identity crisis: the psychoanalyst dicsusses the lengths women go to around the world to conform to the western media’s notions of beauty with consultant clinical psychologist Benna Waites.

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Don McCullin talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great photographer shows and discusses his work now collected in two books – Shaped by War and Southern Frontiers: A Journey Across the Roman Empire.

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Andrés Neuman and Ian Mount talk to Oliver Balch

The Toast of Argentina

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Argentinean novelist Neuman, one of the stand-out stars of the Bogotá 39 generation, discusses his masterpiece The Traveller of the Century - winner of the Alfaguara Prize. Mount introduces his tale of Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec in the high Andes - The Vineyard at the End of the World. Chaired by the author of Viva South America - a Journey Through a Restless Continent.
 

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Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

Fictions – The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster discusses her first novel. When Elizabeth Pringle, an inspirational teacher on the island of Arran dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances.

Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

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Rebecca Solnit

The Faraway Nearby

Hay Festival 2013, 

One summer, the author was bequeathed a hundred pounds of ripening apricots, which lay on her bedroom floor – a windfall, a riddle, an emergency to be dealt with. The fruit came from a neglected tree that her mother, gradually succumbing to memory loss, could no longer tend to. From this unexpected inheritance came stories, invitations and adventures; in a library of water in Iceland, in the basin of the Grand Canyon, in the imagined emptiness of the Arctic. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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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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Dannie Abse

Reading

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great Welsh poet celebrates the launch of his New Selected Poems.

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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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Alannah Weston talks to Dylan Jones

Business Breakfast: Fashion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Creative Director of Selfridges discusses the state of the rag trade with the editor of GQ.

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Martin Amis talks to Gaby Wood

Lionel Asbo

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist launches his state-of-England satire about a very violent but not very successful young criminal who is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won £139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery.

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Jeremy Leggett, Jim Watson and Nick Butler

Nef Debate 1: What if Oil Hits $200 a Barrel?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Are we ready for the end of cheap oil, or does it mean the end of civilisation as we know it? Chaired by Andrew Simms.

The New Economics Foundation (nef) is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society

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Mark Easton

Britain Etc

Hay Festival 2012, 
The broadcaster maps the backstory of contemporary Britain with a delightfully eccentric alphabet of meticulously researched essays that allow a park, a wedding, a beggar and a carrot all to take on new significance and deepen our understanding of our islands.

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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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Julian Allwood and David MacKay talk to Andy Fryers

Sustainable Materials

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ever-growing demand for materials to support our lifestyles is not sustainable – it is time to use those materials more efficiently and explore new ways of manufacturing and production. The authors of Sustainable Materials and Sustainable Energy discuss.

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Howard Johns, Juliet Davenport, Mark Shorrock and Gareth Williams

Energy Revolution

Hay Festival 2014, 

We need a revolution in the way we both use and generate energy. Howard Johns puts forward the case for community energy systems with Mark Shorrock, founder and CEO of Swansea’s Tidal Lagoon Power scheme, Good Energy's CEO Juliet Davenport and Caplor Energy’s Gareth Williams. They discuss with Andy Fryers.

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Alison Sinclair, Jenny Wallace and Adrian Poole

Cambridge Series 7 - Is Tragedy the Perfect Form for the Modern World?

Hay Festival 2012, 
The media and public respond to tragic events now in ways that echo age-old traditions that go back to Greek tragedy, but do classic ideas about tragedy’s purpose need revising? What are the ingredients of good tragedy today?