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Michael Morpurgo

The Mozart Question Concert

Hay Festival 2015, 

Author Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble (a quartet of strings). Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust. Adapted and directed by Simon Reade.

‘It is difficult for us to imagine how dreadful was the suffering that went on in the Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War. The enormity of the crime that the Nazis committed is just too overwhelming for us to comprehend. In their attempt to wipe out an entire race they caused the death of six million people, most of them Jews. It is when you hear the stories of the individuals who lived through it – Anne Frank, Primo Levi – that you can begin to understand the horror just a little better, and to understand the evil that caused it.

‘For me, the most haunting image does not come from literature or film, but from music. I learned some time ago that in many of the camps the Nazis selected Jewish prisoners and forced them to play in orchestras; for the musicians it was simply a way to survive. In order to calm the new arrivals at the camps, they were made to serenade them as they were lined up and marched off, many to the gas chambers. Often they played Mozart.

‘I wondered how it must have been for a musician who played in such hellish circumstances, who adored Mozart as I do – what thoughts came when playing Mozart later in life? This was the genesis of my story, this and the sight of a small boy in a square by the Accademia Bridge in Venice, sitting one night, in his pyjamas on his tricycle, listening to a busker. He sat totally enthralled by the music that seemed to him, and to me, to be heavenly.’ Michael Morpurgo.

8+ years
Duration 1 hour 15 minutes. No interval.
Michael Morpurgo

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Boris Johnson

Johnson’s Life of London

Hay Festival 2012, 
The mayor, journalist and metropolitan introduces The People Who Made the City that Made the World.

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Jo Brand talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2011, 
The comedian and writer discusses her new volume of autobiography Can’t Stand Up for Sitting Down.
Jo Brand talks to Peter Florence

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Jeremy Bowen talks to Tom Fletcher

The Arab Uprisings: The People Want The Fall Of The Regime

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Middle East correspondent analyses the state of the region, the response of the international powers and the feelings of the people on the ground. Chaired by the British Ambassador to Lebanon.

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Stephen Fry, Bettany Hughes, Lawrence Krauss and Martin Rees

The Christopher Hitchens Platform: A New Enlightenment?

Hay Festival 2017, 

In a world of broken institutions and failing states, of corrupted democracies and of post-truth politicians; in a world of fake news, faith schools and fundamentalism, we need a rational and humane voice. We need a new Enlightenment. Where do we start?

Stephen Fry, Bettany Hughes, Lawrence Krauss and Martin Rees

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Bear Grylls

Ghost Flight

Hay Festival 2015, 

The adventurer launches his thriller, in which his hero is sent deep into the Amazon jungle on the hunt for a WW2 secret. Grylls’ recent non-fiction includes True Grit, Extreme Food and Your Life – Train For It. He talks to Clemency Burton-Hill.

Bear Grylls

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David Reynolds

The Long Shadow: The Great War and the 20th Century

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Re-examining the differing impacts of WWI on Britain, Ireland and the United States, The Long Shadow throws light on the whole of the last century and demonstrates that the First World War is a conflict from which Britain, more than any other nation, is still recovering.

David Reynolds

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Cath Kidston talks to Lisa Armstrong

Coming Up Roses

Hay Festival 2013, 

Celebrating 20 years of Cath Kidston Ltd, one of Britain’s most admired designers and businesswomen tells her story of the highs, lows and learnings that saw the company grow to become one of the country’s bestselling brands.

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Jeanette Winterson

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist introduces her memoir of mothers, madness and identity; and, triumphantly a book about other people’s stories, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life-raft that supports us when we are sinking.

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Spencer Wells and Tristram Stuart talk to John Vidal

Food for Thought

Hay Festival 2010, 
It is time for a change in attitudes towards food production and consumption, in the industry and in our own homes. The author of Pandora’s Seed looks to a historical examination of our cultural inheritance for the solutions while the author of Waste spotlights the wastefulness of modern societies. In conversation with the Guardian’s Environment Editor.

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Elif Shafak en conversación con Marian Hens

Alhambra 2009, 
La escritora de origen turco Elif Shafak ha publicado novelas escritas en turco, inglés y francés. Su último trabajo de ficción es The bastard of
Istanbul (La bastarda de Estambul). Shafak conversará con la periodista de la BBC Marian Hens sobre diversos aspectos del pensamiento, la cultura y la sociedad en el mundo musulmán.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Anne Cottringer with Christine Hope, Fay Thomas, Russell Carrington, Jono Rogers

Borderlines screening: Tune for the Blood (99 min)

Hay Festival 2012, 
Following the work-in-progress screening at Hay 2010, the director introduces the finished documentary, following young Hereford farmers through the agricultural year -­ the muck, the work, the passion for the farm, and the visceral poetry of their daily lives.
UK, 2012, 99'

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Kevin McCloud

Hay Festival 2009, 
Grand Designs, sustainable building, and the pleasures of contemporary architecture. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Barbara Adam, Chris Groves, Elen Stokes, Catherine Butler

Cardiff University Series 1: Futures In The Making

Hay Festival 2013, 

How do we take care of a future world we decisively shape but may not live to see? A panel discussion on futures in the context of energy, new technologies and law. Adam and Groves from the Social Sciences Dept discuss with psychologist Butler and property lawyer Stokes.

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Eric Hobsbawm talks to Christopher Hitchens

Hay Festival 2003, 
The great historian discusses his memoir Interesting Times: A Twentieth Century Life. 'Autobiography does not come much more sumptuous than this. Eric Hobsbawm writes with elegant, witty precision. His memory - not just for people and dates, but looks and sounds and the feel of things - is prodigious.' (The Observer)

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Jesse Norman, John Hopkins, David Jones, Kirsty Williams, Mary Compton

Powys Schools Question Time Debate

Hay Festival 2010, 
The politician and education strategist hosts a panel responding to the Powys Seminar, featuring the headteacher of Gwernyfed High School, the Powys Education Portfolio holder, the local AM and the founder of PACE who is also a past president of the NUT. With questions from the audience.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

There will be a collection at the event for the Gwernyfed–Timbuktu schools twinning project and Storymoja, Nairobi.

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James Rhodes talks to Stephen Fry

Instrumental

Hay Festival 2015, 

The unanimous Supreme Court ruling today to lift the injunction on this extraordinary memoir means we are delighted and thrilled to launch the book at Hay on Saturday evening.

'Over the last five years James Rhodes has become my latest addiction...his wit on stage and concentration on the keyboard have earned him a new audience for whom classical music had always appeared stuffy and elitist. As for his life and personality – they transcend the imagination of the most vivid novelist. His story is one filled with unimaginable terrors and unconquerable triumphs. The unforgettable story of an unforgettable and remarkable man.' – Stephen Fry.

James Rhodes' passion for music has been his absolute lifeline. It has been the thread that has held him together through a life that has encompassed pain, conflict and turmoil. Listening to Rachmaninov on a loop as a traumatised teenager or discovering an Adagio by Bach while in a hospital ward – such exquisite miracles of musical genius have helped him survive his demons, and, along with a chance encounter with a stranger, inspired him to become the renowned concert pianist he is today.

This is a memoir like no other: unapologetically candid, boldly outspoken and surprisingly funny – James' prose is shot through with an unexpectedly mordant wit, even at the darkest of moments. An impassioned tribute to the therapeutic powers of music, Instrumental also weaves in fascinating facts about how classical music actually works and about the extraordinary lives of some of the great composers. It explains why and how music has the potential to transform all of our lives.

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Christopher Hitchens and Shashi Tharoor

Freedoms of Speech

Hay Festival 2006, 
Vigorous late-night debate around the Danish cartoons, David Irving, and contrarian culture. Tharoor is Under-Secretary General for Communications at the UN and a novelist. Chaired by Joan Bakewell.

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Richard Woodman, Peter Hore, Brian Lavery and Lord Selsdon talk to Dan Snow

Empire of the Seas

Hay Festival 2010, 
A distinguished naval panel review Britain’s great maritime culture, and consider the resourcing and strategies for defence of the realm in a C21st when piracy is rife, military capability is servicing two major fronts and still more than 90% of our international trade is moved by ship. Woodman is Elder Brother of Trinity House and a Merchant Navy historian, Hore is former Head of Defence Studies, historian Lavery is Emeritus Curator at the National Maritime Museum, and Selsdon speaks on Defence and Trade. The event is introduced by the Royal Marine Corps of Drums from CTC Lympstone.

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Howard Davies and Danny Quah

LSE Lecture: Banks, Booms and Busts – Where Next for the Global Economy?

Hay Festival 2009, 
The London School of Economics academics debate the financial crisis and give their views on when and how the world economy will emerge from the current collapse. Chaired by Adam Austerfield.

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Henry Marsh talks to Ian McEwan

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the country’s leading neurosurgeons reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humour that characterise a brain surgeon’s life.

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Kate Atkinson talks to Lisa Allardice

When Will There Be Good News

Hay Festival 2009, 
In a quiet corner of rural Devon, a six-year-old girl witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison. Private detective Jackson Brodie investigates. In conversation with the editor of Guardian Review.

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David Davis and Henry Porter vs Charles Clarke and Conor Gearty chaired by Georgina Henry

The Guardian Debate: Does the Left Still Care About Liberty?

Hay Festival 2009, 
In the name of security, the Labour government has championed ID cards, data-retention, CCTV surveillance, and wide range of counter-terrorism measures. Does it add up to a fundamental assault on our civil liberties? Would the Right defend our rights any better?

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Orhan Pamuk en conversación con Peter Florence

Alhambra 2009, 
El Premio Nobel de Literatura 2006, del que su jurado afirmó que “ha encontrado nuevos símbolos para reflejar el choque y la interconexión de las culturas” hablará con Peter Florence, Director del Hay Festival, sobre sus novelas, su trabajo como ensayista y profesor de literatura, así como del impacto del Nobel en su carrera literaria.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Chris Keil and Julian Preece

Memories Of Revolution

Hay Festival 2013, 

Keil’s novel Flirting At The Funeral is set against a background of global crisis and is haunted by memories of revolution and terror. Preece’s study Baader Meinhof And The Novel explores forty years of myths and conspiracy theories about the German Autumn. They talk to Gwen Davies.