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Peter Lord

The Pirates!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The director and stop-motion animation genius takes us behind the scenes on Aardman's swashbuckling blockbuster.

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Paul Boland

Llanerchaeron: The Restoration Of A Lost House And Estate

Hay Festival 2013, 

Best known as the architect of BuckinghamPalace, John Nash started his career in rural Wales. This is the story of how one of his finest country houses was brought back to life. Chaired by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust, Wales.

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Janina Ramirez

Julian of Norwich

Hay Festival 2017, 

Julian of Norwich was the subject of medievalist and TV historian Janina Ramirez’s latest BBC Four documentary: In Search of the Lost Manuscript, Julian of Norwich. Drawing on the material in her latest book, Ramirez takes us further into the history of the Mother of English Literature, discussing what we know about Julian and why she deserves to be seen as a writer on an equal footing with Chaucer or Thomas More. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Janina Ramirez

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Gavin Hewitt

The Lost Continent

Hay Festival 2013, 

Rich in analysis and anecdote, the BBC’s Europe Editor examines the roots and routes of the economic crisis – Europe’s Darkest Hour Since World War Two.

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Malorie Blackman

Hay Festival 2013, 

The multiple-award-winning creator of the classic YA series Noughts And Crosses is here to give us a preview of Noble Conflict, her powerful new thriller.

Duration 60 mins.

12+ years

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Mark Miodownik talks to Georgina Godwin

Stuff Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? How come concrete pours? The broadcaster and UCL Professor of Materials and Society introduces The Strange Stories Of The Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World.

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Juan Cruz in conversation with Manuel Vicent

Segovia 2010, 
As well as being a well-known journalist, Manuel Vicent is a great writer. His numerous published works have earned him several awards, amongst which the following stand out: the ‘Premio Alfaguara de Novela’ (‘Alfaguara Award for Best Novel’) in 1966 for Pascua y naranja and the ‘Premio Nadal’ award in 1987 with La balada de Caín (he had also been short-listed in this competition in 1979 for El anarquista coronado de adelfas). Vicent will discuss the craft of writing with the writer and journalist Juan Cruz, also an award-winner and author of Egos revueltos, which received the ‘Premio Comillas’ award in 2009.

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Monty Don talks to Peter Florence

Eight Poems in a Garden

Hay Festival 2015, 

The gardener and writer could transform the flora of any desert island into a magical paradise, but which works of literature would he choose to accompany him? In his 2006 conversation with Sue Lawley his track to save was The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night, his book was The Collected Poems of Henry Vaughan and his luxury was the painting Hendrickje Bathing by Rembrandt…

Monty Don talks to Peter Florence

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William Nicholson

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and screenwriter introduces his witty and acute social comedy set in a Sussex village.

'No one is perfectly happy. But when are we happy enough?' William Nicholson's new novel, The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, enters the minds and hearts of a group of 'new villagers', the people who live in the country and work in the city. It's about marriage and sex, work and money, being a parent and being a child; about life not turning out the way you hoped, and about life being richer than you dreamed. The main plot – a wife whose long-ago lover returns, to remind her how intense her feelings once were – is borrowed from past experiences of the author's wife, Virginia Nicholson, herself a writer (Singled Out). She will be on the platform with him to discuss turning real life into fiction, whether her husband understands women, and the married life of two writers.

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Dambisa Moyo talks to Bronwen Maddox

The Prospect Platform: How The West Was Lost

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Western economies should forge closer ties with the emerging economies, rethink trade barriers, overhaul their tax systems, and address the three essential ingredients for growth – capital, labour and technology – to halt the squandered advantages of the last 50 years. Chaired by the Editor of Prospect.

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Dora Thornton and Jonathan Bate

Shakespeare 1- Staging the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
To celebrate the opening of the British Museum’s Shakespeare exhibition, their Curator of Renaissance Europe is joined by the Shakespeare scholar and author to look at the early modern world through the eyes of the playwright and his contemporaries. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill. First of three Shakespeare sessions. See also events 328 and 335
 

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Margaret Anstee talks to Nik Gowing

The House on the Sacred Lake

Hay Festival 2010, 
The diplomat tells of a love affair with Bolivia that started when she was first posted there by the UN in 1960.
Margaret Anstee talks to Nik Gowing

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Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman

Fictions – Interesting Times

Hay Festival 2014, 

Harkaway’s Tigerman and Haider Rahman’s In The Light of What We Know are superb novels of huge scale and imagination that range across the turbulent contemporary world, exploring loyalties, friendship and redemption. They discuss their stories with Olivia Cole.

Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman

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Gala de Poesía

Segovia 2008, 
Un grupo formado por algunos de los mejores poetas internacionales, clausurarán el Festival recitando su poesía: Antonio Colinas y Benjamin Prado (España), Juan Manuel Roca y Rómulo Bustos (Colombia), Gillian Clarke y Robert Minhinnick (Gran Bretaña) y Ouidad Benmoussa (Marruecos). Evento moderado por el autor Benjamín Prado.

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David Almond talks to Julia Eccleshare

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great author of Skellig, Kit’s Wilderness, Clay, The Savage and The Fire-Eater talks about his work with the Guardian’s children’s books editor.

Hay Fever 11 yrs +

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Louis de Bernières and James Ellis

The Hay Poisoner

Hay Festival 2012, 
The librettist and composer preview work on their musical production about Herbert Rowse Armstrong based on Martin Beales’ book Dead Not Buried and Robin Odell’s Exhumation of a Murder. The Hay solicitor was hanged for the murder of his wife exactly 80 years ago. Their opera explores the way someone can be destroyed by human and inhuman forces, and the impact of adult machinations on children.

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The American Election… We Decide

Hay Festival 2008, 
Who might we elect as leader of the free world? Jonathan Freedland chairs Spectator editor Matthew D’Ancona, Sarfraz Manzoor, author of Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock 'n' Roll, Greenpeace Director Jonathan Sauven, and Brecon & Radnor AM Kirsty Williams.

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Orlando Figes

The Whisperers – Private Lives in Stalin’s Russia

Hay Festival 2008, 
In this masterpiece of popular history Orlando Figes teases out intimate experiences from people who spent their lives regarding individuality as both subversive and dangerous.

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Bettany Hughes

The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life

Hay Festival 2011, 
The classicist and historian profiles the soldier, lover, democrat, philosopher, and vigorous citizen of one of the greatest capitals on earth, until his beloved Athens turned on him, condemning him to death by poison.
 
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Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

Last Days of the Bus Club

Hay Festival 2014, 

It’s two decades since the author of Driving Over Lemons moved to his farm on the wrong side of a river in the mountains of southern Spain. In this latest, typically hilarious dispatch from El Valero we find Chris, now a local literary celebrity, using his fame to help his old sheep-shearing partner find work on a raucous road trip; cooking a TV lunch for visiting British chef, Rick Stein; discovering the pitfalls of Spanish public speaking; and, most movingly, visiting famine-stricken Niger for Oxfam.

Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

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Javier del Pino and Ramón Lobo with Aurelio Martin

Journalist by trade

Segovia 2013, 

Javier del Pino, director of A vivir que son dos días from Cadena SER, and Ramon Lobo, contributor to digital media such as Jot Down and InfoLibre, speak with Aurelio Martin, vice-president of the Federacion de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE) about the profound identity crisis in journalism.

 

In collaboration with the Asociación de la Prensa de Segovia. 

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Karen Armstrong

The Bible: The Biography

Hay Festival 2008, 
Karen Armstrong traces the gestation of the Bible to reveal a complex and contradictory document created by scores of people over hundreds of years, serving many constituencies and contexts.

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Emma Jones, Liz Daniel, Emily Penrose – Women in Business Forum

Winter Weekend 2012, 
Want to start your own business in the New Year? Meet two local successful entrepreneurs from Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages and Hay Baby childrenswear, and get the low-down on finance, marketing and social media from Enterprise Nation’s Emma Jones, author of Country Living book Turn Your Talent Into A Business. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

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Chris Lintott and Jon Culshaw

The Cosmic Tourist

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are surrounded by an astronomical zoo of familiar and curious objects, from asteroids and zodiacal dust to Alpha Centauri and the centre of the Milky Way. Chris Lintott discusses the many marvels of the cosmos with comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw, and takes us on a tour of the universe.

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Ronan Bennett talks to Adriana Bebiano

Segovia 2006, 
The Irish novelist (Havoc in its Third Year, The Catastrophist), winner of several literary prizes and scriptwriter (The Hamburg Cell, Love Lives), talks about his life, his books and his personal experiences with the IRA, as well as about his latest novel set in St Petersburg in 1914, Zugzwang, published in instalments in The Observer in print and online. The academic and poet Adriana Bebiano is Assistant Professor of English and Irish Literature at the University of Coimbra.