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Roberto Fontanarosa

Cartagena 2006, 
Roberto Fontanarosa speaks at Hay Festival Cartagena 2006. 

Please note: This talk is conducted entirely in Spanish.

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Climate Change & Birdlife

Tim Stowe

Hay Festival 2006, 
In the RSPB Cymru Lecture, the RSPB's Director Wales investigates the impact that climate change is beginning to have on our natural surroundings, from the challenges of managing water resources to changes in migration patterns and populations of birds.

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Jon Snow talks to Rosie Boycott

London Events 2004, 
The Channel 4 News anchor and author of Shooting History discusses broadcast news, conflict and the New World Disorder with Rosie Boycott.

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Stefan Collini

Cambridge 800 Series: Criticism and the Reading Public

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature challenges the alleged decline of ‘the serious reading public’. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Ian Stewart

Mathematics of Life: Unlocking the Secrets of Existence

Hay Festival 2011, 
How mathematicians and biologists are working together on the genome, picking apart the hidden complexity of animals and plants to throw fresh light on how they interact, and how changes in biological diversity affect the planet’s ecological balance. Chaired by Jesse Norman.
 
More about Ian Stewart and a review of Mathematics of Life

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Luke Harding talks to Orlando Figes

Mafia State

Hay Festival 2012, 
How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia is a brilliant, haunting account of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called enemies – human rights workers, Western diplomats, journalists and opposition activists.

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Amanda Galsworthy talks to Philippe Sands

The Interpreter

Hay Festival 2013, 

The interpreter for presidents Sarkozy, Mitterrand and Chirac discusses the subtleties of translation and negotiation, and the big beasts of France.

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Tony Ross

Hay Festival 2013, 

Tony Ross takes a line for a walk to reveal how he created many of the characters you know and love, including Little Princess, Horrid Henry and Dr Xargle. Pick up some drawing tips from an expert.

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Steven Butler

Hay Festival 2012, 
A tale of mistaken troll-dentity from a bright new star in children’s funny fiction (Shhh! He also played Henry in Horrid Henry Live and Horrid!). Delightfully disgusting. 5+ years

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Vikram Seth

A Summer Requiem

Hay Festival 2015, 

 ‘I have so carefully mapped the corners of my mind | That I am forever waking in a lost country...’ Seth’s new book of poems traces the immutable shifting of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both ‘gifts and harms’. Luminous, resonant and profound, these poems trace the dying days of summer, ‘the hour of rust’, when memory is haunted by loss and decay. But in the silence that follows, as the soul is cast adrift, there is also reconciliation with the transience of all things; the knowledge that there is a place, ‘changeable, that will not betray’. Seth is author of A Suitable Boy, The Golden Gate, The Rivered Earth and Two Lives. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Vikram Seth

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Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

Shakespeare’s Circle

Hay Festival 2016, 

Wells introduces his anthology of essays about the actors, playwrights and family members around the bard, throwing new light on Shakespeare’s wealth, his family and personal relationships, his working life and his social status. Wells is one the world’s greatest Shakespeare experts, editor of both the Penguin and OUP editions of his work, President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and author, most recently of Shakespeare, Sex and Love and Great Shakespeare Actors. He is joined by the great novelist and essayist, Margaret Drabble, who started her working life as an actress at the RSC, and is a contributor to Wells’ new book, The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography.

Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

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Harold Evans

Pictures on a Page

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist discusses his authoritative study of photo-journalism with Rosie Boycott.
Harold Evans

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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?
 

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The King of the Sky

With actors, puppets and music

Hay Festival 2015, 
An Italian boy comes to live in a Welsh mining village, where his parents own a café. He misses his home but the cooing of Mr Evans’ racing pigeons reminds him of a sunlit Roman piazza, and draws him into an unlikely friendship with the old man. Together, they pin their dreams on a race across Europe and the special bird they hope can win it, ‘The King of the Sky’. This is a story about the meaning of home and finding friends where you don’t expect to. An inventive adaptation with actors, puppets and music, created by Pontardawe Arts Centre.

Photo: Illustrations from the first trial of the book, by Laura Carling

7+ years
The King of the Sky

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Chris Bradford

Young Samurai

Hay Festival 2012, 
Enter Samurai School and meet the real martial arts master behind this phenomenal series. Hear about the secret fighting art of ninjas and see an awesome samurai sword demonstration.
 
9+ years

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Fred Pearce

Peoplequake

Hay Festival 2010, 
Mass migration, ageing nations and the coming population crash.
Fred Pearce

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Lucy Hawking

Surfing the Solar System

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and join one of the stars of the science world and children's writer, Lucy Hawking, for this mind-blowing event.  Prepare to travel to galaxies far, far away.

8 years +

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Malorie Blackman

Children’s Laureate Talk

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman in her final Laureate event as she discusses her award-winning books, including the bestselling Noughts and Crosses series and her most recent collection, Love Hurts. Malorie will talk about her Laureate highlights and about the legacy she hopes to leave behind. A must-see for all fans and a chance to ask Malorie all about her experience as the Children’s Laureate.
10+ years
Malorie Blackman

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John Harrison talks to Francesca Rhydderch

1519: Journey to the End of Time

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1519 an arrogant and unscrupulous man sailed from the Caribbean with orders to find a missing Spanish expedition. He immediately set about carving himself an empire in modern Mexico, while the governor of Cuba sent a force out to kill him. Hernán Cortés explored the coast to Veracruz then struck inland, seduced by tales of a great empire rich in gold. He found the largest and best-run city on earth and reduced it to rubble.

Award-winning travel writer and historian John Harrison followed in his footsteps for four months, finding the jungle ruins and sophisticated hilltop cities which put the lie to the popular image of the Aztecs and their neighbours as bloodthirsty savages. Popular accounts always suggest Cortés was mistaken for a returning god; the truth is very different and far more interesting. Both the Spanish and the Aztecs thought that the world was coming to a close soon, and that they were pleasing their gods in performing vital last deeds.

John Harrison talks to Francesca Rhydderch

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George Monbiot

Hay Festival 2011, 
The campaigning journalist, author of Bring On The Apocalypse, Heat and Age of Consent and star of the Left Hook tour, argues that our assessment of the risks of different energy options, from nuclear power to fossil fuels and renewables, is gravely flawed, and urgently needs to change.
Chaired by Andrew Simms of NEF.

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Orlando Figes

Just Send me Word

Hay Festival 2012, 
The letters of two young Muscovites in Stalin’s Soviet Union tell A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag.

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Pepe Ribas en conversación con Bernabé Sarabia

Mayo del 68 y la década de los 70

Segovia 2008, 
Pepe Ribas, fundador de la revista Ajoblanco, la publicación alternativa más influyente en el panorama cultural español de los últimos treinta años, recupera los años de la transición en Los 70 a destajo, su último libro sobre la historia de la publicación y el ambiente que la rodeaba. Conversará sobre los eventos de mayo del 68 y la década de los 70 en España con el crítico literario y catedrático de Psicología de la Universidad Libre de Navarra, Bernabé Sarabia.

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Emma Smith

Shakespeare’s First Folio

Hay Festival 2016, 

In late November 1623, the publisher Edward Blount finally took delivery at his bookshop, at the sign of the Black Bear near St Paul’s, of a book that had long been in the making: Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Professor Smith tells the story of that first collected edition of the plays, and follows the journeys of individual copies now located around the world with their tell-tale annotations, wine stains, provenance and uses.

Emma Smith

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Power House

Hay Festival 2008, 
Robert Peston (Who Runs Britain?) and Peter Oborne (The Triumph of the Political Class) discuss the nature of power and influence in Britain, chaired by Robert Yates (Extreme Nation).

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Niall Griffiths, Cynan Jones and Christien Gholson talk to Susie Wild

Ten Pound Poms, Fish Caught in the Wind and Everything I Found on the Beach

Hay Festival 2011, 
Griffiths emigrated to Australia as a seven year old. Thirty years later he revisits and remembers why he left in the first place. Jones’s second novel Everything I Found on the Beach returns to the west Wales coast in the shape of a taut sharp thriller. Wandering American poet Gholson’s novel is about a shoal of fish and the dance troupe who once got naked at the Vatican.