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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

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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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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne talks to Philippe Sands

The Run-up to the Iraq War – A French Perspective

Hay Festival 2010, 
The French Ambassador to London about ambassadorial life and his role as senior foreign policy adviser to President Chirac in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Maurice Gourdault-Montagne talks to Philippe Sands

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David Peace talks to Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2009, 
The cult novelist discusses his recently filmed stories The Red Riding Quartet and The Damned Utd.

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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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Gerbrand Bakker and Ece Temelkuran talk to Rosie Goldsmith

BRITISH COUNCIL SERIES - Fictions, Detours

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Detour from the IMPAC Prize-winning Dutch author of The Twin is a masterpiece set in rural Wales. He is joined by the star of Turkish literature, author of Deep Mountain and the Beirut novel Sounds of Bananas.
 

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Cathy Cassidy

Coco Caramel

Hay Festival 2013, 

The bestselling girls’ favourite author is back with a brand new book in the Chocolate Box Girls series, which began with Cherry Crush.

9+ years

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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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Jasmine Donahaye talks to Francesca Rhydderch

Finding Her Place

Hay Festival 2015, 
The poet is publishing two books this spring: the first biography of Lily Tobias, a courageous, idealistic Welsh woman who wrote compellingly about Jewish life and experience in the twentieth century; and a memoir, Losing Israel. In 2007, in a chance conversation with her mother, a kibbutznik, Donahaye stumbled upon the collusion of her family in the displacement of Palestinians in 1948. When she set out to learn the story of what happened, what she discovered challenged everything she thought she knew about the country and her family, and transformed her understanding of the place, and of herself.
Jasmine Donahaye talks to Francesca Rhydderch

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Jonathan Miller talks to Revel Guest

Polymath

Hay Festival 2014, 

A rare conversation about innovation and experience with the doctor, opera director, humorist and writer.

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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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Reza Aslan talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

How to Win a Cosmic War

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Why do they hate us?’ And who exactly are They? Al-Qaeda? Islamic nationalists? The whole Muslim world? The writer and scholar lays out a comprehensive definition of the movement behind and surrounding al-Qaeda and the like, a global ideology properly termed Jihadism.

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George Alagiah

Mixed Britannia

Hay Festival 2012, 
The previously untold history of Britain’s mixed-race community and the many love stories that created it. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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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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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.

10 years +

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Emyr Roberts talks to Geoffrey Lean

All Change For Wales’ Countryside And Environment

Hay Festival 2013, 

On 1 April 2013 a new organisation, Natural Resources Wales, came into being, merging three existing bodies. With responsibility for ecosystems management including forestry, waterways, grants legislation, enforcement and much more, what does the new director see as the opportunities and challenges facing him? He talks to The Telegraph’s Environment Editor.

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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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First Iraq, Next Iran?

Simon Jenkins

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Guardian's political columnist discusses the US strategy in the Middle East.

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Marcus Moore & Sara-Jane Arbury

Oxford Word Wizards

Hay Festival 2013, 

Get the gift of the gab and add vim to your vocab with these lively linguists. A must for budding writers!

7+ years

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Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to John Mitchinson

The Romanovs

Hay Festival 2016, 

The intimate story of tsars and tsarinas; some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. The historian’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin. Sebag Montefiore is the author of Catherine the Great & Potemkin and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.

Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to John Mitchinson

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Overthrow Parliament Now

Hay Festival 2009, 
Helena Kennedy, Philippe Sands and Marcus Brigstocke rip up the Westminster cabal of fraudsters, opportunists and scoundrels. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

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Concurso de Cuento RCN - Ministerio de Educación: Cómo se escribe un cuento

Cartagena 2013, 
Los jurados del Concurso de Cuento RCN – Ministerio de Educación William Ospina (Colombia), Carolina Sanín (Colombia), José María Plaza (España), Miguel Torres (Colombia) y Eduardo Sacheri (Argentina), todos grandes escritores y conocedores de la tradición literaria y en especial de los cuentos, conversarán con Juan Gossaín sobre cómo escribir historias cortas. A continuación se hará entrega de un diploma a los jóvenes narradores.

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Colum McCann and Shani Boianjiu

Fictions – Beyond Borders

Hay Festival 2013, 

McCann’s masterpiece Transatlantic is a bravura weft of stories crossing between Ireland and the New World over 200 years. Boianjiu’s contemporary novel The People Of Forever Are Not Afraid conjures three Israeli girlfriends guarding physical and personal borders. Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson.

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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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David Baddiel

The Parent Agency

Hay Festival 2015, 
The author, screenwriter and comedian invites you into the hilarious world of The Parent Agency. Barry has always hated being called Barry. In fact, it’s number 2) on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) ‘being boring’ and 3) ‘always being tired’. But then one day Barry makes a fateful wish, and finds himself in a world where everything is Upside Down…
9+ years
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