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Claire Preston

A Brief History of Cider

Hay Festival 2012, 
In C17th England, apples were the national fruit and Herefordshire cider was the patriotic tipple. Wholesome, nutritious, strengthening, and morally pure, cider’s virtues would nourish the nation, establish Empire, and win wars. How did cider knock French wine and the Dutch navy into a cocked hat?
 

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TJ Clark talks to Francine Stock

Picasso And Truth: From Cubism To Guernica

Hay Festival 2013, 

The eminent art historian explores the role of space and the interior, and the battle between intimacy and monstrosity, in Picasso’s art of the 1920s and 1930s, from the Blue Room to Guernica.

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Lloyd Bowen, Paul O’Leary and Dafydd Elis Thomas join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 5 - Politicians

Hay Festival 2012, 
Long in search of nationhood and identity, Wales has had more than its fair share of political heroes. But there have been villains, too, and those who’ve moved swiftly from heroes to zeroes. Who are they and what have they achieved?
 

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Paul Greengrass talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2008, 
The director talks about his films; the Bourne trilogy, Bloody Sunday, United 93 and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence.

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Jenny Valentine talks to Julia Eccleshare

Hay Festival 2008, 
Valentine’s debut novel, Finding Violet Park, won the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction. Broken Soup is set to consolidate its author’s reputation as a unique and compelling writer who can combine heart-rending tragedy, quirky characters and intriguing mystery with a masterly lightness of touch.

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Joanne Harris talks to Ariane Koek

Runemarks

Hay Festival 2008, 
Joanne Harris talks to Ariane Koek about her move from the romantic bohemia of Chocolat to the epic fantasy of her first novel for teenagers Runemarks.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Patricia Hodgson

Cambridge Series 9 - Media Freedom and the Public Interest

Hay Festival 2012, 
Phone hacking has put media regulation centre-stage. But will regulation stifle a free press? Where does the public interest really lie? Introduced by Rosie Boycott.
 

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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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Chris Mullin talks to Guto Harri

A View from the Foothills

Hay Festival 2009, 
Riveting and wickedly funny political diaries from the maverick parliamentarian, author of A Very British Coup.

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John Mullan

Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature

Hay Festival 2008, 
Super-Don John Mullan unmasks the disguises and deceits of writers from Jane Austen to Joe Klein.

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Mark Brake and Jon Chase

The Science of Dr Who

Hay Festival 2012, 
Aliens and time machines, cyborgs and Daleks, Utopias and killer computers: take a journey through the fantastic worlds of The Doctor. With rap songs, scientific facts and much merriment and mirth, the author rapper duo explore the Universe of The Doctor.
 
9+ years

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Joss Ackland talks to Fiona Lindsay

My Better Half and Me

Hay Festival 2010, 
The actor’s wife died of Motor Neurone Disease. Together they wrote a book about their life together – family, career, romance, better and worse.
Joss Ackland talks to Fiona Lindsay

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Emma Bridgewater and Matthew Rice talk to Susy Smith

Country Living Women in Business Forum

Hay Festival 2014, 

Having It All: How to Strike a Work-Life Balance
The Country Living editor discusses one of the key entrepreneurial skills with the founders of the iconic Emma Bridgewater ceramics company.

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Peter Atkins

What is Chemistry?

Hay Festival 2014, 

A wonderfully accessible introduction to chemistry’s central concepts that shows how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture. Atkins shows how chemistry provides the infrastructure of our world, through the chemical industry, the fuels of heating, power generation and transport, as well as the fabrics of our clothing and furnishings.

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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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Mal Peet & Bali Rai

Exposure & The City of Ghosts

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two of the most compelling voices in children’s fiction talk about their equally unforgettable stories, with twists of tragedy and vengeance. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
 
10+ years

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David Grossman talks to David Aaronovitch

To the End of the Land

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great Israeli author of See Under: Love, The Zigzag Kid and The Yellow Wind discusses his masterpiece, a rich imagining of a family in love and crisis that makes for one of the great anti-war novels of our time.

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Jeremy Vine

It’s All News to Me - The Most Fun You Can Have without Laughing

Hay Festival 2012, 
The radio and tv star reflects on his 25 years as a BBC broadcaster from the Bosnian frontline to the R2 lunchtime show.

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Suzy Bennett and Guest Comedians, Carrie Quinlan MC

Funny Women Comedy Gala

Hay Festival 2010, 
A showcase of budding female comedy performers vying for a finalist’s place in the Eighth Funny Women Awards in September.

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Ian Blair talks to Nik Gowing

Policing Controversy

Hay Festival 2010, 
7/7 happened on Blair’s beat as Met Commissioner, and was followed by the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. He was fired by Boris Johnson.
Ian Blair talks to Nik Gowing

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Bob Stanley and Mark Ellen talk to Bethan Elfyn

A History of Pop Music

Hay Festival 2014, 
Two of the biggest names involved in the last 40 years of pop music: Bob Stanley, journalist, producer, and founder of pop group St Etienne, is joined by Mark Ellen, TV presenter (Live Aid, Whistle Test), music journalist and bass player in Tony Blair’s first band. They talk to the BBC’s Bethan Elfyn.

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Justine Roberts

Mumsnet

Hay Festival 2010, 
Breakfast conversation with the founder of the iconic parenting website so assiduously courted by the politicians.
Justine Roberts

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Mohsin Hamid and Dinaw Mengestu talk to Kathryn Gray

Fictions: Strangers and Lovers

Hay Festival 2011, 
Moth Smoke, by the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is a story of love and estrangement set in Pakistan; How To Read The Air shares the Ethiopian-American context of Mengestu’s brilliant debut Children of the Revolution.

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Rebbecca Ray and Rachel Trezise chaired by Richard Davies

Fictions – Stories, Dreams And Yearnings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Readings of stories from new collections by two of Wales’ most inventive and powerful novelists: Trezise’s Cosmic Latte and Ray’s The Answer And Other Love Stories.

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Michael Marriott

Roses and Rose Fragrances

Hay Festival 2008, 
What other plant potentially has a beautiful bloom, a wonderful fragrance, is easy to look after and repeat flowers? The David Austin Roses technical director Michael Marriott identifies the best roses available, and discusses their fragrances, and how to look after them.