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Justine Picardie talks to Hannah Rothschild

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beneath the romance and lies, Picardie examines the myth-maker and couturier who conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes and the most successful fashion brand of all time.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
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Frank McGuinness and Nerys Williams

Kells 2013, 

Frank McGuinness, the playwright and poet, author of The Factory Girls and the screenplay of Dancing At Lughnasa, and Nerys Williams, a native Welsh speaker and recipient of a Fulbright Scholar’s Award at UC Berkeley, whose latest book is entitled Sound Archive, read from their collections of poetry.

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Marcus Brigstocke talks to Andrew Simms

Changing the System: Crossing Planetary Boundaries

Hay Festival 2014, 

The comedian and broadcaster, who has witnessed the impact of climate change in the Arctic, is joined by Simms, author and campaigner with Global Witness, to discuss how close we are to crossing planetary environmental thresholds, how we got into this mess and what we need to do to get out of it.

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Martin Jones

Cambridge Series 8 - What Did You Have For Dinner?

Hay Festival 2012, 
What we used to eat can tell us about the Ancient World. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 

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Michael Jacobs

Andes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The travel writer journeys 5,500 miles across seven different countries, from the balmy Caribbean to the inhospitable islands of the Tierra del Fuego along the roof of one of the world’s most fabled mountain ranges.

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Niklas Frank talks to Philippe Sands

In The Shadow of the Reich

Hay Festival 2012, 
A remarkable interview with the writer whose father, Hitler’s lawyer, Hans Frank, was hanged at Nuremberg.
 

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Niall Ferguson

The Pity of War

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian analyses the Great War and asks: was the sacrifice worth it? Was it all really an inevitable cataclysm and were the Germans a genuine threat? Was the war, as is often asserted, greeted with popular enthusiasm? Why did men keep on fighting when conditions were so wretched? Was there in fact a death wish, driving soldiers to their own destruction? In the Great War’s centenary year, the historian offers a provocative analysis: that going to war in 1914 was the biggest mistake in British history.

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June Andrews

Dementia: The One-Stop Guide

Hay Festival 2015, 

Across the world, 44.4 million people live with dementia. Hundreds of millions of people are affected by the dementia of parents, partners, siblings or friends. And as much of the world struggles with an aging population, dementia is set to become ever more of a challenge for societies and individuals. But still most people who are diagnosed, or who are dealing with the diagnosis of a loved one, feel as though they are alone. Professor Andrews, one of the most distinguished clinicians in the UK, aims to fill this gap, providing practical information and support for living with, or caring for, dementia.

June Andrews

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John Sergeant

Barging Round Britain

Hay Festival 2015, 

The political commentator and sometime dancer explores the people and places that have forged this national treasure, from the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the leisure explosion on our waterways today. He talks to Mark Skipworth.


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Gillian Cross

Where I Belong

Hay Festival 2010, 
Join the author of Wolf and Tightrope as she investigates the darker side of fashion. Supermodels, secrets and Somalia will all be on the agenda as she talks to a humanitarian expert from the Oxfam team.
 
10+ years
 
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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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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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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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Paul Kieve

Hocus Pocus

Hay Festival 2010, 
The man who taught Harry Potter magic! The master magician and magic consultant on the Potter films is here to perform exciting tricks and illusions to baffle your mind, overload your senses and take you on a tour of the greatest magicians from the past. You’ll soon see why he consults some of the top magicians in the world, including Derren Brown.
 
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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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Abdel Bari Atwan talks to Nik Gowing

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Palestinian editor of Rai al-Youm offers a comprehensive review of the group’s organisational structure and leadership, strategies, tactics and diverse methods of recruitment. He traces the salafi-jihadi lineage of IS, its ideological differences with al-Qa’ida, and the deadly rivalry that has emerged between their leaders. Atwan also shows how the group’s rapid growth has been facilitated by its masterful command of social media platforms, the ‘dark web’, Hollywood ‘blockbuster’-style videos, and even jihadi computer games, producing a powerful paradox where the ambitions of the Middle Ages have re-emerged in cyber-space.

Abdel Bari Atwan talks to Nik Gowing

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Helen Czerski

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is it that helps both scorpions and cyclists to survive? What do raw eggs and gyroscopes have in common? And why does it matter? The physicist explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experience, linking what makes popcorn pop to Antarctic winds, coffee stains to blood tests or ketchup bottles to aliens in space. Every thread you pull in the fabric of daily life shows you something new about the intricate patterns of our world.

Helen Czerski

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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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William Dalrymple

The JLF Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707–1857

This turbulent epoch when the Mughal Empire waned and the East India Company boomed witnessed a burst of artistic innovation and experimentation. Delhi’s artists became adept at improvising with a variety of techniques, creating traditional miniatures while continually experimenting with new European styles. Dalrymple shows the masterpieces created and tells their stories.

William Dalrymple

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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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Felipe Fernández-Armesto

The problem of change: Why do we live in an unstable world?

Cartagena 2011, 
Change is the universal law that governs the world. However, we don’t know how to explain it. Concentrating on the problem of social and cultural change, as a historian, Felipe Fernández-Armesto will try to explain why our living systems change, why the changes are gathering speed and to what point the laws of evolution can be applied to the study of culture. He also tackles the question: if the changes are accelerating, how will we end up? Felipe Fernández-Armesto is one of the most brilliant British historians working today and author of works such as Civilizations and 1492: The Year the World Began.

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Borrowed Time

Hay Festival 2008, 
Roy Hattersley tells The Story of Britain Between the Wars—of economic crisis, cultural and Olympic triumph, political disaster and the rise and rise of Winston Churchill.

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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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Deborah Newbold

Macbeth

Hay Festival 2011, 
A lyrical storytelling of royalty, madness and betrayal. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare and ‘the Scottish play’ from the Shakepeare’s Globe storyteller.
 
Duration 45 mins.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Dambisa Moyo talks to Jon Snow

Dead Aid

Hay Festival 2009, 
Western Aid is not relieving poverty and disaster in Africa. The Zambian economist analyses how the new world order of the G20 might realign trade and investment in developing worlds.