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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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Tony de Saulles

Horrible Science

Hay Festival 2009, 
Science just got a lot more squishy! Join the illustrator behind this gruesomely brilliant series to learn how to doodle and cartoon all things horrid.  Don't forget your pencil!

9 years +

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Andrew Robinson

Lost Languages

Hay Festival 2009, 
Genius, obsession, delusion and rivalry in the race to unlock The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts.

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John Sutherland and John Crace

The Two Johnnies Do Dickens

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ultra-Prof and the Digested Reads satirist tell you stuff you never realised you needed to know about the bi-centenarist.

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Terry Jones, Caryn Franklin and Dylan Jones

i-D Covers 1980–2010

Hay Festival 2011, 
The founders of the iconic style and design magazine talk about its 30-year history.

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Tracey Corderoy

Granny Trouble

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble and Whizz, Pop, Granny Stop! will share Granny’s adventures in a lively fun-packed session.

4+ years

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Alicia Giménez Bartlett talks to Fernando Delgado

Segovia 2011, 
The writer Alicia Giménez Bartlett, winner of the Premio Nadal this year for her novel Donde nadie te encuentre, will talk with the writer and journalist Fernando Delgado. They will talk about the phenomenon of the maquis, in particular of the maquis protagonist in her novel, which has become a legend in the area of the Maestrazgo.

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Barroux and Marjolaine Leray

Mr Leon’s Paris and Little Red Hood

Hay Festival 2012, 
Vive la différence! Watch these two French picture-book stars in action, drawing and discussing their work with award-winning translator Sarah Ardizzone.Chaired by Daniel Hahn
 
10+ years

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James Hawes talks to Anita Sethi

Excavating Kafka

Hay Festival 2009, 
The satirical novelist and German scholar refashions everything we thought we knew about the C20th literary icon, including his predilection for porn.

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Sarah Churchwell

The London Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Secret History of the American Dream

Now used to describe everything from reality television to The Great Gatsby, ‘the American Dream’ is a phrase that most people assume stretches back to the founding of America. But the history of this catchphrase is much more recent – and surprising – than our casual usages suggest. Professor Churchwell traces the emergence of this cliché in the first decades of the 20th century from debates that drove it into the heart of American popular culture. At the same time, she reveals the ways in which the very idea of the ‘American Dream’ was invented to address the same troubling questions about immigration and nationalism, education and job creation, economic and cultural breakdown, individual ambition and social responsibility, that continue to define our society today.

Sarah Churchwell

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John Major

More than a Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years

Hay Festival 2007, 
The politician celebrates the golden ages of Gentlemen and Players, underarm bowling, the Empire, the gaming and the MCC.

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Ian McMillan and guests

The Verb

Hay Festival 2013, 

Barnsley FC’s poet-in-residence and Beat Poet for Humberside Police hosts a Hay edition of Radio 3’s cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performances.

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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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Rebecca Solnit

The Faraway Nearby

Hay Festival 2013, 

One summer, the author was bequeathed a hundred pounds of ripening apricots, which lay on her bedroom floor – a windfall, a riddle, an emergency to be dealt with. The fruit came from a neglected tree that her mother, gradually succumbing to memory loss, could no longer tend to. From this unexpected inheritance came stories, invitations and adventures; in a library of water in Iceland, in the basin of the Grand Canyon, in the imagined emptiness of the Arctic. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Alison Owen and Helen de Winter talk to Hannah Rothschild

What I Really Want to do is Produce

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Producer of Shaun of the Dead, Elizabeth and the forthcoming The Other Boleyn Girl discusses the Producer’s role with Helen de Winter, editor of What I Really Want to do is Produce. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Ketil Bjørnstad and Elif Shafak talk to Ariane Koek

Fiction: Passions

Hay Festival 2010, 
To Music plays with a pianist’s family and relationships; The Forty Rules of Love engages with the ancient Sufi mystic, Rumi, who was transformed by the whirling dervish into a passionate poet and advocate of love.
Ketil Bjørnstad and Elif Shafak talk to Ariane Koek

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Michael Pollan talks to Montagu Don

Food Rules

Hay Festival 2010, 
‘Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.’ An Eater’s Manual for eating wisely, gathered from a wide variety of sources including mothers, grandmothers, nutritionists, anthropologists and ancient cultures.

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The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

Geoff White and Glenn Wilkinson

Hay Festival 2015, 

A unique and fascinating journey into the private life of a gadget you thought was on your side. Afterwards, you’ll never look at your phone in the same way again… The brainchild of Channel 4 News’ award-winning technology journalist Geoff White and security researcher Glenn Wilkinson: welcome to a live stage performance using cutting-edge interception technology to reveal the people, places and companies your phone is talking to behind your back – and what it’s telling them.

The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

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George Monbiot

Inundated

Hay Festival 2014, 

When the winter floods receded, they left behind a changed political landscape: one in which we began at last to discuss the treatment of the land and how that affects us. In Feral Monbiot explored the destruction of the uplands and the astonishing, restorative potential of rewilding. Now he extends that analysis, explaining how disastrous agricultural policies strip the soil and exacerbate flooding, and arguing that they can be reversed.

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Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

Slow Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 

Slow Fiction is inspired by the predella, the sequence of four or five pictures under a Renaissance altarpiece that tell the story of the annunciation, the adoration, or the pietà. If the large altarpiece painting is one moment in time, the predella shows the moments leading up to that key frame and sometimes what happens after. The artist Paul St George works with writers, translating selections of their writing into small sequences of sculptures making three-dimensional stories. Two of the first authors to be excited by this new way of bringing readers to writing are Polly Stenham, author of Hotel, and Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist: ‘To see my written words reimagined for a different audience, giving another take on the story-telling process – what we omit, what we emphasise, and what we leave behind – in a newly-configured presentation, is a true thrill.’

Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

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Bettany Hughes, Alice Oswald, Madeline Miller, Tim Whitmarsh

The Greeks 5 - After Homer

Hay Festival 2012, 
The power of The Iliad and The Odyssey has endured in the literary imagination for thousands of years and still exerts a fascination for contemporary writers. Our classicists are joined by the poet (Memorial) and novelist (The Song of Achilles) who are speaking later today about their own works, which respond to the original masterpieces.

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Horatio Clare

Myths & Legends of the Brecon Beacons

Hay Festival 2017, 

Discover the magic and myths hidden in the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons. Find Arthur and his knights sleeping away the decades in a cave, and go on the search for the White Lady of Tretower Court with the award-winning author of Down To The Sea In Ships, The Prince’s Pen and Orison for a Curlew. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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Bronwen Maddox, Jeremy Bowen, Adam Michnik

Revolutions and Headlines

Hay Festival 2011, 
From the Velvet Revolutions to Tahrir Square and the turmoil in Libya, how does the media sensationalise, record and understand revolution? The Prospect editor is joined by the BBC Middle East Correspondent and the editor-in-chief of Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza.

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Philippe Sands, Laurent Naouri (bass-baritone) and Guillaume de Chassy (piano)

The Great Crimes

Hay Festival 2014, 

Nuremberg, 1946. Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, prosecuting ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’; Hans Frank, Hitler’s lawyer, the defendant. Three lives, connected to events in Poland, and music that offered solace and hope. A drama about the origins of modern justice, in images, and in words and music by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Louis Aragon and Leonard Cohen.

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Derek Smith

Cambridge University Series 10: Pandemic Research and the Ethics of Creating a Deadly Flu Strain

Hay Festival 2015, 

The 1918 global flu pandemic wiped out around 50 million people. In the last 300 years there have been around three flu pandemics every century. We must constantly be on alert for the next one. Global efforts, including those of Professor Derek Smith, to understand how pandemics are caused, will help us mitigate and even prevent future pandemics. However this work has the perverse downside of also generating new, potentially deadly, viruses in the laboratory. Professor Derek Smith will talk about the ethical issues this raises. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Derek Smith