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Nélida Piñon in conversation with Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2012, 
Nélida Piñon is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. She has received numerous awards during her long literary career, including the Juan Rulfo Literature Prize and the Rosalía de Castro Prize. She will discuss the memoir Corazón andariego, a work recalling the past with emotion, lyricism and humour. Mario Jursich, editor of El Malpensante, will talk to this great Brazilian writer and explore her literary creation.

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Clive Anderson

Woodland Trust Series 2: The Oliver Rackham Memorial Lecture

Hay Festival 2015, 

Woodland Trust president Clive Anderson pays tribute to the life and legacy of prolific ecologist and author Oliver Rackham, who died in February. This inaugural memorial lecture will explore Professor Rackham’s profound influence, both on the work of the Trust and Clive’s own love of the nation’s trees and woods. 

Clive Anderson

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Kevin Powers talks to Jenny Valentine

Fictions – The Yellow Birds

Hay Festival 2013, 

The poet and Iraq veteran Kevin Powers has composed an unforgettable account of friendship and loss. It vividly captures the desperation and brutality of war, and its terrible after-effects. But it is also a story of love, of great courage, and of extraordinary human survival.

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Norman Stone

The Atlantic and its Enemies

Hay Festival 2010, 
The acclaimed historian offers A Personal History of the Cold War.
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Gillian Beer

Cambridge 800 Series: Cultures of Extinction – Darwin and the Present

Hay Festival 2009, 
We view extinction now with alarm and even horror, and are encouraged to do so by specialist commentators and popular media alike. Darwin saw extinction as humdrum, inevitable and important for his theory. What does this transformation reveal about Darwin and ourselves?

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Terri Apter and Zoe Strimpel

Cambridge University Series 14

Hay Festival 2014, 

Beyond The Script

Psychologist and writer Dr Terri Apter will address common myths about women and how to overcome them, with author Zoe Strimpel. They discuss why women’s lives are analysed in such detail, why their choices are so subject to scrutiny, and how they can resist and play with the stereotypes that define them.

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Nativel Preciado and Rosa Montero

Let’s Talk About Life

Segovia 2013, 

Nativel Preciado and Rosa Montero speak about their literary works Si yo tuviera 100.000 seguidores (Planeta) and La ridícula idea de no volver a verte (Seix Barral). Each is a profound reflection on intimacy, society, work, life and memories. Chaired by Ana Gavín.



Co-organized with Fundación Lara

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Battle of the Bands

Hay Festival 2015, 
Up and coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band. An evening of live, original music; come along and cheer for your favourite as the judges decide who is worthy of the crown. Head judge is BBC Wales' Bethan Elfyn.
Battle of the Bands

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Raymond Tallis

NHS SOS

Hay Festival 2013, 

We know we love the NHS. It’s up there with Shakespeare and the Olympics. And we all want to improve it. Prof Tallis argues that the Government’s Health And Social Care Act will result in the death of some of the members of the audience, will cause others to suffer, and will financially ruin many more – and asks what can be done… Chaired by Julie Grigg GP.

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Tony Campbell

Cardiff University Series 2: A Life That Sparkles

Hay Festival 2013, 

A stunning illustrated talk about how bioluminescence has revolutionised biomedical research and clinical diagnosis. It has led to major discoveries about the biggest ecosystem on the planet, and how cells switch on and off in health and disease. Quite surprisingly, it has also created several billion dollar markets – the pharmacy prof reveals all.

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Will Hutton

The Writing on the Wall: China and the West

Hay Festival 2008, 
Will Hutton offers penetrating analysis of the risks involved in China’s breath-taking ideological, economic and political boom.

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Diana Quick talks to Hannah Rothschild

A Tug on the Thread

Hay Festival 2009, 
The actress discusses her Indian heritage and professional life – From the British Raj to the British Stage.

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Athene Donald

Cambridge Series: How Gender Stereotypes Damage Innovation

Hay Festival 2017, 

Children as young as six have already developed ideas about what boys and girls can ‘do’. As they progress through school further, cultural messages fix attitudes and are one part of why we have so few women engineers or male vets. Innovation, which thrives on diverse perspectives, is handicapped by the effects of such stereotyping. Our society needs to do better. Athene Donald is Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College.

Athene Donald

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Gareth Peirce

British Complicity in Torture: Can We Stop?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The lawyer examines the practice of deportation to countries that practice torture and the issues of availability of data and secret courts. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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The 2003 Raymond Williams Lecture: Hanif Kureishi

Loose Tongues

Hay Festival 2003, 
This year's lecture is given by the novelist and filmwriter, author of The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette, The Black Album, Intimacy, My Son the Fanatic and now The Mother. Kureishi examines multi-culturalism, censorship, and the power of language used against totalitarian silences, depression and fear.

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Ben Okri, Marcus du Sautoy and Elleke Boehmer

Narrative and Proof

Hay Festival 2015, 

How does narrative shape the sciences and the arts? Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road, Astonishing the Gods and The Age of Magic, is joined by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, in conversation with novelist and academic Elleke Boehmer.

Ben Okri, Marcus du Sautoy and Elleke Boehmer

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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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Meirion Jordan, Felix Stephan, Laura Fidaleo and Maarten Inghels talk to Daniel Hahn

Scritture Giovani 2013

Hay Festival 2013, 

Young writers from Wales, Italy, Germany and Belgium come together to discuss their newly-commissioned and translated stories on the theme of Jerusalem.

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David Day

Antarctica

Hay Festival 2013, 

A compelling history of the southern-most continent from the C18th voyages of discovery to the fierce rivalries of today, as governments, scientists, environmentalists and oil companies compete for control. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Philip Pullman, Dai Smith, Richard Davies and Jon Gower

Make Room for the Jester

Hay Festival 2011, 
We celebrate Stead Jones’ classic tale – a haunting journey from the edge of childhood into a threatening adult world – now published in the Library of Wales series.

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Sheila Hancock talks to Joan Bakewell

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actress and RSC Artistic Director discusses her portrait of her own marriage The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw.

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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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Lorrie Moore talks to Julian Barnes

The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great American short story writer’s ferociously funny, soulful stories tell of the gulf between men and women, the loneliness of the broken-hearted and the yearned-for, impossible intimacies we crave.

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Anna Kemp & Sara Oglivie

Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes

Hay Festival 2011, 
What would you do if you found a purple rhino chomping pancakes on your sofa? Join the fabulous team behind Dogs Don’t Do Ballet as they introduce you to Daisy and her unlikely new friend.
 
Duration 40 mins.
 
3–5 years Rib Ticklers

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James Lovelock talks to Rosie Boycott

A Rough Ride to the Future

Hay Festival 2014, 

The visionary Earth scientist suggests two new big ideas: the first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was unknowingly beginning ‘accelerated evolution’, a process which is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating Earth system whose discovery Lovelock first announced nearly 50 years ago.