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Bettany Hughes, Tim Whitmarsh, Charlotte Higgins and Oliver Taplin

The Greeks 7 - Heroisation

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists examine the recounting of funeral games, athletic odes and Olympic trials in Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Bacchylids and Euripides. What are athletes for?

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Matt Whyman and Justin Richards

Adventures for Boys

Hay Festival 2008, 
The two masters of action adventure Matt Whyman (Inside The Cage) and Justin Richards (The Chaos Code) discuss books, boys, computers and code with Jonathan Douglas.

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Monty Don and Derry Moore

Paradise Gardens

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrates Heaven on Earth. The gardener Monty Don and acclaimed photographer Derry Moore set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world. From the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain to a Mughal garden in Bradford, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, they present a glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth.

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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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Martin Davidson talks to Simon Schama

The Perfect Nazi

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian’s investigation: Uncovering My SS Grandfather’s Secret Past And How Hitler Seduced A Generation.

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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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Val McDermid talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2010, 
Ratchet plotting of her gripping psychological thrillers has established McDermid and her Hill/Jordan detection team at the very top of crime fiction. She talks about writing, morality, crime and punishment.

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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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Charlotte Higgins

Barack Obama: The New Cicero

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of It’s All Greek To Me analyses the President’s classicist rhetoric.

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón talks to Paul Preston

To Bury the Dead

Hay Festival 2009, 
An investigation of a brutal political murder in the Spanish Civil War and a fascinating literary feud that divided Hemingway and John dos Passos as it divides our speakers.

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Wadah Khanfar talks to William Sieghart

Hay Festival 2012, 
The co-founder of the Sharq Forum and the former Director General of the Al Jazeera Network reflects on the momentous changes in the Arab world, and the effect of free media and new technology across the Middle East.

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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.

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René Griffiths, Jon Gower, Jorge Fondebrider

Homage to Patagonia

Hay Festival 2015, 

An evening to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Welsh passage to Argentina aboard the Mimosa. Gower sets the scene with his Gwalia Patagonia – a tale of legendary giants and Andean condors, devil spirits and chapel-worshippers. He is joined by Argentinian writer Jorge Fondebrider, author of The Spaces Between. The evening is completed with the fascinating anecdotal and geographical ramblings of one of Wales’ best-loved guitarists, singers and actors, René Griffiths. Full of emotion and passion, Ramblings of a Patagonian is the revelation of one-man’s unrelenting love for his own Andean desert. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

René Griffiths, Jon Gower, Jorge Fondebrider

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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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Kate Williams and Clare Clark talk to Rosie Boycott

Fictions - The New Victorians

Hay Festival 2012, 
The acclaimed historian’s steamy, seamy thriller The Pleasures of Men reveals the dark, beating heart of corrupt London during Queen Victoria’s reign; set in the Jubilee year of 1887 Beautiful Lies is a compelling tale of scandal, politics and the media.

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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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John Gimlette

Wild Coast: Travels on South America’s Untamed Edge

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Guianas have always defied humankind. Despite 400 years of colonial effort, they remain some of the wildest, weirdest and most beautiful lands on the continent. Chaired by Anita Sethi.

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Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl And The Atlantis Complex

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join this utterly brilliant writer in an adrenaline-fuelled exposé of his teenage criminal mastermind.
 
9+ years Rib Ticklers 

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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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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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Ed Stourton talks to Guto Harri

Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across The Pyrenees

Hay Festival 2013, 

The shocking, dramatic and intensely moving history of the hundreds who made the arduous and desperate climb through the Pyrenees during the Second World War. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Colm Toíbín talks to Clare Armitstead

House of Names

Hay Festival 2017, 

The novelist launches his new book, a re-telling of the classic tales of the House of Atreus: the stories of Agamemnon and Iphigenia, of Clytemnestra, Orestes and Electra. It’s a masterpiece.

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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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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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Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Cameron’s Coup

Hay Festival 2015, 

The team who gave The Verdict on the last Labour administration audit the devastating effectiveness of the Coalition government. ‘Margaret Thatcher sold off the nationalised industries. Her political heirs are intent on leaving an even more radical legacy – selling off the state itself.’

Polly Toynbee and David Walker