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Shazia Awan, Laura McAllister, Auriol Miller, Leanne Wood, Clare Critchley

Wales Women and Public Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

IWA Director Auriol Miller, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, equality activist Shazia Awan and politics professor Laura McAllister discuss with Clare Critchley the challenges, frustrations and joys of being a woman in Welsh public life. This event launches issue 60 of the welsh agenda, magazine of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

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Sarah McIntyre

Cartoon Craziness

Hay Festival 2012, 
Meet this brilliant illustrator and learn how to invent your own cartoons. Expect pirates, monsters, princesses, dinosaurs, cowboys and, of course, Vern & Lettuce. Bring a pad and pencil.
 
5+ years

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Agnès Desarthe talks to Philippe Sands

Chez Moi

Hay Festival 2009, 
The French author of Five Photos of My Wife and Good Intentions discusses her magical Chez Moi, about a woman who runs away from the circus to open a restaurant at home.

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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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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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The Federation Presents Darren Shan

Hay Festival 2008, 
The dark one takes us on a jolly trip through this fresh hell from the Demonata, Death's Shadow. Only the unshakebale should attend.

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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Chris Morgan Jones and James Naughtie

Single Spies

Hay Festival 2016, 

Thrilling new tales of espionage from two emerging stars of the genre. An unlikely hero dives into the chaotic madness of Russia and Georgia’s deadly covert conflict, in a rapid-fire tale of corporate espionage gone awry in Morgan Jones’ The Searcher. Will Flemyng, the hero of Naughtie’s Paris Spring, is an embassy man caught up in the évenements of April 1968. For 11 years Morgan Jones worked at the world’s largest business intelligence agency. He advised Middle Eastern governments, Russian oligarchs, New York banks, London hedge funds and African mining companies. Naughtie presented the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 for 21 years, interrogating lots of the people Morgan Jones worked for. They talk to Georgina Godwin.

Chris Morgan Jones and James Naughtie

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Concentrated Solar Power

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Designer Katharine Hamnett joins Neil Crumpton (Friends of the Earth) and Gerhard Knies (TREC) to discuss the potential power revolution of CSP. Chaired by Nicola Heywood Thomas.

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Tim Dee

The Running Sky

Hay Festival 2010, 
‘A million starlings gather to roost from all points across a freezing winter sky; migrant redstarts, only weeks out of their nest, set off over alien seas on their way to Africa; a pair of airborne swifts lie together for an instant as they mate hundreds of feet up in the sky…’
Tim Dee

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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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Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

Diaries, Gardens and Mastercrafts

Hay Festival 2010, 
Alongside the huge success of his recent Mastercrafts television series and the spectacular media project of Around the World in Eighty Gardens, the publication of his Ivington Diaries confirms the gardener as one of the most attuned and passionate men of the soil and land and as a writer of consummate skill and beauty.
Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

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Kate Summerscale talks to Rosie Boycott

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner discusses her thrilling investigation of the classic true-life murder mystery that gripped Victorian England and inspired Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Conan Doyle.

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Thomas Heatherwick talks to Mariella Frostrup

Making

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the legendary British designer, heralded by Terence Conran as the ‘Leonardo da Vinci of our times’.

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Sarah Harper

Reformations 10: Ageing

Hay Festival 2017, 

How will health improvements and a declining birth rate, economic uncertainty and political turbulence affect an ageing population in Britain and around the world? There are new challenges here for states and for individuals. How might we re-imagine lives that run four score years and ten, and longer? Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing. She is the author of How Population Change will Transform Our World. On 1 May she will be become the Director of The Royal Institution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Sarah Harper

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Lyn Gardner

Friends and Footlights

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the theatre critic and storyteller as she launches Olivia’s Enchanted Summer, the latest in her much-loved series. Fans of Malory Towers and Ballet Shoes will adore this.
 
9+ years

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Andrew Davies in conversation with Peter Florence

200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens

Cartagena 2012, 
Andrew Davies is considered to be one of the UK’s most outstanding film and TV screenplay writers. During his career, he has adapted works by great English writers, like Jane Austen (with his brilliant 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice), Charles Dickens and Shakespeare. Furthermore, he was one of the scriptwriters for the film Bridget Jones’s Diary. Davies, who has an in-depth knowledge of Dickens’ work, will talk to Peter Florence. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the British Council

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Tony Badger

Cambridge University Series 8: The Lessons Of The New Deal

Hay Festival 2013, 

In 2009, as in 1933, a charismatic president succeeded a discredited one at a time of economic crisis. Obama and his advisers explicitly looked to FDR for policy models. Despite his re-election in 2012, Obama has lost control of the House, where Republicans stymie attempts to avoid the fiscal cliff. Economic recovery is partial and largely jobless. The prospects for his second term look unpromising in a highly polarised politics. Did Obama learn the right lessons from the New Deal? Chaired by Stephanie Flanders.

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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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Antonio Muñoz Molina, Josep Pons and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Translate the Music

Segovia 2013, 

As a classic ceremony to close the Hay Festival Segovia, Antonio Muñoz Molina, this year’s Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras, and the maestro Josep Pons, musical director of the Liceo, speak about the two bicentennial geniuses - Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi - in a conversation moderated by Jesús Ruiz Mantilla. The Avanti Quartet, part of the Orchestra of Castilla y León, opens and closes the event.


Co-organized with Junta de Castilla y León and Fundación Lara