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Edwina Ehrman

The V&A Lecture: The Wedding Dress

Hay Festival 2014, 

The curator of the latest V&A exhibition traces the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang in this sumptuously illustrated lecture. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

The exhibition Wedding Dresses, 1775–2014 is at the Victoria & Albert Museum until 15 March 2015.

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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

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The Wisdom of Whores

Hay Festival 2008, 
Elizabeth Pisani describes how politics, ideology—and ten billion dollars a year—have bulldozed through scientific evidence and common sense and needlessly failed to fight the AIDS pandemic that has infected 70 million people worldwide. Chaired by Rachel Holmes.

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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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Korky Paul

Winnie the Witch

Hay Festival 2011, 
Have fun with The World’s Greatest Portrait Painter and Dinosaur Drawer! Join Korky for an energy-filled event of quick sketching and story-book adventure.
 
5–80+ Rib Ticklers

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Barbara Erskine and Phil Rickman

And did those feet?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Time’s Legacy explores the legend that the young Jesus Christ came to Glastonbury to study with the Druids. The Bones of Avalon has Elizabethan astrologer John Dee dispatched to the mystical West Country town to find the alleged bones of King Arthur, missing since the Reformation.

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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

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Edna O’Brien talks to Lee Brackstone

Country Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

In her autobiography, the novelist brings us face to face with a literary life of high drama and contemplation. And along the way there are encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars and literary titans – all of whom lend this life, so gorgeously, sometimes painfully remembered here, a terrible poignancy.

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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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Anthony Browne

Hay Festival 2010, 
Find out what the Children’s Laureate has been up to and hear why picture books are for everybody, as he speaks to Julia Eccleshare.
 
Family event

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Julia Neuberger

Not Dead Yet

Hay Festival 2008, 
Julia Neuberger lays out her thinking for our changing demography with A Manifesto for Old Age. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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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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Keith Barnham

The Burning Answer

Hay Festival 2014, 

In just over three generations, we have consumed approximately half the useful oil that it took photosynthesis around two million years to produce. In two generations we have used around half our useful uranium resources. We are faced with an urgent choice, the roots of which lie in 1905 with the discovery of Einstein’s ‘other’ equation, E = hf. This little-known equation, which began the quantum revolution, could hold the key to our future survival through the generation of electricity from sunlight.

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Martha Schwartz in conversation with Martha Thorne

Beyond bricks and mortar: Landscape, art and architecture for liveable cities

Segovia 2014, 

The well-known landscape artist Martha Schwartz, Honorary Fellow of RIBA, design consultant to the Mayor of London and lecturer at the Harvard GSD, talks to Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Prize and city planning professor.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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Tom Bullough, Jay Griffiths, Toby Litt

Beacons: Stories From Our Not So Distant Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

Throughout history, writers have been spokespeople for social change, and with climate change a real threat to our society, now is no different. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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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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Roy Foster

Words Alone

Hay Festival 2011, 
A wonderful understanding of WB Yeats and Irish literary traditions in the C19th.

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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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Ben Macintyre

A Spy Among Friends

Hay Festival 2014, 

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby’s two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

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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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John Mitchinson and guests

Unbound Live 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

A second chance to choose what gets published by the award-winning crowd-funded Unbound publishing house as authors pitch their ideas direct to the audience in a real-life, literary Dragons’ Den. Meet comedian Katy Brand and her hilarious alter-ego Brenda Monk, hear Adrian Teal tell how utterly scandalous the C18th really was, join David Bramwell on his quest to find Utopia, and learn how everything is connected to everything else with Steve Colgan. Light poetic and extremely humorous relief from performance poet, George Chopping.

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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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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2014, 

Imagine you’re a sausage. You are in a frying pan, happily sizzling away with other like-minded sausages. Then one of them starts to tell you about tomato ketchup. You refuse to believe your friend’s stories but later you find yourself being dipped head first into that tangy, tomatoey joy. And then you realise that yes – ketchup is true. Watching James Campbell is a bit like that. But there aren’t any sausages involved. Or ketchup.
6+ years

James Campbell

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Khaled Khalifa and Habib Selmi in conversation with Karim Hauser

Segovia 2012, 
Two of the best known authors in Arabic, each a finalist in the Arab Prize for Arabic Fiction, the most prestigious literary prize in the Arabic language, discuss their most recent works with Karim Hauser. Kahled Khalifa (Syria) is the writer of In Praise of Hatred, a novel that tells the story of an adolescent against the background of Syria in the 1980s. Habib Selmi (Tunisia) will talk about The Scents of Marie-Claire, a novel with autobiographical elements that analyses the relationship between a Tunisian man and a French woman.
 
Simultaneous translation from Arab into Spanish. With the support of IPAF and the collaboration of Casa Arabe.

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Tam Dalyell talks to Jim Naughtie

The Importance Of Being Awkward

Hay Festival 2013, 

The maverick and veteran MP, Father of the House, scourge of the Front Benches and opponent of wars considers his parliamentary career, spanning 43 years and 8 administrations.