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Peter Atkins

What is Chemistry?

Hay Festival 2014, 

A wonderfully accessible introduction to chemistry’s central concepts that shows how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture. Atkins shows how chemistry provides the infrastructure of our world, through the chemical industry, the fuels of heating, power generation and transport, as well as the fabrics of our clothing and furnishings.

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Martin Rees

Black Holes, Alien Life and the Multiverse – an Update

Hay Festival 2016, 

The astronomer will share his excitement about recent cosmic ideas and discoveries. Since last festival there have been new searches for life (even intelligent life) in space. One of Einstein’s greatest predictions has been confirmed with the detection of gravitational waves from colliding back holes. Images of Pluto have surprised us, and astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars, some resembling Earth. And there is speculation that physical reality encompasses more than the aftermath of our big bang: we may inhabit a multiverse.

Martin Rees

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Milena Busquets, Yuri Herrera, Valeria Luiselli talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: Travelling

Hay Festival 2016, 

Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth is an idiosyncratic journey in the company of Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sanchez, an eccentric auctioneer on a mission to replace all his teeth. Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another (in this case Mexico to the United States), especially when there’s no going back. Busquets’ This Too Shall Pass is a lively, sexy and moving novel about a woman facing life in her forties, set on the idyllic Spanish coast.

Milena Busquets, Yuri Herrera, Valeria Luiselli talk to Daniel Hahn

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Edmund de Waal

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great ceramicist’s family memoir tells the story of the netsuke, a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, and its extraordinary passage through the C20th. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Edmund de Waal

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Alun Ffred Jones

The CADW Lecture: King Edward I’s Castles in North Wales, Now and Tomorrow

Hay Festival 2010, 
The WAG Culture Minister examines the significance of the colossal fortresses of Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris.

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James Holland

The Dam Busters

Hay Festival 2012, 
The True Story of the Legendary Raid on the Ruhr on the night of 16 May 1943 when 19 Lancaster bombers delivered Barnes Wallis’ bouncing bombs into the industrial heartland of Nazi Germany.

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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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Gabo en La Guajira. Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda y Luz Mary Giraldo con Weildler Guerra

Cartagena 2013, 
Obras como Cien años de soledad y La increíble y triste historia de la cándida Eréndira y su abuela desalmada (Gabriel García Márquez), Cuatro años a bordo de mí mismo (Eduardo Zalamea Borda), Luna de arena (del poeta Arturo Camacho Ramírez), y alguna más como Deborah Kruel (Ramón Illán Bacca), reconocen a La Guajira como tierra inspiradora y convergente de las identidades colombianas. Los ensayistas colombianos Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda y Luz Mary Giraldo son conocedores de esta memoria literaria. En conversación con Weildler Guerra.

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Fflur Dafydd talks to Corisande Albert

The White Trail

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The award-winning novelist discusses her reworking of the Mabinogion story ‘How Culhwch Won Olwen’ with Corisande Albert, great-great-grand-daughter of Lady Charlotte Guest, the first English translator of the ancient tales of the Mabinogion.

Fflur Dafydd talks to Corisande Albert

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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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¡Que viva la música!...en nuestra formación sentimental. Antonio García Ángel, Carolina Sanín y Ricardo Silva

Cartagena 2013, 
¡Que viva la música! de Andrés Caicedo es una novela que ha marcado la formación literaria de muchos escritores y lectores de Colombia. Tres escritores colombianos, admiradores de la obra de Caicedo, Antonio García Ángel, Carolina Sanín y Ricardo Silva, conversarán sobre su importancia e impacto en las letras latinoamericanas.

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Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: An Optimist Afloat

Hay Festival 2009, 
The charming joker-of-all-trades, author of Driving Over Lemons, yarns his tales of the high and very wet seas.

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Oliver James and Stewart Wallis

Selfish Capitalism: its consequences and what to do about it

Hay Festival 2008, 
A dialogue between Oliver James, author of Affluenza and The Selfish Capitalist, and Stewart Wallis, Director of the New Economics Foundation.

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Samantha Power talks to Philippe Sands

Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World

Hay Festival 2008, 
Obama advisor Samantha Power talks to Philippe Sands about the life and legacy of the peacemaker and state builder (Cambodia, Bosnia, Lebanon, Congo) who as UNHCR High Commissioner died in the first Iraqi suicide bombing of 2003.

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Simon Armitage

The Poet

Hay Festival 2009, 
Reading and conversation with the poet whose recent publications include The Not Dead, Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid, Out of the Blue and Gawainand the Green Knight.

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Open Mic 1

Unpublished Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join in a brand new venture to share your work with an audience. All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you'd like to read, please email boxoffice@hayfestival.com with 'Open Mic' in the title line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry. This event will be repeated (with different participants) on 5 June. Paul Blezard MCs.

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The Creative & Cultural Skills Conference at Hay

Session 2: UEA or MBA?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Novelists Russell Celyn Jones (Birkbeck Creative Writing Prof) and Giles Foden (UEA Prof) discuss writers’ professional development with John Mullan (UCL Professor of Eng Lit and Guardian Book Club host).

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Craig Calhoun

The LSE Lecture: What Threatens Capitalism Now?

Hay Festival 2014, 

What are the key factors for sustainability and change, for disruption and catastrophe? The Director of the London School of Economics considers the threats, internal and external, to global capitalism.

Craig Calhoun

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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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Charles Avery

A School of Dolphins

Hay Festival 2009, 
The dolphin’s presence and meaning in Western Art from Antiquity (where it was associated with several gods), into the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque (where it had Christian connotations, as well as playing a supporting role in fountains and furniture), and then on to the empires of Venice and Britain, ending in the 20th century with Matisse.

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Priyamvada Gopal

Cambridge Series: How (Not) To Write The History of Empire

Hay Festival 2010, 
From demanding reparations for slavery to denouncing immigration, from fostering multiculturalism to celebrating Britishness and from the partition of Palestine to women’s rights in Afghanistan, how does one engage with the controversial afterlife of the British empire?

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HAY JOVEN: Mario Mendoza sobre La importancia de morir a tiempo

Cartagena 2013, 
El autor colombiano Mario Mendoza ha publicado novelas como Los hombres invisibles (2007) y libros de cuentos como La travesía del vidente, con el que en 1995 obtuvo el Premio Nacional de Literatura del Instituto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo de Bogotá. Hablará de su última novela, La importancia de morir a tiempo (2012).

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Tim Marshall

Is The Phrase ‘Arab Spring’ Harmful?

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Sky News Foreign Affairs Editor discusses whether the phrase ‘Arab Spring’ is harmful to our understanding of what has been happening in the Middle East. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Andy McNab

Hay Festival 2006, 
A rare interview with the author of Bravo Two Zero, Firewall, Last Light and Aggressor. Chaired by Phil Rickman.

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Chris Williams and Robin Barlow join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 3 – Soldiers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Waterloo, Rorke’s Drift, Mametz Wood, and the Falklands have all provided Wales with its military heroes. But what makes a Welsh military hero, and who are the villains of the piece?