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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?
 

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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.

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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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Arthur Denaro

Lance-Corporal Allan Leonard Lewis, Victoria Cross

Hay Festival 2018, 

Major General Arthur Denaro commemorates the centenary of the death of Herefordshire’s only Great War recipient of the Victoria Cross, cited for exemplary leadership and ‘a splendid disregard of danger’ in single-handedly disabling enemy machine gun placements that had been enfilading his entire battalion at Ronssey during the Battle of Épehy.

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Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

The Pure Gold Baby

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author discusses her first novel for seven years, the story of a motherhood and neighbourhood and society in North London over several decades. The book is rich with the combination of acute observation and insight and the beautiful economy of prose familiar to her readers.

Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

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Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth? Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation, Big Issue founder John Bird and Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler find reasons to be cheerful about climate change and its opportunities to reframe our lives.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition 9

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians’ farewell party at the expense of the Sundays.

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Linde Wester

The Solace of Quantum

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is the multiverse theory? What is Entanglement? Superposition? What is quantum computing, and how does it help? You don’t have to be a quantum physicist to understand these things if you have one who can explain them to you.  And we have Linde Wester.

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David Mitchell

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A young man’s voice from the silence of autism

Hay Festival 2017, 

The novelist launches his translation of the new book by Naoki Higashida. It’s part memoir, part critique of a world that sees disabilities ahead of disabled people, it opens a window into the mind and world of an autistic, non-verbal young adult, providing remarkable insights into autism in general. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

David Mitchell

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Hay Festival 2016, 

From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the C20th, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University.

Peter Frankopan

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Lissa Evans talks to David Aaronovitch

Their Finest Hour and a Half

Hay Festival 2009, 
The producer of Father Ted, director of The Kumars at Number 42 and Orange Prize longlisted novelist talks about creating comedy on screen and in print.

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Huw Bowen, Madeleine Gray, Martin Johnes

New History of Wales 5: The Welsh People

Hay Festival 2011, 
Religion, politics, education and popular culture. What type of people are we?

Duration 45 minutes.

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The Famous Five at 75

Hay Festival 2017, 

Go on an adventure with Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary. From going on a picnic to cracking clues and solving a mystery, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog present an immersive theatre show for all the family.

6+

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Greg Jenner

A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history Greg Jenner, historical consultant to Horrible Histories, explores the gradual and often unexpected evolution of our daily routines.

Greg Jenner

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Jackie Morris

I Am Cat

Hay Festival 2013, 

Ten wild habitats, ten wild cats are dramatically and beautifully illustrated in this unique celebration of the cat.

Duration 60 mins.

5+ years

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Suzanne O’Sullivan

Reformations 18: The NHS

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our healthcare system has been one of the bedrocks of British identity since its introduction by Aneurin Bevan in 1948. It employs 1.2 million people and treats one million people every 36 hours in England alone. It is free at the point of delivery to all UK residents. The Consultant Neurologist proposes reforms for a sustainable future. O’Sullivan’s book Is It All in Your Head? True Stories of Imaginary Illness won the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize.  Chaired by Julian Huppert

Suzanne O’Sullivan

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Diarmaid MacCulloch

Silence In Christian History

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of A History Of Christianity examines prayer, mystical contemplation, shame, evasion, and careless and purposeful forgetting. He describes the early Church’s attitude to the competing claims of silence and noise, shows how monasticism came to dominate Christian worship, and looks at the sudden eruption of noise in the Protestant reformation.

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Morris Berman, Daniel Alarcón and Francisco Goldman with Jon Gower

Indignados

Cartagena 2012, 
At the end of 2011, The New York Times published a survey that reflected the discontent and low morale of Americans, who feel better represented by groups like Occupy Wall Street or the Tea Party than by Congress. This situation can be extrapolated to other countries, like the United Kingdom, where university fees are spiralling up, and “indignados” occupy St Paul’s Cathedral precincts, creating a climate of tension among the Church, the Government and the corporations, who own the land. Are they isolated groups, or the tip of a vast iceberg of social discontent? Are we facing a great economic and moral depression? Are we complicit in the current situation? The guests tackle these and other questions. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Rachel Holmes and Erica Wagner

Start the Day 2

Hay Festival 2007, 
Holmes introduces The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman (Born 1789 – Buried 2002). Wagner’s debut novel Seizure is a compelling exploration of identity and adulthood. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Steve Cole

Special Agent Mummy

Hay Festival 2014, 
In a fun-filled, frantic session, Steve will reveal the loopy origins of his many creations, give story-writing tips and make plenty of atrocious jokes… It’s everything you wanted to know about space-dinosaurs, monster superheroes and time-travelling Egyptian mummies but were too afraid to ask!
7+ years
Steve Cole

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Hugh Warwick

A Prickly Affair: My Life With Hedgehogs

Hay Festival 2009, 
A truly eccentric global story of hog lore, conservation and devotion.

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Tony Benn

Hay Festival 2007, 
The great diarist (Free at Last), orator and festival favourite will soon release his second post-parliamentary volume More Time for Politics.

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Paul Franklin talks to Francine Stock

VFX

Hay Festival 2012, 
The CG pioneer and special effects maestro discusses and shows his Oscar-winning work on Inception and the Batman series.

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Soledad Gallego-Díaz and Alfonso Armada talk to Aurelio Martín

The future of journalism

Segovia 2012, 
Soledad Gallego-Díaz, deputy editor of El País, and Alfonso Armada, director of ABC/UCM’s Master of Journalism and editor of the online magazine FronteraD, will discuss the future of journalism with Aurelio Martín, vice-president of the Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE).
 
Co-organized with the Asociación de Prensa de Segovia

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Meera Syal talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Fictions – The House of Hidden Mothers

Hay Festival 2015, 

Little India, East London: Shyama, aged 44, has fallen for a younger man. They want a child together. Meanwhile, in a rural village in India, young Mala, trapped in an oppressive marriage, dreams of escape. When Shyama and Mala meet, they help each other realise their dreams. But will fate guarantee them both happiness? The author of Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee launches her new novel.

Meera Syal talks to Sarfraz Manzoor