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John Julius Norwich

Sicily: A Short History, From the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

Hay Festival 2015, 

The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all – and yet has properly been part of none. John Julius Norwich was inspired to become a writer by his first visit in 1961 and this study is the result of a fascination that has lasted over half a century. In tracing its dark story, he attempts to explain the enigma that lies at the heart of the Mediterranean’s largest island.

John Julius Norwich

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Emma Bridgewater

Pattern & The Secrets of Lasting Design

Hay Festival 2016, 

Emma Bridgewater’s patterns are as quintessentially British as marmalade on toast – and they have made her distinctive homewares best-sellers across the world. Her inspiration is often deeply personal – a plate of belonging to her mother’s, a favourite children’s book – and as she tells the stories of each pattern’s creation, she reveals the intricate processes of research and collaboration behind the familiar designs she has stamped on our kitchenware – and our hearts – for the past 30 years. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Emma Bridgewater

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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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Matt Pritchett

Matt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Telegraph’s superstar cartoonist on drawing, humour and satire.

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Steve Melia talks to Andy Fryers

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: Urban Transport Without the Hot Air

Hay Festival 2015, 

Are governments trying to 'get us out of our cars'? Is better public transport the solution to congestion in cities? Does Britain have a shortage of family housing and what has that got to do with transport? This book dispels myths and presents a sustainable vision for the future.  Steve Melia from the University of the West of England talks to the Hay on Earth Director.

Steve Melia talks to Andy Fryers

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Paddy Ashdown

Game of Spies

Hay Festival 2017, 

The true story of a lethal spy triangle with three men at its centre – a brilliant, ruthless, British secret agent called Roger Landes; the Gestapo counter-espionage officer Friedrich Dohse, who was charged with finding him; and French Resistance leader André Grandclément, who was responsible for the most controversial betrayal that took place in wartime France. From 1942 until 1944 these three enemies were drawn into a lethal dance in which comrades, Allied agents and downed pilots were sold to the Germans as casually as crates of wine. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Paddy Ashdown

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The History Keepers

Hay Festival 2013, 

Time-travelling adventures and evil plots abound with Damian Dibben’s The History Keepers – a secret society that travels through the centuries to prevent history being changed.

9+ years

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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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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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Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Hay Festival 2013, 

They say she has been banned in Bognor and censored in Solihull. Here to hellraise in Hay for one day only, the creator of the world-conquering Georgia Nicholson and Tallulah books and Queen of Comedy – Louise Rennison – will give you a sneak preview of The Taming of the Tights.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ years

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Sarah Dunant in conversation with SJ Parris

Fictions – Blood And Beauty

Hay Festival 2013, 

The acclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance takes on the era’s most infamous family – the Borgias.

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Jonathan Fenby

Tiger Head Snake Tails

Hay Festival 2013, 

China’s Unfinished Revolution – the challenges that confront the looming superpower after its leadership transition. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Teatime Edition 3

Hay Festival 2012, 
The press-gang sharpen their wits to slice up the news, much of which may relate to tomorrow.

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Alex T Smith

Claude

Hay Festival 2012, 
It’s time to get excited, delighted and waggy-tailed as Claude and Sir Bobblysock make their Hay debut. Berets actively encouraged.
 
5-7 years

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Alison Weir

Katherine of Aragon

Hay Festival 2016, 

The lives of Henry VIII’s queens make for dramatic stories. In her new novel, Weir tells the poignant story of Katherine of Aragon. Was her union with Prince Arthur consummated? What happens when a happy Royal marriage is overshadowed by dynastic pressures, doubts, and the allure of an ambitious woman? The best-selling popular historian and novelist evokes a court peopled by the luminaries of the early Tudor age – Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell and the magnificent figure of Henry VIII himself – a young and athletic Henry, not yet marred by frustration and disappointment.

Alison Weir

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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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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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Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis

Jeremy Leggett

Hay Festival 2006, 
The global marketplace is built on the notion of a stable supply of cheap oil and gas. But that bedrock is about to crumble. As geologists, civil servants and the oil industry knows, the end of oil is a lot closer than we think. Leggett is Chief Executive of Solarcentury.

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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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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 Etherington Brothers

Hay Festival 2013, 

The high-energy duo are back to share their comic book genius. Discover all the secrets you need to create your own adventures in words and pictures.

9+ years

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Jim Perrin and Mark Cocker talk to Rosie Boycott

Ty Newydd Nature Writing

Hay Festival 2011, 
The day tutors discuss their own recent works – Perrin’s West: A Journey Through the Landscapes of Loss and Cocker’s masterpiece Crow Country. Theatre practitioner Gerald Tyler, trumpeter Tomos Williams and writer Jon Gower team up to explore Perrin’s high art, with visuals by film director and choreographer Grant Gee.

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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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Emma Darwin talks to Ruth Padel

A Secret Alchemy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The biologist’s great-great-granddaughter discusses her historical novel about the Princes in the Tower.

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David Kynaston

Tales of a New Jerusalem

Hay Festival 2010, 
The brilliant social historian looks at Family Britain 1951–1957 with its Butlin’s holiday camps, Kenwood food mixers and Hancock’s Half-Hour. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
David Kynaston