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Barry Cunliffe

Britain Begins

Hay Festival 2013, 

Using archaeological and DNA evidence Cunliffe tells the story of the origins of the British and the Irish peoples, from the retreat of the last Ice Age around 10,000bc to the eve of the Norman Conquest.

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Antony Beevor talks to Agustín Díaz Yanes

The Second World War

Segovia 2012, 
Distinguished British historian Antony Beevor talks with filmmaker Agustín Díaz Yanes about his latest book, the internationally successful The Second World War.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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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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David Crystal

Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation

Hay Festival 2016, 

The triumphant, concluding volume in David Crystal’s trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. Professor Crystal leads us through this minefield with characteristic wit and clarity. [DC on semi-colons is hilarious; also painfully funny on exclamation marks! Ed.]

David Crystal

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Michael Morpurgo

Listen to the Moon

Hay Festival 2015, 
Michael Morpurgo’s much praised novel Listen to the Moon was inspired by a gruesome medal commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago off the coast of Co. Cork, and a newspaper report he came across during his research about a small child being spotted on top of a piano floating among the wreckage. Michael shares this extraordinary story and answers questions from the audience. He also talks about Dreams of Freedom – In Words and Pictures, for which he wrote the introduction. The book combines the words of human rights heroes with illustrations by acclaimed artists. All royalties go to Amnesty International.
9+ years
Michael Morpurgo

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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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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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Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

Misogynation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Everyday Sexism founder reflects on the true scale of the challenge to our aspirations to equality. From Weinstein to Westminster, from banter to consent, and from the President’s Club to equal pay, she makes a passionate argument for stepping back, opening our eyes and allowing ourselves to address the bigger picture.

She talks to the writer Owen Sheers, author of The Men You'll Meet.

Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

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Sue Flood

Cold Places

Hay Festival 2011, 
The wildlife photographer records her adventures in the polar regions – camping on the floe edge with Inuit hunters in the Canadian high-Arctic, watching polar bears hunting, diving with leopard seals in the Antarctic and sailing with Russian Ice-Breakers. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

Further information about Sue Flood and her photography
www.sueflood.com/bio.html

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Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

The Garden Forager

Hay Festival 2015, 

Many of our own gardens contain an abundance of edible and medicinal plants, grown mainly for their ornamental appearance. Most gardeners are completely unaware that what they have actually planted is a rather exotic kitchen garden. The Garden Forager explores some of the most popular garden plants that have edible, medicinal or even cosmetic potential. Nozedar’s recipes and remedies are exquisitely illustrated in watercolours by Lizzie Harper. She talks while Harper illustrates live.

Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

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BBVA Debate: Juan José Millás in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

Cartagena 2011, 
Juan José Millás, one of the best known Spanish writers and journalists, will talk to the writer and contributor to El Espectador, Juan Esteban Constaín, about his literary career and, particularly, about his latest novel Lo que sé de los hombrecillos, a fable that treads a fine line between delirium and reality. There will also be mention of his recent interview with Felipe González.
BBVA Debate: Juan José Millás in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

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Suresh Kohli in conversation with Guillermo Rodríguez

Segovia 2012, 
Suresh Kohli presents his documentary about the novel in India, entitled Magic Realism & After: Indian English Fiction 1981-2011. He is interviewed by Guillermo Rodriguez, Director of Casa de la India. Excerpts from the documentary will be screened.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. Co-organized with the Embassy of India in Spain and the Fundación Consejo España-India and Casa de la India.

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Roger Thurow

Feeding The World

Hay Festival 2013, 

How will we feed a growing global population in the face of a wide range of adverse factors, including climate change? What contributions can the social and natural sciences make in finding solutions, and what is the role for governments and the private sector? What does it all mean for the individual farmer? The author The Hunger Season discusses with The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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Richard Fortey

Survivors - The Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind

Hay Festival 2012, 
The paleontologist takes us on a journey across the globe in search of traces of evolution in creatures that have survived from long ago, from algal mats dating back two billion years to the hardy musk oxen, the last vestiges of Ice Age fauna.

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Hanif Kureishi

Collected

Hay Festival 2011, 
We celebrate the publication of the novelist and screenwriter’s Collected Essays and Collected Stories. Chaired by Ariane Koek.
 
More about Hanif Kureishi www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/

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Frank Westerman

Ararat

Hay Festival 2010, 
An investigation of the fault-line between religion and science, travelling to the site where, as biblical tradition has it, Noah’s Ark ran aground and which has now become a geographical, political and cultural crossroads.

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Nicholas Crane and Jerry Brotton

The Man who Mapped the Planet

Hay Festival 2012, 
We salute the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gerardus Mercator, the greatest cartographer of all time; the man who coined the word ‘atlas’ and solved the riddle of converting the three-dimensional globe into a two-dimensional map while retaining true compass bearings.

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Ma Jian and Yan Lianke talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – China

Hay Festival 2013, 

If a panda gets pregnant, the entire nation celebrates. But if a woman gets pregnant she’s treated like a criminal. What kind of country is this? The author of Red Dust and Beijing Coma introduces his new novel The Dark Road. He is joined by the brilliant satirical author of Serve The People and Lenin’s Kisses, who is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Flora Drew interprets. 

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The Earl of March talks to Mark Skipworth

The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Hay Festival 2013, 

A celebration of the first 20 years of the world’s premier classic performance car event – a story of cars, stars and the reinvention of a stately home.

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Paula Byrne: The Real Jane Austen

Austen Bicentenary Series 4

Hay Festival 2013, 

The biographer re-examines Austen’s family context and finds a far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern woman than the conventional picture of ‘dear Aunt Jane’ would allow.

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Christopher Jamison talks to Raj Persaud

In the Psychiatrist’s Chair

Hay Festival 2008, 
Raj Persaud interviews the Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery, Worth Abbey and author of Finding Sanctuary Christopher Jamison.

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Will Self talks to Sarah Crown

Fictions: Phone

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are delighted to be launching the new novel by one of the most daring and incisive prose writers. Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns: from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos; from the horror of modern war, to the end of privacy, Phone is a stunning novel that combines the high-concept bravura of Self’s Great Apes and The Butt with the deep literary scope and scale of Umbrella and Shark.

Will Self talks to Sarah Crown

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Philippe Sands

Reformations 8: Citizenship

Hay Festival 2017, 

Where do we belong? What passport and what papers do we carry? The international human rights lawyer proposes a new form of internationalist identity, and the adoption of the Tobin Tax that would help fund a universally available Citizenship of the World. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Philippe Sands

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this show James may attempt a new world record in badger hurdling and doing loop the loop with his 93-year-old Auntie HistAMine. It may also involve a discussion on Horses: Friends or Big-Headed Twits?
 
7+ years

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Kim Wilkie

Led by the Land

Hay Festival 2012, 
The radical landscape designer surveys 20 years of his work, from the restoration of the Villa La Pietra in Florence to the strategic masterplan for the World Heritage Site at the Solovetski Archipelago.