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Sarah Crompton and Lucy Moore

Dance Talk: Sadlers Wells And Nijinsky

Hay Festival 2013, 

On the centenary of The Rite Of Spring, Moore’s Nijinsky captures the spirit of the great genius of C20th ballet, his relationship with Diaghilev, the controversy of his radical choreography and his descent into madness. In Sadler’s Wells Dance House Crompton chronicles how this London theatre and its creative impulses have shaped the course of dance in the C20th and C21st from classical to hip hop. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Sioned Davies talks to Revel Guest

The Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the new translation into English of the greatest Welsh literary work. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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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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The Schools Crisis and After

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Golden Valley in Herefordshire has just survived an attempt to ‘rationalise’ its schools network. Can village life survive at all in the C21st? How vital is education to its future? Headmaster Chris Barker hosts a debate to launch a new magazine: How Gold is Our Valley. All welcome.

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Robert Muchamore and Mark Walden

Hay Festival 2008, 
The adults in charge of CHERUB and HIVE, the Higher Institute of Villainous Education discuss the good, the bad and the acronym with Jonathan Douglas.

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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Matt Ridley talks to Nik Gowing

The Rational Optimist

Hay Festival 2010, 
The science writer and author of Genome talks about How Prosperity Evolves and why he thinks the future is bright for people and the planet.

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Fireman Sam

Happy Birthday, Sam!

Hay Festival 2012, 
It's time for a Pontypandy party to celebrate Sam and Hay turning 25 together. Meet your favourite fireman and hear all about his exciting adventures from the fabulous storyteller Liz Fost.
 
3+ yrs

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Martin Rees

The Royal Society Lecture 3: From Here To Infinity

Hay Festival 2011, 
The astronomer revisits the subject matter of his 2010 Reith Lectures, boldly exploring the challenges facing science in the C21st.

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Abdel Bari Atwan talks to Nik Gowing

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Palestinian editor of Rai al-Youm offers a comprehensive review of the group’s organisational structure and leadership, strategies, tactics and diverse methods of recruitment. He traces the salafi-jihadi lineage of IS, its ideological differences with al-Qa’ida, and the deadly rivalry that has emerged between their leaders. Atwan also shows how the group’s rapid growth has been facilitated by its masterful command of social media platforms, the ‘dark web’, Hollywood ‘blockbuster’-style videos, and even jihadi computer games, producing a powerful paradox where the ambitions of the Middle Ages have re-emerged in cyber-space.

Abdel Bari Atwan talks to Nik Gowing

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Melvyn Bragg

Fictions – Grace And Mary

Hay Festival 2013, 

Visiting his ageing mother Mary in her nursing home by the sea, the protagonist of this new novel sets out to recreate their buried family history, delving into the secrets and silences of Mary’s fractured childhood as he imagines the life of her spirited mother, Grace.

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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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Helen Rappaport

Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ninety years on, and just as the recently discovered bodies of Alexei and Mariya are re-interred with the family in St Petersburg, Helen Rappaport reviews the murder of the Russian imperial family. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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William Banks-Blaney

25 Dresses: Iconic Moments in Twentieth Century Fashion

Hay Festival 2015, 

The founder of the iconic vintage clothing company WilliamVintage and Global Style Ambassador to American Express introduces his history of C20th couture, told through the designers who made the dresses and the women who wore them. His talk is illustrated with slides. William Banks-Blaney is Vogue’s 'Vintage King', and the Fashion Patron of Oxfam.

William Banks-Blaney

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Michael Hayden talks to Nik Gowing

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

Hay Festival 2016, 

An unprecedented high-level, master narrative of America’s intelligence wars, from rendition and targeted killing abroad to homeland surveillance. Hayden is the only person to helm both the CIA and the NSA (National Security Agency).

Michael Hayden talks to Nik Gowing

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Robert Minhinnick

Fairground Music

Hay Festival 2010, 
Prepare for hallucinatory encounters with Margaret Thatcher, Dylan Thomas and Elvis Presley, and every guilty pleasure a fairground might offer as the writer collaborates with photographer Eamon Bourke to celebrate Porthcawl’s iconic attraction.
Robert Minhinnick

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Alain George

The Rise of Islamic Calligraphy

Hay Festival 2010, 
How a craft based on pen, parchment and ink came to convey the divine character of the Qur’anic text, in the emerging civilisation of Islam.

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Huw Bowen, Martin Johnes, Aled Jones, Peter Stead

New History of Wales 3: Public History

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ivory Tower or public realm – what is the point of Welsh history in the C21st?

Duration 45 minutes.
 

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Miguel Syjuco talks to Xavi Ayén

Segovia 2011, 
Miguel Syjuco, Philippine author who was bestowed the Palanca Award, the most prestigious literary recognition in the Philippines, and the Asian Man Booker Price for the novel Ilustrado (2010), will talk with La Vanguardia's journalist Xavi Ayén. Syjuco’s novel narrates the life and death of Crispin Salvador, an imaginary character that makes the reader doubt about reality and fiction.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Sarah Dunant talks to Helena Kennedy

Sacred Hearts

Hay Festival 2010, 
In Renaissance Ferrara the convent of Santa Caterina is filled with noble women who are married to Christ because many cannot find husbands outside. Enter sixteen-year-old Serafina, ripped by her family from an illicit love affair, howling with rage and hormones and determined to escape.

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George Monbiot

In the Green Corner 1

Hay Festival 2008, 
In the first of a series of conversations with the audience, the captivating author of Bring on the Apocalypse: Six Arguments for Global Justice discusses a global or environmental topic arising from the day’s news.

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Rosanna Davison

Eat Yourself Beautiful

Kells 2015, 

Rosanna Davison talks about how she came to study nutrition. She gives us the skinny on her own diet and lifestyle, and shares her top tips from her new book Eat Yourself Beautiful on cutting out sugar and including more fruit and vegetables in your diet.

Photo by Miki Barlok

Rosanna Davison

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Nell Leyshon and Fflur Dafydd in conversation with Ann Bateson

Segovia 2013, 

Nell Leyshon, British author of the latest published novel The Colour of Milk, set in 1830 rural England - “a disturbing display of the social restrictions to which 19th C. women had to confront”, according to The Financial Times -, and Fflur Dafydd, Welsh author winner of the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize for her novel Y Llyfrgell (‘The Library’), speak about their books with the journalist Ann Bateson.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

 

Co-organised with the Arts Council of Wales, the Welsh Government and the Wales Arts International.

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Martín Caparrós: ‘Contra el cambio’

Segovia 2011, 
Martín Caparrós, Argentinian journalist and writer who has headed the magazines El Porteño, Babel, Página/30, Sal y Pimienta and Cuisine & Vins, and has published, among other works, No velas a tus muertos (1986), La historia (1999) and Una luna (2009), will on this occasion present his most recent book, Contra el cambio. This interesting essay is a journey through ten countries that have been affected by climate change and reflects on the ecology, the place of nature in our society and the ideology of conservationism.

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Aleksandar Hemon talks to Valerie Miles

Segovia 2012, 
Hemon writes novels and short stories, frequently collaborating with magazines such as the New Yorker and with newspapers in his native Bosnia. Since the 1990s he has lived in the United States and writes in English and Bosnian. Author of The Lazarus Project, winner of National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 2008, he has published in Spanish a collection of stories Love and Obstacles. He will talk about the peculiarities of writing in two languages, with his publisher in Spanish Valerie Miles, and about his current projects.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. With the collaboration of the Embassy of the United States of America in Spain.

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Colm Tóibín and Rawi Hage talk to Stephanie Merritt

Story: Migrations

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tóibín’s Brooklyn is a beautifully rendered story of an Irish woman venturing migration to the New World in the 50s. Lebanese novelist Hage takes his protagonist from his childhood in a war-torn Arab country, to his current life in the smoky émigré cafes of his new city in Cockroach.