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Laura Cumming

A Face To The World: On Self-Portraits

Hay Festival 2010, 
In this lavishly illustrated talk the Observer art critic investigates the drama of the self-portrait from Dürer, Rembrandt and Velázquez to the present day, considering what these images reveal about the artist’s innermost self and how they relate to us all in strange and intimate ways.

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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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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Hay Festival 2008, 
Director Mark Herman introduces clips from the forthcoming movie and does Q&A with the novelist John Boyne.

Hay Fever 12 yrs+

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Eileen Younghusband talks to Martin Chilton

One Woman’s War

Hay Festival 2015, 

Ninety-three-year-old Eileen Younghusband served as an officer in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in WW2. She decided to volunteer at the age of 18, and her mathematical abilities led to her training as a Clerk Special Duties, a vital part of the Radar chain. She found herself working in the Filter Room, the lynchpin between the coastal Radar Chain and the successful defence of Britain. She tracked the V1s over Kent and London and gave the first ‘Big Ben’ warning of a V2, which landed on Chiswick on 8 September 1944. After losing two fiancés, she eventually married; only to be posted overseas six weeks later to Second Tactical Air Force in Belgium. There she became part of a team tracking and destroying V2 launching vehicles, responsible for the devastating raids on Antwerp – the Allies’ vital port for landing troops and supplies. She tells her story to The Telegraph’s Martin Chilton.

Eileen Younghusband talks to Martin Chilton

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Richard Fortey

Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth

Hay Festival 2008, 
The palaeontologist introduces his scintillating long view of evolution and cataclysm.

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Joseph Silk

Infinite Cosmos

Hay Festival 2008, 
Oxford astronomer Joseph Silk analyses the Big Bang from the frontiers of technology, and tells of supernovae, dark matter, dark energy, curved spacetime, colliding galaxies, and supermassive black holes.

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Liz Pichon

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Hay Festival 2012, 
Tom Gates is a master of excuses, expert doodler, comic story writer extraordinaire. His wonderful creator returns to Hay to introduce the brand new episode, Everything’s amazing (sort of). Bring a pad and pencil.
 
Duration 45 mins.   7+ years

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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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Abdellah Taia, Ala Hlehel, Randa Jarrar

Beirut39 I

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three writers selected among the best young authors in the Arab world discuss their work with the editor of Guardian Review, Lisa Allardice.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Abdellah Taia, Ala Hlehel, Randa Jarrar

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Kamal Munir, Ornit Shani, Bhaskar Vira and Joya Chatterji

Cambridge University Series 3: India and Pakistan, The Common Ground

Hay Festival 2015, 

The news tends to focus on the antagonism between India and Pakistan. A distinguished panel of academics looks at the common ground between the two countries, in terms of environmental resources and challenges, trade and economic growth, and state formation and geo-politics. Chaired by Anatol Lieven.

Kamal Munir, Ornit Shani, Bhaskar Vira and Joya Chatterji

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Tom Holland

Æthelstan: The Making of England

Hay Festival 2016, 

The formation of England happened against the odds - the division of the country into rival kingdoms, the assaults of the Vikings, the precarious position of the island on the edge of the known world. But King Alfred ensured the survival of Wessex, his son Eadweard expanded it, and his grandson Æthelstan finally united Mercia and Wessex, conquered Northumbria and became Rex totius Britanniae.

Tom Holland

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Frank Close

The Infinity Puzzle

Hay Festival 2012, 
How the quest to understand quantum field theory led to extraordinary science, high politics and the world’s most expensive experiment.

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Green Dragons’ Den: The Final 4

Hay Festival 2011, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books, and win a chance of £10,000 for their project.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
There will be a collection for the Festival’s Greenprint charity.

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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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Sophie McKenzie Talks Thrillers

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of the bestselling Missing trilogy and winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award for Hit Squad shares her top tips on thriller writing and tells us what’s coming next.

11+ years

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Julia Hobsbawm with David Aaronovitch, Peter York, Allison Pearson and Douglas Alexander

EI Breakfast 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

Duration 45 minutes.

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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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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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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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Felipe Fernandez Armesto

1492 – The Year Our World Began

Hay Festival 2010, 
The historian surveys the globe at the moment when the Medieval world gave onto modernity, from the Alhambra and Timbuktu to the poets of the Indian Ocean, the Aztecs and Incas. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.
Felipe Fernandez Armesto

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Malorie Blackman talks to Jonathan Douglas

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author of the Noughts and Crosses series and Dangerous Realities, introduces her Unheard Voices: An Anthology of Stories and Poems to Commemorate the Bicentenary Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

Hay Fever 8 yrs +

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Richard Dawkins talks to Rosie Boycott

The God Delusion

Hay Festival 2007, 
The geneticist eviscerates religion, intelligent design, and the idea of a supreme being.

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Jonathan Sacks talks to Ed Stourton

Future Tense

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Chief Rabbi discusses his vision for the future of Judaism, Jewish life and Israel for the twenty-first century.

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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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Gillian Clarke

The Lapidus Reading

Hay Festival 2012, 
In a special preview session the National Poet of Wales reads and discusses her forthcoming poetry collection ICE. Chaired by Fiona Hamilton of Lapidus, the UK organisation for creative writing and reading for health and wellbeing.