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Simon Wessely

Shell Shock or Cowardice? The Life and Death of Private Harry Farr

Hay Festival 2014, 

The psychiatrist was an expert in the Judicial Review of whether to issue a blanket pardon to all those (300) executed for military offences during WWI. The review focused on Harry Farr. What happened? What was the historical context? What’s changed?Chaired by the writer and medical ethicist Raymond Tallis.

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Anthony Kenny

A New History of Western Philosophy

Hay Festival 2011, 
Reflecting on the history of philosophy from Thales to Derrida, the philosopher considers the enduring influence, for good or ill, that Aristotle exercised not only on philosophy but also on science.

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Charlie Higson

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond series talks about his writing and the fifth instalment in his bestselling zombie adventure series, The Fallen. A writer, actor and comedian, Charlie studied gothic literature at university and is a huge fan of horror.
12+ years (YA)

Charlie Higson

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Sana Krasikov and Emily Perkins

Shorts

Hay Festival 2009, 
A reading of world-class short stories from Krasikov’s collection One More Year, and a new story from Perkins, author of Not Her Real Name.

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Ian Kershaw

Fateful Choices

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian recreates ten critical political and military decisions taken between May 1940, when Britain decided to fight on rather than surrender, and the autumn of 1941, when Hitler decided to destroy Europe’s Jews.

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John Hare

Shadows Across the Sahara

Hay Festival 2007, 
A 100-day, 1500-mile journey with camels from Lake Chad to Tripoli accompanied by a Chinese scientist, a 77-year-old Kenyan rancher, warring tribesmen and Gaddafi’s secret police.

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Sam Llewellyn

The Minimum Boat

Hay Festival 2010, 
Jaunty breakfast date with the nautical thriller writer, who promotes the minimalist boating lifestyle – whilst poking gentle fun at the expensive, complicated, ostentatious forms of sailing.

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Sam Llewellyn

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Elanor Dymott and Maria Semple talk to Mary Loudon

Fictions - Missing Women

Hay Festival 2012, 
Every Contact Leaves a Trace is a love story and a murder mystery set in Oxford; Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is a comic portrait of Seattle life from the scriptwriter of Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development.

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Alison Brown

Eddie and Dog

Hay Festival 2014, 

Eddie is looking for a friend – a friend who likes adventure. Then Eddie meets Dog. And the fun really begins… Meet the author and illustrator and get a sneak peek of her new book Mighty Mo!
4–6 years

Alison Brown

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Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

A BBC Four Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 2007 Sophie Lancaster was attacked in a park because of her appearance. Writer and poet Simon Armitage was so affected by her story that he and his producer Susan Roberts decided to make it into a drama documentary for Radio Four. The result was a profoundly moving piece of work combining specially written poems with an interview with Sylvia, Sophie’s mother. Black Roses was met with critical and public acclaim and subsequently turned into a play for Manchester Royal Exchange. Now in its third incarnation it has been turned into a film and will feature in the BBC’s forthcoming poetry season. Cassian Harrison, controller of BBC Four, talks to Simon and Susan about the challenges of making the film and its journey from radio to stage and now to screen.

Not for broadcast.

BBC4
12+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years.
Duration: 1 hour
Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

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Anthony Julius

Trials of the Diaspora

Hay Festival 2010, 
The lawyer traces A History of Anti-Semitism in England from the bloody medieval persecutions and the invention of the Blood Libel, through the literary canon, to contemporary anti-Zionism.
Anthony Julius

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Louis de Bernières talks to Anita Sethi

Notwithstanding

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist conjures the depth, texture and wealth of an English village in this delightful weft of tales.
Louis de Bernières talks to Anita Sethi

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William Dalrymple

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty; Delhi 1857

Hay Festival 2007, 
Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty, found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj’s Stalingrad: the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Boris Spassky talks to Ronan Bennett

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary Grand Master discussed Russian and Soviet chess culture, the psychology of the game, and the 1972 Reykjavik Match of the Century World Championships in which he lost his title to Bobby Fisher.

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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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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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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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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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Helena Attlee

Italian Gardens

Hay Festival 2007, 
Five centuries of high Italian style from Petrarch and the Medici, to the picturesque masterpieces of the C19th, and the angular modernism of today.

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Monica Ali talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

In the Kitchen

Hay Festival 2009, 
The new novel from the author of Brick Lane opens with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and then peels back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot that exists below.

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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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Javier Cercas en conversación con Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2013, 
Javier Cercas (España)es conocido tanto por sus novelas como por su labor periodística y de ensayo. Con su obraSoldados de Salamina(2001), adaptada al cine en2003, logró un gran éxito de crítica y ventas. En2009CercaspublicóAnatomía de un instante, una novela periodística, casi un ensayo, sobre el golpe de estado español del 23F con la que alcanzó los primeros puestos de ventas de no-ficción durante meses. En2010su obra fue distinguida con elPremio Nacional de Narrativa, reconociendo de esa manera la calidad literaria de su trabajo. Su último libro es Las leyes de la frontera (2012), en el que se adentra en el mundo marginal de la España de los años 80. En conversación con el novelista Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

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Steve Benbow

The Urban Beekeeper

Hay Festival 2012, 
The visionary beekeeper started his first beehive ten years ago on the roof of his tower block in Bermondsey and today runs 30 sites across the city. His bees live atop Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Fortnum & Mason and the National Portrait Gallery, and he supplies honey to the Savoy tearooms, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. His bees forage in parks, cemeteries, along railway lines and in windowboxes, and because of the diversity of the plants and trees in the city, produce far richer honey and greater yields than they would in rural areas.

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Rosie Harding

Dementia and Vulnerability

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘You can have a dog put to sleep but my mother had to go through hell.’ End of life issues are especially difficult for people with dementia and their family carers, as the person themself is often unable to make and communicate their views in a way that would be respected by our autonomy-centred healthcare decision-making frameworks. Drawing on empirical data from a socio-legal study funded by the British Academy, Professor Rosie Harding of the University of Birmingham explores the social, ethical and legal challenges of maximising dignity for those dying with, and of, dementia.

Rosie Harding

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Peter Moore talks to Daniel Hahn

The Weather Experiment

Hay Festival 2015, 

In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of God’s great wrath, C19th meteorologists had to fight against convention and religious dogma. But buoyed by the achievements of the Enlightenment, a generation of mavericks set out to explain the secrets of the atmosphere and learned to predict the future. Among them were Luke Howard, the first to classify the clouds, Francis Beaufort who quantified the winds, James Glaisher who explored the upper atmosphere in a hot-air balloon, Samuel Morse whose electric telegraph gave scientists the means by which to transmit weather warnings, and Admiral Robert FitzRoy himself, master sailor, scientific pioneer and founder of the Met Office.

Photo: Ula Soltys

Peter Moore talks to Daniel Hahn