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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.

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Carlos Velázquez en conversación con César Silva Márquez

Xalapa 2013, 
Carlos Velázquez (México) es autor del recién publicado libro de crónicas El karma de vivir al norte. Carlos ha escrito además La Biblia Vaquera y La marrana negra de la literatura rosa, libros de relatos con gran éxito de crítica y público. Conversa con César Silva Márquez.

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Festivals and Carbon Reduction

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Martin Orbach (Abergavenny Food Festival), Penny Kemp (Big Green Gathering), Andy Fryers (Hay) and Alan Gwynant (National Eisteddfod) propose greener ways to manage power, waste and visitors' travel. Chaired by Sky News Environment Correspondent Robert Nisbit.

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Alexander McCall Smith talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
The creator of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency celebrates the eighth novel in the series, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive.

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Adam Workowski

John Paul II’s Philosophy of Love and Lust

Hay Festival 2009, 
The lecturer at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow examines Karol Wojtyla’s impact upon Catholicism and democracy in Eastern Europe. Strongly criticized for his anachronistic approach to sexuality, his vision of love and lust is, however, up-to-date and poses a powerful challenge to modern culture.

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Frieda Hughes

The Name and Nature of Poetry The Housman Lecture 2008

Hay Festival 2008, 
Given by the poet whose collections include Stonepicker Waxworks and Forty-Five.

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Marcus Brigstocke talks to Peter Florence

God Collar

Hay Festival 2011, 
A special preview of the comedian’s book questioning atheism, faith and the meaning of life.

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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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Peter Davies and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Wales We Want

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘The Wales We Want’ conversation mirrors a global initiative by the United Nations, asking people what sort of Wales they want for their children and grandchildren. The final report was launched in March 2015 and we discuss the outcomes and how this will feed in to Welsh Government policy. Davies, Climate Change Commissioner for Wales, and Middleton, entrepreneur, designer and maverick thinker, discuss with Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

Peter Davies and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

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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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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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Kenan Malik

The Quest for a Moral Compass

Hay Festival 2014, 

Engaging and provocative, Malik confronts some of humanity’s deepest questions. Where do values come from? Is God necessary for moral guidance? Are there absolute moral truths? He also brings morality down to earth, showing how, throughout history, social needs and political desires have shaped moral thinking. He provides a history of the world told through the history of moral thought, and a history of moral thought that casts new light on global history. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Kenan Malik

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Start the Day

Hay Festival 2008, 
Daniel Start explores the best lakes, rivers and waterfalls for Wild Swimming. In This Little Britain Harry Bingham hymns the eccentricities of the countries that gave the world football, Shakespeare, Churchill and Yorkshire pudding.

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Joanna Coles in conversation with Peter Florence

Running in heels, or how to direct Marie Claire

Cartagena 2010, 
Since editing the magazine More and working as correspondent on The Guardian and The Times in New York, the editor in chief of the North American edition of Marie Claire has given the publication a mixture of politics, fashion, articles on the rights of women and art. The television programme Running in heels, on the publication process of the magazine, and in which Coles is one of the main characters, has been received with great acclaim both in the US and UK. Joanna Coles talks about journalism, television and fashion with the director of Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Sarah Harper

Reformations 10: Ageing

Hay Festival 2017, 

How will health improvements and a declining birth rate, economic uncertainty and political turbulence affect an ageing population in Britain and around the world? There are new challenges here for states and for individuals. How might we re-imagine lives that run four score years and ten, and longer? Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing. She is the author of How Population Change will Transform Our World. On 1 May she will be become the Director of The Royal Institution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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David Crystal

Begat

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Linguistics Prof plays with the extraordinary impact and influence of the King James Bible on the English language.
 
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John Julius Norwich

The London Library Platform: The Popes

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian surveys the rich and controversial history of the papacy from St Peter to Benedict XVI today.
John Julius Norwich

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John Irving

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist gives a preview reading from his work-in-progress.

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Faraj Bayrakdar talks to Shenaz Kedar

Writers and the Middle East

Hay Festival 2012, 
Exiled writers from Syria and Iran discuss their work and the upheavals in the Middle East with the manager of the Writers’ Centre Norwich City of Refuge programme.
 
In partnership with the Writers Centre Norwich and International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)

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Mary Fulbrook talks to Philippe Sands

A Small Town Near Auschwitz

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Silesian town of Bedzin lies 25 miles from Auschwitz. The principal civilian administrator there, Udo Klausa, was a happily married, family man. He was also responsible for implementing Nazi policies towards the Jews in his area – inhumane processes that were the precursors of genocide. He later claimed, like so many other Germans after the war, that he had ‘known nothing about it’. Klausa’s case is so important because it is in many ways so typical.

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Andrew Roberts

The World on Fire

Hay Festival 2009, 
Just how close did the Nazis come to winning the Second World War? The award-winning historian examines the reasons for their defeat.

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Pulling No Punches

Hay Festival 2008, 
11+ failure, Union firebrand, Britain’s longest-serving Deputy Prime Minister, and Blair-Brown consolidator John Prescott talks to John Harris.

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William Nicholson

Rich & Mad

Hay Festival 2010, 
First love, first sex and everything in between.

‘...a tender, moving, unexpected and intelligent take on family life, sibling relationships, mid-life angst and, above all, first love...’ Observer
 
13+ years

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The Extra Virgin Kitchen

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Susan Jane White is a specialist cook, food columnist with The Sunday Independent, former President of Oxford University’s Gastronomy Society, author of current bestselling cookbook The Extra Virgin Kitchen and a popular broadcaster on healthy eating. For a fraction of the price of a GP appointment, Susan Jane White will motivate you to embark on your own journey to glowing health on a diet free of wheat, sugar and dairy.

The Extra Virgin Kitchen

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Rob Penn

The Man Who Made Things Out Of Trees - Woodland Trust Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rob Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. Journeying from Wales and Ireland across Europe to the US, he finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. He chronicles how the urge to appreciate trees still runs through us like grain through wood.

Rob Penn