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Sheila Hancock talks to Joan Bakewell

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actress and RSC Artistic Director discusses her portrait of her own marriage The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw.

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Huw Bowen, Madeleine Gray, Martin Johnes

New History of Wales 5: The Welsh People

Hay Festival 2011, 
Religion, politics, education and popular culture. What type of people are we?

Duration 45 minutes.

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Jonathan Bate

The British Academy Lecture: William Shakespeare 1616-2116

Hay Festival 2016, 

Why are we celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death? Who and what are we celebrating? How did Shakespeare get from there (the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage) to here (the global icon) and where will he go in the next hundred years? The eminent Shakespeare scholar is the author of The Genius of Shakespeare and Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare. He is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Jerry Brotton.

Jonathan Bate

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Juan José Millás talks to Antonio San José

Segovia 2012, 
The writer Juan José Millás talks to journalist Antonio San José about his narrative and journalistic work, and its place in Spanish literature today.
 
Co-organized with the Fundación Lara.
Juan José Millás talks to Antonio San José

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Tony Robinson

The Worst Children’s Jobs in History

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ever thought life was hard? Sir Tony Robinson goes back in time to when being a child was no excuse for idleness, bringing alive the stinking, back-breaking jobs that children did as jigger-turners, turnip-pickers, matchbox-makers and more.

9+
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Judith Oakley

Seashore Safari

Hay Festival 2011, 
Starfish, crabs, jellyfish… Beaches are full of amazing wildlife, if only you know where to look. Join Judith, a passionate marine biologist, and discover the sandy secrets of British seasides.
 
8+ years & families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Charles Avery

A School of Dolphins

Hay Festival 2009, 
The dolphin’s presence and meaning in Western Art from Antiquity (where it was associated with several gods), into the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque (where it had Christian connotations, as well as playing a supporting role in fountains and furniture), and then on to the empires of Venice and Britain, ending in the 20th century with Matisse.

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Lisa Jones, Ian Jones and Clare Dolman

Exploring the Poles: In Search of a Deeper Understanding of Bipolar Disorder

Hay Festival 2016, 

University of Worcester Series

Our ability to treat bipolar disorder is hampered by the limits of our understanding of its causes. In conversation with Clare Dolman of Bipolar UK, The Professors of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry who lead the Bipolar Disorder Research Network explore the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. They consider factors that can lead to both mania and depression, and examines recent and future advances in the treatment of this mental illness.

Lisa Jones, Ian Jones and Clare Dolman

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Colin Tudge

Consider the Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
Some birds have fabulous memories, some make tools, and some are serious aesthetes. Yet birds, basically, are dinosaurs. We don’t need Star Trek to find alien intelligence. Just consider the birds!

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David House

Hacking the Information Revolution: A Beginner's Guide

Hay Festival 2011, 
The MIT hacker gives a primer on how States monitor citizens online, what steps we can take to safeguard ourselves, and discusses the hacker ethic and the Wikileaks saga.

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John Bradshaw

In Defence Of Dogs

Winter Weekend 2011, 
One of the world’s leading dog experts brings us a compelling insight into what dogs would ask us for, if only they knew how.

More about In Defence of Dogs
The dog has been mankind's faithful companion for tens of thousands of years, yet today finds itself in crisis throughout the western world. Until just over a hundred years ago, most dogs worked for their living, and each of the many breeds had become well suited, over countless generations, to the task for which they were bred. Now, in their purely domestic roles, we fail to understand their needs. And it is time that someone stood up for dogdom: not the caricature of the wolf in a dog suit, ready to dominate its unsuspecting owner at the first sign of weakness, not the trophy animal that collects rosettes and kudos for its breeder, but the real dog, the pet that just wants to be one of the family and enjoy life. 

Biologists now know far more about what really makes dogs tick than they did twenty years ago – and John Bradshaw has been at the centre of this research. However, this new scientific understanding has been slow to percolate through to owners, and has not yet made enough of a difference to the lives of the dogs themselves. This book is here to set the record straight. It is time we understood one of the most successful species on the planet, our closest friends, the dog.
John Bradshaw

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Thomas Heatherwick talks to Mariella Frostrup

Making

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the legendary British designer, heralded by Terence Conran as the ‘Leonardo da Vinci of our times’.

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Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

Diaries, Gardens and Mastercrafts

Hay Festival 2010, 
Alongside the huge success of his recent Mastercrafts television series and the spectacular media project of Around the World in Eighty Gardens, the publication of his Ivington Diaries confirms the gardener as one of the most attuned and passionate men of the soil and land and as a writer of consummate skill and beauty.
Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

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Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Long and Winding Road

Hay Festival 2017, 

The third volume of Alan Johnson's bestselling and award-winning memoirs takes us to the corridors of Westminster and lifts the lid on the life of a hard-working constituency MP in the first Blair administration.

Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Andrew Ruhemann talks to Francine Stock

The Animator, the Meerkat and the Gorillaz

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Passion Pictures producer discusses and shows his 2011 Oscar-winning short The Lost Thing and explains his ground-breaking animation work with Alexander ‘Simples’ Orlov and the Gorillaz, among other seminal characters.
 
See the Passion Pictures website for more information
 
 
 

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James Lovelock talks to Rosie Boycott

The Revenge of Gaia

Hay Festival 2006, 
The visionary Earth scientist, inventor of Gaia, adopts an increasingly radical manifesto for how we can still save the planet, including a passionate and controversial advocacy of nuclear power. 

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George Monbiot

Inundated

Hay Festival 2014, 

When the winter floods receded, they left behind a changed political landscape: one in which we began at last to discuss the treatment of the land and how that affects us. In Feral Monbiot explored the destruction of the uplands and the astonishing, restorative potential of rewilding. Now he extends that analysis, explaining how disastrous agricultural policies strip the soil and exacerbate flooding, and arguing that they can be reversed.

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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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Louise Gray, Steve Ormerod and Tony Davies talk with Katie-Jo Luxton

The Nature of Brexit: challenges and opportunities for wildlife and farming

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 2016 over 50 organisations came together across the UK to produce and publish the second State of Nature report. It shows that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The long-term future of farming is at stake if the natural systems on which it is based are depleted. Our panel looks at what the next 30 years could look like if the natural environment was placed at the centre of farming policies post-Brexit. Poet Martin Daws will open and close this event.

Louise Gray, Steve Ormerod and Tony Davies talk with Katie-Jo Luxton

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Amanda Owen

A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Hay Festival 2017, 

The best-selling author describes the age-old cycle of a farming year and the constant challenges of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, nine children and 1,000 sheep. Chaired by Oliver Balch, author of Under the Tump.

Amanda Owen

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Samantha Power talks to Philippe Sands

Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World

Hay Festival 2008, 
Obama advisor Samantha Power talks to Philippe Sands about the life and legacy of the peacemaker and state builder (Cambodia, Bosnia, Lebanon, Congo) who as UNHCR High Commissioner died in the first Iraqi suicide bombing of 2003.

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Qué es la felicidad. Con Paul Dolan

Cartagena 2013, 
Todos deseamos ser más felices. A veces parece que conseguirlo requiere mucho esfuerzo. Y otras veces ni siquiera sabemos qué es eso de sentirse mejor. Así, ¿no sería estupendo tener una idea clara de lo que es la felicidad y cómo alcanzarla? Y, ¿no sería incluso mejor si pudiéramos ser más felices sin tener que cambiar nuestra vida? En A Head For Happiness (Una mente para la felicidad), Paul Dolan explora todos estos asuntos. Paul Dolan es profesor de Ciencias del Comportamiento en el Departamento de Política Social en la London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Qué es la felicidad. Con Paul Dolan

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Beast Quest

Hay Festival 2013, 

Adam Blade brings the Beast Quest adventures to life – and gives us a glimpse of the excitement to come in brand new Sea Quest.

7+ years

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Fiona Reynolds

Cambridge University Series 12: Britishness

Hay Festival 2013, 

In a world of rapid change and global, multicultural influences we explore the place that landscape, history and nature play in people’s sense of Britishness today.

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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.