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Charles Chesshire

Japanese Gardens

Hay Festival 2007, 
The garden designer explains the influence of Shinto, Chinese art and Zen Buddhism on the development of this distinctive garden style.

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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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Mike Hulme

Why We Disagree About Climate Change

Hay Festival 2010, 
From the standpoints of science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and development the UEA Prof explains why we disagree about climate change and shows how it can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
Mike Hulme

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Andrew Davies Masterclass

South Riding

Hay Festival 2011, 
The screenwriter analyses key scenes in his adaptation of Winifred Holtby’s great Virago classic in conversation with Peter Florence.

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David Whitebread, Jenny Gibson and Sara Baker

Cambridge Series 1: All Work and No Play…?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Could the consequences of curtailing play in schools, at home and in the outdoors be catastrophic in terms of healthy child development? Join experts from the PEDAL Centre to explore the role of play in learning, development and wellbeing.  

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Vivien Norris, Matt Whyman and Claire Armitstead

Bibliotherapy for Families

Hay Festival 2007, 
The child psychologist running the pioneering Gwent Health Trust scheme to use self-help books in mental health cases is joined by children’s novelist and agony uncle Matt Whyman and Guardian Literary Editor Claire Armitstead to discuss how books can help parents and children with the struggles they face.

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Carlos Vives and Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Juan Vicente Contreras

Lucho Bermúdez: 100 years of musical identity in Colombia

Cartagena 2012, 
Lucho Bermúdez, composer, conductor, arranger and musician, is considered by many to be the main figure in the most important musical phenomenon of the 20th century in Colombia; he made Caribbean rhythms an essential part of this very Andean country’s musical identity. The musician Carlos Vives, writer Daniel Samper Pizano and music researcher Juan Vicente Contreras, will talk, from the point of view of their different disciplines, about the importance of Lucho Bermúdez in the country’s musical memory, about his role in the internationalisation of cumbia and the recognition this genre receives throughout the world as a specifically Colombian style.

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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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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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Henry Nicholls

The Galapagos

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands, home to marvellous creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. This captivating history of the world’s most famous islands charts their evolution from deserted wilderness to profoundly important scientific resource and now global tourist destination. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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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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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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Korky Paul

Winnie’s Dinosaur Day

Hay Festival 2013, 

Winnie The Witch gets involved in a prehistoric adventure with a rather surprised Triceratops, brought to life with Korky Paul’s high-energy live drawing.

5+ years

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Austen Bicentenary Series 5

John Mullan: What Matters In Jane Austen

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Austen’s brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction.

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Javier del Pino, Tomás Alcoverro y Giles Tremlett en conversación con Aurelio Martín

Cronistas del planeta

Segovia 2008, 
Los corresponsales tienen la habilidad de profundizar tanto en el conocimiento del lugar en el que trabajan, que terminan sabiendo más que muchos nativos. Reunidos por la Asociación de la Prensa de Segovia, que convoca el prestigioso premio de periodismo en memoria de Cirilo Rodríguez (la voz que narró en España la llegada del hombre a la luna) hablarán de su experiencia Javier del Pino, de la Cadena SER en Washington y colaborador de El País, el decano de los corresponsales españoles, Tomás Alcoverro, corresponsal de La Vanguardia en Oriente Próximo, con sede en Beirut, y Giles Tremlett, corresponsal de The Guardian en España y colaborador habitual de The Economist.

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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

Previous Convictions: Assignments from Here and There

Hay Festival 2007, 
A conversation with the spectacularly provocative and delightfully acerbic Sunday Times journalist.

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Joan Bakewell talks to Peter Florence

All the Nice Girls

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster’s first novel captures the danger and excitement of wartime Britain with a sweeping story of heroic deeds and painful separations, illicit love and battles at sea, and above all, of the poignancy of longing and loss.

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Gruff Rhys talks to Phil Rickman

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Super Furry Animals singer-songwriter talks music, politics and the subtle art of being angry. He'll also perform some of the songs from his new solo album Candylion. Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Wales.

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Alison Weir

Katherine of Aragon

Hay Festival 2016, 

The lives of Henry VIII’s queens make for dramatic stories. In her new novel, Weir tells the poignant story of Katherine of Aragon. Was her union with Prince Arthur consummated? What happens when a happy Royal marriage is overshadowed by dynastic pressures, doubts, and the allure of an ambitious woman? The best-selling popular historian and novelist evokes a court peopled by the luminaries of the early Tudor age – Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell and the magnificent figure of Henry VIII himself – a young and athletic Henry, not yet marred by frustration and disappointment.

Alison Weir

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Larry Sherman talks to Dennis O’Connor

Cambridge Series 11 - Intelligent Policing

Hay Festival 2012, 
Crime prevention tends to be driven by emotion rather than an objective consideration of the facts. How can evidence-based policing reduce crime? Chaired by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

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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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Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Caroline Lucas

A People-Powered Economy

Hay Festival 2015, 

What is causing the logjam between central economic policy-makers and the energy of local economic activists? Stormy with a sunny local banking outlook – the economic forecast with the New Weather Institute. New Economic Foundation fellows and authors Andrew Simms and David Boyle discuss with Green MP Caroline Lucas.

Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Caroline Lucas

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Lorenzo Silva

Segovia 2013, 

Lorenzo Silva, creator of one of the most successful thriller novel sagas in Spain, featuring the civil guards Bevilacqua and Chamorro, speaks about all his literary work with the journalist Antonio San José.


Co-organised with Fundación Lara and with the collaboration of Fundación Caja Segovia.

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Will Self talks to Sarah Crown

Fictions: Phone

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are delighted to be launching the new novel by one of the most daring and incisive prose writers. Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns: from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos; from the horror of modern war, to the end of privacy, Phone is a stunning novel that combines the high-concept bravura of Self’s Great Apes and The Butt with the deep literary scope and scale of Umbrella and Shark.

Will Self talks to Sarah Crown

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Tobias Jones, Jackie Morris and Zaffar Kunial

Staying Rooted – Tree Charter Series 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

A connection with trees and woods helps people find inspiration, inner calm and mental balance. Author and journalist Tobias Jones and poet Zaffar Kunial are both featured in Arboreal, a Common Ground collection of woodland writing. They are joined by the illustrator Jackie Morris to discuss the role of trees and woods in finding inspiration and mental balance in our lives.