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David Wengrow

What Makes Civilization?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The archaeologist relates the ‘birth of civilization’ in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) to other more recent attempts at reshaping the world order to an ideal image.
 

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Hard Rain

Hay Festival 2008, 
From a chance encounter with a Touareg nomad in1969, acclaimed photographer Mark Edwards has developed a spectacular portfolio to accompany Bob Dylan’s lyrics, documenting and imagining Our Headlong Collision with Nature.

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Marc Morris

A Great and Terrible King

Hay Festival 2009, 
A magisterial account of the Plantagenet ruler Edward I, conqueror of Wales, Hammer of the Scots.

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Mark Urban

The Tank War: The Men, The Machines And The Long Road To Victory

Hay Festival 2013, 

The 5th Royal Tank Regiment were on the front line throughout WW2 in Africa as part of the Desert Rats, before returning to Europe for the Normandy landings. Wherever they went, the notoriety of the ‘Filthy Fifth’ grew – they revelled in their reputation for fighting by their own rules.

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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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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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David Vann and David Bezmozgis talk to Jon Gower

Fictions: Great American Novels

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two of America’s brightest and best: Vann’s Alaskan novel Caribou Island is a beautiful portrait of marriage and dreams. Bezmozgis’ The Free World is a tragic and comic tale of passage from Communist Russia to the West.
 
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Steve Melia talks to Andy Fryers

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: Urban Transport Without the Hot Air

Hay Festival 2015, 

Are governments trying to 'get us out of our cars'? Is better public transport the solution to congestion in cities? Does Britain have a shortage of family housing and what has that got to do with transport? This book dispels myths and presents a sustainable vision for the future.  Steve Melia from the University of the West of England talks to the Hay on Earth Director.

Steve Melia talks to Andy Fryers

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Rosie Boycott, Jonathan Hughes, Simon Blackmore and Russell Carrington

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? Fairer Farming

Hay Festival 2015, 

We look at the future of farming in Britain and ask what ‘better’ might look like: better for farmers, better for people who need food. What are the issues that matter most? Diversification, ‘big-agri’ ownership, the relationship with supermarkets, the mental health of the people who work the land, the land itself or the quality of produce? Hughes is the National Trust's General Manager for Pembrokeshire, overseeing more than 30 tenanted farms, Blackmore (Harper Adams) specialises in farm engineering, Boycott is Food Advisor to the Mayor of London and Carrington is a young farmer from Hereford.

Rosie Boycott, Jonathan Hughes, Simon Blackmore and Russell Carrington

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Wendy Cope

Family Values

Hay Festival 2011, 
From a motorway service area to her ambivalent relationship with religion, from childhood and love to ageing, the poet covers a wide range of experience in her new collection.
 
Read more about Wendy Cope www.contemporarywriters.com/

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Gillian Clarke

A Recipe For Water

Hay Festival 2009, 
The National Poet of Wales launches her new collection of poetry with a reading.

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AL Kennedy talks to Jon Gower

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses her awesome account of a second world war Lancaster tail-gunner, Day, which won the Costa Book of the Year.

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Julia Hobsbawm, Sophie Radice, David Aaronovitch, Chris Parry

Editorial Intelligence

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media and comment of the day.

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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.

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Ma Jian and Yan Lianke talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – China

Hay Festival 2013, 

If a panda gets pregnant, the entire nation celebrates. But if a woman gets pregnant she’s treated like a criminal. What kind of country is this? The author of Red Dust and Beijing Coma introduces his new novel The Dark Road. He is joined by the brilliant satirical author of Serve The People and Lenin’s Kisses, who is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Flora Drew interprets. 

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Stephen Anderton

Christopher Lloyd: His Life at Great Dixter

Hay Festival 2011, 
The gloriously eccentric and opinionated ‘Christo’ was probably the greatest C20th English plantsman, and his East Sussex garden is a national treasure.

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Siddhartha Deb

The Beautiful and the Damned

Hay Festival 2011, 
A panoramic portrait of the new India from its least advantaged countryside to its high-tech tiger economy.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read a profile of Siddhartha Deb

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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.

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Tristram Hunt

The Frock-Coated Communist

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels, huntsman and author of The Communist Manifesto.

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Francesca Happé

The Rosalind Franklin Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

Autism and Talent
Why do many people with autism develop outstanding abilities in domains like drawing, music, calculation or memory? What aspects of autism predispose to talent? The Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience explores the representation of autistic talent in the media, and what current research can tell us about the nature and origins of special abilities and assets in autism.

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Gurinder Chadha

Chaired by Hannah Rothschild

Hay Festival 2008, 
An interview with the film director of Bhaji on the Beach, Bend it like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice. and the forthcoming adaptation of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Peter Sawyer

The Wealth Of Anglo-Saxon England

Hay Festival 2013, 

How did the Anglo-Saxons obtain the treasure that tempted Vikings to raid England frequently in the C9th and again between 980 and 1018? The historian traces the trade routes across Europe for silver, and reveals a highly urbanised, wealthy Anglia. Chaired by Jasper Rees.

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Daniel Swift

Shakespeare’s Common Prayers: The Book Of Common Prayer And The Elizabethan Age

Hay Festival 2013, 

The prayer book’s history is one of passionately contested revision and of manic sensitivity to a verb or a turn of phrase. In the book’s ambiguities and fierce contestations, Swift argues, William Shakespeare found the ready elements of drama. Tracing the prayer book’s lines and motions through As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Measure For Measure, Othello, and particularly Macbeth, he redirects scholarly attention to the religious heart of Shakespeare’s work and time.

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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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Helena Attlee

Gardens of Wales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The writer features her favourite Welsh gardens, illustrated by photographer Alex Ramsay.