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Howard Hodgkin talks to Simon Schama

Thames & Hudson Series

Hay Festival 2006, 
To celebrate his forthcoming retrospective at Tate Britain, and to mark the publication of the catalogue raisonnés of his paintings and prints, the artist talks to Simon Schama.

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Alain de Botton

The Architecture of Happiness

Hay Festival 2006, 
From the humble terraced house to some of the world’s most renowned buildings, the writer and thinker considers how our private homes and public edifices influence how we feel; and how we could learn to build in ways that would increase our chances of happiness.

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TJ Hughes in conversation with Simon Jenkins

Wales's Best One Hundred Churches

Hay Festival 2007, 
Often in a landscape spiritually charged, Welsh churches tell us about medieval times, the Age of Saints that came before, and of the pagan Celtic times before that.

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Neil MacGregor

The British Museum: A Global Treasure

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Director of the British Museum gives the annual lecture. Chaired by Festival President Tom Bingham.

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Simon Schama

The Power of Art

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘The power of the greatest art is the power to shake us into revelation, and rip us from our default mode of seeing … We don’t look at a face, a colour, a sky, a body in the same way again.’

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Vivienne Westwood

Harpers Bazaar Presents: No Art No Progress

Hay Festival 2007, 
The iconoclast fashion Dame issues her cultural manifesto.

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Frank Pope

Dragon Sea

Hay Festival 2007, 
The project’s archeological manager tells the intriguing and thrilling story of the excavation of the An Hoi wreck, embedded deep beneath a typhoon-prone stretch of the Vietnamese coast, known as the Dragon Sea.

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David Dimbleby

How We Built Britain

Hay Festival 2007, 
The broadcaster gives an illustrated talk about the nation’s architecture, from the palaces to the out-of-town shopping malls.

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Chris Stephens

The Tate Lecture: Ben Nicholson

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ben Nicholson was the leader of the modernist movement in art in the 1930s. Much of his work, however, was of the English landscape. Drawing on his lively correspondence, this richly illustrated talk by the curator of his current Tate Liverpool show will explore both the familiar and lesser- known aspects of his art.

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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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RIBA Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ken Shuttleworth of MAKE Architects, who’s previously worked on groundbreaking buildings like Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport and St Mary’s Axe (The Gherkin) in London looks at the challenge of designing a new generation of compelling, dynamic and environmentally responsible buildings within our globally changing landscape. In conversation with Wayne Hemingway.

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Building St Pauls

Hay Festival 2008, 
James WP Campbell describes not just the feats of Christopher Wren, but the work of the quarrymen, stonemasons, carpenters and craftsmen who collaborated on Britain’s most imposing cathedral.

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Geraint Talfan Davies talks to Patrick Hannan

Hay Festival 2008, 
Great and good Taffia boss (BBC Wales, WNO, Arts Council, etc.) discusses his At Arm’s Length: Recollections and Reflections on the Arts, Media and a Young Democracy.

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Hereford Photography Festival presents Don McCullin

Hay Festival 2008, 
Britain’s greatest photo-journalist discusses his career and his body of work collected as In England with Rosie Boycott.

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Las hermanas Brown 1975–2008

Conversación con Nicholas Nixon

Alhambra 2009, 
The Brown Sisters, la serie fotográfica de su mujer y sus tres cuñadas que el fotógrafo Nicholas Nixon ha venido haciendo cada año, desde 1975 hasta la actualidad, constituye una de las indiscutibles obras maestras de la fotografía del siglo xx. En torno a su relevancia en la historia de la fotografía y las reflexiones que suscita sobre la vida y el paso del tiempo, conversarán, con el autor, Pablo Jiménez Burillo (Fundación MAPFRE), Manuel Rodríguez Rivero, crítico cultural, y Carlos Gollonet, especialista en fotografía contemporánea.

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Rabih Alameddine y Rawi Hage comparten origen (Líbano) y una proyección internacional como autores que combinan con otras actividades. Conversarán con el escritor Mathias Enard, autor de Zona, acerca de su obra, de la experiencia de escribir en varios idiomas y vivir en países diversos. Rabih Alameddine es artista plástico además de escritor, ha recibido una beca Guggenheim, ha sido profesor en MIT y la Universidad Americana de Beirut y tiene publicadas dos obras en España, Yo, La divina y El contador de historias. Rawi Hage trabaja como artista visual y fotográfo, ha colaborado con varias publicaciones internacionales y, con su primera novela, De Niro’s Game, ganó el prestigioso premio IMPAC en 2008; su segunda novela es Cockroach.

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Julian Orbach talks to Simon Jenkins

Gwynedd: Pevsner Buildings of Wales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The architectural survey examines the treasures of north-west Wales.

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Simon Jenkins

The National Trust Lecture: Wales – Churches, Houses and Castles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The journalist and National Trust chairman surveys the monuments and masterpieces of Wales.

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John Brewer

American Leonardo

Hay Festival 2009, 
The art historian explores the story of a single painting, La Belle Ferronnière by Leonardo Da Vinci, and shows how it reveals the intricacies of the C20th obsession with art, money and taste.

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Noel Kingsbury, Tim Richardson, Dan Pearson and Simon Jenkins

The C21st Garden – A place of beauty, or a home for woodlice?

Hay Festival 2009, 
How will the idea of the garden reflect our ecological concerns, our understanding of outdoor space as art, and the interface between humankind and nature?

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Dan Pearson

Spirit: Garden Inspiration

Hay Festival 2009, 
The garden writer explores the idea of a sense of place, illustrated with design influences as diverse as his childhood garden, the desert of southern California, the Thames houseboat moorings near Tower Bridge, the Villa d’Este, the Pantheon and a Japanese forest lodge.

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Gerald Scarfe

Monsters

Hay Festival 2009, 
The savage satirist celebrates 50 years of his political cartoons.

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Shaun Tan

Tales From Outer Suburbia

Hay Festival 2009, 
The multi-award winning Australian illustrator and writer discusses his mesmerising work, including The Arrival, Tales From Outer Suburbia and his projects with Pixar.

9 years – adult

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Adam Nicolson talks to Simon Jenkins

Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History

Hay Festival 2009, 
A portrait of the great English garden, created by the historian’s grandparents Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, and newly transferred to the National Trust.

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Antony Gormley talks to Tim Marlow

NEW EVENT

Hay Festival 2009, 
This summer, sculptor Antony Gormley is inviting everyone from across the UK to help create an astonishing living monument. He is asking people to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, a space normally reserved for statues of Kings and Generals. They will become an image of themselves, and part of a portrait of the United Kingdom now. Over the last 25 years, Antony has dedicated himself to an exploration of the body as a place of memory and transformation, often using his own body as his subject, tool and material. Here he talks about his work and this summer’s groundbreaking new project, One and Other.

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